Retail Addiction: Inside Out

Inside Out, a pop-up shop featuring vintage treasures from one of Canada’s most important collections, will launch at the beginning of October in Toronto. For the first time, Toronto will have access to an elusive house in Montréal that has provided the film, theatre and music communities with vintage pieces for a half-century. This pop-up is for a limited run and hosts a large selection of fur coats and over 100 women’s hats, aiming to style unique outfits for the season.

Inside Out will feature work from Toronto’s young artists, adding an informal gallery component to the space. The limited opening of the shop coincides with it’s limited collection: each piece has been carefully handpicked twice over to make digging easier, and insure only the most fascinating, intricate pieces are available. Inside Out pops up at Queen & Ossington, Toronto from October 4th, 2011.

Inside Out Pop-Up
1040 Queen St. W, Toronto
416-458-5594

Hours:
Monday-Saturday 11am – 8pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm

New Music: Trust – Bulbform

The Toronto duo, Trust, have announced their signing to Arts & Crafts. The band is Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski and they boast their self-described sound as “speed, space and tears.” The band posted its new single, “Bulbform”, available now for free download at ttrustt.com. An official video for “Bulbform” as well as announcements surrounding physical releases should be expected in the coming weeks. They also plan to release their debut full-length in 2012.

Listen to Trust’s Bulbform below

After releasing their debut 7-inch “Candy Walls” earlier this year on U.S. imprint Sacred Bones, Trust quickly gained high acclaim with Stereogum and The Fader who quickly picking up the track and hailing them as a band to watch during SXSW 2011.

The band made their Arts & Crafts live debut at Pop Montreal yesterday at Casa Del Popolo, but will also be playing the following additional dates.

09/30 Toronto, ON / The Drake Underground (Bulbform 12″ release) ^
10/28 Toronto, ON / Sound Academy *

^ w/ John Maus
* w/ Death From Above 1979

For more information about Trust, visit ttrustt.com.

Music Video Addiction: Sunday September 25, 2011 Edition

The weekend rolls to a close and that means another edition of our weekly music video picks. I am heading back to New Jersey this week and after my last experience there, this edition represents my feelings about the trip – depression, escapist and angsty. I hope you enjoy.

Wavves: Bug - super catchy track of the week.

Craft Spells: Your Tomb - good early 80s inspired pop here.

Young Galaxy: Peripheral Visionaries – new video and cool animations from YG.

Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire: The Last Huzzah - warning – this one is very dirty, but features Das Racist, Danny Brown and EL-P.

Mastodon: Curl of the Burl – such a good video.

Grade: Termites Hollow - screamy but catchy.

Check back next week post-NJ trip, and there will be another edition of the music video selections. Please remember to leave a comment – we love hearing from you.

Thanks,
Cameron from Culture Addicts

Review: Superchunk – Foolish (Remastered)

Backtrack to 1994 when Superchunk originally released Foolish on their own label moniker, Merge Records, after a three album stint with Matador Records. On the heals of the grunge movement, this album truly was different compared to other releases at the time. Superchunk breathed a unique life into ‘alternative’ music that was dominated by bands like Nirvana, Oasis, Beck and Soundgarden. Their sharp buzz saw guitars, slightly off kilter vocals and melodic hooks made Foolish an instant classic which stood out from their contemporaries and marked a new direction for the band from their punk rock roots.

Fast forward to present, and Superchunk / Merge Records remastered and re-released Foolish. Amazing tracks like the kick-you-in-the-face aggression of Water Wings, cool indie rock swagger of Driveway to Driveway and ultra moody Like A Fool have been given a mastering overhaul. Even today, in 2011, they remain as unique and relevant as they did when they originally released Foolish. This album could come out today and fit into the current indie rock landscape with no problem.

The Foolish reissue is available now on CD, LP, digital download, and deluxe version CD through Merge Records. All formats will also feature new artwork and liner notes from drummer Jon Wurster. The deluxe reissue version will include the following bonus material: The Clambakes, Vol. 6: One in a Row, a 64-minute live recording from 1994 of Superchunk’s show at First Avenue in Minneapolis during the Foolish tour; three songs from rehearsals in Jon Wurster’s basement taped just before the band entered the studio to record the album; and the three acoustic b-sides from the Driveway to Driveway EP.

Watch their video for Driveway to Driveway.

 

See them live in UK later this year
December 1 – London, England @ Scala
December 2 – Minehead, England @ All Tomorrow’s Parties

For more information on Superchunk, visit www.superchunk.com.

Music Video Addiction: Sunday September 18, 2011 Edition

Again this week, we pulled together some of our favourite music videos that have been on our You Tube plays this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we are. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think – we love comments!

Cut Copy: Blink and You’ll Miss A Revolution - Planet of the Apes inspired video.

Planningtorock: Living It Out - arty electronic from NYC.

Black Poets: Point of Reason – our friends in BP release another video. so good.

High Places: Altos Lugares - loving this track this week.

War On Drugs: Come To The City – like Bob Dylan meets Spiritualized.

Das Racist: Michael Jackson - the new DR…so good.

Check back next week for yet another edition of the music video picks.

Thanks,
Cameron from Culture Addicts

Review: An Horse – Walls

An Horse’s latest album Walls, the follow-up to 2009’s Rearrange Beds, is out now on Mom + Pop Music. If you aren’t familiar with An Horse, they are the Australian indie-rock duo of Kate Cooper (singer/guitarist) and Damon Cox (drummer/singer) who met while working in a record store in Brisbane.

Cooper spoke about the previous record as well as the new album, Walls. “With Rearrange Beds, we made a record of two people learning how to play together. I don’t think you can hear that on the album per se, but that’s what it was.” This time, the pair decided to make a record that reflected their bond not just as music aficionados, but as musical collaborators. “Walls was really deliberate,” Kate explains. “We had hundreds of shows under our belt and we had figured out how to play off each other.”

An Horse set out to record Walls in Vancouver after taking a break in their home cities (Cooper lives in Montreal and Cox in Melbourne). They chose Howard Redekopp, who has previously worked with The New Pornographers and Tegan and Sara as well as An Horse (Redekopp mixed Rearrange Beds), to produce the album. You can definitely hear similarities to both of these acts on Walls, more so to Tegan and Sara (in a good way).

The album still has a distinct, consistent style and sound throughout. Walls has catchy written all over it and runs the spectrum from minimalist pop songs to full-on blazing indie rock (still with a Cooper’s pop vocals). The album is a very solid sophomore offering and definitely a must have for anyone into Tegan and Sara or Sleater-Kinney / Wild Flag. Standout tracks include the razor sharp guitar indie rock of ‘Sharply Dressed’ and ‘Trains and Tracks’, and the pop hooks of ‘Airport Death’. Listen below.

Sharply Dressed

Trains and Tracks

For more information about An Horse, visit:
www.anhorse.com
www.myspace.com/anhorse

Music Video Addiction: Sunday September 11, 2011 Edition

It’s smack dab in the middle of Toronto International Film Festival, so I am feeling a bit weary this morning. I still wanted to post the weekly music video selections for your viewing pleasure but there is no theme this week for them. Hope you enjoy.

Battles: My Machines (f/ Gary Numan) - this is the great ‘kick you in the pants’ track.

Little Dragon: Brush The Heat - the latest video from Little Dragon.

Salem: Sick – creepy track.

Sisters of Mercy: Dominion - classic track from the ‘industrial popsters’.

Iceage: You’re Blessed – loving this track and been playing it all week.

Yuck: Holing Out - sounding like Superchunk meets MBV – I like it.

Check back next week for another edition of the music video picks.

Thanks,
Cameron from Culture Addicts