with Sunny Adams
Sunny, in her words, is a subterranean being comprised mostly of meat and candy who’s currently studying film at the University of Regina. When she grows up she’d like to be a cloud. Here’s her top six rays of musical sunshine. /Gregory Beatty.
“Madeline Has A Body” SLIM TWIG/SOF’ SIKE (2012)
This Torontonian is a recent discovery and he’s quickly becoming an obsession. I really like the twangy garage aesthetic of this track — especially how he pronounces certain words.
“Ghost Train” SUMMER CAMP/SINGLE (2010)
I like the dreamy sweet summer aspects of this band — heavy bass setting the pace and repetitious, catchy lyrics with a little storyline.
“Ying Yang” MAKEOUT VIDEOTAPE/YING YANG (2010)
Cutie-pies Mac Demarco and Alex Calder make up Makeout Videotape and I like where they’re headed.
“Stagger Lee” NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS/MURDER BALLADS (1996)
Cave’s take on the classic southern tale is further improved by the music video as you get to watch his alarmingly seductive dancing. I love him.
“Little Town Flirt” THE INTELLIGENCE/EVERYBODY’S GOT IT EASY BUT ME (2012)
Shannon of Shannon & the Clams is the feature vocalist. She makes the catchy lyrics and sugary sweet ’60s poppy hooks even more singable. Loudly. Alone. In the car.
“Empty Bones” THE GROWLERS/ARE YOU IN OR OUT? (2009)
Brooks Nielsen has a voice unlike any other in that it sounds so uniquely ruined (it’s not). The Growlers fulfill my burnt-out-4 a.m.-surfy-garage-party needs with their dark lo-fi undertones of voodoo, philosophy and general sluttiness.