Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Uncategorized

[Album Review] Prairie Cat- Who Knows Where To Begin?

No Comments 25 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Label: Independent

The album ‘Who Knows Where to Begin?‘ starts with the sound of a child’s music box, which is quite appropriate given that there is a pervasive childlike theme at work here. The writing and arrangements, for example, are childlike in their simplicity. The songs are essentially just singer-songwriter Cary Pratt (a.k.a. Prairie Cat) tooling around on his electric piano, although he does recruit the help of several of his Vancouver musician friends to provide embellishment. And there is even a childlike innocence in Pratt’s earnest vocal delivery, right down to the deliberate rolling of his r‘s. In fact, you find yourself so caught up in the record’s innocence that by the time the singer drops an f-bomb in the fifth track you find yourself snickering like a 10-year old. Continue Reading

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Industrial, Listen, Roots, Uncategorized, World Music

[LISTEN] TANYA TAGAQ – UJA

No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Like nothing you have ever heard. Tanya Tagaq combines Inuit throat singing with modern experimental and industrial electronica. “Uja” is from her current album ‘Animism’.

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[Closed]Win A Begin Again Prize Pack!

No Comments 11 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Begin Again, starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley and Adam Levine is out this tonight in theatres. The film, set in NYC, follows a producer and an artist as they create a record together. Knightley sings all her own songs and the soundtrack also features songs from Adam Levine.

Thanks to the lovely people at Entertainment One films we are giving away a Begin Again prize pack which features:
- Soundtrack
- 2 ROE (Monday-Thurs) passes to see the movie
- Special edition movie headphones, splitters, guitar picks and sunglasses

Here are the following ways you can enter:

Follow me on twitter @tianafeng and tweet the following: “Hey @tianafeng, I want to see #BeginAgain”

As always, newsletter subscribers will receive an additional entry.

Good luck!

*passes work in all provinces except Quebec.

Concert Reviews, Music, Uncategorized

Rich Aucoin, Boy & Bear, Ritual, Teenage Kicks, Arkells, Northcote and More at SCENE Fest 2014

No Comments 08 July 2014

by Ashley Smith

Finally, it was here: St. Catharines SCENE fest.  A now two-day party of non-stop music and beer flowing through Montebello park and the local clubs.  SCENE burst out of its seems this year with its highest attendance to date, much thanks to the new addition of Montebello park main stage that hosted Matthew Good, Arkells, Marianas Trench, Lights, Shad and many more over the two day span.  Locals and long-time festival goers were mixed in their feelings.  I heard everything from the idea that SCENE has sold out (which I strongly disagree with) and that it was absolutely awesome (hear, hear!)  But whatever your personal feelings on the festival are, you can’t deny that it’s exploded and grown into a whole new festival.  A friend I ran into at Montebello, Brandon Ross (BKR Entertainment) said it best: that this was a Toronto festival in Niagara, and locals were maybe a little confused and a lot hesitant. Continue Reading

Alternative, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Uncategorized, Watch

[Watch] Austra – Hulluu

No Comments 03 July 2014

Austra has released another video in support of their Habitat EP.  Track “Hulluu” features bouncing electro-beats you can’t help but move to and the video showcases just that with choreography and dancing from Emily Law, directed by Zeesy Powers.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Uncategorized

[Listen] The New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers

No Comments 25 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
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It’s been a while since the New Pornographers released an album but soon that will change. On August 26th, they will be back with Brill Bruisers. Check out the happy new title track below.

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[Listen] Alex Calder- Strange Dreams

No Comments 07 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Former Mac DeMarco/Makeout Videotape member Alex Calder recently dropped his album Strange Dreams on Bandcamp for $1 (minimum). There is a similar twangy tone to the guitars as DeMarco, but the tunes are dreamier and continues to explore the soundscapes Calder coined in his previous works, albeit more weird.

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[Listen] Philippe Brach- La foire et l’ordre

No Comments 03 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Hailing from Saguenay, Quebec, Philippe Brache gets you out of your comfort zone in his debut album “La foire et l’ordre”. He certainly isn’t your normal French chanson singer. He delivers the drama.

