RECOMMENDED RELEASE: TOPS – PICTURE YOU STARING (2014) [ROCK] @arbutusrecords “With a roster that includes the likes of BRAIDS, Doldrums, Blue Hawaii and Grimes, Arbutus Records has inadvertently fashioned part of the Montreal music scene in their image. With every release, they’ve managed to avoid any of the pitfalls that could ostensibly render their outputs faddish, and they’ve done so by allowing their artists to create whatever the hell they want to create, without any trend-chasing. Picture You Staring, the latest release by Edmonton-via-Montreal four-piece TOPS, is a prime example.” – Exclaim “TOPS have absolutely nailed the art of making FULL POST
RECOMMENDED RELEASE: NAOMI PUNK – TELEVISION MAN (2014) [ROCK] #NaomiPunk @capturedtracks #NewMusic The album is split into 10 blasts of discordant brilliance. – NME Its style is limited, but the band manages to spread out within it, discovering their own idiosyncratic little vocabulary without ever exhausting it. – Pitchfork Ten tracks of beer-soaked bar-floor bliss, Television Man sweats through with an octane of badassery that’s hard to come by these days. – The 405 Visit Naomi Punk on facebook.
RECOMMENDED RELEASE: SPOON – THEY WANT MY SOUL (2014) [ROCK] @spoontheband @LomaVistaRC @RepublicRecords They Want My Soul is the sort of mid-career album promising young bands should aspire to, and long-established acts will come to resent. – Pretty Much Amazing It takes a standard rock-band lineup and adds a sense of otherness by lightly dusting every instrument with effects, and arrives packed with beautiful, subtle detailing. – The Guardian It’s rock refigured as a Damien Hirst spot painting–a series of isolated, colorful pops that, together, mesmerize. – New York Daily News (Jim Faber) Visit Spoon on facebook, twitter & the FULL POST
RECOMMENDED RELEASE: ALVVAYS – ALVVAYS (2014) [ROCK] @alvvaysband @royalmtn Alvvays’ record is a hard-hitting, multi-faceted anthology of awesome, and sits pretty as one of 2014’s brightest debuts. – The Line Of Best Fit Alvvays find a way to articulate their heart-struck, dream-like songs with deft intention and control. – All Music Although initially self-released, Alvvays’ lap of honour is about as road-tripping, beach-friendly and lazy day-appropriate as any album comes. – DIY TRACK HIGHLIGHTS: ADULT DIVERSION, ARCHIE MARRY ME, ATOP A CAKE Visit Alvvays on facebook, twitter & the world wide web.