Soundcheck: Mac DeMarco, Bad Bad Not Good and BESTiE

Due to some technical difficulties, yesterday’s Soundcheck is now happening today.

To kick things off, the well-loved sleaze-pop rocker Mac DeMarco is getting set to roll out his third album Salad Days on April 1. While the album isn’t out yet, you can stream the whole thing via Exclaim.

Exclaim also has an advance stream of Timber Timbre’s new album Hot Dreams.

Toronto jazz-inspired trio Bad Bad Not Good drop their album III on May 6 via Pirate Blends. Leading up to it, the group released a new video for the album’s first single, “Can’t Leave The Night.” Featuring VHS style footage of them recording and closed captioning, the video seems like it was pulled right out of Cronenberg’s Videodrome. Check it out below.


Owen Pallett’s new album In Conflict comes out in May. Completely unrelated, he wrote an essay on Slate explaining Katy Perry’s smash hit “Teenage Dream” using music theory. This essay comes as a response to Ted Gioia’s essay on how music criticism has turned into lifestyle reporting.

The Vancouver dance-pop band BESTiE announced the release of their debut full-length album, No Bad Days set to be released on April 22. In a press release, the band promises the album will feature eight songs with “danceable beats and infectious melodies.” The band also release a small string of tour dates that see them sticking mostly in Western Canada, with a few stops in Ontario. Check out the song, “Pineapple” below:

The 2014 Prism Prize went to directory and photographer Emily Kai Bock for her music video for the Arcade Fire song “Afterlife”. The Prism Prize is a juried award “recognizing the artistry of the modern music video in Canada.” It’s similar in nature to the Polaris Prize in terms of having a large jury that creates a long list, narrows it down to 10 videos and then picks a sole winner.  This year’s prize also came with a $5,000 cheque.

Photo: Supplied/Robert Redfield