Canada’s rock darlings the Tragically Hip released a new single last month called “At Transformation”, the first track from a new album supposedly titled And Now for Plan A set for a fall release.
Last week, the band revealed the music video for the track which not only features vocalist Gord Downie reciting the opening passage to Metaphors on Vision by Stan Brakhage, but also incorporates many of the techniques Brakhage used in his visionary, non-narrative films.
The track itself is excellent, harkening to the style of days past and if this is an indication of what the rest of tha album will have to offer, I can’t wait.
This June, Calgary Metalfest will adorn the confines of four venues to play host to a lengthy list of metal bands from around Alberta and even the world.
Organized by Big Nate Productions, Metalfest starts with a kickoff party at Vern’s on Jun 7th followed by a show at Dickens Pub on June 8th and concurrent shows at the New Black and the Distillery on June 9th. Bands include Oh Shit, Wormbox, Gales of Avalon, Stab Twist Pull, Bloated Pig, Exit Strategy, Blackest Sin, Kataplexis, We Found the Body and an international mystery band to play the Distillery.
Raelyn Ross of the Stevey Rae Show interviewed organizer (and Kyoktys bassist, naturally playing the festival) Nate Reno. Watch the video here;
More than a day after hearing the sad news of MCA‘s passing, it’s still a tough pill to swallow. I’ll be honest here; I was moved to tears yesterday. I’ve always been a big fan of the Beastie Boys but I never thought Adam Yauch‘s passing would affect me this much.
Watching all the tributes pour in through the social networks (because frankly, mainstream television was largely lacking in any real coverage that would do him any justice) proved how influential Yauch was, not only in music but in film and most importantly, in humanitarian efforts. Maybe that’s why his death had such an impact.
The question was posed yesterday by one of the music mags, what’s your favourite B-Boy tune? I’m sure I’m not alone in saying picking just one is near impossible but after Jimmy Eat World‘s tweet including the below video, I immediately thought of the time my friend Dean taught me how to play that kick-ass bass line.
Today, in the middle of emergency call-outs to work and family life which were soundtracked by the Beasties catalogue, I ventured into the Subterranean Homesick Studio where I infrequently record the podcast and pulled out the acoustic bass, just to show my son I could still play that bass line and show him a small piece of Adam’s genius that will forever live on with us.
I never thought I would be affected like this. I received the awful news of Adam Yauch‘s (AKA MCA of the Beastie Boys) passing within the hour and I’ve been super bummed. I only wish I could keep it together to give him a proper tribute but all I’ve got is this:
I don’t know much about Halifax’s the Stanfields, but after hearing this track I’m pretty hyped to hear more! The video is an interesting mix of war portrayal, live footage and the glorification of war in children but the message the song delivers is truly what’s most important here.
The group embarked on a quick tour Saturday in their hometown before hitting up SXSW in Austin, TX for a couple of shows later this week (March 15 _ 17th both at Trinity Hall). They return back to Canada on the 20th with a show in Peterborough, ON, two shows with the Trews in London, ON before wrapping up with a couple of CMW week gigs in Toronto. Check out the full tour schedule below;
Mar. 10 @ The Seahorse Tavern, HALIFAX
Mar. 15 @ Trinity Hall, AUSTIN, TX (*NS BBQ at SXSW)
Mar. 17 @ Trinity Hall, AUSTIN, TX (*Halifax Pop Explosion Party at SXSW)
Mar. 20 @ The Montreal House, PETERBOROUGH
Mar. 21 @ London Music Hall, LONDON (w/ The Trews)
Mar. 22 @ London Music Hall, LONDON (w /The Trews)
Mar. 23 @ Club Vinyl, GUELPH
Mar. 24 @ The Rivoli, TORONTO (*Delta Hotel’s Nova Scotia Showcase at CMW)
Mar. 24 @ The Hideout, TORONTO (*CMW Showcase)
The follow-up to their debut album, Vanguard of the Young and Reckless, is expected later this year.
Admittedly, I’m a pretty big fan of animated music videos and equally big on St. John’s, NL group Hey Rosetta! They’re quite simple a otherwise hidden gem the likes of Wintersleep and one of those bands that I desperately hope continues to gain enough attention so that people perk up and take notice but not too much that will ruin their craft and creativity.
