Song of the Day

Song of the Day: The Wombats – Vampires and Wolves

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Toronto – This is a ridiculously catchy song by Liverpool band The Wombats, who also wrote other ridiculously catchy songs such as Kill The Director, Let’s Dance to Joy Division
and Backfire at the Disco. While this single was released last September, the album this song is on – The Wombats Proudly Present: This Modern Glitch was only released last week, hitting number 2 on the UK charts. I’ve had a listen and while the tracks aren’t as immediate catchy as their debut record, this track really stands out. Good beats, dance floor sensibilities and a rousing chorus, it’s indie pop music at it’s finest. Check it out.

They are playing 3 dates, none of which is in Toronto.

Tue, May 31 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Wed, Jun 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Fri, Jun 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw (Popscene)

Song/Cover of the Day: Boy & Bear – Fall At Your Feet (Crowded House Cover)

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Toronto – Australians covering Australians, how novel!

Boy & Bear are a five piece band coming out of Sydney. Unlike most of their counterparts from down under, this band have forgone the typical electro-dance-pop sound settling for some kickass gang vocals, rousing choruses, and some rip roaring/foot stomping guitar work instead. It wouldn’t surprise me if they became Australia’s answer for Mumford & Sons They released an EP last year named With Emperor Antarctica but the track I want to feature is their cover of Crowded House‘s hit single “Fall at Your Feet.” Boy & Bear took this wonderful track and basically banjo-fied it. The results are pretty good, check it out.

They are playing Lollapalooza so look for some tour dates around then.

Song of the Day: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I Feel

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Toronto – One of the more tragic stories in the music industry last year was the tale of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. An electro rock dance band that had released a few stellar singles and played some well esteemed festivals, the Camden group was well on their way to success. However, that promise came to a halt when lead singer Charles Haddon leapt to his death from a telecommunications mast behind the main stage at the Pukkelpop festival. Apparently he was distressed after injuring a girl on an ill advised stage dive (resulting in the girl being taken off on a stretcher). It is a sad story and makes you wonder about the dangers of ill advised stage dives at any given show.

I have been listening to a Triple J compilation this week and the inclusion of this song made me think about the story of this band, and what might have been.

Song of the Day: Beth Jeans Houghton – Dodecahedron

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Toronto – When I first saw the title of this song by UK singer songwriter Beth Jeans Houghton, I thought “cool! she’s singing about a dinosaur!” Then I looked it up on the internet and apparently a dodecahedron is any polyhedron with twelve flat faces. That’s kinda cool, but not as cool.

What is cool however, is this song. Now, now I know what you are thinking: Ricky promoting another female English singer, what a big surprise. Well, unlike some of the previous female talents I have promoted, Beth Jean Houghton does not appear to be a sugary pop star. This track is a rather quirky affair, featuring Beth’s unique voice, a xylophone and backing vocals when you least expect it. Check it out.