Friday Night Soundtrack – Aug 15th/2014

For the past few weeks we’ve been busy showing you what we’ve been up to, with a slew of pictures from the shows that have been taking place around town.  What we failed to do is share what we’ve been listening to while we’ve been out and about, so tonight’s Friday Night Soundtrack will look more like one of our 8 Track packs.  So sit back and enjoy our latest edition of the Friday Night Soundtrack.

1. “Live This” – SonReal feat. Madchild

SonReal’s been on a tear for the past year, logging a crazy number of miles on his tour card (he’s slated to hit the US West Coast this fall, and then he’ll be gracing the stage at HPX 2014).  This is the latest track he’s released (a week ago) and might appear on an upcoming record.

2. “Dangerous” – Big Data feat. Joywave

If you’re not familiar with Big Data’s breakout track “Dangerous” I would have to assume you’ve been living under a rock.   This track has been making the rounds for the last little while, and it has this slinky electronic Black Keys vibe to it.  This is a track which can quickly become an ear worm after only a single listen, from which there are few known remedies.  Also please note, the video is kinda NSFW.

3.  “Gimme Something Good” – Ryan Adams

Words can’t describe how good the latest effort from Ryan Adams is, just listen/watch for yourselves.

4.  “Heart Shaped Box” – Kiesza

This is a somewhat different take on the Nirvana classic, but for an artist such as Kiesza who I would have written off as a pop act, I was pretty impressed with her version.

5. “Stolen Dance” – Milky Chance

When I initially heard this track I was non-plussed, but one evening it came on while I was in the car and I was fully immersed in the laid back vibe and it struck a chord with me.  This is such a chill tune, it makes for great late night listening.

6. “Echo and Face” – Alert The Medic

So I may be way late to the Alert The Medic party, but it doesn’t mean I love this track any less.  It reminded me of the energy which Mariana’s Trench exudes, and was shocked to hear it was Halifax’s own Alert The Medic.

7.  “Loaded Gun” – Gloryhound

The title track from their latest effort is a great slice of retro rock, harkening back to the great days of  greasy rock n roll.  This track reminded me of when I first heard Alice Cooper’s Poison album, it struck that same chord.  This is track (and album) which I’ve been playing regularly over the past month and a bit, great local band who are poised to breakout nationally.

8. “Mind over Matter” – Young the Giant

One of the best tracks Young the Giant has released in their burgeoning career, on one of the biggest stages of the summer festival circuit.  This is one of those great atmospheric rock songs which can transport you away if you’re willing to let it.

bonus cut:

So what?! I’m a sucker for a good cover of the R. Kelly classic “Ignition” (nothing will beat seeing Joel Plaskett performing it at the Attic back in the day)

About the author


A proud and over-caffeinated husband, father, runner and writer. I've written for the local weekly The Coast for over a decade and have since taken to creating and writing for HAFILAX for even longer. I hope you enjoy the musings of a guy who has loved music for the better part of 4 decades, and has an album of concert tickets to show for it.