Category Archives: Music

Mini Playlist of the Day: The Grove

A couple weeks ago when everyone was at VELD, Lollapalooza or Osheaga, I was in my own backyard at The Grove Music Festival sponsored by Canadian Club Mixed & Ready. Although it was only a one day, lesser known festival, I had an amazing time. Originally the festival was to take place in Niagara Falls, and Macklemore was to headline the show. When they switched to Toronto, Macklemore dropped out along with a few others, and eventually Phoenix was officially set as the headliner. The line up was as follows:

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Unfortunately I found out the day of the fest that Icona Pop ditched too. I was pretty darn disappointed by that especially after discovering they were at Osheaga the very next day. Maybe it would have been better if it was on a different weekend or something. It was a pretty cheap festival around the corner, so no complaints from me there. Here’s a mini playlist from some of my favourite acts from the show:

1. “Bourgeois”- Phoenix
2. “Dark & Stormy- Hot Chip
3. “Rain Of Gold”- Young Empires
4. “Burning”- Nightbox

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Cool Covers: “Get Lucky”- George Barnett (Daft Punk)

This song is still just going and going…

I’ve heard A LOT of covers of this song and this is definitely up there with the favourites. George Barnett covers Daft Punk but removes a bit of the disco and replaces it with a little more edge. The ONLY thing I dislike is that weird “I’m in a club” horn. Other than that, I love his voice, the shakers, the guitar, the drums and even the little electronic break down. This cover is definitely worth a listen.

A+ for bedroom recordings too.

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Keloha Fest 2013

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Last year I had the privilege of going to Montreal QB for Osheaga, and it was definitely an amazing and unforgettable experience. This year, I was able to check out Keloha Fest in Kelowna BC, thanks to Canadian Club #mixedandready. Although the festival itself was smaller scale, the trip itself was truly unforgetable and definitely what summer should be all about.

I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty details of the trip, but I did want to comment on some of my experiences while there. Especially for those planning on making the trip as well.

First off, if you’re coming from somewhere like Toronto (like me) for the fest, make sure you make the trip worth your while and spend at LEAST a week on the West coast. I would even suggest spending half the time at the 3-day festival and the other half in Vancouver. This was my first trip to BC, and I felt like there was so much I would have wanted to do, but just didn’t get the time to do it. Secondly, if you’re staying in Kelowna, get a hotel right in the downtown area close to the festival grounds. There’s SO much to do in the area, including bike riding, paddle boating, wake boarding, grabbing drinks, ice-cream, walking on the beach, henna, shopping and more. Check out my friend Ian and I on the paddle boat below. I loved this part because while paddle boating, we could hear the festival and bands in the background. Kinda awesome.

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The weather in BC was unreal for the festival weekend. Hot, but not muggy and not humid. If there was a definition for perfect summer weather, that would be it! Closer to the festival grounds there’s a beautiful walkway that goes along the boarder of the water. It was pretty surreal to just sit and watch the boats and all the activity happening. I would be  pretty content just sitting on a bench the whole weekend just to take in the beauty of it all. But i wouldn’t do that- there were things to be done, including the fest itself! Day 2 in Kelowna was festival day, where we also met up with Chelle Morgan from Discovering Elegance. When we arrived we headed straight to the Sand Stage, which was literally a stage on the sand. The stage was right beside the water which was awesome because we could stand in the water and watch the bands as well.

Here is where we saw a favourite band of mine, Humans.

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The biggest difference between Osheaga and Keloha was definitely the atmosphere. Keloha has this relaxed, chill vibe that makes it really feel like an escape destination. No stress, just good summer vibes. Everyone was just calm and going with the flow. Osheaga is amazing for their line-ups, but while there it’s still pretty stressful making it from one stage to the other, sifting through aggravated crowds of people and never being able to make it close enough to see your favourite artists. Small scale festivals are where it’s at! Here we saw a bit of Capital Cities, SHAD and more, but we were definitely most excited for the headliners of the evening, Matt & Kim. I’ve always heard that they are great live, but they were way better that I expected. They were personable, interactive with the crowd, funny, and best of all, they have amazing danceable music. Definitely worth the trip just to see them!

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Overall it was an amazing experience and it makes me want to start a tradition of seeing at least one music festival every summer. Mixed and Ready was amazing for sending us there and they actually have a contest running to have a lucky winner and a friend to check out The Grove festival this summer along with other great prizes. If you’re 19 or over and in Canada, you should check it out and enter [here].

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Mini-Playlist Of The Day: Cool Down

These songs give me chills, which makes them perfect for summer nights.

I don’t know about your city, but Toronto has been stuck in a sweaty, sticky, muggy mood lately. When I get home from work, all I can do it change into something hardly there, lie on my bed and let my fan cool me down. I’ll press play to my “cool down” playlist and drift off. By this, I don’t mean fall asleep, but drift off in the sense that it’ll just calm me down and allow me to think and breathe again. I have been compiling a few of these songs throughout the start of the summer until now, and I feel like these songs all fit the same beautiful mellow mood. If you just need to chill, relax or even reflect on the day (without falling asleep), give these songs a try:

1. “Desire”- Dems
2. “Falling”- HAIM
3. “Under”- AOSOON
4. “Without”- Sampha

BONUS:
5. “Miasma Sky”-BATHS

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“Tunnel Vision” by Justin Timberlake

WARNING: This video is definitely NSFW, but if you’re alone and are completely into “adult feelings” then I totally recommend checking this video out.

