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Video of the Day: Childish Gambino ~ “Bonfire”

Posted by cristóvão On March - 15 - 2012

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!

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

Posted by cristóvão On March - 12 - 2012

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;

TOUR DATES
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.

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

Posted by cristóvão On March - 10 - 2012

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.

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Video of the Day: the Rural Alberta Advantage ~ “Tornado 87″

Posted by cristóvão On February - 22 - 2012

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;

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

Posted by cristóvão On November - 11 - 2011

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!)

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Video of the Day: Hey Rosetta! ~ “Bandages”

Posted by cristóvão On October - 4 - 2011

Written by: Chris Andrade

There are a lot of reasons to love St. John’s, Newfoundland group Hey Rosetta!, and you can add this video as yet another.

Earlier this year, the group went around their hometown to record a video for the song “Bandages” off their latest album, Seeds. But this isn’t your normal run-of-the-mill music video, it features a live performance of the song rather than an overdub of the studio version. That in itself is not new, but have you ever seen it done this way? Each scene features the actual audio recording from that location, so you can tell when the ambience/background noise/etc. has changed.

Now that’s brilliant.

Hey Rosetta! are about to embark on an Australian before returning here for a North American tour in November. Naturally this includes plenty of Canadian dates. You can see them all here.

 

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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 can do? First John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page hook up with the Foos to perform a number of Led Zeppelin tunes, no they’re rocking out with Pink Floyd alumni. At this point, I fully expect them to play with Jimi Hendrix now. (Yes, I know he’s dead…)

Anyway, enough rambling, let’s witness this awesome display of HOLY FUCKING HELL THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!

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

Posted by cristóvão On September - 23 - 2011

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 duo made up of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter hail from Saratoga Springs, NY. The two apparently love sticking to the rural landscapes of upsate New York even though their sound is very big city with electronic loops and pop melodies.

Truth be told, this song isn’t new. It’s album, Eyelid Movies came out back in 2009 in Europe although it didn’t see the light of day here in North America until the Following February.

You can buy Eyelid Movies via Barsuk or iTunes and there’s a free download of “When I’m Small” but check out the video below, it’s worth that watch.

www.phantogram.net

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Video of the Day: Mastodon ~ the Hunter, Visualizer

Posted by cristóvão On September - 20 - 2011

This isn’t like any other Video of the Day, this is 53 minutes of Mastodon‘s new album, the Hunter, in it’s entirety. A full week ahead of it’s release!

Now, online streaming the week before a new album’s release isn’t new, it’s pretty much the norm these days. However, Mastodon have kicked it up a notch by posting it as a YouTube video with visual accompanyment which really matches each song to a tee. I especially love how the firs track, “Black Tongue” shows the artist creating the physical statue of the demonized looking horse’s head that appears on the album cover out of wood. It’s fucking rad!

This will be the fifth full-length studio release from the Atlanta pr0g-metal outfit and first since 2009′s critically acclaimed Crack the Skye. the Hunter wil be available through Reprise Records on September 26th in the U.K. and the 27th here in the U.S. and Canada.

Pre-order Maston‘s the Hunter here!

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Video of the Day: Peter Gabriel ~ “Don’t Give Up” feat. Kate Bush

Posted by cristóvão On September - 19 - 2011

Oddly enough, I had this song stuck in my head last week.

Today, in an interview with the Quietus, Peter Gabriel reveals that he originally asked Dolly Parton to duet with him on the 1986 single.

“There’s an interesting story about this song. Because there was this reference point of American roots music in it when I first wrote it, it was suggested that Dolly Parton sing on it. But Dolly turned it down… and I’m glad she did because what Kate [Bush] did on it is… brilliant. It’s an odd song, a number of people have written to me and said they didn’t commit suicide because they had that song on repeat or whatever, and obviously you don’t think about things like that when you’re writing them. But obviously a lot of the power of the song came from the way that Kate sings it.”

Gabriel is set to release his ninth studio album titled New Blood, which features’orchestral re-recordings’ of songs from his back-catalogue including a redition of “Don’t Give Up” featuring Ane Brun, who’s toured with him performing the song.

Here’s the original video;

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