Perfect Pussy – “Interference Fits”

Perfect Pussy
The good news is that I’m planning on seeing St. Vincent tomorrow night. The bad news is that this means I won’t be able to see Perfect Pussy at the Cobalt.

I wrote reviewed the record Say Yes to Love for Exclaim! and wrote about the band for The Tyee. The album standout “Interference Fits” is below.


 
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Tokyo Police Club – “Hot Tonight”

Tokyo Police Club
I interviewed Tokyo Police Club keyboardist Graham Wright about the band’s new album for Exclaim! a few months back, and Forcefield doesn’t disappoint. As promised, the choruses are absolutely massive.

It’s a far poppier record than we’re used to hearing from Tokyo Police Club, which is mostly a good thing. Case in point: the extremely catchy “Hot Tonight.”

The album is out on March 25.


 
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Astral Swans – “You Carry a Sickness”

Astral Swans - You Carry a Sickness/Park Street
I interviewed Dan Mangan about his new label, Madic Records, for the Georgia Straight. His first release through the label will be a 7″ single from Astral Swans. “You Carry a Sickness” is a minimal indie rock track that sounds a bit like the music he used to make under the name Extra Happy Ghost!!!, and that’s definitely a good thing.


 
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Real Estate – “Taking Backwards”

Real Estate
Every Real Estate album contains one incredible song and a bunch of pretty good ones. Last time around, it was “Green Aisles.” On the newly released Atlas, the incredible song is called “Talking Backwards.”

I saw these guys in Vancouver last week. It was good, since the band sounded exactly like what you would expect.


 
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Khingfisher – Khingfisher

Khingfisher - Khingfisher
Traditional-sounding folk isn’t usually my thing these days, but Vancouver songwriter Khingfisher‘s acoustic tunes sound convincingly timeless without resorting to retro gimmickry.

Khingfisher is Craig Alan Mechler, who plays in Hallow Moon. I wrote about Khingfisher for Exclaim! and reviewed Hallow Moon in the Georgia Straight.


 
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Reef Shark – “Frozen Beaches”

Frozen Beaches
Back in 2009 or 2010, Reef Shark‘s single “Frozen Beaches” might have been lost amongst all of the other crunchy pop songs about the ocean. Those days have passed, meaning that this is a refreshing dose of catchy, spaced out rock. This tune is carried by Vancouver singer Devin Miller’s clear, confident and bang-on vocals.


 
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Cool – Paint

Cool - Paint
Apollo Ghosts are dead! Long live Cool! I wrote about the band’s debut album, Paint, for Exclaim!, and it’s available to listen to below.

Fonkay!


 
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Dralms – Crushed Pleats

Dralms
I reviewed Dralms‘ two-song mini-EP Crushed Pleats this week for the Georgia Straight. I also covered them briefly in a past concert review.

The atmospherically rocking Vancouver band is fronted by Christopher Smith.


 
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Simple and Sure”

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Hmm. This isn’t what I expected from the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and the jury’s still out as to whether that’s a good thing or not. The new single is called “Simple and Sure,” and its pristinely slick sound is a departure from the group’s fuzzy past work. Is anyone else hearing a little bit of “Free Fallin’” in these chords?

This song will appear on the album Days of Abandon, which will be out on April 22. After this, I’m cautiously excited.

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Beck – “Waking Light”

Beck
Today is a big day for new releases. Not only is St. Vincent‘s awesome self-titled album out, but Beck‘s Morning Phase has dropped as well.

I’ve been a big fan of Beck for years, and I interviewed him for Exclaim!, with a longer piece to follow. I also reviewed the record.

The excellent closing track, “Waking Light,” is below.


 
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