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Rob Severyn from Sony Records stopped by the radio factory. He is in Victoria in support of the Brad Paisley tour…but before the country night at the arena, Rob wanted to talk alternative radio jammers from Sony.

One song Rob said we should check out is the new Walk The Moon single, “Shut Up and Dance.”

The Cincinnati band had one of the “songs of the summer” back in 2011. The sleeper hit “Anna Sun.”

Their new record is called Talking Is Hard and comes out in December.

Go with yourself.

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Walk The Moon packed up their latest single “Tightrope” as an ep (limited vinyl here).

Some interesting b-sides, acoustics and a cover!  Walk the Moon take on classic 1983 Talking Heads “Burning Down The House.”

In related, but unrelated to the ep news… there is also a remix of “Tightrope” by j.viewz that was uploaded today… free download.  Good times.

Happy Monday!

Go with yourself.

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Happy Friday!  Today’s blog will feature the latest single by Biffy Clyro that you’ll be listening for on The Zone.   And we travel back in time to remember Walk The Moon’s earlier great single “Anna Sun.”

Biffy Clyro are a polished Scottish BIG ROCK band.  The muscular shirtless rockers we know and love from their hit “Many of Horror.”  2013 has the lads in fine form, touring the UK arenas, and putting all their emotions down on Opposites (March 12, Warner).  The lead feature is called “Black Chandelier.”

Biffy Clyro – “Black Chandelier”

Cruising the information super highway, I found an acoustic breakdown from Flux FM.

I dunno if I’m a sucker for accents or what, but these guys always remind me of Frightened Rabbit…like if FR listened to soaring hooky riffs and took their shirts off 84% more.

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So how about Cincinnati popsters Walk the Moon quickly becoming the hottest thing since Foster the People?  Their song “Tightrope” is blasting up the Modern Rock Countdown, and the interest in the group has people hungry to hear more…so we’ll go back in time to a song that was popular on American modern rock earlier in the year and on the blogs/satellite the year before that…. slow build from Walk the Moon.

Their song “Anna Sun” is punchy!

The music video is even more fun…it is so popular with their fans that people now dress up and do their makeup to reflect the video when hitting a Walk the Moon show.

Go with yourself.

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Four songs that I am having a near religious experience enjoying today.  3 of which come from Esquire magazine?  SWA? I know right… they listed my boys in Walk The Moon as the “song of the summer” on their list of 30 Summer Songs for Men.

But I want to start my adventure closer to Victoria.  Our May Band of the Month was a gentleman named Mike Edel.  His song “Bottom Floor Apartment,” despite being similarly titled to Weeping Tile’s “Basement Apt.,” is such a pretty song.

Some songs resonate with Zoners, some don’t… this one never really grabbed on. Maybe Mike just needs more time.  Too bad, such a lovely, romantic song.

Mike Edel – “Bottom Floor Apartment”

I heard this brother/sister duo one time and all I could do was shut-it and listen.  As deep as this is… the only word that blasts in my head like a cartoony onomatopoeia is “BOOM!”

The group is called The Belle Brigade.   The LA duo sound so lush and in sync.  Weirds me out like watching the Sedins play hockey with the sibling ESP.

I listen to this song on repeat.  The lyrics start off all depressing, “there will always be someone better than you…” but then gets mighty uplifting.  Its about opting out. Like that speech Lloyd Dobler gives in the ’89 film Say Anything: “I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

The Belle Brigade – “Losers”

I’m a sucker for hipster girls.  No getting around that.  Jessica Lea Mayfield.  The name already has me gushing and I haven’t even heard a note.

This Ohio native began performing at 8 touring in her family’s band.  She began writing her own music after her brother taught her some chords… and cites Dave Grohl as a major influence.  Alright Jessica, I’ll bite.

Have a listen to this jangle… “suddenly I can see blue skies again”

Jessica Lea Mayfield – “Blue Skies Again”

Finally, something sexy for the DJ sets at the Veneto.  Back in the olden days you might recall a group called Booker T. and the MGs?

Booker T. Jones is a musical legend earning both a Grammy lifetime achievement award and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

He is still jamming out music and his new record, The Road to Memphis, features a slinky ditty called “Progress” featuring Jim James.  I don’t know if oldies radio station play modern oldies?  I wonder if there is a home for music like this in the year 2011 on the radio.  It would be a crime if there isn’t…  When Madelyn asks me how babies are made, I’ll sit her down and say, ” listen to this.”

Booker T. Jones – “Progress”

Go with yourself.

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I have more than a couple jammers to share.  All very bright, booty-shaking, catchy, poptastical cuts.  Almost all these songs were recommended to me by quality folks and now I’m passing them on to you.

Our musical journey begins East of the rockies in a little burgh that maybe you’ve heard of… Cincinnati. This fine metro of 2 million folks straddling the Ohio/Kentucky border is famous for WKRP, Ocho Cinqo and soon to be dance-rockers Walk the Moon.

My girl Scotty Fraser said I HAD to check out the song “Anna Sun.”

Walk the Moon – “Anna Sun”

Download MP3 >> 01 Anna Sun

 Growing up in Coquitlam…me and my friends would play “guns.”  Basically we trolled the neighbourhood fighting an epic war between the righteous and the not so righteous.

What if someone took our imagination and made a music video?  My friend Paul tracked this music video down from the band Is Tropical and went, SWA?  Holy shit right!?!  Did those kids just cut another kid’s head off in cartoony gory violence?  I think so.

Do these London cats have it dialed in sans rad music video?  I was feeling it.  I seriously want to make-out with Paul for sharing this song with me.  no wait… errrr.  You know what I mean. or do you?

Trolling the net I found this poignant prose in regards to Is Tropical’s music video and quotes George Carlin circa 1988:

“It’s a great country, but it’s a strange culture… This has got to be the only country in the world that could ever come up with a disease like bulimia; gotta be the only country in the world where some people have no food at all, and other people eat a nourishing meal and puke it up intentionally. This is a country where tobacco kills four hundred thousand people a year, so they ban artificial sweeteners! Because a rat died! You know what I mean? This is a place where gun store owners are given a list of stolen credit cards, but not a list of criminals and maniacs! And now, they’re thinking about banning toy guns — and they’re gonna keep the fucking real ones!

Strange culture indeed.

Is Tropical – “The Greeks”

Download MP3 >> 08 The Greeks

… and because France has it figured out right now in electro-pop, I found out Is tropical is on a record/fashion label called Kitsune Maison.  Same label as Zone modern rockers Two Door Cinema Club.  There I found this glittery remix of the hot single “What You Know.”

Two Doors Cinema Club – “What You Know (Mustang Remix)”

Download MP3 >> 1-05 What You Know (Mustang Remix)

This party stays overseas in the domain of the Gold Panda from London.

Crystalhead sent me this mighty remix of Gold Panda’s “Marriage (Star slinger Remix)”

Download MP3 >> 01 Marriage (Star Slinger Remix)

I like the song.  Its very bright.  A little punchier than a lot of other chillwave.

mmmm, cocktails… that’s what pairs nicely with these beats.

Thank you friends for sharing some great new music with me.  Go with yourself.

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