Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Divine Comedy - Catherine The Great (Hype 004)


It's been six years since the last Divine Comedy album and twenty six years since the first. Album number eleven is called Foreverland and is released on September 2, 2016. First single is called Catherine The Great. 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4V7WBq72Gg  


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Jonas Blue - Perfect Strangers ft. JP Cooper (Hype 003)

A recent trip down to Austin to partake in some weekend madness had me listening to club tunes again including this summer club tune by Jonas Blue. Currently massive in the UK.


 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Dexys - Grazing In The Grass (Hype 002)

Dexys or Dexys Midnight Runners to some are back with this summer jam. Great new single from their UK Top 10 album Let The Record Show: Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul.

Kevin Rowland and his ever-changing line-up were unstoppable in the eighties with their classic albums Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980), Too-Rye-Ay (1982) & Don't Stand Me Down (1985)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU8yDcEjAqg



Sunday, July 31, 2016

Millie and Jam - Before the Sun (Hype 001)

Synthpop project of 1/2 of Nightlife. Nice summer track featuring the vocals of the other 1/2 of Nightlife. Almost thought we were going to get a Nightlife reunion.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL4xLF7iJHs

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lamb of God, Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity @ "TD" Echo Beach May 19th, 2016

The first decent week of weather in Toronto and nice way to celebrate with a concert at TD Echo Beach featuring Corrosion of Conformity, Clutch and Lamb of God.

What this age of corporatism means for the concert-goer so far is not yet clear. Definitely more visits from established bands, with acts coming through town at least twice a year. Also more food truck vendors seem to be getting into the venue. And better drink selection (finally).

First time seeing any of these bands. I only knew Corrosion of Conformity through Pepper Keenan's audition for the Metallica bassist position documented in Some Kind of Monster. Keenan is a gentleman and very classy and full of praise for TO as the opener. I liked two of their tracks and will have to spend some more time appreciating their contributions to 90s metal.

Never heard of Clutch until this gig and thought they (almost?) stole the show. Great rhythmic sensibilities. Love their sound. Bought a T-shirt. Definitely check them out if you like metal with some groove or southern flavour.

Have always wanted to see Lamb of God. Most of the concert attendees were sporting Lamb of God Ts. A few had "Free Randy Blythe" Ts. They did not disappoint with Blythe jumping around the stage in an energetic but sadly short set (venue at fault not the band). I'm a bit of a novice to Agnes Dei but thoroughly savoured three from Ashes of the Wake, an album I love. Also got a L o G T.

Sound was decent for a smallish open air venue. Sightlines were a bit challenging as the concert ground is flat not sloped; fortunately I got a half way decent spot in the sand. The venue kept to the set times fanatically. Beer selection was very good with some good quality domestic tallboys albeit at 3x LCBO price and well spaced throughout the venue. Food trucks aplenty - I skipped out on these - but looked like a good selection. Merch tent stayed open after the concert and was well-stocked. Had a sense the promoters  might not have sold out the entire venue. Shoutout to the lady with the cast on her right arm!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Labasheeda - Changing Lights

Video: https://youtu.be/CbwLBogzLQU
Album: https://labasheeda.bandcamp.com/album/changing-lights

And just like that, we're up posting again. (Thanks Josh! Nice track from late October.) Today's post comes from Dutch band Labasheeda, who got in touch with IKDK back in June with a heads up that their album Changing Lights was out. Although it's taken us a somewhat embarrassingly long time to get around to reviewing it, we're digging the sound of this album. Check out the title track below. Thanks Saskia et al.!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Algiers - Blood

Video: https://youtu.be/g3L0NI8vcMg

After another long absence, we are back with an excellent song from Algiers. You simply must see them live if you have a chance -- I caught them in concert and thought it was best live show I have been to in some time. The band members are all very down to earth and humble. Frankly, I was surprised the audience was not larger, given how great they sounded.

Looks like they have one show left in their current US tour before they head to Europe at the end of the month (see http://algierstheband.com/live).

Enjoy! Catch them the next time that you can. And hopefully the next IKDK post will be coming soon...



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Benjamin Booker - Violent Shiver

Video: http://youtu.be/zm-rb8k1HkU

Long time, no see IKDK followers! Although I have been following Benjamin Booker's energetic music since last summer, I have not had a chance to see him until his current tour. Among other venues and cities he will be playing Chicago's Metro on March 28 and Toronto's Lee's Palace on March 31. He comes to us by way of Florida and New Orleans. Definitely a hot talent to watch.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

heartjacker - Just Add Bubbles (and more)

SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/heartjacker

So, it looks like a bloke I may have played poker against one or twice has taken up DJing. I'm enjoying his mixes on a rainy Saturday, and I hope you will too.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Raveonettes - Sisters; Coves - Beatings

Wow!  Long time, no write from us here at IKDK.  We're back with a double post for you today -- the theme is simple.  Both of these bands will be playing at the Double Door in Chicago on September 26.  Buy your tickets today.  Should be an awesome show.

(1) The Raveonettes - Sisters

Link: http://www.theraveonettes.com/sisters/

I still remember watching The Raveonettes tearing up my eardrums at Lee's Palace way back in 2003 with Josh.  Sune and Sharin are back in style with their latest track "Sisters."  Have a listen.  If it doesn't make you feel happy, I don't know what will.



(2) Coves - Beatings

Video: http://youtu.be/l2mG7yoW3Ak

This psychedelic duo from Warwickshire in England released their debut album "Soft Friday" in March 2014.  Beatings is one of the stand-out tracks on the album.  Beck and John have also recorded a decent cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" -- if you liked the original, you might just enjoy the cover, too.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Pixies - Blue Eyed Hexe (Hype 0378)

Video: http://youtu.be/bEBpvpomwG4

The Pixies have started off 2014 by releasing four new songs on an EP.  Here's the official music video for one of the new songs.  Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Django Django - Default

Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDjpOrlfh0Y&feature=share&list=SP4F0EAE7942092AA8&index=5

Just saw these lads rock the Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party.  They released an excellent debut album in 2012 which contains a number of highly listenable tracks.  I am looking forward to seeing what they do next.

And to all: Happy New Year!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Rock Steady Crew - Hey You - The Rock Steady Crew (New/Old 010)

Breakdancing funky pop brilliance. Huge single in the UK in 1983 but really didn't get any airplay in Canada. Catchy funky breaks. 30 years old. Nice!!

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4J-EVxMcd0