All the Rage no. 78, March 30, 2020: Isolation – Shut In

Sixty minutes of the best in left-field pop from Canada, Australia and beyond to get your through your self isolation and social distancing.

This week, a couple of timely self-isolation tunes: a Joy Division cover from YACHT and the eerily timely Shut-In from Nova Scotia’s Beauts. Also! Transcendent punk from Welland’s Dboy, loundness from UZI and Gutter Girls, Ottawa’s Surrender w/ some tasty 80s synthpop, new Pet Shop Boys (fact: the U1 is a party train), Sparks and Donny Benét. Also, Danko Jones takes us up the mountain.

The show:

The setlist:

YACHT
Isolation – Single

Pet Shop Boys
Will-o-the-wisp

Willaris. K
DETACH

Surrender
A Lifetime Away

Australia
Physical!

Tanaya Harper
Evan Keele
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Corridor
Topographe

Heart Beach
Elastic

UZI
Competencia

Dboy
Scavengers of Luv

Gutter Girls
The Bullet

Wares
Surrender into Waiting Arms

Sparks
I’m Toast

Donny Benét
Girl of My Dreams

Beauts
Shut In

Danko Jones
Mountain (Live)

All the Rage no. 74: Best tuneage of 2019

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s list time! First up, my 30 favourite left-field pop songs from Australia, Canada and beyond. Enjoy.

30. BBQT
Flinch

Delightfully bouncy guitar pop from Montreal. Not a bad way to kick off at top 30 list.

29. DZ Deathrays
Shred for Summer

A perfectly named song from this Brisebane trio. Definite Jane’s Addiction vibe going on here.

28. Moody Beach
Slave

Sydney sultriness.

27. Miesha & the Spanks
The Girls are OK

In a world of microgenres, it’s nice to know that straight-ahead rock and roll, in this case courtesy of this fine Calgary outfit, is still a glorious thing.

26. Booji Boys
New Repacement

Ditto for punk rock. No-frills, unadorned noisy perfection, straight out of Halifax.

25. The Vovos
Venus

This weird and wonderful tune, from Melbourne’s The Vovos, is the epitome of left-field pop. Probably the most purely delightful song on this entire list

24. Ausmuteants
Forever Cops

Melbourne’s Ausmuteants nail punk’s proud tradition of standing up to unjust authority. “Hands up; we’ll still shoot.” A harrowing glimpse of the nasty side of 2019.

23. Nooky
Blackfellas

A harrowing, desperate cover of a 2009 Steel Warriors song from this Yuri man from New South Wales’ South Coast, who also happens to be one of Australia’s most exciting rappers.

22. IV League
Comedown Sensation

Yet another soaring pop anthem from a Melbourne group that over the course of only a few songs has demonstrated an uncanny knack for soaring pop anthems.

21. Heart Attack Kids
Do What You Do

Two guys from London, Ontario, who know how to bring the noise, with a detonating sound you can hear from space.

20. The Double Happiness
No Place Nundah

A nostalgia-washed homage to a backwater town from this Brisbane band. I kind of love this song.

19. Quivers
You’re Not Always On My Mind

Exhibit A for the theory, which I am starting right now, that Hobart’s Quivers are time travellers from the late 1980s. A mellow tune that has classic Dad Rock written all over it.

18. Tram Cops
California Way

Jittery, wistful lo-fi goodness from a forward-looking Melbourne outfit.

17. Big Mike & Gianni La Bamba
Bad Boys (Single Edit)

Seeing Big Mike & Gianni La Bamba open for Donny Benét (twice!) was one of the highlights of my year in Germany. Big Mike is a hulking, muscled blond dude from Cologne who looks like he’s either just come from or is going to the gym. He raps (in German) about working out and partying – he’s basically a Teutonic Andrew WK. And his music, courtesy of Mr. La Bamba, is a delightful throwback to hard-edged 80s dance music. One highlight of their live show (other than the very fit, shirtless men that seem to comprise 50% of their audience) is a rap that’s done to the tune of the Hall and Oates’ hit “Out of Touch” that kind of sneaks up on you (“Is… is he rapping in German to a Hall and Oates song?”) This song isn’t that one, but as a celebration of Kolsch Bad Boys, it’s almost as awesome (in the 80s sense of the word).

