The Do604 x Vancouver Is Awesome Weekly Playlist

April 11 - 17 2016

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This week starts off strong with artists like Santigold and The Arcs playing in Vancouver tonight. It keeps rolling with Gary Clark Jr, Hospsin, and Dzeko & Torres all performing in our fair city, and we didn’t want you to miss a second of it. So get listening!

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The Basement Sweets “Lose Control”
bs-viaFrom Maple Ridge, British Columbia, The Basement Sweets have developed a sound that combines alternative and blues together with a mix of some acoustic into a melodic compilation worth listening to. This trio is planning on taking not only B.C. by storm but the whole country.

Santigold “Chasing Shadows”
santi-viaAs an antidote against self-celebratory status updates in a climate where the focus on fame outweighs a day’s emotions, Master of My Make-Believe summons pop culture zombies back to life. This is sound proof of an artist on a diligent journey, measuring the power of individual mood against social clamor. Sifting through a wondrous wreckage of airplay, upload, and anguish, Santigold’s talent lies in filtering reality through freakdom, to find in desire a timeless spark of raw magic.

Swampwolf “Billy”
swamp-viaSwampWolf was born in the radiated bogs of Eastern Europe and then again as a throat singer under the full moon. He forges weeping and laughter into a contradictory yet harmonious nature. Eerie and crawling, yet sharp and quick, his sound is holistic and relentless, invoking various genres such as blues, folk, gypsy, jazz, electronic, indie. He is multi-talented and produces all of his own music.

Zach Kleisinger “Baby Come Home Tonight”
zk-viaWith such a unique sound, Zach’s music sets him apart from the musicians of old, and the talented musicians that exist in our world today. Kleisinger brings a tune to the iridescent, and makes melody out of seemingly silent color. He’s a poet at heart and can pull on all types of strings. Sometimes you may hear Bob Dylan in his voice, or Mark Knopfler echoing from his guitar.

Hopsin “Nocturnal Rainbows”
hop-viaIt would probably be easier if we told you what Hopsin doesn’t do, but Hop is an MC, producer, director, actor, and editor. And his journey has been anything but painless.

Twenty One Pilots “Ride”
21-viaBasically, we are all responsible for the preservation of our personal joy; but happiness is different. Joy is not circumstantial, happiness is. You can be depressed and still have joy. You can be suicidal and still have joy. We all stop thinking and we all stop talking and we all stop sharing and we all stop creating, because by doing any of these things we quickly find out just how unhappy we are. But that’s okay. That’s normal. Don’t let the fear of unhappiness cripple your pursuit of finding what it is you believe. Since joy is found in belief, we all have to push through unhappiness to find joy. Basically.

Corin Raymon “Hard On Things”
cr-via“Corin Raymond puts the low in loneliness and the high in high-dee-ho.”

Gary Clark Jr. “Freight Train”
gcj-viaTo sum up Gary Clark Jr. is more challenging every day. He’s a musical universe unto himself, expanding at a nearly immeasurable rate, ever more hard to define — as a mind-blowing guitarist, a dazzling songwriter and engagingly soulful singer.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra “Oj Daj Bozhe”
lbo-viaThe Lemon Bucket Orkestra is Toronto’s only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk Super-Band.

The Arcs “Fool’s Gold”
arcs-viaDan Auerbach of the Black Keys is clearly a man who likes to keep busy, handling plenty of production assignments and backing like-minded artists during his downtime from the band, and in 2015, after the Black Keys took some time off after drummer Patrick Carney suffered a shoulder injury, Auerbach decided to make productive use of the hiatus by launching a new side project. The Arcs were formed by Auerbach and Leon Michaels, a multi-instrumentalist who was part of the studio crew on Auerbach’s production projects for Dr. John and Lana Del Rey. Telling the press “I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird,” Auerbach headed into the studio with Michaels and a handful of friends and colleagues.

Hayseed Dixie “Back In Black”
hd-viaHayseed Dixie was formed in the summer of 2000 on the front porch of a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, when after drinking enough whiskey to float a battleship across the Sahara Desert, it became suddenly obvious to the boys that the “Lost Highway” of Hank Williams and the “Highway To Hell” of AC/DC were the same damned road. The rest of the world first got a taste of the boys on April 17, 2001 with the release of their first album, titled “A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC”.

Dzeko & Torres “Care For Me”
dzeko-vaiaThe Canadian duo initially found each other through an online forum for Toronto club events. At the time, Luis (Torres) was working as a photographer and graphic designer, and Julian (Dzeko) as an event promoter. The two became fast friends and began DJing around the city’s club circuit and producing together on borrowed studio time while juggling part-time jobs. Their first electronic dance music moment of reckoning came at that Tie?sto show, which provided a clarion call to pursue their musical passions full-time.

Ora Cogan “Ground and Grave”
oc-viaOra Cogan’s music is deliberate medicine for fresh sorrows. Her voice is hypnotizing as a candle flame. This music demands our full attention, in a tender way. Cogan’s versatile, haunted voice opens up a mystical reality; hallowed, forlorn and full of promise. She has let her curiosity lead her into many genres over the years, combining the intricate guitar picking of Americana with grunge and psychedelic dreamscapes. She has been compared to 70’s folk legend Karen Dalton and Angel Olsen, while still setting herself apart in her own unique way.

Have an awesome time listening, and an awesome week seeing these bands live! Come back next Monday for a brand new Do604 x Vancouver Is Awesome Weekly Playlist.

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