Singles

4th Pyramid - So Balboa f. Saukrates

4th Pyramid – So Balboa f. Saukrates

Here’s a fact: Saukrates is great. If you’re a Canadian hip hop enthusiast over a certain age, there’s a good chance you have a soft spot in your heart for The Underground Tapes, I know I certainly do. So then, when a song with a Big Soxx feature comes across our cyber desk, I gets an auto-listen. It certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes backed with a Rich Kidd boomer as a backdrop, and this effort from T.O.’s 4th Pyramid does. Sauks provides the bridge as 4th Rocky 3′s the track on the 2nd single from his latest album, The Pyramid Scheme.

MP3:: 4th Pyramid - So Balboa f. Saukrates (prod. by Rich Kidd)
Web:: 4thpyramid.com

Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built

Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built

Oh hey, I know Mondays are super-exciting on their own, but would a new Japandroids track spice yours up a bit? I thought it might. Spoiler alert, it’s loud, and you will sing along. This is off their perfectly named new album, Celebration Rock, which will be out June 5th via Polyvinyl Record Co. (You [...]

These Electric Lives - Wicked Game

These Electric Lives – Wicked Game

Sunday nights are made for cover songs! Well this one is I guess, as I’m sharing this Chris Isaak cover from T.O. electronic-rock outfit These Electric Lives. I’ve been a fan of TEL’s for a while, but I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about them taking on such a mellow, well-known jam. But they put their own spin on it, as one does when doing a cover, and the results are pretty enjoyable.

MP3:: These Electric Lives - Wicked Game
Web:: www.theseelectriclives.com

Leisure Gang

Leisure Gang

Hey, going to SXSW?!?!?! Well we’re not, so skip the taco talk Chauncey. But we can still party on this Tuesday afternoon like we’re heading down south, with the assistance of new Sweatshop Union project Leisure Gang. This self-titled single is, like everything SU has done the last couple years, rather raucous and enjoyable, so keep your ear to the ground for the Gang’s debut EP next month. Or catch them at SXSW…I guess…if you’re into that kind of thing.

MP3:: Leisure Gang - Leisure Gang
Web:: leisuregang.bandcamp.com

PS I Love You - Sentimental Dishes

PS I Love You – Sentimental Dishes

Been meaning to post this new song from heralded Kingston, Ontario duo PS I Love You for a few days now. Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson sound better than ever on “Sentimental Dishes”, with Saulnier’s trademark howl giving way to a great instrumental jam-out for the last minute or so of the song. Not really [...]

Jusfrais - Beat That f. Heartz & Markings

Jusfrais – Beat That f. Heartz & Markings

Fact: Tuesday nights are boring. So go ahead and spice yours up with the delightfully raunchy wobble of Toronto (via Halifax) MC/Producer Jufrais’ Beat That (which also features Heartz & Markings). If you like what you hear, grab Jusfrais’ album Lullabies & Other Bedtime Stories, which dropped earlier this year.

MP3:: Jusfrais - Beat That f. Heartz & Markings
Web:: soundcloud.com/jusfrais

Erin Passmore - Downtown

Erin Passmore – Downtown

Erin Passmore is better known for her work with Regina outfit Rah Rah, for whom she’s been known to contribute drums, keys, bass and vocals, but she’s recently released her first solo record: the Downtown EP. The Saskatchewanian ventured east to Montreal last summer, to make this 8 song EP with the assistance of many Montreal musicians, and if the rather rockin’ title track is any indication, it’s worth a listen.

MP3:: Erin Passmore - Downtown
Web:: www.erinpassmore.com

Bravestation - Signs of the Civilized

Bravestation – Signs of the Civilized

Since posting on their debut EP a couple years ago, I’ve been keeping an eager ear to the ground for any new music from this Toronto outfit. Their latest release is a new single, “Signs of the Civilized”, which is intended to bridge the gap until their new album is (hopefully) released later this year. While still recalling dark pop tunes from the 80′s like their previous work, this one has a more dreamy quality, but the vocals still reach out and grab you by the collar.

MP3:: Bravestation - Signs Of The Civilized
Web:: bravestation.bandcamp.com

Cadence Weapon - 88

Cadence Weapon – 88

Ever wondered what a Grimes-produced Cadence Weapon track would some like? I suppose you might have done that very thing today, considering she has turned a (another, ha!) very popular blog into Grimes Vs. Bear for the day. Well, the Montreal enigma has graced Rollie with a snapping, hissing electronic backdrop for the throwback-themed 88, and I enjoy the results. You might too.

MP3:: Cadence Weapon - 88
Web:: www.cadenceweaponmusic.com

Zeus - Anything You Want Dear

Zeus – Anything You Want Dear

Ugh, today certainly is taking it’s sweet time passing by isn’t it? Perhaps the throwback rock goodness of Zeus’ “Anything You Want Dear” will give it a healthy kick in the posterior. The gents from Zeus have a new record entitled Busting Visions, coming out March 27th on Arts & Crafts, and the sound of this track has me looking forward to it.

MP3:: Zeus - Anything You Want Dear
Web:: themusicofzeus.com