• Mix of the Month - March 2014

    Abr 19 2014, 14h21



    1. Mounties - Pretty Respectable
    2. Chad VanGaalen - Where Are You?
    3. EMA - Satellites
    4. Elephant - Assembly
    5. Sia - Chandelier
    6. Mr. Little Jeans - Good Mistake
    7. Sisyphus - Lion's Share
    8. Sage Francis - Vonnegut Busy
    9. Wye Oak - The Tower
    10. Sharon Van Etten - Taking Chances
    11. Ladylike Lily - Bushrette
    12. SOAK - Blud
    13. Death Vessel - Mercury Dime
    14. Jimi Goodwin - Oh! Whiskey
    15. Timber Timbre - Run from Me

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  • Mix of the Month - February 2014

    Mar 1 2014, 15h19



    Despite its status as the shortest month of the year, February was a banner month for new releases this year. I feel like I didn't have enough time to listen to any one album, as something new was coming out on a biweekly basis! I also found out last month that I missed out on a Faint single and EP in 2012, shortly before I discovered that they have a new album on the way. Exciting times! Their last album came out the year I started graduate school, so that provides my experience with some interesting musical bookends. The Faint were my first show in Detroit to boot!

    Anyway, here's some music so listen to it or whatever.

    1. AUGUSTINES - Cruel City
    2. Villagers - Occupy Your Mind
    3. Noah Gundersen - Ledges
    4. Kalle Mattson - Darkness
    5. St. Vincent - Digital Witness
    6. Tegan and Sara - "Everything is Awesome!!!"
    7. Trust - Geryon
    8. SOHN - Artifice
    9. The Faint - This Is Is Is Is Pain
    10. Bike for Three! - Ethereal Love
    11. CHVRCHES - Bela Lugosi’s Dead
    12. Wild Beasts - Mecca
    13. The Lumineers - Stubborn Love
    14. Sun Kil Moon - Pray For Newtown
    15. Ry x - Shortline

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  • Mix of the Month - January 2014

    Fev 2 2014, 1h03



    New year! New happenings! And of course, new music! 2014 is off to a pretty great start with highly anticipated new releases from Damien Jurado and Beck, along with less-anticipated but still enjoyable offerings from Thumpers, Broken Bells, Alcest, and the Twilight Sad. There are a bunch of random covers on this mix for some reason, but aside from that it's more or less the usual vibe. I've had a rotating selection of songs in my head all day since listening to this during my run this morning so I must be doing something right here. Next month features albums from St. Vincent and Noah Gundersen, as well as some others I'm probably forgetting - lots to look forward to!

    1. Thumpers - Sound of Screams
    2. Broken Bells - After the Disco
    3. Damien Jurado - Silver Timothy
    4. Zeus - Vasoline
    5. Rich Aucoin - Human After All
    6. Rosie Lowe - Right Thing
    7. Gems - Medusa
    8. Ramona Falls - On the Line
    9. Alcest - L'éveil des Muses
    10. Matthew Dear - Pale Shelter
    11. The Twilight Sad - Alphabet
    12. Eagleowl - Eagleowl Vs Woodpigeon
    13. Beck - Blue Moon
    14. Coeur De Pirate - Slow Show
    15. James Vincent McMorrow - Cavalier
    16. Arcade Fire - Some Other Place

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  • 2013: Mix of the Year

    Jan 6 2014, 1h44



    I found a lot of music to enjoy this year! If I was to narrow things down to a top three albums, I guess I'd go with Basia Bulat's Tall Tall Shadow, Frightened Rabbit's Pedestrian Verse, and The National's Trouble Will Find Me, but there were a lot of strong contenders. Rounding out my top ten would probably be releases from Austra, CHVRCHES, Haim, John Grant, No Bird Sing, Okkervil River, and Tegan and Sara. The rest of the mix includes three of my favourite songs of the year: the Pacific Rim theme (possibly my #1 track of the year), Moby's "Almost Home" (I'd buy a Damien Jurado/Moby collaboration album in a heartbeat) and that Boy Least Likely To song about my neurodevelopmentally disabled cat (meow). Also a year-end-appropriate Shearwater cover song and a few tracks from top ten near misses.

    I hope everyone else had a good 2013 with respect to music and life in general, and that 2014 is even better in both regards!

    1. Ramin Djawadi - Pacific Rim
    2. Austra - What We Done?
    3. Haim - Don't Save Me
    4. John Grant - Black Belt
    5. CHVRCHES - Tether
    6. Tegan and Sara - I'm Not Your Hero
    7. Basia Bulat - Promise Not To Think About Love
    8. Shearwater - This Year
    9. Okkervil River - Stay Young
    10. Hayden - Blurry Nights
    11. The National - Fireproof
    12. Local Natives - You & I
    13. Telekinesis - Ever True
    14. No Bird Sing - And War
    15. Moby - Almost Home
    16. Frightened Rabbit - The Oil Slick
    17. The Boy Least Likely To - Peggy The Cat

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  • Mix of the Month - December 2013

    Jan 1 2014, 21h54



    Last mix of 2013! Except the forthcoming "best of." Hooray!

