Blocks has been giving it away and putting out all year long with Eucalyptus, Doug Tielli, Army Girls, The Pining, Betty Burke and Tomboyfriend. Many amazing videos were made; tours were booked; shows were played. Toronto is still standing, against all odds. We were busy gettin’ busy and we’re not showing any signs of slowing for 2012.
Also, a shower of love to our friend Katie Stelmanis, because her new project Austra basically ruled over this wild year of our Lord, two thousand and eleven.
Check back with us over the next couple of weeks, because we have a big year coming up, and we’ll let you in on some of the details shortly.
‘You Can’t Wear Suede in the Rain’ from ‘The Dirty Mouth of the St. Lawrence’ by Betty Burke. Look for some new Betty Burke in the very near future!!!
ARMY GIRLS ‘BARKIN” recorded live on the beach. The ‘ARMY GIRLS’ debut EP ‘Close To The Bone’ may be something you missed, but you no longer have that excuse!
The Pining ‘The Better Life’. Its really so good its hard to imagine I even have to describe it all, because everyone should know this by now. But I will anyways, The Pining is a country band from Toronto led by 2 of Toronto’s finest songwriters. Validate this statement independantly right here
Doug Tielli ‘Deer’. Shadow Troubadour, Doug Tielli, sheds some light on the wild side of Toronto – more Raven or ravine, than ravin’ – with his stunning debut ‘Swan Sky Sea Squirrel’
Tomboyfriend ‘Almost/Always’ from the album ‘Don’t Go To School‘. Nothing is sacred but everything is sanctified.
Brodie West and Joost Buis chair dynamics — Brodie West of Euclyptus. This is not Eaucalyptus, but its very enjoyable
Austra – The Beat And The Pulse (NSFW)
Shot at Toronto’s finest space under the radar and above a bakery, Double Double Land.
Mantler – Breaking Past The Day. Words can hardly describe how much we love Mantler. He is truly one of the wonders of the world-of-under-celebrated-musicians-in-Toronto, and continually makes great videos. This is but one of those. Although his last record ‘Monody’ did not come out this past year, its really so good. Its a shame he isn’t on everyones “I need to feel great about life right now” playlist.
Kids On TV –’These Are The People In Your Neighbourhood’. Just sit back and enjoy! KOTV take over the hieights of TO’s Kensington Market one lovely afternoon.