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Updated: 2018-03-05T19:52:40.449-08:00


SKATERS - Miss Teen Massachusetts



Contender for single of the year. Yes it reminds me of The Stokes and The Walkmen but SKATERS don't have a the in front of their name and it's a bit more 2014 rather than 2003. I'm talking a whole lot of rubbish here right now so just listen to the song.

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Fine Times - And It Happened At Midnight



Fine Times have had one hell of a busy year. The Vancouver indie rockers have played many places over 2013 including festivals in Germany, Austin, New York as well as some killer shows in Vancouver and Toronto. As their debut album seems to be winding down, the band have posted an excellent and amusing new video for the semi-official final single from it. Hope you're in the mood for some dirty dancing!

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TOY have got to be my favourite British band in years! I recently saw them live in Austin twice and they completely ripped my head off. Songs taken from last years self titled debut have benefited greatly from being hammered out night after night on the road, taking their psychedelic shoegaze vibe to sonic new heights. For fans of Stereolab, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground, CAN, Ride, and you get the idea!

Check out some TOY and go buy the album!

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The Population Drops - Enough



Great post punk out of Vancouver. The Population Drops fall somewhere between Sonic Youth and Mecca Normal and then pick it up off the floor, or maybe not at all. You decide. I saw them live and it was a great set for a band that has thus far only played a handful of dates. Looking forward to more TPD in 2013.

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Best Band Of 2012 - Haim!


Besides the Tanlines album, Mixed Emotions, 2012 in my eyes belonged to Haim. Forever was the song of the year and I know these ladies are gonna own 2013 as well when their full length drops.

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Fine Times - Hey Judas (The Passenger's Day Time Acid Mix)


Brand new remix of Fine Times' first single, Hey Judas has surfaced thanks to Vancouver's, The Passenger. Really love how he's taken the 3/4 time and turned it more into a 4/4 timed groove. You should check it out and become a fan of Fine Times over on Facebook. Also, if you are in the Vancouver area, Fine Times will be playing a show with Saint Motel, this Tuesday, December 4th at the Media Club.

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Misty - Shadow Of Love


You like Misty. You like Sloan. Then what could be better than a Sloan cover by Misty? Maybe a Misty cover by Sloan. They have performed together before, so it's not totally out of the question. It could happen. I believe this recording precedes the last bunch of stuff I posted by her. It's really different from the original version. Check it out!

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Here's some footage from back in 2006 when Misty was on tour with Sloan.

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Misty - Line Of Fire / Wolf Spider


Misty has finally put some more new tracks up on SoundCloud. Be one of the first to hear this two songs in one epic. Put on the headphones and turn it up!

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New Order - The Perfect Kiss (Live)


There ain't no cure for the summertime blues! Sure evident in this great clip taken on a hot Sumner's night in Toronto. Had tickets for this show but had to bow out cause of, oh geez, I have no idea. Having seen The Cure at the same venue that October, I can imagine how hot the International Centre was in the summer. This song is also a perfect summer epic!

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Fine Times - Enola Gay


Vancouver's Fine Times released this cover of OMD's Enola Gay on the same day OMD's version was used in the Olympics opening ceremony. Coincidence? I think not.

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Fine Times - Lions


From Vancouver, Fine Times debut album is coming out in September. Here is a preview of the track Lions. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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The Stone Roses - Renigate!



Of course by now everyone's heard about The Stone Roses show in Amsterdam. Very excited to hear about tonight's show in Sweden. I mean, come on, things are going to go ahead as planned and pretty much confirmed that everything is just peachy according to a post by John Robb
this morning. He has also coined the instantly legendary term, Renigate, in regards to this whole incident. Thank the lord the Roses are back. From the footage I've watched it's just brilliant. You know Brown is never gonna sing great live but the vibe is there and the band is smoking. Some of the stuff Reni is doing is unbelievable. One of the absolute greatest of all time.

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Misty - I Love The City (But The City Don't Like Me)(Demo)



Here's another new demo Misty has released recently. The infectious groove of this one will leave you hoping for the extended version, which I have heard and is fantastic. Apparently there is some more new demos that she is planning on releasing in the the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out this one, and leave a comment if you will!

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Misty - Got You (Demo)



Former Yoko Casionos singer, guitarist Misty has started posting demo versions of her new post-Yokos material. Still putting out amazing pop hooks and melody's, but now with a little more of a dance feel to it. Let's hope that this is sign of what's to come, and if these are just demos, I can't imagine how the final recorded versions will sound cause this sounds dynamite!

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Fine Times - Hey Judas



Here's a new track from Vancouver's Fine Times which is to be the first single from their upcoming debut album. I've been waking up with it stuck in my head all week! That could be cause I've been listening to it tons cause I'm gonna play some shows with them but I think my readers here will really dig this. Let me know what you think.

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Tanlines - Brothers



Brooklyn's Tanlines are finally about to release their debut album in March called Mixed Emotions. The lasting effects of 2010's Settings EP and especially the infectious single, Real Life are still lingering. Saw them live last year in Vancouver and was blown over by their greatness, not to mention one of the better crowds Vancouver has ever had to offer. Judging by some of the newer tracks they played that night, I'm very excited to hear the forthcoming offering. They played a real rockin', very New Orderish thing I hope has lasted to this point! The latest single does not disappoint either. It's called Brothers and you can download it for free at their new website, as well as a special remixed version as well. And that's not all. Also, check out the cool new video for Brother which you can scroll around 360 degrees using your mouse on the screen! Pretty sweet!

