All the Rage, no. 64, April 15, 2019: Still biweeklyish, honest!

As (almost) always, your biweekly(ish) hit of the best in new left-field pop from Canada, Australia and beyond. It’s been busy. True biweekly service to resume once I’m back from Australia next month.

This week: I think this mix turned out particularly well. Then again, that’s easy when you Tropical Fuck Storm, The Sex Geckos and Greys providing the noise, Bronswick, Skinnyfish Soundsystem and Errhun providing the beats, and JuliaWhy?, Skydeck, and Rey Pila providing the indie rock cred. And that’s just scraping the surface of this 18-song smorgasbord. Dig in!

Your setlist:

The Sex Geckos
Black Dots

Ausmuteants
Forever Cops

Sauna
Felt

Tropical Fuck Storm
The Planet of Straw Men

Greys
These Things Happen

Errunhrd
Atbp2

Skinnyfish Sound System
Smoking Ceremony (feat. B2M, Birdz & Tasman Keith)
triple j Unearthed Embedded Player

Slumber
Salty

Skydeck
Solid State

Raave Tapes
Stabs
triple j Unearthed Embedded Player

Australia
Get My Shit Together

Rey Pila
Flames

JuliaWhy?
Starman

Bronswick
La dérape

Scary Bear Soundtrack
Investment Plan

Polycool
Polywood

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete
Lineas En Hojas

Hannah Georgas
No Need to Argue (feat. Lucius)

 

All the Rage no. 60 – January 29, 2019: A nice, round number

Show 60! Second show of 2019! As always, the best in new left-field pop from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: Triple J Hottest 100 heroes Hilltop Hoods and Hockey Dad! The heartbreakingly beautiful Ripe Music (ripemusic.com.au) #1 song of 2018, from Laura Jean! Invigorating noise from Gloin, Babyfats and Vintage Corp! And so, so much more.

Yer setlist:

Jeepz, Tune.In[Tro]

Gloin, Cha Cha

Omar Musa, Assimilate (feat. Tasman Keith)

FM Attack, Frozen (feat. Mnynms)

FLUIR, Feeling for You
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/7588466

Lastlings, Stellar

Scary Bear Soundtrack, pyongyang

EWAH, Black Horse

Nice Biscuit, Captain
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/6832751

Actors, L’appel du vide

Vintage Corp, Guarantees

Babyfats, AAH! AAH!

Hilltop Hoods, Leave Me Lonely
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/yKifJ4Q5ph0

Hockey Dad, Join the Club

Soft Science, I Don’t Know Why I Love You

Laura Jean, Girls on the TV

All the Rage no. 53 – September 15, 2018: Hello, Duisburg!

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: I’ve relocated to Duisburg, Germany. 45 minutes from Cologne. Home to the world’s largest inland port. The cycling is fantastic. I’ve managed to tear myself away from it to gift you 52 minutes or so of tasty tuneage, from the thrilling experimentalism of Petra Glynt to the sombre beauty of Molly Drag (lots of Montrealers on the show this week). And so much more.

Yer tracklist:

Petra Glynt
Surveillance

U2
The Blackout
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/AWeYqbUzyF0

Marie Davidson
So Right

Erthlings
Bridges

White Blanks
I Don’t Wanna (Die)
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/7455706

Noughts
Skew

Straight Arrows
Out and Down

La URSS
Cristal

Danny Michel
Purgatory Cove

Molly Drag
Last Words

FRTIZ
Summer Holiday

Plum
Cool 2 Start
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/3732961

Black Springs
Slinky Day

Choses Sauvages
Damoclès

All the Rage no. 52 – August 30, 2018: Goodbye to the Garden City

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: My last show in Canada before crossing the ocean … to Germany! And what better way to mark the occasion than with JuliaWhy?’s garagey sensibility, Nun’s ominous electronic foreboding, Babygirl’s dreampop, Würst Nürse’s punkiness, and so much more.

Your setlist:

Sahara Beck
Here We Go Again
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5s2JcXMkuhkEF8MYeWFrW1

JuliaWhy?
Pocket

Loose Tooth
All the Colours Gone

Phantastic Ferniture
Uncomfortable Teenager

Brian Tamaki and the Kool-Aid Kids
Tunnel Vision

Baby Cages
All U Want

Leathers
Day for Night

Youngblood
Dark Place
https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1hMoML8Dc9H1KuZODcUb2L

Sam Taylor-Wood & Pet Shop Boys
I’m In Love With a German Film Star (Radio Edit)
https://embed.music.apple.com/ca/album/im-in-love-with-a-german-filmstar-radio-edit-single/293317675

Nun
Pick Up the Phone

Heathers
Black Moon

Babygirl
Over in No Time

Primo!
A City Stair

Würst Nürse
Hot Doctor

Briggs
Here (feat. Caiti Baker)

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. 49 – June 23, 2018: Feel-good hits of the year

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week: Good music equals good mood. The proof is streaming below.

Your setlist:

Shirley & the Pyrmaids, One Life

Expanda Fuzz, Check Your Watch

Moaning Lisa, Good

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/7137071

VOIID, Not For You

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/7135436

White Blanks, Go Right Now

Georgia June, Pressure

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/6529526

Muncie Girls, Picture of Health

Wax Mannequin, Boring

Fritz, Biggest Fool in the World

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/embed/7119326

Loose Tooth, Keep Up

Seaside, Golden Girl

Stars, One Day Left

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/xXW1BB6N1gg?rel=0

Single Tear, in your arms, in my arms

Chromeo, Room Service

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/B-_xw6lf9T8?rel=0

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
Hey

Buzz Kill
Into the Void

US Girls
Pearly Gates
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/k9PLXHDEUFE?rel=0

Paupière
Défunte Lune de Miel

Spiral Perm
24 Sevem

Milk & Bone
Nevermore

DEAFCULT
Lemonade Beauty

Tropic Harbour
Can’t Pretend

Totally Mild
Today Tonight

The Plastic Fangs
Never Liked That Dog

Lizard Queen
Nightmare

The Buoys
Liar Liar

Kaptur
Spirit

Hideous Towns
Dogma

Turnover
Curiosity

Champion Lawnmower
Mean Fast One

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.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/99xg4DtM-V8?rel=0

23. Moody Beach, Vanilla

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

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/d307sJoN9ZQ?rel=0

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.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/VZHjgA4eVaw?rel=0

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.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/KKX8L52h2Sc?rel=0

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

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

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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