All the Rage no. 38 – December 17, 2017: Best of 2017, 30-16

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

It’s list-making time! Here are my 30 favourite songs of 2017. First up, Numbers 30-16.
Your setlist:

30. Tapas (feat. Jeepz, G. Grand & Hyf), Havana Nights

Tasty hiphop from my hometown of Ottawa. Been following Jeepz for a while, and his effortlessly cool beats here don’t disappoint. MCs G. Grand and Hyf bring it as well. Solid beginning to the 2017 top 30, right?

29. Mezko, Trust

Sydney’s Mezko bring the 90s alternative dance to the second decade of the 21st century. Cool.

28. She-Devils, The World Laughs

Slinky, dreamy music that sounds like it was beamed here from one of the lusher lounges of the 1960s. These Montreal women bring it.

27. Alex Lahey, Every Day’s the Weekend

Ladies and gentlemen, the future of rock and roll.

26. Foxy Morons, Ex

From Hobart, a plaintive bit of relationship wisdom. Sadly, after one glorious EP, Foxy Morons are no more, a victim of the pull of the mainland, in their words. Oh, well. The world is a better place for their brief time together.

25. Kashka, New Moon Blues

I saw Kat Burns, aka Kashka, at the Heartbeat Festival, held in a house and backyard of a Toronto townhouse. There couldn’t have been more than 25 of us in attendance. She and her backing string quartet (trio? I’m blanking) set up in the living room, which was the perfect venue for her intimate, mesmerising, gentle tunes. New Moon Blues was a particular standout. I’m a fan.

24. The Afghan Whigs, Arabian Heights

Greg Dulli’s been churning out soul-infused rock in the Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers for almost 30 years, and Arabian Heights continues his winning streak. One of the most consistently rewarding American rock musicians of his generation.

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23. Moody Beach, Vanilla

In a perfect world, this song would be a Top 10 worldwide pop juggernaut.

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22. The Courtneys, Tour

Optimism’s been a hard thing to come by in 2017, so we can thank our lucky stars that The Courtneys have stepped up to deliver some of that pure power pop. Perfect, joyous driving music.

21. Birdz, Crown Thieves

Public Enemy once described a previous generation of political hiphop as the Black CNN. On his debut album, which counts this song as a standout, it’s clear that Birdz, from Australia’s Northern Territory is continuing the tradition of politically aware hiphop, alongside Australians like Briggs, Trials, and Lucky Luke (coming right up). Call it Black CNN International. I’m not steeped in the intricacies of hiphop by any stretch of the imagination, but there seems to be a definite 90s tinge to the music. And did I mention that it sounds great? Cuz it does.

20. Laura Sauvage, Alien (Anything Like It, Have You?)

80s inspired synthpop that would make the Pet Shop Boys stand up and take notice. Given that PSB are at the very top of my personal pantheon of rock gods, there is no higher praise.

19. Lucky Luke, Jacks

On this one, there’s a definite 90s West Coast hiphop thing going on, all in service of a cool song about an abandoned Australian mining community. Socially conscious hiphop that grows your brain.

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18. Leather Jacuzzi, Leatherette Spa

For the first punk rock entry into my top 30, it’s Calgary’s Leather Jacuzzi. Loud, ferocious, with a wicked sense of humour, these ladies are doing it right.

17. La Fièvre, La Chienne

Dreamy, resigned feminist pop from one of my new Canadian favourites.

16. The OBGMs, Beat Up Kidz

This is why you shouldn’t skip the opening act. Saw these Toronto punkers open up for Danko Jones a couple of years ago and they blew me away. High-octane punk rock. Yes. Here’s hoping their just-released debut album garners them the attention they so richly deserve.

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All the Rage no. 37 – December 7, 2017: Slowly clawing our way out of 2017

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Your setlist:

Smokes, Iodine
Tropical Fuck Storm, Soft Power
Laura Sauvage, Monkeys in Space
Contrast, The Cure
Fritz, YUK!
Blush Response, Without You
Hello Seahorse!, Dónde Estabas (Azul)
Tapas (feat. Jeepz, G. Grand & Hyf), Havana Nights
Land of Talk, This Time
Hatchie, Sure
Brutal Poodle, Amateurs of the Universe
Family Video, Year Without at Summer
Camp Cope, The Opener

All the Rage no. 36: The best name in rock and roll, 2017 edition

TFS, FTW.

