This week has been one of mourning. The loss of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie had the music community and everyday Canadians reflecting on the life of a cherished icon.
Even with over a year to prepare for the inevitable, tributes came pouring in for the late singer once the news broke Wednesday. Indie88 announcer Bookie wrote a touching piece on why it was an honour to have Downie’s art in our lives, and Josie Dye reflected on his life and impact.
As we continue to remember the man who made just a lasting impact in our community, let’s take a look back on some of our favourite new tracks of the week and make our mourning period a little bit easier.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Crumbling Castle”
These guys won’t stop. After sharing not one, not two, but three new albums this year, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard shared an epic 10-minute long goodie! Listen to “Crumbling Castle” above.
MGMGT – “Little Dark Age”
Two-piece psychedelic rockers MGMT have finally delivered some new music. The band served a new video for “Little Dark Age,” which will be the title track from their forthcoming record set to arrive some time in 2018.
BADBADNOTGOOD – “I Don’t Know” Ft. Samuel T. Herring
The dream team are back! Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring joined the boys in BADBADNOTGOOD for this smooth yet melancholic new track “I Don’T Know”.
K.I.D – “Elevator”
Take a listen to the latest from Toronto’s three-piece low-fi pop group K.I.D.
Feist – “Born To Bond”
Feist actually shared two new songs this week. The first was an impromtu tribute to Gord Downie, and the second is “Born To Bond” for the Planned Parenthood benefit compilation album 7-inches for Planned Parenthood that dropped today.
Weezer – “Happy Hours”
Another smooth, pop-infused indie tune from the kings of summer, Weezer. Their new album Pacific Daydream drops next Friday, October 27th.
Hey Rosetta! – “Stand By Me”
This one is a bit of a bonus. For any die-hard Hey Rosetta! fans out there, chances are you’ve seen their cover of the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me”. The group finally got around to recording it, just a week after announcing a string of goodbye shows before they go on an indefinite hiatus.