Saturday, November 01, 2014

Playlist Of The Week: November rain

It's November.  So I thought I could pay tribute to the best known song about the month.  Have a listen here.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Find: Monique Angele

For those who like: Feist, Adele, Sarah McLachlan

With a twinkling piano and a gorgeous warm voice Toronto singer Monique Angele has a sound that should have broad appeal.  Her debut EP is out now.

Watch her live performance of the song "Answers" here:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tom Fun Orchestra: "Earthworm Heart" (video)

Cape Breton's Tom Fun Orchestra has put out a cool new animated video for their song "Earthworm Heart".

Watch it here:

Earthworm Heart from Trunk Animation on Vimeo.

Rancid: "...Honor Is All We Know" (album review)

I don't think I have to go into a lot of background about Rancid, who the band is, and what they've accomplished.  If you aren't familiar with them by now, you've never liked punk rock.

The rest of us who know the band well really won't be surprised by anything we hear on ...Honor Is All We Know, their new album that came out this week.

The record opens with a bang as "Back Where I Belong" wallops you with gang vocals that create an instant singalong anthem.  The vocals duties are often swapped, but when Tim Armstrong and Lars Fredericksen trade off on "In the Streets" it hits this album's pinnacle.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Neil Young: "Storytone" (album review)

Neil Young what are you doing to us?

The legendary artist is releasing a unique album, Storytone (out November 4th).  The album's songs are all recorded in two versions.  The first version is recorded, mostly, with the assistance of a 92-piece orchestra.  The second version of each song is a stripped-down acoustic take.

Which version is better depends on which song you're talking about.  What's consistent between both renditions is the environmental call to action in the nearly metaphor-free lyrics.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

This week in Toronto concerts: Chrissie Hynde, Vance Joy, Ex Hex, Slowdive

Supersuckers' Eddie Spaghetti
Mary Timony's excellent new project, Ex Hex, comes through the Horseshoe tonight.  The Opera House hosts the reunited shoegazers Slowdive on Tuesday,  The Pretenders' legend Chrissie Hynde is at Massey Hall on Thursday.  "Riptide" singer Vance Joy takes over The Phoenix on Saturday.

I'll be spending Sunday night rocking for awesome with the Supersuckers at the Horseshoe (interview).

...also this week:
  • Natural Child, The Coathangers, Oct 27
  • Dirty Loops, Oct 27
  • Lights, Oct 27
  • Low, Oct 28
  • They Will Destroy You, Oct 28
  • Hozier, Oct 28
  • Transit, Oct 28
  • Twin Peaks, Oct 28
  • Arch Enemy, Oct 29
  • Dirty Heads, Oct 29
  • Har Mar Superstars, Oct 29
  • Kris Allen, Oct 29
  • The Presets, Oct 29
  • Royal Canoe, Oct 29
  • The Wytches, Oct 29
  • The Ready Set, Oct 30
  • The Pretty Reckless, Oct 30
  • Metro Station, Oct 30
  • Sbtrkt, Oct 31 & Nov 1
  • Dry The River, Nov 1
  • The Gay Nineties, Nov 1
  • Kodaline, Nov 1
  • The 1975, Nov 2

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Toronto concerts announced this week: Milky Chance, Ariel Pink, Dan Mangan, Cold War Kids

  • The Lazys, Horseshoe Tavern, Oct 28
  • Kim Churchill, Great Hall, Nov 7
  • Royal Wood, Direct Energy Centre, Nov 7
  • Grand Analog, Wrongbar, Nov 14
  • Bestie, Danforth Music Hall, Nov 15
  • USS, Mod Club, Nov 17
  • Kira Isabelle, Adelaide Hall, Nov 20
  • The Tea Party, Kool Haus, Nov 27
  • Sloan, The Phoenix, Nov 29
  • Barenaked Ladies, Roy Thompson Hall, Dec 12
  • BadBadNotGood, Opera House, Dec 13
  • Alvvays, Opera House, Dec 20
  • August Burns Red, The Phoneix, Jan 30
  • Ariel Pink, The Phoenix, Feb 19
  • Dan Mangan w. Hayden, Massey Hall, Feb 28
  • Cold War Kids, The Phoenix, Mar 18
  • Milky Chance, The Phoenix, Apr 4

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Playlist Of The Week: Halloween

This coming Friday marks another Halloween.  Get your creepy on with this playlist.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jenn Grant: "Compostela" (album review)

PEI singer Jenn Grant has built herself a nice sized audience.  She's back this week to try to increase it some more with the new album Compostela.

The overarching sound of Grant's songs don't vary much.  That would be fine if she's played hook-filled rock, but she doesn't.  The lightly atmospheric vibe of tracks like "Barcelona", "Wild Animal", and "Spanish Moon" (among others) only serves to make the listener search for something else to do to occupy his or her mind.