Monthly Archives: November 2016

Stream or Download The Obsessed’s ‘Sodden Jackyl’ for Free

Doom metal band The Obsessed have unveiled a free stream/download of their first single in over 20 years, ‘Sodden Jackyl’, via Adult Swim’s Singles Program.

To download the track for free, head here.

‘Sodden Jackyl’ gives fans a taste of what they can expect when the band releases new album in spring 2017, title and release date TBA.

Stream BOYTOY’s Cover of The Eyes’ ‘When the Night Falls’ for Free

Brooklyn trio BOYTOY have shared a free stream of their take on The Eyes’ ‘When the Night Falls’, taken from forthcoming split 7″ with Schade, out on Sacred Hood/PaperCup Music.

“I forgot where I first heard this song, but when I did I was totally entranced.  It was one of the sexiest songs I’d ever heard – so much feel and so much cool for such a simple song.  I loved how it could convey so much with so little.  I wanted to cover it for a while, but never actually tried.  Then one day this summer I was playing it in the car and proposed it to Glenn [van Dyke] and Chase [Noelle] and they were both super into it.  So Chase learned the drum part and Glenn came in with some tambourine and psychy noise guitar stuff. I borrowed Chase’s harmonica and we laid down our version on the song in a little studio that Glenn rents out in the Brooklyn Navy Yard,” Guitarist/vocalist Saara Untracht-Oakner said in a statement.

The band came together after Untracht-Oakner graduated from college in Boston and hooked up with guitarist/vocalist and Florida Glenn van Dyke. The pair bonded over a mutual love of surfing, skating and DIY pop-punk.

They released a self-titled EP in 2014 followed by their debut album Grackle in 2015 on PaperCup Music.

Catch BOYTOY on the following dates;

12/01 – San Juan, PR @ La Boveda
12/02 – San Juan, PR @ Club 77
12/03 – Rincon, PR @ Pool Bar
01/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Sad Girl


Stream Stella Rio’s ‘Don’t Go Away’ for Free

With a busy schedule working on DJ DVBBS‘ latest EP Wicked Ways as well as writing for the new Little Mix album Glory Days, out now, Toronto singer/songwriter Stella Rio found the time to share a free stream of her track ‘Don’t Go Away’.

She also unveiled the video for the track;

In an e-mail, Rio said that, “the song is about meeting that special person and feeling that you’re connected on a deeper level and never wanting to let that feeling go. I think most people can relate because deep down most people chase that kind of love.”

Danny Michel Announces Journeys to the Arctic for New Album


Danny Michel on the deck of Kaptain Khlebnikov.

When Danny Michel was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime; the chance to join Generator Arctic, a mission traversing the Arctic Ocean with famed Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, scientists, photographers, writers, videographers aboard the Russian icebreaker Kaptain Khlebnikov, he jumped at the opportunity.

Michel’s goal was to record an album in a makeshift studio in his cabin using what he could scrounge together including camera tripods, hair ties, and gaffing tape. The result is Khlebnikov, out on January 20, 2017.

It may just earn the Guinness World Record for the northernmost album ever recorded!

He shared a free stream of ‘24,000 Horses’ from the album;

“One evening at 4:00am I woke to massive muffled booms and thuds of the Khlebnikov lurching through the Arctic ice,” Michel recalled in a statement. ”Too curious to sleep I put on all of my gear and went outside to see what was happening. There alone, at the bow I witnessed one of the most glorious moments of my life. Under an endless sky and midnight sun, I watched pieces of ice the size of tennis courts break, flip, and bounce around like bowling pins under the hull of the mighty Khlebnikov. Later that day I wrote ‘24,000 Horses'”

During his 18 days aboard the ship, he was joined by Hadfield, who sings in Russian and the dishwasher from the ship’s kitchen. Once Michel returned home, he collaborated with bandmate and award-winning composer Rob Carli.

Michel captured the trip as part of his Dan’s Space Van Web series;

Catch Danny Michel on the following dates;

Dec 01 Winnipeg Manitoba, West End Cultural Centre

Dec 02 Edmonton, Alberta, St. Basil’s Cultural Centre SOLD OUT

Dec 04 Lethbridge, Alberta, Geomatic Attic SOLD OUT

Dec 05 Canmore, Alberta, Communitea

Dec 06 Rossland, British Columbia, Flying Steam shovel

Dec 08 Vancouver, British Columbia, St. James Hall

Dec 09 Errington, British Columbia, Errington Hall




24,000 Horses



Fall (feat. Chris Hadfield)
The Dishwasher’s Dream

Down Down Down

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Family Friends’ ‘Look the Other Way’

Melbourne/London brother/sister duo Family Friends have shared the video for ‘Look the Other Way’.

