2012

Morgan MacDonald - Back to the Wilderness

Now I don’t want to make it sound like the main reason I’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 didn’t hurt. Either way, I’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 isn’t. For white kids who loved hip hop in the 80′s and 90′s, there is roughly a 0% chance you weren’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 there’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]
Web:: nobodywithanotepad.com

OSM:: Monie Love - It’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 it’s a groovy, amazingly catchy tune, [...]

Fevers - Passion is Dead (Long Live Fashion)

I’ll say this about this new video from Ottawa’s Fevers, it certainly put some pep in my Monday afternoon step. I wasn’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 [...]

Bahamas - Caught Me Thinking

Now I know the Ack has already posted a fine review of Afie Jurvanen’s sophomore record Barchords, but I’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 [...]

URBNET Certified Vol. 2

URBNET Certified Vol. 2

You don’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 (you’re like, “what, no booze? I though you said good news?!?!” haha, Oh you. Your insatiable thirst for liquor will [...]

MAD ONES - Out Of Love

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 wasn’t disappointed, as this geetar & drums [...]

Friday Fun:: Renny Wilson - By and By

Friday Fun:: Renny Wilson – By and By

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 Edmonton’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 [...]

Kalle Mattson - Water Falls

Kalle Mattson – Water Falls

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
Web:: www.kallemattson.com

Dan Griffin - Yulia (Wolf Parade Cover)

Dan Griffin – Yulia (Wolf Parade Cover)

Wednesdays are made for cover songs. At least this is what I’ve heard, or rather, this is the premise I’m concocting to suit the needs of this post. But have a listen to Dan Griffin’s rather solemn, acoustic take on Wolf Parade’s tragic Cosmonaut opus Yulia and you’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)
Web:: www.dangriffin.ca