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Sylver Tongue - Hook You Up



We were wondering what was goin' on with Charlotte Hatherley! We all know she has released 3 awe inspiring solo albums after leaving Ash, done stints with Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall and Bryan Ferry, did the Ash greatest hits tour, wrote songs with Andy from XTC!!!....but now what?
Well now we know. A new project under a new name, lots of synths, very 80'sish, and I like it alot! In fact, if you Like Sylver Tongue on Facebook, you'll get a free download of the track and so I'm hooking you up with the info!

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Bloc Party - Mercury (7'')



When Bloc Party arrived in 2004, I was blown away by the Little Thoughts single and the Silent Alarm album that followed. After that I lost a tiny bit of interest, and by their last record, had none at all really. But all that has changed and rediscovering Bloc Party couldn't come at a better time because the state of music right now to me is horrid! Anyhow, 2008's Mercury is a single worth going back to and watching them pull it off live is a whole lotta fun too! The b-side is really great as well so check em' out....

Idea For A Story


Super Furry Animals - Lazer Beam (Dangermouse Remix)



A post today over at One Step Brighter reminded me of one of the Furries great lost singles, Lazer Beam. Of course it came out on CD, 7'' and 12'', but this Dangermouse remix was available on the promo only, although it might of been made available digitally, but I can't remember for sure. It is quite lovely I must say. As for the official 12'', it had 2 mixes that have eluded me since it came out. These would be the DJ Marlboro Mix and the LFO Mix. If anyone has these, I would love to hear them cause I think they are the only official mixes by SFA I don't have or have never heard. In the meantime...

...take a shine of the DM mix here!

The Boo Radleys - Skywalker/French Canadian Bean Soup (7'')



Isn't vinyl just so darn swell? I love when I bring my new double vinyl release home and open it and a 7'' record falls out as a special bonus just for you featuring a couple of exclusive tracks that you can't get anywhere else...well, at least in the old days like way back in 96 or something before the internet was ripe with every rare track you never thought you'd hear let alone find yourself a personal copy in one format or another....But this was the case with The Boo Radleys wonderful and very underrated album, C'mon Kids. It may have been commercail suicide after the success of Wake Up Boo! but really it is a very diverse collection of amazing gems. It's my favourite of their output, although nothing is as good as Blues For George Michael!

French Canadian Bean Soup

Go To Sleep Boo!


P.S...sorry though...not my rip!

Warm Jets EP



Another one of my favourite put one awesome album out and disappear forever bands. And just like one of my other favourites, Tiger, only a handful of singles and b-sides to be had. This EP came before the debut, Future Signs, and three out of the four tracks here feature on it. So the real rarity here is the track Sunfreeze which is exclusive to this record. Hard to believe it's been 15 years already since this came out! I've only just started to rip vinyl and so I know I could get these a bit better but until I'm reunited with my record collection and good turntable which currently reside in another city which I shall soon be returning to, these will have to do!

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Warm Jets EP


After All - Sitting Far Away (7'')



Now here's an eighties rarity if I've ever posted one before. Since I moved to the west coast almost 10 years ago, I have become very close friends with former Pure guitarist, songwriter and producer, Todd Simko. Not only has he produced everything by my band in the last 7 years, but scored me many sessions for other people as well. A few months back, to my delight, he gave me a special 7'' for my birthday. The very first single by his eighties band, After All. These tracks were not found on their debut album which is hard to find itself. This is my first shot at ripping vinyl, so I'm not sure how you'll feel about my rip, but I know you won't find this gem anywhere else. Both these tracks are great and now I know that he can get me that eighties drum sound that I want from now on!

A: Sitting Far Away
B: Valley Of The Kings

Sitting over here!


Flesh For Lulu - I Go Crazy (Live)



I had been on the hunt for quite sometime for some live Flesh taken from a promo called Final Vinyl and was thrilled to acquire it recently. What really blew me away was their amazing cover of Prince's, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man. Could've been a hit! A two hit wonder? Well, everybody knows I Go Crazy but, Postcards From Paradise & Siamese Twist were brilliant as well and I don't think the Lulu's got the respect they deserved. Anyhow, funny how out of these great tracks, I'm giving up THE hit again in it's live version cause the copy I got had a skip in it and I fixed it and I'm proud and you'll never be able to tell! That stuff drives me crazy.

I Go Crazy (Live)

New Blog Alert!



Hey everyone! I've started a new blog and wanted to let you know about it! Switching To The Vapour State isn't going away though. I have found it increasingly hard to post stuff that's hard to find, but it seems like everything is out there these days. However, I will continue to post stuff when I find it appropriate. The new blog is called Seen A Million Faces and will be an ongoing history of the many concerts I've been to. I hope you will enjoy it and for the first while it will be a work in progress. I welcome your input and comments and hope you enjoy the ride!

Siouxsie & The Banshees - Remixes



Not sure what the origin of this release is, but due to the way things were labelled, I'm gonna asume it's a fanmade comp. And that's coool cause I'd never heard these mixes at all. It's not that I'm the biggest Banshees follower, but, I really like them. Christine, Cities In Dust, Peek-A-Boo and Spellbound being a few of my faves. I saw them in 1987 (With Julian Cope opening), and they had an off night, but that's coool too. I have been going through a bit of a binge now that the brief Foreigner one that I spared you is over and that's what led me to these...

Happy House (Sir Billy Miami Hommage Re-Edit)
Cities In Dust (HavocNdeeD vs. Epidemic Remix)
Spellbound (Czart Mix)