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Jay Arner – “T.S.A.T.S.”

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Local boob Jay Arner has a flexi disc coming out for Record Store Day on April 19. It’s for the song “T.S.A.T.S.” — that’s a polite way of saying “Throwing Shit at the Sun.” It’s a psychedelic pop track that switches between woozy comedowns and cloudburst crescendos.

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Energy Slime – “Bustin’ Up”

Energy Slime
Prodigious Vancouver sludge-pop outfit Energy Slime has released a weird-ass music video for the weird-ass song “Bustin’ Up.” This may look a little familiar to fans of muscular local beefcake Jay Arner.

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Jay Arner – “Midnight on South Granville”

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As some readers may know, I used to play in Jay Arner‘s band. On June 25, this local boob made good will release his self-titled album through Mint. The music video for the excellent “Midnight on South Granville,” which was posted on Exclaim!, is below.

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Hermetic – “Portlandish (Jay Arner Remix)”

Vancouver’s Hermetic specializes in grungy, ’90s-influenced rock, but local boob Jay Arner (who, in the interest of full disclosure, is my bandmate) gave the band’s tune “Portlandish” a synth-heavy remake.

It’s a surprisingly natural fit, especially considering how far removed it sounds from the original.

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Jay Arner – “Bad Friend”

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Local boob Jay Arner just released a new 7″. It feels a little strange to write about it here because I play bass and sing backup on the track, and even appear on the artwork (I’m the weird-looking one). So I have zero objectivity when I say that it’s a good track.

Get it on Bandcamp.

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These days with you

Happy about the thing on the left
I’ve been listening to a lot of Rose Melberg lately, so I’m thrilled that she has released an EP with Jay Arner (who performs solo and with Fine Mist). It’s got six songs from her most recent solo album, Homemade Ship, which have been reworked with electronic beats and an array of gorgeous synths.

Click below to hear the dreamy “Old Days,” which features a guest spot from Apollo Ghosts‘ Adrian Teacher. The whole EP is killer, so you should buy it from Bandcamp.

Head to Exclaim! to read more.

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Go ahead, envy me, I’m rap’s MVP

Elaborately staged promo shot
Here’s one of the best rap hooks I’ve heard in ages. It comes from a Vancouver pop musician, Jay Arner. A member of Fine Mist as well as an occasional solo artist, he used to lead a band called International Falls. In 2008, that band released a remix album, which mashed up songs from the LP Achievement with rap and R&B tracks by Kanye West, R. Kelly and more.

Here’s the International Falls remix of “Hate It or Love It,” originally by the Game with 50 Cent. This version improves on the already-awesome original with a catchy-as-hell chord progression and jaunty drum loop. This is a hip-hop track that’s sure to win over the indie kids.

MP3: “Hate It or Love It”
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Is this acrylic or oil?

Is that me?
When Jay Arner of Fine Mist sent me his new song, I wasn’t sure if it was okay to share. But today it went up on Exclaim!, so I guess that means it’s okay. It’s a soaring pop rocker, laden with sparkling synths, psychedelic harmonies and triumphantly stomping beats. If you dug his previous solo work, this one is sure to hit the spot too.

Also, the song has a reference to West Vancouver. I grew up there (and got the hell out of these as fast as possible), so it’s nice to hear it immortalized in song.

MP3: “Don’t Remind Me”
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Drink from the fountain

My doppleganger
Everyone should listen to Vancouver multi-instrumentalist Jay Arner. To make things easier, I have broken my argument down into three parts:

1) He plays synth in Fine Mist. I recently posted the band’s awesome new single.

2) He writes stellar solo songs and posts them for free on his blog. Here’s the soaring “Uncoverers,” which comes from the digital EP Bird of Prey (download the four-song collection here). It features Jay Ferguson from Sloan on backup vocals.

3) He a lot like me. Seriously. Here’s me. Here’s him.

MP3: “Uncoverers”
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