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Video of the Day: the Stanfields ~ “Ship to Shore”

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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 [...]

Video of the Day: Hey Rosetta! ~ “New Sum (Nous Sommes)”

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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 [...]

Video of the Day: In Memory of Chris Reimer

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Written by: Chris Andrade 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 [...]

The Real Story Behind Van Halen and the Brown M&Ms

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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 [...]

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

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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 [...]

Fuck You Black Keys (An album review)

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Lovingly Written By: Andy Stewart Fuck you, Black Keys. Fuck. You. Fuck you for making 99% of my music collection obsolete with the release of El Camino. Fuck you for making me have to sit through 37 minutes and 42 seconds of you guys reminding me that you’re better than everyone else. Fuck you for [...]

Auteur Research #7 ~ Christine Leaky, Dave King, Infinite I

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Re-published from Auteur Research Quick Cuts Christine Leakey: http://christineleakey.bandcamp.com/ Dave King: http://www.theheavydream.com/ Infinite I: http://theinfinite-i.com/ Christine Leakey Who: It took fourteen years for Christine Leakey’s album Tapping Trees In A Trinket Box Of Treasure to come to fruition. After struggling with an injury that left her unable to play any instruments she slowly worked her way back to performing and finishing [...]

Album Review: Hedley ~ Storms

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Written By: Kristen Jones Canadian alternative pop rock band Hedley is back with their fourth album Storms.  Produced by Brian Howes, the new album was released on November 8th. Formed in British Columbia in 2004, the group consists of frontman Jacob Hoggard, guitarist Dave Rosin, bassist Tommy Mac and drummer Chris Crippin.  The band has accomplished [...]

Video of the Day: Matthew Good ~ “While We Were Hunting Rabbits”

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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) [...]

Matthew Good’s First World Problems

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the latest internet meme, “First World Problems”. If not, it’s basically a collection of trivial complaints like “My parking spot is too far from the door” or “I’m bored of all the food from the restaurants close to my work” or “My smartphone changes “lol” to “LOL” making [...]

Auteur Research #6 ~ the Rest, Drew Smith & Greg Preston and the Great Machine

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Re-published from Auteur Research   Quick Cuts The Rest:http://therest.bandcamp.com/ Drew Smith:http://drewsmith.ca/ Greg Preston and The Great Machine:http://gregprestonandthegreatmachine.bandcamp.com/   The Rest Who: Known by many as one of the best bands few have heard about, even so The Rest have been able to achieve praise and notice from NPR, La Blogotheque’s Take Away Show, Stereogum, Pitchfork, [...]

Album Review: Misfits ~ The Devil’s Rain

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Written By: Kristen Jones American punk rock band the Misfits, have released their new studio album titled The Devil’s Rain, on October 4th.  Produced by Ed Stasium, the album is the bands first full-length record since 2003′s Project 1950 and the first collection of all-new material by the group since 1999′s Famous Monsters. Founded in [...]

Album Review: Kasabian ~ Velociraptor!

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Written by: Andy Stewart To say that the follow up to 2009’s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum album has expectations on it is an understatement. Kasabian‘s last effort garnered them a two week stay at #1 on the UK Charts, a short-listing for the 2009 Mercury awards, ‘Best Album’ from the Q awards and ‘Best [...]

Album Review: Alice Cooper ~ Welcome 2 My Nightmare

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Written By: Kristen Jones American Shock Rocker Alice Cooper has released his 26th studio album Welcome 2 My Nightmare, on September 13th.  The album is the much anticipated sequel to Cooper’s 1975 concept album Welcome To My Nightmare. Welcome 2 My Nightmare was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin and features an impressive group of [...]

Video of the Day: Roger Waters & Foo Fighters ~ “In The Flesh” (Live on Jimmy Fallon)

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Written by: Chris Andrade Fuck that, this could easily be Video of the Year! Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Roger Waters was the musical guest, there to perform “In the Flesh” from the seminal album the Wall. Here’s the thing though; his backing band was Foo Fighters. Is there nothing these guys [...]

