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Weekend Listening

- June 8th, 2012

If you’re hankering for some new music to soundtrack the sunny weekend, you’re in for a treat today. Here’s three great Canadian acts, two with recent releases, with full album streams to enjoy.

Needles//Pins’ debut album 12:34 is a raucous clamour of yowling rock ‘n’ roll. Sharp, lean guitars and soaring choruses make tracks like “Shaker” and “I Heart Your Drugs” sing-a-long treats. Standout track “Pulse” is a energetic howler that implores the listener to “just not ruin my Saturday night” — a sentiment to be shared, loudly, with singer Adam Solmonian.

Take a listen here:

This power-pop-punk three-piece, who’ve just struck out on a Canadian tour, are playing in Toronto at Parts & Labour Thursday June 14 with Mean Jeans and Hollywood for NXNE. They’re also in Calgary for Sled Island, so let’s hope they get a chance to wolf down a Tubby Dog in-between sets.

Head on over to Mammoth Cave Recording Co. (who I said previously were “becoming a premiere Canadian label”) and pick it up for $15.

Vancouver has produced another excellent band in White Lung. Led by the fierce Mish Way, this gutsy four-piece recently dropped their second album Sorry on Deranged Records and it is glorious.

Songs like “Thick Lip” and “I Rot” are meaty thanks to Anne-Marie Vassiliou’s drumming and Kenneth Williams’ fierce shredding. Bassist Grady Mackintosh does yeoman’s work propelling the record forward, with her bass playing getting a spotlight in the muscular “Bag.” But lead singer Mish Way’s sneering sing-shouts make Sorry. The contempt pouring out of her in “Those Girls” and “St. Dad” is fiery enough  it feels like her spit will fly out of your speakers.

Stream Sorry here:

Whilte Lung start their US tour tonight with the amazing Wax Idols in Seattle. They start the Canadian leg of their cross-Canada tour July 1st, swinging by Toronto July 6 and Calgary July 12. Grab the $10 coloured vinyl at Deranged Records.

And for those dreaming of sun-dappled parks (or cottages), here’s Peach Kelli Pop’s self-titled 2010 album. Peach Kelli Pop is the solo project of Allie Hanlon, who drums in Ottawa rock band White Wires. Originally released off Ottawa label Going Gaga Records, it’s currently for sale at Infinity Cat for $10

Here’s the stream:

Peach Kelli Pop is a nice little slice of summery lo-fi pop, a highly enjoyable candy-coated confection . “Doo Wah Diddy” and “Knockout” are album standard bearers, with Hanlon cooing over spidery basslines and jangling guitar.

This ooey-gooey guitar pop is full of infectious hooks, but it may be too sweet for some. Sugary tracks like “Bunny Luv” come across as a bit cloying. Still, Hanlon’s pop sensibilities are impressive and Peach Kelli Pop (surprisingly) rewards multiple listens.

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  1. MOM | June 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Love your writing :) Love you

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