Monday, February 21, 2011
Radiohead's King of Limbs was just released on Friday, and there have been some comments to the fact that it only contains 8 songs, which speaks to the fervent desire of fans for anything Radioheady. There are approximately 9429 reviews of the album out there already, so you don't need mine. I'm just chiming in to provide some live versions, remixes/mash-ups, and covers (that they're already out there also speaks to the fanaticism of fervent fans). Pick a few and add 'em to your album to make what you feel should be the proper number of songs for a complete experience. The Great Lotus and Hall North remixes are exceptionally fine, if you ask me.
Radiohead - Morning Mi Lord (Good Morning Mr. Magpie) by One Thirty BPM
Thom Yorke - Give Up the Ghost 2010.02.25 Corn Exchange, Cambridge by tumples
Great Lotus (Radiohead Mashup) by FIATMITSUBISHI
Radiohead: Lotus Flower ( Hall North Re-Edit) by hall north bootlegs
Radiohead - Codex (Monotrone Remix) by Monotrone
Radiohead- Lotus Flower (nugemix) by nuge
Justice vs. Radiohead - Phantom Lotus by rileyj42
Lotus Flower (Tanner Vale remix v1) by 7sk
"Little Gangsta" Jay-Z/Radiohead by Fichenaffäre
Lotus flower-radiohead-faxa dub remix by FAXA
Radiohead - Lotus Flower (Nachkebia Remix) by Nachkebia
Radiohead - Codex (Mojib Remix) by Mojib
Radiohead- Codex (nugemix) by nuge
Give up the Ghost (Radiohead Cover) by SamJonesMusic
RADIOHEAD- Separator (Idol Eyes Extended Mantra Mix) by accraze
Also, I've seen a couple of comments to R.E.M. having a single called Lotus not that long ago...
Buy King of Limbs here.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Cars recently released a full length video for Blue Tip, a song from their album Move Like This (out May 11). It's not a very inspired video clip (and if that is the album cover above, it seems the visual element of the band has not returned), but I still like the song. It doesn't blow me away, but I am definitely intrigued about the album. On this tune, Elliot Easton isn't really unleashed, but I have a feeling he will get opportunities to unpack some tasty guitar. Another track the band has teased us with brief clips, Free, seems to offer some spooky, edgy keyboards and elctronic drums as wel as harder six-string sounds (to hear the previous teaser clips, go here).
Moving In Stereo - The Cars by San-denise-ta!
The Cars - Dangerous Type by wild_heart
Drive - The Cars - the Tebay re-edit by Ed Zone
The Cars - Just What I Needed (Bowelhaµs Jukin The Ride) by Bowelhaus
DJ Crazy J Rodriguez - The Cars vs. Lady Gaga - Poker Face (Just What I Needed) by DJ Crazy J Rodriguez
Best of What I Needed (The Cars vs. Foo Fighters) by Ryan Nellis
Friday, February 18, 2011
Okay, last time I posted about Radiohead, it turned out to be a rumour. This is the real thing, with an interpretive dance by Thom Yorke for the first video, including a touch of Axl Rose-type serpentine swagger. The band has released the digital version of their album King of Limbs one day early, so you can buy it now instead of tomorrow. My fave so far is Morning Mr. Magpie. The band's website offers this info about the digital version:
Radiohead's new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here with a choice of two digital formats:
•MP3 version is a 320K constant bit rate file.
•WAV version is a full CD quality uncompressed digital audio file.
•One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12" vinyl.
Of course, there's also a special version available:
Radiohead's new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here as the world's first* Newspaper Album, comprising:
•Two clear 10" vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
•A compact disc.
•Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
•The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
•The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download now.
•Shipping is included in the prices shown.
•One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12" vinyl.
Here's the full tracklist:
2) Morning Mr Magpie
3) Little by Little
5) Lotus Flower
7) Give up the Ghost
Radiohead - Bloom by squidrobot
Morning Mr. Magpie
2 - Radiohead - Morning Mr Magpie by ThePEAK
Little by Little
Radiohead - LittleByLittle by Pasele Guero
Radiohead - Feral by bigasslens
Radiohead - Lotus Flower by Pasele Guero
RADIOHEAD - 06 Codex by wilcow
Give Up the Ghost
Radiohead - Give up the Ghost by Bigfishes
Radiohead - Separator by ginobc
You can buy here.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I've been meaning to write about Les Jupes for a couple of months, and since the last two posts have revolved around two Head in the Sand artists, I decided to keep the roll going. And I think the decision make sense as head Jupes-man Michael Petkau Falk runs Head in the Sand, as well as being the Artistic Director of the West End Cultural Centre. He's also the guy who has played guitar, keys and trumpet in the WCMA-winning Liptonians and co-produced their new album, as well as producing the Record of the Week Club.
