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Paradise Animals did a superb cover of Bonnie Prince Billy’s Wolf Among Wolves. They’ve got a show coming up on June 15th at the El Mocambo for NXNE and sadly I won’t be there because I will be hosting my own partay (more on that soon!) Check out the song below – it’s a dreamy, electronic take on the original.

Paradise Animals – Wolf Among Wolves (Bonnie Prince Billy) 

Nada Alic

Headaches / Oh Honey

My buddy Landon (aka Headaches) had some new music come out a couple weeks ago on a digital label called NeuroPlastic and I’d been meaning to write about it for sometime. Now THIS is what he does when he doesn’t leave his bedroom for days on end. Hmmm… I’m really digging this stuff, it feels a lot lighter than past stuff, more upbeat. Exciting stuff happening for Landon – one thing which includes a move to Brooklyn. I’d be more upset if I didn’t also get to be there as a part-time Brooklynite for work. So, smell ya later, Landon!

Listen to the tracks below.

[NP011] Headaches – Oh Honey / Genie (Gallery link in description) by NeuroPlastic

Nada Alic

Chastity Belt – God Damn

I got an email from the band Chastity Belt, a band that, if they lived in my neighbourhood, I’d probably think they were the coolest girls on my block which would inevitably lead me to being secretly in love with and resentful towards them. But that’s just how I roll. Girl envy, it’s a thing! No really, their stuff is awesome. The first track I listened to was God Damn – which has such a good vibe. I’ve been there, thinking in my head – God Damn, that boy is hot, damn. I’m going to start using that line on my boyfriend. Listen below.

Chastity Belt – God Damn

Nada Alic

Chad VanGaalen – Burning Photographs

Listen, I never said I was on top of all my Canadian music – I’m still learning. So when I came across Chad VanGaalen, I realized this guy has probably been around for quite some time but just now has popped on my radar. So what? I just stumbled across his song, Burning Photographs off his record Diaper Island which came out last year, and that’s all. Enjoy!

Chad VanGaalen – Burning Photographs

Nada Alic

Travis Bretzer / Making Love

Travis Bretzer‘s upcoming album Making Love, off the Edmonton label, Old Ugly will be out June 8th. To kick it off, the label sent me over his new single called, Billy and I. It’s got this hazy, garage rock sound like it was ripped off a dusty record. Can’t wait to hear the rest of it.

Travis Bretzer – Billy and I 

Nada Alic

Black Polygons

I was just sent this lo fi minimalist music called Black Polygons and it sounded very eerie and nostalgic, similar to The Caretaker. Cracking vinyl, numb synth, dark rumbling – very atmospheric. Listen, below.

Black Polygons – Landscape

Nada Alic

California Wives – Marianne

The Chicago four piece California Wives recently signed to Vagrant Records and they’ve got this 80s pop sound – Marianna is a simple new wave pop song that just feels good. Just in time for sunburn weather.

California Wives – Marianne

 

Nada Alic

Clock Opera – Ways to Forget

My friend Chris over at Indie Music Filter suggested I check these guys out and although I was a bit late to give them a listen, I’m really glad I did. I’ve especially been digging their tracks, 11th Hour  and Once and For All off their debut record that just came out called Ways to Forget. There’s something hyper, anxious and brooding about it.

Once And For All (2012 album version) by clockopera

Cameron Dmytryk

Suckers – Chinese Braille

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Oh how whistling can go wrong.  Song after song, decade after decade, bands crap out some half thought, catchy chorus airwave stinker that has a whistle bridge or outro just to finish the damn thing and get their publicists to cycle that catchy hook that everyone’s telling them is gonna “take them to the next level.”

Enter Suckers new single “Chinese Braille” a undeniably catchy track from the somewhat new Brooklyn indie psych band that comes as a friendly reminder that if you treat whistling like actual instrumentation it can work, and in this instance works like a charm.

The diversity between Suckers vocalists Quinn Walker, Austin Fisher, and Pan vary greatly when soloed up, but when placed on top of each other solidifies into the one vocal uniform that really drives these songs home.  “Chinese Braille” goes thematically through tales of overdramatized arguments, squabbles that are analyzed to death and unnecessary to even get upset about

“It’s not Chinese Braille but you still don’t understand…”

Carefully executed on the production side and incessantly catchy from section to section, Suckers are truly another of the uniquely talented Brooklyn bands, bands that branch from their scene one by one, picking ideas from the previous and expanding possibilities of the still blossoming yet never precisely defined realm that is indie rock.

Suckers – Chinese Braille

Candy Salad, Suckers sophomore LP, is now available on French Kiss

Chinese Braille by suckersmusic

Nada Alic

Blessed Feathers / Video Premiere

Blessed Feathers – Everglades / Turner Hall

Blessed Feathers – Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle / Turner Hall

I’m so proud to be the first to share two new live videos My friends in Blessed Feathers. This was during their show opening for Youth Lagoon and Porcelain raft at Turner Hall, and it was filmed by their pal Erik Ljung and the sound quality is superb! I especially love the track, Everglades, man that melody is gorgeous. Watch them, and then check out more over at their website because you’re going to want their latest record Hey All You Floridians and their latest zine (which I was lucky enough to be apart of). Now, when do I get to see these guys live?

Hey! All You Floridians by Blessed Feathers

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