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Your setlist:

Alex Lahey, Every Day’s the Weekend
Laura Sauvage, Alien (Anything Like It, Have You?)
La Fièvre, Nous reculons
Seafog, Division
Tropical Fuck Storm, Chameleon Paint
No Sister, Romantic Notion
Mezko, Trust
Yacht, Hard World
Lo Siento, No Tengo Remedio
Jen Cloher, Shoegazer
Jess Ribeiro, If You Were a Kelpie
Steven Lambke, Fireworks
Molly Drag, Glass
Swim Team, Positively Hopeless

 

All the Rage no. 35 – November 6, 2017: Favourites, old and new

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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

All the Rage no. 24, Oct. 23, 2017: Putting the “ish” into biweeklyish

First show in four weeks, which means even more mind-blowingly excellent left-field pop from Canada and Australia. Lots of new singles from some show favourites this week. Also, RIP Gord Downie.

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Your setlist:

Whalehouse, Sexy Whale Beach Party
The
Tragically Hip
, Born in the Water
Lazertits, New Friend
Shame Spiral, Untitled I</a
The Preatures, Yanada
Donny Benét, Konichiwa
Heart Beach, Perfect
Right Shitty, Bandaid
Expanda Fuzz, The Last of the Who Heads
Wet Lips, Here if You Need
JuliaWhy?, Candy
No Sister, Overpass
Wild Meadows, Feel the Noise
Tidal Rave, The Sea
Owen Meany’s Batting Stance, Growth

 

All the Rage no. 32 – August 29, 2017: ATR is one year old!

Going off format for the one-year anniversary. The music that gets me happy.

Your setlist:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Zero
Electric Six, Dance Commander
Eagles of Death Metal, I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)
Rocket from the Crypt, Born in ‘69
JuliaWhy?, Painkiller
Black Grape, In the Name of the Father
Dragon Boy Suede, I Heal With My Steel
Fatima Mansions, Only Losers Take the Bus
The Fall, Free Range
Confidence Man, Boyfriend (Repeat)
Radio Radio, Boomerang
Briggs, The Children Came Back (f. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Dewayne Everettsmith)
Jackson Browne, Going Down to Cuba
The Juan Maclean, A Simple Design
Grimes, REALiTi
Cassie, King of Hearts (Richard X Remix)
Annie, Two of Hearts (Richard X mix)
Cut Copy, Hearts on Fire
Johnny Headband, Hot Button Topic
The Killers, When We Were Young

Episode 31: triplejunearthed.com is Rock and Roll

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.

The best new indie and underground music, including an unholy number of tunes I found on triplejunearthed.com.

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Your setlist:

Fog Lake, inference (i)
La Fièvre, La Chienne
Gauci, Hurry
The Goods, Make Your Move
ggpeach, Far as I go
Twist, Benefits
Lowtide, Alibi
Heaps Good Friends, Olympic Sneakers
Rackett, Prey
Moody Beach, Vanilla
Cut Copy, Standing in the Middle of the Field
Baker Boy, Cloud 9 feat. Kian Brownfield
Maddy Jane, No Other Way
Sore Points, Don’t Want To
Coloured Clocks, Not the Same Anymore

Episode 30! Showing the love for Canadian and Australian music for over 30 weeks

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.

The best new indie and underground music. Plus, sadly, RIP Dave Rosser.

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Your setlist:

The Afghan Whigs, You Want Love (f. James Hall)
Holiday Party, I’m Still Here
Morning TV, Let it Lie
Crystal Eyes, High Moon
A. Swayze and the Ghosts, ICU
Beaches, Void
Gold Class, Twist in the Dark
Batpiss, You and Me
TR/ST, Bicep
Reef Shark, World in Space
Dianas, Heart of Me
Durs Coeurs, Assez C’est Assez
Alvvays, In Undertow

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

ATR no. 28: All Canada, All the Time (One Day Only)

As always, the best new left-field pop, mainly from Australia (though not today) and Canada, but if it’s from elsewhere and it sounds good, I’ll play it.

Happy Canada Day! Enjoy this fine selection of Canadian tuneage.

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Your setlist:

Stars, The Theory of Relativity

A Tribe Called Red, R.E.D. (f. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear)

The Survivalists, Me & James
US Girls, Incidental Boogie
Grimes, Flesh Without Blood
JB the First Lady, We were Children
Len, Steal My Sunshine
Radio Radio, Kenny G Non-Stop
Pale Lips, I’m Glad There’s Only 2 of Me
The Yips, Point Dume
The OBGMs, Beat Up Kidz
Solids, Not Complaining
The Courtneys, Minnesota
Jennifer LoPan, You’re So Unkind
Jim Bryson, The Depression Dance
Expanda Fuzz, It’s Your Glow, UFO
Sloan, Same Old Flame
Mitsou, Dis-Moi Dis Moi
Metric, Stadium Love