Posts Tagged ‘indie’

Neko Case

I’ve been listening to Neko Case for a few years now and I have wanted to see her live from the first moment I heard her sing.  Her powerful voice and incredible range tell stories so captivatingly.   Thanks to some dear friends I was able to catch her latest show at Trinity St. Paul’s church in Toronto which is a beautiful venue.

From start to finish Neko’s voice rang out like a perfect chorus of bells. She hit every note with ease and with perfect control. I couldn’t help but watch with a mix of adoration and envy. She’s just amazing. Her band and backing vocalist Kelly were perfectly matched to her skill making for a memorable evening.

For pics and a great write up check out the2scoops! Thx again Jay, the Neko ticket was a fabulous b-day gift!

If you haven’t heard…

Bon Iver is amazing.

Can’t help but love his performance on the Jools Holland show:

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

The Acorn & Ohbijou

A picture says a thousand words so instead of a wordy review which would never do this show justice here are some choice pics from front and center!  I hope you didn’t miss this show!!!

Ohbijou

Ohbijou

The Acorn

Rolf

Jeff

The Acorn & Ohbijou

The Acorn & Ohbijou

Head to the Flickr bar on the right side of the page if you would like to check out more photos from the show!

** Hello Ming!  Glad to finally meet you and I’m looking forward to seeing your photos!

New Stars Video

Stars have a new video… Check out Stereogum for the details!

Local Band Seeks Fanatic Audience

There once was a girl from Ottawa

She plays guitar a lottawa

The Weathermakers will play

on a Saturday in May

8pm at the Bytowne Tavern… awa…

Okay, so my limerick skills are rusty but I’m a blogger, not a limerick writer.

Head out to the Bytowne Tavern (292 Elgin St.) if you’re in Ottawa Saturday, May 31st.

They are playing with Shanker + Romps as well as the headlining band Hollowtip Hearts who will be releasing their CD that night. Show starts at 8pm!