Sunday, July 27, 2014

Art Bergmann - Drones of Democracy

Art Bergmann is back with a new tune called Drones of Democracy, taken from an ep entitled either Songs for the Underclass or Slogans for the Underclass, I'm not sure which. The 4-track ep should be out in the fall on Weewerk Records.

"The making of a sleeper cell. Drones manufactured in the heart of America. How to explain the use of advanced weapons, cluster-bombs, made to shred tanks. Weapons used on innocents, man, woman, and child alike. If you think Neil Young wrote this, well yeah, I wanted my own Cortez." -Art

So we are finally treated to some new Artmusic, the first since 1995's What Fresh Hell Is This. If you've been paying attention here, you already know how highly Scruffy treasures Bergmann. Clearly he still has things to say, can't wait to hear the rest.

Drones of Democracy

Some older ones from back through the ages to refresh your memory.

My Empty House

Stop the Time

Hospital Song


Faithlessly Yours

Dirge No. 1

Young Canadians - Hawaii

Message From Paul

Our Little Secret

The K-Tels- Don't Tell Me

Poisoned - Yeah I Guess

Bound for Vegas

Tour dates:
07/25-27 Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Music Festival
09/06 Vancouver BC - Commodore Ballroom

Artwork at top of post by David Cran.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Blunderspublik - Reason (Hushfeed cover feat. Jay Churko)

Blunderspublik's new ep Kittens & Shit: Blunderspublik's Homage to '90s Winnipeg is now out for your listening pleasure and edification. Hushfeed, Kittens, Mikimoto, Bonaduces and Shit covers/reimaginings. You can download here, physical copies should be available soon from Sfeericle Records.

 I love the idea of paying tribute to your own hometown.

Here's a few originals from the originators. It would be fun to hear newer acts like Greg MacPherson, Sons of York, Cannon Bros., Attica Riots, Warsaw, etc. do Streetheart, Stretchmarks, Breath Grenades, Harlequin, Liquid Bone Dance, QCK, or Grand Theft Canoe etc. and vice versa. Who can make this happen?

Hushfeed - Reason

The Bonaduces - Judy Blume Weekend

Newer Bonaduces:

Kittens - Butterfly

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sloan - Keep Swinging (Downtown): Is Sloan the Canadian KISS?

New Sloan? Yes. The album is called Commonwealth, there's a side for each guy (like the KISS solo records!), out September 9. Kiss made a concept record (The Elder), and Andrew Scott's side is an 18-minute suite called Forty-Eight Portraits. It's possible the band will be doing a Vegas residency instead of KISS, I don't know.

Diamond Side (Jay):

1) We've Come This Far 2) You've Got A Lot On Your Mind
3) Three Sisters
4) Cleopatra
5) Neither Here Nor There

Heart Side (Chris):

6) Carried Away
7) So Far So Good
8) Get Out
9) Misty's Beside Herself
10) You Don't Need Excuses To Be Good

Shamrock Side (Patrick):

11) 13 (Under A Bad Sign)
12) Take It Easy
13) What's Inside
14) Keep Swinging (Downtown)

Spade Side (Andrew):

15) Forty-Eight Portraits

How about a free download of recently-released cover of The Good In Everyone by The Almighty Rhombus?

Another freebie. choir! choir! choir! do Everything You've Done Wrong.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day Music, Enjoy it All Year Long

More than 30 Canadian artists for ya, many mp3 downloads available. Take off.

Provincial Archive - Son of Sam

Blunderspublik - Reason (Hushfeed cover feat. Jay Churko)

Slow Leaves - Second Chances

Devin Cuddy - Forty-Four

Greg MacPherson - Fireball

Attica Riots - Talking in Your Sleep

Dustin Bentall & The Smøkes - "Souvenirs" (free download)

