Download Bravestation’s new song “Signs of the Civilized”

Bravestation signs of the civilized

Bravestation’s back! After stowing away for half a year, the Toronto band who I feel like describing today as mystical wave rock have put forth their first new offering, “Signs of the Civilized,” from their upcoming album.

“Signs of the Civilized” is airy and promising. It flutters and flaps its wings like a baby bird getting ready for its first take-off while under the tree it sits in, there are fish in a stream swimming down their yearly route as the ground seems to thaw. Bravestation’s rejuvenated, bringing the spring closer to us than global warming already has (and for that I’m thankful, to be honest).

Take a listen to the calm confidence. You can download the track in exchange for your email address.


Download Youth and Teen Daze remixes of Bravestation’s “White Wolves”

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Bravestation‘s on a roll! They announced their “White Wolves” video and UK tour last week (check it) and now we have bumpin’ remixes of the track.

I particularly love the Youth one, which has expanded “White Wolves” into something really danceable. It cut up Devin Wilson’s vocals into ghostly grooves and added more beats, electro swirls and toy-piano like highlights. It’s already been on repeat for me today.

Download here.

And download the Teen Daze remix here, which is a slower and dreamier interpretation.

Three sides to the “White Wolves” tale, not bad, not bad at all.

Download My Morning Jacket’s new single, “Circuital”

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Well it’s been a nice morning already! My Morning Jacket have been sending live recorded tracks in e-letters for the last few weeks as a countdown to their new album Circuital, and today we finally get to hear the title song. Our first peek at the album. It’s seven minutes long and at a moderate tempo, with Jim James bringing back his signature high croon. Oh I’ve missed this voice. Even though now I can’t resist thinking about the American Dad episode when I hear the music (great). “Circuital” is more Americana and much lighter in sound than their most recent works. At times I feel it’s a bit safe, but it’s a pleasant song that I’ll be listening to once in a while nonetheless. I think I’ll always like the MMJ with a sharper edge (even with the peanut butter pudding surprise…), but they have a lot of layers that I like to explore. Circuital will be out May 31. The song will be a Record Store Day exclusive too. The band will make a triumphant return to Toronto’s Kool Haus on July 11 and you better believe I will be there rocking out with my dad (hi dad!).

Download the song, read Jim James’ awesome explanation, hear those live tracks & more on NPR.

What do you think?

Last week’s AUX articles

Here is a list of my web clippings from last week:

Top 10 Dancing Thom Yorkes

Sam Roberts Band announce release of new album, Collider

Dog Day announce new EP and free download of “Scratches”

DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK: Nightbox’s “Pyramid”

Arcade Fire, Crystal Castles, and Justin Bieber take home NME Awards

Arcade Fire manager responds to record exec’s Grammy slam

Muppets team up with LCD Soundsystem

U2 to headline first night of Glastonbury festival

Justin Bieber’s lock of hair in auction for almost $7K

Watch: We Are the City release video for “Happy New Year”

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I reported a few weeks ago on We Are the City’s new EP. Now you can see the video for the first single “Happy New Year” below. Each of the six songs on the upcoming EP will get the video treatment, so sit tight!

If you’re antsy like Cayne is when he breaks the light bulbs, head to the link above and download the song and that should do you over for a while.

Listen to tUnE-yArDs’ new single, “Bizness”

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I love tUnE-yArDs. Her 2nd album w h o k i l l will be released in April, and I really really can’t wait.

Yesterday, a British radio show got their paws on a song off the album, “Bizness,” and through the magic of the internet, you can hear it now. I definitely remember hearing Merrill play this song the last time she was in Toronto (by the way, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen).

So without further jabber, let’s just get to the song. LISTEN:

Read an interview I did with the lovely Merrill a year ago on what the new album would be like! Time travel!

tUnE-yArDs will be back May 12, I believe? You better be going.

UPDATE: You can now download “Bizness” here.

Verge Music Awards nominees announced

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Photo by Dave Gillespie

Ah December, time of the year-end list. Quite possibly the most expensive Canadian list at the moment is the 2011 Verge Music Awards by XM Radio where both Artist and Album of the Year winners will get $25,000 and the Emerging Artist will get $5,000. The nominees were just announced, with artists such as Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Forest City Lovers, Stars and Tokyo Police Club reigning strong.

The third annual award ceremony will take place on March 1 at Toronto’s Mod Club. Who wins depends on who you vote for, which you can do on Verge Music’s website until January 31st.

Last year, Dan Mangan took home the Artist of the Year, while Alexisonfire won Album of the Year with Old Crows/Young Cardinals.