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Song of the Day: Kanye West ~ “Lord Lord Lord”

Posted by cristóvão On September - 23 - 2010

So a couple of weeks ago, Kanye West and Taylor Swift bookended the MTV Video Music Awards with performances a year after West hijacked Swift’s acceptance speech and rendered himself, in the words of President Obama, an ass. West yelled/tweeted his apology (and as a side note, please celebrities, STOP USING CAPSLOCK, YOU IDJITS!), appeared on Leno’s inaugural 10pm failure only to be verbally bitch slapped (probably one of the only funny things Leno has done in two decades and it wasn’t even supposed to be!) and essentially layed low for the next 12 months.

Well, he wasn’t just staying out of harms way, avoiding the virtual rotten food being tossed at him for his assinine behavior. He was actually keeping busy recording his next album, Dark Twisted Fantasy. Now, I haven’t heard much from the album (in fact, I’ve only heard the below track) but if this is any indication, it should be much MUCH better 808s _ Heartbreak, the autotune mangled mess he released in 2008.

So my question is, is it too soon to be lauding Kanye for something? I mean, he and Taylor made nice at this years awards. And if it IS too soon, then I’ll rely on the fact that the song feature the always awesome, always cool, Mos Def.

Dark Twisted Fantasy is due out on November 16th.

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Song of the Day: Women ~ “Eyesore”

Posted by cristóvão On July - 21 - 2010

Calgary’s very own Women have been hard at work with their throw-back sound and excellent shows. It wasn’t that long ago that you’d find them playing gigs around this city to adoring fans.

Now it appears they’re branching out and making a name for themselves outside the cozy confines of our fair city. Today the track “Eyesore” from their new album Public Strain (due out later this year and produced by Chad VanGaalen) appeared on RCRDLBL.com as a free download. The sophomore effort will be released, as was their debut, on label Flemish Eye in Canada and JagJaguwar in the U.S. on September 28th.

You can click below to play the track and you can also find the download link within the player. Enjoy!

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Song of the Day: Stars ~ “I Don’t Want Your Body”

Posted by cristóvão On June - 23 - 2010

The reach of Broken Social Scene is far reaching; So-called spin-off bands of the Toronto super-group (yes, I know…BSS refuses that label but this is my site…HA!) include Apostle of Hustle, Do Make Say Think, Valley of the Giants, Junior Blue and of course, the beloved Stars.

With Stars, all but Pat McGee are active members of BSS (the others being Torquil Campbell, Amy Millan, Evan Cranley and Chris Seligman) but just because of the strong tie to the mother-group doesn’t mean these guys are exactly second fiddle. Stars have a strong following and an equally strong catalogue. With their fifth full-length studio album the Five Ghosts, released earlier this week, the group returns to the delight of fans.

With this track, you get an upbeat electronic assault that is just pure fun. Check it out and even give it a free download, courtesy RCRDLBL.com!

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Song of the Day: Hot Hot Heat ~ “Zero Results”

Posted by cristóvão On May - 25 - 2010

Victoria’s Hot Hot Heat rocketed up to relative fame in 2002 with their infectious and catchy dance-punk sound. People loved it and with good reason! That year marked the release of their EP Knock Knock Knock and followed by the full-length album Make Up the Breakdown, produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden), which spawned hits “Bandages” and “Talk to Me, Dance With Me”. Things were looking up for the group.

By the time 2005 rolled around, the group had seen the departure of guitarist Dante DeCaro, signed a major label deal with Warner Bros and released Elevator with modest success. It still afforded them supporting gigs on the Foo Fighters/Weezer ‘Foozer Tour’ and an opening slot on the Killers‘ Red Rock Amphitheatre performance in 2007. Later that year, they released Happiness Ltd. and toured with Snow Patrol.

Now after laying low and writing/recording, Hot Hot Heat are poised to release their new album Future Breeds, produced by Ryan Dahle (of Limblifter, Age of Electric) and featuring new bassist Parker Bossley (of Fake Shark – Real Zombie!). The album hits stores on June 1st, 2010 through Dine Alone Records.

Check out “Zero Results” below and make sure to download your free mp3 copy courtesy RCRDLBL.com;

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Song of the Day: Interpol ~ “Lights”

Posted by cristóvão On April - 29 - 2010

So last night I got a somewhat cryptic email from Interpol. It read;

Hello everyone.

We’re stirring.
Please take a moment to visit our website:  www.interpolnyc.com
We want to show you something.
And make sure you come back soon.
We will be posting important information and dates in the coming weeks.

Thank you.

When you visit the site you see this but when clicked, it doesn’t really offer much;

Of course, downloading the mp3 gives you the full track, “Lights”, from their forth-coming fourth studio release, yet to be named or have a release date. Something to whet fans’ appetites.

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Song of the Day: Danko Jones ~ “Full of Regret”

Posted by cristóvão On April - 23 - 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Canada’s often over-looked trio Danko Jones but now that they’ve got a new album coming out and are touring around the continent, I thought it prudent to give these three hard-rockin’ boys some long overdue coverage.

The Toronto group have been busy since releasing 2008′s Never Too Loud, what with performing with Motorhead and opening for Guns N’ Roses when they came through Canada last fall, but they’re all done with their next release, Below the Belt, which is officially available on May 18th.

They just finished touring with Clutch and have a bunch of Canadian dates scheduled next month, including a show here in Calgary the day after Below the Belt is released, and their May 21st Vancouver show at the Venue which just sold out. After that, they’ll be hopping all over Europe (as they often do) during the summer to play a number of festivals and shows.

