Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop

[Album Review] The New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: Matador/Last Gang

Of the two major critics’ darlings in Canadian contemporary music Arcade Fire are the ones for whom indie weirdness comes so naturally that it’s a struggle for them to rein it all in and present something listenable. Their West Coast counterparts, The New Pornographers, on the other hand, could rattle off enjoyable power pop in their sleep (and maybe they do), and so you would swear they deliberately go out of their way to sound “difficult” in order to ensure that they are taken seriously. However, after kicking around for about 15 years TNP are at a point in their musical lives where they no longer seem to care whether they are taken seriously or not. On ‘Brill Bruisers’ everything sounds more effortless, without any obvious attempts at pretension (gone, for example, are the head-scratchingly obscure song titles). The resulting product exhibits more exuberance and cohesion than we’ve heard since the band’s early days. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Blues, Canadian, Music, Singer/songwriter, Soul

[Album Review] Jill Barber- Fool’s Gold

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: June 14th, 2014
Label: Outside Music

I know it’s been said before but when it comes to Jill Barber it all starts with the voice. It has a childlike quality that is balanced off by a faint huskiness. Then there’s her signature quaver that sounds both vulnerable and alluring at the same time. You combine all of that with her breathy delivery and, hell, she could make the Canadian national anthem sound like a torch song. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Canadian, Covers, Music

[Album Review] Grey Lands- Songs By Other People

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Label: Paper Bag Records

I enjoy an interesting cover song as much as the next person, but I have rarely been inclined to review an entire record of them. Once in while, however, a covers album comes along that is more than just a tribute – it makes an artistic statement of its own. Such is the case with the aptly titled ‘Songs By Other People’ by Grey Lands, a side project of Cuff the Duke leader singer Wayne Petti.

I have no idea what induced Petti to pick these particular songs but it was an inspired move. With the exception of “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” (OK, and maybe “Girl from the North Country”) these tunes are pretty obscure, but damn they are all excellent. I’d be just as happy with a collection of the originals. Then again, that would just be someone’s personal mixtape and, yeah, what’s the point in that? Continue Reading

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop, Punk

[LISTEN] THE CREEPSHOW – SEE YOU IN HELL

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“See You in Hell” is from the latest album by psychobilly maestros The Creepshow, and it features their new lead singer, Kenda Legaspi.

See You In Hell by The Creepshow on Grooveshark

Canadian, Folk, Indie, Listen, Music, World Music

[LISTEN] ANDINO SUNS – IT’S TIME TO RISE

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
andino suns

When you want to hear the traditional sounds of the Andes you naturally head to Regina, right?? The music of Andino Suns is actually more of a fusion of traditional Chilean and prairie indie folk. “It’s Time to Rise” is the title track from their sophomore album.

Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] THE WAX GIRL – ANOSMIC (EP)

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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‘Anosmic’ is a 5-track EP of gorgeous post-rock ambiance. Alex Wright (aka The Wax Girl) will be putting out his debut full-length album in early 2015.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Zeus- Classic Zeus

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Label: Arts & Crafts

‘Classic Zeus’ will be familiar territory for anyone who has listened to the band’s first two albums. Again they pay tribute – whether it’s intentional or not – to the likes of the Beatles, ELO, the Hollies, the Band and Harry Nilsson. Zeus has never been guilty, however, of being mere imitators – their sound is original and it’s their own, even if they do sound like they’re auditioning for a taping of ‘The Midnight Special’. And the boys continue to hone their craft here, both as performers and songwriters. Nevertheless, they still come up a little short of producing a masterwork. Continue Reading

Canadian, Folk, Indie, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] PANDACORN – THE MIGHTY BIRCH

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“The Mighty Birch” is delightful indie pop number from the quirky Saskatchewan duo known as PandaCorn.

Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Metal, Music, Psychedelic

[LISTEN] ZAUM – PEASANT OF PARTHIA

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Progressive middle eastern psychedelic experimental drone metal. No, I’m not kidding. Come on, try it! And it’s from New Brunswick — I should be made an honorary citizen of that province!

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] JENNIFER CASTLE – NATURE

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
nature

“Nature” is the second track we’ve featured from Jennifer Castle’s new album ‘Pink City’, which is set to drop in 2 days!

Art rock, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] THE BICYCLES – JUSTICE TO THE WORLD

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
the bicycles

New stuff from The Bicycles. “Justice To The World” is a dream pop number but it also features some kick-ass power chords and great guitar reverb. If you like it then you should check out the whole album ‘Young Drones’, which you can stream at Soundcloud. ‘Young Drones’, by the way, is a rock opera. Yes, that’s right, I said rock opera!

Canadian, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop, Rap

[Listen/Download] D-Sisive- Jonah Hill

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
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In his latest track, D-Sisive stories what it would be like if Jonah Hill played him in his biopic. The song is from his upcoming mix tape The Great Mr. Nobody out September 19th.

Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, R&B/Hiphop, Rap

[Listen] Buck 65- Super Pretty Naughty

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
buck65
Buck 65′s new song “Super Pretty Naughty” is a hilarious take on current pop music. THOSE REMIXED AIRHORNS LOL. His new album Neverlove is out September 30th.

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Dragos- Together Blue

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
dragos
Have a chill morning with Montreal producer Dragos and his latest EP “Together Blue”.

Canadian, Garage, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Psychedelic, Punk

[LISTEN] PYPY – PAGAN DAY

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
pypy

PyPy is a “supergroup” formed by members of CPC Gangbangs, Red Mass and Duchess Says. Their 7-track album ‘Pagan Day’ is a non-stop blistering psych-punk freakout. The pace ranges from driving hardcore through dance punk to slowcore grind, but at all times it is both sinister and enticing. A great record.

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