Milo Greene - Don’t You Give Up On Me

I had the opportunity to see Milo Greene the other day (as they were opening up for Bombay Bicycle Club).  The venue was one of my favourites and I know it usually gets ridiculously warm in there but nonetheless, it was a serious party. 

I hadn’t been listening to Milo Greene for very long but from what I have heard of theirs, I always liked.  I sat there and let their beautiful music just wash over me and it was the best way to end a long week.  The voices of Robbie Arnett and Marlana Sheetz work together so wonderfully well.  I picked this song because it’s just really easy to listen to.  It’s soothing and calm which is something that we all need every now and then.

Milo Green is from Los Angeles, California.  They have been around since 2010 and their self-titled album was released in 2012. They have a new album coming soon in 2015.

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday and to my Canadian friends, have a happy long Thanksgiving weekend! 

-Sherwin

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Jon Bellion - Carry Your Throne

If I was being scathing I’d say something like this sounds like Owl City fell into the trash bin outside of the studio where Kanye and Sufjan were collaborating (if only) and when he got home he realized there was a discarded mix tape stuck to his back and that would go on to be the backing track for this song. But I’m not being scathing. The nicer way to put it is how evident the amount of influence Bellion draws from Kanye is easily recognizable across his music. Isn’t it nice when someone’s actually taking music from Kanye?

The track above is the only one that sounds like Sufjan though, I’m not even sure he’s one of Bellion’s influences but the large hits transport me right to Age of Adz. I also detect the unmistakable sound of a video game character when it runs into a wall. This is my favorite track on his latest album, The Definition, and I’d recommend giving it a listen, at least for some of the Kanye references. Bellion often rides the line between pop overkill and true originality but never seems to fall into the land of “please don’t embarrass me on shuffle”. 

-Zach

Kate Nash - "Merry Happy"

Hmm.

It’s been an introspective last few days. I’ve been going on a lot of drives lately; taking the long ways home past places I haven’t seen or been to in a while, which can be a little treacherous when you’re feeling generally melancholy about life. Seeing a certain stretch of road or a house on the corner can cause old memories to resurface, which often tends to dredge up the people involved with them   even if they aren’t really in your life anymore. And sometimes that’s okay. And sometimes it hurts a little. You feel a twinge of natural curiosity for how things could’ve turned out differently, even if you don’t actually wish they had anymore, even if you’re content with the way things are now. You realize that sometimes, a person isn’t meant to be anything more to you than a lesson, despite all evidence you think you’ve amassed to the contrary. All that’s really left to do is learn from them, and tend the flowers you’ve grown in the dirt left behind.

Because sometimes different is hard, but it doesn’t always have to be bad.

- Callie

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Caribou - Back Home

I know, it’s only been a little over a month since I last posted Caribou, but hear me out. This album is good. Like, really good. I don’t think it’s just the cough syrup that I’m taking for a cold that I’m being overly dramatic about. Our Love is an ethereal record that is rich with layers and, as is evident on this song, robust but smooth (which I swear I did not transcribe from a whiskey bottle). When he’s firing on all cylinders, Dan Snaith tends to open up in the process, and his vibrant electronic fog is the better for it. 

Now if only I could ditch the sick fog…

-Andrew

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Daft Punk - Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

On September 1, 2001, Cartoon Network aired Toonami Midnight Run: Special Edition, a one-time musical time-slot which, for something that I only saw once, had a massive impact on my life. Before that night, I personally hadn’t listened to much music that wasn’t poured into my earholes by more conventional sources like MTV or Top 40 radio (or Disney Channel). After that night I was uh… mildly obsessed with Daft Punk, The Gorillaz and Kenna. It wouldn’t be until a good 7 years later that I would find a copy of the entire movie Interstella 5555.

