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Friday, March 19, 2010

Thrush Hermit Reunion - Tonight

Well kids, the time has come, Joel, Rob, Ian & Cliff got their Voltron on and re-formed last night, as the opening show of their mini-reunion tour went down in Moncton (and from the brief accounts I've read so far today, it sounds like copious amounts of fun were had by both the band and the crowd). But let's be honest, the tour kicks off for realz tonight, with the boys rocking a very familiar hometown stage they would have graced last when it was the Marquee.

So then, it's going to be quite the evening wouldn't you say? We've been counting down to these shows over the last few weeks, so be sure to check out those posts for some Herohill vs. Thrush Hermit fun facts. Because we're all out of facts, the only one that counts now is that we'll be at the show tonight, revelling in the nostalgic riff-age created by a sure-to-be-energized Hermit.

I'm not even going to give the tour dates this week, as I'm going to assume most of the shows are sold out (a quick consultation with Dr. Google could help you find out for sure), but I will mention once again that Joel's New Scotland Records is putting out an epic 7(!) disc box set of Thrush Hermit's complete recordings. I'm sure they will be selling these things like hotcakes at the shows, but I'm pretty sure if you offered Joel a kidney or your first born, he'd save one for you.

So then, so music to celebrate: a couple Thrush Hermit classics, and a great TH cover from Jon McKiel. Enjoy, and see you tonight.







MP3:: Thrush Hermit - Hated It






MP3:: Thrush Hermit - North Dakota
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/thrushhermitrox






MP3:: Jon McKiel - Violent Dreams

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Contest:: Win tix to see Jon McKiel @ The Seahorse

A few months ago I was asked by the National Post to contribute to their "put your stock in a musician" series. With all the incredible talent across this country and hidden away from the masses here on the East Coast, the options were high, but I settled on Halifax's Jon McKiel.

Jon's last record was a solid collection of indie rock anthems, but any of his new material that's leaked out shows he's really found his stride. Jon's experimenting with heavier, sludge filled riffs but hasn't lost his love of hooks and harmonies.

So, why not take advantage of seeing him unleash some of his new songs when he plays The Seahorse on Friday March 12th with Babette Hayward and herohill favs Cousins. All you have to do is send us an email (herohill AT gmail DOT COM) or drop your pertinents in the comment section. Thursday afternoon we will make like Biz Markie, go up our nose and pick a winner.

We also want to take the time to give you all a super sneak preview of Jon's new work. Here's the demo version of Iceman, a track from his upcoming album. It's got a tight bass line, lots of nice feedback and some subtle, but spot on female backing harmonies. It's noisy and catchy, so basically I challenge you to listen to this 4-minutes of music and not want to see him live. Your move loyal blog reader... your move.






MP3:: Jon McKiel - Iceman
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/jonmckiel

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Friday, January 29, 2010

IDOW 2010:: Saturday Preview

In The Dead of Winter
Unfortunately we didn't make it out to any In The Dead of Winter festivities last night, but hopefully you did. Tonight is chock-a-block full of options again, as you likely remember from our Friday Preview - again, that Bahamas/John K. Samson bill at St. Pat's will be hard to pass up. But today, we're going to have a look at what's on tap for Saturday night:


St. Patrick’s Church, $25:
8:00 - Catherine MacLellan
9:00 - Justin Rutledge
10:00 - Jim Bryson

The Company House, $20:
7:30 - Babette Hayward
8:00 - Jon McKiel
9:00 - Jon Brooks

The Bus Stop Theatre, $15:
8:00 - Gabrielle Papillon
9:00 - Jenny Omnichord
10:00 - Dreamsploitation
11:00 - Dinah Thorpe

FRED, $10:
8:00 - Gianna Lauren
9:00 - David Celia
10:00 - Brooke Miller

Those in the market for something a little different would likely enjoy that Bus Stop Theatre show with Jenny Omnichord and Dreamsploitation, but St. Pat's has another pretty amazing show on offer as well. Get out and see something on the festival's last night.







MP3:: Jim Bryson - Fallen Leaves (Live)

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quick Hitters:: La Strada

If you ever read music blogs other than this one, and unless you're married to one of us, or gave birth to one of us, I can't imagine why you wouldn't, you're likely aware that Brooklyn, NY, is kind of the mecca of indie music culture in the US of A. Not surprisingly, Halifax doesn't often see most of the buzz bands that come out of BK, as the Maritimes isn't exactly at the top of the must-play list for bands trying to establish themselves (although our casino does seem to be a must-play for has-been trying not to disappear completely, so hey, we've got that going for us). However, you can see one such band here this weekend if you are seeing Hey Rosetta! on either Friday or Saturday night at The Paragon: Brooklyn's La Strada is opening for them.

