Monthly Archives: July 2016

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Jenny Berkel’s ‘Wealth in the Country’

Montreal’s Jenny Berkel has shared Rebecca Blackwood-directed video for ‘Wealth in the Country’ from her latest release Pale Moon Kid, out now on Pheromone Records.

She recorded the album with Daniel Romano, she’s a part of his Trilliums band. They were also joined by her sister Kay.

Stream Pale Moon Kid for free and catch Jenny Berkel on the following dates;

Aug 31 – Orebro, SWE – Live At Heart Festival

Sep 1 – Orebro, SWE – Live At Heart Festival

Sep 2 – Berlin, DE – Live at JOIZ

Sep 2 – Berlin, DE – Dodo Beach (In Store)

Sep 3 – Dresden, DE – Sound Of Bronkow Festival

Sep 5 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown

Sep 6 – Leiden, NL – Q-Bus

Sep 7 – Deventer, NL – Burgerweeshuis

Sep 9 – Borger, NL – VanSlag

Sep 10 – Groningen, NL – Take Root Festival

Nov 23 – Hamburg, DE – Pooca Bar

Nov 25 – Magdeburg, DE – Cafe Courage

Nov 26 – Trogen, DE – Folk Club Isaar

Nob 27 – Wesel, DE – JZ-Karo

Nov 28 – Norderstedt , DE – Musicstar

 

 

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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Jesse and the Dandelions’ ‘No Fun’

The video for Edmonton’s Jesse and the Dandelions ‘No Fun’ pays homage to frontman Jesse Northey’s figure skating past.

Northey was one of the only boys in Fernie, BC, the small town he grew up in, who was enrolled in figure skating.

“I was actually quite good and I won every competition that I competed in,” Northey explained in a statement.  “That being said, there weren’t many other competitors! At a certain point I started getting beat up by a bunch by other kids at school and often got called names. I couldn’t quite handle the pressure and I decided to quit skating and become a musician instead because I thought it might be able to redeem me. I’ve dedicated my life to that ever since, but I thought it would be fitting to give an homage to my past self by putting on the ol’ figure skates and giving it another go, if only just for a music video. ‘No Fun’ talks about the perils of becoming a star and works as a fitting background to my gold medal Olympic skating performance.”

The track is taken from Jesse and the Dandelions’ third album True Blue, out on September 9. The band has been active in Western Canada since 2011, receiving airplay on campus radio and opening for Attack in Black, Hollerado and July Talk.

True Blue is the follow-up to their 2013 effort A Mutual Understanding.

“One of the great features about recording your own records is that both your recording skills and (hopefully) your records get better with time,” Northey said in a statement. “True Blue is a little more psychedelic and grandiose in nature. It’s not unusual to hear phasers, over top of lush strings while the drums are going wild and my voice tries to squeak a melody into the spots that are left over. I wanted to see what I could get away with while riding the line of something that was still considered melodic and listenable. Hopefully people embrace more of the weirdo elements! I was often inspired by bands like MGMT,The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and The Beatles while creating the album and I think fans of that type music will be able to spot the influence.”

Catch Jesse and the Dandelions on the following dates;

September 1 – Edmonton, AB –  The Needle – Album release party
September 8 – Medicine Hat, AB – Marios
September 9 – Lethbridge, AB – The Slice
September 10 – Calgary, AB – Circle The Wagons 2016
September 15 – Regina, SK – McNally’s
September 17 – Edmonton, AB – Art In Our Park Festival
September 21 – Nelson, BC – The Royal
September 22 – Penticton, BC – Elite After 6
September 24 – Victoria, BC – The Copper Owl

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1.  In The Night
2.  No Fun
3.  Wishful Thinking
4.  True Blue
5.  North Star
6.  Bad Guy
7.  Brother
8.  Underwater

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: The Channels’ ‘Pill’

The Channels have shared the video for ‘Pill’ from their Disposable Camera EP, out on August 19 via Designer Medium Records.