Album Reviews, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Uncategorized

[Album Review] Sean Nicholas Savage- Bermuda Waterfall

No Comments 01 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Rating:

Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Label: Arbutus Records

It was only last year that Sean Nicholas Savage gave us Other Life, but he’s known to churn things out quickly and Bermuda Waterfall may as well be his 11th album. The exact number I am not sure as it’s hard to keep track and consider what counts (so many EP and cassette releases). Continue Reading

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Win Tickets to #Kelp20 Feat. The Acorn, Jim Bryson, Evening Hymns and more!

No Comments 23 May 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Kelp Records is celebrating their 20th anniversary next week with a huge party at the Horseshoe next Thursday, May 29th. It’ll feature performances by: The Acorn, Jim Bryson, Evening Hymns, Andrew Vincent, Andy Shauf, Chris Page, Andy Swan, Rhume, Flecton Big Sky and more TBA. Tickets are only $12.50 at Rotate This, Soundscapes and The Horseshoe but thanks to Kelp and the fine folks at Webster Media, Ride the Tempo is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner!

Here’s how to enter:

Follow me @tianafeng and tweet the following “Hey @tianafeng I want to go to #kelp20″ or RT any of my related tweets!

As always newsletter subscribers will receive an additional entry. Good luck! See you there!!

Enjoy this video of Jim Bryson playing “Firewatch” off his first album Where the Bungalows Roam.

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[closed] Win a 6 Pack of Sapporo Beer!

1 Comment 16 May 2014

by Tiana Feng

Sapporo’s new commercial, the second in the Legendary Biru campaign, features animated versions of traditional Japanese ink wash paintings- an art that dates back 1000 years. Thanks to Sapporo, Ride the Tempo is giving away vouchers for a free six pack of Sapporo to THREE lucky winners!

To enter:

Follow me @tianafeng and tweet the following “Hey @tianafeng gimme some Sapporo beer!” or RT any of my related posts.

As always newsletter newsletter subscribers will receive an additional entry.

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Win Tickets to Last Gang Records 10 Year Anniversary Party feat. MSTRKRFT, Purity Ring and More!

No Comments 15 May 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Last Gang Records celebrate their 10th anniversary on May 22nd at The Guvernment in Toronto. The party will feature sets by MSTRKRFT, Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles, Purity Ring and more! Tickets are only $25 but thanks to Last Gang, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner!

To enter:

E-mail tiana@ridethetempo.com with the subject “#LGR10″ and let me know your favourite Last Gang artist. Please include your full name in the email. Good luck!

As always, newsletter subscribers will receive an additional entry.

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[CLOSED] Win Tickets to Deleted Scenes w/ Astral Swans & Taylor Knox @ Drake Hotel 5/16/2014

No Comments 13 May 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Deleted Scenes play The Drake Underground this Friday at The Drake Hotel! Joining them is Astral Swans, the first addition to Dan Mangan’s new label and Taylor Knox. Tickets are $10.50 but thanks to Nevado Records we’re giving away a pair to one lucky reader!

Here’s how to enter:

Follow me @tianafeng on Twitter and tweeted the following “Hey @tianafeng, I’d love to see Deleted Scenes this Friday!” or RT any of my related tweets.

If you are a newsletter subscriber you will receive an additional entry. Good luck!

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[Listen] Amen Dunes- I Can’t Dig It

No Comments 21 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
armendunes
Celebrate failing with Amen Dunes “I Can’t Dig It” a tune featuring Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Efrim Menuck (lead guitar) and Colin Stetson. Their upcoming album Love is out May 13th via Sacred Bones.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Uncategorized

[Listen] Mathematique- Feel

No Comments 12 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
mathematique
Jef Barbara and Karneef member Pascale Mercier makes her own music under the monicker Mathematique. She recently dropped an EP on Stellar Kinematics called “Feel”. The songs have an underwater vibe, like Young Galaxy, but is very different at the same time. Feel is a very fitting title for the collection of songs as you definitely will be entranced by everything from the building arrangements, Mercier’s voice and excellent remixes.

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