Sleater-Kinney - Bury Our Friends (feat. Miranda July)

Hey, so, listen. Sleater-Kinney is getting back together with an album and a tour in tow. Wait for it, wait for it… Okay, breathe. So yeah, obviously the internet was awash with news yesterday and we’re a solid day and a half into its news cycle, but I’m just way too amped to not post this tonight. It’s going to be interesting to see if their remarkably consistent excellence holds up but from the first single, I’m feeling great about it. My goodness, this song absolutely slays. No Cities To Love, the band’s first in what will be 10 years, on January 20. Mark your goddamn calendars.

-Andrew

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Procedural

I have not seen Gone Girl yet. I’ve had several opportunities to see it this past week but all of them fell through. But what I have had the opportunity to do, is listen to the film’s score by my not-problematic faves Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. So, in a way, I’ve kind of seen the movie. I imagine the scene accompanying this song is a meandering dimly-lit courtroom setting where you have to pay close attention to details to understand character motivations. 

Or maybe I’m just a fan of Fincher/Reznor/Ross combo films and they all have a very common style. Maybe I’m right. Maybe I’m wrong. Hopefully I’ll find out soon, so don’t spoil it for me guys. See you next week!

Max

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The Rural Alberta Advantage - Vulcan, AB

The Rural Alberta Advantage released a new album a couple of weeks ago and while I haven’t had very much time to give it a listen, Vulcan, AB, made a bit of an impression on me.  

It’s really reminiscent of their older stuff and I may rag on Alberta on occasion for being too conservative, but hey, it’s my home.  The song name references a small town in this province that happens to have a Star Trek tourist station (and a lot of other Star Trek related things according to the Wikipedia article).  

The RAA have been around since 2005 and their newest album, Mended with Gold, was released at the end of September.

I hope you have all had a great Saturday!

-Sherwin

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Stars - No One Is Lost

This week is a bit of a Sherwin shout-out, a Shert-out if you will. Stars was never one of those crazy influential bands for me but I’ve always enjoyed their songs and think Set Yourself on Fire is a gem of an album. I’m not crazy about the new album that dropped this past week but I have had the title track on in heavy rotation lately. I just don’t know when to listen to the album, it’s like not dancey enough but also not mellow enough; the whole thing just falls into this weird luke warm middle that I just find forgettable.

I think the reason the title track has captured my attention so much is its upbeat notion of our own mortality. Even though “put your hands up because everybody dies” may sound morbid it’s really meant in a celebratory sense that we should all let go and party because now is the time we get to enjoy. 

Put your hands up,

-Zach

Cristobal Tapia De Veer — Samba De Wilson (UTOPIA OST)
If any of you has watched this show, you’ll already know how disturbing it can get sometimes. It’s soundtrack contributes to it. I immediately loved the music in UTOPIA, I thought it fit really well with the situations pictured in the scenes, and it really helped to create that disturbing dark environment I mentioned before.
When first listening to it, it reminded me of the feeling I had when listening to A Clockwork Orange’s soundtrack.
All of this together, makes it a quality soundtrack! 
Hope you enjoy,

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Cassie - "Me & U"

Between this priceless gem of a song and her past collab with Onika for “The Boys” (Watch the video, okay. Trust me.), I’m beginning to think that we as a society  no, as a civilization  are seriously slacking in showing our appreciation for Cassie. Just play the first two seconds of this song in your local Dutch coffee shop and you’ll instantly see even the most macho of Liverpudlian chavs completely let their guard down, singing every single word in blissful earnest… and I know that based on experience. There’s just no escaping the beat’s bouncy goodness. Shoutout to Ms. Ventura for making one the greatest R&B hits of the 2000’s.

- Callie

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Les Sins - Why (feat. Nate Salman)

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, it should come as no surprise that I absolutely love Toro Y Moi. He’s the most talented artist to rise from the pre-2011 chillwave murk, always forging new territory by not refusing to tie himself to a particular genre’s sway. Instead, he’s increasingly broken the mold with every release since 2010’s Causers Of This, and only appears to be getting better as he’s learned and grown through his successes as an artist. In 2010, he also released a 12” that year under the name Les Sins that was ultimately a bit forgettable. Les Sins is Chaz Bundick’s even dancier side project, set to drop a debut LP, Michael, on November 4 via Company Records. A lot can change in four years, especially for someone who has refused to stagnate like Bundick. I have a lot of hope for this record, because the first two singles are pretty darn good. This one in particular is quintessential Bundick, with a bass-propelled rolling electronic background that just makes me want to fucking dance. 

I’m just going to fucking dance.

-Andrew

Stick in the Wheel - Marrabones

I experienced the folkiest event my entire life last week, in the mild town of Tenterden in Kent. Amongst the hordes, and I mean HORDES, of morris dancers, concertinas and shanty singers, I managed to find a band worth writing abroad about. Stick in the Wheel really stopped me in my tracks with their hard-hitting folk roots sound, not shying away from the London twang and story-telling tradition that made Britain’s folk so popular throughout history. Check them out and support their music if you like them, please! This song is original, and hilarious… If you’re from London, definitely watch them live if you get a chance!

Happy Mondays,

- Rosie