About Chris Budd

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Chris Budd is the founder/owner/editor of Toronto-based music blog Indie Music Filter and the president of music publishing/brokering company Bearsuit Publishing.

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CONTEST: Alvvays @ The Opera House (Saturday, December 20th)

CONTEST: Alvvays @ The Opera House (Saturday, December 20th)

This band has had an incredible year!  They’ve been touring non-stop to support their highly received self-titled debut album, which no doubt will start popping up on some of those “best of” year end lists in the coming weeks.  I’ve always (no pun) noticed how fast their Toronto shows become sold out, like their upcoming date at the Opera House on the 20th.  Did you forget to get tickets?

Collective Concerts & Indie88 Present
ALVVAYS
with Moon King, Elsa
Sat, December 20, 2014
Doors: 8:30 pm
The Opera House (Toronto, ON)
Tickets : $15.00
SOLD OUT
This event is all ages

Do you want to win a pair of tickets to the show? Send me an e-mail to chris @ indiemusicfilter dot com with your full name in the body, subject line “Alvvays”.  I’ll take submissions right up until noon EST on Friday, December 19th.  I’ll draw one lucky winner and contact them that day. 

Currently Listening To: Petite Noir

Currently Listening To: Petite Noir

December is here, time to start on those best of the year lists and compilations.  This year, I’m planning a huge “Friends Of Indie Music Filter” poll, for songs, videos and probably videos.  I guess it all depends on what I get back, but I’m guessing these posts will be ones to look out for.  In the meantime, its a bit more work trying to find songs for the blog, as December just ain’t the best time to release new music.  Although (and looking back to last year as well), there are those gems that just sort of jump out at you.

That gem today was “Chess” from Yannick Ilunga (aka Petite Noir).  The song comes from The King Of Anxiety EP (out Jan. 19th) and teases us to his upcoming release of a debut album via Domino’s sister label, Double Six.  Lyrically, the content comes from a lifted instant-messaging conversation that Yannick was embroiled in on the day of recording.  The conversation finalized the demise of a relationship, but replaced the originally intended lyrics and birthed this track. 

The accompanying video was directed by Cieron Magat and was inspired by the works of , Philip Kwame Apagya

New Track From Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, “Kitsch”

New Track From Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, “Kitsch”

I’ve become a bigger fan of Dan Mangan + Blacksmith this year, since hearing songs from his upcoming release of Club Meds (out Jan. 13th on A&C).  Vessel got a couple hundred spins here and now I’ve got another tune to switch it up with.  Today I bring you our third taste from the album called “Kitsch”, a song that references the original political concept of promoting an ideal view and omitting any inconvenient truths.  It is the album’s centrepiece and features layers of Dan’s trademark vocals built on a bed of percussion and brooding loops of synths and guitars.

Indie Music Filter: Best Of November 2014 (PLAYLISTS)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of November 2014 (PLAYLISTS)

Playlists are up!  This one is a beaut, get on this playlist right now, on all your favourite platforms (RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube).  This past month had no shortage of great songs from bands like Mt. Wolf, Brave Shores, RY X, Bipolar Sunshine, Tei Shi, LYON and my favourite discovery last month, Sego (plus many more).

Best of November 2014: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of November 2014: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of November 2014: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of November 2014: Playlist (Youtube)