What I’m Listening to Today… Wild Horses


My good friend Sam shared this song on my Facebook and said it reminded her of me. After having a listen I’ll take that as a compliment. Thanks for a great song to add to the playlist!

What i’m listening to today… Lana Del Rey

I had heard of Lana Del Rey before now, of course. Her first single was released in August of 2011 with her debut album, Born to Die, released in January 2012. I just never really took the time to listen to any of her songs. That is until I saw The Great Gatsby. This is a movie I really enjoy and can’t wait to see again, preferably not in 3D. The soundtrack is very catchy, modern with a 20’s vibe, and I had to buy it. Lana Del Ray’s track, Young and Beautiful, is my favourite. I love her voice and I can easily sing along with out feeling super off key, which is nice. So when I saw her album on sale at HMV I knew I had to give it a listen. This album is one that I can listen to all the way through and I’ve had her songs stuck in my head for days, but only in a good way!

Burning Desire is the latest video from her newest album Paradise, released November 2012.


I love finding new singers/bands that I can listen to over and over! Remember the days when you couldn’t preview albums ahead of time? I had so many CD’s with only one good song. sigh.

What I’m listening to today… The Rural Alberta Advantage

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I really like listening to The Rural Alberta Advantage. They are a band that I enjoy most listening to alone. Mainly because then I can sing along without worry that my out of tune voice isn’t going to be laughed at but also because I feel I can connect better with the lyrics and music that way. I like songs with a good tune and that stir up some emotions and memories and I get both from The RAA. Here’s a short bio taken from their website:

The group consists of singer/guitarist Nils Edenloff, also the chief writer in the group; Paul Banwatt, whose raucous percussion pushes the songs into overdrive; and multi-instrumental Amy Cole, who provides keys, percussion, and backing vocals. Borrowing a regional slogan, Edenloff grew up in rural Fort McMurray, Alberta, and draws on his experiences there in his songwriting.

Departing is their second LP and was released on March 1, 2011.

Under the knife is the first song I heard from this band and it’s still one of my favourites.

If your in Calgary this weekend you can see The Rural Alberta Advantage for free! They’re playing the Sled Island Pre-fest party at Luke’s Drug Mart in Bridgeland Sunday June 2nd from 12-5. Check out the Facebook event HERE and for more info and tour dates visit their website www.theraa.com


For me this band supplies perfect listening tunes for a long road trip or a rainy day spent inside.

What I’m listening to today… Chvrches


I can’t remember where I first heard of Chvrches but I know that after looking up some of their songs it didn’t really matter. This group from Glasgow was formed in 2011 and consists of feature singer Lauren Mayberry and keyboardists/vocalists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. If your wondering if my auto correct stopped working, it didn’t. According to Wikipedia the band choose to spell churches with a V in order to avoid confusion in internet searches. That, and it looks pretty damn cool. Described as electro-pop, Chvrches gets inspiration from Prince, Depeche Mode, and Kate Bush.

Chvrches is touring this summer! Check out their facebook page to see if they’re stopping in your neck of the woods. Maybe one day they’ll make their way to Alberta, fingers crossed.



The Recover EP was just released in March and I’m already waiting in anticipation for more groove worthy music from Chvrches.

What I’m listening to today….. Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes, NME, January 2012                                                                              Photo: Pieter M. van Hattem / Contour by Getty Images

Awhile back I had read a little blurb in some magazine about a new band, Alabama Shakes, and decided that I should check them out. Well since I filed it in my mind and not somewhere useful, like in my notebook, I promptly forgot about them. Sad, because now that I’ve heard their music I realised I missed out on months of amazing musical enjoyment!

Maybe you’ve heard their hit song Hold On for which they were nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock performance? Or maybe you saw them last week on SNL? If not I’d be pleased to get you better acquainted with Alabama Shakes.

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Brittany Howard, Zac Cockrell, Heath Fogg, and Steve Johnson are the four members of the band. The group met and came together in Athens, Alabama and got to know each other through playing original material as well as covers of James Brown, Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. They released their first album, Boys and Girls, on April 9, 2012.



Alabama Shakes have been labeled as soul rock, southern rock, rockabilly, retro rock and soul revival just to name a few, but it seems like these musicians would rather just focus on making great music and not on labels.

“Retro soul is not what we’re going for, though it’s understandable why people say it,” says Howard. “We take inspiration from that, but we all understand Black Sabbath, too. On the record, we left a lot of room for whatever we want to do in the future.”

That quote was taken from their bio. You can read it in its entirety HERE.

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Just listening to the foot tapping music and experiencing Brittany Howard’s soulful vocals is a treat but watch Alabama Shakes live performances and you’ll see their awesome stage presence and genuine love for the craft.

Here’s the SNL performance of Always Alright and if you like it you should go to Alabama Shakes’ website www.alabamashakes.com and score a free download of this song!


This is one band that I would travel to see live. Maybe ill see them one day in a muddy concert field or a tiny backwoods bar.

In with the NEW… Music

So I’m a little embarrassed. Ok, who am I kidding, a LOT embarrassed! I Haven’t wrote on my blog since September! I feel horrible, but I’m determined to change this behaviour. It’s a new year, a new month and I have a new layout and my own domain name. Yay victoriadaytoday.com! I changed my header too. It’s a little peek into some of my passions and favourite things. I feel this layout is a lot more ‘me’. 

For my first post of 2012 I thought I’d share some music that is new to me and that I very much enjoy. Have a listen and hopefully you like what you hear, or at least some of what you hear. Or even if you hate it, yay for you! Way to have an open mind and listen to something new!











Conclusion: Music is good for the soul. And so is not being a procrastinator.