Here's some neato little tunes to get you groovin' on this fine Friday. From a remix of Robin Thicke and Pharrell's new song Blurred Lines to the latest release from Disclosure's debut album Settle, out June 4th, this mix has it all! So turn up your head phones and vibe out. You deserve it.
“Philadelphia” is the first single from Canadian rock band Paper Lions’ sophomore effort, My Friends(which will see an August 20th release). As the folks at Filter Magazine says of the track, “Paper Lions manages to create a tune both mellow and beautiful, instantly evoking the breezy feeling of youth and summer.” But I think that underneath the track, there’s a subtle bittersweet feeling that comes from the recognition that youth, like all things does not last.
Thanks to M for the tip off to these guys!
On Sunday June 2 The Rural Alberta Advantage along with Ladyhawk will be presenting a free show outside Luke's Drug Mart in Bridgeland in Calgary, AB. The show is a precursor to the Sled Island Music Festival being held June 19-22 in Calgary. The Facebook event can be found here or more info on the Sled Website.
The RAA is one of my favourite bands and have arguably produced some of the best progressive Canadian folk in the last decade. Their relentless tradition of touring have taken the trio from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as “Canada’s best unsigned band” to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note.
Their songs touch on familiar themes of hometown heartbreak, loss, love and even environmental disaster. Here's two particularly good tracks “Tornado ‘87” and “Frank, AB,” about two of the worst natural disasters in Albertan and maybe even Canadian history. And while yo may be surprised by their choice of subject matter don't be surprised about the stage presence this trio has, it really is extraordinary.
Love and Light
Ellie Goulding knows a thing or two about doing covers, from her luscious cover of Elton John's Your Song to her newest release, a cover of Alt-J's Tessellate, Ellie once again proves herself worthy of her pop princess title. The cover draws out the best elements of the original song (like the delicate electronic pulses and the sexy sax solo in the middle) and marries them with her unique vocals. It's understated, clever and infinitely repeatable and for me it doesn't get much better than this.
Here's a stellar mix from a good friend in Southern California. Check out his tiger beats and get in the zone with some chill electro. Follow Tiger Beat on Soundcloud for more mixes. He's a bit a stud on the surf board too...
Peace and love,
Silent Rider is a minimalist indie-folk pop act from Brooklyn, NY, fronted by electronic producer Reed Kackley. I'm really diggin their sound and Silent Rider's ability to incorporate real instruments to strengthen the electronic sounds. I just love remixes of Bon Iver's Skinny Love, and this one shouldn't be missed. Silent Rider is currently working on their second album, so in the meantime stream their first album below or download it for free!
Love, light and patience,
Having only the slightest familiarity with the platinum selling artists Imagine Dragons, we were delighted and surprised by their kick ass performance on Friday night at the BMO Centre mostly because we couldn't believe how many songs of the Mormon fronted band we actually knew.
You could sense a little hesitation in the crowd when the 5 piece band first came on and it may have had something to do with the lackluster openers or the fact that the band entered to the sound of actual crickets cooing in the background (which actually went weirdly well with their somewhat Haloween-ish themed set). However when lead singer Dan Reynolds came on the stage, the crowds energy instantly transformed as he charmed the audience, even with one wrist in a cast. Throughout the set, he sang confidently and with strength, and the sound quality was authentic to what we are used to hearing from the band- crisp and clear.
The stage was a kaleidoscope of colour and the antics of Reynolds along with their catchy tunes, kept the audience engaged for their 2 hour set. At one point, Reynolds even flew above the stage and played the a large bass drum that was suspended 30 feet up with no visible hesitation. Impressive sir.
The band has already captivated fans across the globe with their platinum-selling singles “It’s Time” and “Radioactive” and will continue their bid for world domination with their first-ever headlining North American tour including a recent stop at Sasquatch music festival where they played the mainstage.
Here`s a few radio favourites of theirs that you might enjoy!
If you aren't already obsessed with Quadron and Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj's voice - I'll give you 30 seconds to get up on it. Quadron is a Danish duo who classify their music as electronic soul.
The latest single 'Hey Love' is is exactly what you need - now, then, later and forever. You probably only really need 11.25 seconds.
Always full of surprises and gems for the ears, Quadron never ceases to amaze and this video is one for the books.
So first try this:
Then a little bit of:
And top it off:
...with your mind blown.
Milky Chance: German. Genuine. Genius.
