Remember when Toronto didn’t get cool festivals? Now there were two in one weekend, C’MON!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully you are picking mud out of every part of your body cuz that means you were at Riot Fest and/or TURF watching awesome music. It’s in my hair. Don’t ask. Riot Fest inspired a lot of guitars on this playlist tonight…enjoy.
1. PUSCIFER: Money Shot
Puscifer has shared the intense and energetic title track off their upcoming 3rd album, which will be released on October 30th 2015. This hard rock song is rich with heavy bass lines, drumming, piercing guitar riffs, and brought together with synth and sound effects. Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of Tool, is joined by members of Queens of the Stone Age, Primus, and his son, Devon Keenan.
2. GIVERS: Bermuda
You wouldn’t expect it, but this band started off playing jazz and cajun music. They’ve experimented with sounds: their debut LP In Light was described more as indie rock, and now their upcoming album New Kingdom, out November 13th, is expected to be edgier, more electronic and epic, but still vocally rich and rhythmic… as you can tell with “Bermuda”, this song will sound HUGE live.
3. STUCK ON PLANET EARTH: Use Me
Our Edge Next Big Thing 2014 semi-finalists, Stuck on Planet Earth from Vaughan (it’s really Woodbridge, right guys? The secret is out) has this certain rawness and gut-wrenching relate-ability in their music. They cut right to the heart, to the most human emotions with their incredible story-telling. Fittingly, one of their main influences is Nirvana. The Drop had the world premiere of this song so check out their back catalog while we wait for “Use Me” to surface.
*Updated September 29th 2015, here is the new video!*
4. WOLF ALICE: Baby Ain’t Made Of China
“Baby Ain’t Made Of China” was recorded over a weekend at director J.J. Abrams’ production company during Wolf Alice’s recent US tour. This song is the B-side of their new single “You’re A Germ”, which will be available on 7-inch vinyl that you can pre-order, or you can get a free digital download of it. The vocals are killer in this song, and the chorus… damn, they are so good. I am clapping.
5. RYAN ADAMS: Bad Blood
Ryan Adams is making a song-for-song cover tribute of Taylor Swift’s LP 1989 . It’ll be released online this coming Monday. His take on Bad Blood is raw, edgy and acoustic, and Taylor Swift is apparently thrilled with the whole thing, saying that his take on her songs is “surreal and dreamlike” and that he’s been a big influence on her songwriting. Hey look , Alessia Cara also covered this smash hit!
6. EL VY: Return To The Moon
This is the debut single and album title track of EL VY, a new project by long-time friends Menomena’s Brent Knopf and The National’s
Peter Mansbridge Matt Berninger. The debut album will be coming out later on this year. Dig it? They’re playing in Toronto on November 17th. Interestingly, The National/Menomena have partnered before: 2 different band mates creating Pfarmers.
7. YOUNG GALAXY : Factory Flaws
Anyone down for some disco? Young Galaxy, a synth-pop band based in Montreal, has released “Factory Flaws”, a tune that booms with 80’s-style electro, acid house and R&B. The band has teamed up once again with Swedish producer Dan Lissvik for their upcoming fifth album, Falsework, which will be out October 30th. Cool fact: It started off as a duo, with married couple Stephen Ramsay and Catherine McCandless (aw).
8. EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: Silverlake (K.O.S.F.M.)
Eagles of Death Metal, side project of Queens of the Stone Age Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes, are back at it after 7 years, with the release of a few singles and an upcoming album due out October 2nd. The song makes fun of the ultra hipsters in Los Angeles’ Silverlake neighborhood. They don’t really sing in this song – instead, they make hilarious impersonations of their target: “Make sure you tell them girl just how important I am / I am from Silverlake and I am in a cool band / Don’t you know who I am? / I am from Silverlake so I don’t give a damn”
9. FLO MORRISSEY: If You Can’t Love This All Goes Away
This song was originally recorded as a demo in 2012, ft. just a piano and her vocals, but it was stunning and raw. Here’s the remastered version of the song, blooming into something powerful and rich, that evokes a melancholic mood. Flo Morrissey is a Brit singer known for her Del Rey-esque flower-child image and croon. Her velvety voice and music is ageless and classic; making her relate-able to older and younger crowds.
10. DILLY DALLY: Purple Rage
This song’s first riff is magnetizing, as is the rest of this grungy track. For me, it’s like a modern-day Hole: even vocalist Katie Monks has that vocal edge. This is off Toronto-based Dilly Dally’s debut LP, ‘Sore’, which comes out October 9th.
11. ATLAS GENIUS: Stockholm
Atlas Genius is a dance-rock duo from Australia and are most expected to make the jump from opening for big bands to headlining shows themselves. Stockholm is off their second album, Inanimate Objects, which was released this past August 28th and has stayed true to their sound, that gained them much attention on their single “Trojans”. Come on down to our studio to see them perform a live Sugar Beach Session on Tuesday, September 22nd at 4pm (free event)!
12. METRIC – The Governess
With the excitement of the new record and the surprise show announcement, we thought it was fitting to dig a bit deeper into Pagans In Vegas. Tickets for their show at Danforth Music Hall go on sale tomorrow morning (Sep 21) at 10am and will probably sell out by 10:01a. Good luck!!! And don’t be too bummed if you don’t get tickets, we have some to award to a few lucky listeners this week.