16. Ultra Magnus
Duck

Nice heaviness and great flow from this Toronto rapper. Yes, please!

15. Jackie
New at Drugs

Joyous power-pop from Toronto’s Jackie. I’m pretty sure I’ve never before heard a song about a mom (your mom) trying drugs for the first time. Jackie packs a lifetime of history and a staggering amount empathy into three minutes.

Fuck, what a great pop song.

14. Dead Little Penny
Honeycomb

Curve-y shoegaze from Auckland. Mmmmmmmm…..

13. Hello Seahorse!
Mujer

I’ve been a fan of Hello Seahorse! from the moment I saw them open for The Killers in Mexico City in 2009. Ten years later, they’re still delivering phenomenal tuneage, their secret weapon being Lo Blondo (Denise Gutierrez), who has one of the distinctive voices in all popular music – any language, any genre. Mujer, their latest, continues the winning streak.

12. Gold Fields
Glow

Ballarat heroes return with some dancey goodness that showcases Gold Fields’ growth as a band.

11. The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (The Lonely Island)
Bikini Babe Workout

Few things brought me more joy in 2019 than The Lonely Island’s 30-minute ode to the Oakland A’s steroid addled heroes. There is no reason why The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience should exist – I’m pretty sure no one was clamouring for a 30-minute set of raps about/by Jose Canseco and Mark McGuire, but the world is a better place for its existence. It’s only a matter of time before The Lonely Island pull and Parker and Stone and stage a Broadway musical, right? Please say yes.

10. Donny Benét
Second Dinner

An 80s disco-style ode to the joys of four square meals a day, this is vintage Benét.

9. Smaller Hearts
Circuitry

The standout song from these Haligonians’ strong second album. Picture a warm Pet Shop Boys, or an optimistic Depeche Mode. I don’t know about you, but I’m sold.

8. Tropical Fuck Storm
The Planet of Straw Men

Angry, righteous, off-kilter and noisy, with the best male-female vocal tradeoffs in the business, Tropical Fuck Storm is the 2019 band we both need and deserve.

7. Pale Lips
You’re A Doll

Another highlight of a year in Germany: Seeing Pale Lips play a small room in Münster in February, at a time when I was pretty much ready to head home but still had months to go. Tight, poppy, 60s-style rock and roll that I could listen to until the sun goes out.

6. Heart Beach
Cliffhanger

Hobart’s (now Footscray) Heart Beach somehow find another gear. Cliffhanger injects an already fully formed sound (deliberate drums backing Yo La Tengo-style dissonance) with an epic level of soulfulness courtesy of Claire McCarthy plaintive vocals. A song made for movies – you know the scene. There’s something special about this band.

5. JuliaWhy?
Starman

Sydney’s (now London, UK) JuliaWhy? take the next step. Muscular dreampop. Their new album is excellent. I can’t wait to see where they go next.

4. Sampa the Great
Final Form

“Young veteran; new classic.” Long may she rule.

3. Sahara Beck
I Haven’t Done a Thing Today
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Sahara Beck, the Brisbane artist who’s been recording since she was what, 15? (my goodness), gifts us with a wonderfully upbeat, Killers-esque tune in all the best ways. One of my 2019 go-to mood-lifters.

2. Sunscreen
High Over Love

Pure, joyous guitar pop from a Sydney four-piece. Seriously – just go listen to it. I’m running out of adjectives.

1. Calmly
Pet Tornado

This Perth four-piece (née Childsaint) has finally released their first album (huzzah!), and it doesn’t disappoint. Eight songs of heartbreak, regret, reseignation and resolve, capped by this quietly haunting acoustic tune. Beauty in despair.

All the Rage no. 59, December 6, 2019: Batting cleanup on 2018

Your biweekly source of the best left-field indie pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond.

This week: Some great tuneage from the back end of 2018, from the cool hiphop of Okenyo and the smooth electropop of Gauci to the compelling drone of Negative Nancies and the joyous guitar pop of faves Pale Lips. And so much more.

