Tag Archives: alternative

You Rascal You by Hanni El Khatib

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818SBlrjqcL._SL1500_[1]Hanni El Khatib rocks this tune with a hard electric guitar sound. This is off his debut album, Will the Guns Come Out.

Most of his music has a nice edge to it. He’s released 3 albums thus far with his latest, Moonlight, early this year. His music has been used in commercials and various TV shows from Californication to Luther to Gotham.

And to accompany the song, is this boring video about driving around at night and the lights of the city. All style, no substance.

The Difference Between Us by The Dead Weather

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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.

Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues by McLusky

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Who doesn’t like watching cats synced to music?

Mclusky offer up this energy infused masterpiece with one of the best titled songs I’ve heard in a while. This is off their second album, Mclusky Do Dallas.

I’ve only just discovered this now defunct Welsh band, after hearing a song of their’s on the TV show, One Tree Hill. They’ve four albums, three of which were released before their breakup in 2005, and all of them sated with angst-filled songs. Crank their tunes, and get ready for the original flash-mob known as the mosh pit.

Until We Get There by Lucius

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No video for this song, so below is the Soundcloud link.

Lucius give us a perfect song to add to our Sunday-afternoon-drive- to-the-park-for-a-picnic playlist.. This is off their only album, Wildewoman

Hailing from NY this band is relatively new to the music scene releasing their first of two EPs in 2012. This particular song has more of a dream-pop vibe than the rest of their sound. They’ve got a harder edge than presented here.

They Told Me by Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside

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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.

Something Is Not Right With Me by Cold War Kids

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Generic boring band-playing video, shot in a warehouse.

Cold War Kids kick some ass with this fast-tempo ditty. This is off their second album, Loyalty to Loyalty.

With a few exceptions, like this song, I’m not a fan of the way their music is produced. They’ve released 4 albums (with their latest this month), and 8 EPs (half of them live). I just wish I could like them.

Isobella Morris by Nick Teehan

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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.

Toe Jam by The Brighton Port Authority

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Finally a video that captures my attention from start to finish, and back to start again. Thanks to the naked people in the video, and the word naked which should garner my blog a few extra visits.

The Brighton Port Authority (BPA) a.k.a. Norman Quentin Cook a.k.a. Fatboy Slim team up with David Byrne on this catchy Caribbean-like tune.  This is off their only album, I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat.

This music project has just the one album under their name. They collaborated with various artists such as David Byrne, Iggy Pop, and Jamie T. The music on the album is very eclectic, but worth a listen. Give it a go.

Let Up by Now Its Overhead

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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.

I Begged You Everything by Bad Books

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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.