Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Video of the Week: Toro y Moi's "Blessa"

Great artist. Great track. Wonderful music video. This week's video is definitely worth a viewing. This song is so great to chill out to. Toro y Moi, of whom I've seen live a few months back (and might I add was phenomenal), is an up-and-coming electronic artist, who takes inspiration from all aspects of sound. His music is packed with variety and freshness. Check out the video to right or by clicking here.

It wouldn't be wise to take your eyes off Chaz of Toro y Moi. Trust me.

Bullion FACT Mix

What do I know I know about London producer Bullion? Not much. But what I can tell you is he has put together one of the most original mixes I've heard in a while. Sounding like it's coming straight off your dad's record player this near-perfect mix for FACT brings you back while at the same time brings undeniable freshness to the table. Featuring appearences by Fleetwood Mac, Buffy Sainte-Marie, David Crosby, your in for an enjoyable 25 minutes.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Oh yeah...

And I'm basically obsessed with this song right now. If there is any justice in this world, someone with the decency/skill will take this electro tune and bump it up into a techno party standard. If I see a remix coming my way I will post it STAT, I promise.

The Hidden Cameras - 'Underage'

New New Xiu Xiu


Your favourite post-rock/avant-garde anti-landmine activists are back with 'Gray Death', the leading track off of Dear God, I Hate Myself, due out on February 23rd. This is a tighter track than anything you'd see on Fabulous Muscles for instance and the earnest nature of Jamie Stewart's vocal delivery renders ridiculous lyrics ('If you're expecting consolation/I will be become outrageous/If you expect me to be outrageous/I will be extra outrageous') somehow awesome. Please peruse the streaming audio and download below. Happy listening!

Xiu Xiu - 'Gray Death'

OMG OMG OMG A-TRAK OMG

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You throw A-Trak over one of my favourite rap tracks of 2009 and naturally you get THIS. And oh my God THIS. THIS is my jam.

THIS. YES.

A-Trak - "Loonies To Blow" (Download)

Danger!

The newest track from French DJ/Producer "Danger". Highly influenced by science fiction and video games, Danger puts his own spin on things and released a quite welcomed gem, 4h30. For this track Danger imagined himself walking down a dark alley, alone, while a group of cyberpunks dressed in a Madmax style stare at him dangerously. He also saw Harrison Ford in Blade Runner, and Maurice Dantec. Danger incorporates a lot of imagery and strong backgrounds for his tracks which after listening should tell tell you there's more in store for him. The digital release of "09/17 2007" (his new EP) is on February 1st.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Another Pance Party remix, another banger.

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Pance Party remixes, as a general rule, make me want to do bad things to people on a dancefloor somewhere. Their latest project, an electro demolishing of BlackMahal's ode to moustaches "Save The Flavor", is classic PP, coming at you so hard that you have no choice but to move. These guys simply do not play around; they come to blow the roof off of everything they touch, and to date I am yet to see them go wrong.

BlackMahal - "Save The Flavor (Pance Party Remix)" (Download)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Video Premiere: Flower Pills, Beautiful Visuals

I had to share this video with you all. I've had Coma Cinema's demo compilation, Baby Prayers, for a while now, but they've just debuted (3 daze ago) a video to "Flower Pills" which in fact is my absolute favourite track off the album. Below (or here), are beautiful visuals, that really suit the flow of the song quite well. Definitely not something to miss out on.


You can also get a free copy of Baby Prayers over at Coma Cinema's website. Please do, it is worth a listen. Thanks to Chaz of Toro y Moi for bringing this to my attention, yay!

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Besnard Lakes Are The Amazing Band.


I totally, completely utterly forgot about this weirdly amazing band that blew my mind at the Hillside Festival in 2007. At times sounding like the demonic spawn of My Bloody Valentine, the Beach Boys and Pa's old Willie Nelson records, I hadn't thought about this band in a while until I heard that they are releasing a new album.

The first single available from their new album The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night, "Albatross" shimmers though the haze of shoegaze-esque guitars. Particularly vibrant is the clear-ringing voice of Olga Goreas, which shines aboves the beautifully layered falsetto of her husband Jace Lasek.

The new album drops March 9th, but until then check out the streaming audio and download below. Happy listening!

The Besnard Lakes - "Albatross"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Narnia and the music industry? That's a shitload of conquering.

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The pro's and con's of Toronto-via-Elora pop act Prince Caspian.

Pro: Prince Caspian is quite an excellent name for one's project.
Con: His real name is David Fischer, meaning he is not, in fact, the actual Prince Caspian. MISLEADING.

Pro: The Nineteen EP is fresh and current, but also rather mature in its storytelling abilities.
Con: David is not really nineteen. SUSPICIOUS.

Pro: There's some Owl City-ness going on here, except Prince Caspian has managed to strip away some of the more grating aspects of that model (read: some of the overly cutesy bits, the occasional painful couplet) while hanging onto its best qualities (read: the inherent catchiness, relatability).
Con: Prince Caspian is not yet as famous as Owl City. UNFORTUNATE BUT CHANGEABLE.

