TO DO LIST: Tonight – S.S. Songs with DJ Andy Rourke of The Smiths

Songs, A Dance Party was supposed to have rocked its last dance floor back in August… but when The Smiths’ Andy Rourke decided to come aboard, it seemed like a good reason to bring it back for one final encore. Only this time, it’s not your regular land-lubber’s dance floor – no, this one is ON A BOAT. 

Captain Andy Rourke

(Artist’s Conception)

TONIGHT, you’ll find me getting nautical to the tunes of Stella Ella Ola,

Dwayne Gretzky‘s awesome covers,

and of course, whatever Mr. Rourke chooses while we cruise the shores of Toronto.

There are still tickets left for this voyage – you don’t even have to gamble for them, Leonardo DiCaprio-in-Titanic style! And also the boat is unsinkable! AND EVEN IF IT ISN’T, WE’RE LIKE RIGHT BESIDE TORONTO SO IT’S FINE AND IT’S STILL WARM OUT ANYWAY SO IT’LL TURN INTO A FUN SWIMMING PARTY! Come out and celebrate the end of summer!

Go find out all the details for tonight RIGHT HERE. Ahoy, matey!

It’s all brought to you by the wonderful Young Lions Music Club, purveyors of fine unconventional events.

(Oh, and although this has been completely overdone – I can’t let an opportunity like this just slip by. And, anyway, we all know that SOMEONE is going to drunkenly try to sing this tonight:)



Earlier this summer, Jeremy and Louis of Parlovr came by to get recess-y.


Fact: 75% of tennis balls end up on school roofs.

Seriously, remember how great wall ball was when you were a kid? Maybe you called it Red Ass… but whatever it was, it’s not nearly as easy as you might remember. But it is funnier, especially with these guys.

If you haven’t heard and/or seen it yet, here’s the video for their track “Holding On To Something” from their new album Kook Soul, which is out now and waiting for you to buy it and listen to it and love it. 

You can catch (See?! That’s a wallball pun!) Parlovr live at the Great Hall in Toronto on November 15th. So do it, or else you’ll lose really hard.

TO DO LIST: Tonight – Brews Willis @ Parts & Labour

Brews Willis

Just because it’s the end of August doesn’t meant that summer is over. In fact, summer can last forever, if you get Brews Willis‘ new LP Nerped By A Zircon into your music library right now. 

And what better a way to kick off our new Forever Summer than going to see Brews Willis themselves at Parts & Labour TONIGHT? Don’t put away those flippy-floppies or that pastel coloured tank top or those short shorts yet… they have at least ONE more sweaty, beer-filled, random-person-makey-outey night left in ’em! I mean, with songs called “Sun Burn Boner Boy” and “Turbo Babe Acid Hammer,” how could this not end up being one of the best nights of your life?

To get you in the mood, here’s the video for their new song “Ride The Island Baby.” You LOVE the Island, remember?! YES YOU DO!

They’ll be hitting the stage at 11:45pm at Parts & Labour, followed at midnight by Invasions, who are definitely worth sticking around for. If you’re a fan of messy fun, beachy punk music, Black Lips, PBRs, wet hair, colours, life and spilling your drink on strangers and having them hug you instead of punch you, then you should probably be there.

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The Dirty Nil: Free Music For Sticky Hot Summer Drunk Sex

It’s hot. It’s sticky. It’s the dog-days of summer, as they say, and it’s exactly the right time for this mixtape from The Dirty Nil.

The Dirty Nil Summer Mix-Tape

They make dirty, fun rock for dirty, fun people. Do you like getting drunk? This is really good music for that. Here, just listen:

So, download the mixtape here – it’s available for free download until September 24th and then, they say, “will be gone forever.” (No, really, that’s what it says on THEIR BANDCAMP.)

If you’re not convinced, here’s the video for their song, “Fuckin’ Up Young,” which can be found on that mixtape:

It’s like someone took the Black Lips and then injected them with 90s alternative rock, gave them a couple 40s of OE and turned the volume up to 1,000,000.

And I have no problem with that.

WIN STUFF! Tell Me Your Favourite Summer Jam!

As you may or may not know, I live in a basement. Which isn’t altogether the worst thing, but when the weather is as nice as it has been the last week or so, I get a pretty severe case of DECK ENVY. Ohhhh, to relax in a patio chair, with a beer in hand, listening to some sweet jams on my boombox. Do the kids still say that? Boombox? Sweet Jams? Patio Chair?

Raina on a Deck

*Artist’s Conception

Unfortunately, I don’t have a deck. Not yet, anyway. But I do have a patio chair in my apartment. (It’s covered with a blanket. I’m pretty sure no one can tell.) And I do have beer, and I can listen to sweet jams.

So, the question I pose to you, dear reader and obviously very cool person, what’s your favourite summer song? What tune would we be listening to if you were here hanging out in the patio chair? (That’s right, I’d even let you sit in the patio chair and I only have one. That’s how much I like you.)

Here’s what I want you to do. Go to the Rain’s World Facebook page and tell me what song gets your summer juices flowing. 

The best answer (ie: the most summer-y song, that will get added to my Summer Jams Playlist) will WIN a Steam Whistle prize pack, which includes TWO tickets to the Steam Whistle UNSIGNED Show on June 1st! 

You’ll get to check out The Wilderness of Manitoba, Amos the Transparent and! If you’re not full of summer vibes yet – this should do it! Here are the deets:

Click on this to go to the Steam Whistle event page!

Now go! Hit up the Rain’s World Facebook Page – just click on this link! Yes! Just click on it! I made it nice and long so you really can’t miss it! See, still going! This link! This one right here!

I’ll announce the winner on Monday, May 28th!