COOLGold || Some members of the recently disbanded Apollo Ghosts (whom I adore) have started a new band called COOL, and they just released their first album called Paint. Click here to listen to it and then buy it with your money.
Christian HansenPlease Don’t Do That || I’ve been working on my master’s thesis since the summer, investigating how to bring new technologies into a live music setting. Toronto-via-Edmonton band Christian Hansen was kind enough to help me test out a prototype last month during one of their crazy-energetic shows. It went very well, and the band has been super accommodating throughout the whole process. I’ll be wrapping up my research over the next month, so stay tuned for the results. In the mean time, check out this song and more of Christian Hansen's music right here.
Justin TimberlakeThat Girl || I don’t usually feel compelled to make lists of my favourite albums each year, and this year is no different. There are probably a hundred albums from 2013 that I still haven’t managed to listen to yet, so it doesn’t feel right making a judgement call now. I can, however, hazard a guess at what my most-listened-to album was this year – Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience. I’m not sure what initially compelled me to give it a listen – I never paid much attention to JT's earlier work – but this album really encouraged me to let more pop music into my life. Since falling for it, my iTunes has been filling with the likes of Janelle Monáe, Frank Ocean, and Lorde. Some tracks are just too danceable not to love. Add a hint of funk and it’s guaranteed to win me over – like in this song, That Girl. Click on it and enjoy.
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Andy ShaufTap My Toes || This is probably my favourite song of 2013. It’s a bonus track from a fantastic 2012 album – one that I have highlighted before – but I didn’t hear this particular tune until this year. I just love it. And fortunately I got to see Andy perform it live at The Drake Underground this past Thursday. He and Evening Hymns played a nice and intimate show, both showcasing old favourites and some brand new stuff. It was really great.
AlvvaysArchie, Marry Me || Whoa. I love this song. I knew that this band was from here in Toronto, and that they played SappyFest this year (always a good sign), but I hadn’t actually listened to them before yesterday. Keep an eye on these folks; I have a feeling their debut album will be getting a lot of attention next year.
RadioheadThere There || I heard this song on the radio the other day and thought it was a new Radiohead track, but I was surprised to find that it was actually from their 2003 album Hail To The Thief. I think I once read somewhere that this was one of the band’s weaker albums, so I have actually never given it a listen. What a shame! I’m really digging this track. It just goes to show – you should always consult multiple sources!