Articles posted in February 2012

Islands – “This Is Not a Song”

I interviewed Nick Thorburn of Islands for Exclaim!, and also reviewed the band’s latest album, A Sleep & a Forgetting.

Below is a music video for the single “This Is Not a Song,” which is a wonderfully simple piano-based soul ballad that’s probably my favourite track on the album.

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Black Tambourine – “What’s Your Game”

Black Tambourine
I recently wrote an Exclaim! article about the best crowdfunding campaigns, and I included Black Tambourine‘s Kickstater drive to fund a new EP of Ramones covers called OneTwoThreeFour. This is actually the first time I’ve contributed to a crowdfunding campaign.

Below, listen to the EP cut “What’s Your Game. This features Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Vancouver’s own Rose Melberg on backing vocals.

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Bend Sinister – “Give It a Rest”

Bend Sinister
Vancouver piano rock purveyor Bend Sinister is back with another EP, On My Mind, due out on March 6 through File Under: Music. Below, listen to the charmingly bombastic single “Give It a Rest,” which is as brash, theatrical, and Bend Sinister-y as always. If you liked the band’s past work, you’ll be pleased to note that not too much has changed.

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Humans – “De Ciel”

Humans have a new single out, and it’s a hell of a lot poppier than the last one I posted by the Vancouver electronic duo. Take a listen to “De Ciel” below.

This comes from the upcoming EP Traps. Go to Exclaim! to read more.

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Chris-a-riffic – “I Can’t Carry That”

As a journalist, conflict of interest (whether real or perceived) can be kind of a drag. Case in point: the new Chris-a-riffic 7″, Bible Beats. I don’t know Chris very well at all, but I won’t be able to write about his newest release for any respectable publication (this one certainly doesn’t count) because, well, look at the credits on Bandcamp to see why.

Below is the song “I Can’t Carry That.” Yes, technically I sing on this song, but the fact that I participated in a group vocal session (it was a friend-of-a-friend situation) doesn’t cloud my judgement of the fact that this is some totally kickin’ piano punk.

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Grimes – “Oblivion”

Yesterday I was a panelist at a Polaris Music Prize event in Vancouver, and fellow juror Lana Gay pointed out that the new Grimes album, Visions, is one of the standouts of the year so far. Don’t believe her? Below is the ethereal pop treasure “Oblivion.”

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The Drums – “Days”

The Drums
When I posted the Drumsprevious video, I complained about the choice of single, and wrote that any of the first three tracks from Portamento would have been a better choice. Now I’ve gotten my wish, since the band just rolled out a clip for the ultra-minimal pop masterpiece “Days.” Rarely does a song accomplish so much with so little.

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Real Boys – “Vacation”

Real Boys
As I recently wrote about for Exclaim!, members of You Say Party, Oh No! Yoko and GSTS! formed a new band called Real Boys. Listen to the perky, pop rocking, rather ON!Y-sounding single “Vacation” below.

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The Just Barelys – “Lions”

The Just Barelys
It’s only 2PM and I’ve already written so many fucking articles, so excuse me if I’m a little brief in my write-up for “Lions,” a charmingly chirpy guitar pop ditty from the Just Barelys. This comes from the band’s new album, Mad Bits.

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Moonface – “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips”

Moonface with Siinai
Last year, Moonface put on one of the best shows I’ve seen in recent memory. Read the review over at Exclaim!, and also read my album review and my preview of his upcoming With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery.

Speaking of that new album, the song “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips” is below. Looks like Spencer Krug ditched the long-form style.

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