Song of the day (No. 103): Falling Apart – Trouble Andrew

Sometimes things happen without rhyme or reason. You can’t explain them, and reflecting back, you have no F’ing clue how you got there. That is exactly how things happened to lead me to my discovery of Trouble Andrew. His track ‘Falling Apart’ is dark and edgy, and I love it. Almost as much as I love his vocals.


Song of the day (No. 102): Mother Protect – Niki and The Dove

Today marks one year of Torontette. It’s hard to believe I’ve had this blog going that long. Its been a fruitful year and as I work on the full review of the past 365 days I leave you with this song, ‘Mother Protect’ by Niki and The Dove.

Lots of love to you, my readers since without you I’d have no one to share music with. Thanks for making the past year so memorable and here’s to many more. xo

Mother Protect – Niki and The Dove (right-click to download)

Song of the day (No. 100): I Go Away – MNDR

MNDR was one of the opening acts for Chromeo this weekend, alongside Young Empires – Toronto’s latest ones to be making tidal waves.

She’s young, she’s blonde, she’s got edgy style and an incredible voice. What’s not to love? I actually kind of have a girl crush on her. Completely innocent but one for the books. She stood her own when I saw her perform on Saturday night – literally. She was the only one on stage during her set. She’s the musical prodigy of Mark Ronson and toured with him and The Business Intl last year. I surmise that 2011 will be a big year for Miss Amanda Warner, especially as she kicked it off touring with Chromeo. No big deal.

Be prepared for ‘I Go Away’ to stir up some emotions. It’s downtempo compared to her other tracks but a slow pace suits her nicely. Happy Tuesday and happy 100th song of the day! xo

I Go Away – MNDR (right-click to download)

Song of the day (No. 99): Love Is (Prince Language edit) – Gino Soccio

Gino Soccio is no stranger to the producing world – he’s closer in age to my dad than to me and has been making hits since the late 70s. Montreal-born and bred, he has been one of the pioneers of Canadian disco and dance. ‘Love Is’ was a track originally from 1981, which has been remastered than to a little Prince Language love. What can we say, everything he touches turns to gold.

No soundcloud for this bad beauty so don’t mind the cute pup instead.

Love Is (Prince Language Edit) – Gino Soccio (right-click to download)

Top 10 picks of Coachella 2011: 86 days and counting

The Coachella 2011 line-up was released yesterday, and it must be commented on. There are some surprises and some pitfalls but overall it’s a pretty decent stacking. Here are my top 10 shows for each day, in no particular order.

Friday, April 15th

  1. Glasser
  2. Robyn
  3. Clare Maguire
  4. Warpaint
  5. Hurts
  6. Marina & the Diamonds
  7. The Black Keys
  8. Tame Impala
  9. Cold War Kids
  10. Kele

Saturday, April 16th

  1. Cults
  2. Arcade Fire
  3. Fat Freddy’s Drop
  4. The Love Language
  5. The Twelves
  6. The Radio Dept.
  7. Raphael Saadiq
  8. Yacht
  9. Two Door Cinema Club
  10. Freelance Whales

Sunday, April 17th

  1. Ratatat
  2. Twin Shadow
  3. The National
  4. Phantogram
  6. Chromeo
  7. Delorean
  8. Ellie Goulding
  9. Foster the People
  10. Best Coast

What are your picks? No denying that there’s some serious talent this year. There are a few in particular that I’m most excited about seeing them on this list as their inclusion is well-deserved: Phantogram, Twin Shadow, Glasser, Hurts, Cults and The Radio Dept. stand out for me.

Click here to see the full lineup.

Song of the day (No. 98): Try to Understand (Dmerit Remix) – The Gay Blades

The Gay Blades are NYC’s Clark Westfield and Puppy Mills, who have been pushing the genre walls out lately, making music that that is impossible to classify and will hurt your brain if attempted to do so.

I love the strong presence of horns in the track ‘Try to Understand’ (Dmerit Remix) and its upbeat, West-coast, beach-party-at-dusk feel. Clark Westfield (real name, James Dean Wells) says this is a song about “the patience we need to love those who test our love the most,” he explains, adding, “it’s a monster of a song, and it might be my favorite on the record.” From what I’ve heard thus far, it’s definitely on Torontette’s list.


Try To Understand (Dmerit Remix) – The Gay Blades (right-click to download)