This week we’ve got some new releases from some huge names… Weezer, Arkells, Cage The Elephant, I Mother Earth..to name a few. Check out all the new songs you need to include in your life!
1. CAGE THE ELEPHANT: Mess Around
Last month, Cage The Elephant announced their fourth album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, set to be released on December 18th. Here’s the first taste of it! With this record, they’ve started fresh, with a fresh sound, and a fresh addition to the team: Dan Auerbach of The Black Key as producer. Because of this, they’ve done things differently… stuff like before takes, they would listen to garage-rock records and afrobeat to get themselves out of their comfort zones and stay creative, they’d keep first-take vocals whether the band liked it or not, and Auerbach even played some guitar and keyboard on the record.
2. PANAMA WEDDING: Infinite High
The four-piece synth pop group from NYC lead by singer-songwriter Peter Kirk are back on the writing wagon with a happy, sunny tune paired with deep, dark lyrics for a that sweet and salty flavour. The song “…challenges one of the biggest ironies of American culture: the incessant and impossible pursuit of being liked and feeling happy all the time.”
3. I MOTHER EARTH: Blossom
I Mother Earth are back with a great new single that is built to help their fellow music community. On November 6, “Blossom” will be available for free download AND pre-order with 100% of the proceeds going to The Unison Benevolent Fund. The single’s official release is set for November 13 in all your favourite places to buy music.
The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.
4. MADISEN WARD AND THE MAMA BEAR: Yellow Taxi
One part mama, one part son, this touring family duo rolled through town on Friday night here in Toronto and played a special show in a church! Gotta love when places that aren’t usually concert venues turn themselves into just that. This is Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear’s second single after making waves with “Silent Movies” earlier this year.
5. GRIMES: Flesh Without Blood
Vancouver’s Claire Boucher, AKA Grimes, announces her next record Art Angels with a new single “Flesh Without Blood”. Grimes music has been perfectly coined as “immediately satisfying pop music with layers to pick apart”. The internet darling already has won at life with being awarded Pitchfork’s prestigious “Track Of The Decade So Far” award for “Oblivion” off her last record.
You can catch her playing in Toronto on November 22nd!
6. ARKELLS: 11:11 (Acoustic)
No one will ever care about your school marks like your mom…and Arkells. They wanna help you hit the books with their soft, acoustic version of your favourite songs off their last record and have released Study Music: Songs From High Noon to get you there. The five-track EP includes “Leather Jacket”, “Never Thought That This Would Happen” and “11:11”. So far “Dirty Blonde” is all that’s on YouTube so that’s what’s here. Be nice and buy the rest because it costs way more to pay off your teacher for a mark hike.
7. FRANK TURNER: Josephine
Frank Turner wrote this tune about the soulmate we’ve yet to meet. One of his favourite lyrical songs on the new record “Positive Songs For Negative People”, the punk poet continues to rock away his demons with a positive attitude.
8. PUSCIFER: The Remedy
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan may have been having a bad week, calling Tool fans “insufferable retards” and explaining that the band “had to con” him into playing their 2015 show at Tempe, Arizona’s Monster Mash Music Festival. He did however seem to have a good week with his other band Puscifer, dropping a new album, Money Shot! This is a darker and deep track off it.
9. k.i.d: Drunk Enough To Love Me
If Gwen Stefani had a secret deciple, we found her! Kara and Bobby of k.i.d are currently in the UK writing and recording their first LP with the record producer of their dreams…and we can’t wait to hear it. Kara’s voice is sweet, strong and controlled while their music rides the centre line between grunge, punk and pop. Catch them playing at Lee’s Palace on December 10th as part of the Edge Jingle Bell Concert Series.
10. HOUNDMOUTH: Say It
I’m stealing a quote because why fix something that ain’t broke: Garden & Gun said, “You’d be hard pressed to find a more effortless, well-crafted mix of roots and rock”. The band is from Indiana, the record is called Little Neon Limelight and is available now. If you dig the Lumineers, you’re gonna love this band. Catch them in town December 1st at The Mod Club as part of the Edge Jingle Bell Concert Series – tickets on sale now!
11. WEEZER: Thank God For Girls
“Thank God For GIrls” is Weezer’s first official music release since their 2014 album Everything Will Be Alright In The End! And the video.. it’s something else. Let’s just say it involves the graphic destruction of canoli. Though there’s no word of a new LP coming out, Rivers has announced that there will be “more coming very soon”.
12. TERRA LIGHTFOOT: No Hurry
Doesn’t she have a great first name? Obvi. This soulful Stoney Creek native is not related to Gordon…but clearly there’s a musical talent gene that comes with that last name.
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