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

Song of the Day: Benji Boko – Where My Heart Is Featuring Maxi Jazz

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Toronto – If you ever find yourself in a darkened lounge with hardwood floors, cold hearted girls and candled lighting then you would probably find yourself hearing this track from Benji Boko blaring through the speakers. The track is called “Where My Heart is” and it is off the UK electro artist/producer’s debut record Beats, Treats And All Things Unique. If the vocals for this particular track sound familiar, that’s because it is Maxi Jazz of Faithless fame.

The track has an impeccably laid back, chilled out vibe and combined with hypnotic vocals by Maxi Jazz, it is clearly is something you put on to feel just a little bit cooler about yourself. Check it out.

Benji Boko is also looking for cool artists to collaborate with for some sort of video project related to this track, go to his website here for details

Song of the (Earth) Day/NXNE Preview: Art Brut – Lost Weekend

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Toronto – You thought we forgot didn’t you? This might be Good Friday, but here at the Chinese blog factory known as The Panic Manual, there are simply no days off.

I love Art Brut. When they first came around in 2005, they sounded so fresh and there was no way you could listen to songs like “My Little Brother” and “Emily Kane” and not sing along. They have a new album out this year, called Brilliant! Tragic!. Produced by Pixies front man Frank Black, this new album sees Eddie Argos attempt a different sort of vocal delivery – singing? I’m not quite sure – it’s more restrained than his usual shouting ways but what remains completely awesome is the memorable lyrics that usually define an Art Brut song.

The first single off this album is called Lost Weekend, which features some of the new Eddie Argos delivery along with a wicked guitar riff. Art Brut now has a song called “Good Weekend,” “Bad Weekend,” and now “Lost Weekend.” Check it out.

They are playing the Mod Club for NXNE on June 17th.