Danko Jones have a lot of big-name fans including Jack White and the Raconteurs (who’ve covered their track, “Samuel Sin”), so when they filmed the video for today’s Song of the Day in Los Angeles recently, I’m sure they were thrilled to have guests Elijah Wood, Selma Blair, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges) drop in for the video shoot (check out some behind the scenes footage here and here).

Visit the Danko Jones web site to download a free copy of the below track, “Full of Regret”;

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Thirty Years of Religion

Posted by ogcin On March - 8 - 2010

Written by: Nic Gouveia (NICGO.CA)

For thirty years, veteran punk band Bad Religion have been fighting the good fight and cranking out album after album of crunchy, angry goodness for their slightly jaded, loyal fans. To reward said loyalty Bad Religion will be releasing a free, that’s right free, live album available May 18th for download through their website.

Entitled 30 Years Live the free album will be recorded during Bad Religion’s upcoming spring tour, slated to start March 17th in Anaheim. The band posted a message to fans saying the album is “… a free ‘thank you’ to the loyal fans who’ve been with [them] through all the sweat and mayhem…”

Sadly, no Canadian dates have been set and don’t expect them north of the border till after the summer as they’ll be trekking through Europe through June and July. Good news for the hostel crowd.

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CD Review: Domenica ~ The Luxury

Posted by rlatham On October - 5 - 2009

Written by: Robert Latham

Domenica ~ the LuxuryRock history suggests taking decent music and throwing a hot girl into the mix means instant mass album sales (see Paramore and Evanescence for example). But Winnipeg-based Domenica are not just all about the stunningly good-looking lead singer/guitarist Bekki Friesen, they actually make great metal music.

The Luxury is a hard-hitting, head banging rock album, laden with heavy distorted guitar riffs supporting Friesen’s engagingly charismatic vocals.

The album opens up with the relatively laid back “Music,” which lulls the listener into a false sense of security as the band launches into overdrive of energetic hard rock with the energetic “What Goes Around.”

One of the outstanding tracks on the album is “Above Me,” a lively rock tune with Friesen’s hugely listenable vocals, particularl the repeated lyrics “It’s just another bright and beautiful day,” droning through the verses before launching into an energy-fuelled chorus then a typical heavy rock solo.

Closely following this is the interestingly titled “I Love My Gun” which draws you in with a fast and frantic high pitched guitar solo, before descending into palm-muted chords underneath Friesen’s vocals, then launching into one of the band’s trademark bouncing choruses before moving back into the rocky solo riff.

The tempo drops a little with the comparatively soft and melodic “No Matter What You Say,” with Friesen’s impressive vocals again standing out.

But the band’s trademark rock sound returns with “Lady Like Me,” a track that shows off Friesen’s feisty side as is shown in the lyrics “I’m going fishing… I’m out looking… I’m on the prowl, gonna find me a man.”

Another stand-out track on the album is the energetic, heavy guitar riff-filled “Vampires,” again showing off Domenica’s ability to write a great rock chorus.

In stark contrast to the rest of the album is the acoustic “Free,” with rolling acoustic guitar chords supporting Friesen’s more relaxed vocals.

But if you thought this meant a dull, boring end to the album then you’re far from the truth as the band launches into the again interestingly titled “Porno State of Mind,” edging towards the band’s darker, more risque side.

On the whole The Luxury is certainly an enjoyable listen and will be a hit with rock, heavy metal and girl rock lovers alike but the general feeling is their tracks are geared towards their live performances than album sales. Nevertheless, Friesen’s recognizable vocals are a huge hit and the band’s energy and driving guitar riffs make them a band to be taken seriously on the rock scene.

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Axis of Conversation Contest Winner

Posted by cristóvão On September - 3 - 2009

Axis of Conversation ~ All We Make is Enemies ArtworkIt’s been a while but we finally drew our winners of the Axis of Conversation vinyl giveaway! Four lucky mailing list subscribers were either randomly selected or responded in time to win a copy of the clear-vinyl 7″ from the Calgary act featuring a remix version of their track “the Pull”.

So who were our lucky winners? Clay Brown and Tim Pushor of Calgary, Ouan Keo from Edmonton and Jim Bueckert of Saskatoon! Congratulations to our four contest winners!

Keep an eye out for future music giveaways and if you’re not on our mailing list (I promise, we rarely bother you in your Inbox), make sure you join today and you’ll automatically be entered into any contest we hold!

Click below to hear “All We Make Is Enemies” by Axis of Conversation;

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Sights & Sounds Winner Announced!

Posted by cristóvão On July - 26 - 2009

Yes, I know I’m a tad late on this but a couple of weeks back, we randomly selected a winner for our Sights _ Sounds CD Giveaway. The lucky recipient was Steve Barmash and all he had to do we be on our mailing list! Congrats go out to him and I’m sure by now he’s enjoying his free copy of Monolith. You can read our review of the new Sights _ Sounds CD here.

In more contest news, we’re only a couple of days away from randomly selecting not one but FOUR winners in our Axis of Conversation 7″ Giveaway. The Calgary band was gracious enough to send us a few copies of their clear-vinyl 7″ that they released during this year’s Sled Island festival. For your chance to get your hands on a copy of this sweet release, make sure you’re on our mailing list. That’s it. Oh, and tell your friends!

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