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Stream Jane’s Party’s ‘Acknowledgements’ for Free

Toronto’s Jane’s Party have shared a free stream of their track ‘Acknowledgements’.

The band wanted to push the boundaries of what they have done in the past and explore new aspects of their musical relationship.

The biggest change is that there are no drums on the song.

“We knew that such a fundamental decision would force us all to get out of our old habits and comfort zones – “shuffle the deck” in a way. With David Spekter’s work on the vocal harmony arrangement, ‘Acknowledgements’ ebbs and flows beautifully, with the lyrics always at the forefront,” the band said in an e-mail.

“Coming up in music as jazz students, we’ve always played and listened to instrumental music yet have somehow never made any of our own. The concept was a 60’s style approach to recording ‘Surfing on a Sinewave’ – a one-day studio session with all four of us jamming together in a single room,” the band said.  “Who better to inspire us and guide us through the process than Leland Whitty of Badbadnotgood? His production work in the studio and throughout the mixing process made for an incredible learning experience.”

Jane’s Party also offered a free stream of ‘Surfing on a Sinewave’;

Catch the band on the following dates;

July 6 – 7 @ Northern Lights Festival, Sudbury, ON

July 26 – 28 @ Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto, ON

August 18 @ Village Vibe Festival, Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, ON
August 18 @ Crowbar, Collingwood, ON

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Stream Falcon Jane’s ‘The News’ for Free

Falcon Jane, aka Sara May, had this to say about her track ‘The News’ in an e-mail; “’The News’ is about losing someone you love and trying to find them amidst the dense, emotional fog of grief. I hope it can help aid those who are grieving by reflecting some of the complicated emotions we are feeling.”

She offered a free stream of the track, taken from her latest album Feelin’ Freaky, out now.

The severe flooding that affected her community Southwestern Ontario also inspired the track, particularly a young child who was washed out of his mother’s arms. May and her partner had driven through the area just a few hours before the tragedy struck. She noted that there were a lot of parallels between the child’s death and ‘The News’.

When the next flood hit, May tried to capture when she and the community had been feeling.

“Water can be powerful and destructive, beautiful and cleansing. Its constant flow reminds us to keep moving forward – yet we are at the mercy of the current, the rainfall, and the floods,” she wrote.

Catch Falcon Jane on the following dates;

June 1 – Maggiolly’s – Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, ON

June 2 – Vibes in the Valley – Mulmur, ON

June 15 – Hillsburgh Library Opening, ON

June 26 – Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON

July 14 – Burdock, Toronto, ON

July 27 – Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Justice’s ‘Stop’

French duo Justice have shared the video for ‘Stop’.

The animated clip was created by Mrzyk & Moriceau, the duo behind videos from Air and Sebastian Tellier.

Catch Justice on the following dates;

May 18. Moscow, Adrenaline Stadium, Russia
May 26. London, All Points East Festival (Victoria Park), UK
June 2. Dublin, Forbidden Fruit, Ireland
June 10. Manchester, Parklife Festival, UK
June 23. Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
June 24. Neuhausen ob eck, Southside Festival, Germany
June 29. Nort sur Erdre, Festival de la nuit de l’Erdre, France
July 6. Boxtel, We are Electric, Netherlands
July 8. Arras, Mainsquare, France
July 12. Madrid, Mad Cool Festival, Spain
July 14. Barcelona, Cruilla Festival, Spain
July 17. Milan, Summer Festival, Italy [with Parcels and MGMT]
July 19. Lisbon, Super Bock Super Rock, Portugal
July 22. Benicassim, FIB Benicassim, Spain
August 11. Bucarest, Summer Well Festival, Romania
August 24. Zurich, Zurich Openair, Switzerland
August 26. Boulogne-Billancourt, Rock en Seine, France
September 11. Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful, USA
October 5. Austin, Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA
October 12. Austin, Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA

Stream Thyla’s ‘Blame’ for Free

Brighton post-punk quartet Thyla have shared a free stream of ‘Blame’.

The band has been garnering attention thanks to being included in the NME’s Essential Acts for 2018. They have also been tipped as an act to watch by several music publications. The BBC’s Huw Stephens has named Thyla as one of his Alternative Tips for 2018.

