Fall Into Tunes 2015

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It’s been a dry and hot summer; the hottest on record, ever. On this coast, we’ve spent the summer watching lawns die, and breathing in the smoke of forest fires. As I write this, it’s raining, sending down life-giving waters as a new season dawns; fall. Or autumn. Whichever you prefer.

In any case, like the rains that are currently quenching the thirst of a parched West coast landscape as I write this, it’s new tunes that help to bring life and health to our spirits during a season when the natural world is thinking about turning in for a long night of winter. For that, as usual, the ‘Bin has got your cure right here.

Here are sixteen new songs to let trickle down into your thirsty souls. Read, listen, and as always, let me know your favourites! Read more

June Tunes Digest 2015

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Summertime. And the livin’ is easy.

Well, I hope it is for you. If it isn’t right now, maybe all you need until things pick up are some new tunes. Well, if that sounds about right, then you’ve come to the right place. And if the livin’ really is easy for you, then – tunes. Same deal, folks!

So, as is our custom here at the ‘Bin, here are a selection of tunes from across the pop music spectrum and from around the world; something here for everyone. Dig in!

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Spring For Tunes 2015

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Winter has been hard, Good People. I know. I know. Well, I would if I didn’t live in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Don’t hate me.

The world has been blanketed in white, which was pretty at first. But, it got old real fast.  Some of you have had to tunnel your way to the car, or from it, sometimes using nothing but your ice-crusted mittens to do so. You have suffered that thing when you step into deep snow and it gets in your boots and soaks your socks.

Old Man Winter is a jerk.

Things (hopefully!) are getting green where you are, and a new and lush season of spring has by now sprung in your neck of the desert. If not, then maybe all you need are some new tunes to warm up your world while you wait! Well, as is becoming a custom around here at The ‘Bin, I have just the thing; a list of new songs from acts across the musical spectrum and the world.

New music is like the sunshine and April-ish showers for the soul. Drink it in, Good People!

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New Year, New Tunes 2015

Father FrostAnd we’re back, Good People!

It’s a new year, and I hope that all of you ‘Binners out there had a great holiday. And now that’s all over with and everyone is back at work, what is more appropriate to ringing in a new year than to do it with some new tunes? It would be crazy not to.

With that in mind, as we did last year, here is a selection of new music for you to dive into with all of the gusto that a fresh new outlook for a bright 2015 will allow. For me, I feel like this year is the cusp of a new era. Maybe you feel the same way, and I hope you do.

In any case, having a soundtrack to kick you off can’t hurt, right? So, lend me your ears for this smorgasbord of song from your new favourite acts!

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Fall Into Tunes 2014

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Fall is cool.

I mean things are cooling off from a glorious summer now gone, sure. But, fall really is cool, especially when you add new tunes to the mix. This is what I’m suggesting, as I did last year. Because this is the second annual Fall Into Tunes, a selection of new songs that you must hear this autumn season.

So, here are 16 songs to help you build your autumn playlists, from different points of the musical spectrum, and from near and far.

Lend me your ears!

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June Tunes Digest 2014

Summer is the time for new tunes! It’s like a rule or something.

So, as we proceeded last year with the Delete Bin June Tunes Digest, so do we do so this year with a selection of new tunes from bands and songwriters who deserve your attention. Some you may already know. Some you may be discovering for the first time. Either way, you win.

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As we did last year, we’re going to make an exception to the “10 songs” format too. This is 16 songs, good people, 16 songs of goodness freshly baked for the summer of 2014 which is just around the corner. Think of it as a mix tape made just for you.

And as per usual, this list of tunes represents various points along the pop music spectrum, and is listed in no specific order, as is the custom on the ‘Bin. See which ones resonate with you the most.

Take a listen!

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“Summer Lane” by Owenstone

LA-based Owenstone deliver this summer anthem, with a touch of modern psychedelia, a dash of Far-East flavouring, and (to these ears) a bit of an ecstatic ’80s bombast too.  This track comes from their recent self-titled EP which you can learn all about when you slide along to owenstone.com.

