Now I know the Ack has already posted a fine review of Afie Jurvanenâ€™s sophomore record Barchords, but Iâ€™d been looking for a reason to post his hat-based video for “Caught Me Thinking.” Well after work today I got caught in a downpour/monsoon that left me in a sour mood, but when I got back [...]
You donâ€™t have to tell me, I can tell by the sweet smell of premium Alberta Vodka emanating from your general direction that your Wednesday is dragging. Well, good news! I have a non-alcoholic way (youâ€™re like, “what, no booze? I though you said good news?!?!” haha, Oh you. Your insatiable thirst for liquor will [...]
When we got an email pertaining to this new video from TO duo Mad Ones, I have to admit that my brain automatically pictured them as an early 90′s hip hop group signed to Loud Records or some such. No such luck as it turns out, but I wasnâ€™t disappointed, as this geetar & drums [...]
As a rule, I pretty much love blissed-out, hypnotic, sax-filled jams, so I was already going to enjoy “By and By”, the new single from Edmontonâ€™s Renny Wilson, but throw in a sexy jeans & gyration-filled, self-shot video, and you can set the Friday Fun meter to 10+++. Renny (aka RenĂ©) Wilson has formerly released [...]
Young roots rocker(s) Kalle Mattson (the guy or band? I thought they were a band before, perhaps not now?) is/are back with a new EP entitled Lives In Between. If the catchy, earnest sounds on display on the first single “Water Falls” are any indication (bonus points as always for the horn-laced outro), Kalle Mattson is moving in a very good direction - regardless of his/their current form. Those in Halifax can catch the band at The Carleton on May 20th, and check the website for other dates.
MP3:: Kalle Mattson - Water Falls
Wednesdays are made for cover songs. At least this is what Iâ€™ve heard, or rather, this is the premise Iâ€™m concocting to suit the needs of this post. But have a listen to Dan Griffinâ€™s rather solemn, acoustic take on Wolf Paradeâ€™s tragic Cosmonaut opus Yulia and youâ€™ll agree it deserved a posting. Griffin, also known as a member of current CDN rock radio faves Arkells, released a rather lovely 5 song solo EP late last year, which you can, and should, grab pour gratis via his website. If you like what you hear, and are in Ontario, you can catch Griffin at a number of dates around the province later this month.
MP3:: Dan Griffin - Yulia (Wolf Parade Cover)
If you havenâ€™t heard The Slakadeliqs debut album The Other Side of Tomorrow, perhaps you should. This incredibly soulful and genre-bending effort is helmed by Slakah the Beatchild and features an interesting group of folks assisting him. Of all the albums Iâ€™ve heard bandied about for Polaris consideration thus far, this is one of the [...]
Whatâ€™s that, your new single is produced by DITC legend Buckwild and features mad scratched-in Chuck D vocal samples? Well thatâ€™s an auto-post around these parts, so have yourself a listen below to “Lower Level”, the first single from TO-based MC/Producer Muneshineâ€™s long-awaited new album There Is Only Today. As I mentioned, it has a [...]
Itâ€™s an odd thing to say, but my affection for a particular album can result in a review or post dedicated to said album going up much, much later than it should. Seems odd to essentially punish a record I like, but this happens because I want to find the time to write something half-coherent [...]
The Internet is sometimes amazing. A Toronto hip hop duo makes a song inspired by a reverred Brazilian artist. Said artist has no idea about the song. A Portuguese graphic artist is inspired to create a wonderful video for the song, and gets a friend in Brazil to inform artist about the song and tape [...]