Now I donâ€™t want to make it sound like the main reason Iâ€™m posting on Halifax Singer-Songwriter Morgan MacDonald is that the submission email he sent us was pretty much note-perfect in relation to the cranky-pants submission manifesto we cobbled together a while back, but it certainly didnâ€™t hurt. Either way, Iâ€™m glad Morgan took [...]
D-Sisive - Adam [rip.mca 1964-2012]
“The Beastie Boys were my Beatles.” This is how D-Sisive introduces his heartfelt tribute to Adam Yauch. Now some might perceive such a statement to be cliche or overblown, but I can tell you for a fact that it isnâ€™t. For white kids who loved hip hop in the 80′s and 90′s, there is roughly a 0% chance you werenâ€™t influenced by the Beasties in some way, and MCA was like the stabilizing force that made the group work so well. There are thousands of things I could say about MCA, but many people have said them much better than I could over the last 10 days, and since thereâ€™s no better way to remember MCA than through his music, have a listen and reminisce on a wonderful person. RIP Adam.
MP3:: D-Sisive - Adam [rip.mca 1964-2012]
OSM:: Monie Love - Itâ€™s a Shame (My Sister)
Old School Mondays makes a return appearance with this Monie Love classic for a couple reasons. I heard it twice randomly in a couple days over the weekend, once in a coffee shop and once via the shuffle here at my house. As anyone who has heard it knows itâ€™s a groovy, amazingly catchy tune, [...]
Fevers - Passion is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
Iâ€™ll say this about this new video from Ottawaâ€™s Fevers, it certainly put some pep in my Monday afternoon step. I wasnâ€™t familiar with this Ottawa five-piece that bill themselves as “purveyors of independent, electronic pop”, but if the rest of their output is as catchy as this tune - a perfect balance between waves [...]
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)