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alvvays again

Toronto indie rockers Alvvays shared a new song today called “Plimsoll Punks.”

The song comes form their upcoming album, Antisocialites, September 8th on Polyvinyl.

A “plimsoll” is a posh way of saying running shoe. Neat.

Alvvays is cool, but they don’t believe in Vancouver. They’re hitting Seattle and Portland in the Pacific Northwest.

10/26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
10/27 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge  [SOLD OUT]
10/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox 

All three shows with ALASKALASKA.


Hitting Tom Petty and The Lumineers tonight with my wife! Fun attack.

Go with yourself.

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Photo Credit: Arden Wray

The hype is strong. Toronto’s Alvvays announced their second album, Antisocialites, will come out on Polyvinyl on September 8th. The press release says,  Alvvays “dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates. Ice cream truck jangle collides with prismatic noise pop while Molly Rankin’s wit is refracted through crystalline surf counterpoint.”

Alvvays is back with their style of modern romance and breakup. Molly Rankin sings, “You find a wave and try to hold on for as long as you can, you made a mistake you’d like to erase and I understand,” right off the hop of their first share track, “In Undertow.”

Sad songs (say so much)…you know the truth Sir Elton.

“This record is a fantasy breakup arc and my life nearly imitated art.” – Molly Rankin.

No shows in Vancouver? Brutal. Maybe a roadtrip is in order this fall?

10.27.17 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
10.28.17 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA
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Go with yourself.

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My schedule can be a little hectic, especially in summer with work and then DJ gigs…but this weekend, I finally found some time to take my daughter camping!

I could talk about a bunch of things right now, but as always, I don’t have the time or energy to put my thoughts down, just know that it felt good to get out to Mystic Beach with my daughter for some dirtbag gourmet food and sleeping on the beach.

It even rained a little on us for our hike out on Sunday.

On the drive out to Mystic, our record of choice was was Alvvays most excellent 2014 self-titled album.

Go with yourself.

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I spent some time obsessed with Alvvays‘ “Adult Diversion.” As much as I loved that cut…I hadn’t fired up the whole record until recently…now their self-titled LP lives in my compact disc player in the purple minivan. It’s a quick listen…my recent roadtrip up to Duncan had me blasting through the record once and bit..and then again on the way back. There was one song that really grabbed my attention and I found myself going back to again and again.

I haven’t dived into the lyrics in any depth…but the vibe I pick up from Molly Rankin (yes…somehow related to The Rankin Family) is a romantic and nostalgic trip. To be young, and in love.

I am not sure if I’ve missed their Victoria show…or if the Toronto based group hasn’t bothered to make the trip to the Island yet…but next time they play in Victoria I need to pray to the rock & roll gods that I have the night free.

Aside from the adorable vocals and loud distorted guitars, I think what I love about this record is the personal time machine quality of the sounds. It takes me back to my days DJing on CiTR and all the fine, weirdo, college rock records that we used to play off the cart-machine. Reminds me of the girls that hung out at the radio station…they wore lots of layers and thrift-shop dresses.

Currently my favourite record in rotation at home.


This song keeps popping on my Soundcloud after Alvvays wraps up… Soundcloud, your algorithms are on point…I’m feeling this cut too. Pat Thomas, I like you.

Go with yourself.

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