Elephant Stone - Knock You From Yr Mountain

Jose Contreras - Past the Stars

Distances - Chance to Trust

Darcys - Hymn for a Missing girl

Distances - Boulders EP

New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

Simply Saucer - Bulletproof Nothing

Dub Rifles - Testify

Bry Webb - Receive Me

Sunparlour Players - For This I Can't Be Sure

Comeback Kid - Should Know Better

Michael Rault - Lost Something

Danks - Summer Lovin

Fools Crow

Tony Dekker - Carefree Highway

Ridley Bent - Fill Yer Boots

Dan Boeckner's Operators

Sights & Sounds - Poli's song

Constantines - Young Lions

Whitehorse - Pins & Needles

Eamon McGrath - Instrument of My Release

Solids - Haze Away

Greys - Guy Picciotto

Dearly Beloved - Olympics of No Regard

Young Rival - Elevator

Dominionated: Free Album! Canadians Cover Canadians

In time for Canada Day, Quick Before it Melts has launched a free download of Dominionated, 22 songs created by Canucks and covered by Canadians. My favourites so far are The Provincial Archive`s G Turns to D (Sloan), Canvas doing Zuckerbaby`s Andromeda, and LeE HARVeY OsMOND`s Black Velvet (Alannah Myles).

Canvas - Andromeda

THE ALMIGHTY RHOMBUS Violent Dreams (Thrush Hermit)
ARCHERY GUILD Hold Tight (Gino Soccio)
CANVAS Andromeda (Zuckerbaby)
EXPWY featuring Julia Pessoa All Uncovered (The Watchmen)
FARRAGOES Lust For Love (Images In Vogue)
GDANSK All the Things I Wasn’t (The Grapes of Wrath)
KASHKA Curious (Sandbox)
LEE HARVEY OSMOND Black Velvet (Alannah Myles)
JERRY LEGER Wonderin’ (Neil Young)
[MP.G] The Criminal (Sons of Freedom)
EAMON McGRATH Young Offenders (Constantines)
MEEKO CHEECH Two Lips, Two Lungs and One Tongue (NoMeansNo)
OLD ENGLISH featuring MERIVAL Coming Back To You (Leonard Cohen)
PENNY BLACKS Tinfoil (Limblifter)
NO ALOHA Fountains (The Nils)
SOME MINOR NOISE Broken Bones (Love Inc.)
STONETROTTER Eyes of a Stranger (Payola$)
TWIN LIBRARY Doesn’t Really Matter (Platinum Blonde)
TIMMINS&BLOOD The Ballad of Jacob Peck (John Bottomley)
VENUS SANS FUR Behind the Garage (Eric’s Trip)

 Here's a few of the tunes from the original artists, if you have forgotten.

 Limblifter - Tinfoil

Neil Young - Wonderin' - One of my favourite videos of all time.

 Constantines - Young Offenders (Live)

The Watchmen - All Uncovered

Sons of Freedom - The Criminal

Sloan - G Turns to D

The Grapes of Wrath - All the Things I Wasn't

Sandbox - Curious

Images in Vogue - Lust for Love

The Payolas - Eyes of a Stranger

Platinum Blonde - It Doesn't Really Matter

Canada Day Performers at the Forks - Del Barber, Les Jupes, The Perms, Federal Lights, Yes We Mystic and more

Truckloads of fine artists at the Forks for Canada Day. Maybe the best thing about Winnipeg and Manitoba is the quality of music emanating from here.

 Big Smoke by Del Barber
Flashlight by Yes We Mystic
I See Love by Federal Lights
The Parent Thing by The Perms

 Hold Me Down by Les Jupes

Swarm by Indicator Indicator

Chair And A Rope Eagle by Lake Owls

4:00 PM Yes We Mystic
4:40 PM Dignitaries/ O Canada
5:00 PM The Perms
6:00 PM Indicator Indicator
7:00 PM Oh My Darling
8:00 PM Federal Lights
9:00 PM Del Barber
10:00 PM Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
10:40 PM WSO and Del Barber
11:00 PM Fireworks Mama Cutsworth spinning between acts

3:30 PM Drum Cafe
5:30 PM Kasm
6:30 PM Marco Castillo
7:30 PM Hana Lu Lu
8:30 PM Les Jupes
9:30 PM BB-Gun

 RAILBRIDGE STAGE   Stage moved inside The Forks Market to centre court
 3:00 PM Kevin Roy
4:00 PM Eagle Lake Owls
5:00 PM Jess Reimer