Category: Albums

Weekend Stream for July 4: Braid, Matt Kivel, Cloud Boat, and Eagulls

Weekend Stream for July 4: Braid, Matt Kivel, Cloud Boat, and Eagulls

Here’s your Weekend Stream for July 4th long weekend. Happy 4th of July to our American friends and family. Braid – the alternative emo band – returns after 15 years away. While they’ve changed physically, the music remains great. You can stream the new album, No Coast, on CBC Music and NPR. Matt Kivel has a new album coming out next […]

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Mundo Musique: Gold Cult

Mundo Musique: Gold Cult

Chicago duo Gold Cult released their debut EP, the 5 track Been Still in January of 2013. The music of Gold Cult can be described as a combination of dream-pop and jazz.  Next week, on July 8, they will release two new singles, “Round and Round” and “Lafayette”.  Both singles are very different sounding.  “Round and Round” is an experimental track, […]

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Mundo Musique: Brazil’s Baleia

Mundo Musique: Brazil’s Baleia

Back to focusing on bands from outside our usual countries (Canada, US, UK, Australia) to celebrate the global event currently taking place in Brazil, the World Cup. I’ve never gone to Brazil. The closest I’ve ever been to experiencing anything remotely Brazilian is eating at a Brazilian steakhouse, but I’m not even sure that was authentic. And my earliest memory […]

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Mundo Musique: Midlake

Mundo Musique: Midlake

For fifteen years, Midlake has been producing music reflective of the ’70s LA music scene – gorgeous melodic, psychedelic folk-rock. So many bands have attempted to replicate Midlake’s work, but very few have succeeded (more recently, Local Natives, The Amazing, and Lord Huron have done extremely well). It is music that is pleasing, calming, and great to listen to on […]

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Mundo Musique: Tune-Yards

Mundo Musique: Tune-Yards

In May, New England’s Merrill Garbus, also known as Tune-Yards, released her third album, Nikki Nack, on 4AD.  Garbus is known for her quirky style of performing music featuring her unique voice, herself on drums, ukulele, and many other instruments, and her seemingly endless supply of energy. Garbus definitely takes after many different influences. There’s a huge Afrobeat influence in […]

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Mundo Musique: Be Calm Honcho

Mundo Musique: Be Calm Honcho

With the explosion in indie music and DIY artists, having an eye-popping (and sometimes perplexing and nonsensical) name is almost as important as having outstanding music. And in many cases, the two go hand-in-hand, where the music matches the creativity behind the name. One such band that hits the mark is Be Calm Honcho, the four-piece, indie outfit from San […]

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CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

James Leclaire sings with a gritty voice (think Steve Earle but without the booze issues) and I’ll admit that I first thought it was affectation. James is a super friendly, clean cut guy from the Ottawa Valley, and to meet him is to meet a man with a big smile, quick wit, and really positive attitude. In short, this is the […]

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Mundo Musique: SkyBurnsRed

Mundo Musique: SkyBurnsRed

On Mundo Musique, we’ve featured plenty of bands of the “symphonic” or “orchestral variety. There’s the orchestral/choir pop of bands like The Belle Game, Ephrata and Ages and Ages. There was also the fascinating space-rock orchestra Flowers of Hell. In addition, we’ve looked at melodic, brooding rock bands, like Wolf People and Arboretum, post-metal bands such as WTCHS, and multi-genre-laced […]

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Weekend Stream (June 27): Old Crow Medicine Show, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Matthewdavid, and PS I Love You

Weekend Stream (June 27): Old Crow Medicine Show, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Matthewdavid, and PS I Love You

Here’s your weekly feature of new albums being streamed before their official release dates. There are, however, only a handful of albums that will be released next week, likely due to the various holidays in Canada (July 1) and the United States (July 4). That said, there is still some great music to listen to. Old Crow Medicine Show return […]

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Mundo Musique: Circulatory System Return with “Mosaics within Mosaics”

Mundo Musique: Circulatory System Return with “Mosaics within Mosaics”

For Fans of: Olivia Tremor Control, The Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Beatles Athens, Georgia’s Circulatory System came to be after Elephant Six co-founder Will Cullen Hart’s previous band, The Olivia Tremor Control, went on hiatus in 2000. On Tuesday, June 24, Circulatory System released their latest album, Mosaics within Mosaics. The album is almost an all-star lineup […]

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Mundo Musique: The Graceful Self-Titled Debut of Phox

