Category: Mundo

Mundo 5: A Tribute to The Decemberists and Everything Related to Them

Mundo 5: A Tribute to The Decemberists and Everything Related to Them

It’s been a huge week for The Decemberists, who are celebrating 15 years as a band and who on Tuesday released their seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (read Michael’s review). In addition, Charlie Hales, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, where the band is calls home, announced that January 20 was Decemberists Day, essentially making Colin […]

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Mundo 35 – RevueFest – The Curation of Our Make-Believe Festival

Mundo 35 – RevueFest – The Curation of Our Make-Believe Festival

There have already been quite a few festival line up announcements for this year already, including Bonnaroo, Boston Calling, Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Hangout Festival, New Orleans Jazzfest, and Shaky Knees, and Sasquatch will be coming out in February. The almost complete list for SXSW is out as well, too. If we could curate our own festival, there would no likely not be any massive hype […]

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Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

For the past few weeks, we’ve taken a look back at the year that was in music for 2014. Now it’s time to look ahead to some of the albums that we are highly anticipating for 2015. Some of these are guesses (and educated ones at that), and ones we will be monitoring closely. Here’s the list in alphabetical order […]

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Our Favorite Hidden Gems of 2014

Our Favorite Hidden Gems of 2014

We’re always looking for those small and emerging artists and bands to feature. Throughout the year, we’ve profiled musicians we’ve followed in the past and new ones that came to our attention by chance or good fortune. This list is dedicated to our Favourite Hidden Gems of 2014, so artists that we discovered this year – or who discovered us. […]

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2014 In Revue: The Retro Revival

2014 In Revue: The Retro Revival

As we continue our look back at 2014, there were two characteristics or trends that really stood out. First, there were a large number of bands who reinvented themselves. Some of them made our Favourite 50 Albums of 2014 list, including Parquet Courts, Wye Oak, and Strand of Oaks. The other big trend was the retro vibe emanating from so many […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014 – The Full List In Revue

50 Favourite Albums of 2014 – The Full List In Revue

In case you missed or just wanted a summary or was waiting for this final list instead of reading each of the 10 pieces, here is a run down of our 50 Favourite Albums of 2014. Our list, as always, is in alphabetical order, as to rank them is nearly an impossible exercise with the thousands of albums that were […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Warpaint, Wye Oak, and Young Fathers

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Warpaint, Wye Oak, and Young Fathers

And we’ve made it to the end. But first, a quick recap: Day 1 – Alvvays, Angel Olsen, The Antlers, Beck, and Benjamin Booker. Day 2 – Chad VanGaalen, Conor Oberst, Coves, Damien Jurado, and Doug Keith. Day 3 – Dream Boat, Eagulls, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, and Hamilton Leithauser. Day 4 – Hiss Golden Messenger, Hospitality, Hurray for […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Sturgill Simpson, Sun Kil Moon, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Temples, and Tiny Ruins

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Sturgill Simpson, Sun Kil Moon, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Temples, and Tiny Ruins

We’re down to the final two days of our Countdown with five more albums to list. The S’es still dominate with three more today. But first, if you lost track of the album, you can find them in the following articles: Alvvays to Benjamin Booker; Chad VanGaalen to Doug Keith; Dream Boat to Hamilton Leithauser; Hiss Golden Messenger to Jesse […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Spoon, Springtime Carnivore, St. Vincent, Steve Gunn, and Strand of Oaks

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Spoon, Springtime Carnivore, St. Vincent, Steve Gunn, and Strand of Oaks

Numbers 36 to 40 are up next and all five once again fall under the letter “S”. The previous albums can be found in the following posts: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, and 31-35.   SPOON, “THEY WANT MY SOUL” It is hard to believe that Spoon has been releasing truly outstanding music for over 20 years. What is not […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: S. Carey, Sharon Van Etten, She Keeps Bees, Slothrust, and Snowmine

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: S. Carey, Sharon Van Etten, She Keeps Bees, Slothrust, and Snowmine

Thirty down and twenty more to go. If you are just joining the countdown of our 50 favourite albums, you can find the previous albums, listed alphabetically, in these posts – 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25, and 26-30. And now, here are albums 31 to 35, which all are under the letter “S”.   S. CAREY, “RANGE OF LIGHT” Bon […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Parquet Courts, Perfume Genius, PHOX, Real Estate, and Royal Blood

