RDGLDGRN – Doing the Most (featuring Dave Grohl)

RDGLDGRN are an indie-rock/hip-hop “go-go” (whatever that means) group from Virginia/DC. Timing of their debut recording at Sound City blessed them with the presence of Dave Grohl drumming for the entire album. Did I mention it was produced by Pharrell Williams?! With album liners like that, who needs a marketing budget! The featured track starts out with classic Dave drums, sweet organ keys, and a clean melody — what’s not to like.



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INFINITY SKULL CUBE – DDMMYYYY

Lately, I’ve been posting only way-back play-backs because I’ve been rediscovering more than I’ve been discovering. Toronto experimental rockers DDMMYYYY were a diverse band of many members, instruments, and styles. They also seem to like fuct up shit, pizza, alien lasers, and colourful cats. This crayola-animation for “Infinity Skull Cube” is a good trip!

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48 May – Leather and Tattoos

I’m a sucker for nostalgia, especially when it comes to bands and a classic tune. Several years ago I had the pleasure of touring across Japan with a great band called 48 May. Their original drummer has recently posted some old videos from the band, so I thought a re-post would be a good way to pay tribute to the good times with these stand-up lads from New Zealand. Especially thanks for introducing us to the game of “slaps” – I’ve never been drunker, cheers.


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Saves The Day – Anywhere With You

If you’re a warm-blooded human born between the years 1980 and 1990 with two ear-holes, chances are you’ve heard of indie/emo pop-punkers “Saves The Day”, who formed back in 1994. They’ve just released their 8th studio album, which is quite an accomplishment, considering the average lifespan of bands in an ever-changing music industry. Like so many bands lately, they’ve left their major-indie record label, and ventured into independent waters. The new album was completely crowd-funded, self-produced, and is being distributed through an imprint of Equal Vision Records, owned by the lead singer of “Say Anything”. The band is going strong and currently on tour to support the latest release. This track isn’t off their new album, but it’s a solid track, and one of the better quality audio videos you’ll find around!

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Cancer Bats – R.A.T.S.

What a screamer this track is! New video from Cancer Bats.

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Homeboy Sandman – Whatchu Want From Me

Homeboy Sandman is a rapper from Queens, NY. This video has no bling bling, except for bicycles, ice cream, and food trucks…respect. He’s no gangster, and doesn’t try to be – the man received an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and went to law school at Hofstra University. He withdrew from law school during his third year to pursue his career as an MC. He delivers verbal punches at light speed, backed by a fresh Aretha Franklin-esque track that truly speaks NYC. This is hip hop!

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Courage My Love – You Don’t Know How

My hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo has always had a pretty solid music scene, but not too often do bands make it out of the Southern Ontario circuit. Courage My Love is a band I’ve had my eye on for a few years now and instantly saw their potential. Twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn (guitar/vocals) & Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums/vocals) are a petite but powerfully package, delivering hard riff-driven rock and fantastic harmonies! Barely out of high school, they’ve already accomplished more than most, with a #3 Billboard chart, music videos on MuchMusic heavy rotation, a Japan tour, a second album release through Warner, and several million plays on the Youstube. The official music video won’t play in Germany, but you can view it here for those of you in Canada. I’ve posted their lyric video below, and look forward to hearing more tracks from the album, which drops June 11, 2013. I have to come clean and admit that this tack has been on repeat at least a dozen times now…giver!

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Born Wrong – Burn a Debt

Ontario Underdogs Part 2. For me, there is something therapeutic about throwing on fucking hardcore punk rock album to just loose yourself to… Personally, I think a lot of great things have come out of Hamilton, Ontario…Sonic Unyon, Catherine North Studios, Dave Andreychuk, Tim Horton’s, EuroPizza on James N., Jersey, Junkhouse, and gritty bands like “Born Wrong”. Short and sweet, headphones or speakers, crank that shit up!

