🎧 CHAMPION LOVER – “My Body Is Ready”

Back in late February, we told you about the single Burn Everything from Toronto noise-makers CHAMPION LOVER. Good news … the boys recently dropped another stellar song on the masses. It picks up right where its predecessor left off; we can’t wait for you to give it a listen.

Check out My Body is Ready in the embed, and keep it locked to their socials going forward. Rumour has it … more music is on the way.

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🎧 CHAMPION LOVER – “Burn Everything”

It’s been a minute, but Toronto noise-makers CHAMPION LOVER are back, and they’re back in a big way. Their new single popped up on our radar this morning, and we couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Listen to Burn Everything in the embed below and hit up their socials to show some love. If we’re lucky, more music is on the way.

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📹 Sea Of Troubles – “Farce”

Hamilton noise-makers Sea Of Troubles are back at it with a new video, and we couldn’t wait to share this thing with you. It’s a real raucous number that left us looking for more. Now, it’s time for you to see for yourself.

Watch the video for Farce in the embed and stay tuned to their socials for more. And, if you haven’t listened to their latest effort, Ecchi, now’s your chance.

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💿 THE RECORD LABELS: Glue Gun Records

Welcome back to The Record Labels, where every Monday, we tell you about an independent label we trust when it comes to music. Last week we introduced you to Toronto’s Buzz Records … now we’re back with one of Brampton’s finest, Glue Gun Records.

The label has been around since 2018. In that short time, they’ve managed to drop some pretty dope sounds. One of the best things about Glue Gun is their diversity with music. Whether it’s punk, noise-rock, electronic, experimental … you name it, they’ve got it. A perfect place to start is their Stick It To ‘Em compilations. We highly recommend the first one; you can check it out here.

Brent O’Toole, who works with the label, had this to say about the beginnings: “Jesse Alarcon was really the initiator, it was his idea and his name. We were heading to a band practice for a band we were in at the time and he pitched it to me on the ride. We kind of sunk into rolls where Jesse was doing tracking/mixing, outreach, throwing shows, and running a tape and vinyl distro, and myself doing duplication, mastering and organizing the releases.”

Some of our favourite releases included Romshii‘s Headroom Window, INVERTED by Animatist, Sea Of Troubles Ecchi EP, and Aurora Program by Conductor. Just recently, we were introduced to the new Kitjohari album due on March 5th. It will be the label’s 15th release.

Until then, check out our Glue Gun Records playlist in the embed below. And, be sure to hit up their Bandcamp page for more. You can’t go wrong with this bunch.

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🎧 Cloud Nothings – “Nothing Without You”

On Thursday last week, we took a trip down memory lane with Cleveland noise-makers Cloud Nothings. Less than a week later, the band is back with a new single from their upcoming album, The Shadow I Remember.

Check out Nothing Without You featuring Macie Stewart of OHMME in the embed below and prep yourself for the upcoming record. If this song is any indication, it promises to be a good one.

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💿 The Barettas – “All Is Fair In Love and Rock & Roll”

We first told you about Hamilton alt-rockers The Barettas back in early January when we came across their stellar single, Touche. Well, the duo is back with a new record, All Is Fair In Love and Rock & Roll, and we’ve had this thing on repeat all weekend. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check it out in the embed below and hit up our favourite album cuts, Alley and Crooked Hearts; there’s even a cover of The Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor. Not sure about you, but we’re glad these ladies are back.

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🎧 TBT: Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless”

With a new Cloud Nothings record right around the corner, it only seems fitting we take a trip down memory lane with our favourite number to date, Stay Useless. The song was included on the band’s third album, Attack On Memory, and it remains as relevant as ever. If you’re not familiar with the track, you’re in for a musical treat, friends.

Check it out in the embed below, and hit up their socials for more leading up to the new record. The Shadow I Remember drops February 26th via the mighty Carpark Records.

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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 Barettas – “Touche”

Well isn’t this nice. Hamilton all-female indie-rock outfit The Barettas are back after a long hiatus. Lead singer Katie Bulley embarked on a solo career after the girls disbanded in 2012 and has been making music ever since. Recently though, she and former bandmate Lauren Small reformed as a duo, and we couldn’t’ be more excited to tell you about it. There’s even a new record in the works.

Now that we have your attention, watch the video for Touche in the embed below and hit up their socials for more leading up to the long-player. All Is Fair In Love And Rock & Roll drops on January 29th … we can’t wait.

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