2013 Summer Picks & Updated Suggested Upcoming Shows

 

Slow summer on the website, but with festival season soon out of the way, I’ll be back with some cool stuff starting in September. I’ve updated the list of suggested upcoming shows (to your right), and in the meantime I thought I’d share some stuff that came out this year that’s worth listening to. I’ll work with the presumption that you guys have ALL heard the new Daft Punk record, right? And the new QOTSA? All good.

 

CAMERA OBSCURA – DO IT AGAIN

This is just plain fun and sexy.  Great nonchalant vocals, a fine guitar riff over an uptempo beat and that feeling you get when you hear a well written song: Have I heard this before?

 

IMAGINARY CITIES – THE BELLS OF COLOGNE

I had written a feature on this band and just how much I love this album. Check it out here after you play this song.

 

MIKAL CRONIN – WEIGHT

Ty Segall’s bestest musical friend comes back with the most 90s alt rock sounding record I’ve heard this year, and it’s great.

 

BOMBINO – AMIDININE

Dan Auerbach adds unusual amounts of handclaps as he usually does when he produces an album, luckily it doesn’t interfere too much with the incredible vibe this  guitarist and his band have.

 

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS

Phil Anselmo’s first solo record sounds like what a Jackson Pollock painting would sound like if it could scream. Do not expect anything close to a Pantera groove, or Down’s melodies. This is just plain uncomfortable, ugly and extreme. But somehow I couldn’t find myself stopping the album.

 

GHOST – SECULAR HAZE

I love Ghost. You should too. Check out the show review written right heeeeeeeeeeeeeere.

 

THE GROWLERS – NAKED KIDS

Ha! This band DITCHED Dan Auerbach’s mix of this album. Not even a producer credit. No damn handclaps here kids. One of my favourite current bands, and they’re coming back to Montreal October 2nd. I’ll be the overly excited fanboy taking notes.

 

MUDHONEY – DOUCHEBAGS ON PARADE

Because this is simply the best song title of all time. Wanna know why Mudhoney still rules? Check it out right here after listening to this song, and come to the show Sept. 1st @ Il Motore!

 

MILES KANE – DON’T FORGET WHO YOU ARE

Britrock is alive and well with this unpretentious little gem. Recals the glory of 90s Britpop, and later bands such as The Coral.

 

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