Category Archives: 2007

New York’s A Go Go by SLAVE to the SQUAREwave

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bchangefrontsmall[1]A disco-like beat with a nice guitar-edge and theatrical vocals surprisingly work well in this song. This is from SLAVE to the SQUAREwave‘s  sixth album, Big Change.

With over 8 albums released this Toronto band has stayed under the radar. They were introduced to me by my late friend, Don Berns (aka Doctor Trance) and I’m glad he did. They have a very distinct sound and they definitely need more exposure.

I could only find a live version of this song that I could share. This is from the CBC’s Radio On The Go.

Burn My Shadow by UNKLE

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Interesting video about a man who discovers a timer on his heart is about to run out. Will he survive?

UNKLE bust out all the rock gear to bring you this ditty, with vocals by singer Ian Astbury of The Cult fame. This is off their third album, War Stories.

This UK trip-rock band has an eclectic sound to it. They’ve produced numerous albums and EPs, collaborating with many others artists like Thom Yorke from Radiohead to Richard Ashcroft from The Verve. Many of their songs appear in ads and tv, probably due to their movie-soundtrack like quality.

Early in the Morning by Wintersleep

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No video for this song. Just one long slow zoom into a picture.

The indie rock band, Wintersleep, lull you with this slow swaying opening, becoming more intense as it tune progresses. This is a bonus track off the special edition version of their third album, Welcome to the Night Sky.

This Canadian band from Nova Scotia has released 5 albums with their latest in 2012. If you’re wondering why they have a familiar sound, perhaps touring with Pearl Jam, probably had to do something with it.

Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation

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Some arty video about a Russian dancer. When will these indie bands learn to make better videos?

Blue Foundation is a NY City band. This song is a bit of a departure from their normal sound, which is a shame, since this is a great song. It’s off their fourth album, Life of a Ghost.

They’ve released 5 albums and 1 EP. Most of their music is generic almost trip-hop music, not really making them stand out. This particular song was used in the Twilight film.

Teardrop by José González

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An odd video that reminds me of the Mighty Hercules cartoon series.

José González emotes this epic song with his classic guitar. This Massive Attack cover (click here for the original) is off his second album, In Our Nature.

This Swedish artist has released 2 albums, and 8 EPs. He has a very distinct voice, and sound thanks in part to his guitar tuning. He’s collaborated with many artists and most recently re-joined the band, Junip.

23 by Blonde Redhead

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A crappy video for a for a great movie soundtrack song.

Blonde Redhead entrance us with this tune off of their 7th studio album, 23. Although the lyrics are horrid, the music and vocals evoke a great atmosphere.

This “American” trio (2 members from Italy via Canada & 1 from Japan) have released 8 albums, and many EPS. This song is pretty much a slice of their style, so if you like it, investigate them.

Blueberry Tree Part I by Husky Rescue

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Trippy video to match the song.

Husky Rescue emote one of their mellower songs, a wonderful drug-trip soundtrack. And it’s only part one. This is from their second album, Ghost Is Not Real.

This Finnish trip-hop band have released 4 albums with their latest in 2010. I highly recommend you give any of their songs a listen on a lazy rainy Sunday afternoon.

All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem

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James Murphy dons the Bowie make-up but keeps the suit and tie for this video. Unfortunately for him he was unprepared for the weather.

LCD Soundsystem weave a nice moderately paced dance tune. This is off their album, Sound of Silver.

This band has released 3 albums, and many singles. They’ve been nominated in 2005 for Best Electronic / Dance Album for their self-titled debut album. Their last album, This Is Happening was released earlier this year.

And if that’s not enough for you, here is a harder edged version by Franz Ferdinand with a bizarre video.

Belgian Beer and Catholic Girls by Siberian

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No video for this song.

This Siberian song has a nice 80’s post-punk feeling to it. This if from their album, With Me.

They’ve only released the 1 album and 1 EP, and after 4 years, this Seattle band has called it quits. So remember kids, support your indie bands so that they may have a long a prolific existence.

Handlebars by Flobots

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I’m not too crazy with this overly preachy badly animated video.

This song from the Flobots is a nice mix of rap, hip hop and rock. This is off their debut album, Flight With Tools.

They’ve just released their 2nd studio album in 2010, and also have 2 EPs under their belts. They have a unique sound which echoes a band who came about 15 years before them called, Urban Dance Squad. Perhaps they’ll break out of that 90s feel, and carve something new for themselves.