Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[LISTEN] THE WEATHER STATION – WHAT AM I GOING TO DO (WITH EVERYTHING I KNOW)

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The wait for new music from the Weather Station is finally over. The gentle folk number “What Am I Going To Do (With Everything I Know)” is the title track from her new EP, due out in October.

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] JENNIFER CASTLE – NATURE

No Comments 31 August 2014

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

Acoustic, Canadian, Covers, Music, Watch

[WATCH] Sarah Harmer — Odessa (Caribou cover)

No Comments 21 August 2014

By Nele Van Aerde

So I get really excited about the Polaris Music Prize every year, but this year they’ve upped the ante with the Polaris Cover Sessions. There will be three releases from albums that have made the short-list in the past: Sarah Harmer will cover Caribou’s “Odessa” Whitehorse will cover The New Pornographers’ “Bones Of An Idol” and Great Lake Swimmers will cover Sarah Harmer’s “I’m A Mountain”.

The first release is here and it’s gorgeous. Only 31 more days until the Polaris gala!

Acoustic, Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Album Review] Slight Birching- Cultural Envelope

No Comments 16 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Label: Independent

Sean Travis Ramsay’s (a.k.a. Slight Birching) vocalization on ‘Cultural Envelope’ is often closer to spoken word than true singing, and even when he does actually sing he does so with such an idiosyncratic quaver that it serves to underscore the very personal nature of this music. He comes across as a genuinely friendly guy who is extending you an individual invitation to share in his musical world of indie folk musings, swooning pedal guitar, gentle acoustic guitar picking, delicate synth touches and the odd surprise (such as the trumpet work of Joseph Hirabayashi on the title track). Continue Reading

Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Folk, Interviews, Jazz, Roots

INTERVIEW: WEST MY FRIEND

No Comments 13 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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I caught up with West My Friend, or most of them anyway, at the tail end of a practice. They were rehearsing for an appearance that night at the Solstice Café, a concert that I was lucky enough to catch. Bass player Adam Bailey was sick that day, but I chatted with Eden Oliver (vocals, acoustic guitar), Alex Rempel (mandolin, vocals) and Jeff Poynter (accordion, vocals): Continue Reading

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, lo-fi, Music

[LISTEN] BRIAN ASKEW – A SIP OF TEA

No Comments 12 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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It’s still Weird Tuesday. OK, this one isn’t quite so weird. More just a little off-centre. Share “A Sip of Tea” with Halifax’s Brian Askew.

Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] PEN AND PAPER – UNTITLED #7

No Comments 12 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Some dreamy folk pop from the mysterious Pen and Paper. This song is simply called “Untitled #7″, and is from the album titled …. “Untitled”.

Acoustic, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Pop

[LISTEN] ASTRAL SWANS – Park Street

No Comments 02 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
astral swans

Another disquieting track from Calgary experimental folkster Astral Swans (a.k.a. Matthew Swann)

Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] FOX GLOVE – DOES THIS SCARE YOU YET?

No Comments 02 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The all-female trio, Fox Glove, brew a rootsy mix of folk, alt country and pop they like to call “Fox Pop”. I just call it great.

Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Roots

[LISTEN] TOMATO/TOMATO – BREAKIN’ DOWN

No Comments 30 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Been on a bit of a New Brunswick kick lately. Here’s another one from the bluegrass folk duo (and married couple) Tomato/Tomato.

Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Pop, Singer/songwriter

[LISTEN] JOSE CONTRERAS – PAST THE STARS

No Comments 29 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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First solo album by the lead singer of By Divine Right. Here he reinterprets “Past the Stars” with minimal accompaniment.

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[Listen] Twin Voices- Sing To Me

No Comments 28 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Allow Twin Voices to gently wake you up this Monday morning with their EP “Sing to Me”.

Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Punk, Roots

[LISTEN] THE SEAHAGS – SEASICK

No Comments 28 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
Tarnidhed gold

“Seasick” by The Seahags? A shanty from Cape Breton, no doubt? Hardly. It’s actually some cowpunk from Saskatchewan. No matter — it’s good old rootsy fun regardless.

Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Jazz, Watch

[WATCH] DIANNE BODY QUARTET – SAY UNCLE WALTZ

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

An in-studio video of the Dianne Body Quartet performing “Say Uncle Waltz”. Breezy modern jazz with folk rock leanings.

Acoustic, Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Concerts, Folk, Jazz, Music

THE JESSICA STUART FEW, WEST MY FRIEND @ SOLSTICE CAFE (Victoria, BC) 7/19/2014

No Comments 20 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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There is nothing finer than spending time in the funky confines of the Solstice Cafe on a lovely Victoria summer evening. Nothing, that is, unless you add some terrific music by two of Canada’s classier acts. Continue Reading

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