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Matt Goud of Northcote wears a fiery beard that occupies the better part of his face and ages his twice over. But if you look at his eyes you can see there is still a soul of a young man swimming in the whiteness, a kind soul. He’s from Regina and formerly of the hardcore band Means and The Emerson Letters. His debut EP ‘Borrowed Chords, Tired Eyes’ is something definitive of where he’s at in life, with the kind of folk and Americana that comes out of years of playing music loud and aggressive. Sooner or later, you’re going to get older and softer, and you’re going to want to strum those chords delicately and sing about simple things, it’s inevitable.

He’s got that good, strong voice that keeps him far from any association with wussy-folk poets. He’s a man from the prairies, and if need be, he’d likely build you a deck, tell you he loves you and probably works hard, somewhere outside. That’s what I get when I listen to his EP. He lends a certain elegance to the whole flannel and beard aesthetic. He was kind enough to put together a lovely mix for the Mixtape Series, that suggests he’s borrowed a few chords from the artists below. Check out more of Matt’s music HERE.

Tracklist

First Class- Greg MacPherson
Reason in my Rhyme – Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves
What are you willing to Lose – Lucero
The Righteous Path- Drive By Truckers
The Weekenders- The Hold Steady
Stolen Car- Patty Griffin
Forced to Love – Broken Social Scene
Hey B – Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves
Balloon Menagerie- Library Voices

Grab it at the dowload link below:

http://www.mediafire.com/?9ftot3a2q7we10w

Northcote- Wheels

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Northcoe- Energy

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Nada Alic

Dreams // Swimming in Pink Waters

Dreams are a pop ‘dream’ band (imagine that) out of Portugal that sent me over some of their stuff, and I swiftly approved. I feel like I’m in an eighties dance club and the fog machine is filling up the room and everything is happening in slow motion, know what I mean?

I wish I could preview the tracks for you but my computer is acting all cwazy. You can grab the tape at the links below:

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Nada Alic

Monster Rally // Color Sky

New 7″ from Monster Rally called Color Sky. More of that 50′s Bahamas poolside music for you to listen to on the tail end heat wave of the summer. This music requires a pool, and a lawn chair. You can grab the 7″ at his bandcamp.

Monster Rally- Color Sky

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Monster Rally- Massau

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Nada Alic

Quiet Lights // 3 Songs

Quiet Lights are a Brooklyn-based act that have that breathy eighties quality similar to Beach House. Powered by soft female vocals surrounded by cascading percussion and electric guitars. They describe it as something more than dream-pop/shoegaze, I would classify it as something more spiritual. Something that allows for a deep exhale, slipping into the lightness of it all. Their very name is calming. The album is getting mixed by John Congleton (St Vincent, Explosions in the Sky) then mastered by Alan Douches (Frightened Rabbit, Sufjan Stevens). I would say they’re poised for an elegant introduction into the blogosphere with that stellar roster of artists sharing their musical architects.

Nada Alic

starfucker [via kyle knapp]

I have been listening to KEXP on the radio for a long time, yes I still listen to the radio, and have found that I always catch the tail end of songs and often never find out the bands name.  One of these bands is Starfucker, I mean I have heard of the name but never any of there music.

Luckily I finally had a listen to there stuff, and I was impressed, really impressed.  If you don’t know anything about them, they are a four piece electronic pop band from Portland.  Their first two albums, “Starfucker” and “Jupiter”, are as vocalist Joshua Hodges says is “dance music that you can actually listen to, that’s good pop songs, but also you can dance to it.”  I live in Seattle, we get our own fair share of rain just like Portland, and on a rainy day like today their music lifted my spirits to the point that I wanted to dance.

However great these albums are, this post is dedicated to the fact that Starfucker recently signed with Polyvinyl Records.  With this big news, the band is planning to release a single called “Julius”. To entice our ears, they released the title track “Julius”.   Let me tell you, I can’t stop listening.  The multiple synthsizers, driving bass, and continuous drums are enough alone, but they made their song that much better with intriguing singing.  The full length album will be coming out in early 2011, and based off of their past albums it should be pretty good.

Something about this band makes me feel excited.  It might have something to do with my mom not letting me swear as a child, good choice mom, or their awesome music they play.  I’m thinking it’s their music. = Kyle Knapp

Starfucker- Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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Starfucker-Florida

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Nada Alic

LAY BAC // for eternal summers

Why hello there shirtless young man, who are you? Oh, your name is Josef and you also play really mellow, feel-good chillin’ out music under the name LAY BAC. Well, alright then. Josef sent me his latest release and it’s filled with shimmery, wobbly dreamified sounds that mark the final farewell of the summer. Out with a sparkling, chillwavin’ bang I suppose. You guys need to get everything he makes, and guess what, you can right here.

LAY BAC- SHIBUYA

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Nada Alic

Freedom or Death X Spike Jonze

My friends from Freedom or Death sent over this awesome Spike Jonze short film with a Freedom or Death remix. Of it, they said this:

“We have been fans of film director Spike Jonze ever since he shot the video for The Breeders “Cannonball”. We were inspired by his short film “How They Got There” and wrote a song called “Lost In Dances” about it.”

These guys are on the cusp of something big it seems, they’re too good not to get there. They pretty much blow Miike Snow out of the water. This song is one of my favorites off their EP.

Freedom or Death- Lost in Dances

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Nada Alic

Love Lake // Ghost

I recently wrote about a dude who plays under the name Love Lake, I included his track ‘Curses’ on my Birthday Mix, well he sent me over another track and it expectedly rules. The song is called ‘Ghost’ which sounds like it borrows a little from Spoon or Nada Surf, with a sixties pop sound.

If these tracks are any indication of his upcoming LP, he’ll likely be a regular on here. I hate using the word catchy, but hell, isn’t it?

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Love Lake- Ghost

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Nada Alic

The Great Deceivers // House of Stairs

The Great Deceivers is something I haven’t heard in a while, it’s that post-emo rock that I loved so much back in high school and college, bands like Cursive, (earlier) Brand New, Saves the Day- it’s a bit off key, a bit slow and brooding but it’s still considered pop. This band revives those nostalgic elements with tracks like Curses and Strange Death. So if you’re feeling a little emo-tional I suggest you pick up this album, check out their bandcamp for more stuff.


I talk to some local axe slingers. Read all about it HERE. I’m working on a few good pieces coming up.. it only gets weird from here on out.

http://www.viceland.com/blogs/en/2010/08/26/torontos-backyard-axe-throwing-league/

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