SBTS Playlist Series

SBTS STANDOUTS – THE NOVEMBER COLLECTION

December 1, 2016

November’s playlist is filled with soulful songs cloaked in funk rhythms, country swells, aching falsetto and bluesy brass. Despite the genre, heartfelt songwriting is the core of this month’s new releases. The November Collection eases in with the get down grooves of Bieber and Bruno, sinks into the soul of Michael Kiwanuka, James Arthur, Mac Miller, and Childish Gambino, wanders through the consciousness of Jim James and Macklemore, and resurfaces with the front porch storytelling of Margo Price, Maggie Rogers, and Julia Jacklin. Dive in and fill your soul. Always curated, always golden.

The SBTS STANDOUTS playlists feature our favourite new releases from each month. Here is our curated collection of the standout tracks from November 2016.

Listen on Spotify for the complete playlist (due to label restrictions, some songs are restricted from YouTube).

Follow Stories Behind The Songs on the Spotify app by entering spotify:user:storiesbehindthesongs into the search bar.

Check out the best of the year so far with the January, FebruaryMarch, April, MayJuneJulyAugustSeptember and October collections.

Listen to more of our curated playlists with the Stories Behind The Songs Playlist Series.

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Interviews

JASON COLLETT – 10 YEARS OF CURATING THE BASEMENT REVUE | The SBTS Interview

November 24, 2016
Jason Collett | Photo: Isis Essery

Jason Collett | Photo: Isis Essery

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Jason Collett’s half-literary-half-music series known as the Basement Revue. With its surprise lineups and exceptional collaborations, it’s one of Toronto’s most anticipated annual shows with this year being no exception – four out of the five 10th Anniversary performances have already sold out. Collett and literary co-curator Damian Rogers have built a reputation of thrilling audiences with both big names and exciting emerging talent over the years. Past performers have included Canadian icons such as Margaret Atwood, Gord Downie, Michael Ondaatje, Rufus Wainwright, Naomi Klein and Feist.

Beginning in 2007 at The Dakota Tavern, the Basement Revue has expanded into larger venues over the years including The Opera House, the NAC’s Ontario Scene Festival and three consecutive years at the Luminato Festival. This year, in celebration of a decade of performances fueled by passion and a rock’n’roll sensibility, Collett and Rogers bring the Basement Revue back home to the Dakota Tavern for four intimate shows in December with an extra special edition being held at The Great Hall on December 22nd.

In the days leading up to 10th anniversary shows, Jason Collett shared the story of the origin and evolution of the Basement Revue with Stories Behind The Songs.

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SBTS Playlist Series

SBTS STANDOUTS – THE OCTOBER COLLECTION

November 1, 2016

October was a month of heavy-hitting music with eagerly anticipated albums from Radiohead and Bon Iver and unexpected powerhouse records from artists like Solange and Julia Jacklin. The October Collection starts off with the high energy of Bruno Mars’s new single “24K Magic”, unfolds with sparkling tracks by artists like MØ, Maggie Rogers, and Grimes and ends with heavy, emotional tracks from Macklemore and Vic Mensa. This month was a beauty for new music so hit play and take it in. Always curated, always golden.

The SBTS STANDOUTS playlists feature our favourite new releases from each month. Here is our curated collection of the standout tracks from October 2016.

Listen on Spotify for the complete playlist (due to label restrictions, some songs are restricted from YouTube).

Follow Stories Behind The Songs on the Spotify app by entering spotify:user:storiesbehindthesongs into the search bar.

Check out the best of the year so far with the January, FebruaryMarch, April, MayJuneJulyAugust and September collections.

Listen to more of our curated playlists with the Stories Behind The Songs Playlist Series.

Subscribe to the Stories Behind The Songs YouTube and Spotify channels to stay connected to our curated Stories Behind The Songs Playlist Series.

Current Music

BEHIND THE ALBUM: DON’T LET THE KIDS WIN – JULIA JACKLIN

October 18, 2016

Don't Let The Kids Win - Julia Jacklin

There are some records that grip your attention within the first few bars and quicken your heart with the possibility of falling in love with a new artist. Julia Jacklin’s Don’t Let The Kids Win, makes you feel just that – utterly captivated by a sound that comes from a place of true authenticity. Her smooth, expressive voice and warm guitar tones create a cozy sonic nook you can sink into. The first note of the album feels like an exhale and from there, it unfolds into one gorgeous song after another. Don’t Let The Kids Win flows flawlessly with Jacklin’s rich vocal tone oozing like honey over twangy guitar. Her earnest delivery of each introspective lyric gives the album depth and emotional rawness that rushes through you. Moments of sparse instrumentation are intoxicating in their intimacy. They are the kind of songs that would be at home in an old, dark, nearly empty country tavern while a few couples quietly slow-dance, lost in the aching space. These songs are quiet beauties full of imagery. Jacklin is a stellar songwriter who breaks your heart like only the best songwriters can.

Julia Jacklin shared the stories behind each song on Don’t Let The Kids Win with Stories Behind The Songs. Here is an inside look Behind The Album, Track by Track:

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Current Music

The 10 Best Indie Albums of 2016 So Far

October 5, 2016

Best Indie Albums of 2016 So Far

2016 has already been a great year for outstanding independent releases. From electro to garage rock, psych-pop to folk-rock, our list of standout albums encompasses a range of genres and intensities. Each of these 10 albums blew us away with their songwriting, musicianship and artistry.

Here is the Stories Behind The Songs List of the Best Indie Albums of 2016 so far:

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