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Category Archives: Faves of 2017

Faves of 2017: WHIMM


For the past three years, Toronto’s WHIMM have brought the searing intensity of their live performances to stages across North America, honed through touring. Singer/guitarist Mounir Chami, bassist Andrew Matthews, and drummer Jonathan Pappo create ominous, emotionally charged avant-rock fusing spellbinding melodies with an urgency akin to 1980s anarcho-punk. WHIMM’s debut, A Stare Ajar, was released by Pleasence Records on October 27.
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Faves of 2017: Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco, De Lux


De Lux started in 2013 with the ridiculously catchy single “Better At Making Time.” The L.A. disco-not-disco duo established their sound on Voyage and then furthered their identity with the revelatory Generation. De Lux’s new album, More Disco Songs About Love, will be out January 19, 2018 from Innovative Leisure. The first single is “875 Dollars.”
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Faves of 2017: Walter Schreifels, Dead Heavens

Dead Heavens is the psych-rock project of guitarist and frontman Walter Schreifels (Vanishing Life, Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools, Quicksand, and more), Paul Kostabi (Youth Gone Mad, White Zombie, Psychotica), Drew Thomas (Youth of Today, Bold, Into Another), and Nathan Aguilar (Cults). Their debut album Whatever Witch You Are was released June 16 from Dine Alone Records.

Guided By Voices, August By Cake
The Feelies, In Between
Bonobo, Migration
Ride, Weather Diaries
Kendrick Lamar, Damn
The Fall, New Facts Emerge
Cults, Offering
Aldous Harding, Party
Code Orange, Forever
Feist, Pleasure
The XX, I See You
Slowdive, Slowdive

Faves of 2017: Writer and Director Izzy Lee


Izzy Lee has directed several award-winning short horror films, including Innsmouth (available to watch on Shudder); For a Good Time, Call; and Rites of Vengeance. She has also written several short stories for various anthologies. For more about her work, check out her website, Nihil Noctem Films.
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Faves of 2017: James Lindsay and Paul Lawton, Pleasence Records


Pleasence Records is a Toronto-based record label owned and operated by James Lindsay and Paul Lawton. This year the label has released albums by Moon Eyed, Fake Palms, WHIMM, and more. For a look at their full list of releases, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.
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