Song of the Day

XX Song/Cover(s) of the Day: Jonquil – Infinity / Holly Miranda – Crystalized / OMD – VCR

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Toronto – Can you believe The XX made their monumental debut over two years ago? How incredible is that? While we anxiously await their sophomore record, here are some covers to satisfy your needs.

This first one is by the band Jonquil, who I have written about quite a bit lately. It’s probably because I like them. I actually used another photo for this post at Paul’s insistence. Their version of the song Infinity adds a little more beat and a little sleaze into it. I heard them play this live in Austin and it was pretty cool.

Next up is singer songwriter Holly Miranda. This foxy lady is also in the band Jealous Girlfriends, a band I think Wade once took me to for a concert. This version of Crystalized is pretty similar to the core, maybe even a little more stripped down than you would imagine.

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You know your music is pretty special when legendary bands such as OMD cover you. This version of VCR retains most of the XX essence, only if the song was sang by Andy McCluskey.

Alright, that’s it. Have yourselves an XXcellent weekend! (lame)

Song of the Day: Chad Valley – Fast Challenges

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Toronto – How talented is this guy? Chad Valley is the solo moniker of Jonquil lead singer Hugo Manuel. While the latter is a rousing uplifting jangly poppish band with love of pianos and horns, Chad Valley happily resides in samples and synthesizer land. The result is a lush, ambient Fred Falkesque dance/lounge martini track called “Fast Challenges.” It’s off the upcoming EP Equatorial Ultravox, which is released one day after my birthday – June 20th. Check out the track

ps. I almost didn’t check out this band because Chad Valley to me screams country music singer, not electro dancefloor bliss. I should probably stop judging bands based on band names.

Song Of The Day: Sleepy Vikings – Calm

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Toronto – Sleepy Vikings are a six piece band out of Tampa who like to refer to themselves as “sleazy’ in their bio and who totally came out of nowhere during last year’s NXNE fest to totally impress me with their set at The Boat

“Calm” is a nice jangly/noisy tune off their debut album, They Will Find You Here, which  is out on May 10th. They’ll be embarking on a tour of the Eastern U.S. and hopefully will make it back to Toronto sometime soon as well. Here are the dates:

Saturday April 30 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
Friday May 6 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
Saturday April 30 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
Friday May 6 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
Friday May 13 – Gainesville, FL @ Club 1982
Wednesday June 8 – Tampa, FL @ Cappy’s Pizzeria
Friday June 10 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
Saturday June 11 – Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
Monday June 13 – Richmond, VA @ Sprout
Tuesday June 14 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Box
Wednesday June 15 – Chapel Hill @ Night Light 
Thursday June 16 – Newark, DE @ MOJO Main
Friday June 17 – Baltimore, MD @ The Metro Gallery
Saturday June 18 – Washington, DC @ Axum’s Level X Lounge
Sunday June 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Neck Tie
Monday June 20 – Somerville, MA @ Rosebud
Wednesday June 22 – New York, NY @ Piano’s 
Saturday June 25 – Nashville, TN @ Foobar Too
Sunday June 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Club 529

Song of the Day: Mylittlepony – Stories About Love

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Toronto – Mylittlepony are a five piece band from Norway whose wonderful twee-like qualities makes them sound like one of those legendary Labrador bands that have been perfecting this craft for years and years. Originating from the beautiful (I am guessing) city of Oslo, mylittlepony has recently released their record Making Marks on their native soil. I have heard only a few tracks, but it has your classic twee music elements – toe tapping beats, pleasant melodies, strings, banjos, banjo, brass … glockenspiel, all those instruments you think a band would be playing with a dorky smile on their faces. Have a listen to one of the tracks, the Stories About Love