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. 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’

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/00F5GpqtjDr750q3M2Bkfm

Chromatics, Black Walls

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

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

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

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

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/arD_5YGJdQ0?rel=0

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. 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. 38 – December 17, 2017: Best of 2017, 30-16

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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

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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