    1. Farewell Dear Ghost - Fire
    2. Jacquemort - Adieu Mes Chats
    3. Matthew E. White - Big Love
    4. Sage Francis - Blue
    5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Hiding
    6. Mr. Little Jeans - Oh Sailor
    7. Charli XCX - SuperLove
    8. Millicent - Longer
    9. Mas Ysa - Why
    10. Majical Cloudz - Childhood's End
    11. Local Natives - Out Getting Ribs
    12. Andy Shauf - Sweet Refugees
    13. Okkervil River - Dance Hall Days
    14. Low - Stay
    15. Villagers & John Grant - My Love My Life

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  • Sat 30 Nov – Basia Bulat, Evening Hymns

    Dez 2 2013, 3h35

    Sat 30 Nov – Basia Bulat, Evening Hymns

    I missed Evening Hymns in Windsor last winter due to inclement weather so I was glad to hear that he was added to the Basia Bulat bill. Jonas was apparently quite sick at the time of performance, but you wouldn't have known it from listening to him. His voice was great and his playing seemed fine, anyway. The Spectral Dusk material sounded quite different due to the solo nature of the set, but it wasn't an unpleasant kind of different. The fancy looping made up for some of the sparseness, as well. Set was shorter than I'd have liked, but given the length of some of the songs that were played I suppose it wasn't out of keeping with the usual opening set. The new song sounded great and I look forward to hearing more new material!

    Spirit in the Sky
    Arrows
    Cedars
    You Will Walk Again and Again
    Mtn. Song
    Spectral Dusk

    Over the course of her last two albums Basia Bulat has developed into one of my favourite artists, and she has a live show to match. She is, as my companions stated, "disgustingly talented," and lived up to this description in last night's set. On top of her phenomenal voice, Basia played at least five instruments and also managed to charm the heck out of everyone in the room. Her set spanned all three of her albums, plus a much appreciated b-side or two, and there was hardly a misstep to speak of. Sure, she cracked up laughing at some point in the encore, but that only added to the charm. For someone so talented Basia seems like a very humble and earnest woman, which is definitely appreciated. When a clap-along broke out during In the Night she smiled so hard that I was a little worried she might strain her face.

    The City with No Rivers
    Promise Not to Think About Love
    Gold Rush
    Heart of my Own
    I Was a Daughter
    Five, Four
    Paris or Amsterdam
    Little Waltz
    The Shore
    If It Rains
    Wires
    Someone
    Tall Tall Shadow
    Never Let Me Go
    ___________

    Before I Knew
    In the Night
    It Can't Be You
  • Mix of the Month - November 2013

    Dez 1 2013, 16h33



    A new mix approaches! Lots of random singles and tracks from compilations this month, but the Dismemberment Plan, Sky Ferreira, Richard Buckner, and There Will Be Fireworks albums are all worth a listen (though they're not all new per se).

    1. The Dismemberment Plan - No One's Saying Nothing
    2. Martha Wainwright - Can You Believe It
    3. Sebastien Grainger - The Streets Are Still A Mess
    4. Sky Ferreira - 24 Hours
    5. Sia - Elastic Heart
    6. Tegan and Sara - Shudder To Think
    7. The Notwist - Close To The Glass
    8. Röyksopp - Something In My Heart
    9. Richard Buckner - When You Tell Me How It Is
    10. The National - Lean
    11. There Will Be Fireworks - Here Is Where
    12. Andrew Bird - Pulaski At Night
    13. Ruth Moody - Dancing In The Dark
    14. Alela Diane - About Farewell
    15. The Wooden Sky - All Apologies

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  • Sat 9 Nov – Aidan Knight, Justin Rutledge

    Nov 20 2013, 16h57

    Sat 9 Nov – Aidan Knight, Justin Rutledge

    I've pretty thoroughly enjoyed Aidan Knight's musical output so far and I missed his stop in Windsor while I was there, so I was quite looking forward to this show. The fact that it was in a seated venue at the Royal Alberta Museum was a draw as well, and also gave rise to a great pun in "A. Knight at the Museum." Well, I thought it was great, anyway. Other things I thought were great include: this show!

    Opener Don Brownrigg played a brief and charming set of acoustic folky stuff and did a good job winning the audience over with enjoyable songs and a self-effacing demeanour. Writing this review reminds me that I meant to look into his albums, so I'm going to make a note to do that right now!

