Stone November

This month's been a slow one. Last week experienced temperature drops and entire days of rain, so what better to do indoors than compile music? I find that electronic pop is a master of versatility; a consistent something to be loved.
[Flash 9 is required to listen to audio.] "Go Outside" by Cults
"Not In Love" by Crystal Castles Feat. Robert Smith
The latest single from Canadian electro beat machines, Alice Glass and Ethan Kath. It's a win-win when paired with The Cure frontman's smooth goth-punk vocals. A cup of cocoa to keep warm this winter. It's won't ever end, either, not when you've got it on subconscious replay.

"Sleepyhead" by Passion Pit

"Houses" by Great Northern
Although they've been around for half a decade, L.A. rockers Great Northern have developed little more than a small, but respected indie following. Frontwoman Rachel Stolte has a beautiful, haunting voice which is well-executed over a processed accompaniment.

"Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds" by The Russian Futurists
I do adore this act. Locally grown Matt Hart is the talent behind these psychedelic pop mixes. I'll be busy this Thursday, not to mention underage, but the official release party for The Weight's on the Wheels is at Wrong Bar in Toronto if you want to go check it out. (free download)

"Forbidden Flame" by Spirits
This specific track was written about coming out (of the closet)- the "forbidden flame" a metaphor for the pubicly suppressed spark of attraction. An upcoming trio, Spirits's self-titled debut is an adventure from start to finish, waiting to be devoured by indie pop lovers.

[Flash 9 is required to listen to audio.] "Rad Anthem" by Rad Omen (free download)

"How Would You Feel" by Braxton Olita

"I Get Around" by Dragonette
I remember playing this song at school dances when it made the Canadian and UK charts in late 2007.

"Stone" by Stereophonics
Introduced with an arrangement reminiscent of Coldplay, this four-minute paradox radiates a ridiculous amount of expression while remaining very stiff. Enchanting album art is an added bonus.