On today’s episode we get into The Stereo Division and their latest release, Love is in Motion. It’s airy, watercolour, shoegaze heavy on synths and sex appeal. Check out their music video for Fire Brigade! Dylan digs into how they build a formula and find ways to play within it, and Jess reluctantly admits that a record with little focus on lyrics can wash over you in a great way (and this one did). Perfect pairing to a romantic night in, a quiet meditation or as the backdrop to summer evening by the water. Come see us July 19th at The Hideout for our AFL 2nd Anniversary Showcase and get in the loop!
If Great Big Sea was on 1998’s Big Shiny Tunes, you’d get Phill Hood! and the Exclamation. Melodic rock with a maritime accent, their debut release Detour has many ingredients that fuse Celtic alt rock with stunning guitar work and creative musicality. Just in time for Canada Day, this record is full of considerations in identity across our great nation, and would be equally at home on a road trip playlist as it would post-breakup. Catch their CD release LIVE at the AFL 2nd Anniversary show July 19th!
Don Campbell’s Sail the Grateful Way is a beachy, sunny, Jack Johnson style pop rock record with more than a a few great guitar riffs and sweet harmonies. A staple of Toronto’s rock scene, Campbell brings a unique positive energy with this album that is refreshing for the season. Be sure to mark your calendars July 19th for AFL 2nd anniversary show and Phill Hood CD release. Raffle prizes now include a gift certificate to The Grand Trunk bar and tickets to the revolutionary VenusFest Sept 30. Get in the loop!
Step into the Twilight Zone with The Patterns‘ third release in a trilogy of magic and mystery inspired by the tv series. This pop/punk transplant from the UK now based in London, ON has a lot going for it. If you have yet to get into the sci-fi show, this is a wonderful introduction, though it also serves as a solid companion piece if you’re a superfan like Dylan. Certainly an aural experience to be dug into, so get in the loop! And mark your calendar’s for July 19th!!!
An exciting first for the show, we have a new release from a great band we featured last year, it’s the return of Return for Refund, with Lift You Up. True to their hard rocking form, it’s cheeky, raw and as is often the case with second releases, it feels lived in and self-aware. But this record digs deeper into some heavy themes and Jesse’s theory about it being a concept album totally blows Dylan’s mind. Get in the loop, and get stoked for out 2nd anniversary showcase July 19th!
After a great chat with Chris Kerba of Eclectic Revival, we dig into their latest release, Life & Love. It’s a great combination of Celtic influenced alt rock and trad tunes that hits all the bases: wartime ballads, drinking lamentations, sweet harmonies and of course a smooth… saxophone? It’s not your father’s adult contemporary, but he’d probably like it too. Check these fellas out and get in the loop!
Video games, shoe-gaze, the IT Crowd, rap-rock… It’s all here. Nerds rejoice, because Stereoblastula is here with Save the Princess. If you’re not a gamer at all (like Jess) there is still an incredible story within this record, and if you happen to be more of a Dylan, expect some wonderful easter eggs. Come see our live showcase of punk, rock and general debauchery No Soul Safe April 8th at the Libertarian! Get in the loop!
Today’s episode is Arcanum’s prog metal 4 track debut EP , At the Car Wash. A mix of funky grooves and grit, their sound is self-described by the band as it’s own genre combining junk and djent: Djunk. For those of you unfamiliar (which was us at first too), it’s heavy on high-gain distortion guitar, slap bass, and polyrhythms. You may recall bassist Jesse Woodrich of AFL alnumi SirenPhase, who you can catch at our No Soul Safe showcase April 8th at the Libertarian. Get in the loop!
Barbara Lynch is a Lady-Tom Waits with her own unique rasp, and some heavy (and we mean heavy) themes of love lost and how war and our ignorance have ruined our planet. In The Nickelodeon is in a class all its own, borrowing from ragtime, jazz, and dropping in a few beautifully heartbreaking love songs. It’s a record from 2008 that is steeped in 1929, and feels prescient even today. Get in the loop!!!
A wonderful ray of sunshine to kick off 2017, we tackled the adorable yet mature first solo release from Taylor Holden and the Law of Averages. It’s heavy on charm, with plenty of ukulele love songs to keep you warm this season. With a mix of up-tempo, head bopping pop country, Dylan and Jess love how refreshingly earnest the record is amid so much ironic, brooding content in the marketplace. Get in the loop, and Happy New Year from AFL!