Posts Tagged ‘canadian’

Arcade Fire are coming back!!!

If you are a fan of Arcade Fire you are likely wondering where the h-e-double-hockey-sticks they’ve been lately.  There is good news!! Win Butler has confirmed that they are back and ready to refocus on their music!!

I know I’ve mentioned it before but I ran into some of the band at the Radiohead concert last summer in Montreal.  I was staring up Win’s nose…. that guy is tall.

On that note here is a little Rebellion for you:

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Billy Bob is an Ass.

If you haven’t caught Jian Ghomeshi’s CBC interview with Billy Bob Thorton and his band The Boxmasters you should definitely check this out.  At first I thought Billy Bob was high but it looks like he’s just an ass.

(h/t to Flacklife)

UPDATE:
Billy Bob’s band was booed (say that 3 times fast) in Toronto this week.  The Boxmasters are on tour with Willie Nelson as one of the opening acts but apparently canceled their performances in Montreal and London at the last minute. According to the Willie Nelson website his Canadian tour dates will go on without The Boxmasters.

Juno Junk

I was planning to blog about the Juno awards this year, that is until I saw the nominees.  Looks like others in the Canadian music scene share my views…

“I really have no desire to be a part of it at all.” ~ Matthew Good

I Found The Lost Fingers

Bashing away on my keyboard at work… another day another dollar, right?  Thankfully today was different; today I found The Lost Fingers!

Sitting at my desk, headphones on, grinning ear-to-ear with both feet moving!  Take some classic 80’s tunes (Pump up the Jam, Straight Up, and Part Time Lover to name a few!) and imagine them revisioned as spanish/jazz guitar masterpieces!

The Lost Fingers are Alex Morrisette (backing vocals & double bass), Christian Roberge (lead vocals & guitar), and Byron Mikaloff (backing vocals & guitar).  These three talented musicians are based in Quebec and have been touring all over la belle province.  I hope you’ll check them out if they’re in your area and I hope they come to Ottawa/Gatineau soon!

The band has been nominated for the 2009 Juno Awards Album of the Year and the Fan Choice Award!   Be sure to vote for them and pick up their album from their website or from iTunes!

Holiday Freebies from The Acorn

The Acorn have given us a little present for the holiday season… free music!!!

Ear Worms contains 12 songs no more than 30 seconds each and Little Elms is a quick EP.  Yer My Byatch is definitely my favourite new tune. 🙂

What are you waiting for?? Download it NOW!

Ear Worms

Little Elms

(h/t to the2scoops!)

Brought to you by the Letter “S”

I’m constantly on the search for new music.  In a world of top 40 ‘hits’ it isn’t as simple as turning on the average radio station and hoping to discover a great new sound.   College radio and CBC are great but you must be tuned in at the right time to hear something new.

I usually start my hunt at the website of a favourite band.   If they have links to other bands it is a great spring board into new musical waters.

One of the amazing things about the musical community in any city is their collaborative efforts.  In any given town there are a number of bands.  If you start taking a close look at the members of each band you may find some overlap.  

If you’ve been paying any attention to my blog over the past year you’ll notice that I’m a big fan of the Ottawa band The Acorn.  Through their MySpace page this summer I discovered another local gem The Soft Disaster.   Jeff DeButte is a member of both bands.  Jeff has also played occasionally with a band called Snailhouse.   The Soft Disaster are definitely not a solo project; Tim Brownlee, Bryce Colenbrander, and Nicolas Paradis complete the group.  Their album Outposts was released in August this year and celebrated by a release party at Zaphod Beeblebrox.  With beautiful melodies and subtle harmonies that give the music great depth The Soft Disaster have quickly become a favourite for me.   Hopefully they’ll play a few shows in the near future!

Headed up by Mike Feuerstack and based in Montreal, Snailhouse have been joined on stage by many other musicians including members of The Acorn, Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre.  They are on tour right now supporting their 2008 release Lies on the Prize and I’m looking forward to checking out the show on January 16th at the Blacksheep Inn.

To complete the trifecta we have another Ottawa band called The Soirée.  Bryce Colenbranden from The Soft Disaster is joined here by Matthew Arnold, Mike Armstrong, and Eric Roberts.  This September they released Minor Details.  I’ve been away the last couple of times they have played since then.  Hopefully I won’t miss out next time!

You should check out the websites for each of these bands!  Support the indie music scene; purchase their albums and check out their live shows!

The Soft Disaster:
MySpace
Bandcamp (Free streaming of Outposts!)

The Soirée
MySpace
Band Website
Bandcamp (Free streaming of Minor Details!)

Snailhouse
Myspace
Band Website
Jan. 16th, 2009 – Blacksheep Inn

Oh Canada! The Polaris Music Prize

The short list for the Polaris Music Prize has been announced!  The prize of $20000 is awarded based on the artistic merit of a full-length Canadian album.  As the site indicates genre and record sales are not part of the criteria.

Here are the bands who have made the cut:

Stars ~ In Our Bedroom After the War

Plants & Animals ~ Parc Avenue

Black Mountain ~ In the Future

Basia Bulat ~ Oh, My Darling

Caribou ~ Andorra 

Shad ~ The Old Prince

Kathleen Edwards ~ Asking for Flowers

Two Hours Traffic ~ Little Jabs

Holy Fuck ~ LP

Weakerthans ~ Reunion Tour

I don’t envy the judges on this task!  I must admit that I was disappointed that The Acorn did not make it through to the top 10.  Maybe next time!