“’Blame’ is about the uncharacteristic choices people make when they’re trying to be like someone else, for the sake of someone else, at a cost to themselves. It’s a neurotic frenzy of guitars with self conscious lyrics about the state of paralysis jealously puts you in; blind anger with no real solution,” the band said in a statement.

Catch Thyla on the following dates;

12 May – Norwich Arts Centre (Dork showcase gig)
18 May – The Bee’s Mouth, Brighton (REX & Thyla present Guerilla The Great Escape show)
19 May – St Mary’s Church, Brighton (Alternative Escape)
23 May – The Boileroom, Guildford (BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe)
25-27 May – Dot to Dot Festival
26 June – The Castle & Falcon (supporting L.A. Witch)


Tokyo Police Club Announce Fall Tour Dates

Tokyo Police Club have announced that they will be hitting the road for a month-long tour in the fall kicking off on October 16.

This follows the band releasing a new single, ‘New Blues’ for Record Store Day. They offered a free stream of the track;

The band have teased that they will be releasing a new album, having spent the winter in LA recording new material with producer Rob Schnapf, who helmed the boards for TPC’s 2010 album Champ.

After the band spent 2016 celebrating 10 years of releasing music, they decamped to a church in rural Ontario to write new material in a church in rural Ontario. The idea behind this was to cut down on the distractions in the band members’ hometowns,  New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, and just spend time together.

“It was exciting to hear ourselves in such a big space like that, the drums ring out, the guitars blend and swirl. I think it really affected the arrangements and songwriting. We started to favour simple rhythms, slower tempos (relatively speaking) and energy over details. It was really liberating,” bassist/vocalist Dave Monks said in a statement.

Monks also said that the decision to work with Schnapf again was an obvious one.

“I think we all felt like this was the most realized vision for an album we’d had in a while and we knew we just needed a low key recording process to bring it to life.   From day one in the studio, we kept recording all the instruments together for every take so it never felt like it was being disassembled,” he said. “I think all the touring between Champ and now had left us as a much tighter band and it was fun to wield that power in the studio. Sometimes even if just Josh was doing an overdub, Graham and I would get in there and play along too. It made it feel more musical than disassembling things track by track, which is usually the norm.”

Catch Tokyo Police Club on the following dates;

06/15 – Burlington, ON @ Sound of Music Festival *
10/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right ^
10/18 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Good Will Social Club ^
10/19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Capitol Music Club ^
10/21 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange ^
10/23 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar ^
10/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room ^
10/25 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar & Stage ^
10/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret ^
11/01 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^
11/02 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge ^
11/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^
11/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge ^
11/10 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room ^
11/16 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^
11/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ^
* w/ Born Ruffians
^ Fleece support


Stream Machinedrum’s ‘Hype Up’ for Free

Machinedrum, aka Travis Stewart, has shared a free stream of his new single ‘Hype Up’.

He also shared a free stream of his remix of Chrome Sparks‘ ‘What’s it Gonna Take’;

Machinedrum and Chrome Sparks are currently on tour together. Catch them on the following dates;

APR 18 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
APR 19 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
APR 20 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
APR 21 – The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
APR 25 – Coda, Philadelphia, PA
APR 26 – Elsewhere – Brooklyn, NY
APR 27 – Theatre Fairmount – Westmount, Canada
APR 28 – The Velvet Underground – Toronto, Canada
MAY 24 – Honey – Minneapolis, MN


Stream Chances’ ‘Fire to Go’ for Free

Chances have shared a free stream of ‘Fire to Go’ from debut album Traveler, out on April 27.

The band describes the track as being, “an anthem of resilience”.

“It’s an empowering break-up song that talks about taking a stand and resisting the temptation to let someone back into your life when you know it’s a mistake,” Chances said in an e-mail.

Catch the band on the following dates;

April 26th – Phi Centre, Montreal

May 3rd – Le District, Quebec City

May 8th – This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton (with The Ferns and Calcedon)

May 9th – The Burdock, Toronto (with Chelsea Reed/David Macmichael)

May 10th – National Arts Centre, Ottawa