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DARCYS >> “Miracle”

April 25th, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Favourite Songs | Comments Off on DARCYS >> “Miracle”

DARCYS >> “Miracle”

Winter’s over, so put away your neutral greys and wooly blacks. Slip into neon bright satins, pop your collar, and dawn those mirror aviators before you’re blinded by the sheer luminosity of Jason Couse and Wes Marskell’s musical return: “Miracle” is gonna take you far away from everything you thought Darcys were, are, or will ever be again. Two […]

2016 New Music Preview

January 7th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Lists | Comments Off on 2016 New Music Preview

2016 New Music Preview

2016 is barely a twinkle, but the year in Canadian music is already looking bright. We’re stilling waiting for Views From the 6 to drop, and for news about a Reflektor follow-up, but we’re just as eager to hear new music from the following eight artists as well. Absolutely Free Their space-age art rock debut album sat high atop […]

QBiM COVER STORY: If I Picked the Polaris Music Prize 2014

June 13th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cover Story, Lists | Leave A Comment »

QBiM COVER STORY: If I Picked the Polaris Music Prize 2014

Six days from now 40 albums, determined by votes from over 200 jurors, will get to call themselves Polaris Music Prize long listers. I extend my congratulations in advance to all the long listers, and thank them fro another year of outstanding artistic achievement in Canadian music.  The difficult decisions in weighing my final ballot continues […]

Songs: 2013 Part 2

December 18th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Lists, MiXTAPE | Leave A Comment »

Songs: 2013 Part 2

Starting yesterday, and each day this week until Saturday, I’ll be posting a continuous mixtape of 15 of my favourite songs of the year.  Once it’s all over, you’ll be left with five separate tracks containing a total of 75 of the year’s best Canadian music.  In 2012 and 2011, I put together a compilation […]

Albums: 2013

December 16th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Lists | 2 Comments »

40% of Quick Before It Melts’ Favourite Albums of 2013 list looks very similar to 2011’s list, which is a coincidence not lost on me as I compiled this year’s compendium of preferred personal records. While I am very fond of the four repeat honourees on this year’s list, it wasn’t a forgone conclusion that their new […]

DiSC of the WEEK: The Darcys • Warring

September 30th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Discs of the Week | 1 Comment »

We were on a break, this blog and I, for the last few weeks, and even though my mind and attention were on more immediate matters, my thoughts were often on music and music writing.  In the absence of doing any writing myself, I found that I spent more of my free time reading about […]

Take me to “The River”

July 25th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Singles | Leave A Comment »

They’ve been hinting at an announcement across all social media for the last few weeks, and finally yesterday, The Darcys let it be known that their next album, Warring, is ready to meet the world on September 17, 2013 (Arts & Crafts). The band says that Warring has been a three-year work-in-progress, which may seem […]

Songs: 2012 Part 1

December 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Singles | 2 Comments »

This started last year, as a way to get out of having to pick a list of the songs that rocked my world this past year.  For the most part, each and every time I write a post on Quick Before It Melts, it ends with a link to a song by the artist being […]

Albums: 2012

December 10th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Discs of the Week | 2 Comments »

There was a point a little while back, while I was starting to think about this annual post, when I honestly didn’t know what would end up being on my list of 10 favourite albums of 2012.  In flipping back through my music library from the past year, I had accumulated fewer albums in 2012 […]

QUiCK HiT: The Darcys “Don’t Bleed Me” video

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Video Playlist | Leave A Comment »

The Darcys – Don’t Bleed Me by Arts & Crafts Facebook: The Darcys Twitter: The Darcys  


RECENT REVIEWS >>

  • DOMINIONATED THE THIRD DOMINIONATED THE THIRD
  • KAYTRANADA >> 99.9% KAYTRANADA >> 99.9%
  • TANIKA CHARLES >> Soul Run TANIKA CHARLES >> Soul Run
  • THE BURNING HELL >> Public Library THE BURNING HELL >> Public Library
  • PUP >> The Dream Is Over PUP >> The Dream Is Over
  • BY DIVINE RIGHT >> Speak & Spell U.S. BY DIVINE RIGHT >> Speak & Spell U.S.
  • FREDERICK SQUIRE >> Spooky Action at a Distance FREDERICK SQUIRE >> Spooky Action at a Distance
  • KATE MAKI >> Head In The Sand KATE MAKI >> Head In The Sand
  • DANIEL ROMANO >> Mosey DANIEL ROMANO >> Mosey
  • HOODED FANG >> Venus On Edge HOODED FANG >> Venus On Edge

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT >>

  • NICK FERRIO >> "Palace of Gold" (Video) NICK FERRIO >> "Palace of Gold" (Video)
  • DOMINIONATED THE THIRD DOMINIONATED THE THIRD
  • RENDERS >> "Running Through the Night" RENDERS >> "Running Through the Night"
  • TUNS >> "Mind Over Matter" TUNS >> "Mind Over Matter"
  • TIMOTHY RYAN TIMOTHY RYAN
  • HEATHERS HEATHERS
  • WEST NILE WEST NILE
  • BADBADNOTGOOD >> "Time Moves Slow" (feat. Sam Herring) BADBADNOTGOOD >> "Time Moves Slow" (feat. Sam Herring)
  • CHOBO CHOBO
  • TWIST >> "Soaked" TWIST >> "Soaked"

HEAVY ROTATION >>

  • WHOOP-SZO >> "Bmaadiziwin" WHOOP-SZO >> "Bmaadiziwin"
  • PREOCCUPATIONS >> "Anxiety" PREOCCUPATIONS >> "Anxiety"
  • THE BURNING HELL >> "Pop Goes the World" THE BURNING HELL >> "Pop Goes the World"
  • FEIST >> "Flamenco for Gord" FEIST >> "Flamenco for Gord"
  • PARTNER >> "Personal Weekend" PARTNER >> "Personal Weekend"
  • ISLANDS >> "No Milk, No Sugar" ISLANDS >> "No Milk, No Sugar" "No Milk, No Sugar" is Nick Thorburn's pop nonpareil, heavy with hook and melody, and so effortlessly cool that every other songwriter aspiring to pop music perfection best pack up their gear and take up traffic cone collecting.
  • IVY MAIRI >> "All Around Me" IVY MAIRI >> "All Around Me" "All Around Me" by Toronto based singer/songwriter Ivy Mairi is our #NewFavouriteSong. Click the link to listen to it yourself.
  • LUKA >> "Why Don't You Go To Her" LUKA >> "Why Don't You Go To Her"
  • SHIRLEY & THE PYRAMIDS >> "All The Time" SHIRLEY & THE PYRAMIDS >> "All The Time" Saskatoon's Shirley & The Pyramids wear their musical influences on the arm of their long-sleeved tee-shirts, but before you're quick to group them in with other neo-shoegazers, give a good listen to "All The Time", one of two advance singles from their recently released self-titled record. In it, you'll hear a the broad strokes of someone who's explored a range of sonic influencers--from 13th Floor Elevators to Ride, The Velvet Underground to Atlas Sound--and is now drilling down through the gauzy haze of guitar drone to find their essence, their truth.
  • EXPWY >> "Love in Idelness" EXPWY >> "Love in Idelness"






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