At first blush, the pairing of the St. John's superheroes with a band from Brooklyn seems like an odd one, but if you listen to both bands, it's a rather apt pairing. Both bands create sweeping, anthemic songs around the literary songwriting of their headman (James Craft in La Strada's case, Tim Baker for Hey Rosetta!), but whereas HR are naturally inclined to be inspired by the traditional sounds of their home province, which admittedly they shape and mold into a thoroughly modern folk-rock type sound, La Strada bring to mind island sounds of a different, more European bent. Like Corsica perhaps (Yeah, I just name-checked Corsica. Big deal, that's how we operate around here). Given Craft's geographically diverse past, he was born in France, and has also lived in Northern California and Romania, this assertion might actually make a bit of sense.

I'd love to say I was blown away by my first listening of La Strada's latest EP, but their songs have a more subtle charm that draw you in after a few listens. I can happily say that after spending a bit of time with the record, the songs have revealed themselves to be really quite catchy. The wistful Orphan mixes soaring strings with accordion and somber drums to create a Dickensian soundtrack with which to greet your morning. That morning would be enhanced even further by The Sun Song, with it's marching band drums and triumphant vocals, it's an unlikely peptalk of a song. While I'm not exactly sure you could really describe Flying as up-tempo, it uses some rather lovely, albeit word-free, vocal harmonies, and almost Asian-sounding strings, to send the listener on a rather enjoyable trip. Starling is an accordion-led sing-along that feels as though it should be accompanied by the synchronized thud of beer-mugs being banged on the table at your next indie-Oktoberfest gathering.

So, if you're in Halifax this weekend, make your way to the Paragon for this show (I believe Saturday is sold out, so Friday might be the move), because I think it's going to be a great one. I should also mention that a portion of that greatness will be coming from hill favorite Jon McKiel, who is also on the bill, and no less important than the other two acts - I'm just not smart enough to have worked him into the post before now. If you aren't in Halifax, check out La Strada's EP, and give it a few listens, it's worth it I think.







MP3:: La Strada - Starling
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/lastradanyc

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Contest:: Win 2tix to Hey Rosetta! and Jon Mckiel

That's right folks. We're still in the giving mood over here at herohill, so we are giving you the chance to spend this Friday night rocking out with the Newfoundland Polaris shortlisters, Hey Rosetta! and Halifax's own Jon Mckiel. Chances are by now you know what Hey Rosetta! brings to the table - if you are new to the game, you can read Naedoo's gushing review here - but honestly, the epic orchestral pop translates well on stage, and the crowd tends to freak the fack out around these parts.

Jon Mckiel on the other hand is someone you might not be as familiar with. His last record was an indie rock gem, but he's kind of reinvented himself for the better. Jon's exploring a more sludge filled existence, but instead of lo-fi, off kilter vocals, Mckiel lets harmonies and energy power through the sludge. His new record is slated for early next year, and it's going to be unreal. So, take this chance to get on the bandwagon while there's still room.

Throw in the fact Brooklyn's La Strada are making the trip up and we have a must see show in my humble opinion. The show is this Friday @ The Paragon. To enter, just email herohill (herohill AT gmail DOT COM) or leave your contact info in the comments section.

Hey Rosetta! - Yes! Yes! Yes!


Jon Mckiel - Fistfight (courtesy of Southern Souls)

JON MCKIEL - Fist Fight from Mitch Fillion on Vimeo.









MP3:: Hey Rosetta! - I've Been Asleep For a Long, Long Time
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/heyrosetta








MP3:: Jon Mckiel - Fistfight (Live @ Gus')
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/jonmckiel

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Contest:: Win TIX & CDs from Jon McKiel & Dan Ledwell

Pretty well says it all doesn't it? Your good friends at herohill want to give you the chance to see two terrific artists in one terrific spot. Jon is putting the finishing touches on his new record (and his last effort was nothing to scoff at)and if you are a fan of herohill, you've no doubt read about how much we loved Dan's stripped down folk release, Two Over Seven (review).

On September 16th, Jon and Dan are playing @ The Carleton and the chance to see both artists in a hushed quiet venue with great sound, food and wine for free is one you might want to jump on fast. Chances are Jon will be working out the kinks from his new songs, getting ready for the release date so it should be a pretty terrific night and Dan's charming persona will be a nice warm up for the headline act.

We will also throw in a CD from both artist and all you have to do is email us (herohill AT gmail DOT COM) or leave a comment with your info.









MP3:: Dan Ledwell - One Day (Superfriendz cover)
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/jonmckiel
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/danielledwellmusic

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