Every Tuesday, Torontoist scours record store shelves in search of the city’s most notable new releases and brings you the best—or sometimes just the biggest—of what we’ve heard in Sound Advice.
Sound Advice really loves its 80 GB iPod. With this much digital space to go around, we find it hard to decide on just one EP, so this week we share two tiny releases from two big-time veterans of Toronto’s indie/punk scene; the loud and the soft, the old and the (sort of) new.
In one corner, from the far, unknown borough referred to as “Brampton,” beloved emo-math stalwarts Moneen re-release Saying Something You Have Already Said Before on Toronto’s Dine Alone Records. The re-release is an acoustic re-recording of four tracks from 2006’s The Red Tree (plus one b-side). Pretty strings and lots of vocal layers make this a slightly melodramatic reinterpretation of the band’s otherwise accessibly complex plugged-in sounds, but a third go-round of these songs is a bit redundant. The re-release is at least a good reminder for fans to hold tight and check out the band’s video blog documenting the making of their new album. Moneen were just nominated for a Juno Award in the Best Music DVD category, and while Juno criteria and credibility are questionable, to say the least, there is no denying the hilarity of seeing Moneen in a category with such moneybags as Celine Dion and Daniel Lanois. Get the EP for under five measly bucks at iTunes.
In the other corner, coming screaming from the ashes of scene heroes Bombs Over Providence (Brampton represent x2, what’s going on here?), The Little Millionaires (see also: real live comedians) release DIY is an STD, their four-track EP, as a pay-what-you-want digital release through JUICEBOX Recording Co. It’s rough, it’s fast, and the hooks are big; it’s not completely a new direction for a couple of Underground Operations grads, but with tighter verse/chorus/bridge transitions and not a wasted second on any of the under-three-minute tracks, these are the kind of songs you’ll probably want to shout along to if you can figure out the words. DIY is an STD is an optimistic sign of a strong and healthy sect of this city’s music scene that is often left out of the limelight to its own fist-pumping devices. All download donations go straight into the band’s pockets. STD optional.
Nicole Villeneuve is an occasional JUICEBOXdotcom blogger, but has no association with the JUICEBOX Recording Co. This does not affect her review, and she would not touch their releases with a ten foot pole unless she really, truly liked them.