Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Diego Garcia – You Were Never There

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Toronto – Elefant was one of those bands that came up around the same time as The Killers, The Strokes, The Bravery, etc. Despite having a fairly solid debut record in Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid, this New York band did not see their careers elevated to the heights that their counterparts did. I quite liked Elefant, and I think I saw them at Lee’s Palace or something at one point. The song Misfit was really good.

Anyways, the band broke up but lead singer Diego Garcia has since launched his solo career. His first track is called “You Were Never There” and has this really chilled, laid back vibe that makes me think of the days in the ’70s where I was hanging out by an outdoor pool during sunset in the hills of Hollywood. There would be palm trees everywhere, mountains of cocaine and everyone had bucket hats and white suits. That probably wasn’t me. Either way, that’s the feeling I get from this track, which is off his debut album – Laura. It was released a few weeks ago. Check it out on itunes.

Song Of The Day: ARMS – Heat And Hot Water

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Toronto – ARMS were one of a few bands that I first came across at SXSW and they definitely made a good first impression with their catchy indie rock. Yet for whatever reason, we never did write about them at the time. It’s time to rectify that now. 

The Brooklyn based band is fronted by former Harlem Shakes guitarist Todd Goldstein and they have a new album, entitled Summer Skills, due out sometime in May.  In the meantime, check out this track from their self-titled EP.

Song Of The Day: Boris – Hope

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Toronto – Japanese rockers Boris are a diverse bunch. Their songs can run the gamut from hazey, psychedelic tunes to garagey punk to full on sludge metal riffs and beyond. They’ve collaborated with noise-monger Merzbow as well as former Cult frontman Ian Astbury. So if they decide to make a really poppy song full of strings (or maybe just keyboards that sound like strings?) and buzzy guitars, no one’s about to say it sounds uncharacteristic. 

“Hope” is the single from their soon to be released album, Attention Please.  Yes, Boris, you have my attention.

Song of the Day: Jonquil – Get Up

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Jonquil

Toronto – Jonquil was one of those bands that came out of nowhere at SXSW to surprise the entire Panic Manual crew with an amazing performance. The Oxford band has only an introductory EP One Hundred Sun out right now but their debut LP is fast approaching. This track with it’s jangly guitars and upbeat summer vibe will help make you forget how much Vampire Weekend has regressed over the past year or so. Check it out yo.

Good video too

JONQUIL /// GET UP from B A N K S on Vimeo.