Category Archives: Indie Rock
A Canadian band out of Prince Edward Island.
A Canadian band out of Prince Edward Island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, ‘Upstairs’ — Video of the Day (spinner.com)
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.
- Listening To Canadians – Emm Gryner – “North” (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)
- Song Of The Day – Caro Emerald – “Back It Up” (therealcanadianmusicblog.wordpress.com)