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Parquet Courts, Perfume Genius, PHOX, Real Estate, and Royal Blood

We’ve turned the corner and heading down the final stretch. If you missed the first twenty-five, you can check out these posts (1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, and 21-25). Now time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming.   PARQUET COURTS, “SUNBATHING ANIMAL” Parquet Courts have been busy this year. Not only did they release Sunbathing Animal earlier this year, […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Mac DeMarco, Marissa Nadler, Misun, The New Pornographers, and Ought

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Mac DeMarco, Marissa Nadler, Misun, The New Pornographers, and Ought

We’re at the halfway point of our 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 countdown, which are being listed in alphabetical order. Here are albums 1 to 5, 6 to 10, 11 to 15, and 16 and 20. Now on to albums 21 to 25. MAC DEMARCO, “SALAD DAYS” He might be referred to as the “Goofball Prince of Indie Rock” (and […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Hiss Golden Messenger, Hospitality, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jenny Lewis, and Jesse Marchant

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Hiss Golden Messenger, Hospitality, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jenny Lewis, and Jesse Marchant

Last week, we commenced our countdown of our Favourite Albums of 2014. In quick review: First five included Alvvays, Angel Olsen, The Antlers, Beck, and Benjamin Booker. That followed with Chad VanGaalen, Conor Oberst, Coves, Damien Jurado, and Doug Keith The last five consisted of Dream Boat, Eagulls, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, and Hamilton Leithauser. Here are the next […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Dream Boat, Eagulls, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, and Hamilton Leithauser

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Dream Boat, Eagulls, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, and Hamilton Leithauser

We start day three of ten of our 50 Favourite Albums of 2014, heading towards letters “D” through “H”. Here are Days One and Two. Now on to the list.   DREAM BOAT, “THE ROSE EXPLODES” There are bands that attempt to create albums that are hypnotic and dreamy, but few succeed like Dream Boat. The Athens, Georgia duo of […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Chad VanGaalen, Conor Oberst, Coves, Damien Jurado, and Doug Keith

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Chad VanGaalen, Conor Oberst, Coves, Damien Jurado, and Doug Keith

Yesterday, we listed our first five favourite albums, and we continue albums 6 to 10. Just as a reminder, the list isn’t in order of what we think is the “best album” of the year, but rather just listed in alphabetical order. CHAD VANGAALEN – SHRINK DUST Calgary’s Chad VanGaalen is probably one of the most unassuming yet influential individuals […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Alvvays, Angel Olsen, The Antlers, Beck, and Benjamin Booker

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Alvvays, Angel Olsen, The Antlers, Beck, and Benjamin Booker

We commence our countdown today of our 50 favourite albums of 2014. We’ll be listing five albums per day for the next week-and-a-half in order to give each album some well-deserved attention. We say “favourite albums” because we haven’t listened to every album produced (although collectively we’ve listened to probably close to 1000) and we don’t consider ourselves to be […]

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Matthew Hock of Phosphorescent joins The National for a song

Mundo 10: Cool Cameos

It’s the time of year where giving is better than receiving, so we thought we would highlight some of our favourite “cameos”. A few months ago, we did create a list of celebrity guest stars on videos, but this list is focused on musicians who have played or sung backup for fellow stars (ok, some of the below are more […]

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Mundo 5: Songs to Give Thanks

Mundo 5: Songs to Give Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the US, so we thought we would list some songs that make us sit back, reflect, and have personal meaning to us. In other words, these are songs that make us want to say thank you to our family, friends, and all those who have helped guide us over the years.    Band Of Horses – The […]

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Mundo Musique: A Salute to the Creative Genius of OK Go

Mundo Musique: A Salute to the Creative Genius of OK Go

A few weeks ago, indie pop stars OK Go released Hungry Ghosts, which in typical OK Go fashion is fun and catchy and often will make you want to dance. Hungry Ghosts, however, is an album that sees the LA-via-Chicago quartet take the next step from just a pop band to serious musicians, and it is arguably OK Go’s best […]

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Mundo 10: Longing for Summer

Mundo 10: Longing for Summer

Many parts of the northeast have been blanketed with snow this week and North Texas even ended up with some snowfall which hardly ever happens in November. As we sit inside and sip on any kind of warm drink that is pumpkin spiced flavored to stay warm, we thought we would post a few songs that take us back to warm summer […]

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