La Sera, PS I Love You, R.M. Hendrix, Death Valley Sleepers, Craft Spells & more
Bring on the long weekend.
1. PS I Love You – Princess Towers
Kick. Out. The. Jams. Their new album Death Dreams just blows the doors off. More coming from that album later.
2. Sixteen Deluxe – Happy Song
2+ minutes of weekend shenanigans from The Pilot Knob EP.
3. Free Electric State – All Done Before
Monumental track from album of (nearly) the same name.
5. R.M. Hendrix – Global Affairs / Crack The Code
And now for some claustrophobic, crooning indie rock.
6. Cruyff In The Bedroom – Carillon Blue
Starting to slow it down with this almost-instrumental. Great build at the end.
7. Mercury Rev – Frittering
When MR opened for The Hives (don’t judge) in Toronto back in the day, the tremendous volume pinned most attendees to the sides and rear of the venue. After that, the Hives’ performance band came off as raucous as Esquivel. I wish the Rev had played this tune from Yerself Is Steam.
8. Gills – Empire of Sweat
Midtempo grungy rock and roll. Also one of the few live tracks we play here.
9. Mirror Mirror – The Chamber
Dig this strumming, stirring instrumental.
10. Death Valley Sleepers – Left Me High
Like a lot of this band’s stuff, but this track…you’re loving the verses, then the choruses hit you. Perfect.
11. First Love, Last Rites – Walk You Home
Now we bring the power pop out of Sweden.
12. Royal Headache – Down The Headline
Fantastic. The verses are beat nuggets, but the chorus is all drive-ins and sock hops.
13. La Sera – Break My Heart
Almost too perfect punky punchy pop from their latest Sees The Light.
14. Craft Spells – Still Left With Me
Soundtrack to dancing around your basement clad in nothing but an oversized sweater.
17. Little Chords – Remember
Vancouver crew drop some drifting, beautiful lo-fi: “I fell asleep on a cloudy beach, it was early in the afternoon…” And with that, we’re off into the sunset.