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Reviews:: Baby Eagle & The Proud Mothers Bone Soldiers

Reviews:: Baby Eagle & The Proud Mothers Bone Soldiers

In an era of cynicism and snark, Lambke is shockingly honest and straight forward. He refuses to hide behind cliches, opting to forge a connection with the listener on equal footing. That clarity help Lambke deliver his metaphors with the impact of Thor’s hammer. Sonically, Bone Soldiers is of the moment, but lyrically, these songs(…)

Apollo Ghosts cover Shotgun Jimmie

Apollo Ghosts cover Shotgun Jimmie

* photo courtesy of Kate Robin Henderson. Remember a few months back when Shotgun Jimmers did the world a frickin’ service and covered herohill’s favorite cape wearing band? Well, last night Apollo Ghosts returned the favor. Diving deep into Jimmers catalog, the Vancouver band put an energetic, fuzzed out spin on “One Trick Pony” from(…)

Favorites-of ’12:: Eric Chenaux Guitar & Voice

Favorites-of ’12:: Eric Chenaux Guitar & Voice

There aren’t enough words in my vocabulary to define my affection for the new Eric Chenaux record, Guitar & Voice. It’s not a passionate love that will burn out suddenly and be forgotten, it’s a scar or birthmark I’ll carry forever. The back story is not shared casually over drinks, displayed on a wall or(…)

Bleating Hearts:: Bleating Hearts

Bleating Hearts:: Bleating Hearts

There are a few easy ways to get me to pay attention to your band, including: Feature Rose Melberg on vocals Throw in heavy doses of the singing saw Casually drop an Apollo Ghosts connection in your intro email To be fair, Vancouver’s Bleating Heart isn’t defined by any of the items on said list,(…)

KRS-One – I Can’t Wake Up

KRS-One – I Can’t Wake Up

What say we wrap up this Monday in Old School style, shall we? I mentioned KRS-One’s excellent-yet-odd “I Can’t Wake Up” last week in my review of mikedecline’s new album/mixtape. This Preemo-produced cut appeared on KRS’ 1993 debut solo album, and featured the Blastmaster telling a tale of a nightmare which revolved around a dream(…)

Sneak Peak:: Zachary Lucky Back in the Fall

Sneak Peak:: Zachary Lucky Back in the Fall

Zachary Lucky sounds like man that had love break his heart and the road break his spirit. Words fall from his lips, heavy and heartfelt, and you wonder how a man so young became saddled with such weight. Lucky’s anguish is the listener’s reward. “Back in the fall”, the first single from his new Saskatchewan(…)

Octoberman – Dressed Up

Octoberman – Dressed Up

Marc Morrissette has seen the world as a tourist, as a foreigner. Years ago, his solo work was a collection of observations and memories from his travels, held close and shared openly like sepia toned photos. The songs were stripped down, which made complete sense considering they were born in new countries and lonely hostels.(…)

File Under Awesome:: Shivering Songs this weekend

Alright, Fredericton. You and I haven’t seen eye to eye much in the past, but I’m willing to forgive and forget what with you playing host to the 2nd edition of the Shivering Songs festival. Like most fantastic festivals, Shivering Songs isn’t about Redbull tents, corporate sponsors and buzz bands that will be lucky to(…)

Henry Svec – Winter is Cold and Good

Henry Svec – Winter is Cold and Good

Henry Svec’s collection of new folk classics was one of my favorite records last year. This song, a fitting tribute to Winter, shows he isn’t stopping any time soon. Oh, and the way he flaunts his new boots to taunt Charlton is superb. MP3:: Henry Svec – Winter is Cold and Good Web:: www.folksongsofcanadanow.com

Quick Hitters: C. Sterling No Matter

In the last few years, the number of acts presenting slight folk compositions bolstered by orchestral layers has grown to an all-time high. Pleasant and safe; while perfectly acceptable, aren’t really the descriptors you pine for when discovering a new band.   C. Sterling – the solo project from Craig Smith – could easily be(…)