I've had the title track "Nineteen" on repeat for quite a while now, and I suggest you check out his MySpace here so you'll know when the EP becomes available in the next couple weeks.

Prince Caspian - "Nineteen" (Download)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Video Of The Week: Gil Scott-Heron - "Me and the Devil"

This week's video couldn't be any other video but this one. Gil Scott-Heron's forthcoming album I'm New Here, due out February 9th (US) and February 8th (UK) features this week's track, "Me and the Devil". So excited for this release. Nina Simone meets Portishead meets AWESOME! The song is very very well-produced, and the video is outstanding and will immediately leave you feeling some powerful emotions. See for yourself to the right of the site, or by clicking this here link.

Boy, do I love his voice!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

YE-LID News - Radio Show!!!


Remember as a child when you used to cuddle up with your family around the radio transmitter to listen to the adventures of Buck Rogers, or perhaps even your favourite radio soap-operas? Well, those times are back with ... the Your Ex-Lover Is Dead radio show! That's right, listen to material from the blog as well as other upcoming releases and a few old favourites every Sunday from 2 -3 p.m., starting January 24th. Your attractive and intelligent hosts Ken and Mia will intersperse witty banter with pure radio gold that will make your day a real hum-dinger.

Tune in at CFRC 101.9 FM if you happen to be in Kingston, or tune in at cfrc.ca,where CFRC streams LIVE all day, every day. Just click under "Listen Live!" on the homepage. Happy listening!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Who gives a fuck about a new Vampire Weekend album?

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Well, for one, you really should if you know what's good for you.

Contra dropped this week, and it is nothing short of refreshing. The self-titled debut was excellent, but the follow-up is a front-to-back album; while one can argue it doesn't reach the singular highs of, say, "A-Punk", there isn't a weak track to be found. I was skeptical at their ability to put out a good sophomore effort, but I have been proven wholly wrong.

Vampire Weekend - "Run" (Download)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - A simple prescription for pop satisfaction.




If there's one thing I hate, its bullshit. If there's one thing I like, its no bullshit. With this is mind, I present to you, beloved reader, "Even Heroes Have To Die", a brand new single from Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. This is their first release since 2008, and their first on the esteemed Matador label. This is a straight-up melodic pop song, big on hooks and short on filler. This should appeal to fans of Joel Plaskett (Emergency), who will not only identify with Ted Leo's sound but also with the frustration of knowing that this artist deserves so much more fame and recognition then he gets. Look out for this track and others on the upcoming The Brutalist Bricks, due out in March 2010. Happy Listening!


”Even Heroes Have To Die” – Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Broken Bells will Chime in the Near Future

Danger Mouse and The Shin's James Mercer (of whom are both wonderfully talented) have announced that they have started a new solo project, called Broken Bells. Their self-titled debut is due on March 9th, of this year on Columbia. Check out the album's first single below and the album artwork on their official site. Great lyrics (especially the verses) and a nice groove to hold it all together, I am curious as to how great this album may come to be. Keep an eye out.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sondre Lerche, Bluish in the Face

Sondre Lerche, Swedish pop sensation certainly moves me at times. Animal Collective's "Bluish" off of last year's Merriweather Post Pavillion, always provokes me to sing along. It pierces through your heart and tickles your insides. To hear that Sondre has recently covered "Bluish" just makes me so happy. My favourite part of this cover is the progressive faint delay, as the song goes on. Sondre delves into some new techniques (for him) in this cover. It doesn't beat the original, but it comes pretty close. Love love love love.

Check it out below.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Alex Winston is an animal, baby.

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Alex Winston's pop sound is at once familiar and completely unique, with the kind of charisma in her voice that is all her own but with an heir of nostalgia that makes you warm up to her like an old friend you haven't heard from in a while. This is to say, she's a star.

"Animal Baby" fell into my inbox the other day. If it could be described in one word I would choose LOVELY. She's in New York working on her debut album with production wizards The Knocks. If I could describe that in four words, I would choose SIMPLY ASTONISHING AND EXCITING.

Here's her MySpace which you should probably check out since she's going to be rather famous rather soon and you'll feel awfully silly a few months from now if you don't.


Alex Winston - "Animal Baby" (Download)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

This is kind of huge.

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Usher has this knack for undeniably massive singles. "Little Freak" is, well, fairly massive.

Polow da Don is on production duties here, and as usual he does an excellent job of making the track sound as epic as possible. And then Nicki Minaj enters for a sexy as hell guest verse, and as the saying goes, game over. Hit.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Let this be our little secret.

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Well this is all rather Passion Pit-y, now isn't it?

La Chansons make adorable electro pop about adorable things. Take, for instance, "Sparklin", which discusses falling in love at a roller disco. At a ROLLER DISCO. That is just cute.

Like with most bands of this ilk, the Passion Pit comparisons are going to exist, and while they are valid, I'd say La Chansons succeed in a slightly different way; yeah, the beats are comparable, but La Chansons are effective more based on their storytelling than on an over-the-top sugar rush.

But yes, they are both quite lovely.

La Chansons - "Sparklin" (Download)