Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Pop, Watch

[Watch] The Bandicoots – Just After Dark

No Comments 21 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Hamilton’s The Bandicoots drop their debut single “Just After Dark”, a bouncy, stutter-beat indie rock number. The accompanying video with its homemade shadow puppet show is equally fun.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Tough Lovers – Mouthful of Blood

No Comments 20 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
tough lovers

Vancouver’s Tough Lovers have one foot in ’70’s rock and the other foot in contemporary indie, and since 2010 they’ve consistently been offering up well-crafted, thoughtful songs. Now I am hearing rumblings that it all may be coming to an end. Say it isn’t so!

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] The Dying Arts – Snake in the Grass

No Comments 16 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dying arts

Indie garage rockers The Dying Arts treat us to a Arctic Monkeys-style number. “Snake in the Grass” is from their self-titled EP.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Roots

[Listen] Bend the River – Assassins

No Comments 16 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“Assassins” is from Bend the River’s sophomore album ‘So Long Joan Fontaine’. The album title has me scratching my head but the music is just fine — rootsy folk-rock with one foot in the ’70’s and the other planted smack in the middle of 21st century indie. This track may sound vaguely like The Band but there is something very contemporary in its structure and lyrics.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Covers, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Mimico – Fate Screen/Fresh Snow – Mony, Mony (7″ split)

No Comments 15 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Here’s a cool 7″ split for you. One side you’ve got a Mimico’s “Fate Screen” a total ’80’s throwback with a motorik beat, steely synths and a goth-like vocal delivery. Other side is an instrumental version of “Mony, Mony” by Fresh Snow. When you’ve a rhythm this groovy who needs words? (actually, it’s “Mony, Mony”, so who needs words anyway?)

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Watch] Poor Traits – Black and White

No Comments 13 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
poor traits

The band Poor Traits has just released their debut album ‘Minor Setbacks’, a collection of emotional, hard-driving indie rock numbers guided by front-woman Alex Badger. “Black and White” is a mid-tempo song that simmers along until it finally boils over in a burst of guitar at the end. The video depicts a man who wakes up on a beach, unable to remember how he got there. Disturbingly, you just know he’s done something very bad.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Electronic, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Mother Mother – Get Out the Way

No Comments 06 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan Lyric video of the synth-heavy Mother Mother single "Get Out The Way" from their new album. The video has b/w footage of wild animals in the background and neon light letters in the foreground letting you know what the dude is singing.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] Stan Simon and the Hotel Bible – the Desert Line

No Comments 05 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
hotel bible

Stan Simon and the Hotel Bible features members of Neon Windbreaker, Weaves and the Holy Gasp. The raw, rootsy rock song “The Desert Line” was recorded in Toronto but you’d swear it was baked out on the desert floor somewhere.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Spoon River – In the Parking Lots of the Swamp Museum

No Comments 03 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A cheesy-as-hell video from Vancouver psych rockers Spoon River. “In the Parking Lots of the Swamp Museum” has the band chasing a swamp monster that has stolen a baby. OK.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Hearing Trees – Room for You

No Comments 02 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
hearing trees

Sinister-edged driving indie folk-rock from Winnipeg’s Hearing Trees. Great song, plus the best album cover art I’ve seen all year. What’s not to like?

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Listen] Deep Sea Gypsies – Cherry Red

No Comments 31 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
cherry red

The latest single from the Deep Sea Gypsies. This time out they bring in some late ’60’s British blues and a touch of early ’70’s country rock. The guitars are smokin’ as usual.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Johnny de Courcy – Alien Lake/Wind Chimes

No Comments 30 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

For the flamboyant Johnny de Courcy it’s always 1973 — that wonderful point in time when Iggy Pop, Bolan and Bowie were the triplet princes of the rock world. Here he gives us an interesting double shot, a science fiction double feature if you will. The first video, “Alien Lake”, is a gentle love story backed by mournful piano. The second, “Wind Chimes”, serves as a kind of counter-point to the first, this time set to more driving rock music. It’s cheesy, and, yes Johnny, it’s oh so trashy.

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

[Listen] Ultimate Power Duo – An Anti-Universe Apart

No Comments 27 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The deliberately misnamed Ultimate Power Duo (they’re actually a trio) from Saskatoon unleash ‘Space Joe: Ad Astra to the Stars’, a sci-fi themed concept album. This is “An Anti-Universe Apart” which melds 1970’s prog rock with contemporary indie folk-rock. And to great effect, I might add.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Music, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Black Mastiff – Leave it on the Floor

No Comments 27 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The soulful, acid-tinged sounds of Edmonton`s Black Mastiff. The video to “Leave It On The Floor” has the band members performing in silhouette against a seizure-inducing array of flashing coloured light.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Music, Watch

[Watch] SoHo Ghetto – Man Down

No Comments 27 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Halifax’s SoHo Ghetto perform “Man Down” from their debut LP. The song has an interesting feel because it’s dark and heavy in the verse but then light and poppy on the chorus. Also, they borrow a trick from the Beatles by performing on a rooftop — in this case, high above the Halifax cityscape.

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