Canadian, Chillwave, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] Amanita Bloom – Just Like Skin

No Comments 31 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
amanita bloom

OK, so we may be slow on the uptake sometimes but we always get around to the good stuff eventually. Amanita Bloom follow up their excellent debut ‘Furniture Music’ with the equally good ‘Neither the Sea Nor the Land’ (yes, I know, it was like ten months ago). “Just Like Skin” is a prime example of their atmospheric dark folk.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Oh Village – In a Dark and Quiet Place

No Comments 30 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
oh village

Oh Village made an impressive debut with ‘Far Side of the Sea’ but they really seem to be coming into their own on their latest release ‘To Rely’. Just give a listen to the nuanced indie folk rock number “In a Dark and Quiet Place” to see (or hear, I guess) what I mean.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Soul

[Listen] Frazey Ford – September Fields

No Comments 30 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Former member of The Be Good Tanyas puts out another excellent record, ‘Indian Ocean’. In “September Fields” she offers up a breezy blend of country, folk and soul.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] No Museum – Engine Parts

No Comments 28 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
no museum

We close off Weird Tuesday on a gentle note. Edmonton’s No Museum offers up “Engine Parts” from their debut album with the great title ‘I Was a Worker and Now I’m Old’. If they sound familiar then, no, you’re not crazy, because they used to be known as Twin Library.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Garage, Shoegaze, Watch

[Watch] Tearjerker – You Can

No Comments 28 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

If you are waiting for Tearjerker to make it big then don’t hold your breath. Not only do they eschew all notions of being commercially viable, but also to them DIY is not just a necessity, it’s a desired aesthetic. Here’s “You Can” from the 4-track ‘Hiding’ EP.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Cowboys in Cardigans – The Duke

No Comments 26 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
cowboys in cardigans

Hey, that dude is not a cowboy and he’s not wearing a cardigan. What the ….? Oh well, the ukulele-driven “The Duke” is irresistible, so we’ll let it go.

Canadian, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, World Music

[Listen] Drumhand – No Rush

No Comments 26 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Multi-voice harmonies, modern jazz and world percussions. Add those all together and you get the enticing sounds of Toronto’s Drumhand.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Grunge, Listen, Music

[Listen] Woodworker – Standing on the Corner

No Comments 25 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

“Standing on the Corner” by the noise folk duo Woodworker features some distorted vocals, meaty guitars and feisty keyboards. It ain’t exactly Peter, Paul and Mary.

Alternative, Country, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Dinner Belles – River and the Willow

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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, 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.

Canadian, Folk, Listen, Metal, Music

[Listen] Protokult – Get Me a Beer!

No Comments 21 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Ah, nothing says Weird Tuesday like an odd mixture of genres. Here’s “Get Me a Beer!” a pagan folk metal song from Protokult. Bound to keep you chuckling all the way down to the bottom of the keg.

Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Amy Casper – Abandoned Me

No Comments 21 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
amy casper

Welcome to this week’s edition of Weird Tuesday. We start things off with some experimental folk from Amy Casper. “Abandoned Me” is from one of four albums that the prolific Casper has put out so far this year.

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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Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

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

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


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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Art rock, Canadian, Electronic, Folk, Pop, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[Watch] Valery Gore – S.O.

No Comments 17 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Valery Gore offers up a simple but effective video to the song “S.O.” from the album that is gearing up to rank high on my list of best albums of the year, ‘Idols in teh Dark Heart’.

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