FUCKED UP WON THE POLARIS PRIZE! WHAT THE SHIT!  They totally can’t even say the band’s name on the CBC until after 11!  This makes 2 blocks involved bands that have won that thing!  We have a surprisingly great track record!  Wow!  Congrats guys!

Order Nadja’s The Bungled and the Botched HERE.

Holy shit. The show is tonight. I have to makes signs for the merch table.

Picastro’s Become Secret is here. Masterpiece? Fuck yeah, I’ll say it. Masterpiece.

Order here.

Nadja soon! KIDS ON TV remix albums on iTunes soon!

Toronto’s little workers co-op that could has been listed at #11 on NME’s Future 50 list.

See the full list here:

Sure, there could be arguments made about the validity of lists like these and such, but on the other hand, it’s just nice for the hard work (and endless paper cuts) of dozens of dedicated people be recognized.

Thank you, entire world!

The board of directors

One of the magic features we possess at blocks it the ability to time travel.  So when Building Blocks single #2 was released, we travelled forward in time to post about it on our website.  Then, we travelled back in time, taking care not to meet ourselves travelling forward in time along the way.  Then, we sat back, and waited until past us would write this post in our future.  Which was OUR PAST.

Single #2 features PDF format, combining the lovely and gritty sound of 8bit video game devices with fanciful musings on the meaning of android love and whales with beards that live in trees, and a pretty damn fine re-imagining of a Beach Boys classic.

Join the FB group to acquire access to this mysterious gemstone!


Want to hear the Nadja album we’re putting out in September? Aidan has it streaming here:


Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick, it’s good.

Also, we just released the Emma McKenna digital single via the Building Blocks group. As always, check out how to get these free tracks here on our Facebook group:


“They mine music from the most extreme intersection of beauty and melancholy.” Pitchfork

“This is paranoid music that’s utterly original and incredibly beautiful.” Exclaim

Well, what can I add? It’s Picastro and they’re back with a stripped down collection of hymns and nocturnes about the collapse of everything you know. Listen to this album all the way through while staring at a candle and you will see your future.


The Bungled and the Botched is Nadja’s most scorching and most achingly beautiful set yet, pushing the boundaries into ever greater washes of distortion and crystalline silences.  Originally available as a limited CDR, Blocks now presents a re-edited version of The Bungled and the Botched in a deluxe vinyl edition and (with over an hour of extra material) as extended digital files via iTunes.


Itunes as of October 1st

A free live album of electrocoustic-sound art-minimalist-hardcore-ear-ecstasy that will save the lagging marriage between your brain and auditory canal. Includes “Intro: Work for 10 Boom Boxes and Hardcore Punk loops.” On  10 boomboxes arranged in a semi circle are cassettes with 30-minute loops of intros from hardcore punk songs of the 1980s: 8 guitar parts, 1 bass part and 1 drum drop out.  These are brought in and out of the mix using the volume faders on the tape players, creating something that is sometimes almost a hardcore song, sometimes beat-less and vague. Selections include various shreds and feedback hums from: Discharge, Negative Approach, Black Flag, Bad Brains, Poison Idea, Rudimentary Peni, and Raw Power.

Also includes “Piano For 17.6 Hands” as performed by The New York Miniaturist Ensemble, who perform a repertoire of works consisting of one hundred notes or less. Piano For 17.6 Hands calls for every key on a piano to be struck one hundred times for the duration of a whole note, with sustain pedal down. The first fifty times, the players must strike as hard possible, the final fifty, dynamics are up to each performer.

Available for free at the Free Music Archive here.

…You’re welcome.

One of the joys of Blocks’ musical diversity is my daily exposure to the two dominant sounds of my 70s trailer childhood: country and disco. Sure there may be no Blocks members sporting ex-con uncle polyester, but “country” isn’t dependent on Nudie suits, late child support payments, or hair big enough you could hide all of Tennessee in. Well, sometimes it is, but for me to explain hick ontology would take far too long. Until then, Building Blocks Digital singles Club presents…The Pining.

These gals are what the Carter Sisters would have been like if they had gotten in a fight with Mother Maybelle, then hocked her autoharp, and moved to Kensington Market. Listen to “Life Ain’t Fair” or its folksier b-side, “She’s Gone” and you’ll hear the best Canadian country since they stopped making 8-tracks.

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