Category Archives: Pop

The Almighty Rhombus – Down South

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It should come to no surprise on how much I love Canadian music. It’s just happier, smarter, catchier, and you can tell it comes from the heart; I swear; they should hire me as and advocate for Canadian Music. Either way, my love for CM (yup, just made and acronym for it) runs deep, and usually I don’t have to look very far to find great CM to share. But those times when the music finds me, its an even better feeling.

The boys from The Almighty Rhombus recently released their full-length LP Lucid Living, and their first track “Down South” instantly got me hooked. A short track comprised of three to four chord progressions, double time hi-hat and “oh’s” in the chorus; recipe for disaster right? I thought so too, but after listening to “Down South”, I was intrigued to listen to the rest of the album; glad I did.

For fans of: Tokyo Police Club, Matt & Kim, Said The Whale

PS: The video is an acoustic version of the song, couldn’t find the original audio, though I thought this did justice.

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St. Lucia – Wait For Love

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Inspiration comes quite sparingly now-a-days don’tcha think? You either have someone you admire give shady advice, or notice that everyone is out there for their own; it’s a shame but it doesn’t mean you can’t find inspiration else where. The story/journey behind Jean-Phillip Grobler (a.k.a St.Lucia) is an inspiration on it’s own, learning classical music at a very young age, traveling the world with his choir group, arriving at South Africa to England and finally to New York; but it’s his music that inspires me the most.

“Wait For Love” may sound like just another pop song with a great melody and catchy hook, but it’s the story behind it that counts. St.Lucia left his roots, arrived at a foreign place to do what he loves. Isn’t that what we all strive to do to some extent. So I say forget the naysayers and ignore the negativity, do what you love and leave the rest behind.

For Fans Of: Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Cut Copy

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Anna Kendrick – When I’m Gone (Cup Song)

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C’mon…she’s using her hands and a single cup to produce a beat! That’s incredible! Not to mention how catchy the chorus is, and who knew that Anna Kendrick could sing so well.

I confess, I’ve never watched Pitch Perfect, nor am I very interested too, but the creativity and the rhythm of the cup drumming definitely impressed me. Now excuse me while I try to learn the routine.

For Fans of: She & Him, Tegan & Sarah, Sara Bareilles

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Ps. This is a clip of her doing it live on Letterman.

Franz Ferdinand – Right Action

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They might not be the prettiest band in the bunch, but they sure as hell know how to make people dance. The boys of Franz Ferdinand are back with their new single Right Action” of their fourth studio album entitled Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. 

Right off the bat we get that familiar gut wrenching guitar, mixed with the groovy bass-line and that oh so suave voice of Alex Kapranos, Franz Ferdinand always gives me an excuse to dance like I’m a 70’s baby. *Swipes two fingers across the eyes*

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Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action set to release on August 27th. 

Pharrell Williams – Just A Cloud Away

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So I am all in for movie soundtracks, especially soundtracks with original scores and compositions, and even more specially soundtracks staring legendary producers and artist. Pharrell Williams is one of the top producers in our generation and he’s back for another round of Dispicable Me.

Uplifting beat, colourful lyrics, and just all around feel good music; hoping this puts a smile on your face =)

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Jack Johnson – I Got You

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Jack Johnson is finally back to his surfer, Hawaiian, nonchalant style of music with “I Got You” off his upcoming album From Here To Now To You. Jack Johnson is one of the main reasons why I pursued my passion in music; trying to mimic his heartwarming sound through voice and instrument; living in Hawaii probably helps a great deal though…

Jack Johnson is a great musician, but an even better story teller. He sings from the heart and he encourages everyone to come on board.

From Here To Now To You hit’s stores September 17th/13

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Dresses – Blew My Mind

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Don’t let the forecast put you down guys! It’s Friday..and this is what i’m listening to this morning.

This Portland based duo, simply known as Dresses, composed of Timothy Heller and Jared Ryan Maldonado put together pop inspired musical melodies that you can’t help but smile from their enthusiasm.  If you enjoyed “Blew My Mind”, make sure to check out “Sun Shy”, which brings another array of pop inspired sing alongs.  Can’t wait to listen to more from Dresses.

Searching for new music can be a little tiresome, but stick to it and I promise you the reward is well worth it =)

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Bruno Mars – Treasure

While driving to work this morning, I turn on the radio hoping for something new and exciting to rid of any morning blues.  Surprisingly, I stumble upon something groovy, jazzy and funky all at the same time; perfect morning remedy no?

But who might this mysterious artist be? Maybe a new Mayer Hawthorne jam, or possibly a brand new Remy Shand track? Both ideas got me quite rattled, hence pulling out the Shazam app right away. Lo and behold, it was none other….then….*sigh*….Bruno Mars.

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Now i’m not the biggest Bruno Mars fan, I find him a little irritating and mediocre at best; but there comes a time where I just have to shut up and take in a cold case of foot-in-mouth syndrome.  This track is catchy and that bass line is killer (especially during the first refrain of the chorus), unreal!

This is a great example of not judging a book by it’s cover, or in this case, a song by it’s artist.

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Lucius – Until We Get There

Yup, New Girl brought me here. No shame in it, that show is freaking hilarious and apparently has wonderful taste in music.

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Lucius, and little known band from Brooklyn, New York, led by singer/songwriter duo of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, allure their audience with uplifting, poppy and catchy as hell tunes. As soon as I heard the first guitar riff from “Until We Get There”, I knew I was in for a treat. The ascending harmonies during the chorus accommodates the guitar and drum beat perfectly; who says lyrics have to make up a chorus.

Thank you Lucius, and thank you New Girl =)

Lucius will be playing in Toronto at Edge Fest on July 31st

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