Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: 1990s - The Box

Sometimes you're funny...

...but mostly you're not

I think I'm gonna have to put you back in your box

www.myspace.com/1990sband


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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: Grand Analog - Electric City f. Shad

No need to freak out...

...unless you're freaked out...

...I bring the passion back in one freestyle

www.myspace.com/grandanalog

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: The Paper Cranes Telephone

Just Hold Your Breath...

Till I'm Out of the Picture.

http://www.myspace.com/thepapercranes

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: ProF - A Life Force

The (life) force is strong...


www.myspace.com/professorfingers


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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: Hey Ocean! - Song About California

"Write a song about California he said...

think I'll write a song about him instead."


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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: Dog Day - Rome

"...wish I could help you forget

when you're in the red."


www.dogdaymusic.com


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Monday, February 16, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: The O'Darling Mooncat



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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Optimist Vs The Silent Alarm


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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: Heartless Bastards Early in the Morning (acoustic)



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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: The Thermals - Now We Can See


I have to be honest, I didn't expect there to be much competition for the title of the Stingray of the Day. I mean, how many good songs can you be sent in one day? Well, today that number exceeds one, because tUnE-yArDs and The Thermals decided to battle head-to-head for control of my inbox.

I'm a huge fan of what Merrill Garbus brings to the table and I'm as excited about the new tUnE-yArDs record as any release this year. You'd probably not expect it, but the lo-fi homemade samples, picked uke riffs and surprising grooves are captivating, so I guess that's why I am kind of surprised to have to pass on the first single from her record and opt for the 90's style punk rock goodness of The Thermals.

The first track from the new record - Now We Can See - starts slowly but grabs a hold of you with crunching guitars, cymbal crashes and a chorus that forces you to sing-along. The Thermals are trying hard to usher in a new era of hope as they try to shrug off the eight years of suffering under the Bush regime. We here at herohill aren't prophets, but maybe, just maybe getting the nod as the Stingray of the Day will help them see that better days lie ahead and things will get better.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Stingray of the Day:: Down the Lees - Talk Is Not Cheap

Shane and I have been bouncing around an idea to help keep the content flowing on herohill. We’ve always prided ourselves on the fact we don’t simply link PR releases or plug the hottest bands, but being a two man shop, it’s hard to talk about every band we want to talk about. Even considering the fact we are 95% Canadian content and we ignore most of the stuff sent our way, there is still waaaay too much quality music to write a novella about each record that catches our ear.

I guess that is why we've started a new test project, the herohill - Stingray of the Day. With a title like that, we owe you an explanation. The Mad Foxes – Stingray 2 is probably the worst movie ever made, but it’s a herohill classic. We watched it years ago and still quote it now for some reason. Long story short, this film is about a bunch of terrible bikers basically run a muck, killing or sexing everyone in site. The flick is a slight 77 minutes, but after you are done, you feel like you’ve watched The Godfather... 3... 3 times... in a row.

But, the reason it has stuck around is the memorable quote from the old drunk in the bar, who toasts himself with the line, “Here’s to me. The best there is.” So, like Mad Foxes, we want to praise the best there is… in our inbox each and every day.

To launch the project, here’s an absolutely fantastic track from Vancouver based Down the Lees. Lauralee Schultz has been making music for a long time and after years of playing with bands like Queazy, New Years Resolution and the Skinjobs, it's pretty obvious she has the creds to venture in any musical direction whenever she wants.

Her latest endeavor, Down the Lees, is a downtempo electro project that strips out any of the unnecessary blips and bleeps, and focuses on pulse like beats that surges through your body. Talk Is Not Cheap meshes her restrained programming with Lyn Heinmann’s (Portico) guitar and as the duo sings about a lost friendship, the song builds and builds and you feel LL's regret, but more importantly you feel like you are a part of the camaraderie these two artists share.

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