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Pitchfork had quite the story today. ILoveMakonnen was performing in NYC on Tuesday when some dude in the crowd just started punching him. That sucks.

I am new to the ILoveMakonnen party so I had to go back and read this old interview from Pitchfork.

Go with yourself.

san cisco
Boitano had something bouncy playing at his desk… it was the new San Cisco single “Run.” San Cisco? I know that… right… “Awkward.” I remember that song from last year.

The Fremantle, WA band’s new single is out on October 24th. The band will tour Australia and a new record is due sometime next year.

San Cisco is touring with fellow Fremantleites…. Gunns.

Go with yourself.

youre in big trouble
Feeling worn out today. Maybe its a bit of a cold I inherited from my wife/son?….maybe training too hard? ….part of it could be a bout of the ol’ depression?

Probably all three…but the saddest songs always sound the best when I am in my moods.

The artist is Aquilo. The British duo is from an area called the Lake District? I thought England had paved over all their lakes by 1720 and that’s why they had to colonize Canada?

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This song is a couple years old…but new to me today. London’s Khushi.

Go with yourself.

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I spent some time obsessed with Alvvays‘ “Adult Diversion.” As much as I loved that cut…I hadn’t fired up the whole record until recently…now their self-titled LP lives in my compact disc player in the purple minivan. It’s a quick listen…my recent roadtrip up to Duncan had me blasting through the record once and bit..and then again on the way back. There was one song that really grabbed my attention and I found myself going back to again and again.

I haven’t dived into the lyrics in any depth…but the vibe I pick up from Molly Rankin (yes…somehow related to The Rankin Family) is a romantic and nostalgic trip. To be young, and in love.

I am not sure if I’ve missed their Victoria show…or if the Toronto based group hasn’t bothered to make the trip to the Island yet…but next time they play in Victoria I need to pray to the rock & roll gods that I have the night free.

Aside from the adorable vocals and loud distorted guitars, I think what I love about this record is the personal time machine quality of the sounds. It takes me back to my days DJing on CiTR and all the fine, weirdo, college rock records that we used to play off the cart-machine. Reminds me of the girls that hung out at the radio station…they wore lots of layers and thrift-shop dresses.

Currently my favourite record in rotation at home.

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This song keeps popping on my Soundcloud after Alvvays wraps up… Soundcloud, your algorithms are on point…I’m feeling this cut too. Pat Thomas, I like you.

Go with yourself.

lyrics

Bear Hands is a band we know and love here in The Zone because of the song “Giants.” The follow up single is a cut called “Agora” and yesterday a remix from Com Truise was posted. Let’s hit it!

Bear Hands will be on Conan on October 27th!

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Penguin Prison is the worst name for a group. Penguins should be in nature, not in jail. I Heart Moosiq posted this beauty jam.

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Finally…I like this chill Ryan Hemsworth song, “Snow in Newark.”

Fact Mag says these things about the song.

That’s all I got…. oh wait… Saddle Creek is re-issuing Cursive’s The Ugly Organ… pre-order YUP!

Thank you JR at Ditch Records for the head’s up…he really is the best record store guy on the planet.

I had Ugly Organ in the compact disc player during the time around the birth of my son Jack.

That part that says “The worst is over..” over and over and over. It resonated with me after his birth and both baby and Mom were alive and healthy. It’s one of those Dad things… when it is game time….it is just Mom and babe and there isn’t much you can do but strap in, trust in the medical science, and hope. After it is done and everyone is safe and healthy, you think…OK, this is gunna be alright.

I do l know of course…wait, this is just the beginning! But for the moment, it’s all good.

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Aaaaaaand. New Foo Fighters today. This will be a big deal at the radio factory.

Now…that is all I got. Time to hit Part and Parcel for lunch!

Go with yourself.

Mike Edel

Victoria’s Kiana Brasset will be releasing her new ep on October 24th at Upstairs Cabaret. She will be performing with friend and collaborator Mike Edel and also with Noah Edwards. Here is the first feature cut off the record, “Words.” The song was produced by Edel and mixed by Jason Cook.

I’ve been waking up bright (well dark) and early every morning for a couple weeks now. Training for a charity boxing match on November 22nd. The times are generally good…getting punched in the head sucks, but I guess that’s the point. (I’m the dude in the Expos tank)

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Here is one from Washington DC’s Skyline Hotel. Jon and Jeff Lee are brothers…they create dainty pop songs. “Oh My Dear” sounds like a song where the woman says, “it’s not you, it’s me.” And you’re like, “ok.”

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Smalltown DJs teamed up with Victoria’s Neon Steve and Shad for a cut called “Bad.” What amazing groove on this cut. And a free download? C’mon!

Go with yourself.

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