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Prince Innocence – “Dissipate”

Prince Innocence
I’m a little bummed about the apparent absence of Toronto’s Little Girls in the last year or two, but Josh McIntyre is now part of another fantastic project called Prince Innocence along with vocalist Talvi Faustmann.

I interviewed him about it for Exclaim! almost a year ago, and the excellent single “Dissipate” — which came out back in the fall — gives me good reason to be excited about McIntyre’s future, with or without Little Girls.

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Mac DeMarco – “Passing Out Pieces”

Mac DeMarco
I fondly remember the days that original prankster Mac DeMarco played around Vancouver as Makeout Videotape, but he’s since gone on to bigger and better things in Montreal under his own name. His album Salad Days will be out on April 1, and the characteristically dreamy “Passing Out Pieces” is below.

Yesterday I wrote an Exclaim! story about his collaboration with Tyler, the Creator.

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Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not a Part of Me”

Cloud Nothings - I'm Not a Part of Me
Cloud Nothings‘ self-titled debut from 2011 is one of my favourite albums in recent memory, and while I’m not so crazy about the growl-filled dirges of 2012′s Attack on Memory, the first sample from Here and Nowhere Else — due out on April 1 — is very promising indeed.

“I’m Not a Part of Me” plays out like an amped-up version of the scrappy pop-punk tunes that songwriter Dylan Baldi did so well on that aforementioned eponymous LP.

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Trust – “Rescue, Mister”

I interviewed Robert Alfons of Toronto’s Trust about his new album, Joyland. Go to Exclaim! to read it.

Below is the band’s new single, “Rescue, Mister,” which is a dark, thumping electronic pop track. Joyland is out on March 4 through Arts & Crafts.

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Said the Whale – “Summertime in Australia”

Said the Whale
I’m not doing a year-end post here at Chipped Hip because my updates were so sporadic that I don’t feel as if I earned it. Here’s to a more blog-filled 2014. No promises. I wrote a year-end albums list for the Georgia Straight, and also talked about some favourites for BeatRoute.

Here’s a new song from Said the Whale that the band released as a Christmas freebie. That being said, it’s still relevant in January because it’s about winter rather than the holidays. It’s called “Summertime in Australia,” and it’s a lovely little lo-fi pop ditty with sugary sweet melodies and quirky chiptune electronics.

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Rose Melberg & Gregory Webster – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)

Rose Melberg & Gregory Webster - "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)"
Last weekend, I heard Glenn Alderson perform a karaoke version of the Ramones‘ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight).”

No offence to Glenn, but Rose Melberg (of Brave Irene, Tiger Trap, the Softies, Imaginary Pants, PUPS a more) did a better job on her cover of the song with Razorcuts member Gregory Webster. The holiday single is coming out through Kingfisher Bluez.

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Pup – “Reservoir”

Tomorrow (November 14), I’m going to be checking out Hollerado and the Zolas at the Commodore in Vancouver, but I’m equally excited about PUP, a fantastic Toronto punk band (not to be confused with PUPS). Go to Exclaim! to read my interview with singer Stefan Babcock, and watch the video for the fantastic “Reservoir” below.

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Tough Age – “Sea of White”

Tough Age
Jarrett K. used to play in Korean Gut and Apollo Ghosts, but now that both of those groups have called it quits, he fronts Tough Age. The four-piece is signed to Mint Records and has a self-titled album coming out on November 12. It’s a diverse record that touches on numerous styles without ever straying too far from the band’s garage rock wheelhouse.

The stomping “Sea of White” is below.

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HAIM – “The Wire”

Frequently photographed trio HAIM‘s “The Wire” is an ultra-poppy glam boogie that’s one of the year’s best singles so far. I’m looking forward to their album Days Are Gone coming out on September 27.

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Soft Serve – Sink Deep

Soft Serve
For those with an appetite for jangle, here’s the Vancouver indie pop outfit Soft Serve.

The band played an impressive set at this year’s Music Waste festival, and it released the three-song EP Sink Deep on my 28th birthday. Thanks for the present, dudes.

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