NXNE Song of the Day: Young Magic – You With Air

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NXNE is nearly upon us! This means sleepless nights, quickly writing reviews whilst show hopping and working the day job. It also means pre-festival playlists! Currently on rotation is Young Magic’s newest album “Melt”. It can best be described as a collage of music. Hitting the low-fi grungy sound with reverberated vocals and working its way through an electro R n’B; the track “You With Air”, melts genres, and did I just hear a sitar sample? Also the song makes you feel like you’re in Super Mario World, boss’ castle (at least it makes me feel like that). I’m truly intrigued to see how this is going to go over live, as I have not had the pleasure of seeing them live yet.

Young Magic are playing at Wrongbar, Thursday June 14 at 11pm, and I will be pretty much parked there all night after White Rabbits at Mod Club. You can see them, EXITMUSIC, The Hundred in The Hands and Purity Ring (solid lineup), all at Wrongbar that night.

NXNE Song Of The Day: The Men – Please Don’t Go Away

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The Men aren’t your typical Brooklyn-based band. Little self-promotion, no sign of them chumming up with any of the neighbourhood talent, and mostly DIY-released material up until recently. Their online footprint is slowly growing though and several self-released cassettes since 2008 have led them to record a third LP this past March.

Open Your Heart is strictly a rock record. One minute they’re driving through three-minute verse-chorus-verse tracks and then they’re following it up with seven-minute mostly instrumental post-rockers. “Please Don’t Go Away” is track five and one of the former. The title, being it’s only line of lyrics, is repeated eleven times (yes, I counted) but the focus here is guitar-driven punk with an abundance of cymbal-crashes.

The Men play NXNE twice next week at the Garrison Thursday at 1:00am
and Wrongbar Friday at midnight before touring down south for a few

Tour Dates:
6-13 Ottawa, ON – Club Saw
6-14 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
6-15 West Toronto, ON – Wrongbar
6-16 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid
6-17 Madison, WI- The Frequency
6-18 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
6-19 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
6-21 Spokane, WA – Mootsy’s
6-22 Seattle, WA – Barboza
6-23 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
6-24 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
6-25 Santa Cruz, CA – 105 Pioneer St.
6-26 Los Angeles, CA – The Smell
6-28 Phoenix, AZ -The Rhythm Room
6-29 El Paso, TX – Lips Lounge
6-30 Austin, TX – Red 7
7-1 Beaumont, TX – Victoria House
7-2 Jackson, MS – Hal & Mals
7-3 Atlanta, GA – 529
7-4 Belmont, NC – Haunted Mill
7-5 Washington, DC – DC 9
7-13 Pittsburgh, PA – The Shop
7-15 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Festival

NXNE Song Of The Day: Boxer The Horse – Rattle Your Cage

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Hey, remember the ’90s? I sure do. And I sure did enjoy a lot of the indie rock that came out of that decade, chief among it the slacker-rific tunes of Pavement and their ilk. 

Prince Edward Island’s Boxer The Horse certainly deliver on that front through Pavement-esque songs such as “Rattle your Cage” off of their French Residency album. And in case you didn’t notice, these guys are named after the horse in Animal Farm … a reference I didn’t really notice until I Googled these guys. I guess I need to brush up on my Orwell. Animal Farm was the one with the spider who talked through it’s webs and wrote stuff about that pig, right? No wait, that was Babe, wasn’t it? Or was Babe the one with John Travolta and the talking baby? One thing I definitely do remember from Animal Farm though: “Four legs good, two legs bad.”

Also good? This song. Check it out.    

Boxer The Horse play The El Mocambo (upstairs) on June 14 @ 8:00

NXNE Song Of The Day: Connoisseurs Of Porn – Re-gifted Fruit

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Are you a connoisseur of porn? Do you have arguments about which period of a porn star’s career was their most artistically rewarding? Are you able to recognize the cinematographic variations between the oeuvres of different porn directors? What are your thoughts on the XXX Parody of Scrubs? What does it really mean to lay claim to the title of connoisseur of porn? Well, in the case of Toronto noise rock band Connoisseurs Of Porn, it simply means no one else had taken the name first. It may also mean that they really enjoy porn, I can personally neither confirm nor deny that. What i can tell you is that these guys make a furious bit of noise that’s influenced by the likes of Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, and The Jesus Lizard. Listen to their song, Re-gifted Fruit, while watching some porn. Or don’t, I can’t tell you what to do.

Connoisseurs Of Porn play Sneaky Dee’s on June 16th @ 12:00