Wednesday, February 29, 2012

wednesday wake up call

"Warm Night Home" by Hands is a simple, but fantastic video filled with beautiful overlaying footage and projection.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

tuesday wake up call

Really love the new single from Apologies, I Have None for the song "Clapton Pond"!

"Clapton Pond" is the second single off of the band's upcoming record, London, set to release on March 19, 2012 via Household Name Records, pre-order it here.

...and while you are at it, check out "60 Miles", another great track from London.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

saturday wake up call

Watch Joyce Manor's full set at last year's Sound & Fury @ the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA:

The band is set to release a follow-up to last year's amazing debut with Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, out on April 17th through Asian Man Records.

Hear the first single—"Violent Inside"—from the new record over at Altpress!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

thursday wake up call

MUST SEE! Josh Ritter's "Love Is Making Its Way Back Home", created by Prominent Figures using over 12,000 pieces of construction paper with no added effects, is hands down one of the most creative and impressive music videos I have ever seen!

"Love Is Making Its Way Back Home" is featured on Bringing In The Darlings EP, get the vinyl here.

pop. 1280: the horror

Out of the two dozen records I've heard in this young year so far, Pop. 1280's debut, The Horror is the one that stands out for me. Pop. 1280 plays a very atmospheric type of music—not dreamy and calming atmospheric like Grouper, but rather the opposite. Pop. 1280's The Horror is moody like a nightmare-ish soundtrack, think David Lynch's Lost Highway. The finest moments come from "Nature Boy", "Bodies in the Dunes" and "West World"—those are dark, sinister and chaotic noisy tracks... they add to the fascinatingly unique experience of The Horror! If you ever wonder what a louder and faster version of Suicide + Joy Division would sound like, this is it.

Here's an older version, from Pop. 1280's The Grid EP

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Stream The Horror over at Spin
Buy The Horror here

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

tuesday wake up call

Here's a video of The Front Bottoms performing "Looking Like You Just Woke Up" @ Mayo Hall in Michigan State University:

The album version of "Looking Like You Just Woke Up" is from the band's incredibly catchy S/T debut, out now Bar/None Records.

Monday, February 20, 2012

monday wake up call

To readers in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, PEI, Saskatchewan, Happy Family Day!

"River's Edge" by Great Lake Swimmers is from Lost Channels, out now via (weewerk).

To US readers: Happy Presidents' Day!

"A More Perfect Union" by Titus Andronicus is from The Monitor, out now via XL Recordings.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

sunday wake up call

Really loving Classics Of Love's S/T debut, here's a song—"Castle In The Sky"—from the album:

Classics of Love is out now via Asian Man Records.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

saturday wake up call

Another ultra chill song/video by Korallreven, this time for the song "Sa Sa Samoa", directed by Filip Nilsson:

Download "Sa Sa Samoa" here and the extended remix "Sa Sa Samoa (For Real For Sure For You)" here.

If you missed my post on "As Young As Yesterday" before, check out the awesome video here.

Both "Sa Sa Samoa" and "As Young As Yesterday" are off of An Album, out now through Acéphale Records.

Friday, February 17, 2012

friday wake up call, pt 2

New Sharks video for "Arcane Effigies", directed by Ryan Mackfall:

The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, No Gods, out on March 20th! You can pre-order the very limited black/clear vinyl here.

friday wake up call

Ceremony have released a video for "World Blue"

"World Blue" is from Zoo, out on March 6th via Matador Records!

As a huge Ceremony fan, I am still need to get used to the band's "new sound"... for me, they went from being one of the best hardcore bands to a mediocre garage rock band. I guess they ARE "sick of hardcore".

Thursday, February 16, 2012

thursday wake up call

Great animated video by Joel Trussell for the new M. Ward track, "The First Time I Ran Away".

"The First Time I Ran Away" will appear on A Wasteland Companion—M. Ward’s sixth solo album—out on April 10th through Merge Records.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

wednesday wake up call

Watch "Eskimo Kiss", the brand new single/video from The Wave Pictures!

This is the first single off of The Wave Pictures' upcoming album, Long Black Cars, out on April 2nd in the UK and April 17th in North America via Moshi Moshi Records.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

tuesday wake up call

Happy Valentine's Day... or not...

I am making the same post as I did a year ago:

For those that ARE celebrating Valentine's Day, here's Bright Eyes' "First Day of My Life":

"...this is the first day of my life / I'm glad I didn’t die before I met you / But now I don't care I could go anywhere with you / And I'd probably be happy..."

... and for those that are NOT celebrating, here's Bright Eyes' "A Perfect Sonnet":

"...I believe that lovers should be tied together / Thrown into the ocean in the worst of weather / Left there to drown / Left there to drown in their innocence..."

"First Day of My Life" is from I'm Wide Awake It's Morning while "A Perfect Sonnet" is from Every Day and Every Night EP—both released through Saddle Creek.

Monday, February 13, 2012

monday wake up call

Listening to "27" by Title Fight a lot at the moment:

You can find "27" + 11 other incredible tracks from Title Fight's, Shed, out now via SideOneDummy Records.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

sun boxes

Arkansas-based carpenter and sound artist, Craig Colorusso has created a brilliant interactive art installation of music + nature entitled Sun Boxes. Sun Boxes is a sustainable project composed of twenty boxes playing twenty different guitar loops to create a one-of-a-kind experience powered by the sun.

"Sun Boxes are an environment to enter and exit at will. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time."

Watch one of Craig Colorusso's Sun Boxes installations below:

Stream/download "Frozen Pond"—one of the most soothing tracks you'll hear this year!

sunday wake up call

I wasn't aware that More Than Conquerors have new materials! Here's the video for "A Lion, A Man":

Go to the band's Facebook page to hear more new music.

If this is your first time hearing More Than Conquerors, be sure to check out the song/video for "Go On, Go On, Get out"—it was my favourite song of 2010!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

happy hockey day in canada!

To celebrate this year's Hockey Day In Canada, I created this set of minimalism posters representing all 30 NHL teams + the 4 games that will be aired on CBC.

Oilers vs. Senators, 2 pm on CBC

saturday wake up call


Check out "", a song by John K. Samson about former NHL player Reggie "The Riverton Rifle" Leach.

The track is off of Provincial, get it here.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012

thursday wake up call

This deliciously heavy and loud track—"Darker Half" by Backtrack has actually been my alarm music for the past few weeks.


If you are into hardcore... or even metal, be sure you check out Darker Half by Backtrack!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

wednesday wake up call

I recently discovered this wonderful video/song "Flawed Equation" by Boat to Row.

The video is directed by Franklyn Banks; and "Flawed Equation" is off of the Grassmarket EP, stream it over at Boat to Row's Bandcamp page.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

tuesday wake up call

The Gaslight Anthem covers "Baba O'Riley" by The Who during their holiday show in Asbury Park, NJ back on December 9, 2011.

Monday, February 06, 2012

monday wake up call

Yet another innovative video from OK Go. The new one for "Needing/Getting" features the band driving a gadget-filled car while "playing/hitting" over 1,000 music instruments outfitted through two miles of desert outside LA.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

sunday wake up call

"Guillotine (It goes Yah)" by Death Grips:

"Guillotine" is off of Ex Military, get the entire album for free over at Death Grips' site.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Friday, February 03, 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

wednesday wake up call

James Mattock from Sharks performs two new tracks, "Arcane Effigies" and "What Entails" at Punks in Vegas:

Both tracks will be featured on the band's upcoming full-length (and one of my most anticipated albums of the year,) No Gods, out March 20th through Rise Records, pre-order info coming soon!