Tag Archives: alt

The Difference Between Us by The Dead Weather


No video for this song. The song ends at 3:37, so no need to keep listening.

The Dead Weather wake the dead in a good way with this hard-core tune. This is off their second album, Sea of Cowards.

This band is made up of musicians from other popular bands:  Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Jack White (on drums) of The RaconteursDean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, and Jack Lawrence of City and Colour. They’re set to release a new album some time this year. I’m not a big fan of the rest of their stuff, but this song really does kick-ass.


They Told Me by Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside


Interesting video. My take on it, is the man is wrestling with the woman inside him, and she’s winning.

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside serve up a hotplate of Rockabilly smothered with angst and a side of old fashioned cool. This is off their latest album, Untamed Beast.

This Rockabillyesque band are my current favourite. They’ve released 3 albums thus far, all chock-full of great tunes to blast out your vintage car while cruising down the highway on a hot Sunday afternoon. If you like this tune, hurry out and pick up all 3 of their albums.

Isobella Morris by Nick Teehan


This local Toronto artist  reminds me a lot of Hawksley Workman. I’ll have to catch him live one day.

Nick Teehan has a great vibe, and his music is very bohemian. I could even picture Tom Waits singing some of his songs. Other than that, don’t know much about him.

Mothership by How I Became the Bomb


Horrible video that looks like it was conceived and created by a second-year film school drop-out. Don`t let it scare you away from the awesomeness that is How I Became the Bomb.

This song is off their album second album, Deadly Art, but debuted on their Volume II: Foremost Sentinel EP.

They’ve released 2 albums and 6 EPs, and I’m in love with this band’s sound. They’re like a rebooted Erasure from the year 2112. They’re fun rolled up into a ball of sound and I can’t get enough of them. How can you not love a band that’s brought back the keytar?

Let Up by Now Its Overhead


No video for this song.

With the opening few guitar chords, this simple song from Now Its Overhead, hooks you in. This is off their third album, Dark Light Daybreak.

This now defunct band have only released 3 albums and 2 EPs, so it’s not too hard to hunt down their material, if you’re a fan. Most of their music is more Alt, than Indie, and it’s a shame that they did not create more music before calling it quits.

Here It Comes by The Brian Jonestown Massacre


Trippy non-video for this song, probably created by a fan.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre ooze out this psychedelic number. This is off their ninth album, …And This Is Our Music.

This non-radio-friendly American band have been around for a while. They put out their first album in 1993, and have been pretty prolific since then releasing over a dozen albums, and EPs. I stumbled on this band thanks to the show Boardwalk Empire, who use one of their songs for the theme. If you like what you hear, check out the documentary, Dig!

Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation


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.

I Begged You Everything by Bad Books


No video for this song.

Bad Books play this sad acoustic ditty. The melody is slow and sad, and the lyrics are emotionally charged. This is off their first album, the self titled, Bad Books.

This band is composed of Kevin Devine and members of Manchester Orchestra. They’ve only released 2 albums so far with the latest II just coming out this year. This collaboration essential sounds just like the mellower side to Manchester Orchestra, and it’s very hard to tell the two apart, but I’m not really complaining, as I love both versions.

New Low by Middle Class Rut


I don’t quite understand the video, but it looks pretty in high-def.

If you’re looking for a song to rock out to, search no further. Middle Class Rut offer up this dynamic tune. This song is a mellower sample of what they’ve put out so far. It’s off their first and only album, No Name No Color.

This California duo has only released one album, but 6 EPs. Their alternating vocals and extremely hard edge give them an almost punk feel. If you want to disturb your neighbours late at night, blast these guys through your speakers.