All the Rage no. 48 – June 17, 2018: Soft, loud, melancholic

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: We get mellow with Future States, punch with Lié and Surf Dads, and end with a Tropical Fuck Storm of despair. Let’s go.

Your setlist:

Shaun Carlo & Jeepz, Earn

Future States, Heaven

Phantastic Ferniture, Fuckin’ and Rollin’

Chromatics, Black Walls

Smaller Hearts, Summertime III

Asta Rangu, Plastiscine

Lié, Country Boys

Surf Dads, Hold Onto Me

The Dollar Bill Murrays, The Shape You Take

Squaring Circles, Anima


Tropical Fuck Storm, Rubber Bullies

All the Rage no. 47 – May 27, 2018: A great indie compilation and so much more

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: Multiple songs from Hamilton’s Haolin Monks and Grey Records’ excellent Grey Matter compilation. Also, the answer to the question, if someone pitches me a band that sounds like “Pet Shop Boys meets My Bloody Valentine at a Stereolab concert,” am I going to play it. Spoiler alert: Yes. Yes, I will.

Bonus spoiler: The band in question (Smaller Hearts) delivers.

Yer setlist:

Ubik, Lost and Later

Cold Meat, Love in a Void

Heart Beach, Need

Smaller Hearts, Chipper

Zöe Fox and the Rocket Clocks, Warrior Princess

Spiral Perm, Santa at NASA

Eekwol feat. Boogey the Beat

Haolin Munk, Deep Space Float (f. Lee Reed)

Navy Gangs, Housekeeping

Speedy Ortiz, Lucky 88

Shirley & the Pyramids, More than the Sun

Great Earthquake, Learn to Love the Ordinary

Orlando Furious, Rage

The Garrys, Swamp Stomp

Nylex, Fascinate

Haolin Monk, Astro’s Revenge (f. Emay)

Sightlines, Love Ethic

IV League, Superstar

All the Rage no. 46 – April 16, 2018: Sonic Productivity/Sonic Procrastination

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: So I recorded this back in mid-April and thought I’d be able to get around to polishing and posting it while in Brazil. That didn’t happen, but better late than never. Anyway, for your listening pleasure, I present to you the sounds of Le Plaisir, Suss Cunts, Primitive Calculators, and a super-stunning piece of musical genius by Rebel Yell. And more. Wow.

Your setlist:

Rebel Yell, Stains (ft. Gussy)

Confidence Man, Don’t You Know I’m in a Band

Tim & the Boys, White Guys

Civic, Burning Steel

Sloan, Spin Our Wheels

Blush Response, Cruel

Choses Sauvages, Ariane

Midlife, The Gloves Don’t Bite

Kwame, Wow

Le Plaisir, Chilblains

BBQT, High Wasted

Suss Cunts, Tempter

Amya Laucirica, Under the Tide

Stella Donnelly, Mechanical Bull

All the Rage no. 45 – April 8, 2018: The Don

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: Donny Benét’s new album is finally out, and it’s fantastic. Let’s start with that. New Primitive Calculators! Birdz & Omar Musa! Dakk’One! So much more! Listen up!

Your setlist:

Donny Benét, Love Online

Birdz & Omar Musa, About Me

Dakk’one, Lullaby

White Hex, Gold

Primitive Calculators, Power

Preoccupations, Antidote

Candy, Apartment in the City

Flowertruck, Come Across

Soft Wounds, Story

Wild Meadows, Fever

 Hit Bargain, Capitulate

Talk Show Host, We’re Not Here to Make Friends

So Young, Sixteen

All the Rage no. 44 – March 28, 2018: Left-field Lorde!

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: A superstar like Lorde may not be left-field pop, but I think she’s just great. And because she’s coming to town (with Run the Jewels! And Mitski!) at the end of the month, that’s a good enough excuse to break out a couple of nifty remixes, in addition to the usual awesome sounds of the underground.

Your setlist:

Lorde, Supercut (El-P Remix) (f. Run the Jewels)

Miesha and the Spanks, Lost Boy

Kaptur, Pixel

US Girls, Poem

True Crime, Everything

Mint Field, Quiero Otoño de Nuevo

Caroline No, Alex

Omar Musa, Lak$a

Childsaint/CALMLY, Used Up

Mod Con, Neighbourhood

The Ancients, I Need You

Cursed Arrows, Jumpers

Lorde, Green Light (Chromeo Remix)

All the Rage no. 43 – March 3, 2018: Working through the issues

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: Using music to process a bad month for the concept of justice for Indigenous Canadians. As Superchunk (also on this week’s show) ironically put it, What a Time to Be Alive.

Your setlist:

Tropical Fuck Storm, Back to the Wall

Tram Cops, stolen land

US Girls, Incidental Boogie

A.B. Original, Dead in A Minute (f. Caiti Baker)

Cable Ties, Tell them Where to Go

Sook, I’m Not Your Woman

Boat Show, Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Booji Boys, Mr. Nazis on the Beat

Quick Fix, Always Was

Donny Benét, Santorini

Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks, Fists

bedside., Get it Right

Deafcult, Secret Wisdom

No Museums, The Twin Tone Market

Wax Chattels, Stay Disappointed

Superchunk, Reagan Youth

Jess Locke, Border Security

All the Rage no. 42 – Feb. 14, 2018: So. Much. Excellent. Tuneage.

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: A surprising number of best-of-2018 contenders, and it’s only February. It’s going to be a good year for music.

