Song of the Day

Cover Song of the Day: Miles Kane – A Girl Like You (Edwyn Collins)

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Toronto – You might have never actually heard the name Miles Kane before, but certainly you will know his music. With previous stints in well regarded bands The Rascals and The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane has certainly made a name for himself in the past few years within the NME/Brit indie garage rock world. With that in mind, the musician from England is now embarking on a solo journey, having released his debut album Colour of the Trap a few months ago. I don’t know when or why he did a cover of Edwynn Collin’s “A Girl Like You,” but it’s a pretty good cover for a song from a man who also embarked on a solo career after being in a band. Draw all the parallels you want and check out this track.

Song of the Day: The Vaccines – Norgaard

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The Vaccines

Toronto – Around February or so, The Vaccines were all the rage. I saw them three times in a span of a month between their free show at the Horseshoe and SXSW. Then I kind of forgot about them. Only recently did I remember, oh hey, that Vaccines band that I enjoyed…they actually have an album out now. I was able to get What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? last week and I can’t stop listening to it. It’s short, but efficient. Most if not all the songs on the album are catchy and while they wear their garage rock influences on their sleeves, all the tracks sound surprisingly fresh. Probably my favorite half an hour album since the Pigeon Detectives debut a few years ago.

Norgaard is one of the standout tracks off the album. It’s a track about the model Amanda Norgaard and while the lyrics “she’s only 17 and probably not ready” comes off as a bit…creepy, you can’t deny this track’s energy and enthusiasm. It also happens to be the band’s next single, how coincidental.

Some tour dates
9/8 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
9/9 Vancouver, BC Venue
9/10 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
9/13 Los Angeles, CA Music Box
9/14 San Diego, CA The Casbah
9/18 Austin, TX ACL
9/21 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
9/22 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
9/24 Philadelphia, PA Popped Festival
9/25 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
9/27 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
9/28 Montreal, QC Corona
9/30 New York, NY Webster Hall
10/1 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg

Here’s the video

Mainstream Song of the Day: Beyonce – Love on Top

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Toronto – Not exactly an indie track but you gotta give props where props are due. This track off Beyonce‘s fourth album is just a lovely soul pop tune that takes you back to the days when Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey ruled the world.

With horns blazing, “Love on Top” could be a ’70s Motown track or a late 80’s diva pop hit. I can’t put my finger on it. Either way, it’s refreshing to hear a pop track without computer effects. Probably my favorite Beyonce track since “Crazy in Love.” I like “Single Ladies” as well, but it gets annoying because once I get that song in my head, it never leaves. The worst example of this was in Spain, when I played it on top of Montserrat out loud for everyone to hear. Yup. Actually aside from those three songs and “Naughty Girl,” I can’t name another Beyonce song. However, you should still check this track out.

Song of the Day: Allo Darlin – Kiss Your Lips

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Toronto – Most people from Hong Kong are usually fashionably late. This is now my excuse for not discovering twee/indie pop outfit Allo Darlin until around now. I’m just fashionably late.

Allo Darlin is a London based band featuring the singing talents of Australia’s Elizabeth Morris. Call it a Commonwealth connection. They released a self-titled album last year that was well received by everyone. With a lovely blend of ’60s inspired folk pop sound and a summery disposition, Allo Darlin seems primed for some listening in these next couple months. Check out this track called “Kiss Your Lips” which features an excerpt from a well known band.