Video of the Day: Phantogram ~ “When I’m Small”

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Written by: Chris Andrade Phantogram are a new discovery for me. Stumbling upon them this week after OtD contributor Show informed me of some hilarious comments to their YouTube video. There is something entrancing about both this video and this song. Part of the Barsuk Records family (which includes OtD favs Ra Ra Riot), the [...]

News

Auteur Research #7 ~ Christine Leaky, Dave King, Infinite I

Re-published from Auteur Research Quick Cuts Christine Leakey: http://christineleakey.bandcamp.com/ Dave King: http://www.theheavydream.com/ Infinite I: http://theinfinite-i.com/ Christine Leakey Who: It took fourteen years for Christine Leakey’s album Tapping Trees In A Trinket Box Of Treasure to come to fruition. After struggling with an injury that left her unable to play any instruments she slowly worked her way back to performing and finishing [...]

News, Reviews

Album Review: Hedley ~ Storms

Written By: Kristen Jones Canadian alternative pop rock band Hedley is back with their fourth album Storms.  Produced by Brian Howes, the new album was released on November 8th. Formed in British Columbia in 2004, the group consists of frontman Jacob Hoggard, guitarist Dave Rosin, bassist Tommy Mac and drummer Chris Crippin.  The band has accomplished [...]

News, Video

Video of the Day: Matthew Good ~ “While We Were Hunting Rabbits”

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) [...]

Audio, News

Matthew Good’s First World Problems

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the latest internet meme, “First World Problems”. If not, it’s basically a collection of trivial complaints like “My parking spot is too far from the door” or “I’m bored of all the food from the restaurants close to my work” or “My smartphone changes “lol” to “LOL” making [...]

Podcasts

Off the Dial podcast 2011.P27 ~ “The crowded future stings my eyes”

Another month, another new podcast! We return with tracks from three Calgary bands, two from Vancouver, one each from Montreal and Toronto, two New York City groups and a classic San Francisco group. Try and match them up and make sure to click the links for more info and get your hands on more of [...]

News

Auteur Research #6 ~ the Rest, Drew Smith & Greg Preston and the Great Machine

Re-published from Auteur Research   Quick Cuts The Rest:http://therest.bandcamp.com/ Drew Smith:http://drewsmith.ca/ Greg Preston and The Great Machine:http://gregprestonandthegreatmachine.bandcamp.com/   The Rest Who: Known by many as one of the best bands few have heard about, even so The Rest have been able to achieve praise and notice from NPR, La Blogotheque’s Take Away Show, Stereogum, Pitchfork, [...]

News, Reviews

Album Review: Misfits ~ The Devil’s Rain

Written By: Kristen Jones American punk rock band the Misfits, have released their new studio album titled The Devil’s Rain, on October 4th.  Produced by Ed Stasium, the album is the bands first full-length record since 2003′s Project 1950 and the first collection of all-new material by the group since 1999′s Famous Monsters. Founded in [...]

Reviews

Album Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks ~ In The Pit of the Stomach

Written by: Andy Stewart If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Words that We Were Promised Jetpacks apparently heeded prior to recording their second album In The Pit of the Stomach, which picks up right where These Four Walls left off.  The band from Edinburgh, Scotland comprised of schoolmates Adam Thompson, Michael Palmer, Sean Smith [...]

Reviews

Album Review: DJ Shadow ~ The Less You Know, The Better

Written by: Andy Stewart Never one to rush things, DJ Shadow (aka Josh Davis) has never delivered an album in less than 4 years. That said, it should come as no surprise that his latest offering, The Less You Know, The Better, arrived 5 years after his last album. The extended breaks between albums isn’t [...]

Reviews

Album Review: Lights ~ Siberia

Written by: Jenny Barton Lights (born Valerie Poxleitner), the eclectic synth-pop Canadian songstress released her sophomore album, Siberia on October 4, 2011.  After writing a phenomenal debut album (The Listening) that gained Lights a Juno as well as making just a girl and her synth an iconic, household name…it was time for her to take [...]

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