2012

CFCF - Exercise #3 (Building)

I know he’s a rather buzz-tastic chap these days, but I’ve loved Michael Silver’s (aka CFCF) stuff for a while now, so I’mma go ahead and post this new track from his upcoming album Exercises. Exercise #3 (Building) is a peek into the contemplative nature of CFCF’s new record (which was partly inspired by “institutional [...]

Wildlife - Sea Dreamer

I don’t know about you, but after a long hard Wednesday, there is only one thing that can soothe my savage beast of a soul: street gang-related hi-jinks. Luckily Wildlife has me covered with their new video for Sea Dreamer off of their amazingly well received last album, Strike Hard Young Diamond. The video features [...]

Self Taught - Five Year Journey

Self Taught  Five Year Journey

When they sent me their new album, 5 Year Journey, it struck me that Vancouver hip hop outfit Self-Taught chose a very appropriate name for themselves. I’m sure it certainly describes how they learned their craft, but to me, it’s fitting because the guys that invented hip hop actually created this movement & music that [...]

Jon Epworth - Soothsayer

Jon Epworth  Soothsayer

Well this bit of news has plenty of people in Halifax excited, so why not share it: Jon Epworth has a new album coming out at the end of the month. Failure Epics will be released in digital form on the 28th and on vinyl in March via Diminished Fifth Records.

The Epworth and D5R match seems an odd pairing at first, based on the label’s current heavy duty metal catalog, but the conceptual Failure Epics was “inspired by King Crimson and Yes as well as more modern metal acts like Meshuggah, Mastodon and Converge”, so I suppose it does make sense. Whatever the inspiration, I certainly enjoy the melodic cacophony of the album’s first single, Soothsayer, so it’ll be interesting to see what the whole shootin’ match has to offer.

MP3:: Jon Epworth - Soothsayer
WEB:: www.jonepworth.ca

EPMD - Strictly Business

Seems today is Bob Marley’s birthday, so I figured we might as well celebrate with the most famous Marley sample in Old School hip hop history - EPMD’s Strictly Business, the title track from their debut album.  Obviously an amazing jam, but of course it’s not really a Bob Marley sample that is uses, but it famously flips the riff from Eric Clapton’s cover of I Shot The Shreriff.  So not strictly Marley I guess, but still a fitting OSM-style tribute I’d say. Happy Birthday Bob.

A Song About Falling Down Drunk At A Party

The end of the week has finally arrived, and I think we all want the same thing right about now: to watch a video of Old Man Luedecke playing a song in his bathtub. Well the folks at the very impressive Nova Scotia-based video site Analog Songs have you covered in fine style. So here’s [...]

Teenage Kicks - Middle of the Night

Teenage Kicks  Middle of the Night

I shant lie to you, I pretty much loved Teenage Kicks last EP, Rational Anthems, and so any news from the band is welcome on my cyber doorstep. And there appears to be TK news aplenty right now, as not only will they be playing in Halifax on March 30th (Michael’s with Wildlife and Glory [...]

Reuben Bullock - Man Made Lakes

Reuben Bullock  Man Made Lakes

It’s fitting that Calgary’s Reuben Bullock describes his state of mind, and musical perspective, as simply going where the river takes him. In a time when most folk/roots acts feel as natural as salmon fishing in the Yemen, Bullock lets go of any expectations and floats with the current. Bullock is a self-admitted work in [...]

Boxer The Horse - Rattle Your Cage

If you had taken a poll a few years ago, when PEI was spitting out awesome young bands like they were some new form of hybrid potato (a PEI/potato ref, unexpected right?), around which band would end up having the most interesting body of work over their career, the winner would likely have been Boxer The Horse. Maybe. I mean if you asked us, it likely would have, as ever since they ethered a loudmouth brah at a hill-related HPX showcase, we’ve had a soft-spot for these guys.

Their debut full-length album, Would You Please, bore that out as well, as they produced a textured album that melded their old-school influences with a modern sound. Well BTH is back, set to release their new album, French Residency, on March 3rd. If the crunchy first single, Rattle Your Cage is any indication, they’ve taken their cues from a much more riff-tastic era this time around, and the results sound good so far.

MP3:: Boxer The Horse - Rattle Your Cage
WEB:: boxerthehorse.com

B.A. Johnston - Truffle Shuffle

B.A. Johnston, Canada’s favourite sweat-soaked and/or shirtless bon-vivant, has a new album called Hi Dudes! coming out February 21st. The lead single is entitled Truffle Shuffle and features Laura Barrett on the guest vocals. You can call me Chris Traeger, because that is literally all you need to know about this enterprise. Get on it.

MP3:: B.A. Johnston - Truffle Shuffle f. Laura Barrett
WEB:: www.bajohnston.ca