Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Notta Comet – Success With Houseplants (LP)

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
notta comet

Notta Comet are three very clever dudes from Montreal who have a penchant for both math rock and Frank Zappa weirdness. Their template is to lay down an alt rock riff, loop it, do some free-form jamming and then add some absurdist lyrics over top. It’s a formula that serves them well as they address topics such as religion, politics, social mores and the like. Their vocal style tends to vary from very Zappa-like (“Wino Threat”) to ’90s slacker (“Subways”), and from Bowie-like glam (“Facism”) to punk (“Somebody Oughta Burn Down Ray Kurzweil’s House”).

The Good: “Don’t Upset My God”. Starts with a David Byrne-ish burst of sarcastic ranting and ends with a gently flowing guitar-driven instrumental.
The Bad: The strictures of math rock can get annoying if you listen to it for prolonged periods. At times, such as in “Colonial Authorities”, the band loosens up a bit and the music is more fluid. But otherwise, limit your intake to a maybe a couple of tracks at a time.
The Upshot: A great band and great music, but they tend to be driven to a creative frenzy (“Flower Song”, for example, is pretty hard to take). But there’s melody and lyrical ingenuity at work, so it’s worth taking the time to let this grow on you.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Watch

[Watch] Language Arts – Old Familiar

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

‘Wonderkind’ came out back in the Spring but Kristen Cudmore and co. have waited this long to put out the video to “Old Familiar”. If your family is from Canada then this will be ‘old familiar’ as we witness some vintage family home movie footage. This is essentially gentle indie folk, but Cudmore’s quirkiness and the band’s jazz/classical breeding keeps things interesting.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Interviews, Music, Pop

Interview: Gina Loes, Lead Singer/Guitarist for The Ruffled Feathers

No Comments 17 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


MB:  How long has The Ruffled Feathers been together?

GL:  We’ve been making music together going on six years now. It’s always been a collaborative efforts. Multiple songwriters. It’s about bringing to life each other’s music, which might not have a life of its own if not for the band. I find that when I’m learning someone else’s song I’m continually challenged, which helps me grow as a musician and helps us all grow together.” Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Concerts, Music

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith w/ Peregrine Falls @ Mod Club 12/15/2014

No Comments 16 December 2014

by Tiana Feng
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith @ The Mod Club 12/15/2014
Last night, Dan Mangan played the Mod Club as part of Virgin Mobile’s Re*Generation campaign. The program raises money to help homeless youth find jobs. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Experimental, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen] Warmer – Howling With Coyotes

No Comments 16 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Kingston’s Warmer keeps things weird this Tuesday with “Howling With Coyotes”, a trippy jam. And, yes, we get to howl with the coyotes. Cool.

Alternative, Canadian, Chillwave, Electronic, Listen, Music

[Listen] Chocolat – Tss Tss

No Comments 16 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Chocolat’s “Tss Tss” features a bottom-heavy bass line and a catchy synth loop, which combine for a great groove. Tasty Tuesday fare.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] The Sands – Magnolia

No Comments 15 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
the sands

Singer-songwriter Julie McGeer teams up with cellist-composer Peggy Lee to form The Sands. On their debut album they gather together some of the finest musicians in Vancouver (and beyond) and call upon Jesse Zubot to produce. “Magnolia” is a good example of the result — a richly orchestrated indie folk song infused with jazz and brimming with originality.

Alternative, Canadian, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen/Download] Emilee Sorrey- You Love Me

No Comments 13 December 2014

by Laura Feeney
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Charlottetown’s Emilee Sorrey is on my radar for 2015. Her first single, You Love Me, brings to mind images of a summer evening on at the beach. Her mellow vocals paired with soothing electronic sound are simply relaxing. I can’t wait to hear more from Emilee’s upcoming EP in the new year.

Alternative, Canadian, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Moon – Gomorrah

No Comments 13 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Moon are about to give us a Christmas present — they plan on dropping their new album ‘Moon’ on December 23rd (you had better not be naughty). Central figures in the Halifax pop explosion, the band draw upon German ’60s pop/rock as their main influence, but also blend in other pop styles to come up with a sound of their own. Check out “Gomorrah” from the new album.

Alternative, Canadian, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Siskiyou – Violent Motion Pictures

No Comments 12 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Post-rock outfit Siskiyou give their song “Violent Motion Pictures” the video treatment. There’s nothing violent here, though, as we take a trippy, coloured-altered meander through images of waves, boats and fish.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Kashka- In the Snow

No Comments 12 December 2014

by Tiana Feng
Kashka joins the winter spirit with a cozy tune about how things are so much better in the snow.

Alternative, Concerts, Music

Greys, Odonis Odonis, Weaves, Dilly Dally, The Beverleys @ The Garrison 12/6/2014

No Comments 12 December 2014

by Tiana Feng
Anna Mayberry @ The Garrison 12/6/2014
Last Saturday, Buzz Records celebrated the holidays (deemed “Krampus”) with sets from some of their best talent: Greys, Odonis Odonis, Weaves, Dilly Dally and the The Beverleys. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Tenderness – 99+1

No Comments 12 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A new single from Tenderness. 99+1 is a nice, rhythmic pop song interspersed with moments of oddness.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Shawn Mzarek Lives! – First Into the Lake

No Comments 12 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
first into the lake

I saw Shawn Mrazek perform at Rifflandia, both as a solo performer and then later with COOL. It was funny because it was the same musicians, they all just switched places. Anyway, here’s his latest, the bright and bouncy “First into the Lake”.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Hey Rosetta!- Second Sight

No Comments 11 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: October 12th, 2014
Label: Sonic Records

Hey Rosetta are indeed a Newfoundland band, but not in the traditional sense. There is no discernible maritime folk or Celtic strains in their sound. In fact, at this stage in their career, their music owes more to the urban indie centres, such as Seattle, New York and Montreal, than it does to the fog enshrouded town of St. John’s. But the Rock is in their souls nevertheless, and this is quite evident in their lyrics. Throughout ‘Second Sight’ there is a running theme of perseverance through adversity and an undying optimism – themes that form the very fabric of what it is to be a Newfoundlander. Continue Reading

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