📹 Bernice – “It’s Me, Robin”

This past Monday, we launched a brand new column; The Record Labels. We chose Toronto’s Telephone Explosion as our very first label for a reason; these guys know their music. Need proof? Enter Toronto experimental-pop outfit, Bernice.

The band dropped a zany new video yesterday, and we can’t get enough of It’s Me, Robin here at The iM. Check it out in the embed below, and be sure to hit up their socials for more. The new record, Eau De Bonjourno, drops March 5th.

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📹 Paul Jacobs – “Half Rich Loner”

If one thing is certain, Montreal has no shortage of talent when it comes to musicians. Case in point: Paul Jacobs. The drummer for indie-rockers Pottery and Sounds From Mothland designer is set to drop a new album, and we can’t get enough of the first single, Half Rich Loner.

Check out the animated video in the embed, and stay tuned to his socials for more going forward. Pink Dogs On The Green Grass drops April 30th on Blow The Fuse Records.

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📹 The Besnard Lakes – “Our Heads, Our Hearts On Fire Again”

Back in mid-December, Montreal art-rockers The Besnard Lakes dropped a beautiful single on the masses with Our Heads, Our Hearts On Fire Again. Today, the band is back with a mesmerizing video to go along with it. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check out the animated clip in the embed and hit up their socials for more leading up to the new record. The Bernard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings drops January 29th via Flemish Eye Records and Fat Cat in the UK.

If you dig this, you might like “Blessed – Structure”

📹 Venus Furs – “New Inspiration”

Photo By Sean Mundy

We first told you about Montreal psych-rocker Paul Kasner (aka Venus Furs) back in April of last year. Since then, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has released his stellar self-titled album on the masses; he even landed a spot on our top records of 2020. Recently, Paul dropped a trippy new video for the album track New Inspiration, and we want you to know about it.

Watch the clip in the embed, and be sure to hit up his socials for more. One thing is for certain … we can’t get enough of this very talented musician.

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📹 Nicole Marxen – “Tether”

Nicole Marxen recently came up on our radar here at The iM, and we’re glad she did. The Dallas-based singer-songwriter, musician and visual artist is releasing her solo debut on February 26th. We’ve had the title-track Tether on heavy rotation over the last few days. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check out the video in the embed below, and be sure to hit up her socials for more going forward. Not sure about you, but we’re stoked for this one.

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💿 The Record Labels: Telephone Explosion

It’s the beginning of a new week and we’re super stoked to be presenting a fresh column — The Record Labels. Starting today (and every Monday for the foreseeable future), we’re going to tell you a little about some of our favourite independent labels in the industry, and obviously, include a super dope playlist for your listening pleasure.

Today, we start with Toronto’s Telephone Explosion Records.

After relocating to the city in 2007, the label was started by Ottawa-natives Jon Schouten and Steve Sidoli, who also happen to be part of garage-punk outfit Teenanger. With Chris Swimmings already in the band, they enlisted the services of bassist Melissa Ball and dropped their first self-titled cassette on the masses. TER001, to be exact.

Over the years, the label has released over 70+ records from artists like Freak Heat Waves, Odonis Odinis, New Fries, LIDS, Andre Ethier (of Deadly Snakes fame) and of course, Teenanger. The roster shows no signs of slowing down either, with stellar new albums from Lee Paradise and Pantayo released last year.

Check out the playlist below and get familiar with some of our favourite tracks from these purveyors of fine music. You’ll be glad you did.

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – Songs

🎧 The Effens – “Pavement Age”

It’s no secret we’ve been long-time fans of Toronto post-grunge-rockers The Effens. The band released the stellar Unsafe EP in 2019, and now they’re back with a new single to start the year. Pavement Age is a raucous rock & roll number that will leave you wanting more.

Check out the song in the embed, and hit up their socials to show some love. Presumably, more music is on the way, and we can’t wait.

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🎧 Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs – “Gates Of Heaven”

Photo By Kate Dockeray

We first told you about the upcoming record from Toronto power-pop outfit Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs back in mid-November when we came across their exceptional song, Back With The Gang. Well, the band just dropped another single to start 2021, and they’ve hit the ground running. Clocking in at just over seven minutes, this is a musical journey you won’t soon forget.

Check out Gates Of Heaven in the embed and hit up their socials for more leading up to the album release. Real One drops February 19th via Dine Alone Records.

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📹 La Femme – “Foutre le Bordel”

If you’re not familiar with Parisian psych-pop outfit La Femme, you should be. After releasing three stellar songs in 2020, the band is back with a new single. Foutre le Bordel is a real upbeat number that hits in all the right places.

“‘Foutre le Bordel’ is the first fully animated video we’ve created,” says La Femme of the new single. “We have always been attracted by graphic arts. Originally we wanted to join art schools but none of them accepted us! Over the years, we have drawn lots of our visuals: artworks, t shirts, clothes, fonts, … The Paradigmes font of our next album is one of our drawings too, by the way. Last spring, during the first general lockdown, we thought it would be the best moment to start this animated drawings project, as we had so much free time in front of us. We think it reflects well the image of La Femme and we are happy we finally managed to do it with this particular fast and nervous track, which is made to revitalize a party at any moment! The kind of song that we look forward to playing on stage…! “

Check out the video in the embed, and hit up their socials for more going forward. The new album Paradigmes drops April 2nd via the band’s very own record label, Disque Pointu.

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