Monday, November 9, 2009

Contest:: Win a Vinyl Package from Paper Bag Records

Seeing as how this is merely an average Monday morning in November, I'm guessing many of you weren't overly psyched to greet the day. Well, let us turn that around quick fast: with a simple email to us you could win yourself 6 beautiful vinyl albums from Paper Bag Records. Yes friend, you read that correctly, not 1, not 2, and not even 3, but 6 lovely vinyl albums. And I do mean lovely (and somewhat rare):

All Paper Bag Records vinyl releases are produced in limited quantities on 180 gram vinyl, and feature unique silk screened covers and additional artwork. 300 copies - once they’re gone – they’re gone!

To recap, that's Josh Reichmann Oracle Band - Crazy Power, Little Girls - Concepts, Slim Twig - Contempt!, Winter Gloves - About a Girl, Woodhands - Heart Attack Rock Plaza - Central Are We Not Horses? and YSPWSD - XXXX. That's a whole lot of awesome right there. I mean, we've been fortunate to be able to run quite a few contests on the hill, but I think this one might just take the cake - so huge thanks to the kind folks at Paper Bag for letting us run it (and thanks to Darryl from StageFright for helping to hook it up).

So now, for the important info, how to win this rather excellent prize package. Simply drop us an email (herohill AT gmail DOT COM) with your name, details and the answer to this question: "Name the best thing you could hope to find in a mystery paper bag left on your doorstep" (we had to make you do a little work for a prize this good!). Feel free to leave the pertinent info in the comments as well. What are you waiting for, enter now!

MP3:: Little Girls - Concepts

MP3:: You Say Party! We Say Die! - Laura Palmer's Prom

MP3:: Woodhands - Electric Ave

MP3:: Winter Gloves - Invisible (ease v Remix)

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Video Hits:: Tom Fun, Said The Whale, Octoberman, Little Girls, Classified

Tom Fun
As we make our way through fall out here in Halifax, things are finally getting back to business, or rather posting, as usual. The Polaris is over, HPX is over, and so we're back to bringing you that sweet, sweet can-con, errrr, content. And because it's Thursday, that means one thing, Videos!

As you might imagine since we haven't run an episode of Video Hits in a while, we've got quite a backlog of them. So if you've sent us a vid in the last few weeks, our apologies, but perhaps send us a reminder and we'll try and get it up. So in the interest of backlog clearing, we've got a super-sized edition for you today. Five great videos on deck, so I'll do a quick intro and get out the way (Luda style).

The Tom Fun Orchestra's Bottom of the River somehow got nominated for a UK music video award, and that's pretty awesome, so I figured that deserved a posting. One great animtaed video deserves another, and so Said the Whale's vid for Camilo (The Magician) is up next. STW were one of the many buzz bands to play at the just-concluded HPX, another being Little Girls, and so their vid for Youth Tunes gets a posting. While on the subject of folks playing Halifax, Octoberman are playing Gus' Sunday night, so we've got their clip for Thirty Reasons here as well. I've said this before, but I've always enjoyed Classified's videos, and since he's got a new one for the awesome Can-rap all-star track Quit While You're Ahead, I had to put that up too. Enjoy!

Tom Fun Orchestra - Bottom of the River

MP3:: Tom Fun Orchestra - Watchmaker

Said the Whale - Camilo (The Magician)

MP3:: Said The Whale - The Magician (Camilo)

Little Girls - Youth Tunes

MP3:: Little Girls - Concepts

Octoberman - Thirty Reasons

MP3:: Octoberman - Thirty Reasons

Classified - Quit While You're Ahead

MP3:: Classified - Up All Night

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Quick Hitters:: Little Girls Concepts

I’m not sure what it is about Toronto’s Little Girls; the rub-you-raw abrasive guitar that dominates the mix, the hazy muddled vocals or even the catchy little samples they splice into the mix but the bottom line is that this TO two-piece solo affair is one I can’t get enough off. Even though I hesitate to call them lo-fi – the record is recorded well, just recorded to sound rough and distorted – Josh crafts the songs to avoid the summery washes we are all getting sick off, and crunches through track after track of noise filled bliss.

Not much has changed from what I said about the Tambourine EP released a few months ago – in fact most of the songs are included on Concepts – but the record still sounds fresh. What really grabs me about Concepts is how a crystal clear bass line propels so many of the tracks. Even as the vocals are warbled and the layers of guitars are fuzzed beyond recognition, you can attach yourself to the bouncing bass and nod along happily.

That little bit of structure helps you roam with the chopped up riffs and instead of succumbing to a gentle, persistent wash, tracks like the infectious Venom energize you, leaving your heart pounding. There are so many pleasant moments – the 80’s nod that shimmers on the album’s closing track Growing or the comforting drone of Youth Tunes that opens the record jump out of the speakers – but really you can mine any of the tracks for hidden nuggets and that’s why Concepts works as a full length.

McIntrye wrote songs that flow together and honestly, you might not be able to tell where you are in the record until you are countless listens in, but when you really sit down with Concepts and turn up the headphones as loud as you can, you start to appreciate his subtleties. For lack of any better words, the pulse of Seeing is inspiring and strangely freeing, like one of those scenes in a flick where a character just gives into the music and dancing in a dark club, covered by strobe lights and sweat completely unashamed or unconcerned with anything else.

Little Girls will be jump starting a killer night of music here in Halifax for HPX on October 24th, sharing the stage with Zeus (shit yeah), YSPWSD and Japandroids. That my friends might be what you call a can’t night miss of music.

MP3:: Little Girls - Concepts

Bonus track

MP3:: Little Girls - Heinz (Artery cover)

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