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.
It’s no secret, I’m quite the fan of Portland, OR/Wasilla, AK group Portugal. The Man. Their sixth studio release, In the Mountain In the Cloud was released last July on Atlantic Records after making the move away from indie labels and not only has this not affected their creative abilities but it appears to have helped the group a bit.
One thing I have noticed in recent years (and this appears to have nothing to do with major label support) is their increasingly more polished and impressive videos. The latest clip, for the track “All Your Light (Times Like These)” furthers that impression.
Before you click Play, be forewarned that the images in said video can be graphic and/or disturbing to those of you with different sensibilities. If so, click play and close your eyes because it’s a great tune. Enjoy!
Childish Gambino is just a rapper, but that’s not entirely true. Donald Glover is one of the stars of Community and since it’s returning to television tonight, I thought it’d be prudent to make todays VOTD a Childish Gambino track.
I was originally going to make it his breakout hit “Freaks and Geeks” but the clip for “Bonfire” is pretty cool that I had to make it this instead. Here you go!
Community returns from a short hiatus on NBC tonight. I can’t wait!
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.
I thought it would be appropriate to feature a Puscifer video ahead of their performance here in Calgary at the Jubilee theatre. But what video should I feature?
Now, you may have caught them on Jimmy Kimmel Live last month, in which they played “Telling Ghosts”. Of course, musical guests on Kimmel typically play two songs and this video features them also playing “Toma”.
Then we rewind a bit and find Puscifer making their network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman last November. The song is the title track from the new album, Conditions of My Parole and includes a nice little keyboard solo from Paul Schafer.
Both videos give us an indication of what we should expect tonight what with bizarre looking close-up monitors of Maynard James Keenan and co-vocalist Carina Round, or in true Maynard fashion, him sporting a cheesy wig and televangelist-like tacky suit.
So, I figured let’s just feature both videos. Here you go!
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.
A great song with an equally great video (which really is more like a short film). From their sophomore album Departing (which was released last fall), “Tornado 87″ is clearly about/inspired by the massive tornado of July 31st, 1987 which struck Edmonton, AB and killed
The group are up for two Juno awards this year, nominated for New Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year (suprisingly not for this clip, but for “Stamp” which is admitedly a good, fun video).
And for those of you who just want to hear the song unimpeded, here you go;
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.
Matthew Good is in town for a two-night stint at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, smack-dab in the middle of his cross-Canada tour in support his latest album, Lights of Endangered Species. Reviews have been very good so far (save for Matt apparently getting a little upset at an unsavoury fan in Ottawa last week) and it should be an interesting and all around good concert.
First of all because Matt, in Calgary at least, is playing a nice theatre like Jack Singer. I’ve seen Matt play numerous times (mostly with the Matthew Good Band) and although all but one show were kick-ass fun times, there’s just something about the Jack Singer that brings out the best in musicians. Since going ‘solo’, I’ve missed two of his performances at the Jack Singer due to life getting in the way but my wife and I are pretty stoked to finally see him tonight.
Second, Matt has reunited with MGB drummer Ian Browne for this tour. The two met after a decade at fellow former MGB band-mate Geoff Lloyd‘s funeral last year. According to a recent interview Matt did with the Ottawa Sun, they got to talking, admitted that “everyone acted pretty fucking stupid” and it was time to “just fucking grow up and realize that what you had at the time, you shouldn’t have squandered.” That’s certainly refreshing to hear and with Ian back plus after seeing one of the Toronto gig set lists, we should expect to hear a couple of old MGB tunes probably in true form.
Lastly, after reading the review for one of the Toronto shows it’s apparent that Matt’s following the lead of his latest album’s title by incorporating a pretty light show with his performance. To me, that’s a good thing. See, last time I saw him live was for the Avalanche tour at MacEwan Hall and he used a simple yet very brilliant and visually soothing light show which complimented his music quite nicely. I expec the same tonight.
Another thing that makes me excited? “While We Were Hunting Rabbits” is in the pool of songs appearing on this tour’s set-lists. This has to be one of my all-time favourite songs of his and the video (below) for it, directed by Sam Bradley, is purely amazing. I have a thing for animated music videos and this one is tops!
(Editor’s Note: The first Calgary show was last night and as this was written before reviews were released, you may already have some insight to the gig. Feel free to comment if you were there and let us know what you thought of the show or share some interesting insights!)