Collecting all the tracks from Daft Punk’s 2001 album Discovery and adding beautiful animation from Toei, Interstella 5555 is the bizarre yet gripping tale of alien rockstars who are kidnapped, painted human skin tones and put into musical slavery by a creepy earth businessman/cult leader. Classic. The movie is pretty influential & I still remember seeing the video for Kanye West’s “Stronger" and flipping out because he was referencing Interstella and Akira, two films that I felt pretty alone in my appreciation of at the time. Now, even though people love Daft Punk and “Stronger” was a big hit (and I distinctly remember hearing “One More Time" almost every Saturday night on Open House Party for a few years), most people are woefully unaware of this movie’s existence. So go forth, Interstella, and make people question if they’re stoned.

Or if they are more stoned than they actually are.

Max

Bahamas - Lost in the Light

I like to believe that I’m a little late to the Bahamas game.  Many of my friends were listening to him super early and I just lagged behind.  However, when I finally got around to it, I realized how much I actually liked his stuff.

Lost in the Light is easily my favourite song of his simply because of that guitar bit at the beginning of the song.  It’s laid back, simple, and strangely enough, I find it extremely conducive to Sunday morning chores.  The song itself also builds and builds to a great chorus.  I’m very very excited to see him play live in a couple of weeks.

Bahamas is the stage name of Barrie-born, Toronto-based musician Afie Jurvanen.  He released his first album in 2008.  Lost in the Light is from the album, Barchords, released in 2012.  His most recent album, Bahamas is Afie, was released in 2014.

I hope you all have a Saturday that’s the bomb dot com!

-Sherwin

PS. Happy birthday to our resident artist and all-around awesome person, Viu

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Kay Kyser and His Orchestra - Praise the Lord and Pass The Ammunition

25 feels so much different than 24. I gained a year but I feel like I gained a lifetime (and some acid reflux). I could tell the change was coming when my car rental insurance rate senses started tingling and my music choices went back about 70 years to a time my grandpa would describe as “when you could still understand the words in songs”. It just hit me all of a sudden that I needed to listen to some Ella or Billie, The Andrew Sisters or The Ink Spots, some Bennie and some Dean; it had to be anything before the 1950s to satiate this feeling that I had been missing out. Kind of like when I all of a sudden decided that I love olives and then wanted to have them on everything. Olive sundae anyone? I digress.

As I sifted through music I found this song that I’d never heard before. It’s an old war ballad from 1942 (this version from ‘43) and the concept of it gets me every time. There’s this naive irony in saying God, please help because I need to murder some people.  ”Praise the lord and pass the ammunition”, was actually a quote from the chaplain on the USS New Orleans during Pearl Harbor. In those dark times, the song became an instant morale booster for the troops and even reached number one on the Billboard chart. 

Also I’m pretty sure I’m not getting old; I’ve just been replaying Bioshock and the music is fantastic.

-Zach

Yung Lean - "Yoshi City"

Do you ever find yourself gazing vacantly off into space in the middle of work or class thinking, “Damn, I wish I could combine normcore fashion with cough syrup and everything I liked about the year 2002 and turn that into an 18 year old rapper from Sweden”? If your answer was “every single day of my life” then man, you are in so much luck. Yung Lean is busting out of Stockholm, and with a fresh album out and talks of exciting collabos (Charli XCX! Travi$ Scott!) it looks like 2014 may be the Year of the Lean.

Do you remember that one time you got really sick in middle school and took way too much Nyquil on accident because your mom finally let you stay home alone and so you just sat in front of your Nintendo all day unintentionally high out of your mind playing Ocarina of Time in your dad’s oversized t-shirt? Yeah, me too. Lean’s music is exactly like that: very classically “chill”.

Now if you’re like me and get caught up in the “image” of an artist or music video in a way that can make or break your opinion of it, I’d say try strictly listening to him first. I know Jonatan’s bucket hat-wearing, pedestrian white boy image definitely threw me off at first, and some folks might find the visuals in his videos strange or even straight-up tacky. Trust me, if you give him a chance and grow to love the guy like I did, all of this will quickly shift from relatively questionable to confusingly endearing. #

- Callie

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