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Seoul — The Line

February 24, 2015 in Synth Pop by Gord

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I met Seoul at the 2013 Pop Explosion. Well, I met one of the band members. He was so overly nice I was a bit taken back. After all, it was me tapping him on the shoulder and yelling “You guys sound great, I love what you’re doing”. I wonder if he remembers? That was in a tiny, awful venue on the last night of HPX.

I feel pretty lucky to have seen them in a tiny and intimate venue in Halifax. The quality of their releases, the catchiness of their songs, it shows me that they are going places. There won’t be another tiny show. Still, I look forward to the next time I get to see them.

There will be dancing.

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LANKS — Hold Me Closer

February 23, 2015 in Dark Wave, Indie by Gord

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I put Lanks down as one of the best albums/artists of 2014. His EP floored me when I first heard it, I loved it. I’m so happy to see a single released, and the upward momentum LANKS is carrying right now. ‘Hold Me Closer’ is great, and it could easily be a new Radiohead song. Give it a listen, look up his previous music, get excited for his future releases.

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HUMANS — Follow

February 2, 2015 in Cyberpunk, Electronic by Gord

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HUMANS blew me away during HPX several years ago, and now the reunion show is bearing down on us. HUMANS will be promoting their new album, Noontide, while simultaneously sending a packed Gus Pub crowd in to a dancing frenzy. If you can be there, be there. There won’t be any regrets. It’s going to be a fantastic night.

They’ve already released the first single off the album, ‘Follow’, which you can listen to above. It starts out like something from Hotline Miami, but unlike a lot of previous HUMANS work it doesn’t have the crashing climax. Without that, I felt really underwhelmed when I heard it and put it aside. But I’ve since listened to it dozens of times and enjoyed the dark build it has more every time. I’m sorry I ever doubted it’s cyberpunk nature.

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Sufjan Stevens — Futile Devices (LCAW Edit)

February 2, 2015 in Electronic by Gord

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I usually like to sit on a song for a while, to see if it still feels good after several listens and days. A song with lasting appeal is a good one. For the last few days I’ve had this song come on over and over, and I enjoy it every time. It’s pleasant, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s strong, but it’s music to ride out in the background. It feels good during this snow storm.

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AZEDIA — Kin

January 21, 2015 in Beats, Electronic by Gord

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Some music just feels good. Really good. Happy good. Kin feels that good. Like a kids rollercoaster, it takes you up and down and keeps a smile on your face. It’s not intense, it’s not extreme, there are no screams or vicious drops. It’s just everything pleasant packed in to a six minute ride. And you don’t even notice the six minutes going by. Bliss.

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Viet Cong — Silhouettes & Continental Shelf

January 13, 2015 in New Wave, Post Rock by Gord

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There’s something here. I had to listen a couple times in a row to figure it out, what it was that kept me pressing repeat. I think what I hear and feel is my “first time” all over again. I’m hearing a sound I love for the first time again. It’s hearing New Wave and Post Punk again, and it’s revival. I think ‘Viet Cong’ has something going here, a new take on great genres that I love. Hopefully this is the tip of the iceberg for them. I’ll be anxious to see what this Canadian band has in store this year.

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Dawn Golden — I Won’t Bend

January 10, 2015 in Electronic by Gord

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I enjoyed Dawn Golden from first listen, and especially enjoyed remixes of his work. It says something that even with his heavy lyrics and darker moods, his electronic production was embraced by Mad Decent. He categorizes his own music as “Sad Bangers” and I think that’s about as fitting a two word summary you could give Dawn Golden. This is my girlfriend’s favorite album of 2014, and I think this is my favorite track. Check out his album ‘Still Life’.

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Action Bronson — Actin Crazy &&& Easy Rider

January 10, 2015 in Rap by Gord

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Action Bronson is getting ready to unleash a contender in 2015 for rap album of the year. It’s only taken two single releases and seems to be a given. With every new song you can hear Action Bronson becoming the elite artist he has the potential to be. Everything is getting even better, more sharp, more crisp, better productions. Easy Rider knocked me off my feet and I’m insulted with myself that I didn’t put it up on release. Let’s hope this makes amends.

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Gesaffelstein — Viol

January 2, 2015 in Cyberpunk, Electronic by Gord

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The theme of my New Years? Cyber-punk. It came up at a bar, with old friends. Then came the pursuit of the perfect cyberpunk music. Prodigy aside, I think we found something that will stick. Gesaffelstein’s Viol. It’s not new by any means but it is to me, and it will stay on repeat for a while. If you find yourself liking it, check out the original length HERE.

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Gord’s 2014 Best Of: Albums, Tracks, The Future

December 29, 2014 in Articles by Gord

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I feel like I didn’t take full advantage of the music out there this year. I think I let myself down and others who might happen upon this blog. I left a lot of good music untouched, and I still have to catch up. Because of that, this list might not be as complete as it should be. But, several of my favorite artists released new music and came back in big ways. It was a good year and I’ll drum up all the hype I can. I’ll try and post songs I haven’t posted before on J2B dot com.

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Tom Odell — Another Love ((Zwette Edit))

December 15, 2014 in Dance, Electronic by Gord

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This song sparked a small dance party last night, at a great gathering of wonderful people. (I’m going to miss Daniel, enjoy Copenhagen!) I had to find it out immediately. And it’s been playing ever since while I sit at home. Just a great blend of everything good in electronic music.

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Fever Blanket — You & The Things You Do

December 6, 2014 in Indie Rock by Shea

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Plumbing has consumed my life and I am unable to post for the time being. When I come back from this madness I will upload a surplus of incredible music that I have been hoarding to myself , but in the mean time here is a little diddy to tap your feet to. These guys have been getting a lot of play time recently with me among a ton of other stuff I don’t have time to get into. I gotta thank my boi Gord for keeping things tidy and orderly in my absence. I miss him dearly , this is truly an exercise in perpetual sadness and arizona tears. Jzt1boi signing off.