Monday, December 30, 2013
Federal Lights - I See Love
Les Jupes - Hold Me Down
Les Jupes - Love is a Battlefield
Greg McPherson - 1995
Slow Leaves - Life of a Better Man
Pop Crimes - City Head
Ken Pinchin - Why Do You Call Me
Warsaw - Carrion Talker
Sybil - April Showers
Attica Riots - Talking in Your Sleep
Del Barber - Everything is Not Enough
Cannon Bros. Soft View
Cannon Bros. - Out of Here
Scott Nolan - You Rock We Roll
Matt Epp - Learning to Lose Control
KEN Mode - Romeo Must Never Know
KEN Mode - Counter Culture Complex
Royal Canoe - Exodus of the Year
Sights & Sounds - Nothing at All
JD Edwards - Going down to Mexico
JD Edwards Band - Going Down to Mexico from Procter Bros. Industries on Vimeo.
Distances - Tangled Feet
Shotgun Jimmie - Suzie
Shotgun Jimmie - Captain Howdy
Shotgun Jimmie - Mind Crumb
Les Sexy - La La La
Former Winnipeggers you may want to give some attention? Here you go.
Garfield/Odario Williams keeps getting more ambitious and broadening his palette. If he becomes a star in music, film, television or otherwise I will not be surprised.
Grand Analog - Howl (Like Wolves)
Jahmeel Russell has been putting out his own stuff with Red Vienna, working with Fine Times, and is now playing with San Angelus. Quit being so lazy, slacker.
Red Vienna - Lights Out
San Angelus - All Bets on the Slow Kid
Fine Times - And it Happened at Midnight
Luke Doucet is doing pretty well with Whitehorse. It's about time he got the respect and success he deserves.
Whitehorse - Devils's Got a Gun
Upcoming/Due for some new music?
The Mariachi Ghost - Mariachi Ghost
JP Hoe - Nothing's Going to Harm You
Ridley Bent - Crooked and Loaded
Ridley Bent - Nine Inch Nails
John K. Samson - Letter in Icelandic From the Ninette San
Scott Hinkson - All I Need
The Rowdymen - Ode to Possum
The Rowdymen - Rode Hard
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The Last Christmas Post, Feat. Paper Moon, Killers & Dawes, XTC, OK GO, The Kinks, Nick Lowe, Del Bel, Crash Test Dummies
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have a stupendous holiday, or the very least hear a few good songs.
Paper Moon - String of Blinking Lights
Paper Moon - String of Blinking Lights from Tim Der on Vimeo.
Paul Kelly - How to Make Gravy
Killers and Dawes - Christmas in L.A.
XTC - Always Winter, Never Christmas
XTC - Thanks for Christmas
The Kinks - Father Christmas
OK Go covering The Kinks - free download of Father Christmas
Nick Lowe - Christmas at the Airport
Crash Test Dummies - the First Noel
Del Bel - Christmas in Prison
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
The New Mendicants - A Very Sorry Christmas was released yesterday.
Eels - Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
Smithereens - Waking Up On Christmas
Have a merry free download of this Christmas tune by Rhett Miller (Old 97s) and Sydney Wayser.
When I saw the title I wondered if it would be a cover of the fine Payolas tune.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Cheap Trick's Come On Christmas is one of my favourite Christmas songs ever, even if they did just change the words to one of their own songs.
Rusty and Savannah - Under the Mistletoe - free download at Manitoba Music right now, buy the whole album from itunes.
Calexico, Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards - Fairytale of New York
Have you seen the documentary on The Pogues and that tune? It's very well done, and you can find it on YouTube.
Redd Kross - Super Sunny Christmas
Bright Eyes - Blue Christmas
Mark Kozelek - O Come All Ye Faithful
Mark Kozelek - Little Drummer Boy
JP Hoe - Holiday Songs
Bad Religion - Christmas Songs
The Dirty Nil - Christmas at my House
Oldfolks Home Mounties - Merry Christmas Maybe
Saturday, December 21, 2013
If you purchase the deluxe version of Neko Case's newest release, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, you will receive a bonus cover of a Robyn Hitchcock tune, Madonna of the Wasps. Neko even uses Robyn's "Madonner" pronunciation.
I don't remember this video at all.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Don't know a lot about Mooner. But Making Americans is a fun song in my books, like many of Sloan's tunes for the past decade or so, it's chock full of radio-ready riffs, sweet melody and harmonies, and doesn't mind being a bit clever. And now I've gone and skewed their Soundcloud number of plays because I just keep on playing it.
Down on Marston Blues mines more of a Dream Syndicate/Television vein, and everyone should love those bands. Listening to some of the band's older tunes, I hear hints of Wilco, The Shoes, maybe some Soft Boys. Sounds good to me.
Making Americans b/w Down on Marston Blues
I'm Waiting for the Man (Live at Cole's)
Unpronounceable Name EP
Hand in Hand in Hand
And look! The band pulls it off live too!
You can buy Making Americans b/w Down on Marston Blues here.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Mark Linkous and Sparklehorse Tribute Indiegogo ends Today - Flaming Lips, Joy Formidable, Cowboy Junkies, Mark Lanegan and More
There are only a few hours left to get in on contributing to the indiegogo Tribute to Mark Linkous and Sparklehorse. If you enjoyed Sparklehorse, if you want to donate towards helping those with mental health issues, or if you want to get an album featuring Flaming Lips, Joy Formidable, Cowboy Junkies, Mercury Rev, Mark Lanegan, David Lowery of Cracker, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and many more, please check out the Last Box of Sparklers indiegogo page.
Mark Lanegan - Spirit Ditch
The Joy Formidable - Gold Day
Mercury Rev - Sea of Teeth
Flaming Lips - It's a Sad and Beautiful World
Ian Nichols - It's a Wonderful Life
Lip Talk - Comfort Me
Tiva Tiva - More Yellow Birds
Sparklehorse - Someday I'll Treat You Good
Sparklehorse - Sick of Goodbyes
Monday, December 2, 2013
Winnipeg's Haunter just played their last show the other night, which is a downer. However, I am confident the bandmembers will continue to make amazing sounds with their other projects such as Cannon Bros., so everything will still come up roses, right?
You can name your price at the band's bandcamp page. At the very least, check out the demo of Blood and Thunder, which is as brilliant in its own way as the final studio version (which can be heard below on Rivers and Rust).
Sunday, December 1, 2013
In Pixies news, Kim Deal replacement bassist Kim Shattuck announced that her time with Pixies had come to an end. I have high hopes that people now pay more attention to her own band, The Muffs, which is a splendiferous entity that should have a new album out on Valentine's Day. Also, Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago blowed up real good.
The Muffs - I'm a Dick
The Muffs - Everywhere I Go
The Muffs - Don't Pick On Me
The Muffs - Outer Space
This series of posts will be offering the definitive list of the best Canuck tunes ever recorded, scientifically tabulated, collated and obfuscated by the Brain of Scruff, in absolutely-not numerical order. Check out the list so far here.
hHead filled a void in Canada which was taken up in the States by bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Meat Puppets. Guitar-based rock, laconic vocals, the ability to veer towards weirdness without always falling into a pit of bizarre ridiculousness. hHead had some catchy songs, and though the band's presentation included some fine harmonies, pop wasn't really in the guys' vocabulary. There also weren't easy signposts for punk and metal in their tunes, so listeners had to really pay attention to find the hooks to hang on to. Remedial is indicative of hHead's ability to write a pleasureable tune, then let it slide into slacker-rock, with Mintz's laid-back vocals intoning, "Welcome to special ed, get your education spoon-fed, now I think that I suck...do I have to be so well-rounded?"