Saturday, Dec. 1

* The Other Pop-up: Holiday edition
* Moonshine mixtape launch
* Life on Mars at Diving Bell
* Her Montreal at Ausgang
* Cosmic Café after hours
* Fracture after hours

Today’s Sounds: David Bowie

A fangirl with critical faculties assesses the surprising new record by David Bowie, PLUS a track by Azealia Banks (hold the beef) and a video by 514/416 outfit Ain’t No Love.

Today’s Sounds: Paul Giallorenzo’s Gitgo

In a year full of free blowing and intricately composed heads (that’s jazz talk, folks), 2012 produced one particularly fine out-jazz record: Emergent, by Paul Giallorenzo’s Gitgo. Also, hear the latest track by Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich’s Atoms for Peace, and watch Mac DeMarco model 18th century duds.

Today’s Sounds: Slim Twig

If you had to place Slim Twig geographically, based solely on his sound, you’d certainly choose Montreal over Toronto. Much more specifically, he sounds like a Prairies refugee in a decrepit Mile End apartment building, sharing paper-thin walls with Sean Nicholas Savage and ¡Flist!
He’s always sounded a lot like a belle provincer. Back in 2008, he was making the kind of strobe-lit electro-rockabilly that got him booked (by me, incidentally) at a local David Lynch theme night. Now he’s audibly backed by an actual band — guitars, organ, piano, drums, back-up vocals — and while the whole package is somehow tighter, more focused and more accessible, it’s also deliberately, gleefully weird and as loose as a wizard sleeve.