Tag Archives: Rock

Episode 29: Foreign Film Star

A project apart for Jamie Reaume of Cowboys in Cardigans, it’s an atmospheric rock record called quite appropriately, The Moon Landing. One part complex and psychedelic instrumentals, one part late 90’s sexy slimy alt rock, it’s absolutely worth the trip. Jess and Dylan explore themes of depression and anxiety, and also Ridley Scott’s impossibly positive “The Martian.” Get in the loop and don’t forget to bring your friends to our showcase June 30th at the Hideout!

Episode 25: Single’s Spotlight 2

It’s time for another great sample platter of Southern Ontario’s best original artists. Jess gets deep into why cultural appropriation is a silly accusation and Dylan explains why ‘Adult Contemporary” is not a four letter word. We hear tracks from Todd Donald, Poshley Slums, Julian Troiano, Julian Taylor and Claire Coupland. If you get in no other loop this year, get in this one!!!

Episode 24: Red Arms

A couple of cheeky Communist-themed fellas from London who like to make loud music. It’s punk, it’s rock, but above these it’s poetry. We trace Red Arms’ tunes from the EP Welcome to the New Cold War and into their latest release, Let Every Nation Know. Jess recites some of her favourite lyrics ever on the show, and Dylan praises the ‘take no prisoners’ prose of anti-record exec anthem No Inspiration.

Episode 22: Cowboys in Cardigans

In AFL’s first live album review, we get into some seriously raucous, explicitly sexy tunes with Windsor’s grungey, punky, psychedelic rock foursome Cowboys In Cardigans Mammoth. There’s something for everyone on here, but especially if you dig a little kink in your life and like a growly-yet-clean vocal and a lot of bendy bass. It’s sweaty and chaotic in the best way. Are we still talking about music? Get in the loop!

Episode 15: The Do Good Badlies

In this episode, we tackle The Do Good Badlies with Electric Nights. Hailing from Lindsey and drawing influences from blues and classic rock, this high-energy and soulful quintet has a varied and accessible rock record. Dylan laments the realities of censorship while Jess defends the Phil Collins comeback.

*Amendment: The Do Good Badlies are NOT playing Dec 12, Jess has a hobby of making things up. You CAN catch them Nov 4 as part of Twimfest,(Aimless & Transparent, Phill Hood! And the Exclamation, and more) and get all their tour dates at thedgb.ca!

Episode 13: The Honeyrunners

Dig into The Honeyrunners, a Toronto-based rock and roll 4-peice that puts the classic in classic rock (think driving kick drums and killer organ foundations), while somehow managing to be timeless. Jess gets philosophical about why context isn’t always king, and Dylan explains why the more vocalists, the merrier. Look for The Honeyrunners Oct 16th at the Horseshoe Tavern!

Episode 8: Return for Refund

A satire of douche culture AND all the grimy dueling guitar riffs you can stand? It’s metal-rock face-melters Return for Refund and their self-titled debut EP. Jess warms up to some headbanger anthems and Dylan maintains that if you think they might be up your alley, you’re probably right. And if you’re in the Toronto area, you can SEE THESE DUDES CRUSH IT LIVE July 11 at Lee’s Palace. Come teach Jesse how to do the metal horns/ears/thing with her hands. Get in the loop!