“Love Is A Madness” by No Sinner

Vancouver-based rock ‘n’ roll band No Sinner is fronted by rip-roaring 26-year old R&B vocalist Colleen Rennison (spell her last name backwards …), who takes her love of classic R&B-influenced rock and channels it through an impressive set of pipes to deliver the real thing herself. This track is from the upcoming record Boo Hoo Hoo, out June 24 – that’s this Tuesday! Check out nosinner.com for more.

“Get With You” The Damn Truth

Incendiary vocals, ’60s-style garage-punk energy, and LUST. What is more summery than that, good people? This single is the new one from Montreal’s The Damn Truth, which for a limited time you can get for free on their site, thedamntruth.com.

“On The Line” by The Red Rails

Ottawa’s The Red Rails rock the classic  power trio dynamic with this effervescently ferocious single that displays the band’s chops, but not at the expense of their deft hand at songwriting. This song serves as the harbinger for the upcoming full-length A Living Fiction, due to drop on July 15. Find out more about the band by mosying on down to theredrails.com.

“Never Thought This Would Happen” by The Arkells

Hamilton Ontario band who deal in enormous pop hooks and songs that make you wonder why no one thought to write them before, The Arkells present  guitar pop with sweeping strings, descending Lennonesque chords, and soaring vocals. This is music made for radio and for summer, too. What, I tells ye, is not to love? This is the first single as taken from their most recent record High Noon, their third, and a song I got to hear them play live at CBC Live this year, held at Deer Lake Park,  just up the road from where I’m writing this. To catch up with the Arkells, head on over to Arkells.ca.

“Follow The Blood” by Nine Sons of Dan

New South Wales Australia’s Nine Sons of Dan deliver this title track to their newest EP that should be all over the radio everywhere. If it isn’t, demand your money back, kids. This is a song built for mainstream appeal, unabashedly pop and that is full of alternative rock gravity, delicate strings, and all-around aural sunshine. Learn more about them at ninesonsofdan.com.

“Mary” by Ivory Hours

London Ontario’s Ivory Hours deliver buoyantly melodic pop music that doesn’t shy away from the darker end of the human experience spectrum. This is the title track to their recent EP, a song about friendship, losing one’s way, and the effect that one’s choices have on the those who care about them. But amidst the emotional gravity, they don’t forget to write a good tune ready for radio play. Learn more about them at ivoryhours.com.

“Just Say Hello” by Lyonn

Every summer romance needs a theme song, and this could be it if yours is of the unrequited variety. Lyonn (aka Tyler Gelrud) splits time between Orange  County, CA and Knoxville TN, crafting acoustic pop music with a punch as featured on his latest EP Promenade.  Get the latest news at LyonnMusic.com.

“Sparks” by Boreal Sons

If wistful art rock with ecstatically shimmering atmospheres is your idea of what will kick off your summer, then Calgary’s Boreal Sons is here to put the capital “R” back into Romance for you. This is a track from their most recent full-length record Threadbare. The band recently completed dates in Britain, after a cross-Canada tour. You can learn about their adventures at borealsons.com.

“With Haste” by Future History

Toronto’s Future History mix warm acoustics with echoey post-punk production to create darkly compelling pop music. This is the first single off of their latest record Lungs that was recorded clubhouse style in an abandoned hermitage in rural Ontario. You can watch the video for the song here, featuring that same rural Ontario setting.

“Iranians” by DAVIDS

If retro-futurist synthpop with a dance feel that is only rivaled by its sense of atmosphere is your thing, than Toronto’s DAVIDS (not “Davids”, and certainly not “David’s”, I’m told…) is here. This is the lead track from the EP 0613EP, characterized by European-style electronics that hearken back to a time of analogue grooves and icily compelling pop hooks. Like the band on Facebook.

“Little Earthquakes” by Imperial Mammoth

Summer is time to dance to something poptastically life-affirming. This is one of those ones made to sing along to while you’re dancing. This track by LA-based electronic pop duo Imperial Mammoth is set to become that summer anthem to which to move one’s feet, taken from their album Gold Confetti, released this coming Tuesday, June 24th. Visit the band’s website at imperialmammoth.com for more.

