Category Archives: Indie Rock

Song Of The Day – “Weightless One” by Two Hour Traffic


A Canadian band out of Prince Edward Island.

Song Of The Day – “Weightless One” by Two Hour Traffic


A Canadian band out of Prince Edward Island.

Song Of The Day – Tegan And Sara – “I Was A Fool”


English: Tegan and Sara performing at the Pola...

English: Tegan and Sara performing at the Polaris Music Prize Gala 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song Of The Day didn’t have to go far for this one.  Tegan and Sara formed right here in Calgary back in 1995 and have had major success with their indie style music.  This song, “I Was a Fool” is from their latest album “Heartthrob”, which was released earlier this year.  I have chosen a live performance for you to enjoy.  An absolutely terrific tune.

Tegan and Sara Home

Tegan and Sara on iTunes

Tegan and Sara on Amazon

More Tegan and Sara on CBC Music

Random Songs From My Phone – Feist – “I Feel It All”


Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist plays ...

Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist plays The Filmore in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

In case you hadn’t noticed, my iPhone is full of Canadian artists and Feist is one of them. Calgary‘s own Leslie Feist had a major hit back in 2007 with her album “The Reminder“.  It contained her major hit “1234” which had a life of its own after being used in an Apple iPod Nano commercial and on Sesame Street.  I mean, how big are you when you get to sing a duet with Elmo.  Feist has also got an extensive filmography and is also a regular member of the indie group “Broken Social Scene”, who are also worth a listen.  This song, “I Feel It All”, was also on the album and received extensive airplay in Canada.  It was also featured in the movie “The Accidental Husband”.  Great album.  Great song.

 

 

Song Of The Day – Grouplove – Tongue Tied


Never Trust A Happy Song

Never Trust A Happy Song (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Lets go with a bit of an oldie (2011), Grouplove and their hit, Tongue Tied.  Great song, very interesting video.  The song comes from their only album to date “Never Trust A Happy Song”.  They are an indie group, based in NYC.  The NYC sound is becoming very familiar to my tastes of late.

 

Grouplove Home

 

Grouplove on YouTube

 

Grouplove on iTunes

 

Grouplove on Amazon

 

 

Song Of The Day – Wilco – “I Might”


Wilco at Austin City Limits Fest Sep 2004

Wilco at Austin City Limits Fest Sep 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago based Wilco performed this song “I Might” on Letterman a few years back.  Together since 1994, they might be the best to never hit major mainstream success. This is not to say the have not been successful.  The have had some number 1’s, and might be, as Rolling Stone once said. America’s most consistently interesting band.  They have also been labelled as the Radiohead of the USA.  They keep putting em out, and we keep listening.

Song Of The Day – The Reason – “Drive Me Home”


Canadian rock band The Reason performing at th...

Canadian rock band The Reason performing at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some Canadian talent today.  The Reason are out of Hamilton, Ontario and have been around since 2003.  This song, “Drive Me Home” is from their recently released EP “Hollow Tree”.  The band is an indie group with punk roots.  This tune caught my attention on that infamous evening drive home (pun intended), where I catch a good chunk of my new music via Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65) on CBC Radio 2.  Very catchy song with a good chorus.

The Reason Home Page

The Reason on CBC3

The Reason on iTunes

Song Of The Day – Young Buffalo – “Upstairs”


A pretty good tune from indie band Young Buffalo.  A trio out of Mississippi, they have a sound that has a bit of a British vibe to it, and could easily be mistaken for Vampire Weekend.  The video is pretty interesting as well.

Young Buffalo Home

Upstairs

 

 

Song of the Day – Boredom and Joy by Jets Overhead


"Jets Overhead, from left to right, Jocel...

“Jets Overhead, from left to right, Jocelyn Greenwood, Luke Renshaw, Antonia Freybe-Smith, Piers Henwood, and Adam Kittredge” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kind of an interesting tune, and a good video.

Jets Overhead are a Victoria, BC, Canada band formed in 2003, who play an alt-rock style.  Boredom and Joy is their 3rd album to go along with 2 EP’s.

Jets Overhead Home

Jets Overhead on Twitter

Jets Overhead on iTunes

My Favourite Songs of 2012


These songs are the ones that I will remember most from this year.  It certainly appears that the world of music is beginning it’s move away from the pop artists that have been so prevalent and returning to the creation and production of some exceptional songs.  About time I’d say.  I attribute this to the web and the ability of many new artists to reach the public through such areas as Bandcamp, soundcloud, YouTube, Twitter etc.  The advent of these devices has greatly expanded my musical horizons and will continue to do so.

I have chosen not to do a finite top ten list as I appreciated all of these songs and at certain times would have been my number 1.  In addition, I have chosen songs new to me this year, meaning they could be from anytime, although the majority are 2012.  I hope you enjoy.

Emm Gryner – Ciao Monday

I see great things from this Canadian singer-songwriter.  Love this version, recorded live at CBC.

Graffiti6 – Free

This song reached and grabbed me by the ears and shook me to a musical high.  Phenomenally written song, reaching one crescendo after another.

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

Another tune that grabbed me.  The more I listened, the more I liked.  This song will be around for years, in movies, on TV, in commercials.  Instant classic.

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

Iceland’s contribution to music this year, and a great video as well.

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

What a voice.

Caro Emerald – Back It Up

My favourite find of the year.  I am really digging this act.  Great voice, and different in a great way.

That’s a start, still have some more to pass on and will do so tomorrow.  Don’t want to destroy your attention span.

 

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