Dino’s Picks: Currently Spinning

The year is flying by and already many great releases have given 2014 a promise that even more incredible albums are on their way. Some big shows and festivals are on the horizon for Toronto as well as most major cities. If you’re still trying to catch up on albums that you’ve missed from 2013, now’s the time to move on, go check out some local artists. If you’re possibly still listening to Vampire Weekend’s last cut it’s time to move on to 2014 and bury that record. Some of these are albums that are strong enough to be talked about all year long and others are just what I’ve been listening too awaiting the warm weather and better days. Stay strong and make it through your exams comrades. Better turn your headphones up.

Real Estate Atlas

Skaters Manhattan

Kool A.D Work O.K.

Black Atlass Young Bloods EP

St. Vincent St.Vincent

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Piñata

Thee Oh Sees Drop Singles Collection 1 & 2

“Coma” – Thee Oh Sees [dwnld]

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Dino’s Picks: The Smiths’ Debut Turns 30

The Smiths‘ debut studio album is now 30 years old. Regarded as one of the greatest British debuts of all time The Smiths was released through Rough Trade on February 20th, 1984. Upon hearing the opening track “Reel Around the Fountain” it’s clear that the divine combination of Johnny Marr and Moz was unlike anything I had ever heard before. The album artwork is a still of actor Joe Dallesandro from Andy Warhol’s 1968 film Flesh and of course it was chosen by the film obsessed Morrissey. Although the production of the album was said to have fallen short with somewhat of a ‘tinny’ sound; undoubtedly it is an incredible album from start to finish that was well received by critics and listeners alike. It established The Smiths as a powerful addition to the 1980s Manchester scene and paved the way for four years of consecutive albums including some of the greatest releases of all time. Happy 30th to The Smiths from Dino’s Word!

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New Release: Youth Lagoon “Worms”

Lefse Records just announced a collection of songs from 14 artists who used unique sound recordings from space to create their very own soundscapes. It’s called The Space Project, and one of them was done by Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon. “Worms,” features noises from the Rings of Uranus recorded by Voyager space probes:

FYI: although there’s no real sound in the vacuum of space, it’s possible to translate the electromagnetic radiation fluctuations and charged particles of these celestial bodies into conventional sound.

So now that you’re no better of a person at all for knowing that. A collection of artists have come together to take audio recordings of planets that were gathered by the Voyager 1 & 2 space probes and manipulate these frequencies in music. This is my piece.

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Music In Motion: Aan’s “Somewhere’s Sunshine”

Portland’s Aan will release their debut LP, Amor Ad Nauseum, through their label Party Damage on February 4th. Their lavish take on indie-folk sounds lush and new. Singer Bud Wilson’s voice sounds whimsical, capricious at times. I’m excited to hear more from the quartet -after recently touring with The Smashing Pumpkins- I want to hear how that effected their upcoming record. Noisey just collaborated with the guys on their latest single, “Somewhere’s Sunshine” – check out the KYDJ directed visuals below.


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Dino’s Word: 2013 Year End Mix

Here is a huge mix of some of the best songs of 2013. I’m excited to see what 2014 will be like after such a massive year. Excited to hear more? – Enjoy this mix.

Happy New Years from Dino’s Word!

Peace and love in 2014!


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