 “Giving Life To The Greys” by Daysdeaf

Atmospheric soundscapes mixed with a kind of hazy R&B feel is what typifies this single from the album When Color Lost Light. The band hail from Toronto, with an ear for experimental texture, perfect for sultry summer evenings kicking back. You can like Daysdeaf on Facebook.

“Elephants” by Fire/Works

Montreal’s Fire/Works deliver a moody, folky and cinematically evocative single in this track. This is a forerunner to their upcoming album Shenanigans. Look for the album in the Fall, folks! In the meantime, you might as well like the band on Facebook.

 “Zion” by S’Ambrosia

S’Ambrosia hails from Nairobi in Kenya, following a similar path to India Arie and Jill Scott despite the considerable physical geography that separates those artists from her. This is wistful acoustic pop with soul overtones, not to mention overt gospel elements that makes this tune a modern hymn without forgetting to be sonically interesting, too. Hear more at the S’Ambrosia YouTube channel.

“Phantoms And Friends” by Old Man Canyon

“Don’t let the ones that wanna steal your dreams away … just laugh and let it go”. Good advice this summer, with Old Man Canyon’s (otherwise known as singer-songwriter Jett Pace and his band) recent single as taken from the EP which is cleverly entitled Phantoms And Friends. The band is currently on tour with Foster the People, no doubt enjoying some pumped up kicks of their own. Check out oldmancanyon.com to stay up to date.

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Right, so there we have it summer people!

What’s your favourite track? What tracks can you recommend from a local band in your area that aren’t on this list?

Speak, good people! And otherwise,

Enjoy!

Spring For Tunes 2014

Spring is here.

Weather is getting balmier, days are getting longer, and around here cherry blossoms are on everyone’s mind, and on most people’s driveways. This is the season of renewal, of new beginnings. So, maybe it’s time to inject some new tunes into our lives in celebration of a season.

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With that in mind, here is a selection of musical goodness from many locales and across the pop music spectrum for your consideration. May the sounds you find here be like April showers on the cold stony ground of a winter of discontent – and we had a cold one, didn’t we? As the buds on the trees begin to manifest, get these tunes into your brain through the buds of the ear variety.

Here …

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“Young and Lazy” by The  Matinee

Kicking things off is a Tom Petty-esque tune as produced by Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bays (the rest of the record was produced by Los Lobos member and legendary sessioner Steve Berlin!), delivered by Vancouver roots and classic rock up-and-comers The Matinee.  The song is the opening track as taken from the band’s debut record, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise which you can buy on iTunes. If you’re looking to ride into the sun of a new season, this is a stellar place to start.

“Friends” by Fast Romantics

Fans of the Super Furries take note with this track from Calgary’s Fast Romantics, specializing in a similar art-rock via post punk pop architecture. The song is taken from their recent record Afterlife Blues, their second. For more, check out the official video to their single “Funeral Song“.

“Dreamtrain” by Lily Virginia

Like a moment in the day when you feel the first drops of spring rain, Lily Virginia’s “Dreamtrain” provides a melancholic backdrop  for a new season. This song is gauzy, atmospheric, and gossamer-delicate, but with a quiet strength that makes it a heartfelt reflection on lost love. For more information, check out this interactive page that allows you to delve even further into this tune, and what inspired it.

“Last Time You’ll Say Goodbye” by Mortimer Nova

Close-harmonies and expansive arrangement help to characterize this tune by Tampa Florida’s Mortimer Nova, led by head writer and guitarist Michael Vilches. The song is taken from their album Terminal, taking in an orchestral -folk approach that seems to evoke an idealized era of lushly realized pop music.

“Under The Wire” by Running Red Lights

If you prefer your pop by way of Buckingham-Nicks, this tune by Toronto’s Running Red Lights is your springtime excursion to a classic period of rock radio that sings in the 21st century. This song appeared as a sample two-fer, and as a forerunner to their full-length record There’s A Bluebird In My Heart. You can buy the record at iTunes.  

