Tag: Sub Pop

Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen is one of the most unique individuals and personalities in Canadian music. In this 16 years in the business, he has established himself as a Canadian institution. He does not have the fame or name recognition as Bieber, Rush, or Dion, but he’s one of the country’s most respected individuals. As a producer, he guided Alvvays on their […]

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The Matinee August 29th

The Matinee August 29th

Simplicity can be beautiful, exhilarating, and brilliant, and this is the theme of The Matinee August 29th edition. Even the most uplifting and exciting song doesn’t need a whole of instruments and textures to get the adrenaline flowing. We start things off with a band that has long perfected this art. The National – “Day I Die” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee August 24th

The Matinee August 24th

Whether you’re looking for an edgy, post-apocalyptic song; a get-of-your-seat Motown number; some gnarly indie-rock; or something foul yet delightfully intoxicating from a Dark Angel, The Matinee August 24th will fit your mood. Nine songs once occupy today’s mini-playlist, featuring several artists and bands who will be releasing some of the most highly-anticipated records of the fall. Chelsea Wolfe – […]

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The Matinee August 17th

The Matinee August 17th

The Matinee August 17th edition features nine songs to delight your senses – and some will bring you to your knees. You’ll want to dance and shimmy your shoulders, rock out, and even laugh out loud at times. So sit back and enjoy these new music treats. The first one, though, requires you to be sitting down with the tissues […]

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The Matinee August 3rd

The Matinee August 3rd

The Matinee August 3rd heavily features North American artists, which might have to do with me returning to my old stomping grounds. It also reflects how great the new music singles are from this part of the world. Given that I’m on holidays, the descriptions are shorter, and I apologize to the artists and bands.   Annie Hart – “Hard […]

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The Matinee July 21st

The Matinee July 21st

Another eclectic and awesome batch of new music singles occupies The Matinee July 21st edition. We won’t say much more because we’re ecstatic that one of the great Canadian bands has released a new single, meaning a new album is on the way! Just to change things up, the list is in reverse alphabetical order. Wolf Parade – “Valley Boy” […]

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The Matinee July 20th

The Matinee July 20th

The Matinee July 20th features another set of a 9 awesome new music singles. There is, as usual, a mix bag of goodies, so reach in and find a surprise. Chad VanGaalen – “Pine and Clover” (Calgary, Canada) RIYL: Father John Misty, Richard Swift, Jonathan Richman Where does one even begin to describe Chad VanGaalen, the Swiss Army knife of […]

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The Matinee June 22nd

The Matinee June 22nd

We’ve truly gone around the world with today’s new music selections. The Matinee June 22nd spans four continents and seven countries. Three songs are a couple of weeks old, and we’re wondering how the heck we missed them! Fortunately, they’re still fresh and worthy of being heard for weeks, if not months, on end. A. Sinclair – “Just Remind Me” […]

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Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’ (album review)

Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’ (album review)

Since 2012, J. Tillman, otherwise known as Father John Misty, has been gradually (and effortlessly) rising in the ranks of the indie scene. Over the course of his two previous records, Misty has managed to not only act as a kind of jester to the serious and often pretentious nature of the industry, but also maintaining a high level of […]

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The Matinee April 7th

The Matinee April 7th

The Matinee April 7th will put some wind in your sails on this final day of the work week. Most of the songs will lift your spirits, and others will leave you breathless. Sounds like the perfect way to start the weekend!   Gothic Tropic – “Your Soul” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Perfume Genius, Blondfire, Hannah Georgas There is a […]

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The Matinee January 31st

The Matinee January 31st

The Matinee January 31st includes a nice mix of indie artists ranging from singer-songwriter, well known indie artists as well as some talented up and comers. We sometimes look up at the world around us and wonder what is going on, yet here is some amazing music that we can take solace in. We have most tracks coming from the […]

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The Matinee December 1st

The Matinee December 1st

The Matinee December 1st features 10 songs by artists in seven countries. It’s a more energetic mini-playlist to help you power through the work day and the holiday crowds. For those in the northern hemisphere, the songs will add some heat to the cold, wintry nights. For those in the southern hemisphere, the playlist will add some sizzle to the […]

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The Matinee August 9th

The Matinee August 9th

The Matinee August 9th has a selection of eight sumptuous tunes. You might recognition a few of the names on the list while many will be brand new. The songs range from dark and mysterious to fun and whimsical. So whatever your mood is today, this mini-playlist likely has it. Andrew Judah – “Blue” (Kelowna, BC, Canada) RIYL: Why We […]

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The Matinee June 9th

The Matinee June 9th

Since Wendy offered six awesome rockers on yesterday’s mini-playlist, today The Matinee June 9th features seven more melodic and haunting tunes. Well, there are two edgier numbers in there. Can’t have a playlist that is entirely melodic can we? Darkswoon – “Necromancer” (Portland, USA) RIYL: Julianna Barwick, Slowdive, Lower Dens, Briana Marela It’s a bit difficult to describe the music […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 16

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 16

Welcome to another week of new music cocktails – i.e., the Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 16! Today we’re serving up a mixture of several genres, from good ol’ American indie garage rock, dreamy psych-pop and folksy Americana to British soul-folk and alt-pop plus some Swedish experimental psych rock, just to balance things out. Let’s get started with a bit of […]

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Saturday Sampler for January 30th

Saturday Sampler for January 30th

Here’s the weekly Saturday Sampler that once again features ten delicious servings of new music. We have a little bit of everything today – indie pop, indie rock, Americana/folk, alt-country… Have a listen below.   Aoife O’Donovan – “Magic Hour” (Brooklyn, USA) American singer/songwriter Aoife O’Donovan delivers a bit of jaunty folk-pop on this single from her second LP, In the Magic Hour. […]

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Shearwater – “Jet Plane and Oxbow”

Shearwater – “Jet Plane and Oxbow”

I discovered Shearwater in 2008, when I asked my good friend Ryan (now lead singer of Seattle’s Sister Girlfriend) to send me some new cool music. He sent me Shearwater’s 2006 album, Palo Santo (Expanded Edition), and warned, in the way that cooler friends often do, that I probably wouldn’t like his voice and that his songwriting would be a little […]

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Beach House – “Depression Cherry”

Beach House – “Depression Cherry”

It is very hard to write a review of Beach House without including words like ethereal, dream, and methodical. Beach House has an established sound that has not changed dramatically over the course of their first four albums, and, therefore, it is equally difficult to write a review without lavishing words like “consistent”, “beautiful”, and “fantastic”. Even if they have […]

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Rose Windows, “Glory, Glory”

Rose Windows, “Glory, Glory”

“Glory, Glory” by Seattle psychedelic rockers, Rose Windows, is just a great, rousing tune that puts together the greatness of Pink Mountaintops and Ty Segall into one awesome package. The single is the first from their forthcoming self-titled album, which will be released on May 5 by Sub Pop. The single is part of our Weekend Showcase for February 13, […]

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Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Much has been written of Josh Tillman’s reinvention of himself under the moniker Father John Misty. The alter-ego Father John Misty is part performance artist, part satirist, part rock star, part comedian, part poet; and it all adds up to an absolutely amazing artist. On his second album, I Love You, Honeybear, under the Father John Misty name, Tillman strings together beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, and […]

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