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New Music From The Darcys, “Ultra Violet”

New Music From The Darcys, “Ultra Violet”

I ran into Wes and Jason of The Darcys this past weekend while they were DJing an Rdio party in Toronto.  Since we’d actually never met before, I walked up and introduced myself as the guy who’s blog they took over.  We had a good chat about the music industry, their tour of schools and alternatives to Katy Perry.  One thing that didn’t come up was the news of their one-year anniversary of the release of their fantastic album Warring.   To celebrate, the Toronto band have put up the song “Ultra Violet” (a previously unreleased bonus track from the album) online and will head across Canada for a series of select performances (see below).

The Darcys Tour Dates:
September 13   Toronto, ON Indie 88 1 Year Anniversary w/ Dan Mangan, Lowell {SOLD OUT}
October 04       Kingston, ON Q POP Festival @ The Underground  w/ July Talk
October 07       Thunder Bay, ON @ Black Pirates Pub
October 09       Regina, SK @ O’Hanlons
October 10       Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
October 11       Edmonton, AB UP+DT Festival @ Starlite w/ Constantines
October 12       Edmonton, AB UP+DT Festival @ Yellowhead Brewery w/ Young Guv
October 17       Saskatoon, SK Amigo’s
October 18       Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre

Currently Listening To: Brolin

Currently Listening To: Brolin

I was inspired by a blog post from We Listen For You co-founder Zach Hart today, all about his hope for the future of music blogging.  Also serving as a 7 year anniversary post, Zach’s “7 Things I Hope Music Blogs Will Change” post rang pretty true with me.  I also hope that blogs in the future try to go further for the talents we believe in, avoid the fake news and stop racing to be the first.  I agreed the most with Zach’s last point, where he’d like us all to have fun again, remember why we blog in the first place and show it via passionate writing; BECAUSE WE LOVE MUSIC.

I’ll admit I’ve never been a strong writer and it’s never really my forte or focus.  A lot of times I’m not able to instantly sum up a track/video I’m posting on Indie Music Filter for you to hear.  The way I see it, everything I put on this blog is something I think everyone needs to hear.  That’s really the only motivation.  Why?  Because I love music too and also love passing it along to my friends (and having this ability to do so).

I’m rounding out this post by following through on my last statement, giving you a song you should just sit back and hear.  While checking another one of my daily feeds today, I fell for a track called “Swim Deep” by Brolin on My Old Kentucky Blog.   Brolin is a London producer/singer who’s latest track “Swim Deep” comes from an EP with the same name (available for pre-order Oct. 15th), with a debut LP on the way early next year.

Take a listen.

Start Again

Start Again

A highlight of my blur of a week here was catching the explosive set Operators gave us for Festival Music House monday night.  Dan Boeckner’s (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) analog/electronic/dance project had everyone in Adelaide Hall bopping around in some sort of fashion, yelling “one. one. one” over and over again and absorbing all these news songs off the bands’ debut EP “EP1″.  Today, the band put up another one of the “aggressively melodic collection of synth driven pop songs” to their soundcloud page, the instantly catchy “Start Again”.

The band (Boeckner with keyboardist/vocalist Devojka and drummer Sam Brown) has been tearing across North America, supporting Future Islands along with their own headlining gigs.  They’ll visit Central Parks Summerstage on September 9th, opening for Spoon (including fellow Divine Fits bandmates Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel), as well as playing newly announced dates with Zola Jesus in SF on October 8th and a their own show at The Echo in LA on October 9th.  Full dates below.

Operators on tour:

9/10 — NYC — Central Park Summerstage*
9/11 — Pittsburgh, PA — Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead*
9/13 — Hamilton, ON — James Street North Supercrawl
10/8 — San Francisco, CA — Bimbo’s 365 Club ^
10/9 — Los Angeles, CA — The Echo
10/23 — Halifix, NS — The Marquee Club
11/2 – Hamburg, GER — Uebel & Gefärlich*
11/3 – Berlin, GER — Monarch
11/4 – Cologne, GER — Luxor*
11/5 – Prague, CZ — Podnik
11/6 – Vienna, AUS — Heuer Am Karlsplatz
11/7 – Bergen, NOR — Landmark
11/8 – Helsinki, FIN — Kuudes Linja
* w/ Spoon
^ w/ Zola Jesus

“Young Wild” by FMLYBND

“Young Wild” by FMLYBND

Last May, Lior tipped us all to this awesome song “Electricity” from Isla Vista, CA group FMLYBND.   After taking a slight hiatus to reformat the band and start working with producer Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Wavves), FMLYBND is back with their new high energy single “Young Wild”.  For fans of Miike Snow, take a spin of this new track off their EP, titled “Back to Life” and set to come out Oct. 7.

New Music From Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, “Vessel”

New Music From Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, “Vessel”

Just when I assumed it would be a slow day for new music, I received a press release with a link to new music from Dan Mangan.  After a two year hiatus, an induction into fatherhood, and some time to regroup, Dan Mangan returns under a new moniker, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, a name encompassing the spirit of the project’s longstanding ensemble members.  The song “Vessel” is the first single from their upcoming fourth studio album (out this fall on A&C) and is also an integral component to the soundtrack for the new Simon Pegg feature, Hector And The Search For Happiness, which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.  Mangan and Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Stars, Hawksley Workman) also composed the film’s score.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith take to the road on this fall with stops in Toronto at The Opera House for Indie88’s first anniversary on September 13 and at Massey Hall with Hayden on February 28 as well as the BreakOut West 2014 Kick Off Party in Winnipeg on October 2.

Check out the trailer for “Hector and the Search For Happiness” (Looks to have a real Walter Mitty feel to it).