“This tiny colourful story, featuring the lovesick offspring of national treasure Mr. Blobby, tries to get inside the heart of what it is to make a friend in the faceless urban jungle of today,” the band said in a statement.

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Twin Rains’ Flash Burn’


Toronto dream-pop duo Twin Rains have shared the video for ‘Flash Burn’ from their debut album Automatic Hand.

The duo of Jay Merrow and Christine Stoesser met as roommates in 2009 and started making music almost immediately afterwards. Recorded almost entirely by self-taught producer Merrow and produced by both band members, the 11 track effort is a mediation on today’s society and how often, our hands act faster than our brains when it comes to mobile devices.

“We’re excited by the reception of the album so far,” Stoesser sad in a statement. “We took our time making Automatic Hand and it was a bit of an insular process, so it’s such a relief to see people connecting with the music. It feels really great to finally release it and let everyone hear what we’ve been working on!”


1. Before
2.  A Swim
3.  Pons
4.  Flash Burn
5.  Ghost Bird
6.  Automatic Hand
7.  Evergreen
8.  Flood
9.  Break The Crown
10. Green Screen
11. After




Videos for a Lazy Sunday: HEALTH’s ‘LA Looks’

The video for LA noise rockers HEALTH‘s ‘L.A. Looks’ harkens back to the 80’s and 90’s as it pays homage to a late night infomercial that depicts all of LA’s eccentricity.

The clip was produced by Super Deluxe and directed by Derrick Beckles of Adult Swim fame. Appropriately, the video had its premiere on West Hollywood Public Access Television.

‘L.A. Looks’ is taken from HEALTH’s latest release Death Magic, out now on Loma Vista Recordings.

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: The Young Novelists’ ‘Come ‘Round Again’

Toronto’s The Young Novelists unveiled a new song, ‘Come ‘Round Again’, at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference.

The band is currently working on their new album but they will be taking some time off to hit the road for dates in the US in the new year;

Dec 10  The Lincoln Center / NEW YORK CITY, NY
Jan 13  Westboro Masonic Temple* / OTTAWA, ON (ticket details coming soon!)
Jan 14  Abbott Hall* / TAMWORTH, ON
Jan 21  Cooperstown Concert Series* / COOPERSTOWN, NY
Feb 10  Casa del Bistro (house concert) / WESTCHESTER, OH
Feb 11  Possum Hollow Log Cabin Concerts / ST. PARIS, OH
Feb 12  House concert / CHICAGO, IL
Feb 15  The Warming House / MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Feb 16-19  Folk Alliance Conference / KANSAS CITY, MO
Feb 21  The Ark / ANN ARBOR, MI
Apr 7  Lyrics Coffeehouse / REDDING, CT
Apr 8  Earth Room Concerts / LINCROFT, NJ
Apr 9  Heights House Concerts / JERSEY CITY, NJ
Apr 28  String Bone Presents @ Revival House (w/Joe Crookston!) / STRATFORD, ON

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: MONA’s ‘In the Middle’

Toronto’s MONA have shared the video for the title track from their latest EP, their first music in two years, In the Middle, out now on Bright Antenna Records.

The band has been through a lot in the past two years but it has given them a renewed sense of purpose.

We have always been a tight knit group, but the vibe is the best it’s been and we are looking forward to bringing these songs to the public,” frontman Nick Brown said in a statement. “Very few things matter in this world, and we think music is one of them.”

The band also announced the dates of their upcoming tours of Europe and North America;

1/14/17 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
1/15/17 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day
1/17/17 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Upstairs @ Paradiso
1/19/17 – London, UK – The Lexington
1/20/17 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique/Witloof Bar
1/21/17 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow Club Night
11/23/2016 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
11/25/2016 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
11/26/2016 – Victoria, BC – Sugar
11/29/2016 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
12/2/2016 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
12/3/2016 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
12/6/2016 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub
12/7/2016 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Theatre
12/12/2016 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
12/13/2016 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
12/14/2016 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
12/15/2016 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
12/16/2016 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
12/17/2016 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter
1/23/2017 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
1/24/2017 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
1/26/2017 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
1/27/2017 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer
1/28/2017 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
1/31/2017 – Los Angeles, CA – The Bootleg Theater
2/1/2017 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
2/13/2017 – Washington, DC – DC9
2/15/2017 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
2/16/2017 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
2/17/2017 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
2/18/2017 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Izzy Mintz’s ‘Black Mass’ (Featuring Vee Tha Rula)

Arizona rapper Izzy Mintz has shared the Malaki Creative-directed video for ‘Black Mass’, featuring Vee Tha Rula.

The vid was shot in a stark industrial setting.