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37 minutes | Sep 28, 2018
Episode 78: All Good Things
Jesse and Dylan wrap up the podcast! It's a little sad, but it's a great trip down memory lane. We talk about what we've done, how we've grown, and how things have changed since then, and thank just about everybody we can think of. As always, there's lots of laughs and tangents, so it should fun to listen to. So for one last time: Get in the Loop!
34 minutes | Aug 27, 2018
Episode 77: Two Hearts (Charlie McKittrick & Jamie Reaume)
We're nearing the end of a tumultuous summer, but Jesse and Dylan are back on the board covering the dual EP release of long-time AFL favourites Charlie McKittrick and Jamie Reaume. Four tracks apiece, ranging all over the map with two distinct takes on the themes of love and loss that manage to blend remarkably into a cohesive whole. We've never heard anything like it and odds are neither have you. So check it out!
39 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
Episode 73: Bike Theifs
On today's episode we have Toronto rock band Bike Thiefs and their most recent five-track recording "Lean Into It." They bill themselves as quote "grammatically inept three-piece rock band," but that's where the ineptiude ends; it's loud and messy, but it's also heartfelt and emotional. Punk-adjacent alt rock with a biting attitude and strong poetry, it's surely not to be missed.
58 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
Episode 71: Jeff Eager
Neo-soul, funk, disco, R & B, Jeff Eager's Bonavista has it all. Dancy groovy hits, an ode to Toronto's beloved Hideout and this generation's Isn't She Lovely (Once in a While) are all on the horizon of this slick, soulful record. Plenty of flange guitar tones and shades of Stevie Wonder, Prince and Lenny Kravitz make this an instant classic. Get in the loop!
36 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
International Bonus Episode
We've made fans and friends across the globe, so today we share selected tracks from 3 such bands. Shun The Raven, Eyeball and The Romeo Knights span heavy metal rock, ambient pastel acid trips and contemporary pop rock. A great sample platter for discovering new tunes. Check them all out at https://www.reverbnation.com/shuntheraven, https://www.eyeball-band.com/, and http://theromeoknights.com/
33 minutes | Feb 19, 2018
Episode 70: Ben Edwards
Nova Scotia born Ben Edwards takes us through a bues-inspired soft rock story of longing, wanderlust, melancholy and ultimately hope. Acoustic guitars, gently gruff vocals and vibes of Coldplay, U2 and Daughtry fill out this early release Bright Light Catasrophe while his latest single serves as a fitting epilogue. Get into it!
35 minutes | Feb 2, 2018
Episode 69: Sean Pinchin
Modern blues, hints of country and plenty of stomps and slide guitars, we listened to Sean Pinchin's Juno award winning Monkey Brain. It's whiskey heartache fun with a surprisingly accessible polished aesthetic that doesn't undermine its grime. Get in the loop!
31 minutes | Jan 15, 2018
Episode 68: Quinnzelle
Jesse and Dylan tackle Ottawa Pop Punk band Quinnzelle and their self-titled debut EP. It's hard, heavy, and a little raunchy; it hit all of Dylan's Blink 182 nostalgia buttons. Jesse contemplates the nature of authenticity and appreciates the rhythm section. There's also some talk about Star Wars, we get news of the podcast being contacted from other worlds (well, the United States at least).
37 minutes | Dec 26, 2017
Episode 67: Tea & Table Talk w/ Ai Rei
After her debut release with Ink Sticks and Stones, Jesse sat down with Ai Rei to dig into her making her first record, All That Gets Left Behind. Ai Rei gets into her unique sound and influences, and the balance between careers both behind the scenes and front and center as a performer. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all from AFL!
34 minutes | Dec 11, 2017
Episode 66: Carmen Toth (The Return of Social Potion)
There's more than a few flavours in this pack of bubblegum. A mature take on finding strength and yourself after love, Satefy Net is a take on 80's pop, full of shimmering synths and catchy hooks but grounded in brutally honest lyrics. Ethereal, fun and edgier than her first release, Carmen draws on Kate Bush, Cyndi Lauper, and Stevie Nicks in this incredible, personal follow-up record. Find her at carmentoth.com and get in the loop!
