Rosie June ft. Hey Ocean!Lion On Your Side || Here’s a great live performance from BC-based Rosie June, with some help from fellow west-coast musicians and old favourites of mine Hey Ocean!. It’s a beautiful tune; those multi-part harmonies are dreamy.
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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