So Petkau Falk is all over the music community here in sunny Winnipeg. Les Jupes' debut album Modern Myths was released January 11, and like all Head in the Sand releases I've encountered, it's an intriguing blend of musical styles, in this case pop, indie rock, folk, maybe even some electro touches. Petkau's warm baritone sets the band apart, especially because he doesn't always use it to convey melancholia (Tindersticks and The National do it par excellence already, right?). And I love the way he sings lyrics like "Mathematics is the universal language" (Mathematics).
01 Myth #3 (The Mountain) by Les Jupes
05 This Place Owes Us by Les Jupes
Upcoming Les Jupes shows:
Mar 10 le Cagibi - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA
Mar 11 The Garrison - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Mar 12 Jimmy Jazz - Guelph, Ontario , CA
Mar 13 The Phog Lounge - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA
Mar 16 SXSW - Austin, Texas
Mar 17 SXSW - Austin, Texas
Mar 18 SXSW - Austin, Texas
Mar 19 SXSW - Austin, Texas
Buy Les Jupes here.
By the way, Head in the Sand artist Royal Canoe's Today We're Believers was intro'd by me on CBC Radio 3's Track of the Day on Valentine's Day. You can listen to the brief podcast here.
Hey! Leave a comment, for gosh sake.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The Liptonians are holding a cd release bash at the West End Cultural Centre tonight for Let's All March Back Into the Sea. Opneing will be Rusty Matyas (Waking Eyes, Imaginary Cities). The album's an undeniable mix of well-crafted pop melodies, insistent keyboards,dynamic percussion, vocals both delicate and invulnerable, and well-placed horns, as well as some unpredictable noises. This one will go down as one of the great records ever created in this province - I predict it's going to grace some best-of-the-year lists. For more info, check out an interview at Painting With Silence, and if you like it, vote for that blog on the Searchlight Best Music Website polls (Scruffy has been kicked off that island).
The Liptonians-You Know I Did by scruffy the yak
The Privatest Parts by The Liptonians
Hey! Hey! Help is on its Way Now! by The Liptonians
The Liptonians' Charlie's Back has been included in Sean Garrity's film Zooey & Adam which is screening in independent cinemas and film fests. See more about the film at zooeyandadam.com.
The Liptonians - Charlie's Back! (DJ Co-op Remix) by DJ Co-op
Tour Dates Aplenty:
Feb 13 West End Cultural Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba
Feb 24 Black Pirates Pub Thunder Bay, Ontario
Feb 26 Opera Cafe North Bay, ON
Feb 27 Maxwell’s Music House Waterloo, Ontario
Mar 3 Clark Hall Pub Kingston, ON
Mar 4 Divan Orange Montréal, Quebec
Mar 6 Avant Garde Ottawa, Ontario
Mar 7 Casbah Lounge Hamilton, Ontario
Mar 8 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto
Mar 11 The Garrison Toronto, Ontario
Mar 17 The Parish Underground SXSW Showcase Austin, TX
Mar 23 The Park Theatre Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mar 29 O'Hanlon's Irish Pub Regina, SK
Mar 31 The Nest Edmonton, Alberta
Apr 1 Haven Social Club Edmonton, Alberta
Apr 4 The RoyalNelson, British Co
Apr 6 Heros Pub, Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, BC
Apr 8 Vancouver, BC
Apr 13 The Slice Bar and Grill Lethbridge, Alberta
Apr 14 Broken City Calgary, Alberta
Listen to album tracks and buy The Liptonians here.
Monday, February 7, 2011
So I received an email informing that Scruffy the Yak has been tagged as a contender for the Searchlight Best Music Website in the land. Hadn't heard of the award, and I still don't know a lot about it. What does the winner get? Bragging rights? I'm not sure. But I looked at the "long list" of nominees and the polls, and now I'm even more confused.
