Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Find: Miss Marlow

For those who like: Silversun Pickups

When you take a Brooklyn alt rock band and add a Danish female singer, you get Miss Marlow.  Guitars shimmer with vocals that come in somewhere in the Tanya Donelly range.

Listen to the single "Supernova" here:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Q&A: the Supersuckers' Eddie Spaghetti

I've been a fan of rock/country/punk band The Supersuckers for a long long time and I can personally attest that their claim of being the Greatest Rock N' Roll Band In The World isn't far off.  They recently announced the Canadian tour in support of their new record Get The Hell.  I had the pleasure of speaking with lead singer/bassist Eddie Spaghetti about the tour and album.

Here's the poop:

TO Snob: First off, thanks for doing this.  You've got 16 Canadian shows booked for this latest tour.  I assume this means that you aren't going to blow off the Canadian dates.ES: Yeah, we're not going to blow them off this time.  We're done blowing them off.
TO Snob: I've been looking for the tour dates to be coming and I keep seeing nothing and nothing.  You've done like 56 dates in Denmark but nothing in Canada until now.  Why did it take so long?ES: I don't know we've been trying to cover everywhere with the new record and just now we're getting to Canada.
TO Snob: You've always been good to us.ES: It's always been great in Canada.  It can be a hassle getting in sometimes for some reason though.
TO Snob: It probably depends on who's in the band at the time.ES: Yes it does.
TO Snob: This will be the 13 times I've seen you guys, and my favorite show I ever saw was when you opened for yourself, doing the country set then the rock set.  What's the make-up of the set for these shows going to be?ES: We've been largely doing just the rock shows because we have the new record out and that's been the focus.  But we have been working on some new country songs.  In Calgary we're going to be doing a country show and a rock show, so it's possible we'll be busting out some country music.

Mark Lanegan Band: "Phantom Radio" (album review)

There are few people in music who manage to juggle as many projects as Mark Lanegan.  Well the former Screaming Trees singer has found some time to release an album of new material from his own Mark Lanegan Band in the form of the brooding new record Phantom Radio.

Some electronic influences bubble to the surface on this album.  A heavy '80s techno goth pop inspiration can be felt on "Floor of the Ocean". We get a menacing taken on Trip Hop with "The Killing Season".  A pulsing, but not overwhelming beat drives "Dry Iced".

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jaime Payne: "Figure It Out" (video)

Romance with teddy bears always make for a good video.  It doesn't hurt that Huntsville-native Jaime Payne's song "Figure It Out" is also pretty damn catchy.

Watch it here:

The Flaming Lips: "With a Little Help From My Fwends" (album review)

Only The Flaming Lips would have the temerity to try to pull this off.  On October 27th the trailblazing group will release a track-by-track cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  For this they've enlisted a long list of collaborators and named the effort With A Little Help From My Fwends.

It begins with a bang as "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" starts with a clatter before turning into a My Morning Jacket and J Mascis-aided bubbly tune.  A wonky warbly-effects filled version of "When I'm Sixty-Four" is simply delightful.  The closer, "A Day In the Life", is mellow and soothing.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thurston Moore: "The Best Day" (album review)

Two songs in to The Best Day, the new album from Thurston Moore, and I was ready to dismiss his post-Kim Gordon effort.

The opener, "Speak To the Wild", was very like the tail end of Sonic Youth.  It's a rehash of some of that band's least experimental work.  The 11-minute opus "Forevermore" fared no better, simply trotting along well passed the time it wore out it's welcome.

Finally, on nugget of hope appeared on "Tape".  The song has a strong dustbowl feel to it.  It too, however, managed to linger on too long.

KASHKA to release acoustic EP, listen to "Salmon Arms"

Toronto musician Kat Burns, better known by her stage name KASHKA, is celebrating the one year anniversary of her album by releasing an acoustic EP of some of the songs.

Listen to the track "Salmon Arms" here:

KASHKA plays the Drake Underground in Toronto on November 9th.

New releases for Oct 21st: Primus, Thurston Moore, Cold War Kids

  • Caught On Tape
  • Cold War Kid
  • Elliott Brood
  • Foo Fighters
  • Jeff The Brotherhood
  • Jenn Grant
  • Mark Lanegan
  • Annie Lennox
  • Thurston Moore
  • Primus- Review
  • Transit

Monday, October 20, 2014

Christian D: "Blood On the Frozen Sand"

I don't know what it is, but I love murder ballads.  It's probably the same reason people love horror moves.  Or they rubberneck on the highway.  Or watch Leafs games.  Well whatever the reason I can't get enough of them.

Toronto musician Christian D has a new one.  It's called "Blood On the Frozen Sand" and strikes many of the same notes as the most morbid stuff from Nick Cave.

Have a listen here:

Christian D plays the Junction City Music Hall on Saturday with Buzz Deluxe.

Elliott BROOD: "Little Ones" (video)

Elliott BROOD have posted a video of the new album track "Little Ones".  It's from the band's new album Work & Love that comes out on October 21st.

Watch it here: