1. BIG GRAMS: Fell In the Sun
Big Boi (one half of Outkast) and Phantogram shared the first single off their upcoming EP under their collaborative project, Big Grams, due out on September 25th. The EP also boasts visits from Skrillex and Run The Jewels. So what kind of sound can we expect from all these artists? “It’s kind of a taste of ideas. It’s not Big Boi and Phantogram music. It’s Big Grams, which is different. It’s a whole different project. It’s stuff that we wouldn’t put on our own records, but just kind of something completely different so you get a taste of. There’s songs that I rap on, there’s songs that Big sings on. There’s songs that Josh raps on. It doesn’t sound pretentious in any way, because we just wanted to do whatever the f— we wanted to do.” – Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel
2. STARS: A Simple Song
This song is simple in the best way possible – it just all works.. though it’s a melancholic listen, touching on unfortunate things like the passage of time. Stars are a Canadian synth-pop band who are releasing their EP next week (this is a track off it), following up their last year’s LP No One Is Lost. Like it? Catch them playing at Dundas Valley Montessori School (Hamilton) on October 17th.
3. SILVERSUN PICKUPS: Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)
Better Nature could not arrive soon enough. Silversun Pickups probably know that so they threw us a bone and gave us “Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)” while we await the full record to drop on September 25th. This song is a beautiful collaboration between Brian (lead singer) who wrote the song and Nikki (bassist) who wrote the lyrics… a tribute to a friend of hers who passed away. Here’s a 58 second clip of the band talking about the song:
4. CHVRCHES: Clearest Blue
This song will be SUPER fun live… the drums and synth that steadily build up to a final explosion will definitely have everyone jumping along in lasers and lights! It’s been dubbed the most energetic Chvrches song yet. This is the third single they’ve shared off their upcoming album Every Open Eye, out September 25th.
5. SHEEPDOGS: Take A Trip
“Take A Trip” down memory lane with Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs, when the 70’s were the now and the guitar ruled the world. Their new record, Future Nostalgia is out October 2nd.
6. KURT VILE: Life Like This
“Life Like This” is off Kurt Vile’s 6th album B‘lieve I’m Going Down, out September 25th. It’s a pure and intimate song that reflects the lonesomeness and exhilaration of being a professional musician. He wanted it to sound like “it’s on [his] couch — not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable”. Also, the video is awesome – it’s a trippy, colorful, half-animated journey through his mind.
7. MAJICAL CLOUDZ: Silver Car Crash
This is a song that describes the exciting and terrifying early stages of a relationship: “I will be honest/I am afraid of love/If I’m not perfect/Then it will let me starve/But I am always perfect/When I am holding onto you/And I know love is worth it/I am in perfect love with you”. The track is off the Canadian duo’s forthcoming album Are You Alone?, released on October 16th. Okay now the video is a bit creepy (I don’t think he ever blinks) but it’s got a bunch of thumbs up, so I guess we’re all creepy too?
8. BRAVESTATION: Actors
Toronto-based Bravestation describe their genre as “apocalypse-pop”, with “Actors” their energetic, standout single with a danceable synth-pop chorus. The track is one of the 4 songs on their newly-released EP V, and it’s The EP is described as this: “combining the familiar nostalgia of classic ’80s synth-pop with a modern twist of indie rock, the four-track EP creates a smooth ambiance of textured tones.”
9. THE DEAD WEATHER: Cop And Go
Jack White and team dangle another carrot (song) in our faces ahead of their new album, Dodge And Burn, out September 25th. Along with a slew of music videos and live performances to get you back on the Jack White caravan, the band announced a series of music lessons videos, starting with this last week’s edition, featuring a discussion with Jack White on drum technique and demonstration. All Dodge And Burn pre-orders get instant grat tracks of “Cop And Go” and “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”.
10. MANSIONAIR: Speak Easy
Syndney, Australia’s Mansionair, is turning heads with their unique, whisper-synth-pop sound. “Speak Easy” is a stunning, simmering single, following up their debut 2014 EP Hold Me Down. They just announced that they will be going on tour with their labelmates, Chvrches, this fall!
11. AWOLNATION: I Am (Mike D Remix)
When innovation collides. Mike D, founding member of Beastie Boys- one of the most legendary, influential and longest-lived hip-hop bands around- remixed the song “I Am” by AWOLNATION, one of today’s most clever, genre-defying alternative artists. Beastie Boys officially retired the band after the passing of MCA (Adam Yauch) but promised to resurface in another capacity and it looks like that capacity has been producing and remixing for Mike D.
P.S. There was no link to the audio so in the meantime, check out a cool break-dancer dude ripping out moves to “Sail” and check out a clip of the remix on iTunes here.
12. FOO FIGHTERS: Empty Handed
Songs From The Laundry Room is an EP originally released on vinyl for Record Store Day earlier this year but two days ago was released to the rest of the world (i.e. for those of us too broke to buy a record player). The EP is four tracks recorded as demos by Dave Grohl in the early 90s, three of which we’ve heard the final products, while “Empty Handed” is the only previously unreleased and unheard of demo. Songs include:
Alone + Easy Target (recorded Feb 1991)
Big Me (recorded March 1994)
Kids In America (recorded February 1991)
Empty Handed (recorded in 1992)