Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Heart in Your Heartbreak

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Toronto – The last time I saw Pains of Being Pure at Heart, their monitor went on fire and they had to cut their show short. However, they have been making amends ever since. The band released an excellent sophomore effort – Belong – and have been touring the world since. They played the last official in-house show at Sonic Boom yesterday, and they are playing Opera House tonight for those who want to financially contribute to the band’s success.

I’ve always been fascinated by their live show. On album, their melodies and light vocal deliveries shine, whereas their live shows resemble a lighter less expensive version of a My Bloody Valentine show. Regardless of delivery, this song is one of the standout tracks from this album. Catchy in all the right places, Heart in Your Heartbreak is a perfect example of all the tools that this Brooklyn band is blessed with.

They are at Opera House tonight

Paint Movement 8:30PM
Craft Spells 9:30PM
Pains of Being Pure at Heart 10:45PM


Other Canadian dates
09/28 – Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert
09/30 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
10/01 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
10/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Cover song of the Day: Mayer Hawthorne – Don’t Turn the Lights On (Chromeo cover)

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Maxville – Los Angeles’s singer/songwriter/producer Mayer Hawthorne recently released a free EP consisting of covers, which could be found here. On this EP is a cover of one of my favorite Chromeo tracks, a stripped down lounge version of “Don’t Turn the Lights On.” This track does all the things a good interpretative cover should do, which is add elements of the current artist’s sound while retaining some essence of the original artist’s work. Check it out while drinking a rusty nail (I know its only 12:30, but it is Friday :p)

Song of the Day: Radiation City – The Color of Industry

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Maxville – All things Portland these days begin and end with the phrase “Put a bird on it” but Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison are going to make the bold attempt to change that. They are the founding members of the band Radiation City, a low fi sixties inspired pop band. Their debut album, The Hands That Take You is out on September 27th and this summery track is on it.

I always say* “summer time requires summer time music” and this track is a great example of that – jangly, lovely backing vocals and a toe tapping pace. Perfect for lounging around a swimming pool or preparing a salad from your garden. Check it out. No bird required.


*never

Retro Can Con Song of the Day: The Organ – Brother

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Ottawa – For a while there, The Organ was the next big thing in Canada. Fronted by Katie Sketch, the all girl new wave band had released a wicked album in 2004 called Grab That Gun. It was a dark, moody album with nods to other ambassadors of that particular dark wave of music – The Smiths, The Cure, Joy Division. Focused and concise, The Organ’s debut album was sadly, also their last as the band broke up shortly after. Still, we are left with a few select tracks to reflect on the band that was. This song is one of them. Check it out.

These days, you can find Katie Sketch running the pub Henhouse, along Dundas west stretch.