Nouveau Post-Post-Punk Revival Goth Rock Throwback



Savages – She Will

Siouxsie and the Banshees called, they wan’t their sound back! Oh, Joy Division called too… All joking aside, this is a seriously bad ass post-punk inspired tune. 


She Wants Revenge – Tear You Apart

Bauhaus inspired Goth-Rock with a cool video Directed by the multi talented Joaquin Phoenix.


The Horrors – Still Life

I only discovered The Horror’s recently but I feel like I’ve been listening for years.  I get a real Echo & The Bunnymen vibe from this one.


Bonus Hot Track:

The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea

This one’s more of a Shoegaze throwback. It takes a little effort to make it through the full 8 minutes, but its worth it.


Get Your Indie On


Yes, yes, this one’s late, but I was away on a hot, sunny island, having quite a spectacular time. Although as Jason so kindly reminded me, he was able to get his post in on time when he was in Australia. My apologies. (Also, I feel like I’m cheating, because Jay is familiar with at least 3/4 of my picks this week, and the only reason I know them is because of him. At least I’m owning up to this.)

Courtney Barnett – History Eraser

One of the things I love about Barnett is that she can combine sounds that remind me of other artists I love. Watching her at NXNE last night, I was reminded of early Nirvana (always a good thing, IMO), but I also hear elements of REM. Considering I regarded REM as gods while I grew up, that’s definitely a good thing.


Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth

A shiver-inducing song. Rachael Price has a voice that (at least for me) sets the dial to Instant Crush. Because I couldn’t decide whether it’d be better to post a version that was clean and perfect, or one that was full of the ambient aspects that make live recordings special, you can choose from either the album version, or the kickass live version:


Benjamin Booker – Violent Shiver

Another act that passed through Toronto during NXNE, and one of the most energetic bands I’ve seen in a while. This band from New Orleans is excellent, really. Max Norton makes drumming look effortless, and I wish I knew the bass player’s name, because he has a super-intense performing face. And a moustache, too. (Seriously, dude, what’s your name?) Your third, hot, summertime track, courtesy of Benjamin Booker.


Bonus track!

Yes, it’s Courtney Barnett again. This slow roller of a song has the perfect amount of cool for a laid-back, sunny Sunday.

Courtney Barnett – Don’t Apply Compression Gently



Believe it or not, this was one of my favourite songs as a kid. The entire album is amazing, absolute essential Springsteen. Bruce is always at his best when he’s singing about a relationship in peril.

PETE YORN – Crystal Village

If you don’t know Pete, get on it. He’s from New Jersey, just like Bruce, and actually does a great cover of the legendary ‘Dancing in the Dark’. I love the way Pete sing/yells his choruses.


I recommend skipping the actual music video for this song. They got it all wrong and it actually takes away from the brilliance of this song. This tune really takes ya on a trip. At first you’ll feel depressed, then reborn, then really depressed, but then thankfully leaves you reborn once more.