I know the video is age restricted right now, but if you’re of age, you should definitely watch it. A lot of people associate those age restrictions with porn, but it’s not. Definitely not. When nudity is done tastefully and in a creative way to show the beauty of the human figure- that’s what I like. I feel like North America is really missing out when it comes to this acceptance of nudity.

A few years ago I had a layover flight in Paris, and I was shocked at first to see nude women on billboards. I was familiar with the nude figure at that age because of my art background, but it was still such a culture shock even after that. In Europe, public nudity like those ads and a video like this is seen as tasteful and respectful; it can mean something other than just sex. Just a thought: Maybe if we also learned to accept the human figure as a beautiful thing (and not just sexually), maybe then it would be easier for people to believe that their own bodies were beautiful more often. Anyways, I don’t like getting political or societal or whatever, so I’ll switch to my thoughts on to the actual video.

I love it. Bottom line, I love it. I think it’s tasteful and beautiful. It doesn’t over sexualize the women in the video but rather helps accentuate the meaning of the song. The only thing he sees is her; not her friends, not how much she makes, not the clothes she wears… just her. I think the projections on top of their bodies is beautiful too. I’ve always loved creative projections, but I especially like when he does his “tunnel video hands” in the back as she dances in front of them.

In contrast to the recent “Blurred Lines” video by Robin Thicke, I think this is done much better, and not in a way to send a message that has little to nothing to do with your lyrics (like Blurred Lines). I do appreciate that video and love the done, but I have more respect for JT as an artist after this one for sure. Let me know what you think as a comment!

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“Ratchet”- Bloc Party

 

This is just a quick need to share.

New Bloc Party video out as of yesterday. If you love the band or can appreciate some awesome post production work, this is a must watch. Although it does look like a major glitch attack, it’s done in a really creative way that makes you want to know what’s going to happen next.

Hate the name of the song. Love the song itself. And the video.

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Reckoner- Radiohead (ethikly refuckulated)


I don’t care if this person doesn’t want me to share this. I’m going to anyways…

The other day, my friend Nick sent  me this song as a link through Soundcloud. We have this strange routine where we sometimes talk to each other and sometimes don’t. For some strange reason, when we start our conversations, it always begins with a link to an amazing song- new or old. I don’t know how this routine started, but it’s pretty interesting since we did originally connect based on our similar taste in music. Maybe now it’s the only thing left that we have in common? I don’t know.

Despite this strange friendship/relationship/acquaintanceship we have, I’ve always admired the music he creates himself. It really is all in the details when it comes to this one. Whether you like Radiohead or not, this song is definitely worth a listen. It’s a really cool take on the original and it sort of reminds me of being in a dream. Maybe that’s just me though. If you like it, apparently it’s still downloadable…  so you should get it.

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Mini-Playlist Of The Day: HUMANS


A nice little past time of mine is discovering new music. This music doesn’t necessarily need to be brand new and never heard before (please stop calling me a “hipster”), but it’s nice to discover stuff that’s new to me.

I recently found out that I might me going to Keloha? Random. I know. But pretty cool because the line-up looks pretty amazing. This definitely isn’t any sort of Osheaga line-up but there are a few great acts. A new/old band that I’ve discovered from the line-up is HUMANS. They’re an electronic-indie-pop duo from Vancouver and I’m really digging their sound and variety from one song to the next. Some of their videos are a little messed up, but that’s cool. Check out some of their songs below:

1. “AVEC MES MECS”- HUMANS (above)
2. “Horizon”- HUMANS
3. “Wicked Games”- HUMANS ft. Tristan Orchard
4.“The End”- HUMANS

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Cool Covers: “Tessellate”- Ellie Goulding (By Alt-J)

Last year on my birthday the Alt-J album came out. Now they’re my favourite band. This year on my birthday, I discovered  this amazing cover of their song “Tessellate” done by Ellie Goulding.

This cover is sultry, sexy and I love the saxophones on the bridge. It’s very different and unique and she really made it her own, but I still think I prefer the original.  Maybe Alt-Js second album will come out next year on the same day (but then again, I’d hope for one sooner than that anyways)!

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“Doin’ It Right” Daft Punk ft. Panda Bear

I gave the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, a listen and I already have favourites. This is “Doin’ It Right” which includes one of their big collaborations with Panda Bear. Panda Bear is actually one of the founding members of Animal Collective. I discovered this cool fact pretty recently and it completely blew my mind.

I’m going to use the top comment of this video as my mini review:

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I love this comment because the first sentence is completely true. Knowing and loving Animal Collective music and now Panada Bear’s, the amount that I dig this song doesn’t surprise me. Also I love Discovery too (the band, not the album). This song didn’t remind me of them at first, but after seeing the comment, I can definitely make the connection.

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