Articles posted in March 2011

With this single stone

Still no pictures of the four-piece
If you follow Canadian indie rock, you probably already know some of the members of Siskiyou from their work with bands like Great Lake Swimmers and Said the Whale. Siskiyou is decidedly darker than those projects, imbuing creepy folk songs with sinister arrangements and gritty, lo-fi production.

See below for “Everything I Have,” which recalls Neutral Milk Hotel with its pounding percussion, strained vocals and mournful horns. It’s a little noisier than most of the band’s other work.

I recently interviewed the band for the Georgia Straight.

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If my skull is empty

You guys, I'm out of here
Yuck‘s got a bit of an icky name, but luckily the band plays some decidedly un-icky music. This is the latest group to conjure up ’90s nostalgia with fuzzy guitars and carefree, Pavement-esque melodies.

Here’s the confusingly-titled “Holing Out,” which apparently is an idiom, although I’ve never heard it before. It begins a bit like a hopped-up “God Save the Queen,” although it soon turns into a tune rocker with just the right balance of prettiness and grit.

Surfer Blood, you have met your match.

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It’s best that we forget

Not pine trees, but close enough
A little while back, I interviewed Toro y Moi mastermind Chaz Bundick for Color. At the time, he was in the middle of filming a video for “New Beat.”

Here’s that song. It’s a funky, electro-infused soul track that’s typical of the new album, Underneath the Pine. It’s a stellar disc, so kudos to Bundick for shaking the chillwave monkey off his back. The stream is below and the video is here.

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Holly, far from home

Members of the Hollerado-Tang Clan
A few weeks ago, I went to the launch party for Teen Daze‘s Cultus Vibes label. I lost my scarf at the party, and Teen Daze helped me to track it down a few days later. Thanks for being thoughtful, Teen Daze!

Here’s his latest remix. It’s for Vancouver’s Said the Whale. He turned the band’s acoustic ballad “Holly, Ontario” into a banging electro track.

Go to Exclaim! to read my write-up about the remix (and here for my article about Said the Whale getting its gear jacked).

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We might not sleep tonight

TiVo on the Internet
I don’t even remember the last time I listened to Dear Science, but Young Liars and Return to Cookie Mountain were awesome enough that I’m intrigued by the prospect of a new TV on the Radio album. “Caffeinated Consciousness” definitely piques my interest. It’s about as close to the garage as this atmospheric rock group is likely to ever get, with brash guitar chords and shouted vocals that barely have a melody. This eventually gives way to a slinky groove with sultry crooning that sounds a bit more like classic TV on the Radio.

On a side note, the album cover sucks and TV on the Radio has the worst art direction. What the crap is this?

UPDATE: The song has been taken down. Instead, I’ve posted another album track called “Will Do” below.

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People slaughtered each other out of joy

K, promise not to make us look stupid?
Woah. What happened to of Montreal? The band has displayed some noisy tendencies in recent years, but never anything close to this. “Black Lion Massacre” is full-blown noise freakout, with apocalyptic explosions of guitar, looming bass, and the creepiest spoken-word monologue I’ve ever heard.

Somebody hold me! I’m scared! Listen below at your own peril. It makes me uncomfortable, but the band gets bonus points for adventurousness.

It comes from the upcoming EP thecontrollersphere. Go to Exclaim! to read more.

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I’m gonna throw up

Classic brick wall shot
I’ve already written about PS I Love You‘s recent album a whole bunch of times, but I only just had a chance to interview singer Paul Saulnier. I spoke with him for this week’s Georgia Straight. The band is playing a show tomorrow night with Diamond Rings and I’m pretty jazzed.

Here’s “Butterflies & Boners,” which is yet another awesome, fuzzy cut off Meet Me at the Muster Station. It’s feedback-laden, apocalyptic rocker that ends with a fiery shred solo.

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Circle the track over and over

99% perspiration, period
I dig the Go! Team‘s new record, Rolling Blackouts. What’s interesting about this one is that the best tracks are actually songs. Like one with choruses and verses and lyrics and everything. As much as I loved the group’s pump-up jams, it’s cool to see them venture into more straightforward pop terrain.

The best example of this is “Buy Nothing Day,” which features vocals from Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast. This song is pure pop rock gold.

Head to Exclaim! to read my review of Rolling Blackouts.

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Splashing water on your face in the men’s room sink

Tenth position
Snailhouse‘s new single is aptly named. It’s called “Sentimental Gentleman” and it comes from the album of the same title. It’s a sad sack country ballad that’s laden with weeping pedal steel and sleepy guitar licks.

Remember when I used to review albums for Discorder? No, of course you don’t. I wrote about Snailhouse’s Lies on the Prize way back in 2009, and I just found this issue online right here. Memories.

Thanks to Herohill for alerting me to this new one.

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Filled with stars like we were filled with beers

Shotguns n Roses
Okay, if I’m going to do this streaming media thing, I’m going to do it right. I just started my own Soundcloud account, where I’ll upload songs that I’m offering as free MP3s. So you can download this one (just click on the little arrow if you’re not already familiar), or you can just stream it you are impatient or have fears about commitment.

Below is Shotgun Jimmie’s “Late Last Year.” If you’ve never listened to this Sackville, NB-based singer before, then don’t be fooled by his outlaw country singer name. This one is an upbeat, bass-heavy pop rocker that sounds a bit like Sloan.

This track comes from his new record, Transistor Sister, which drops tomorrow. Go to Exclaim! to read my album announcement.

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