A genuine treat for Valentine’s Day: Vancouver post-punk band ACTORS has gifted us all with a cover of The Sound’s “Mining For Heart” (1985) just this morning, swiveling from the shining nostalgic brightness of their 2018 full-length release ‘It Will Come To You’ into a sound straddling grit without resorting to harshness. Jason Corbett’s vocals imbue the song with a strange warmth that is signature ACTORS; the definitive bassline, too, carries Jahmeel Russell’s hallmark sound and is borne gracefully by Corbett’s guitar and Shannon Hemmett’s subdued, moody synths.
Now here’s a little story I’ve got to tell, about three bad brothers you know so well. But do you? Do you really know the Beastie Boys? When you think of Adrock, MCA and Mike D, what image do you have? Are they the hardcore punks who wrote songs about Carvel Ice cream? Are they the white rappers, who wrote juvenile lyrics about White Castles, girls doing their laundry and mom throwing away their porn? What about the band that put out a critically acclaimed comprised entirely of samples they found while digging through record crates?
Beastie Boys Book offers amazing behind the scenes peeks at 3 buddies from Brooklyn that parlayed their love of music and their enduring friendship into a groundbreaking, genre-bending career.
The weeks compilation of music includes some of the best new modern rock tracks spanning the last few months. There are a number that we think you will enjoy, including the track from Spector which reminds us of what OMD would sound like if they were a guitar based band. There are plenty of heavy hitters included this time around which include an exciting new track from White Lies, the return of Smashing Pumpkins, brit legends James and Johnny Marr, and bangers from Metric and The Faint. We also have the latest from Piroshka, a brand new band featuring the lovely Miki Berenyi from Lush.
Mere days before Valentine’s Day, Robert Alfons and his musical powerhouse of a project, TR/ST, return to remind everyone that love is often challenging and can leave one lonelier than one began. “Gone” is the first single from TR/ST’s first full album release since 2015’s ‘Joyland’. The highly anticipated ‘The Destroyer, Part One’ album is slated for release in April. “Gone”
Richard regales us with stories from the likes of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Berlin and many other 80’s legends about the songs that meant the most to him personally, and the tracks he was quite literally responsible for breaking in America. Through hosting his many Video shows and his radio gigs, Richard became a rock star himself
The English synth-pop duo, Pet Shop Boys, will be releasing a song a day this week, leading up to their new EP called Annually. Annually will be a 64 page hard covered book which will feature behind the scenes footage, interviews, photography plus answers to personal letters from fans.
The Strangeways staff has put together a playlist featuring their favorite selections of songs from The English Beat and all of it’s spin off groups. The playlist also includes tracks from General Public, Fine Young Cannibals and solo tracks from Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger. Unfortunately, there were quite a few songs missing from the Spotify catalog. We will keep an eye out to see if they become available in the near futu
In their prior full length release “ YR Body is Nothing”; Boy Harsher created a driving, yet stripped down musical landscape, evoking an uneasy neurotic headspace with existential sexual crisis based lyrics paired with beats that your body can’t help but dance to. It causes the listener an uneasy reaction of pleasure met with discomfort. The single release, “Pain” showed the strengths of the band captured in a single track. Let me tip my hat to another well known band who captures this feeling by saying Boy Harsher do indeed capture the “pain” that we have not only become used to, but now fully seek out and can’t get enough of.
DJ Mikey presents some his favorite synthpop, electronica and dark wave tracks from 2019. This is a great way to hear a ton of new releases and familiarize yourself with some up and coming bands. This playlist is updated daily, so feel free to follow it on Spotify to keep up with some of the latest tunes in this genre.
This is a great remix of dreamy retro synthwave / synthpop which bring together Canada’s Parallels and UK’s Futurecop! . All of the elements, including soaring vocals by Parallels’ Holly Dodson, come together beautifully, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from Futurecop!’s upcoming 2019 album release.
The England/Canada electro duo have enlisted the help of New Order’s Gillian Gilbert on their brand new single, Lifetime. They are known for remixing other artists including INXS, Erasure and Mick Jagger but this time they are being remixed by others on an EP that contains 4 different mixes of Lifetime.
DJ Mikey presents some his favorite synth and dark wave tracks from 2016. This is a great way to hear a ton of new releases and familiarize yourself with some up and coming bands. This playlist is updated daily, so feel free to follow it on Spotify to keep up with some of the latest tunes in this genre.