Sunday, July 31, 2011
Winnipeg trio The Perms have pulled a Marty McFly and gone back in time, and they want to drag you with them. High School High is their new single featuring lyrics about Walkmans, high top sneakers, and teenage immortality, with a retro synth hook to boot. Think I hear a cowbell in there, too, but there's not enough.
The new album Sofia Nights is out mid-October. Meanwhile, you can grab High School High free for joining the e-mail list at the band's site. do it quick, maybe they'll give you a ride in the Delorean (I did it, and I hate those stupid silver doors).
High School High by theperms
Upcoming shows of note:
Friday October 14, 2011: Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre - Winnipeg release party for "Sofia Nights"
Saturday October 15, 2011: Brandon, MB - Clancy's Eatery & Drinkery - Brandon release party for "Sofia Nights"
Saturday November 5, 2011: Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre - Filming of live performance for upcoming DVD
Give Me All Your Lovin' by theperms
The Mess by theperms
World To Me by theperms
Running Away by theperms
As You Were by theperms
Buy The Perms on iTunes or Amazon.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I would never have predicted that Sloan would be around for 20 years, never mind releasing a corker of a record like Double Cross at this point in their careers. Four guys that all write their own songs? How long can that last?
Anyway, a nice, simple cheap video (no big effects, tricks, or punchlines) does duuty for Unkind. You regulars will remember that I rarely watch videos, it's the music that I want, and that's what you get. A typically bored-looking Andrew Scott, Chris Murphy barely in the spotlight (?!), some nice Thin Lizzy guitar later on, What more could you ask for?
Sloan covers "Cars" by Gary Numan
SLOAN - UNKIND by ASpencer
Sloan - Follow The Leader by mjvisme
Sloan "Take It Upon Yourself" by Frontside
Sloan - Laying So Low by sound vat
Buy Sloan here.
Friday, July 8, 2011
My first introduction to Dan Mangan was the song Road Regrets. I thought it was okay my first spin. But it kept popping up on my iPod, and every time I heard it I grew more attached to it. The new Dan Mangan tune, Oh Fortune, is from the forthcoming album of the same name and is due September 27. It's a little different, some ghostly backing vocals and ringing guitar framing Mangans's familiar warm rasp, punctuated by some explosive percussion. It's growing on me already. Dan Mangan plays at the Winnip[eg Folk Fest July 8.
Dan Mangan - Oh Fortune by killbeat music
Dan Mangan by Arts & Crafts
Dan Mangan - Basket by Code One
Dan Mangan : Waltz #2 (Elliott Smith Cover) by billsvillehouseconcerts
Monday, July 4, 2011
So, what's new with Old 97's, you query? I'm glad you asked. Tomorrow the band releases The Grand Theatre Vol. 2. I haven't heard the whole thing yet, but I have heard Brown Haired Daughter, which manages to sound wistful and bright at the same time, alt country ballad-y and rock 'n' roll without approaching powerballad territory. Perfume is another new track the band has made available for previewing purposes, more of a mid-tempo rollicking number, some power-pop back up vox and trademark spot-on twangy guitar. You can download Brown Haired Daughter for free at the band's media page on their website, s well as a live Rhett Miller show. In fact, the Old 97's keep fans coming back by constantly giving away music on their media page - it's always good. What's that? Do I think Rhett Miller is one of the best singer-songwriters alive? Well, yes, I reckon he is.
Perfume by Old 97's
Old 97's - The Grand Theatre by NewWestRecords
The Dance Class by Old 97's
Barrier Reef by Old 97's
Won't Be Home by Old 97's
Color Of A Lonely Heart Is Blue by Old 97's
Dance With Me by Old 97's
Old 97's - Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You) by MMMusic
Big Brown Eyes - Old 97s by 30 Gallon Tank
Buy Old 97's here.
Am I the only guy that hears Everclear in Cage the Elephant's big hit Shake Me Down? It doesn't sound exactly like one particular Everclear tune, but it sounds vaguely like many of them. Maybe Cage the Elephant takes a lot of inspiration from the commercial "grunge" era, I don't know. The Elephant singer reminds me of the guy from Tripping Daisy, too. Perhaps I'm just getting old. What year is it again?
Everclear - Father of Mine by mike inpain1
Everclear - Father of Mine by mike inpain1
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Canada Day has come and gone and all I did was post some Jr. Gone Wild. But hey, I'm not on any timetable, I can post Canuck music any time I want. Like now. Listen, watch, grab some free and legal downloads, some very new, some very old, all there just because I can. I especially like Abstract Artform's Winnipeg, The Express's Nobody Knows, Matt Masters's Highways (Manitoba references!), and The Warped 45s Grandpa Carl (our country's answer to Drive-by Truckers, maybe?). How 'bout you? Leave a comment at the bottom, please!,
Feel by GregArcade
Winnipeg ft. Fashawn by AbstractArtform
I Am Canadian by AbstractArtform
Time Breaks Down by bendsinister
Wrong Piano - Cowboy Junkies by Cowboy Junkies
The Details - Weightless in the Dark by "http://soundcloud.com/killbeatmusic">killbeat music
Peter Elkas - Cool Thing To Do by woasong
"The End of the Day" by FemBots by (weewerk)
The Golden Dogs - Travel Time by Nevado
Lester by The Golden Dogs by littlestsounds
Handsome Furs - What About Us by subpop
Handsome Furs - Repatriated by subpop
Mysterio by The High Dials
Grand Mystifyer by kidsonfire
Ariel vs Lotus - Limblifter by wellsound
Mark Davis - Eliminate the Toxins by killbeat music
Matt Masters - Highways by killbeat music
Mike Angus - Swallow It Whole by killbeat music
Meligrove Band - Halflight by amediamindset
Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle - Canada Day Toronto by user5341127
One Hundred Dollars - Black Gold by Outside-Music
Joel Plaskett - When I Go by Le parallèle
Quinzy "Self Defense" by Frontside
Sloan - Follow The Leader by Outside-Music
What You Do To Me by thevibratingbeds
The Warped 45s - Grampa Carl by killbeat music
The Wilderness Of Manitoba - Orono Park by Jackplug
The Wilderness of Manitoba - November by tinyogre
Can we pretend the Express starts with an X? I can't think of any worthy Canadian artists that start with an X, can you?
The Express - Nobody Knows by killbeat music
Yukon Blonde - Wind Blows by DawsonCityMusicFestival
Zumpano - Oh That Atkinson Girl by subpop
Friday, July 1, 2011
It's Canada Day, plus Mike McDonald's Birthday a week ago, so I bring you one of my favourite bands of all time, Jr. Gone Wild. McDonald and his cohorts used to make me smile widely on a regular basis at the Spectrum with their unholy blend of rawk and roots and punk and pop. The following tune, I Don't Know All That (from the perfect album Too Dumb To Quit), may hold my personal record for most deliberate spins, if I kept records of such useless trivia. I definitely played this song so much at the record store I worked in that one (or more) of my co-workers tried to hide it, but my fellow Jr. fan sniffed it out so we could convert more unsuspecting locals to the fine flavours of JGW.
I Don't Know About All That - Jr. Gone Wild by scruffy the yak
McDonald also sings on Idyl Tea's new song, listen to the lyrics if you want to know why that is the case.
The Same Thing by Idyl Tea
Jr. Gone Wild music may be hard to find for purchase these days, but you can try contacting Mike at his record store, you can get the Idyl Tea there for sure:
8126 Gateway Blvd NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 4B1