RAIN’S WORLD #16 – HOLLERADO

Hollerado Moving Company

Hollerado: certified muscle-ymen

Moving sucks. Packing, moving boxes around, cleaning… all that stuff is the worst.

UNLESS you can trick a band into doing it for you. Which I did. 

Well, if the music thing doesn’t work out, at least they’ve got a future in the NBA.

Fortunately, that music thing is going just fine. 

Their new album, White Paint is out today! You can grab it (and you really, really should) RIGHT HERE!

To taste it before you buy it, here’s their first single from the record, “Pick Me Up”… accompanied by a video that you should only watch in the company of a close and trusted friend, in a space that won’t freak you out and give you a bad trip.

Hollerado heads out on tour this March with Billy Talent, Sum 41 and Indian Handcrafts. For more, check out hollerado.com.

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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:)

RAIN’S WORLD #12 – POOR YOUNG THINGS

Poor Young Things

Poor Young Things enjoy sitting together

This video was recorded during NXNE. I had made some unwise choices the previous evening and had a pretty terrible hangover when it was shot.

When I had arranged to film this video of Thunder Bay boys Poor Young Things and I playing Quarters, several days prior, I didn’t realize that Quarters was a drinking game. I don’t know how this happened. But it did. Here are the results:

Poor Young Things make rock music. If you’re a fan of Teenage Kicks, you’re going to like these dudes. Here’s the video for their song “Blame It On The Good Times”, which shows Toronto a lot of love:

If you dig it, comment below – I’ve got a an autographed copy of their 7″, Let It Sleep (as well as the CD of the same) – to give away to one of my readersYou can also buy the record now on iTunes.

Poor Young Things - Let It Sleep

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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.

NEW ALBUM ALERT: Bravestation

Bravestation Giants & Dreamers

The first time I heard Bravestation was a couple years ago when they had just released their 2010 E.P. Their music caught me right away.

My exact quote on the subject: “If New Wave had started out in the Canadian wilderness, the result would probably resemble this Toronto-based band’s dreamy, complex sound.” I mean, just listen to this track, “White Wolves”, from 2010:

Bravestation is back, this time with a full-length called Giants & Dreamers, and boy, is it appropriately titled. It’s big, soaring, and- forgive the redundancy- dreamy.

From the new album, here’s “Signs of the Civilized.” I hope you’re ready to get a little dark while dancing in the forest.

You can buy Giants & Dreamers starting today on their Bandcamp or on iTunes. Go! Do it! Do it now!

Lonesome George

Lonesome George was the last Pinta Giant Tortoise. Ever. He lived on the Galapagos Islands.

Lonesome George

This is Lonesome George

He died yesterday, after living for 30 years as the only individual surviving member of his species. He was estimated to be around 100 years old.

Coincidentally, Toronto band Hollerado had written a song about him for their as-yet unreleased album. Instead of waiting for the album, they decided to release the song, appropriately entitled “Lonesome George,” today, in tribute to the giant tortoise, who had become an icon for wildlife conservation. I’ll warn you now: it’s a tear-jerker. 

Now, make sure you have some Kleenex, and give it a listen.