Yer setlist:

Okenyo, Hang Your Hat

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/6IyttRCxu3bChKYCUt8kP2

Gauci, Paradise

Rackett, I Please Myself

Sweater Curse, Mon’s Song
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/6613086

Slag Queens, Waterfall

Negative Nancies, The Dogs

Bloods, No Fun (feat. Girls Rock!)
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/3VOjrUNhPVDtiyYw4EP1MT

Pale Lips, You’re A Doll

RAT!Hammock, June

Little Desert, Happy

Blessed, Thought

Hexdebt, Covenant

WLMRT, Dark Dollars

Milk Buttons, Some Impression

Sarsaparilla, Postcard
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/7477881

Charlie Collins, Mexico
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/7612901

Contrast, Black Hole
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Julia Jacklin, Head Alone
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All the Rage no. 51 – August 23, 2018: I’m going nowhere

Back from vacation with another edition of your biweekly(ish) source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: Some mellowness, some hip hop, some punk-inflected pop from Nooky, Tropical Fuck Storm, Billy Moon, Fog Lake, Okin Osan and others. And! The triumphant return of ATR favourite Hello Seahorse!

Your setlist:

Nooky
Black Future

Tropical Fuck Storm
Stayin’ Alive

Metric
Dark Saturday
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0xJRUArUCDBb0tGwo1Std2

Petra Glynt
New Growth

Dilly Dally
I Feel Free

Billy Moon
Dingus
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Ol_9QyNRL3g?rel=0

Slowfish
Stringy Bits

Exposure
Erase

Squaring Ciricles
Movement

A Lily
Paint Me With Your Blood Again

Fog Lake
talk

Hello Seahorse!
Son

Okin Osan
I Wanna Be That Girl

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
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/7CXnfHxC8sWdITHr4fFbnq

True Crime, Everything

Mint Field, Quiero Otoño de Nuevo

Caroline No, Alex

Omar Musa, Lak$a

Childsaint/CALMLY, Used Up
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/5481141

Mod Con, Neighbourhood

The Ancients, I Need You

Cursed Arrows, Jumpers

Lorde, Green Light (Chromeo Remix)

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
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/c1cvDqM_CMg?rel=0

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. 35 – November 6, 2017: Favourites, old and new

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond.

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Your setlist:

Doldrums, Limerence (We Come in Pieces)
Stars, Hope Avenue
US Girls, Mad As Hell
Cut Copy, Black Rainbows
Full Flower Moon Band, Street Love
Helta Skelta, Nightclubbin’
J Robbins, The World Is a Very Scary Place (Gothic
Archies cover)

Scott Royle, to the bone
Key Out, In pieces, by the sea
PONY, I Don’t Know
Last Leaves, The World We Had
Prime Junk, Dreams
strathcona pl, sadder endings
Heart Beach, Worse

Show no. 29: From Finnish pop to Calgary punk

As always, the best new left-field pop, mainly from Australia and Canada, but if it’s from elsewhere and it sounds good, I’ll play it.

So much good music this week. Dig in.

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Your setlist:

ttwwrrss, moon:and:6, and Kojo “Easy” Damptey, Almost Made It
Tornado Wallace, Today (feat. Sui Zhen)
Johnny Headband, Got My Eyes
Cina Polada, Gloom
Heart People, Voices
Ironing Music, New Friends
Gorillaz, She’s My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
Cable Ties, Same for Me
The Shiverettes, Dead Men Can’t Cat Call
Teenager, Just Drop It
Pale Lips, Don’t Take Your Switchblade to New York
Sloan Peterson, 105
Males, Two Moons
suiix, Pacific Dreamer

Episode 26! All rock, no talk.

As always, the best new left-field pop, mainly from Australia and Canada, but if it’s from elsewhere and it sounds good, I’ll play it.

Punk rock, sensitive indie folk, weirdo orchestral pop, dreamy cover of an 80s pop classic, episode 26 has you covered.

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Your setlist:

Batpiss, Paralyzed
Cable Ties, Say What You Mean
The Jesus and Mary Chain, All Things Pass
Las Robertas, Sun Haze
Scary Bear Soundtrack, Asian Fetishist
Sparks, What the Hell is it This Time?
Dream Girl, She Drives Me Crazy
Ruby Blue, Stand Together
Look Blue Go Purple, As Does the Sun
Sachet, Melted Wires
ginla, Apophenia
The Stevens, Chancer