Still one of my favourite jams of this year. “Octahate” by Ryn Weaver, from the Promises EP (out now on Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope). If you’re heading to CMJ, catch her live debut 10/22 at the Bowery Ballroom.
Do you know the band Western Scene? I didn’t until just today, but was pretty hooked after hearing the stellar song “See What You Want To”. Western Scene in an Echo Park, CA based band who bonded over an “appreciation for organically blending traditional folk and garage rock sounds with electronic undertones”. The group first came on to the scene with their first single “Listening”, but the song below seems to be the band at its finest so far. The group is currently recording an EP with producer Hugo Nicolson (Primal Scream/Radiohead) at their home studio in Beachwood Canyon, and is due it in Fall 2014.
It’s amazing how in one moment, I’m convinced I’m stuck in a slow patch for new music, where I’m absolutely struggling to find something great to recommend. Then like the flip of a switch, its the opposite. I’ve now lined up some great new songs/videos for the next few days, starting with UK band PAUMA. “Sink or Swim” is their debut single and one helluva great starting point.
Take a listen.
Last week I had the pleasure of checking out the Vancouver Film Festival edition of Festival Music House, with performances by local acts (and some of my favourites) Damn Fools, Willa, Hannah Georgas and Bear Mountain. I was particularly excited to see Willa after the release of her debut single “Stay The Night” earlier that week, a catchy dark electro-pop tune produced by Mother Mother‘s own Ryan Guldemond.
The song has been on repeat ever since, and after hearing her play live, I can’t wait to hear the rest of the tunes recorded. Definitely one to watch!
“Tidal Wave” by Brooklyn five-piece Snowmine. Catch the band on their first headlining tour with Toronto’s Nightbox, dates below video.
SNOWMINE 2014 TOUR DATES w/ NIGHTBOX:
Tue 10/7/2014 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Wed 10/8/2014 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Thu 10/9/2014 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
Fri 10/10/2014 Raleigh, NC @ Kings
Sat 10/11/2014 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sun 10/12/2014 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right