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Saint Alvia – The Commute

The aim of this next series is to highlight “Ontario Underdogs” – bands that you’ve not heard of before, or whom deserve more credit than they get. From the ashes of Jersey, Grade, and Boys Night Out, rises Saint Alvia…formerly known as The Saint Alvia Cartel. The respective musicians who make up this band have been holding down the music scene in Hamilton/Burlington for nearly 15 years, which in itself is impressive. While their tracks have yet to gain the traction of previous musical pursuits, they consistently put out their own blend of indie-dance, roots, mod, and post punk. This album has them leaving their ska/roots vibes behind for more blues/motown inspired undertones. For me, Saint Alvia requires a bit of time to grow on you, but it’s all there…elements of honesty mixed with sing along chants and punk rock roots. All in all, the album has some unique qualities and definitely moves the band forward creatively.

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Robbie Williams – Losers

For all you so called losers staying in on a Friday night, give this one a spin. All I have to say is fair play to Robbie Williams. The man is a true lad, and cred has been earned!

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Goldfinger – Am I Deaf

When I was growing up, I listened to a fair share of Goldfinger… and then at the age of 19, I had the chance to open up for them in front of 2,500 kids at the Lyric nightclub in Kitchener, Ontario. One kid even broke his arm during our set, which was memorable for sure. Lead singer, John Feldman, went on to produce/mix a lot of great bands like The Used, Four Year Strong, All Time Low, Good Charlotte, and even Ashley Simpson. Drummer, Darren Pfeiffer, was managing bands around Toronto, and doing late night on Edge 102. When I heard Darren was moving back to LA, I though maybe he had reconnected with John for a project, but it didn’t occur to me that Goldfinger might be getting back together. To my surprise, and less than 45 minutes ago, their first single since 2008, hit the Youstube. The lyrics appeal to their early followers, who might be in their late 20s and early 30s now…lamenting about how music has changed, but perhaps a bit alienating for new fans. When bands take a break to pursue other things and enough time passes, you begin to miss the reason you first started a band… to just have fun and play the kind of music you enjoy. It seems like Goldfinger have done just that. They haven’t tried to re-invent the wheel, and nor should they. And they’ve been continuously involved in the music scene, so they shouldn’t look too out of place on stage, even if the members are all pushing mid-40s. If anything, young kids may even gravitate towards the return of some credible, no-gimmick punk rock. It’s a simple thing that musicians loose sight of. But do except to see fans chugging soda and eating a twinky from Darren’s ass…because some gimmicks are fun. So crack a beer, raise a fist, and sing along to the sounds of nostalgia…or if you’re 14, just leave the cell phone behind and fucking rock out!

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Teenage Kicks – All Is Not Lost (Live @ Lee’s Palace)

Here’s an example of great things happening in the Toronto music scene! Teenage Kicks have been killing it for the past while and releasing all kinds of great b-side and live tracks, such as this one! Teenage Kicks WordPress

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The Cure – Friday I’m In Love

It’s Friday, and this song seems aptly appropriate. I recently picked up The Cure’s Greatest Hits album, which is a compilation released in 2001. The band’s relationship with longtime label Fiction Records came to a close, and The Cure were obliged to release one final album for the label. Robert Smith agreed to release a greatest hits album under the condition that he could choose the tracks himself. The band also recorded a special studio album released as a bonus disc to some versions of the album. The disc, titled Acoustic Hits, is the eighteen songs from the North American release re-recorded acoustically, which I personally like even more than the original.

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WAZU – Councillor

WAZU are an industrial pop, dark wave, apop-calyptic duo originally from Sydney, Australia who have transplanted to New York. They pull heavily from new wave and goth sounds to craft their own dark yet danceable sound. They’ve created a sound that feels 80s, but breathes like a modern electro-pop band. The 80s have been in for a while now, but WAZU shines light on a dark corner of the decade that few have touched on as of yet.
Check out the newest single – “Councillor” – VIDEO HERE

Here is a video for their last single – “Murder1″

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New QOTSA!!

This day is so full of good news…Dave Grohl joins Queens Of The Stone Age for their new album! NME article here!
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