The Boston-based band assault the viewer’s senses with the visuals in the video. The Channels are part of the same scene that spawned Skimask, (New England) Patriots, and Guerrilla Toss.

They also shared a free stream of ‘The Same Thing’ from the EP;

Catch them on the following date;

08/05 ‒ Jamaica Plain, MA @ Deep Thoughts w/ Dog & Pucker Up

1. Pill
2. Symptom Vintage
3. I Saw Myself Flat
4. Happens Every Time
5. Wade
6. The Same Thing


Stream Thom Sonny Green’s ‘Preach’ for Free

Thom Sonny Green, drummer for alt-j, has shared a free stream of ‘Preach’ from his forthcoming debut album High Anxiety, out on August 19 on Sudden Records/Canvasback.unnamed

Green has a longstanding love of cerebral electronic music, something he gets to explore on the new album. He also shared free streams of ‘Vienna’, ‘Palms’ and ‘Phoenix’;

 


Stream Tuns’ ‘Throw It All Away’ for Free

Tuns, an indie rock supergroup made up of Chris Murphy of Sloan, Matt Murphy of The Super Friendz and Flashing Lights and Mike O’Neil of The Inbreds, have shared a free stream of ‘Throw It All Away’ from their self-titled debut, out on August 26 via Royal Mountain Records.

“I love this song because of its relay quality,” O’Neill said in a statement. “I sing the lead up till the chorus and then I pass it off to Matt who lifts it to another place. Chris backs me up in the second verse and finally Matt rips a very satisfying melodic solo. It’s very much a three hander.”

This follows the release of the first single ‘Mind Over Matter’, also streaming for free on your favorite music service.

The track has number one on CBC R2 and CBC R3. The band first came together at an all-star benefit show Hayden staged at Massey Hall in October 2015. Chris and Matt go back much further; Chris played drums for Super Friendz during Sloan’s hiatus in the mid 90’s. The band also takes their name from the acronym for Technical University of Nova Scotia, the school where Chris and Matt went for basketball games and science fairs.

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1. Back Among Friends

2. Mixed Messages

3. Throw It All Away

4. Mind Over Matter

5. Look Who’s Back In Town Again

6. Lonely Life

7. Mind Your Manners

8. To Your Satisfaction

9. I Can’t Wait Forever


Stream or Download Jlin’s ‘Downtown’ for Free

Jlin has offered a free stream/download of his track ‘Downtown’ via Adult Swim’s Singles Program.

To download the track for free, head here.


Stream HarpAcash & the Morals’ ‘Douglas Snow’ for Free

Barrie, Ontario’s Harpacash & the Morals have shared a free stream of ‘Douglas Snow’ from their latest album Lamps, out on Latent Recordings on September 23.

“’Douglas Snow’ is about “being little and how we perceive things as children,” HarpAcash said in a statement. “It’s about our job to keep all children safe so they can freely enjoy being young and carefree,” the band said in a statement.

Lamps was produced by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. They caught Timmins’ ear after sharing the stage with the Junkies.

Their music pulled me from backstage and compelled me to listen,” Timmins said in a statement. “HarpAcash’s vocals alone are a force of nature, but joined with Todd Jeffery’s angular song structures and Dan Trickett’s powerful, multi-dimensional drumming, their music becomes wholly original.”

Lamps is the follow-up to their 2012 debut Music Tree Life Understanding. In addition to the Cowboy Junkies, they have also played with Elliott BROOD and The Strumbellas as well as playing a residency at Toronto’s Cameron House.

Catch HarpAcash on the following dates;

July 29 – Barrie, ON – The Roxy Theatre, Kempenfest After Party w/ Paper Bird, Lost Cousins

Aug 04 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern w/ Barbie Lee Jak, The Tired Flames

Aug 29 – Thornbury, ON – Bruce Wine Bar

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Modern Comfortable

Douglas Snow

Sleeping In A Hammock

Frozen

Like Life

Complicated

In My Room

Light Source

Cold Bath