Mundo Musique: The Graceful Self-Titled Debut of Phox

Phox, the multi-instrumental band of six friends from Baraboo, Wisconsin, have established a fine niche for themselves with their unique take on indie music. It’s difficult to characterize the band as they’re a bit of many things – folk, pop, alt-country, Americana, New Orleans jazz, brooding bluesy folk. On their self-titled debut album, the collective have captured the essence of […]

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Mundo Musique: A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Dreamy Album, “Sea When Absent”

Mundo Musique: A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Dreamy Album, “Sea When Absent”

Just out yesterday, the multi-city band A Sunny Day in Glasgow have released quite possibly the album for the summer with Sea When Absent. While it is difficult to pin down exactly the sound or genre of ASDIG, Sea When Absent is reminiscent of Broken Social Scene’s last couple of albums, most notably Foregiveness Rock Record, and the synth-pop-rock of New Zealand’s […]

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Mundo Musique: Mexico City’s Coast

Mundo Musique: Mexico City’s Coast

Wherever you turn your head, click on a website, scour SoundCloud, or search on Twitter, you’ll probably find some cool music playing in a part of the world that you probably never expected. In recent articles, we’ve featured a Macau-based, indie-rock band consisting of three Brazilians (Turtle Giant), a shoegaze-rock band from Peru (Puna), a garage-rock band from Tokyo (the moools), […]

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Mundo Musique: Sophie Jamieson

Mundo Musique: Sophie Jamieson

Sophie Jamieson For those who like: Daughter, Polica, TORRES Singer-songwriter Sophie Jamieson has been working out of London, England and has grown notorious for her engaging live shows.  She recently released a double-single, Stain/Other, in May.  Both songs are gorgeous and melancholy feeling, just the way I like it.  The sound is very reminiscent of fellow Londoners Daughter, but it’s […]

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Mundo Musique: Tiny Ruins

Mundo Musique: Tiny Ruins

For Those Who Like: First Aid Kit, Ben Sollee, Sharon Van Etten Keeping the theme of our international posts for the World Cup, today I’m going to introduce you all to New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins.  Even though sadly New Zealand’s national team, the All Whites, aren’t part of this year’s World Cup tournament.  Based out of New Zealand, Tiny Ruins […]

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Blakdenim release new EP ‘Vanguard(en)’

Blakdenim release new EP ‘Vanguard(en)’

Ottawa’s BlakDenim have released Vanguard(en), a great six-track EP featuring their great blend of hip-hop, funk, and rock music.  As Phil pointed out in the RBC Bluesfest Revue post for BlakDenim, they have some really sharp lyrics and a really awesome sound featuring a whole range of instruments including trumpets and tubas. The EP is available on iTunes, streaming on Spotify, […]

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Mundo Musique: Strand of Oaks’ Resounding “Heal”

Mundo Musique: Strand of Oaks’ Resounding “Heal”

Even with the advanced press about Timothy Showalter’s  – a.k.a. Strand of Oaks – fourth full-length album, Heal, that listed J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. as a guest musician and images posted on Facebook that showed Showalter rocking hard, it was still a surprise, and a pleasant one, to hear an album inspired by 70s, 80s, and 90s rock. On his […]

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Mundo Musique: Puna

Mundo Musique: Puna

Since it’s World Cup time, Ben and I want to feature more bands from outside North America, and today I’m featuring the dreamy and hypnotic Puna from Lima, Peru.  Their instrumental shoegaze is ambient, experimental, and truly captivating. And since it’s mostly instrumental, you won’t miss out on anything because of a language difference. They released a single in 2013 […]

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Weekend Stream (June 20): Strand of Oaks, Phox, Phish, and Donovan Blanc

Weekend Stream (June 20): Strand of Oaks, Phox, Phish, and Donovan Blanc

Your weekly weekend stream for June 20th to 22nd includes some great new albums from emerging acts and arguably the most influential jam band of the past 20 years. Strand of Oaks will release Heal on Tuesday. Check it out on NPR and CBC Music. One of the buzziest buzz bands right now is Phox, whose folk-pop is captivating. NPR […]

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Mundo Musique: The Toothe

Mundo Musique: The Toothe

Self-described as Apocalyptic Americana music, Asheville, NC folk band, The Toothe, released a strange but great 25-minute EP, Talons, on June 10.  Great because this EP is made up of six really interesting folk songs, ranging from folky sing-alongs to slow ballads. Strange because lyrically, there’s stuff like “now you’re passing through me like a kidney stone” in the song […]

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