    Justin Rutledge was up next, and I was a bit surprised he wasn't headlining given that he's released more material than Aidan Knight and generally appears to be more popular. It might be because he did a solo set and Aidan had a full band, but that's just speculation on my part. Justin's set was similar to Don's in terms of the vibe - acoustic folky stuff with a good dose of charm. The main difference was that I was familiar with most of his material and some girl kept screaming at him for a good portion of the set. It was a bit grating but Justin dealt with it well.

    As noted Aidan Knight had a whole band along, so the transition from two folky singer-songwriters with acoustic guitars to a full rock onslaught was a bit jarring. Not unpleasant though, as another solo set might have put me to sleep at that point. Aidan and his adaptable band ran through a short but enjoyable set covering most of Small Reveal as well as some key tracks from Versicolour and his EPs. I used the word "adaptable" because there was a fair bit of instrument switching, including some nicely used brass. Anyway, here's what they played:

    You Will See The Good In Everyone
    A Mirror
    Land's End
    Singer-Songwriter
    Margaret Downe (solo)
    Dream Team
    Lambics
    Altar Boys
    Knitting Something Nice
    __________

    The Master's Call
    Jasper
    __________

    The attempted sing-along during Jasper didn't go so well, but I appreciate the effort. Beyond the music, Aidan scored mega points for having perhaps the nerdiest and most amusing banter I've ever heard at a show. This is saying a lot, as I have seen Buck 65, Hayden, and Andrew Bird multiple times. Highlights included discussion of a favourite childhood museum, reference to playing nerdy board games, and reminiscence of the one big snowfall that ever occurred in Victoria. He actually interrupted the intro of "Margaret Downe" (one of the saddest songs I've heard in recent years) to go on an extended tangent, which was highly amusing.

    All-in-all, it was a great show and I'll be sure to catch Aidan next time he's in town!
  • Mix of the Month - October 2013

    Out 31 2013, 19h12



    October is almost done, and it's been another whirlwind of a month! Between holidays, life events, social activities, academic obligations on the other end of the country, a Zelda game, and more-or-less full-time work I'm not sure how I managed to synthesize all the things I listened to this month into an hour-long mix, but I'm pretty pleased with the results.

    Leading off this month is the title (and arguably best) track from the new Arcade Fire album, which has some pretty great songs but runs about a half hour too long including the hidden track and is annoyingly overproduced at times. The new Midlake album is enjoyable albeit a bit un-Midlake given that their lead singer has departed, and the rest of the mix is pretty much split between electro/pop with female vocals and sad folksy dudes. Oh, plus a track from the desert/stoner rock-style remixed version of a hip hop album. It's a bit of a strange concept, but I like how it worked out.

    Enjoy! And also boo or whatever.

    1. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    2. Midlake - Antiphon
    3.
    The Sadies - Starting All Over Again
    4. Stars - Wishful
    5. Glasser - New Year
    6. Kate Boy - Northern Lights
    7. HAERTS - Hemiplegia
    8. B. Dolan - Bleed Your Customer
    9. Poliça - Tiff
    10. Son Lux - Lost It To Trying
    11. Wolf Alice - Blush
    12. Justin Rutledge - Out of the Woods
    13. Cass McCombs - Brighter!
    14. RM Hubbert - Tongue Tied & Tone Deaf
    15. Tony Dekker - Carefree Highway

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  • Tue 24 Sep – Frightened Rabbit, AUGUSTINES

    Out 3 2013, 2h05

    Tue 24 Sep – Frightened Rabbit, AUGUSTINES

    Frightened Rabbit! In Edmonton! I was surprised to see that they were coming all the way up here and thought I should go see them in case no one else did. After all, having been in Windsor for the past five years I've become out of touch with what's cool in Alberta. I was double surprised to find that there was a great turnout for the show, and the band appeared to be as well. Rightly so, though, as they put on a pretty great show.

    Openers AUGUSTINES (formerly the confusingly-named We Are Augustines) were pretty swell too. They're sort of like a less punk version of the Gaslight Anthem which isn't a bad thing by any means. The new material that they played sounded promising and has a lot of fun vocal harmonies, so I'm looking forward to hearing their upcoming album.

    Frightened Rabbit were, as usual, highly enjoyable. A good mix of old and new songs, an energetic performance, and some fun banter. There was a particularly interesting digression regarding how the violence in Game of Thrones inspired Candlelit (played for the first time at this show), which was a highlight. My only complaint is that I'd have preferred Living In Colour over Loneliness as a closer, but otherwise it was superb show. Hooray!

    The Modern Leper
    Holy
    December's Traditions
    Nothing Like You
    Late March, Death March
    Backyard Skulls
    I Feel Better
    Fast Blood
    Dead Now
    State Hospital
    My Backwards Walk
    Candlelit
    The Oil Slick
    Acts of Man
    ______________

    The Woodpile
    Keep Yourself Warm
    The Loneliness and the Scream