49 minutes | Nov 27, 2017
Episode 65: Ink Sticks & Stones
Today we tackle the delightfully difficult to categorize Ink Sticks and Stone’s release All That Gets Left Behind. It’s a storyteller’s epic that weaves in classical piano, Chinese mythology, French waltz, and folk noir to create an utterly unique sound so get in the loop!
37 minutes | Oct 30, 2017
Episode 64: Felix's Belt
A return to funky form, we've got a new release from Felix's Belt (previously known as Thunderfunk) and things get groovy. Building on their previous work, the band takes funk, soul, gospel, jazz and 70's bachelor pad organ sounds to new heights, tightly executed on a 5-track no filler record. Get in the loop!
53 minutes | Oct 17, 2017
Episode 63: Alvvays
Shiny 80s brit pop meets indie rock shoe gaze with Toronto’s Alvvays. Blending new wave synths with hints of distorted guitar tones, their second release Antisocialites has range in every sense. Sonically massive, it's a spacious and colourful record that is both washy and crisp. Masterful production, honest and dynamic emotional moments, and an ode to Jim Reid (Jesus and Mary Chain) make this sophomore record a perfect introduction to their sound.
41 minutes | Oct 2, 2017
Episode 62: Strictly Purple
Strictly Purple's Forgotten Songs EP is a mixed bag of folksy-stripped down shoegaze with two contrasting vocalists and great ambient synths. At their best when sharing a tune, Adam and Amina bring together strength and vulnerability, creating both smoothly, haunting surrealism and rougher emotionally raw takes. Forgotten Songs these will not be. Check them out at strictlypurple.bandcamp.com
3 minutes | Sep 23, 2017
EXCLUSIVE LISTEN: Yanis's The Land of Ooo
Only available through A Feedback Loop, take an exclusive first listen of Yanis's newest track, The Land of Ooo.
89 minutes | Sep 18, 2017
Episode 61: T & T w/ Jamie Reaume BONUS Exclusive Release of Yanis' In The Land of OOO
Jesse sits down with Jamie Reaume to talk music biz etiquette, collaboration and the team we don't always see, the philosophy of creation, and how Windsor and Toronto's music scene's vary greatly. BONUS exclusive FIRST listen of Yanis' newest track, only available through AFL, In The Land of Ooo. Get in the loop!
40 minutes | Sep 4, 2017
Episode 60: Father Owl
A modern take on prog rock, with plenty of inspirations and a bit of a horror vibe, Father Owl's self-titled album is great for listening to in the dark, in-between spaces. If you're not into prog rock, the sound is still pretty great and accessible, so you might find yourself looking a little deeper. Check'em out at www.fatherowlmusic.com!
45 minutes | Aug 21, 2017
Episode 59: The Lad CLassic
Steely metal guitar riffs with sweaty classic rock rhythms and a soaring powerhouse vocal, The Lad Classic's Rectifier is a beast of an album. For newbies to the genre, this may convert you. The inclusion of several acoustic versions of selected hard hitting tracks is also a great gateway, and showcases the band's individual strenghts. Check them out at theladclassic.com!
87 minutes | Aug 6, 2017
Episode 58: Tea & Table Talk w/ Phill Hood!
After a very successful CD release, Phill and Jess get in depth on what it takes to make a record, how Toronto's music scene has changed in the last decade, and what Phill's journey as an artist was like from Newfoundland to the Big Smoke. Soon to come: live footage from the AFL 2nd Anniversary show. Phill Hood and the Exclamation's debut release Detour available now!
49 minutes | Jul 10, 2017
Episode 57: The Stereo Division
On today’s episode we get into The Stereo Division and their latest release, Love is in Motion. It’s airy, watercolour, shoegaze heavy on synths and sex appeal. Dylan digs into how they build a formula and find ways to play within it, and Jess reluctantly admits that a record with little focus on lyrics can wash over you in a great way (and this one did). Perfect pairing to a romantic night in, a quiet meditation or as the backdrop to summer evening by the water. Come see us July 19th at The Hideout for our AFL 2nd Anniversary Showcase and get in the loop!
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