Monthly Archives: December 2013

Check Out The Video For Sena Dagadu’s ‘Extra Large’ (Featuring M3NSA)

Ghanian/Hungarian singer/songwriter Sena Dagadu has unveiled the video for ‘Extra Large’ from her forthcoming album Lots of Trees, out in February 2014 on Soul Beats, release date TBA.

The video features M3NSA, one half of controversial Ghanian duo FOKN BOIS. The other half, Wanlov the Kubolor, directed the clip.

It was shot on open air slum in the Accra slum using giant prope such as tables, chairs and cards as well as Ghanian “fantasy coffins”.


No Videos For a Lazy Sunday This Week

Due to things being a bit slow with the Holidays, there will be no Videos For a Lazy Sunday.

But, feel free to browse the archives for some of the awesome videos I’ve posted over the past 12 months. 


NeXT Unleashes a Winter Showstorm

Calvin Love courtesy image

With everyone recovering from the holidays, not to mention Toronto recovering from the Great Ice Storm of 2013, going to see live music may be the last thing on many people’s mind.

But, legendary booker Dan Burke has offered up an absolutely killer line-up of shows in the coming weeks. To RSVP to the events on Facebook, click on the links provided.

Edmonton singer Calvin Love is part of the “Mac (DeMarco) Pack” is playing the Silver Dollar on December 28 with Beams, Henri Faberge and The Folk. Cover is $7.

New Year’s Eve at the Silver Dollar features a killer line-up at a low price, $10, with Bloodshot Bill, Milk Lines, Stella Ella Ola, Brews Willis, Christian Hansen and DJs Sianteuse & Johnny Rankin.

Gino Washington is playing the Horseshoe on January 11 with The BB Guns, Honeyrunners, The Two Times and Pins and Needles. Cover is $10.

NeXT and Elliott Jones will present Alex Calder, another member of the “Mac (DeMarco) Pack” at the Silver Dollar on January 3. The cover is $7.50 in advance at Rotate This, Soundscapes, the Horseshoe and online at Ticketfly. Blonde Elvis and Wish Pet Suns are also on the bill.

Burke will join forces with a number of local promoters for a series of shows called Class of 2014 featuring an “honour role” of up and coming indie artists at the Silver Dollar.

The first show is presented in partnership with Wavelength and features Fresh Snow, Del Bel, Mas and Anamai. Cover is $6.

The second Class of 2014 gig is presented in partnership with Silent Shout on January 17 and features Jef Barbara, Bizzarah, Lido Pimienta, Nyssa and Twist. Cover is $8. 

Mark Pesci presents the third edition with Red Mass, Cellphone, Dirty Frigs, Dilly Dally and Crhymes. The cover is $7.50 in advance at Rotate This, Soundscapes and online at Ticketfly.

Aaron Miller of Arts & Crafts Records presents the final edition with AKUA, Invasions, Language Arts, Ada Dahli and the Pallbearers and DJ Eytan Tobin. Cover is $7. 


Stream or Download Breached’s ‘Left Behind For Free

Toronto melodic rockers Breached have offered a free stream/download of the title track from their Left Behind EP as a present to their fans.

“We would like to thank our fans for their constant support and we wish you all a very safe and Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on for the new year,” the band said in a statement.


Holiday Favourites

It was a bit of a slow day today so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite Holiday songs.

Happy Holidays to all of h@tb‘s readers!

(Totally unashamed about loving that one!)


Videos For a Lazy Sunday: Mike Field Jazz Quintet’s ‘Rush Mode’

The Mike Field Jazz Quintet have unveiled the video for ‘Rush Mode’, the title track from their latest album, out now.

The clip for the Latin-tinged track was shot in downtown Toronto during rush hour, showing the vibrant city at its busiest. Compy Films Rich Williamson directed the video and Shasha Nakhai produced. The video juxtaposes band members playing around the city with shots of busy downtown life.

They also share a “Making of …” video;

Mike Field Jazz Quintet has unveiled an extensive tour itinerary;

2013

Dec 29 –The Mussel Inn  – Takaka, New Zealand

 

2014

Jan 1 – Nelson Jazz Festival  – Mapua, New Zealand

Jan 2 – Nelson Jazz Festival – Mapua, New Zealand

Jan 4 – dbc – Wairau Valley, New Zealand

Jan 9 – Le Café – Picton, New Zealand

Jan 21 – Auckland Jazz & Blues Society – Auckland, New Zealand

Jan 24 – Waiheke Island Resort – Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Jan 25 – The Bay – Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Jan 26 – Hamilton Jazz Society – Hamilton, New Zealand

Feb 1 – Schnapps – National Park, NZ – 7 pm

Feb 22 – Nola’s – Los Angeles, USA – 7-9:30 pm

Feb 23 – Lighthouse Cafe – Los Angeles, USA – 11 am-3 pm

Feb 26 – Gate 403 – Toronto, Canada – 9 pm-12 am – Free entry

Feb 28 – Harlem Restaurant –Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Mar 7 – Hart House (Jazz at Oscar’s) – Toronto, Canada – 9-11pm – Free entry

Mar 8 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Jun 13 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Jun 20 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Jun 25 – Gate 403 – Toronto, Canada – 9 pm-12 am – Free entry

Jun 27 –Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Jul 11 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Jul 18 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Jul 25 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Aug 8 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Aug15 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Aug 22 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Aug 27 – Gate 403 – Toronto, Canada – 9 pm-12 am – Free entry

Aug 29 – Harlem Restaurant – Toronto, Canada – 7:30-11 pm – Free. Reservations recommended.

Oct 4 – Private Venue – Newmarket, Ontario

Oct 22 – Gate 403 – Toronto, Canada – 9 pm-12 am Free entry


Videos For A Lazy Sunday: Mas Ysa’s ‘Why’

To celebrate his signing to MapleMusic Recordings, Montreal artist Mas Ysa has unveiled the video for ‘Why’.

Purple Milk produced the video and Natalia Leite co-directed the video. It was shot near Mas Ysa’s , aka Thomas Arsenault, current home of Woodstock, NY. It shows a conflict-lated relationship being hashed out in a dark hockey arena.

Arsenault is a restless spirit, developing his music in Sao Paulo’s rave scene before working with avant-garde artists in Ohio and San Francisco before landing in Brooklyn where he adopted the Mas Ysa moniker. He produced albums for Cass McCombs and Laurel Halo in his loft studio.

He relocated to Woodstock in 2013 and began work on his Worth EP, a nine track effort that features bangers, ballads and experimental tracks. It also showcases his songwriting ability. Worth is out on February 4.

Catch Mas Ysa on the following dates.

01/24 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY*

01/25 Black Cat, Washington D.C.*

01/26 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA*

02/18 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR**

02/19 Barboza, Seattle WA**

02/21 Rickshaw Pop, San Francisco CA**

02/22 Bootleg, Los Angeles CA**

06/19-21 North By Northeast Festival, Toronto ON

* w/Delorean

** w/Lawrence Rothman

1. Vanya

2. Why

3. David Wessels

4. Life Way Up From

5. Worth

6. Shame

7. Ktidal

8. Yes

9. Years