“Dream of Delia” by The Citradels

If three-to-four minute pop feels somewhat limiting, how about some neo-psychedelic drone rock for a change of pace? That’s where Melbourne Australia’s The Citradels have carved out a niche, marrying fuzzy psych with a variety of textures that stretch out a bit more, with eerie atmospheres and hypnotic soundscapes. This track is taken from their most recent record, Droned and Rethroned.

“That’s The Way I Wanna Do It” by The Pinecones

What would happen if you took power pop, added some strings, and some Brill Building era Carole King-like melodic instincts? Well, imagine no further with Toronto’s The Pinecones. This song is taken from the band’s succinctly named full-length, Ooh!

“Is This Love” by Life Leone

Life Leone delivers the dry-and-crunchy post punk hooks  you crave that culminates in a distinctive California desert-rock sound that he’s crafted into his own musical signature. This song is taken from the new release Comes Crashing In. You can learn more about Life Leone and his music here 

“Honest Living” by Supastition

Rap has a history in social commentary, with personal stories mirroring the stories of whole communities. That tradition lives and breathes on this track by Greenville, North Carolina-based Supastition. This track beams with throwback textures of classic R&B, infused with candour, controlled rage, and ultimate optimism as taken from the Honest Living EP.

“Numbers” by Grand Splendid

Montreal’s Grand Splendid make multi-textural guitar pop that transcends eras, mounted on an anthemic scale yet without the self-aggrandizing bombast. This is the title track from their self-produced mini-album Numbers, a sonic backdrop for those spring days where the sun can be seen as peering through a bank of clouds, on the verge of breaking out.

“ef-fort” by In Snow

For sounds that suggest a narrative but without the lyrics, Birmingham Alabama’s In Snow provide it with interest. This track is taken from their EP of the same name, dealing in atmosphere, tension and release, and subtle instrumental interplay. Fans of Mogwai in particular should press “play” immediately.

“And Still We Move” by Crissi Cochrane

For a feel of classic soul melded with a 21st century indie sensibility, Windsor Ontario-based and Halifax Nova Scotia-born Crissi Cochrane delivers a humid, horn-laden treasure chest of sound. This track is the single as taken from her recently released album Little Sway, a release driven by the beating heart of Detroit soul delivered with subtlety and laid back charm sung in her own voice.

“Rotation” by Ummagma

Electronic soundscapes and dream pop textures are what characterizes the music of Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma. This is a single, a double A-side with another song of theirs – “Live and Let Die” (not the song you’re thinking of!).  In addition to their recorded output, the band won the Alternative Eurovision in 2013. But, maybe the biggest feather in their cap is working with Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, who re-mixed a track, which is due soon.

“Ghost of June” by Dylan Starrs

Literally hooking into a dynasty of country music tradition with this song in particular, Texas native and L.A-based singer-songwriter Dylan Starrs plays to that tradition, and yet with a distinctive voice of his own. This song comes from his full-length record The Swill To The Swell.

“The Verge” by Juleah

Neo-psychedelic excursions are the speciality of Austrian musician Julia Hummer AKA Juleah. This is the opening track to a 5-track EP Entangled and Entwined, mixing guitars, with electronics, dreampop, and the blues.  For you visually-oriented music fans, here’s the video for the song.

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So, there they are; tunes for spring, a soundtrack to the green shoots and brightly-headed flowers bursting up toward a warming sun.

What do you think? What are your favourite tracks? What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Tell me all about it! And happy spring!

Enjoy!

New Year, New Tunes 2014

Happy New Year, ‘Binners! Here’s hoping you had a nice holiday, and/or are continuing to have one. Whether you’re still on holiday, or are contemplating having to go back to work, a few new tunes couldn’t hurt either way, right?

Well, then. Here you go; a number of tunes from the best minds in pop music with whom perhaps you’re not altogether familiar. But, you can solve that by perusing the tunes below, clicking ‘play’, and perhaps discovering the best music you’ve heard all year – so far!

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Fill your boots!

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1.”Helios” by Raleigh

Kicking things off is Calgary’s Raleigh, most certainly one of my favourite Canadian bands. I got to interview them a couple of years ago when they put out their debut. This one is the lead track off of their sumptuous follow up, Sun Grenades and Grenadine Skies.

