This week’s song is “Archie, Marry Me,” a bit of joyful power pop from the Toronto band Alvvays. The song reminds me of Camera Obscura, which is never a bad thing, and I like the way vocalist Molly Rankin sings “Archie.” She’s also descended from The Rankin Family, because everyone in Canada is related somehow.
Anyhow, enjoy this matrimonial proposal:
Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Ottawa-based electronic powwow act A Tribe Called Red released the free track “Burn Your Village to the Ground.”
Another week, another recommendation for an Icelandic rock band. “Lífsins Ólgusjór” by Samaris is inspired by 19th-century Icelandic poetry and laid over a reggae beat. Check out their recently released second album Silkidranga for more.
The Budos Band is a 9-piece instrumental Afro-Soul ensemble from Staten Island. Their new album is called Burnt Offering and includes the track “The Sticks.”
You can hear more by The Budos Band and other artists on the great music podcast The Sounds in My Head.
Prince released two new albums at the end of September, Art Official Age under his own name and with the band 3rdEyeGirl, Plectrum Electrum. Both albums contain a version of the song “FUNKNROLL.” While the version below is from Art Official Age, overall Plectrum Electrum is by far the better album.
Enjoy the groove.
This week I just feel like zoning out, and have found the relentless rhythms of “Aztec Chant” (Tessela Remix) by Pev to be the ideal soundtrack.
I learned of this through NPR Music’s Recommended Dose who have an excellent playlist of October’s top dance tracks.
I’ve been posting a lot of dance tracks lately, so here’s a rocker with lots of guitar riffs to mix things up. “Masten Lake Lagoon” is the first single off of Washington state band The Pharmacy’s new album Spells, which will also be their last since the band announced their break-up. More about the band and the song avaialable from KEXP Seattle’s Song of the Day page.