“Crazy in Love” (Kid Koala version) by Emeli Sandé and the Bryan Ferry Orchestra
This is jam-bait for me. My favourite Beyoncé song covered by Emeli Sandé, mixed by Kid Koala, AND it kind of sounds like the Cantina Band from Star Wars? Yeah, this is my jam.
“New School, Old School (Feat. Kayo)” by Classified
Every Classified album is like discovering a new hip-hop release from the classic era, with modern touch-ups. He’s also one of the few rappers who doesn’t seem to use collaborators as a prop just to get more names of the back cover. In this case he combines both these strengths for see-saw track with him and Kayo finishing off each other’s rhymes like it was the 80s even if Kayo prefers the Slim Shady era.
Oh and if you haven’t heard this yet, it’s the underground sleeper hit of the year for Canadians in the know.
Almost Mainstream Episode 53 - May 3 2013
*SPOILER ALERT* Born Ruffians followed by soul-throwbacks, followed by hip-hop, followed by garage rock, then a remix, then some mellow CanCon, and it’s all capped off with ten-year-anniversary celebrations from the Postal Service and Broken Social Scene.
Too Soaked To Break - Born Ruffians
Walk On Me - The Broadview Band
Don’t Throw Me Away - The Mumlers
Move On When The Love Is Gone - DL Incognito
A Beautiful Sight - The Kid Natural
ŤɌ∆Ҏ ᶊῌῗ† - ƱZ
I Got Love - King Khan & the Shrines
Derby Girl - The Gertrudes
Toe Cutter - Thee Oh Sees
Chasing the Sunset - Imaginary Cities
Wild Country - Wake Owl
Put On Cologne - Donovan Woods
Turn Around - the Postal Service
Deathcock - Broken Social Scene
“Ignition (1901 Remix)” by the Hood Internet (R. Kelly x Phoenix)
Ignition (Remix) (Remix).
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams
I mean, how could this not be my jam eventually?
“Closer to the Heart” by Rush.
Rock and roll hall of fame. Also I’ve been watching “Freaks and Geeks.”
Almost Mainstream Episode 52 - April 19 2013
With Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a remix of “Ignition,” it’s like 2003 all over again.
Dreamyness - Keys N Krates
Gentleman - Psy
I Love You - Said the Whale
Lost That Easy - Cold War Kids
Sacrilege - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yung Rapunxel - Azealia Banks
Standing In A Line - Shotgun Jimmy
Mind Matter and Waste - the Hidden Cameras
Stolen Flowers - Japanther
Varsity - Smith Westerns
Gettin’ Live - GRiZ
Closer to the Heart - Rush
Almost Mainstream Episode 51 - April 5 2013
The first week of April edition of Almost Mainstream for 2013, with a hidden track from Shad, 14 songs in four-and-a-half minutes from Buck 65, Dr. John, Devendra Banhart, the Bullits and Snoop… Lion.
Wildside - Cross My Heart Hope to Die
Getaway - Dr. John
It’s Too Late - Wild Belle
Raw Freestyle - Shad K
SASS - Buck 65
Never Seen Such Good Things - Devendra Banhart
San Francisco - The Mowglis
Modern Painters - Destroyer
Crazy Beat - Blur
Nothing I Wanna Do - Lace Curtain
New Summer - Young Galaxy
Like This - the Night
“Luella” by Ghostkeeper
This is a great little song, but the album as a whole is even better. It swings wildly from country motifs to garage riffs to Pet Sounds with more bass to haunting samples and chants, yet remains a cohesive whole. It’s a statement. The lyrics are brilliant. The tunes are brilliant. The album is brilliant. Listen to it. Buy it. Rock and roll can still blow minds.
Almost Mainstream Episode 50 - March 22 2013
An all-Canadian edition, with Suuns, Ghostkeeper, the Bicycles, Lindi Ortega and Maestro featuring Classified and Blue Rodeo. Hecks yeah.
2020 - Suuns
I Wake Up Every Day - Thomas D’arcy
Don’t Wanna Hear It - Lindi Ortega
Pick Me Up - Hollerado
Fairy Tales feat. Kathrine Bergstrom - Buck 65
Jewel - Gold & Youth
Ciao Monday - Emm Gryner
Luella - Ghostkeeper
Bandana Cat - the Bicycles
Stompa - Serena Ryder
Speedboats - Grounders
People of the Sticks - The Besnard Lakes
Born to Ruin - Wildlife
“Paint It Gold” by Fake Shark - Real Zombie!
I was going to have some sort of thing about how between these guys and Mounties this shaping up to be the year of Hot Hot Heat members putting out awesome songs with other bands. But then I saw that the Hot Hot Heat member who used to be in this band is no longer with them. But then I saw that Steve Bays, who is still in Hot Hot Heat AND Mounties is working with Fake Shark - Real Zombie!, too, so maybe it’s just a good year for Steve Bays. Although he had nothing to do with this song. Which is awesome.