Now Hear This: Lightweight (Dirty Beaches ft. Sapphire Slows Remix) - Zulu Pearls

Zulu Pearls have a new EP on deck, including remixed versions of the track list that are said to be “complimentary”. A re-work of the title track “Lightweight” sees Zulu Pearls (Zach Van Hoozer) teamed up with Montreal no-wave connoisseur Dirty Beaches to give the song an entirely revamped sound. The latter’s influence is promptly felt as dark and moody synths are grafted to the original song’s structure, changing the genre of the track altogether. Additional vocals from Sapphire Slows give the song a haunting vibe, making it a perfect addition to your October playlists, especially considering the fog laden days we closed out September with.

Lightweight will be released 28-Oct-2014 via Cantora.

DO THIS: Slow Magic @ The Garrison (Toronto) 28-Sep

Slow Magic recently released his album, How To Run Away, and will be in Toronto Sunday to share the future-friendly, season bridging songs with us in person. The album masterfully takes listeners to triumphant peaks and introspective valleys. Singles “Hold Still” and “Girls” made use of watery beats and frolicking guitars respectively, and the entire album would do colourful wonders for those with chromesthesia.

How To Run Away is connective electronic music that is very easy to listen to with other people. In a room full of strangers, I think it might serve as a perfect introduction so make your way to The Garrison Sunday evening. Get all the info through these red letters.

Now Do You See: Put Your Number In My Phone - Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink announced the release of his first proper solo album pom pom (a double LP no less) with the single “Put Your Number In My Phone”. With silky vocals and jangly guitars the track is as bubbly as it is creepy, and immediately recognizable as Ariel Pink. That the chorus (if you want all this and more/ put your number in my phone) has been stuck in my head since I heard it is no surprise either, considering Pink’s ability to convert his weirdness into something extremely catchy. And like his previous songs, the track features a voice mail, this time from a girl who seems to be awaiting a phone call back from him after they met at a taco stand.

Although the track is easy-going in nature, the video’s a little more difficult to take in. It shows Ariel Pink pushing a man with an oxygen mask in a wheelchair around a mall as they visit the arcade, eat at the food court and strikeout after attempting to talk to a few girls. Better still is Pink’s outfit - he sports a teal fur coat and matching cowboy hat with giant chains as accessories. It’s a lot to take in, and somehow confusing while making perfect sense, which as you know by now is Pink’s style defined.

pom pom is available 17-No-2014 on 4AD through these red letters.

Post-Script: For those that follow this little project, we have a new pal on board. His name is Blake and he’s super keen on sharing good tunes. This is his first post and his first post is really rad. Kudos Blake, glad to have you on the team.

SUPERCRAWL 2014 Photog - Kevin Drew

SUPERCRAWL 2014 Photog - How To Dress Well

Stay tuned for our interview with Tom early next week.

SUPERCRAWL 2014 Photog - Arkells

SUPERCRAWL 2014 Photog - The Dirty Nil

Now Do You See: Funny Way Of Loving You - Allegories

Finally we have something to share from the gator-masked duo that have captivated show-goers around the Hamilton area. What was once arcane is now here to be shared. The second you click play you’re well past the event horizon, caught in a vivid ether of clicks, synths and thumps swirling towards a singularity. When “Funny Way Of Loving You” does inevitably compress it’s as spooky as it is soothing.

The accompanying video mirrors these feelings exceptionally well. Scenes of cold urban wilderness distort and pixilate as our gator-masked specters bleed in and out of reality. This is a transmission from a sideways world, some odyssey ending dimension where familiarity is eerie and only the unknown is comforting. Allegories are the future and Allegories don’t exist, so what then of the future? I don’t know, but this song should be with you for whatever comes your way.


The first Supercrawl I went to was headlined by Broken Social Scene. I was so stoked to hear that they were going to be playing our free street festival and the entire day was glorious. I still go back and watch videos of the performance that people took from balconies that night. The intersection was packed and I was with some of my best friends dancing away to a dream set from the band. And even though we aren’t getting the whole band this year, I’ve seen Kevin Drew enough to know how much energy he is going to dish out to the crowd and I can’t wait. Kevin plays the Hamilton International Airport Stage at 8:00pm on Saturday.

When Broken Social Scene announced their hiatus a while ago it never seemed like they’d never play music together again. Since then they’ve hosted two festivals (Field Trip) through Arts & Crafts and everyone’s gone on to make their own records. Though they’ve done this before, this time definitely felt like the artists were going off on their own tangents (gone are the Broken Social Scene Presents…intros to both Kevin and Brendan’s recent albums).

Kevin’s latest collection of songs thrive on the passion we’ve come to love from his songwriting, but it’s also an album that harnesses his force in new way. Everything on Darlings moves with a tighter, more aimed energy. Kevin’s old ways of cloaking lyrics of love and existence in ambiguous metaphor have been replaced with words we can not only sing along with but understand.

That’s something all fans look forward to when seeing Kevin live. There’s always been beauty and catharsis in his music, but now more than ever he’s sharing all of those feelings with listeners rather than conveying.

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SUPERCRAWL 2014 LEAD-UP DAY 3: Friday Night is Stacked!

Instead of focusing on a single performer today how bout the entirety of Friday night? Good grief this thing’s loaded. Here’s our plot for the evening, what’s yours?

Illitry - Friday 8:05pm on TD/Arkells Stage

I’ve been following these guys for a few years now. I’ve seen them numerous times, but it doesn’t stop me from catching more sets from them. They’re always developing their live performance, adding new songs and dosing old songs with fresh elements. Troy is a man possessed on stage and Chester’s recent percussive additions add a whole new dimension to the band’s electro-organic sound. Every performance is supported by the band’s complete energy. Other than that, you never know what this band are going to do and that’s what makes them such an exciting band to see over and over again.

DEAD TIRED - Friday 8:45pm on Hamilton Community Foundation/Exclaim! Stage

I’ve heard from reliable sources that this new project from George Pettit should not be missed. There’s nothing to listen to online, which I actually think is pretty cool. You have to see them live to be on the in. I can’t wait to be on the in.

The Dirty Nil - Friday 9:15pm on Hamilton International Stage

I missed this band’s live performances for years and whenever I told someone that they looked at me like I was a lunatic. Then they opened for Protomartyr this summer and everything about the set was gloriously unbridled and my mistake of missing them before that was fully realized. If you’re reading this you’ve probably already seen them live…I think I was the only one in the city that hadn’t. It’ll be fists and bodies in the air and boring jobs and inhibitions squashed under your shoes in the streets of downtown Hamilton. It’ll be all time.

Arkells - Friday 11:00pm on Hamilton International Airport Stage

Arkells blend a powerful rhythm section with a rock sound that is criminally smooth. Lyrically, they’ve never been afraid to dash an album with songs of politics and love. That it comes across so casually is what’s most impressive. On first hearing a song from this band it’s hard not to get caught by their hooks and electricity. Better still is the depth of their songs, full of robust production and themes that beg to be explored. This will be the first time I’m seeing the band live and I’m beyond stoked. I’ve also held off on really diving into the new album so that I can experience them in the best possible way - at an explosive hometown show with all of my friends.

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