Thursday, August 21, 2014

The New Pornographers: "Brill Bruisers" (album review)

For nearly a decade and a half The New Pornographers have been relied upon to give us sugary doses of indie guitar pop.  On their new album, Brill Bruisers (out August 26th), the group go a little further afield with their sound.

The first, and most out there, experiment is "Champions of Red Wine".  The electro-Neko structure of the song makes it sound much more like Stars than New Pornographers.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Rural Alberta Advantage: "On the Rocks"

As previously reported, The Rural Alberta Advantage release their third album Mended With Gold on September 30th.  They just unveiled another track from that record.

Listen to "On the Rocks" here:

Elephant Stone: "Three Poisons" (album review)

Montreal's Elephant Stone are keeping the blend of mystical Indian sounds and rock n' roll alive with their forthcoming album Three Poisons (out August 25th).

The sitar plays a heavy role in the best songs on the record.  They weave their way through the title track.  On "Motherless Child (Love's Not for War)", they are rampant, but distractingly out of sync with the drums.  The sitar gets trippy on "Intermediate State", an instrumental that basically serves as an introduction for "Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)".

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Elliott BROOD announce new album "Work And Love"

Toronto's Elliott BROOD are coming back with a new record.  The band have announced plans to release Work And Love on October 21st.

The great rootsy track "Jigsaw Heart" is currently streaming on CBC Music.  I'm not a monster Eliott BROOD fan, but this track might just get me there.

Here's the track list for the record:
  • Little Ones 
  • Nothing Left 
  • Tired 
  • Taken 
  • Mission Bell 
  • Jigsaw Heart 
  • Each Other’s Kids 
  • Better Times 
  • End of the Day
Elliott BROOD play the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic in Dundas on Saturday.

Wayfuct: "Drunk Tonight" (video)

If you need a theme song for your next heavy drinking session, Toronto's Wayfuct has it for you with their ode to drunkenness "Drunk Tonight".

Watch it here and try to figure out where it was filmed:

New releases for Aug 19th: Bahamas, Gaslight Anthem, Imogen Heap

  • Bahamas
  • Beach Day
  • Bishop Allen
  • Electric Wurms
  • Imogen Heap- Review
  • Museum Of Love
  • Octoberman
  • Gaslight Anthem

Monday, August 18, 2014

This week in Toronto concerts: Harvest Picnic, PS I Love You

The big thing this week is Daniel Lanois' Greenbelt Harvest Picnic which takes place at Christie Lake Conservation Area on Saturday.  Acts include Ron Sexsmith, Ray LaMontagne, Gord Downie, Los Lobos, and of course many more.

...also this week:
  • PS I Love You, Aug 19
  • Hedley, Aug 20
  • Skid Row, Aug 20
  • Julie Doiron, Aug 21
  • Zac Brown Band, Aug 21
  • Harper Simon, Aug 23
  • Misery Signals, Aug 23
  • Prince Royce, Aug 23
  • Steely Dan, Aug 23 & 24
  • Midnight Masses, Aug 24
  • Linkin Park, Aug 24

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Toronto concerts announced this week: Sinead O'Connor, Vance Joy, Strand of Oaks

  • Joey Bada$$, The Guvernment, Sep 28
  • Buke and Gase, The Garrison, Oct 4
  • Beartooth, Hard Luck Bar, Oct 5
  • The Black Dhalia Murder, Opera House, Oct 6
  • Big Freedia, The Hoxton, Oct 8
  • Nas, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Oct 8
  • Kat Edmonson, Drake Underground, Oct 11
  • Dads, Hard Luck Bar, Oct 18
  • Sinead O'Connor, Massey Hall, Oct 24
  • Har Mar Superstar, Horseshoe Tavern, Oct 29
  • Dirty Heads, The Phoenix, Oct 29
  • The Ready Set, The Phoenix, Oct 30
  • Vance Joy, The Phoenix, Nov 1
  • Allo Darlin', Drake Underground, Nov 4
  • Dillon Francis, Danforth Music Hall, Dec 1
  • Strand of Oaks, Horseshoe Tavern, Dec 1

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Playlist Of The Week: Harvest Picnic

Daniel Lanois' Harvest Picnic takes over Dundas, ON next weekend.  Here's a playlist to get you in the mood.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Find: Ryan Carr

For those who like: Justin Townes Earle, Kalle Mattson

From the first harmonica blast on the title track of Progress, the title track from Toronto-native Ryan Carr, you are absolutely hooked.

Listen to the track "You Can't Stop Progress" here:

Ryan Carr plays The Sister in Toronto tonight.