Scruffy the Yak is up against artists like Arcade Fire, Tegan and Sara, Matthew Good, Joel Plaskett, Dan Mangan, Shad, Aidan Knight, Plants and Animals, Holy Fuck, Jim Bryson, New Pornographers, Buck 65, professional online magazines like Chartattack and Exclaim!, a radio station, labels or stores like Zunior, Paper Bag, Mint, a couple of folk fests...and I don't see how we all fit under the same category. I won't even get into the idea of awards and competitions, art and commerce here (but Dave Bidini did a superfine good article touching on that subject as per Stompin' Tom Connors here). But letting people know about Canuck sites is okay with me. What the heck, I may have been voted off the best music website island already, I'm not sure when the list is whittled down to 50. But if you want to vote for Scruffy the Yak, go here, have a ball. Here's the long list of nominees, go check a few out.
3 AM Revelations
A.S.A.P Music Blog
Buying Shots for Bands
Ca Va Cool
Calgary Cassette Preservation Society
Canada is a Music Mecca
Can Con, The
Christine McAvoy Photography Blog
Coke Machine Glow
Dan Mangan Music
Earbuds and Ticket Stubs
From Blown Speakers
Go North to Detroit, South to Windsor
Home County Music Festival
I Heart Music
Indie Craft Attack
Indie Files, The
Indie Music Filter
Last Gang Records
Live Music Project
Mabye Smith's Twitter Feed
Mechanical Forest Sound
Morning Noon Light
Music Nerd Chronicles
Music Nova Scotia
My Ottawa Listings
North by East West
Painting Over Silence
Paper Bag Records
Plants and Animals
Polaris Music Prize
Punk Radio Cast
Quick Before It Melts
Radio Free Canuckistan
Royal City Scene
Said the Gramophone
Said the Whale
Scruffy The Yak
Skeleton Crew Quarterly
Swim Drink Fish Music
Tegan and Sara
Thorny Bleeder Records
Turn Up My Photo.ca
Underground Arts Railroad
Vancouver is Awesome - Independent Music
Winnipeg Folk Fest
You Are My Symphonic
Gold Motel- Summer House- Don't Send The Searchlights by Microhits
Searchlight by bryan_drummond
02 Searchlight by user9754462
Searchlight by andrewsteven
Searchlight by primary0
Searchlight Waltz by user6763153
Operation Searchlight by casus.luciferi
Posted by chris yak at 8:24 AM
Friday, February 4, 2011
Beady Eye is Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock. In other words, the frontman from Oasis and three other guys who played with Oasis. So Beady often sounds like the nineties powerhouse. What's a little surprising is that the band's lyrics seem to make as much sense as Noel's did. But it's still catchy stuff. Roller is a fine tribute to snotty and silly Lennon, Four Letter Word sounds like a snarlier, less clever power pop Redd Kross, Bring the Light sounds like pre-1970s rock and roll before it became self-important, and the Man of Misery demo twists Green Onions into a short raw blast. I haven't heard the whole record yet, but I'm not sold so far. March 1st is the release date in Canada for the debut album entitled Different Gear, Still Speeding.
Beady Eye - Four Letter Word by JC RKID001
Beady Eye - Bring The Light by the burning ear
Beady Eye - Man of Misery (Demo) by JC RKID001
You can buy/pre-order Beady Eye here.
By the way, some drunkard has nominated Scruffy the Yak as Best Music Website in Canada. I know, I know, it's crazy. If you want to vote for this blog, go to this Searchlight page. You can vote once a day, if you want. Thanks!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Winnipeg's Royal Canoe heard you're feeling down about the endless winter. To combat those icicle-in-your-head blues, the band is giving you a free new song, Today We're Believers. Well, the tune is also a preview of the next album, as well as being an advance celebration of the boys' forthcoming showcases at Canadian Music Week and SXSW. Let's say the song is a showcase for a showcase. Featuring slinky bass, undersea bubbly water-drop synths, echoey piano, radio-ready electro-percussion, some cleverly-placed handclaps, confident falsettos and studio baritone, it came as a bit of a surprise. I half-expected that Royal Canoe would veer toward indie-rock with new tunes, but if anything, we're steering into the skid and embracing full-on spooky funk. Can I have some more, please?
Furthmore, RC snagged SXSW award winning director Matt Maryniuk (2009 SXSW Best Experimental Film for Cattle Call) to film a live-in-the-studio recording of another new track, Nightcrawlin. I've been told that the video features guest appearances by members of Winnipeg's wacky music community and will be released in late February.
Royal Canoe - Today We're Believers by scruffy the yak
Buy Royal Canoe here.