Alternative, Country, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Dinner Belles – River and the Willow

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Still trying to catch up this week — so much music coming down. Here’s a rootsy, country folk album from Ontario’s Dinner Belles. Sounds very traditional at first, but they have their own new millennium indie lens on the whole thing.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Pop, Watch

[Watch] First You Get the Sugar – Foreign Lands

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The name First You Get the Sugar is quite the mouthful, but they are definitely worth taking a bite. Although their sound is certainly contemporary, FYGTS’s song structures and arrangements are a bit of a throwback to those FM radio bands of the ’70’s. The video to “Foreign Lands” features a lot of street scenes from Montreal.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] North Atlantic Explorer – Into the Blue Sea

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Nautical themes abound with the new single from North Atlantic Explorer (who are, rather confusingly, from the West Coast). The breezy and melodic “Into the Blue Sea” is from the new album ‘My Father Was A Sailor’. Man, that salty air is stinging my eyes.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[Watch] The Written Years – Homesick Dirge

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

An atmospheric lyric video of “Homesick Dirge” from The Written Years fantastic self-titled debut.

Alternative, Canadian, Covers, Pop, Shoegaze, Watch

[Watch] Rosie June – When It’s Over (Sugar Ray Cover)

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Man, this has been a busy week in music — I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Anyway… Rosie June has so far been one of Vancouver Island’s best-kept secrets, but we figure that isn’t going to last much longer. Here she gives Sugar Ray’s “When It’s Over” a torchy, haunting makeover.

Alternative, Canadian, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Ought – New Calm Pt.2

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Good news, kids. Ought has some new music on the way in the form an EP. In the meantime, they offer this teaser video which celebrates the shimmering sounds of ennui. Yes, Tim Beeler’s dance moves are hard to take, but it’s all part of their ‘f$ck you, this is all stupid’ charm.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Naysa – Losing Weight

No Comments 21 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Maybe I’m giving Naysa a complex because they are no stranger to Weird Tuesday. Hey, we all know the best music appears on Weird Tuesday. Anyway, we’ll close off this edition with the goofy “Losing Weight”.

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Man Made Hill – Cryptic Decision

No Comments 21 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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I have no idea how to describe this one by Man Made Hill. It’s just bizarre alt pop with some Isley Bros-style falsetto harmony vocals. It’s off a 7″ vinyl shared with The Pink Noise.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Close Talker- For the Sun

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Tiana Feng
© Chris Graham Photo 2014
Close Talker will be releasing their second full length soon but for now you can check out the awesome tune “For the Sun”. Flux will be released November 4th on Nevado Records.

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Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Dan Mangan + Blacksmith- Vessel

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Tiana Feng

Here’s Dan Mangan + Blacksmith’s latest video for “Vessel”, depicting the history of our identities in a mish-mash of cool animations

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Watch

[Watch] Strange Fires- Walkabout

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Tiana Feng

Here’s Strange Fires with a video for “Walkabout” featuring randomly juxtaposed videos from nature and other stuff.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Fish & Bird- Something in the Ether

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Label: Fiddlehead Records

They are an indie folk-rock outfit from the West Coast. You think you’ve got them pegged already, don’t you? Think again. For one thing they have more rootsy instruments in their arsenal than you’d normally expect from Canadian pacific music (banjos, fiddles, etc.). The thing that really sets them apart, however, is their arrangements. That’s not to say that F&B take you on weird free-form trips or baffle you with dissonant change-ups, but the song structures are never disappointingly predictable. It’s not heavy-handed by any means, but they throw you off just enough to pique your interest.

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Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen/Download] Dada Plan – Over When You Die

No Comments 18 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“Over When You Die” is another artsy alt pop song from Dada Plan, and again it takes a swipe at the vacuity of modern culture.

Alternative, Electronic, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Moonriser – Lovestruck

No Comments 17 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The duo known as Moonriser, who apparently used to play folk rock, recently dropped the lovely “Spiral Tunnel”. Now they cement their reputation as new electronic artists to take note of with their latest, “Lovestruck”.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Majical Cloudz – Your Eyes

No Comments 17 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Pining for the magical sounds of Majical Cloudz? Yeah, me too. Apparently we will have to wait until at least some time in 2015 for a new album, but in the meantime we will have to make do with this tidbit — a previously unreleased track that they’ve been kicking around for years. You guys have anything else in your back pocket?

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