Surinam – “Auctioneer”

We were big fans of Surinam’s 2015 debut, and now we’re stoked to hear the Toronto lads have released a new record—today, in fact: Would We Still Be Laughing. (Shouldn’t there be a question mark at the end of that?). “Auctioneer” is our first video-based taste of their sophomore effort.

You may be wondering why anyone would want to buy the junk this guy’s auctioning off, but imagine it at a garage sale instead—you’d take half of it home with you, without a second thought.

In case you didn’t catch it, that book being sold near the start is F-plan Diet. Seems Surinam are fibre lovers.

-Scott Bryson

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Andy Shauf – “The Magician”

Someone wake that kid—high tide’s comin’. Oh, never mind. Seems he fell through a sinkhole. Those hollow-Earthers were right—there really is a civilization in the centre of the planet.

What a wondrous place: enormous mushrooms, giant frogs, teacup bathtubs. Wait… is everything big, or are the people small? Perhaps the aliens are trying to confuse us; you’ll note an abundance of UFOs in this realm.

“The Magician” comes from Andy Shauf’s The Party.

-Scott Bryson

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Weird Lines – “Summer Can”

Dude dancing. That’s about all you need to know. Things get a bit intense after he loses his hat, but he’s still just dancing.

Is this the first Maritime supergroup (or does TUNS count?)? Weird Lines is: Julie Doiron, C.L. McLaughlin, Jon McKiel, James Anderson, Chris Meaney, and M.C.Dugauy, several of whom we’ve seen make great solo records, and others who’ve played in Octoberman and Kappa Chow.

Their self-titled debut is out now.

-Scott Bryson

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Sleepy Kitty – “Summer”

It’s clear from these three minutes that the members of Sleepy Kitty—no relation to the tune “Soft Kitty” from The Big Bang Theory, which is incidentally tied up in an interesting lawsuit—are fond of old cameras, cats and each other.

“Summer” comes from their new EP, Flux.

-Scott Bryson

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Seaway – “Hand In My Pocket” (Alanis Morissette Cover)

Oakville-based pop-punk outfit opts for the road less traveled, and the results are oddly satisfying. Nostalgia wins.

The only disappointment? Both singers needed to consult their phones for lyrics—did they not hear this song five times a day, in 1995, like everyone else in this country? In their defense, Morissette’s “other” hand is doing a lot of different things in this tune.

-Scott Bryson

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Bleached – Welcome The Worms

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Sophomore album for this LA-based band and they’re already pressing a few where-have-you-been-all-my-life buttons.

They’re on cruise control for most of this one—fast enough that they’ll get where they’re going in a jiffy, but not so fast they risk wipeout—but take the occasional break to try on some Weezer rock (see the Weekend at Bernie’s-lovin’ “Wednesday Night Melody” down below).

When the riffs aren’t centre stage, Bleached primarily resemble the later years of London, Ontario’s The Weekend. The subject matter is nothing new—teenage concerns: boys, boredom, drugs—but the execution is irresistible.

What’s a grown man doing enjoying an album about teen drama? We’ll examine that another day, but at least Bleached also recognize they’re clinging to the past: “What do I do with these pictures of youth?” they wonder on “Hollywood, We Did It All Wrong.” It’s one of the best closing tracks in recent memory.

-Scott Bryson

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Anna Meredith – “Something Helpful”

This must be what birthday parties are like in Whoville, though the festivities take some ugly, unexpected turns.

“Something Helpful” comes from Anna Meredith’s Varmints, which took home the Scottish Album of the Year award last night.

-Scott Bryson

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