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The (other, other) pride of Kingston, Ontario, The Glorious Sons, shared a brand new song the other day called “Kill The Lights.”

It’s a nice mid-tempo, rifftastic, stomper.

The song will be part of a new record coming down the pipe this summer. The band wrote a letter to their fans.

Fans, Friends and Family,

It has been 455 days since we last released new music… one year, two months and 28 days. Since then we’ve lost band members, family members, relationships and a boatload of money trying to keep this train bound for glory. One thing that has remained constant throughout, is our love for what we do, and our belief in the music we write. Today is a celebration. It is officially Friday, January 27th… pour yourself a glass of wine, roll one up, step out into the garage for another dart and for the love of god enjoy yourself. Without further adieu, we give you our new single, Kill the Lights. Consider this a promise that one: we will never go so long without releasing music again, two: that the album is well underway and coming this year before the leaves start to fall, and three: that we will never stop loving you and all you have done for us. This song is simply a piece for you, and nothing more in gratitude for your patience and continued fan-ship, while we finish this godforsaken album.

We’re back and it’s never felt better.

Love always,
Brett and the boys

Go with yourself.

kream

Lash DJs, the production duo from the Dominican Republic sent over their remix of Kream’s “Taped Up Heart” featuring Clara Mae.

Nice, light and bright, tropically tinged house song.

It’s a sunny and bright one in Vancouver today…not tropical like the Caribbean, but in my office tower, with the heat cranked I can dare to dream.

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#QueenJey #jeyhive

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They hype is strong for the Cape Cod, Massachusetts trio Highly Suspect.

The rockers 2016 record, The Boy Who Died Wolf, continues to pile on the acclaim and their #NewRockNow’d song “My Name Is Human” is up for a Grammy.

The band is touring in the spring, but nothing in Canada (yet).

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Epitaph Records punks, The Menzingers, shared a brand new song today from their upcoming album After The Party (comes out this Friday!).

“I was there when the walls fell down. I’ll be there when the ocean rises.”

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Coast Modern is “America’s newest band.” Hey just in time….Debut album is coming in hot in May. The LA band shared “Comb Your Hair” the other day. Here we go.

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You might remember the band Ten Second Epic? That Edmonton group had a few modern rock hits in the mid to late 2000s.

A couple form the bros are in a new group Royal Tusk. The band is touring out west. Let’s have a listen then check out the tour dates below.

2017 Western Canadian Dates
Feb 23 – Regina, SK – The Exchange*
Feb 24 – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol*
Feb 28 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar*
Mar 01 – Lethbridge, AB –  Coyote Joe’s*
Mar 02 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway*
Mar 03 – Grand Prairie, AB – Fred’s*
Mar 10 – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s
Mar 11 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
*with The Pistolwhips

You’ve done the right thing by visiting my blog. Thank you.

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lost-kings

The workers at Match Pub in New West turn me onto new music all the time.

One of the servers, Irene, has been requesting the LA production duo Lost Kings. She loves the song “Phone Down.”

They posted a new song the other day…I’ll need to add it to rotation as well.

The new one is called “Quit You” and features Tinashe. The song is a modern pop jam that throws back on some vintage 80s sounds.

And here’s a sea of “Phone Down” remixes.

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Bastille‘s new single “Blame” fro the record Wild World has racked up the most new spins this week on US alternative radio.

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I added Spoon’s “Hot Thoughts” to my Alternative to What? playlist. Coral and I jammed this on the freeway down to Seattle this week. The song came out of relative nowhere on US radio, and is the 9th most active jam climbing.

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My wife and I took a little trip to Seattle this week to see Toronto rockers July Talk. The band played Tuesday at a place called the Sunset Tavern.

The Ballard neighbourhood of Seattle is a hip place. Lots of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, record stores and all those little places you’d expect in a groovy part of town.

We wandered up to the sold out show to see the last couple songs of Toronto band Little Junior.

The next group up was Nashville’s Mona. The group was new to us, but there were quite a few people in the Seattle crowd to see them. They really impressed Coral and I. Maybe a cross between Kings of Leon and Gaslight Anthem (though after listening to ep on the drive back to Vancouver, we heard less Gaslight on the recorded EP).

Big rock & roll sound. The music really punched through in the small club.

Nothing like going to a show and coming home with a new favourite.

#tourism

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#Seattle we're in you! USA NUMBER ONE COUNTRY! ☝️ 🇺🇸 #MAGA

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Direct from Ruth in Minnesota… she sent over Grant‘s remix of San Holo’s red hot jammer “Lights.”

Grant says this about the art of the remix: “I don’t believe remixes are meant to be seen as better or worse than each other, or the original. I really think remixes are just one artist’s interpretation of another artist’s piece of work. For me this felt just like writing an original piece of music, but with an already amazing vocal and hook melody. Creating a song means pouring a bit of yourself into a shareable entity. Interpreting and sharing what the piece of art says to you, well, that’s a remix.

This is my first remix in years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Huge thank you to bitbird and SAN HOLO for letting me re-imagine this beautiful song!

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