Your setlist:

The Nude Dogs, We’re Girls, We’re Here

Rackett, Ready or Not

Wild Meadows, First Exit

Booji Boys, Pissicine Perfect

Civic, New Vietnam

Loveproof, Sister Moonlight

Dream Girl 88, Hits Me Like a Thunder

Chromeo & The-Dream, Bedroom Calling

Kimmortal, 88 and Beyond

Persons, Got Nothing For Ya

Tia Gostelow, Hunger

Siamese, Slaughterhouse

Blaire, Youth

The Double Happiness, City

Camp Cope, How to Socialise & Make Friends


All the Rage no. 41, Jan. 29, 2018: Batting cleanup

Revisiting the bumper crop of great 2017 tunes I missed the first time round, and a few new tracks from 2018.

Your setlist:

Tim & the Boys

Buzz Kill
Into the Void

US Girls
Pearly Gates

Défunte Lune de Miel

Spiral Perm
24 Sevem

Milk & Bone

Lemonade Beauty

Tropic Harbour
Can’t Pretend

Totally Mild
Today Tonight

The Plastic Fangs
Never Liked That Dog

Lizard Queen

The Buoys
Liar Liar


Hideous Towns


Champion Lawnmower
Mean Fast One

All the Rage no. 40 – January 13, 2018: First of the New Year!

Welcome to 2018. Show 40. The best in Canadian and Australian left-field pop, with a special guest appearance from UK band Artificial Pleasure. Let’s get to it!

Your setlist:

IV League, Change My Mind

Artificial Pleasure, Wound Up Tight
Yon Yonson, Pattern Recognition 1

Lovely Head, Show Up (Rebel Yell Mix)

Donny Benét, Melodie

Miteh, Filament

Ghostkeeper, Transam Sister

TOPS, Dayglow Bimbo

Blessed, Headache

Spirit Desire, Going to Denny’s

Jon McKiel, Conduit

Sunscreen, Tide

Adderall, Embrace

All the Rage no. 39, Dec. 18, 2017: Best of 2017, 15-1!

It’s countdown time! Who will win the coveted number one spot? Where’s Whalehouse going to chart? Take a listen or read below!

Your setlist…

15. Donny Benét, Konichiwa

One of the reasons I run this podcast is that it forces me to seek out new music, and if the only new artist I’d discovered over the past few years was Donny Benét, well, it would’ve been more than worth it. Konichiwa is classic Benét: slinky, smooth, funny, and just a tad creepy. And the video is an all-time classic that will haunt your every-so-sexy nightmares.

14. PONY, I Don’t Know

Rock and roll! Much more, please.

13. Mark Lanegan, Beehive

Another solid entry into the catalogue of grunge survivor Mark Lanegan.

12. The Shiverettes, Dead Men Can’t Cat Call

Between The Shiverettes and Leather Jacuzzi, Calgary’s producing some high-quality female-fronted punk bands (strike that, punk bands, period). Fierce and socially relevant. Yes.

11. Kaptur, Future Proof

In which local St. Catharines band play completely out of their fucking heads. What an epic tune. Alan Cross, I believe, on the Twitters said he heard something of Radiohead in this song. He’s not wrong. Angular and fierce.

10. Pale Lips, Hiding from the Moon

Much of the musical enjoyment I received this year came from Montreal’s Pale Lips. Anybody can be serious: it’s the default setting of rock music. Straight-up, uncomplicated rock and roll with a sense of humour is much harder to pull off, and Pale Lips do it with panache, and make it look it easy.

9. Whalehouse, Sexy Whale Beach Party

Abrasive, the lowest of lo fi that sounds like it was recorded on the first take, Sexy Whale Beach Party is everything that’s good about music and the world in general. It’s a song full of energy, joy and absurdity. Nobody’s having as much fun as Whalehouse, but the good news is, you’re invited to join them for their, well, you get the idea.

8. Cable Ties, Say What You Mean

A six-minute righteously angry anti-corporate manifesto, and a mezmerizing debut from this talented Melbourne band. Think Sleater Kinney taking on the capitalism. You know it’s good.

7. A.B. Original, 2 Black 2 Strong

I’ve been listeningto the Youtube version of this song, and January 26, all year, and now the album, Reclaim Australia, is finally (finally!) out in Canada. The music is 90s US West Coast hiphop. It fits perfectly with Briggs’ and Trials’ witty, proud, angry and confrontational take on living as Aboriginal men in a racist white Australia. The revolution is coming, and it can’t get here soon enough.

6. Heart Beach, Summer

Nobody does melancholy like Heart Beach. The most wistful song of the year.

5. Fog Lake, novocaine

Quiet, meditative beauty.

4. Gorillaz, She’s My Collar

I’m not quite sure what this song is about – a relationship that may or may not be on the level, and may or may not be working out for our two protagonists — but it’s definitely in the key of sultry. Kali Uchis has a siren-song voice. It’s a keeper.

3. Batpiss, Weatherboard Man

Working-class, slow-burn punk (produced by The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard) that has a keen feel for what it means to grow up on the wrong side of the tracks. A standout on an excellent album.

2. Run the Jewels, Talk to Me

This was the first song I played on All the Rage in 2017. It perfectly captures the sense of desperation we’ve all been facing down this past year, while rallying enough bravado to maybe – just maybe – get us through.

1. Alvvays, In Undertow

A three-minute, exquisitely rendered short story of love, regret and loss. Pure pop perfection.