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Pete's Pick: Belle and Sebastian

04-Jun-2007 10:48 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Sometimes I feel like the last person to arrive at the party. Everyone told me I should listen to Belle and Sebastian, including many of my electronic recommendation machines: eMusic.com, amazon.ca, and last.fm. So why wasn't I listening? I think it's because I heard a track of theirs a couple of years ago and I thought enh, and that was the end. But no. Just listen to Sukie In The Graveyard off of The Life Pursuit. Listen to it twice before you decide, and specifically listen for the changes, the guitar bits, the cool bass track, and the impossible-to-ignore organ/keyboards. What's going on here? Maybe some sort of David Bowie + 60's thing? Don't analyze it much, just let it sink in.

Pete's Pick: Modest Mouse

28-Apr-2007 06:14 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
I've been listening to Modest Mouse for years now, and I love how they've managed to stay true to their roots and still create songs with a mainstream-alternative sound. It brings in more fans and means they're getting the attention I've always felt they deserved. It also means they're playing larger venues, making it more difficult for independent photojournailsts to get photo passes. So, sadly, I missed their show in Toronto last week. Yes, their current hit Dashbaord is a great song, but why not dip into their back catalog and give a listen to Dark Center Of The Universe off of their 2000 release The Moon & Antarctica.

Pete's Pick: The Evens

12-Feb-2007 05:33 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
I can't say I love this whole CD, but I can say that the two songs Cut From The Cloth and Everybody Knows from the album Get Evens are just so brilliant in their simplicity. The drums are at the forefront of both songs with their driving and variable beats. They are accompanied by catchy melodies, fun vocals, and finger-blistering acoustic guitar. To hear Cut From The Cloth, check out The Evens on MySpace.

Pete's Pick: Kooks

24-Jan-2007 12:47 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
The Kooks debut album Inside In/Inside Out has some late 60's influences such as The Kinks, and could be described as a blend of many current bands like Sam Roberts and The Libertines with a bit of The Strokes, or something like that. The album is pretty darn good, with short tight songs - 15 tracks and just 44 minutes. For the most part, it's just easy, happy listening, but the last song, Do You Love Me Still, has that certain special something. I'm not usually a sucker for love songs, but for whatever reason I like this one. Check out The Kooks on MySpace.

Pete's Pick: Drew Danburry

05-Dec-2006 04:49 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
I first heard Drew Danburry on a Magnet Sampler CD and his song It Ends With Red, Violet And Orange really stood out. It's from his 12 song album entitled Besides: Are We Just Playing Around Out Here Or Do We Mean What We Say. To me, it's the best song on the CD, but there's a likeably raw indie sound through the entire album. I picked it up from eMusic.com (You can too and get 25 free downloads, click one of the banners on my page). In the meantime, check him out on MySpace.

Pete's Pick: OK Go

14-Nov-2006 12:08 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
OK Go is playing in Toronto tonight, but sadly I won't be there. Over the past 6 months or so, they've become a staple in my playlists. As of today they stand as my 18th most listened to band since September 2005 on last.fm. Their music is infectious. So, since I can't be there tonight, I feel compelled to post them as Pete's Pick. If Invincible doesn't get you going then perhaps you forgot to take your medication today.

Pete's Pick: Athlete

28-Oct-2006 12:01 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
I know, it's not like Athlete is an unknown independent band that no one has ever heard of, especially with all the mainstream radio airplay they've been getting. But that doesn't change the fact that their most recent album, Tourist, is filled with incredibly decent music. In case you haven't heard it yet, have a listen to Chances.

Pete's Pick: Surface

09-Oct-2006 08:28 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Surface is a band out of Pennsylvania that went on indefinite hiatus in 2005. The song Heart Of Darkness is off of Surface II, an album produced in 2002 yet has a sound straight out of 1992. Sure, I realize there's a decade of sound lapse here, but the point is: if you close your eyes, you can imagine you're ten years younger. Currently, Chris Degorski is working on some solo material and is also cutting vocals for the band Awaken with Eric Perazzo. Jeff Suta is working with The Groove Train Riders. Stay up to date: Surface on MySpace.

Pete's Pick: Calla

20-Sep-2006 04:18 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Calla is a band out of NYC that has put together some pretty tight tunes. I picked up their latest album Collisions off of eMusic.com last week, and the opening track It Dawned On Me quickly got its hooks into my brain. The album has its ups and downs, but it's definitely one of the better random picks I've purchased in the past 6 months. Find out more at the Calla website.

Pete's Pick: Tapes 'n Tapes

30-Aug-2006 04:04 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
The day I discovered Pavement was a happy one. Now it's 2006 and I've discovered Tapes 'n Tapes. No, they are not Pavement, but they give me the same feeling. File them somewhere between Built To Spill and Modest Mouse. It was near impossible for me to pick just one song to feature, but I finally settled on Jacov's Suite (from The Loon). I love this stuff. If Jacov's Suite interests you, listen to Crazy Eights, In Houston, 10 Gallon Ascots, Buckle, and The Illiad. But I suppose if you're going to do that, you may as well just buy The Loon.