2. “Fall Of The Summer Heart” by The Foreign Films

Art-pop vehicle The Foreign Films led by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Bill Majoros will follow up 2007’s Distant Star, after a number of stellar EPs. Look out for that later in the year. In the meantime, this track is practically an EP all in one; a multi-layered series of songs within a song inspired after a tour of the UK.

3. “Butane Brain” by The Almighty Rhombus

Dark and angular, yet also bright and poppy all at once, here’s my favourite track as taken from Sudbury Ontario’s The Almighty Rhombus’ Lucid Living full-length. Light it up!


4. “6 Year Vignettes” by Vast Robot Armies

Sumptuous, ambitious and slightly on the proggy side if I might be so bold, Vast Robot Armies (under the creative direction of songwriter Jason Thompson) evoke a sort of Porcupine Tree-esque approach to bold, and epic scale music that still hits the pop spot. This track is taken from the most recent full-length, Goodnight Myopia.


5. “Fortunate Boy” by Dave Rave

Dave Rave is a local legend on the Southern Ontario music scene and beyond, having exercised his capacity for pop music of all kinds of sub-categories, including a stint in punk-pop daddies Teenage Head. As a departure from that sound, this track hits on a late-70s singer-songwriter feel with jazzy flourishes, taken from his most recent release Memphis Midnight.


6. “Button” by Colornoise

But, maybe all of these gentle, radio-friendly pop hooks need to be tempered with something more avant-garde. This band from Costa Rica delivers all of that, but keeps the hooks blended in quite nicely, thanks.


7. “Origin of Water” by Nheap

If soundtrack-y Sylvian/Sakamoto-influenced instrumental pop turns your crank, then this will help you start the year off right. This track is taken from Italy’s Massimo Discepoli, aka Nheap’s, latest record Flying In The Silence.


8. “A Freckle In Time” by The Sunshine Dreamers

If sunshiny psych (from the Mid-West!) is your favourite way to begin a new year, then what are you waiting for? This is the closing track to The Sunshine Dreamers’ record Good Morning Afternoon. Get your lysergic pop fix!


9. “Wasted” by Dog Day

Transporting yourself back to that classic late ’70s punk sound is easily done with this track from Halifax, Nova Scotia; Dog Day. It was offered as a free track from the band’s recent record Fade Out.


10. “Spaceship X” by Sun Stone Revolvers

If Apocalyptic Pop isn’t a genre, it’s possible that Toronto’s Sun Stone Revolvers have just invented it with this track as taken from the album after which it’s named – Spaceship X.

11. “1994” by Ben McKenzie

When you’re starting a new year, sometimes you need an anthem. Ben McKenzie’s “1994” may be that anthem, easily suitable twenty years into the future in 2014 (is it twenty years already? How did that happen?). This track is taken from his most recent EP Stand Down Son.

12. “Grand Tracadie” by Newsmen

Toronto’s Newsmen have managed to create effervescent power-pop meets art rock by mixing in a level of complexity that doesn’t interfere with its pop appeal. No small feat! This is their most recent single.

13. “The Tourists” by Clockwork Noise

A new year can be uncertain, and events can change direction at any time for ill, but also for good. So, here’s a soundtrack to all that in the closing song from the album Whethermachine,  a pop-hook laden noise-rock feast if there ever was one by Ireland’s Clockwork Noise.

14. “The Family Tree” by Unconditional Arms

Under the name Unconditional Arms, post-rock composer Jeffery Wright created an album of soundscapes in honour of his newborn son Owen (born in August of 2013) appropriately entitled Kinship . Instrumental, and emotionally evocative, this track also manages to sing with a pop music spirit.

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And there  you have it, Good People; a veritable smorgasbord  of musical delights to help you kick off your 2014. Which one’s your favourite? Tell me all about it in the comments section!

Otherwise, thanks for staying tuned! More to come all year long!

Enjoy!

Fall Into Tunes 2013

Fall; or is it Autumn? It’s such a great season it has two names, Good People.

