I have followed Jon Baerg since before that was his pen name. Since 2007 I have listened to his work as Two Bicycles, The Tremulance, Teen Daze, and now as Little Chords; Argue Job is and has been a fan. Little Chords is something of a new trajectory but it is still imbued with the signature glow of Baerg’s work. A lot more glimmering and guitar focused, Baerg’s dreamy take on pop writing is a joyful addition to his canon. He has always been an exceptional writer for guitar but those complexities were often obscured in complex reverbs and delays. Afterlife finally brings those abilities into the spotlight with jams like ‘Always/Never’. Little Chords is far more generous to Baerg’s lyrical content as well, allowing for more enunciation without forfeiting his signature washes. The result is a record that goes back as smoothly as a cup of cool water in golden light. Don’t sleep:
Pop folk has a propensity to go horribly wrong. There is nothing worse than making yourself vulnerable enough to listen to a folk pop record and then have it take a sharp turn for the Jack Johnson. Jordan Klassen expertly avoids this precipice. With countless dimensions and expert composition, Klassen weaves his joyful poems into a quilt of kindness and goodwill towards mankind. How fitting then, that the EP should be called Kindness. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Klassen in person and he drinks his own punch on this one. And this really is the type of music you would think someone of such good stock as Klassen would create. The opening ukelele gem, ‘Go To Me’, is reminiscent of his Eastern Canadian counter part (in my opinion), Pat Lepoidevin. The album closer, a Teen Daze remix of Klassen’s ‘Ask Me Not, Astronaut’, is gorgeously infused with dance sensibility without at all suppressing the fragility of the song. Well done, good sirs! Jordan Klassen returns to Edmonton on Monday, April 23rd at the Wunderbar with Boreal Sons and Andy Shauf so mark that on your calendar!
Teen Daze is back at it! Making the spaciest slow jams you’ve heard in a holy minute! A Silent Planet came out yesterday. Proceed to his bandcamp to cop the vinyl. I played with this man on tour and saw him play for over an hour straight and I was absolutely spell bound. Hopefully the trance finds you as well.
Arguing With Everyone Volume Five
TAKE HOLD OF THIS.
Geniferus – I Know
Tearjerker – Slip Away
Moon – The Fish, The Bird
Ghibli – Honest Effects
Teen Daze – Waves
Gobble Gobble – Boring Horror (Sundance Remix)
Cocaine Barbie – 5
Tech N9ne – Worldwide Choppers Ft. Yelawolf, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Ceza, JL B.Hood, Uso, D-Loc & Twisted Insane
MF Doom – Ballskin
Kimya Dawson & Aesop Rock – Delicate Cycle
Techromancer – Straight Flush
Sugarglider – Could’ve It Been Me? (Demo)
Oh No! Yoko – 90s Kids
Ketamines – Line by Line
Hooded Fang – Green River
53 minutes of ecstasy. There are songs for summer nights and summer days packed tightly in here. As always, I take no responsibility for anything the rappers say and I apologize if you are offended. I am offended almost every time I listen to rap. This mix is nuts though. I’ve been pumping it all week. Enjoy it, my friendliez.
This may be the best Teen Daze song yet. I lifted this off his tumblr after he hit me up about doing a show in Edmonton July 8th. Keep your eyes out for that! This song is suppose to be a taste of what the next record will be like. That’s excellent news. These are some overwhelming vibez right here. Enjoy the video posted below as well. This man never stops.