Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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:

This week in Toronto concerts: Dum Dum Girls, Angus & Julia Stone, Sinead O'Connor

Aussie siblings Angus & Julie Stone bring their dulcet tones to the Opera House on Tuesday.  The always volatile Sinead O'Connor is at Massey Hall two nights later.  Sunday night gets some attitude with garage rockers Dum Dum Girls also at the Opera House.

...also this week:
  • Young Widows, Oct 20
  • Flying Lotus, Oct 21
  • Gossling, Oct 21
  • Pond, Oct 21
  • SoMo, Oct 21
  • Temples, Oct 21
  • Kina Grannis, Oct 22
  • Fat White Family, Oct 22
  • Mayday Parade, Oct 22
  • Digitalism, Oct 23
  • Ben Frost, Oct 24
  • The Glitch Mob, Oct 24
  • GOB. Oct 24
  • Pallbearer, Oct 24
  • Smallpools, Oct 24
  • Mars Hotel, Oct 25
  • Reigning Sound, Oct 25
  • Jessie Ware, Oct 26
  • Lights, Oct 26

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Toronto concerts announced this week: Sam Smith, Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven, The Vaselines, James Blake

  • Supersuckers, Horseshoe Tavern, Nov 2
  • D.D. Dumbo, Drake Underground, Nov 18
  • Jonathan Toubin, The Garrison, Nov 29 & Dec 27
  • James Blake, Mod Club, Nov 30
  • Red Ragon Cartel, The Garrison, Dec 12
  • Tokyo Police Club w. Said The Whale, and The Pack AD, Danforth Music Hall, Dec 12
  • Sebastian Bach, The Phoenix, Dec 21
  • Comeback Kid, Opera House, Jan 8
  • Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven, Lee's Palace, Jan 15
  • The Vaselines, Lee's Palace, Jan 19
  • Sam Smith, Air Canada Centre, Jan 20

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Find: Bass Lions

For those who like: Bloc Party, Modest Mouse, Spiritualized

It's really hard to come up with a comparable band to Kitchener's Bass Lions.  The songs are pretty complex and bring in a lot of difference influences.  It really has to be heard to get it.  They're releasing a new EP on October 28th.

Listen to "We Got Guts" here:

Bass Lions play The Piston in Toronto on October 24th.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Dinner Belles: "The River & The Willow" (album review)

All of a sudden southern Ontario has become a hotbed for roots music that's not only not boring, but in fact incredibly engaging and vibrant.  Joining the likes of the Strumbellas are Hamilton's Dinner Belles, who release their sophomore album, The River & the Willow, on October 28th.

You can't start much stronger than with the deliciously twangy "Back Home (In the Valley)", a song that sounds custom-built for playing at a jamboree.  Add foot-stomping ditties like "Wandering Eye" and "Ocean" and the ho-down is in full flight.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Primus: "Primus & the Chocolate Factory" (album review)

Somehow the combination of Primus and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory seem like the perfect idea.  You have a bizarre movie and a band that can be equally bizarre.  It seems like a natural fit.  So it should be no surprise to anyone what the forthcoming album (out October 21st), Primus & the Chocolate Factory sounds like.

The album was conceived as an homage to the 1971 Gene Wilder version of the film.  As such, the band put their own spin on the songs featured in the movie.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Minus The Bear: "Lost Loves" (album review)

Let's put this entire thing in context from the get-go: I've never been a huge Minus The Bear fan.  They fall firmly in the 'they're okay' slot for me.

So take that into account as I write about their new album Lost Loves.  This is a collection of rare and/or unreleased material that spans their 2007-2012 recording sessions.

One of the things I've always found hard to overcome with the band is that the elements of their songs often seem to be on the same sonic plateau.  What I mean by that is that no one part, be it the guitar, vocals, or rhythm section, is a particular focal point, nor is there much range in those over the course of a song.  In my book that makes for not very engaging music.

New releases for Oct 14th: Stars, You + Me, Foxygen, Mark Lanegan

  • Frazey Ford
  • Foxygen
  • Mark Lanegan Band
  • The Melvins
  • Kele Okereke
  • OK Go
  • Stars
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks
  • You + Me (Dallas Green & Pink)