When I stumbled across this video today, I was thoroughly blown away. Using the rotoscope animated method, director/producer Jesse Davidge, producer Jon Busby, videographer Chad Jones and art director Craig Laviolette encapsulate the song in such a tremendous way that it just leaves you watching it over and over again, not to mention really digging deep into the visual message of interconnectivity that it portrays.
Hey Rosetta! have a Juno Award nomination for their latest album Seeds. Quite frankly, this video should be up for an award as well.
Calgary’s independent music community suffered a great loss this week when musician Chris Reimer of the group Women passed away suddenly in his sleep on Tuesday.
Having been largely absent from the local scene here in Calgary the past few years, I never got the chance to see Women live. I didn’t know Chris personally, and I never even had the pleasure of meeting him, which from the tributes I’m reading, is a shame. However, I came to the realization that this quasi-journalist/blogger/local music lover has actually witnessed Chris in action, a long long time ago.
In 2003, I was walking from my apartment down on 12th Ave. SW with a friend, headed out for a night of music, booze and whatever else would tickle our cockles when we heard this wonderful noise coming from…where was that coming from? After distinguishing where the music was coming from, the two of us cut through the parking lot of the Lorraine and emerged in the back alley behind Broken City to find a band, fully set up and playing out back. They were fucking awesome. We stood and watched in awe of this amazing public display of musical expropriation, that is until the then owner came out and gave the members of Veritas shite for causing a public nuisance on their property and told them to get the fuck out before the venue would be fined by the city. Oh, and they were also told they were banned from playing Broken City.
Turns out, the whole thing stemmed from the group being punted off the bill (which after all these years I’ve discovered was a CJSW fundraising show which featured over a dozen bands) and taking matters into their own hands. They shared a beer with us, tossed me a CD and we all quickly departed before the authorities arrived.
I never stopped listening to that little burnt CD. I’ve ripped it into MP3s which reside on my iPod to this day (and which I’m listening to as I write this article). I’ve even played them on the podcast not once, but twice! I’ve always lamented over never seeing them live again. I would later learn that members would go on to form Azeda Booth and Women but never managed to get my shite together to see them play in these incarnations and with Chris’ death that makes me sad. But after reading all of the wonderful memories from people who did know him, and watching the tribute video below, I take comfort in knowing that his influence, inspiration and spirit touched people not only here in our fair city but around the world.
David Lee Roth sure knows how to weave a fantastic tale and answers the age-old question, Is it true that Van Halen forced promoter to remove all brown M_Ms from the backstage area? (Thanks Show for the tip-off);
Van Halen are about to embark on a tour starting February 18th in Louisville, KY that will see them stop through Montreal (March 15), Toronto (March 17), Ottawa (March 21), Vancouver (May 7), Calgary (May 9), Edmonton (May 11) and Winnipeg (May 13). Their first album in 14 years, A Different Kind of Truth came out on February 7th.
R_B singer Whiteny Houston died today at the age of 48.
News of her death was confirmed by her publicist early this evening. Early reports from sources quoted on CNN state that R_B/reality star Ray J, who has recently been spotted with Houston in Hollywood, Houston’s bodyguard found her body at the Beverly Hilton hotel room this afternoon. Cause of death was not know.
Dubbed the most awarded female act of all time by Guinness, Houston scored seven #1 singles in a row (a feat no other artist has ever achieved) spanning her first two albums, Whitney Houston (1985) and Whitney (1987). She also garnered huge success with her lead role alongside Kevin Costner in Bodyguard in which she had the smash hit remake “I Will Always Love You”.
In the late 80s, Houston became involved with Bobby Brown. The two would marry and have a child, Bobbi Kristina but their life would turn to turmoil by the late 90s and early 2000s as drug and spousal abuse would dominate the headlines when their names appeared. The two eventually split up and in 2009, Houston spoke with Oprah Winfrey in an extremely candid interview in which she admitted to her explicit drug use.
Houston recently worked on the film remake Sparkle and was to attend a Grammy party tonight ahead of tomorrow’s awards ceremony. The Grammys have already announced that the broadcast will be vastly changed with tributes to the singer.