Local folk-meets-drone improvisers Year of Glad are heading back to their East Coast home for the end of August/beginning of September with Ottawa's Pony Girl. They're book-ending the tour with shows in Montreal, so catch them Thursday at l'Esco ($5 with Pony Girl, Expy and Bantam Wing) and September 17 at Divan Orange.
Read a KBT interview with the guys in Year of Glad from June here, and stream their latest record Old Growth below.
L.A. duo Qui sing pretty harmonies between columns of distortion in the new video for "Life, Water, Living." It's a funny video from a band that doesn't take itself too seriously. "Life, Water, Living" is the title track off their latest record, out now on Sargent House (stream the whole thing on their Bandcamp page).
From the town of Amherst, Nova Scotia Jon McKiel plays earthy, guitar-driven indie rock with a love for polyrhythm. He's now based in Sackville, and has a new self-titled EP recorded to tape in Crousetown, Nova Scotia. The record's a collaboration with producer / improviser Jay Crocker (who played guitar / sang in Calgary's Ghostkeeper.)
Here's "Twin Speaks" the stuttered, syncopated fourth track on the record, and part of his set when he stopped by Montreal to play Brasserie Beaubien last week on his way to Sled Island (accompanied by a bandmate playing bass and drums at the same time). Get the vinyl from Headless Owl Records.
The latest from Crystal Stilts is some dark, jangly rock with someone clapping off in the distance. It's what we've come to expect after a decade of channeling The Velvet Underground, exhaling proto-punk and post punk alike. "Delirium Tremendous" starts off in an upbeat '60s haze, then flipping for a moment to something a little spacier, singer Brad Hargett left with just bass and piano around him in half-time. The band released the track as a digital-only single last week on Sacred Bones, and they'll be in Montreal June 21 at Il Motore.
Cave In guitarist/singer Stephen Brodsky and Converge drummer Ben Koller have found a home for Mutoid Man's sludgy, metal grooves. The Brooklyn shredders announced today that they've signed to Sargent House (formerly Hella, Red Fang, currently includes Tera Melos, Russian Circles, Fang Island). Find the label's full roster here.
They have an album in the works for next year, but for now here's their crushing EP Helium Head, released last fall on Magic Bullet Records.
This morning Twitter and Billboard launched a real-time music chart, measuring music shared on the social network.
Not corporate enough for you? McDonald's is a leading sponsor.
Now, putting aside that Billboard is the literal embodiment of the power of commercialism in music, this is some pretty interesting use of data. Billboard/Twitter calculates the number of shares a song gets in an hour and compares it against the last hourly average for shares. It can notice a song just from text in a tweet (but this probably only for Top 40 music — Twitter likely recognizes the plain text "Royals" far better than "Hotel"), but has a better shot at counting the tweet if it mentions the artist's handle and includes a link to the song.
The result is real-time charts of what Twitter is listening to. Although right now it's only counting what's being shared in the United States.
The closest thing to an indie chart is the "emerging artists" field, where artists with less than 50,000 followers are counted. Here you'll find Sharon Van Etten, Baths and Mac DeMarco among the 'emergers.' You can then stream the charting music on their partner Spotify (again, U.S. only). Will these charts have more value than than corporate PR? Probably, and not just in boosting Spotify's clout while it faces controversy over its royalty rates. But this is a pretty promising tool to peek into the world's listening habits, even if it's just through one medium. It lets you see, up-to-the-minute, aggregate taste in music, unmitigated by pop radio. It continues the trend of traffic as currency.
Your Sunday morning smooth bass is brought to you today by The Antlers. Here's "Hotel," a single they posted earlier this month off Familiars, out June 17 on ANTI- Records. It's produced by Chris Coady, who has production credits on the last two Beach House records (not to mention the excellent Singles from Future Islands). The Beach House warmth shines right through in this slow soul jam.
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Year of Glad takes the synthy pop of Halifax's Vogue Dots and gives it that Bieber-slowed-down-800% feeling. Year of Glad, authors of their own improvisational, reverb-heavy indie rockscapes, are based in Montreal but have their roots in the East Coast of Canada. The original version of "Turns and Turns" is off Toska, an EP Vogue Dots released May 6.
Stream Toska here:
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