Whatever you personally call it, it happens to be my favourite season, with it’s overtones of new beginnings in a new season of colours and campfires  and undertones of beautiful melancholy at the thought of summer’s end.

With its arrival comes some new tunes from up-and-coming acts from various points on the map who have generously shared their musical bounty with me. And so, I pass on this cornucopia of sonic riches to you in this first annual Fall Into Tunes showcase.

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As you’ve come to expect from the Delete Bin, the sounds and styles found in this showcase are all over the musical map. But, I’m sure there’s something here to delight you, no matter what your personal predilections happen to be. So, as the colourful leaves of a new season make their descent from the branches of a fading summer, get stuck into to these 14 sounds perfect for the time of impending Autumn, even if some of them aren’t exactly autumnal.

Have a listen!

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 “Little Town” by Air Marshal Landing

Since many of us will also be pale pasty white again soon enough, why not commiserate with this groovetastic indie-rock tune that isn’t afraid to cut a rug? At very least, it’s an upbeat way to kick off a showcase of tunes in Autumn, right?

Air Marshall Landing is a trio – Matt, Cory, and Graham – hailing from right here in the Great White North, recently having put out their debut record from which this song comes You Used To Be Me. You can learn more about them at airmarshallanding.com.

“Laura V” by The Meaning of Life

As we lose the light in the evening, the echoey post-punk meets dreampop sound of New York City’s the Meaning of Life is the perfect soundtrack. This track is a single featured on their Play Fuego EP.

The Brooklyn-based duo mixes the Jesus & Mary Chain with Mazzy Star, and a generous dollop of Blondie, full of serated guitar, airy vocals (courtesy of Marta DeLeon), and sonic spaciousness. You can watch the video for “Laura V” , too of course.

“The Salt” by There’s Talk

San Francisco’s There’s Talk have recently released their EP Tiny Strands, with this song as the lead single, fast becoming a fan favourite. Full of folky melancholy, and balanced with icy-cool electronics, you can understand why.

A highlight here is creative head Olivia Lee’s gentle, far-away voice holding down a melody that takes its time. Fans of Bjork (particularly Vespertine-era) take note! For more information, check out the There’s Talk site.

“Sun City” by Lucas Jack

In the spirit of ’70s singer-songwriters and mainstream radio play of that time comes Michigan-born, Texas-based Lucas Jack, making the sounds of that era into what can be thoroughly appreciated as the sound of Autumn 2013 as well.

This is the title track of his newest record Sun City, a sumptuous piano-driven tune that evokes the rootsy-pop of early Elton John. You can learn all about Lucas Jack at lucasjackmusic.com.

“Brothers & Sisters” by EONS

Toronto’s EONS is the parallel project of Matt Cully and Misha Bower of another band –  Bruce Peninsula. Their music is sets the scene for a fading summer and the gathering cold with a sound that seems much older than it is, full of old-timey sepia-toned texture and sense of tragedy. This track is taken from their recent release Arctic Radio.

Intertwined voices, acoustic guitar, subtle strings, and the essence of emotional desolation make this track a late-in-the-day standout. Learn more about EONS at their bandcamp page.

“Scapegoat” by Matt Stevens

A member of British instrumental proggists The Fierce & The Dead as well as being a prolific solo artist, Matt Stevens’ work with solo guitar and loop technology is well-known in local scenes in the UK. Here’s a track from his latest live offering London Looping Festival Live.

Thanks to his dedication to his craft as well as building a fanbase on the Internet, his gene pool of fans is growing internationally. Check out Mattstevensguitar.com to join mailing lists and to get the latest news on a very proactive, innovative artist.

“300 Days In July” by Pete Galub

Native New Yorker, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Pete Galub has paid his dues in bands for two decades, honing his approach all the while. This track is taken from his new record Candy Tears, a song that is less a summer anthem and more of a summer’s lament.

You can learn more about Pete at www.petegalub.com.

“Of Flesh And Blood” by Jenn Fiorentino

Singer-songwriter Jenn Fiorentino grew up in the suburbs of Toronto on a steady diet of punk rock energy and DIY ethos. She’s taken that base and has built up a an acoustic pop sound that really sizzles. This track is taken from her From Darkness To Light record, an effort that adds a touch of rootsy poetry to ferocious melodic attack.

