Author: Ben Yung

Mundo Musique: The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger and J.P. Kallio

Mundo Musique: The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger and J.P. Kallio

  THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER   For Those Who Like: Beck, Temples, Widowspeak   On their latest album, Midnight Sun, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, which is the project of partners Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, have produced an expansive, cinematic album that takes the listener on a musical journey that begins forty to […]

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Mundo Musique: Ought and Second Hand Heart

Mundo Musique: Ought and Second Hand Heart

  OUGHT   For Those Who Like: Joy Division, SUUNS, Velvet Underground   Whether it’s the orchestral pop and the new folk-rock of the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver, the innovative takes of psychedelia and hip hop in the United Kingdom, the art-punk and brooding rock of Brooklyn, or the roaring psych-rock of the southern US, independent artists across the globe […]

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Mundo Musique: Thee Oh Sees and Billy Moon

Mundo Musique: Thee Oh Sees and Billy Moon

  THEE OH SEES For Those Who Like: Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, ’60s-’70s psychedelia At the end of 2013, Thee Oh Sees announced that they were going on an “indefinite hiatus”. Fortunate for music fans, the hiatus lasted less than five months as the San Francisco-based band released Drop last week. Why the band’s hiatus was so brief is a […]

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Mundo Musique: DOE EYE’s Debut LP, Television

Mundo Musique: DOE EYE’s Debut LP, Television

For Those Who Like: P.J. Harvey, St. Vincent When we last heard from DOE EYE, the project of San Francisco’s Maryam Qudus, she had a released a stunning 6-song EP, Hotel Fire, a gritty indie rock album that recalled P.J. Harvey and the atmospheric sounds of Daughter. Deep bass grooves, stammering keys, and Qudus’ soaring vocals combined to create a […]

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Mundo Musique: Woods and Marta Pacek

Mundo Musique: Woods and Marta Pacek

WOODS For Those Who Like: Grizzly Bear, White Denim, Portugal. The Man (pre-Evil Friends) Ask anyone which bands or musicians they think are among the best of the last ten years, and you’ll probably get answers such as Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The National, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Neko Case, and others. But there are several under-appreciated bands who deserve to […]

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Mundo Musique: Tony Molina and Jacques Caramac & The Sweet Generation

Mundo Musique: Tony Molina and Jacques Caramac & The Sweet Generation

  TONY MOLINA   For Those Who Like: Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Dream Theater On his debut LP, Tony Molina proves that size doesn’t matter. With 12 songs clocking in at 12 minutes – yes, the length of many songs by most jam bands and Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Dissed and Dismissed is a pretty epic album and a […]

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Mundo Musique: Timber Timbre

Mundo Musique: Timber Timbre

For Those Who Like: Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Neil Young and Crazy Horse If Mac DeMarco is considered to be on track to be the next Neil Young, Timber Timbre, the indie quintet from Brooklin, Ontario, is well on its way to being a collective version of another great Canadian legend, Leonard Cohen. Their previous fourth albums were excellent bluesy-folk […]

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Mundo Musique: The Bright Smoke Premiere Video for “Sea Level”

Mundo Musique: The Bright Smoke Premiere Video for “Sea Level”

New York’s brooding indie duo, The Bright Smoke, premiered on AntiQuiet today their tantalizing video for “Sea Level”, from 2013’s EP Virginia Et. Al. It’s a fantastic video that sees the sultry Mia Wilson and the mysterious Quincy Ledbetter bear the chilly Northeastern shoreline. You can see it at AntiQuiet or better yet below, thanks to YouTube. More information on […]

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Mundo Musique: Cloud Nothings and BMBSHL

Mundo Musique: Cloud Nothings and BMBSHL

CLOUD NOTHINGS For Those Who Like: The Men, Titus Andronicus, Paramore On their first LP, Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings produced an album that had a bit of everything – post-punk, indie rock, fuzz rock, psychedelic. On their second album, Here and Nowhere Else, they have produced a record that is fast, hard, and mostly post-punk-rock music. It is an album that […]

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Mundo Musique: The Crash-and-Burn Q&A with The Zolas

Mundo Musique: The Crash-and-Burn Q&A with The Zolas

Vancouver’s edgy, indie pop-rock band, The Zolas, made a stop in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 2, playing at Mavericks alongside James Younger (who is a member of The Zolas) and super indie, Canadian band The Mounties. Their lively 45-minute set included hit songs from 2012’s Ancient Mars (“Knot in My Heart”, “Ancient Mars”, “Strange Girl”, “Escape Artist”), tracks from their […]

