Song of the Day

NXNE Song Of The Day: Bleached – Think Of You

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If I could lead any life I wanted, no restraints, I would abandon all of my worldly belongings, fly down to Washington DC, grab my sister,and spend the rest of my days touring the world in a sister duo indie rock band.

Unfortunately this pipe dream eludes me because my sister and I lack any musical talent. Luckily for sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, the two main members of the rock n’ roll, post-punk band Bleached, they have the musical goods necessary in spades. Check out the grunge-inspired, peppy, retro “Think of You.”

The band is playing June 14th, 15th, and 16th at the Silver Dollar Room. If you happen to go to the show and meet the band, pass along the message that Halley and Celeste are super jealous.

In addition to their SIlver Dollar shows, Bleached are also playing on a boat(!) as part of NXNE’s Bruise Cruise on Saturday, June 16th

NXNE Song Of The Day: Still Life Still – Wild Bees

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If you’re ever looking for a band that brings the love and community of music together, it’s Still Life Still.

Born and bred in Toronto (East York more specifically), Still Life Still have been making music together for well over a decade. They live and breathe music, and after years of playing every venue, several times a week, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene and record label Arts and Crafts took them on, produced their album and signed them. It was a true example that working hard, putting in your time and passionately pursuing your dream (as cliché as it sounds) works out, and the entire album is a labor of love.

The song “Wild Bees” off of debut album Girls Come Too is a soft, harmony-rich song. It paints a beautiful landscape with its lines “Asleep in the valley yeah the leaves all pulse, I see the quiet edges where we all live on”, with Brendan Saarinen and Eric Young’s smooth matching vocals and guitars, they build up with a haunting intensity repeating the lines “then you disappear, is your ghost still there?”.

Still Life Still is playing the Arts and Crafts showcase at the Rivoli on June 14th at 1:00am. Look forward to hearing new songs that will be featured on the long awaited follow up that they have just finished recording.

NXNE Song of the Day: Young Magic – You With Air

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NXNE is nearly upon us! This means sleepless nights, quickly writing reviews whilst show hopping and working the day job. It also means pre-festival playlists! Currently on rotation is Young Magic’s newest album “Melt”. It can best be described as a collage of music. Hitting the low-fi grungy sound with reverberated vocals and working its way through an electro R n’B; the track “You With Air”, melts genres, and did I just hear a sitar sample? Also the song makes you feel like you’re in Super Mario World, boss’ castle (at least it makes me feel like that). I’m truly intrigued to see how this is going to go over live, as I have not had the pleasure of seeing them live yet.

Young Magic are playing at Wrongbar, Thursday June 14 at 11pm, and I will be pretty much parked there all night after White Rabbits at Mod Club. You can see them, EXITMUSIC, The Hundred in The Hands and Purity Ring (solid lineup), all at Wrongbar that night.

NXNE Song Of The Day: The Men – Please Don’t Go Away

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The Men aren’t your typical Brooklyn-based band. Little self-promotion, no sign of them chumming up with any of the neighbourhood talent, and mostly DIY-released material up until recently. Their online footprint is slowly growing though and several self-released cassettes since 2008 have led them to record a third LP this past March.

Open Your Heart is strictly a rock record. One minute they’re driving through three-minute verse-chorus-verse tracks and then they’re following it up with seven-minute mostly instrumental post-rockers. “Please Don’t Go Away” is track five and one of the former. The title, being it’s only line of lyrics, is repeated eleven times (yes, I counted) but the focus here is guitar-driven punk with an abundance of cymbal-crashes.

The Men play NXNE twice next week at the Garrison Thursday at 1:00am
and Wrongbar Friday at midnight before touring down south for a few
weeks.

Tour Dates:
6-13 Ottawa, ON – Club Saw
6-14 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
6-15 West Toronto, ON – Wrongbar
6-16 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid
6-17 Madison, WI- The Frequency
6-18 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
6-19 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
6-21 Spokane, WA – Mootsy’s
6-22 Seattle, WA – Barboza
6-23 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
6-24 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
6-25 Santa Cruz, CA – 105 Pioneer St.
6-26 Los Angeles, CA – The Smell
6-28 Phoenix, AZ -The Rhythm Room
6-29 El Paso, TX – Lips Lounge
6-30 Austin, TX – Red 7
7-1 Beaumont, TX – Victoria House
7-2 Jackson, MS – Hal & Mals
7-3 Atlanta, GA – 529
7-4 Belmont, NC – Haunted Mill
7-5 Washington, DC – DC 9
7-13 Pittsburgh, PA – The Shop
7-15 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Festival