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Took me some time to get into Brisbane 20 year-old alternate pop singer Mallrat. Her new catchy single “Groceries,” about wanting to pick up a few things with a crush, has been banging around on Sirius XM Alt-Nation for a few days and sure enough I went back on my emails…and there she was.

Her name is Grace Shaw and she started making music maybe when she was 16. She started getting buzz straight away and stepped it up after graduation.

Her rise is hurtling upward right now. In a Fader interview she basically throws down vibes from The Secret. If you wish it to be true, it will come true. And I guess in her life, so far, it’s working. “Anything is possible if you just say that you’re going to do it. That’s honestly such a lifehack.”

Things are happening for her now. She toured with Post Malone. Sound like she is LA now. And continuing to work on writing and learning the craft.

and how cool is this? She’ll be at Osheaga in Montreal this summer. fun attack!

Times have been pretty good in Vancouver lately. Sun is out now. Kids are on Spring Break. And I’ve been rocking the morning show for Jeff, Scotty, and Karen as they are off on holiday.

The other day we went out Fort Langley and wandered a trail along the Fraser River.

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Hey Fort Langley, you’re alright.

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Abbotsford producer, Jamison Isaak shared a song off his upcoming sixth Teen Daze album, BIOLUMINESCENCE. The record comes out on April 26th.

The song is called “Longing” and they created a music video to go along with it. Isaak says of the video: “The video was conceptualized by myself, Casey Kowalchuk and Mitch Huttema, and was filmed in the Fraser Valley, in British Columbia. The story of the inventor, working in a deep routine, only to finally create something that slips away from him, is something that I feel like I experience every time I release an album.”

Beautiful music video. Teen Daze throws down some fine, dreamy downtempo layered in synth and fuzz.

LIVE DATES
May 17 – Seattle, WA – Central Saloon
May 18 – Abbotsford, BC – Kariton Art Gallery
May 23 – San Francisco, CA – Neck of the Woods
May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – El Cid
May 30 – Toronto, ON – Baby G
May 31 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
June 1 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
June 2 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd
June 3 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

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Anna of the North shared her first new songs since her debut album Lover came out in 2017. She has been busy. the title track single end up on the Netflix show To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. The placement helped drive over 27 million streams on Spotify. She has lent her vocals to Tyler the Creator and The Chainsmokers and today we have “Leaning On Myself.”

Anna of the North spent time in LA. Her press release shared this quote form her time in southern California.


I’ve been writing a lot of music the past year. ‘Leaning On Myself” is one of the songs that came out of it, maybe one of my favourite songs. I remember flying home from the States where we wrote it and I started crying. I kind of realized I’d written the soundtrack of my life one year ago. There was a point where I went through a lot of shit and I wasn’t feeling very well. I had one big break down where I called my mom and just knew I had to change my ways. I had to cut some people out of my life, people I loved but I knew weren’t really good for me. It was tough. But I’m good now. Every time I listen to this song it takes me back to that moment. It’s fucking sad but also powerful. I’m very grateful for where I am today. In the end you only have yourself, you know, and I guess that’s ok.

I took a couple days of last week which was nice. Originally I took the days for my wife Coral’s birthday! But then she got terribly sick, so then I spent the days helping to look after our baby Elliot. Last Friday had the Arkells in Vancouver. They performed a pop-up show at a donut shop on Main Street so I brought the baby. Here we are with the boys in the band.

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Chachi sent over his club banging remix of the 80s classic, “Your Love.” And I love.

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It is my wife Coral’s birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday to her.

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Pies and coffee at @gabiandjules. #PortMoody

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LA punks FIDLAR shared a new song today called “By Myself.”  Song will be part of their new album, Almost Free, which will be out on January 25th on Dine Alone.

“Well I’m cracking one open with the boys, by myself”

Lead singer Zac Carper says of the song which he wrote in Hawaii, “I called up all my homies to have a drink with me and no one showed up. What a bunch of kooks.”

Those boys….

A lot of the vibe was, ‘Well, why can’t we do that? Why can’t we have horns? Why can’t we have key changes? Why can’t we have a harmonica loop?‘,” Zac Carper said. “It was about taking the ceiling off. Having it be limitless. Ain’t no rules.” Elvis Kuehn added, “Almost Free feels like a step forward for us in a lot of ways. We tried to be true to ourselves and let the music come out naturally, without fear of how people would receive it.”

Remember that time FIDLAR covered Nirvana?

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Austin rocking duo Black Pistol Fire shared a new song the other day called “Level.”

Guitarist/vocalist Kevin McKeown and drummer Eric Owen are originally from Toronto but relocated to the Texas capitol. BPF have a big 2019 lined up with new music and festival dates.

“Keep on trying / bring me down/ down on your level, baby/ down on your level”

Dig it.

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sleepy dogs

Loving the fuzzy, lo-fi, jangly guitar rock of Houston’s Sleepy Dog.

The song I heard today and it was love-at-first-listen is called “21 Mutts.” It’s a heart breaking jam, but I love it.

I better get to my radio show, but I wanted to share this before cracking the mic.

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