Alternative, Canadian, Jazz, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] HOMESHAKE – MAKING A FOOL OF YOU

No Comments 10 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Peter Sagar takes some time off from his role as guitarist for Mac DeMarco to work on his own project, Homeshake. On “Making a Fool of You” he shows off his signature guitar style.

Canadian, Jazz, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[LISTEN] THE EXTREMITIES – THE QUOTA

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
extremities

The Extremities (Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester) are joined by Ghettosocks and Brandon Dramatic (man, it must be crowded in that studio booth!) for the jazzy hip hop track “The Quota”.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Jazz, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Petunia- Inside of You

No Comments 07 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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Release Date: July 21, 2014
Label: Trapline

Petunia is a bizarre and mysterious character. I cannot determine his real name, but I do know that he is originally from rural Quebec and is now based in Vancouver, although he seems to have spent time in almost every corner of the country (both Toronto and Fredericton claim him as a former resident, just as examples). What I do know is that he’s an entertainer – I mean in the old-school sense of someone who sings anything, plays anything, does anything in the name of entertainment. He’s Buffalo Bill Cody, he’s P.T. Barnum, he’s Ed Sullivan and he’s a carnival sideshow barker. He wants to take you go on a wild ride with his album ‘Inside of You’, so step right on up, folks. 

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Canadian, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] CARMANAH – BURN SLOWLY

No Comments 06 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
carmanah

Victoria’s Carmanah infuse their indie folk with some breezy jazz on the song “Burn Slowly” from the album ‘Out of the Woodwork’.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Jazz, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] THE BROOD – ALL DEBIT NO CREDIT (EP)

No Comments 06 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
brood

OK, this one is just right off the rails. I thought The Brood were rockabilly, but that doesn’t even come close to describing the wacky sounds they lay down on the 4-track EP ‘All Debit No Credit’. Yes, there IS some rockabilly, but there is also funk, jazz and … I dunno, TV gameshow music(??).

Canadian, Jazz, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter, Soundtrack

[LISTEN] DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH – VESSEL

No Comments 05 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dan mangan

Great new song by Dan Mangan (now billed as Dan Mangan + Blacksmith). “Vessel” is not only the first single from his upcoming album, it is also an integral component to the soundtrack for the new Simon Pegg film ‘Hector And The Search For Happiness’. Mangan and Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Stars, Hawksley Workman) also composed the film’s score.

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

[LISTEN] VALERY GORE – AMSTERDAM

No Comments 28 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“Amsterdam” is a work of understated complexity and subtle charm. This dark indie folk number is a preview of Valery Gore’s latest album ‘Idols in the Dark Heart’, due out in a few weeks. And that finishes off my Women’s Wednesday…

Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] KIN – HEALTH (EP)

No Comments 23 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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‘Health’ is the debut by a young trio from Abbotsford, BC. Lead singer Trevor Blaak’s vocal stylings will evoke memories of Jeff Buckley, but the music here is more jazzy and free-form. Given the band’s poise, inventiveness and lyrical depth it is rather startling that these three young lads just recently finished high school! This is a mature work for an artist of any age.

Canadian, Instrumental, Jazz, Listen, Music, trip-hop

[LISTEN] SKIM MILK – TWO WAYS OUT

No Comments 19 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
skim milk

Another one for Weird Tuesday. With its off-key electric piano and off-kilter beats, this jazzy slice of trip-hop must surely be considered odd at the very least.

Canadian, Electronic, Instrumental, Jazz, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] COLLIDING CANYONS – CARLOS/ACROMION

No Comments 16 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
colliding canyons

I dunno, call this artsy Sunday I guess. Nanaimo’s post-punk jazz fusion band Colliding Canyons are caught live with The Massless at the Cambie Hotel (Nanaimo, BC)

Canadian, Chillwave, Instrumental, Jazz, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] WEIRD PARTY – MELLOW FUNK, VOL. 1 (LP)

No Comments 15 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
weird party

OK, I am always going against the grain. Just when you should be crankin’ things up in preparation for a crazy Friday night out, I put out some mellow smooth jazz. Oh well, enjoy it anyway. Victoria’s Weird Party craft some of the coolest, smoothest sounds you’ve ever heard and yet it still has substance. An absolute gem of an album!

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

Album Reviews, Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Jazz, Music, World Music

[Album Review] Tanya Tagaq- Animism

No Comments 12 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Label: Six Shooter Records

Tanya Tagaq is unique in today’s music scene in that she practices the Inuit art of throat singing. To be more precise, she performs a solo adaption that she taught herself (apparently in the shower) based on the traditional duet style. Her attempts to bring her throat singing to contemporary listeners have met with mixed results on her first two albums. Her vocal stylings have at times been so alienating and foreign as to be unmusical. At others times she has made poor choices in accompanying instrumentation, and it is best not to even dwell on the unfortunate inclusion of a rapper. On ‘Animism‘, however, Tagaq makes a wise choice of collaborators and the results are magical. Violinist Jesse Zubot and jazz drummer Jean Martin are, in fact, are to be credited as much as Tagaq for the successful sound on the new record. In effect, producer Zubot (with additional help from Juan Hernandez) creates the sonic landscape within which Tagaq can carve her sound sculptures. Continue Reading

Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Jazz, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] LAST PRIME – SOPHIA

1 Comment 11 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
last prime

An ambient number to tone down your manic Monday. Last Prime explores the little space between us in “Sophia”, a jazzy offering with a slight urban edge.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Pop

[LISTEN] JAY POLLOCK – CIRCUS

No Comments 26 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
sunflower

Jay Pollock’s new album is as bright and colourful as the titular sunflowers on the cover. He breezes through a set of rootsy but contemporary songs, and incorporates blues, country, folk and jazz with seeming ease. Most satisfying is the nice fat sound that you can really sink your teeth into. Highlighted is “Circus”, a rather whimsical song with a touch of southern funk.

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