Sounds like: Asaf Avidan
Record: Sadnecessary, which will drop May 31st 2013, through Lichtdicht Records.
Conclusion: 5 stars...this Deutsch dude knows what's up. In a time when dubstep dominates our music culture its refreshing to hear an artist like Milky Chance create his own sound by blending reggae inspired guitar, bass, electronic percussion and vocals. There is a certain authenticity behind his music that is rare in today's scene as artists get lost behind computers and drum kits. The title of his debut album, Sadnecessary, not only resonates with me but provokes self-reflection. Sadness is a necessary emotion and must be experienced in order to feel happiness. Good & evil, ying & yang or Harry Potter & Voldemort are all dichotomies that require mutual exclusivity. And as Passenger so eloquently puts it: "Only know you've been high when you're feeling low". We must learn to accept and embrace the beauty of life's contrasts, instead of allowing the lows to create misery and heartache. Life is tough and unfair, but it goes on, and gets better for he/she who rises to the occasion.
Love & light,
Here's another great track from The Chainsmokers- a remix of Say Lou Lou's Julian.
This is another one of those summer beats that seeps into your brain and gives you that heady feeling that only comes from days spent by the ocean and nights spent dancing under the stars. So turn this song up and let it's beautiful blend of Pop, Indie and Progressive wash over you as we all slowly settle into these early summer months.
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
In some rather tragic news to the world of psych-pop, bassist of the Aussie group Tame Impala, Nick Allbrook, has rather unexpectedly quit the band.
A statement on Tame Impala's website explained that "Nick Roland Paisley Adams Allbrook is hopping off the Tame Impala band wagon so that he can try and screw his head back on, and make an attempt to assimilate back into society. A task the rest of us fear we will one day have to perform...."
Despite the vaguely acerbic nature of the statement (they full named him!) apparently there are no hard feelings between the parties involved. The statement continued, explaining, "We're super happy for our bro Nick and wish him well in all his various fucking awesome artistic spewings and endeavours that he'll actually have time for now.. Good on ya brah."
Allbrook will be replaced by Cam Avery, who has collaborated with the group before in their previous release Pond. When asked by NME about his departure, Allbrook said, "All bands and projects and stuff will keep going, it's just hard to keep them all going if you're touring all the time. The only bad part will be not seeing my mates every day. I love them more than anything."
We saw these guys perform at Coachella and they definitely put on quite the show, so it's sad to think that maybe a part of that magic is gone now, but as we like to say here at Ladywood- Onwards and Upwards. Even though for Nick it may feel like he can only go backwards......
Ha! See what I did there? Niiiiiiiiccccceeee.
If this sexy video featuring Peking Duk's new track "The Way You Are" doesn't get you pumped for the hot summer months...I don't know what will. This Aussie duo is exploding and rightly so...they produce quality dance-inducing tracks by fusing electro with house. Check them out!
Love and light,
Hello my ladywood lovers! Here's a chillstep track to get your Sunday Funday going! Enjoy. Oh and here's a quote:
"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."- Theodore Rubin
Happy Saturday Everyone!
I'm currently enjoying the warm southern air down in the Music City of Nashville Tennessee, and thought that before I share a full recap of this wonderful city with you all in a few days, I would give you a little snippet of some of the best tunes I've heard on my visit so far. Last night I was lucky enough to get some amazing seats to the Friday night showing of The Grand Ole Opry- a Nashville staple- and amoung many of the fine performers was the Canadian sister duo of Lennon and Maisey.
Already youtube sensations at 13 and 8 years old respectively, Lennon and Maisey have perfectly complimentary voices that harmonize in a way that only really comes from family. Above is their video of their version of Robyn's Call Your Girlfriend and below is their version of The Lumineer's Hey Ho, a song they performed on the Orpy stage last night. The girls are currently starring on the ABC drama Nashville and I just can't seem to get enough. While not strictly country, these girls have enough of that folky twang to make them a bit of a bridge from traditional country music scene into a more contemporary, pop infused genre, like little tiny Taylor Swifts- but with better glasses.
This city oozes with a creative energy- when everyone from your valet to your tour guide is a singer/songwriter- music is the lifeblood of Nashville. It been a great trip so far and I can't wait to give the whole rundown of this southern gem. So get prepared for some more steel guitars, George Jones-eque country crooning and some bluegrass banjo- an unusual sound for Ladywood for sure, but not unwelcome. Consider it a warmup for Stampede, a little country never hurt anyone. Actually I think that might be a country song already.
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