In addition to her original music, she’s workshopped her craft by way of cover songs, performed solo and acoustic. Check them out at Jenn Fiorentino’s YouTube channel.

“You Could Be A Pervert” by Scott Alexander

Can you write a pop song without being repetitive? Sure you can! Well, maybe you and I can’t. But this is what songwriter Scott Alexander from Oakland California does best, using his chops as a classically-trained composer an instrumentalist to get him there. This track is taken from his record Scott Alexander Gets Distracted.

With it’s non-repetitive nature, the song comes off almost like a short-story with a Loudon Wainwright III feel. And for more of them, and more information on his approach, check out ScottAlexanderMusic.com.

“Safe Side” by Bad Cello

Minimalist 21st century synthpop that is not too far up from the musical family tree from its early-80s roots; that’s what Bad Cello delivers. The Bad Cello moniker is driven by Zeno Pirratelli, originally an acoustic project that has morphed into a brittle and spare synth-driven sound that comes off as a sort of Americanized Soft Cell.

“Safe Side” is a single as taken from the EP Finna. You can learn more that EP and about the band at badcello.com.

“Future Fires” by Blinker The Star

Catchy and complex at the same time with a compelling art-rock sheen, Toronto-based Blinker The Star finds the perfect balance. This track was the coda to the new Songs From Laniakea Beach record released at the beginning of the year.

Blinker the Star has released a number of records over a twenty-year period all helmed by principle creative mind Jordon Zadorozny. This past June, the band began playing shows for the first time in 9 years. For more information, check out blinkerthestar.net.

“XXXO”  by Smile Swamp Princess

The rock opera is alive and well, but not taking itself so damn seriously with Smile Swamp Princess’s self-titled story about a Space Cowboy and a brooding Princess. This is the opening track of the accompanying EP that stands as a companion piece to their live show.

The Smile Swamp Princess show premiered in New York on September 4 and 5. You can learn more about the show and its creators Megan Lui and Justin Johnson at smileswampprincess.com.

“Mama Tried” by The Dirty Nil

Who says that traditional country music can’t crossover into the realm of crunchy, kick-over-your-amp rock ‘n’ roll? It does so profanely well in the hands of Hamilton Ontario-based The Dirty Nil, a trio of inebriated upstarts who make this song by Merle Haggard into one that could have been about any one of them. Play it loud!

This song appeared on the band’s Summer Mix Tape, Vol 2., where it stands alongside cover versions of songs by Iggy Pop, Guided By Voices, and the Misfits.

“Woke Up”  by Zachary Lucky

And speaking of traditional country this time with a decidedly folky edge, 23-year old Zachary Lucky of Saskatoon Saskatchewan takes the beautiful desolation of the prairies, and pours it into an appealingly spare approach to country music in the Townes Van Zandt tradition that sounds as if the dust of a lonely road is still on it. This track is taken from the winningly-titled album The Ballad of Losing You.

As young as he is, this is Zachary’s sixth record! You can learn more about this young and prolific artist at zacharylucky.com

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Well, there it is Good People – the sound of Autumn, 2013. Well, some of the sounds that have turned my crank recently.

What do you think? Do you have any favourites from above? What’s on your own turntable (real or virtual) this season?

Tell me all about it in the comments section. Otherwise …

Enjoy!

June Tunes Digest 2013

Summer is nearly upon us! And so, summer tunes are required. There have been a lot of requests from cool bands from all over to get their songs included here on this here pop music blog. It’s a huge honour to be asked!

Dancing June Tunes

In the spirit of the oncoming summer season, I thought I’d present a digest of tunes from a few acts who’ve turned my head in the last few months. So here are some highlights for the Delete Bin’s June Tunes 2013!

Usually, I try and make lists of 10. But, I’ve kicked that format to the curb this time around. I just couldn’t say no to any of these. So, there’s 14 big tunes to savour, good people! It’s like a ready-made summer compilation album!

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