The Balconies album Fast Motions came out this week. I gave it a listen and love their groovy rock sound. I'm heading to Lee's Palace on Saturday to check out their live show. You should, too! I'll have more detailed opinions and pictures after the show.
For now, check out their video for "Do It In The Dark".
You'd be forgiven for thinking that Spires are from the UK. They are touring with UK band Toy, they have a certain British look and the singer has a John Lennon influenced delivery. They have a Beatles' Peace and Love 60s vibe that goes beyond the presence of a Hofner bass on stage. My ears describe it as, "Beatles filtered through Oasis/Britpop". They are from Brooklyn, New York and like tour mates Toy, celebrated their first Toronto show with us on January 14.
Check out some tunes and see if you enjoy their brand of cool.
Toy are a band from the UK with a love of volume and ringing guitars and atmospherics noise and aesthetic. They brought it all to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern for their first ever show in Toronto for a great night on January 14.
I had the band's début eponymous album in my collection and I knew I liked their sound even if the tunes beyond "Motoring" weren't embedded in my consciousness. Their new album Join the Dots had just come out so I did to have a lot of time for the tunes to become familiar, outside of the title track.
No matter, I had an awesome time. They played with attitude and enjoyment and I loved every moment.
And you can add them to your list of bands who really mean it when they say, "This is our last song". I mean, you do have a list of bands that don't do encores, don't you?
Their setlist was short in number of tunes but not in time. Check out some highlights:
Recently, Kevin Drew, co-founder of Canadian indie rock legends Broken Social Scene, announced the upcoming release of Darlings. It's due out March 18 on Arts & Crafts. Here's the tune "Good Sex" for our ears' pleasure.
It sounds like what we've grown to expect from Mr. Drew; a cool and groovy melodic experience with up close and personal lyrics.
As evidenced by the 12-day string of low effort but good content offered by the live on KEXP posts, I've been a little tied up with the day job. I now turn to some posts that could be termed "old news" as they feature some of the cool releases and other stuff announced while I was non-musically occupied.
Foster the People are a great pop band. Everybody knows their numerous hits from their début album Torches. They recently announced a new album called Supermodel which hits the public on March 18. Here's a tune from it called "Coming of Age".
As you might expect, it's a well crafted pop song. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. Nice to hear the more up-front guitar hook. I've read that this is more of a guitar driven album. Looking forward to this release.
The Hold Steady are one of my favourite bands. Their new album, Teeth Dreams, comes out March 25. They've just let us hear a new tune. Here it is: "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You". Sounds awesome!
And we're done! Made it! Last day of 12 days of work in a row. Certainly not the hardest anyone's ever had to work, but it definitely took me away from my music discovery and post-writing activities. Now watch out for a new feature I'll call "old news" where I post some of the cool things that are coming out soon that you'll already know about since they're old news now.
For now, lets groove with Small Black and their great tunes and cool sound.
Their set is:
Only A Shadow
Free At Dawn
And on the flip side, I have a bunch more KEXP performances bookmarked that will get posted over the coming months.
Bombay Bicycle Club are an English band that have been putting out stylish indie rock for several albums now. They have a new album coming out February 3. We can listen to "Luna" and watch synchronized swimming in the video. We can listen to "Carry Me" and watch the dancing, animation and blinking lights in the video. The album will be called So Long, See You Tomorrow.
So I'm sensing a theme here. Ever since fall started, and now as Toronto is gripped in a cold snap, I've been seeking out or just happening upon very sunshiny tunes. Not so hard to figure out what's going on here.
So now I turn to Cayucas who, of course, hail from sunny California and they don't try to hide that influence from their songs at all. Their album, Bigfoot, is out now.
White Denim released Corsicana Lemonade just before Hallowe'en. I'm just getting around to appreciating the re-energized classic rock and blues tinged sounds they produce. Here's "Pretty Green". It'll make you feel good.
Here are two more videos from Young Galaxy's Ultramarine. They are for the tunes "Fever" and "Hard to Tell". This album was very deservingly nominated for this year's Polaris Prize. And I do recommend seeing these guys live. They put on a fun show.
I think I've had Those Dancing Days on a list of bands to post about for a few years now. Sorry. In truth, I did put the clip for "I'll be Yours" in a post from this past summer, but I want to post more. And I'm pretty forgetful and half wrote this post before I remembered. There's just too much to remember. I have lists upon lists upon bookmarks upon links saved in Pocket to last me years. The only thing stopping me from posting and posting and posting is time.
So at long last, here's some more stuff from Those Dancing Days. I think they sound great. Dance-y and energetic with great hooks.
"I'll Be Yours" from Daydreams and Nightmares
"Fuckarias" from Daydreams and Nightmares
"Can't Find Entrance" from Daydreams and Nightmares
Louise Burns put out her latest album back in the warm and sunny days of July. I just discovered this track and am rather enjoying the reverb laden guitars and soothing melody. The track is "Emeralds Shatter" and it's from the album The Midnight Mass.
Today, the radio proclaimed it was playing Supertramp. Well, in fact it was the Spoons. A fine, fine Canadian band. So I have been inspired to write a Five-by-Five post on awesome Canadiana. Here we go:
Band of Skulls have a new album called Himilayan coming out April 1. If you buy it from iTunes, you get a bonus track called "Be Mine". I previously posted the track "Asleep at the Wheel" which now has a video. So here you go, two cool tracks/clips from Band of Skulls: