STREAM: Pony Girl – 'Candy'

Folktronica is the kind of genre-mash that you think is a terrible idea until you hear it work. 

With "Candy", the third track on the new LP Foreign Life from Ottawa's Pony Girl, it works so well because the mash creates an atmosphere instead of stealing the show. Its form is like a vaccum holding two voices in unison. Like the tinfoil spaceman album art, there's a kind of weightlessness to it. The song is built around some acoustic guitar strumming, but it's the synth underneath, adding all its texture, that makes the song.

With a six-piece band, this restraint is all the more interesting.

Foreign Life is out Nov. 7 on So Sorry Records.

New video from New Swears - "Stay Gold"

Ottawa's New Swears play the piss-drunk VIPs in the video for "Stay Gold," off their new record Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever. They released the album Saturday at Gabba Hey!, the DIY venue at Capital City Rehearsal Studios in Ottawa. You can witness the madness with footage from that show in the last part of this video.

The band's en route to Europe, where they're spending Spetember touring. Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever is out now on Bachelor Records, and stream the whole thing below.

Year of Glad kick off their East Coast tour in Montreal with Pony Girl


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.

Kurvi Tasch stand 'On Firm Ground' with debut LP

Kurvi Tasch are releasing their new album On Firm Ground tonight at La Sala Rossa with Archery Guild, Maylee Todd and Baked Goods, and you can stream the whole thing here via their Bandcamp page before the show. They'll be giving away a limited number of posters with download codes to get the record, and once those are gone they'll have download codes for PWYC.

The local three-piece recorded with Freelove Fenner's Peter Woodford, and Richard White from The Besnard Lakes did the mastering at Breakglass Studios. Singer/guitarist Alex Nicol picks away in a blanket of reverb, giving the record a dreamy feel even as it hits moments of intensity, like the bass & drums-dominated "Fractured Lens" and the slow-building title track. It's a consistent but unpredictable go at their first proper record.

Pop. 1280 ride a dark, tribal wave with "Kingdom Come"

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Off the Sacred Bones 2014 Record Store Day compilation Todo Muere, Vol. 4. They're opening for White Lung tonight in Montreal at Divan Orange, Ottawa's House of Targ tomorrow (along with killer locals Pregnancy Scares), and then hit The Garrison in Toronto on Sunday.

New Swears stage a street fight in "Candy Land"  

Ottawa's New Swears cop The Warriors in the street-brawl video for "Candy Land." There's no candy in this video (well maybe that's red high-fructose corn syrup gushing out of their wounds, who knows) but it's the kind of sloppy, fairly violent, good time you learn to expect from these guys (read about their prop-filled Ottawa Explosion Weekend set here). They prove you can still get rowdy with an acoustic guitar and harmonica.

"Candy Land" is off Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever, their new LP slated for release later this summer.

OXW Warmup: Steve Adamyk Band - "Careless"

Here's "Careless" another new track from Steve Adamyk Band's new LP Dial Tone out July 1 on Dirtnap Records. Let it be your pre-show kick if you're heading out to another day of Ottawa Explosion Weekend. They're playing outside Club Saw tonight before Crusades and co. tear things up inside. On the free side, T.V. Freaks is playing a gratis show at Vertigo Records with The Abandos starting at 6:00 p.m.

The "Caucasians" t-shirt is not offensive, it's satire (duh)

tribecalledred So some dummy threatened to protest A Tribe Called Red's headlining spot Sunday at Ottawa's Westfest because of the t-shirt Deejay NDN is wearing in the above photo. Westfest, which despite being in the neighbourhood of Westboro (not exactly known for its joie de vivre unless that joie includes kale and expensive baby strollers), is a pretty fun place to be. And despite getting a threat to protest, there's no way anyone's actually going to show up to complain. The "Caucasians" shirt is (obviously) satire, making those who support Aboriginal stereotypes in sports stop and scratch their head for a moment.

At least that's the point. But it'll go over your head if you think racism isn't weighted by culture and history. The shirt is literally the Cleveland Indians logo but with the red substituted for white and the feather for a dollar sign. If anything, it's a case of copyright infringement.

A Tribe Called Red is playing POP Montreal's lineup announcement party (free show) on August 27.

New video from Ottawa's Empiricals - "Thanks to Wong Foo"

The new video from Empiricals revolves around a jealous lover and a lonely birthday party (and an attempt at forced immolation). Guitarist Paul Hogan channels Chinese pentatonic vibes into upbeat surf rock in "Thanks to Wong Foo" as the band jams in a living room. It's all good, if slightly macabre, fun from these Hilotrons members.