Song of the day (No. 122): Sleep (RAC remix) – Thomas Tantrum

And you thought my love affair with Andre Allen Anjos a.k.a. RAC had faded.

Sleep (RAC Remix) – Thomas Tantrum (right-click song title to download or stream below)


Song of the day (No. 121): Endless Spring – Houses

A little downtempo, blissful beauty for you today. With its tropical sound, you can almost feel the sun’s warm glow beating down, sitting on the beach and watching the tide roll in. At least we can dream for for three minutes and two seconds. Mojito for me, margarita for you.

Endless Spring – Houses (right-click to download)

Song of the day (No. 120): Holidays – Miami Horror

This may not be a brand-spanking new ditty but it makes me sparkle all over. Holidays by Miami Horror is such a feel good song, I guarantee it will turn that smile upside down. And if you’re really in need of a spiritual lift it’s your lucky week because they’re coming to Toronto this Friday for a show at Mod Club and our city’s very own DVAS will be opening for them. I’ll be there, question is – will you? I hear it’s sold out but I’m sure it’s not too late to get your bribe on and snag some tickets.

Holidays – Miami Horror (right-click to download)

Song of the day (No. 119): BTSTU – Jai Paul

There’s no denying this track is slightly strange. Luckily I like strange things, especially today. If you’ve got to sit through another Monday morning, why not pick some odd beats to be your soundtrack? But don’t worry about making your skin crawl – BTSTU by the UK’s Jai Paul is as beautiful as it is dissonant. I wouldn’t lead you astray now would I? xx

BTSTU – Jai Paul (right-click to download)

Song of the day (No. 118): Ritual Union – Little Dragon

Little Dragon, all the way from Sweden made their television debut on Jimmy Fallon last night. They have been heavily promoting their sophomore release, Ritual Union with a steady run at SXSW and now this. Huge. It’s hard not to fall in love with Yukimi Nagano’s soulful yet interesting vocals. Thanks to A.H. for sharing! Tap that little volume button and get ready to soar for 3 minutes.

Song of the day (No. 117): Snow & Taxis – Gold Panda

Gold Panda is an electronic musician and producer from the UK who is making some seriously good impressions as of late around the globe. Have a listen to the track in this post and you’ll understand why. He’s on SPIN‘s watch list this month and was a must-see at SXSW which just wrapped up yesterday in Austin. Listen to Gold Panda if you are a fan of Delorean and Tanlines and get excited for what happens at the 3.02-minute mark on Snow & Taxis below.

They’re playing at the Drake on March 30 and I hear it might be sold out but no harm in trying to get your dirty paws on some tickets. I promise you won’t regret it.

Snow & Taxis – Gold Panda

Interview with Yukon Blonde at Canadian Music Week

Before their show last Thursday at The Great Hall during Canadian Music Week, Torontette had the great opportunity to sit down with Jeff Innes and Graham Jones of Vancouver-based band, Yukon Blonde. Last year was a huge one for them, being named one of the 10 Canadian bands to break in 2010 by the CBC and being designated at the best band of 2010 Canadian Music Week in 2010 – among other worthy accolades.

Torontette: How did Yukon Blonde come to be?

Jeff Innes: Originally Graham and I went to school together and I used to play guitar a lot. I had a film class where I did a couple soundtracks and Graham was friends with the person that I did the soundtracks for and we met through that. Graham had a band at the time, so I started watching them play and I really wanted Graham to play drums with me and eventually he left that band and we started this band. We found Brandon our guitar player working in a shitty retail job and he had another band in town at the same time that we used to go and watch. And you know, he just looked the part so we stole him from his band. To begin with, we were a band called Alphababy for about three years and then some shit got all messed up and we decided to make a new band. So we disbanded and re-formed as Yukon Blonde, moved to Vancouver and here we are.

T: Tell me about the difference in essence between Alphababy and Yukon Blonde, if there is any.

JI: Vibes. The sound. Alphababy was pretty jammy. Pretty dark.

Graham Jones: And a little more progressive I guess.

JI: And with Yukon Blonde we just wanted to make a good, fun, rock and roll band. The first Yukon Blonde song was called ‘Babies Don’t Like Blue Anymore’. So that’s how we started. We wanted to make good pop music.

T: What’s the Vancouver music scene like?

JI: It’s crazy, and it’s all over the place, in a good way. And it’s getting recently better. It’s been good to us. We have a lot of friends out there. Our friends Said the Whale, they’re there, our new friends Sun Wizard, who are excellent, are there. It’s pretty eclectic. It’s pretty rootsy I’d say. It’s got that pacific northwest rootsy sound all over it. You can’t really escape it out there, that’s just what it is.

T: What’s your favourite festival that you’ve played to date?

GJ: Tough to say but I’d have to say Hillside.

T: I’m from Guelph so I love that answer!

JI: I’ve heard that a considerable amount of the volunteers were conceived at the festival. I’m not even kidding.

T: Well Guelph is known to be quite the hippy town.

JI: When we were there, it was such a cool atmosphere. It’s just one of those festivals. You know you’ve done a festival right when you’re at the festival and you feel like you’ve been there forever. You’re there and you feel like you’re surrounded by everything you want to be surrounded by. And that’s kind of how I felt.

T: If you could tour with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

JI: I would say Bowie or Plastic Ono Band.

GJ: Or The Flaming Lips.

JI: Yeah that’d be awesome. Maybe if we keep saying that for every interview, it’ll finally happen. We stalked them for a bit (laughs). We went and saw them live and I met Wayne Coyne and we talked a bit, it was cool. And then we dropped the record off at his house.

GJ: We did a little Google Earth to find his house.

T: Slightly creepy?

GJ: It is. I know. We caught him in the bathtub, having a bath in his front yard on Google Earth, so he was pretty easy to find.

T: How was touring with Plants and Animals?

JI: Awesome. They are very, very cool. It was one of those tours where you can’t really ask for more.

GJ: All the shows were really well attended, and we got to watch a really good band play every single night.

T: So what’s next for Yukon Blonde? You guys had a huge year, last year.

JI: Yeah we’re hoping to top it this year.

GJ: Try and play as many shows as we played last year.

JI: And make a record. It’s exciting. It’s always exciting.

Here’s the video for the song ‘Wind Blows’ off of their self-titled debut that came out last year.