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.
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
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.
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
The Double Happiness, City
Camp Cope, How to Socialise & Make Friends
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!
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
Ghostkeeper, Transam Sister
TOPS, Dayglow Bimbo
Spirit Desire, Going to Denny’s
Jon McKiel, Conduit
As my high school economics teacher used to say, of the things he’d see in the wee hours of the morning on his two-hour walk from downtown Ottawa to our suburban high school, “There’s a whole world out there I know nothing about.” I feel the exact same way when I discover a new music scene. Closer to home, I understand that Moncton has a particularly vibrant scene – I’ll have to pay closer attention to that.
But Hobart! I never would’ve guessed that the capital of Tasmania would have such a vibrant music scene (which says more about me than them). Anyway, Rough Skies Records is here to put me straight with Community 4 – A Compilation of Hobart Music, a consistently excellent collection of songs from Hobart-based bands, from the punk rock stylings of Powernap to the odd pop of Filthy Little Star, and much else besides. Including, of course, late-of-Hobart and ATR favourite Heart Beach, who naturally do not disappoint.
How vibrant is Hobart’s music scene right now? Well, you have someone like EWAH (of EWAH & the Vision of Paradise, another standout on this compilation) who’s relocated from Melbourne. Not sure if she did it for the music, but it’s definitely not a step down.
Check it out, drop them a few pennies. Viva local music!
Listen/purchase: Community 4 – a compilation of Hobart music by Various Artists
I forgot to post this when I recorded it a few days before Christmas, but no worries – the mix is about half songs that I somehow forgot to include in my best-of 2016 list (so much good music this year), and half Christmas- and holiday-themed tunes that sound great no matter what time of year it is. Don’t believe me? Go straight to !!! and try to tell me that that beat wouldn’t get you moving in the middle of July.
Check out your setlist:
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cast, California Christmastime
Channing Tatum, No Dames!
Pity Sex, A Satisfactory World for Reasonable People
!!!, And Anyway It’s Christmas
Run the Jewels, A
Christmas Fucking Miracle
Safe Sex, A Raven and a Writing Desk
DZ Deathrays, Lonely This Christmas
The Drones, Private Execution
David Axis, Fukushima Xmas
Swim Team, Sentez
Ripcordz, Do You Believe?
Heart Beach, Holiday
Karen Kilgariff, Drink My Way Through Christmas