Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: The Sadies – Anna Leigh

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Sad news today that Dallas Good of The Sadies has passed. In his memory, here’s one of my favourites from the band, “Anna Leigh” off of 2007’s New Seasons.

RIP Dallas.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Elephant Stone – Solitude

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In the dozen years or so since the Panic Manual crew started attending SXSW, Montreal’s Elephant Stone has been a fairly steady presence, playing there pretty regularly over the years. And the band will be returning this year with a newly released EP in tow.

This Friday, the band releases Le voyage de M. Lonely dans la lune, a 4 song mini-concept album which tells the story of a man who chooses to leave humanity far behind and embark on a journey to live on the moon, ultimately deciding that such isolation is maybe not quite what he wants.

Lead single “Solitude,” the penultimate track in M. Lonely’s story, is a lovely bit of gentle psychedelic pop, sung entirely in French. Check it out below.

Elephant Stone play Hotel Vegas Patio on Friday, Mar 18.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Fake Fruit – Milkman

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With its post-punk guitars, krautrock beat, and a vocal delivery that brings to mind Courtney Barnett, Fake Fruit have concocted a pretty potent blend in “Milkman,” the closing track off of their self-titled debut album, which came out in March of last year.

The Oakland-based four piece will be making their way to Austin in support of that album, where they’ll be playing Swan Dive on Friday, Mar 18.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Blackillac – Payoff

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Today saw yet another announcement from SXSW revealing the next batch of acts set to play in Austin next month, with more than 70 new names added to the list.

Among those names is Austin hip hop duo Blackillac, made up of rappers ZEALE and Phranchyze. The duo are joined by Evan Felts & GOZÉ on their single “Payoff”, which makes excellent use of the hook from The Jeffersons theme song.

Speaking of The Jeffersons, I recently learned that Sherman Hemsley was a big prog rock fan, an unexpected but also pretty cool fact. That fact has nothing to do with Blackillac really, but hey, aren’t you better off now for knowing that? Yes, yes you are. Now go listen to some Blackillac.