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The Capital Revue: Bella Cat

The Capital Revue: Bella Cat

For the most part on The Revue, we’ve focused on rock, pop, indie rock, indie folk, classic rock, and occasionally dipped into hip hop, rap, and hard rock. One genre that we haven’t focused much on is the blues. If there are more artists like Bella Cat, that might change. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, Bella Cat’s debut EP, Corrupted, which […]

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Mundo Musique: Pure X and Ketamines

Mundo Musique: Pure X and Ketamines

PURE X For Those Who Like: Crystal Stilts, Still Corners, Big Star In 2011, Pure-X, the Austin-based trio turned quartet, released an excellent debut LP, Pleasures, which was mellow synth-pop enshroud in reverb. It was dreamy and hypnotic. They followed that up with 2012’s Crawling Up the Stairs, which, to put it mildly, wasn’t quite as good, as the album seemed […]

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Mundo Musique: Mac DeMarco and Kendal Thompson

Mundo Musique: Mac DeMarco and Kendal Thompson

MAC DEMARCO For Those Who Like: Ariel Pink, John Lennon, Neil Young Canada has a long line of great singer-songwriters. Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Robbie Robertson, Randy Bachman, Kate McGarrigle and her children Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Feist, and the list goes on and on. Could Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV – better knowns as Mac […]

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Mundo Musique: CYMBALS and Ages and Ages

Mundo Musique: CYMBALS and Ages and Ages

CYMBALS For Those Who Like: early ’80s pop (think New Order, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys), Bear in Heaven, and The Cure If you’re looking for a fun, pop album to celebrate the arrival of spring, look no further than CYMBALS’ The Age of Fracture, the London quartet’s second LP that was released a couple of months ago. Dubbed as […]

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Mundo Musique: Blouse and Suuns

Mundo Musique: Blouse and Suuns

BLOUSE For Those Who Like: Bleeding Rainbow, Beaches, ’80s R.E.M. When your debut album is widely applauded and critics and audiences anxiously await the next record, most young bands would build on their first release and aim to perfect the sound they have introduced. Well, unless you are Portland’s Blouse. In 2011, Blouse’s self-titled debut album was ten tracks of […]

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Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons and Electric Litany

Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons and Electric Litany

I have often stated that we are experiencing a great time for music and one could argue that this is a golden era for it. But to find some truly great music can often take some effort, whether it’s methodically scouring through the many online e-zines and blogs, attending shows in the smallest cafés and bars, searching through the boxes […]

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Mundo Musique: Blood Orange (Revisited) and The Honeyrunners

Mundo Musique: Blood Orange (Revisited) and The Honeyrunners

BLOOD ORANGE For Those Who Like: Prince, Sade, Michael Jackson When Mundo Musique was first started in September 2013, Devonté Hynes – a.k.a. Blood Orange – was one of the first artists to be showcased, specifically “Chamakay”, the first single from Blood Orange’s second LP, Cupid Deluxe. Although the album was released back in November 2013 and was included on […]

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Mundo Musique: The Head and the Heart Coming to the Bronson Centre – Thursday, March 27

Mundo Musique: The Head and the Heart Coming to the Bronson Centre – Thursday, March 27

 THE HEAD AND THE HEART For Those Who Like: Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, Old Crow Medicine Show For the past decade, the popularity of Americana and indie folk has exploded. With the likes of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Lumineers, mainstream radio stations are increasingly playing music that once was restricted to small bars and clubs […]

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Mundo Musique: The War on Drugs and Colornoise

Mundo Musique: The War on Drugs and Colornoise

THE WAR ON DRUGS For Those Who Like: The Traveling Wilburys, Don Henley, and Kurt Vile One of the most anticipated albums of the year comes out on Tuesday when The War on Drugs release their third album, Lost in the Dream, the follow up to the excellent Slave Ambient, which was named of the best albums of 2011 by […]

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Mundo Musique: Swearin’ and Womb

Mundo Musique: Swearin’ and Womb

SWEARIN’ For Those Who Like: Joanna Gruesome, Liz Phair, Connections Swearin’ makes a return on Mundo Musique, marking their second appearance – third if you include their spot on our top-81 albums of 2013 – in this space, and they deserve all the attention for their rocking take of post-punk music. But another reason to spotlight the young quartet from […]

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