Friday, August 28, 2015

New releases for Aug 28th: Coeur de Pirate, Destroyer

  • Beach House
  • Coeur de Pirate
  • Defeater
  • Destroyer
  • Foals
  • Frog Eyes
  • k-os
  • Rob Moir
  • Motorhead
  • The Weeknd
  • Yo La Tengo

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Coeur de Pirate: "Roses" (album review)

Under the moniker Coeur de Pirate, Beatrice Martin has created some of the most interesting pop music of recent years.  And she's done it with equal aplomb in both official languages.

This week she returns with her latest studio album of original material, Roses.

This time around Martin performs the majority of her songs in English.  However, even though I have little clue as to what she's singing about, the French songs tend to be the stronger ones.

An orchestral sets the mood for "Tu oubliras mon nom".   The same helps make "Drapeau blanc" transform into a beautifully mesmerizing number.  On the flip side, "Crier tout bas" may be the darkest track on the record.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Desroyer: "Poison Season" (album review)

Dan Behar has always been a busy dude.  On August 28th he dusts off his Destroyer persona with the release of the album Poison Season.

Starting on a positive note, "Dream Lover" is a feisty rocker adorned with horns aplenty.  The title track connects with a playful jangle and sway.

There's a swooning cinematic approach to much of Destroyer's music.  Here it manifests on tracks such as "Times Square, Poison Seaon I" and the twisted take on '70s cop show themes "Midnight Meets the Rain".

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday Find: Daysdeaf

For those who like: thoughtful DIY covers

Daysdeaf is a musician based in Brampton, ON who has put together a number of solid covers of all-time favorites.

Listen to him cover Neil Young's "Needle & the Damage Done" here:

Monday, August 24, 2015

This week in Toronto concerts: Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, Wavelength Festival

The Sheepdogs get shaggy at the ACC on Friday.  Wavelength takes over the Island on the weeken.  The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic hits Dundas this weekend as well.

...also this week:

  • Kate Voegele, Aug 24
  • Lenny Kravitz, Aug 26
  • Megan Nicole, Aug 26
  • Throwing Shade, Aug 26
  • Northlane, Aug 27
  • Blackilicious, Aug 28
  • The Vaccines, Aug 28

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Toronto concerts announced this week: James Bay, Alvvays

  • Will Butler, Lee's Palace, Sep 21
  • Stevie Wonder, Air Canada Centre, Oct 9
  • The Lighthouse and The Whaler, Drake Underground, Oct 10
  • Hinds, Lee's Palace, Oct 24
  • The Chainsmokers, Sound Academy, Nov 7
  • Hudson Mohawke, Mod Club, Nov 13
  • James Bay, Sound Academy, Nov 18
  • Odesza, Sound Academy, Nov 19
  • Beach Slang, Lee's Palace, Nov 23
  • Health, Horseshoe Tavern, Nov 26
  • Between the Buried and Me, Danforth Music Hall, Dec 10
  • Alvvays, Danforth Music Hall, Dec 11

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Playlist Of The Week: Greenbelt Harvest Picnic

The annual Greenbelt Harvest Picnic takes place next weekend at the Christie Conservation Area near Dundas.  Get in the mood with this playlist of artists performing.

Friday, August 21, 2015

New releases for Aug 21st: Noah Gunderson, Angel Deradoorian

  • Angel Deradoorian
  • Drinks
  • The Fratellis
  • Gardens & Villas
  • Noah Gunderson
  • Method Man
  • Monogold
  • The Sword

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Heartbeat City: "Thunder Amongst Us" (album review)

The first thing that strikes you when you listen to Thunder Amongst Us, the debut album from Winnipeg's Heartbeat City, is just how darn Canadian the record sounds.

The album, which came out on August 7th, evokes thoughts of early '90s Canadian alternative acts like The Rheostatics or The Inbreds.  That is most apparent on the angular, lo-fi "Small Victories" and the casual melodic "Grinner".

The cold and desolate "Walker" has the same prairie aura as many a Neil Young song.  However, the vocals sound much closer to Colin Meloy.