Song of the Day

Song of the Day Part 1: Cisco – Flying

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Toronto – This short two minute synthesizer drenched dance instrumental track has been on rotation since I discovered it about 10 minutes ago. It’s a simple little track with a lovely progression, yet it’s absolutely kicking. All I know about this artist is that he’s from Spain and is off the label Wave Collective. It’s not easy to internet search this person who has the same name as a certain high power technology company who probably has the top 100 search result pages of the term ‘cisco’ purchased from Google. Let this be a lesson to you kids. Don’t name your bands after high power, high indexing technological companies.

This song reminds me of a pleasant time a few months ago in Barcelona when me and a few of my friends went to this club called Apolo Sala and they played a healthy and awesome dose of electro synth pop that lasted us well into the night. I still remember ordering a rum and coke for about five euros, and then the girl poured an entire glass full of rum and handed me a bottle of coke. I remember ordering two more of those, and then taking a random bus trying to get home, only to get lost and then discovering how cheap cabs are. Oh..vacations.

Cisco – Flying by Wavecollective Records

Song of the Day: Hooded Fang – Den of Love

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Toronto – I’m not overly familiar with Toronto’s Hooded Fang but the people in the circles that I travel within often marvel about them like a kid with a cardboard box. With such glowing endorsements, I decided to check out some tracks off their new record, Tosta Mista which sounds like someone saying “Toast, Mister” in a heavy Chinese accent. The record is Hooded Fang’s second record, and first with the newly created Dap Records. I am currently enjoying a song off this album called “Den of Love” which sounds like a ’50s crooner wedding song for some reason. I can totally imagine some slicked up greaser at some low budget hall asking the local gal to slow dance to this track. Check it out

Hooded Fang will be kicking off Summerwork‘s musical festivities on August 5th. Check them out.

Also, donate money to Summerworks, since their funding got pulled by the government because they put on an act about terrorism. Seriously, how stupid is that. Did Fox pull funding after Jack Bauer shot up some Libyans in 24? hell no, they ordered seven more seasons (four of which were unnecessary). Anyways, yea, donate.

Song of the Day: Kishi Bashi – Bright Whites

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It’s fun. It’s light. It’s a bit fruity. It’s not Fresca. It’s Kishi Bashi’s Bright Whites. The mysterious artist (perhaps not mysterious to others more adept at Googling up-and-coming artists than I) has burst upon the scene and is quickly proving to be a show-stopper. He is currently touring a wide range of US cities – so check him out before he passes through (I speak regretfully – as he came through DC, opening up for Sondre Lerche, and I totally missed my chance).

Although all his songs are enjoyable, my favorite, and one of “K’s” most popular tracks, is Bright Whites. The four-minute tune offers listeners an addictive hybrid sound spanning Native-American-like-yelps, campfire-tune-hand-clapping, and electro-tech-twist. The total product is somewhere between Sondre Lerche and Of Montreal – both bands with whom the artist has collaborated with.

Kishi Bashi dives into Bright Whites with an energetic chorus of yips, followed by his smooth voice singing… something? I’m going to leave the lyrics up to you – both the artist’s bio and lingo escapes me even after listening to the song about a dozen times consecutively (yes, it’s that good).

The specifics I caught?

“you and me at the edge of the world…”

“and if you smile at me… I could fly by land or sea…”

The sense I get? In general? You’ve got a guy. A girl. Potential. A journey. Y’know, the tried and true themes of everyone’s dreams, just put to a snazzier soundtrack than you might be able to generate on your own. My suggestion? Give it a listen (or several). You won’t regret it. And if you figure out who this guy is, let me know. The more I can get of him the better.

NXNE Song of the Day: Louise Burns – Teen Angst

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Toronto – On the eve of what might be the biggest night in Vancouver history, it’s only fitting that I write about an artist from Vancouver. Louise Burns is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver that recently released her debut album Mellow Drama. Blessed with a sweet voice and honest personal lyrics, Louise has quietly put herself on radars of many Canadian music lovers across the country. Just have a listen to this track for example. “Teen Angst” sounds like a classic track right from the get go – it’s equally familiar and fresh. It reminds me of some of the classic mid-’90s singer songwriter tracks, and would fit perfectly on some coming of age movie featuring Winona Ryder. Louise Burns is playing NXNE so go check her out.

NXNE Showcase:
Supermarket Saturday, June 18 @ 9PM

Other Canadian dates:
June 18 – Kelowna, BC@ Habitat
June 20 – Penticton, BC @ Voodoo
June 21 – Kamloops, BC@ Pogue Mahones
June 22 – Kelowna, BC @ Longhorn Saloon
June 24 – Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
June 24 – Calgary, AB @ The Bamboo
June 24 – Calgary, AB @ Broken City
June 28 – Fort St John, BC @ On The Rocks
June 29 – Grande Prairie, AB @ Better Than Fred’s
June 30 – Edmonton, AB @ Brixx
July 1 – Edmonton, AB @ Broadmoor Lake Park
July 02 – Olds, AB @ Tracks Pub
July 05 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Fez
July 07 – Regina, SK @ The Club at The Exchange
July 08 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Rock Bar