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Best Songs Of 2014



It’s been another great year for new music, 2014 did not disappoint at all.  This post is always my favourite one to put together, the problem is always trying to keep the number of songs down.  I settled on 50 tracks (listed here in playlist order, not a ranking) that rocked my year, take a look below and agree, disagree, discover of just hit play.  As usual, I did my best to make these playlists on soundcloud, spotify, rdio, youtube and this year on Dropmark (which I use for saving videos).  For those who like to watch your playlists, try out my collection.

1. The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”
2. Jungle – “Busy Earnin'”
3. Saintseneca – “Happy Alone”
4. Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate”
5. Broods – “L.A.F”
6. Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979″
7. Brolin – “Swim Deep”
8. Bastille vs Haim – “Bite Down”
9. Moscow Metro – “Future Fades”
10. Austin Basham – “All Is Well”
11. Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
12. Sego – “Wicket Youth”
13. Ghost Beach – “Moon Over Japan”
14. Sucre – “Young And Free”
15. Strand Of Oaks – “Shut In”
16. Lowell – “The Bells”
17. Arkells – “Come To Light”
18. Nate Eiesland – “Drifting”
19. Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
20. Ben Khan – “Youth”
21. Prinze George – “Make Me”
22. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Luna”
23. Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
24. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
25. Fickle Friends – “Swim”
26. Snakadaktal – “The Sun II”
27. Old Man Canyon – “Wiser”
28. Chad VanGaalen – “Monster”
29. Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part Of Me”
30. Skaters – “Miss Teen Massachusetts”
31. Spoon – “Inside Out”
32. Haerts – “Giving Up”
33. Kevin Drew – “You In Your Were”
34. Wye Oak – “Glory”
35. SOHN – “Artifice”
36. Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi”
37. Wolf Saga – “You Only Live Once (Strokes Cover) feat. Lyon”
38. Seoul – “Stay With Us”
39. Panama Wedding – “All Of The People”
40. Magic Man – “It All Starts Here”
41. Phoria – “Atomic”
42. Vance Joy – “Mess Is Mine”
43. New Pornographers – “Brill Bruisers”
44. Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)”
45. Prides – “Messiah”
46. Operators – “True ”
47. Snowmine – “Tidal Wave”
48. Still Parade – “Beach”
49. Breakfast In Fur – “Shape”
50. Odesza – “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)”


Kevin Drew x Feist x Zack Galifianakis

Kevin Drew x Feist x Zack Galifianakis

You are going to pivot in your chair because, everything about this is perfect.

From the Zack Galifinakki cameo and the oodling-canoodling between Feist and Kevin Drew, I was pretty much done within the first few seconds.

Here you will find Kevin Drew’s new video for the track “You In Your Were”, a title good ‘ol Galifianakki rips to shreds

..Just like his dance moves.

I’ll say no more just watch and weep.

CONTEST: FIELD TRIP, June 7th-8th at Fork York & Garrison Common

CONTEST: FIELD TRIP, June 7th-8th at Fork York & Garrison Common

I was pretty excited when I heard that Field Trip was happening again this summer, along with the stunning lineup they’ve put together for this year.  It was amazing to see IMF faves Half Moon Run, Lord Huron, Kevin Drew, The Darcys, Broken Social Scene, Constantines, CHVRCHES, Washed Out and Lowell all included in the 2 day festival at Toronto’s Fork York.

My heart absolutely sank when I realized what weekend this show was happening.   The June 7th-8th weekend is again not only Field Trip, but the same weekend for the Ride To Conquer Cancer.  Like last year, I’ve committed to riding 200+kms from Toronto to Hamilton, then Hamilton to Niagara for Cancer research.  And I’ve done the math, there’s really no way for me to do both of these events that weekend.

If I can’t go to Field Trip, I might as well get some of you guys in.  Here’s how.

Care of Arts & Crafts, I’ve got one pair of weekend passes to give away to one lucky winner.  There is only one way to enter.  Email me at chris AT with “FIELD  TRIP” in the subject line with your full name in the body.  Deadline is MONDAY, JUNE 2ND at NOON (EST).  I’ll notify the winner that day.

Oh, and if you’d like to sponsor me in my ride, you can donate here.

About Field Trip: 

Field Trip began in 2013 as a celebration of Arts & Crafts’ 10th anniversary, but in their second year their sights are squarely on establishing it as a world-class, two-day boutique music and arts festival situated in the heart of downtown Toronto.  The 2014 edition will unfold across two days, programmed far beyond music to focus on highlighting the community’s best culinary offerings, as well as collaborative explorations on the themes of art, photography, technology, fashion and more.

New Music From Kevin Drew, “Good Sex”

New Music From Kevin Drew, “Good Sex”

Take a listen to “Good Sex”, is the first single from Darlings – the sophomore album from Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew (out March 18th).  Darlings has Drew stepping out more on his own, seven years after BSS with more experience and maturity.  The album features a focused and refined sound; more honest, revelatory songwriting, with Drew’s craft concentrated on lyrical and emotional connections, less so than guitar pedals and studio jams.

Darlings features longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene) along with Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle) and Dave Hamelin (The Stills).  Darlings was co-produced by Dave Hamelin, Kevin Drew and Graham Lessard.

“This record is a celebration of memories. It’s about the rise and fall of love and sex, in my own life and in today’s society. This topic has been with me for years. I approached it focused purely on the songwriting, leaving all the tricks and explosions behind. I hope you like it… and if you don’t, give to someone who will.”Kevin Drew

I’m liking this track, The National fans might too.

Hottest Canadian Bands, 2007 edition

Head to I (heart) Music to see who was voted in the top 33 hottest bands in Canada (hottest meaning as best, most hyped or most popular. interpretation was up to the voter). A big list of bloggers, writers and music industry people who are keeping an eye on whats going on.

Here’s what I sent in.

1) Caribou

2) The Arcade Fire

3) Patrick Watson

4) Miracle Fortress

5) Wintersleep

6) Sunset Rubdown

7) Basia Bulat

8 ) Kevin Drew (**only choice of mine that didn’t make the top 33)

9) Handsome Furs

10) Besnard Lakes

I always find it hard to make a list like this every year because inevitably I forget a couple names. ie. I forgot the #1 choice, you know, that girl from the ipod commercial?