TRUST

I had the fortune of seeing TRUST last night, a Canadian band from Toronto.  My sister introduced me this past fall and we have both since fallen in love.

Yes, you might notice the music makes you want to brood and probably drink hard liquor, but that’s exactly why I dig it. Something about it reminds me of the 80s, and  if you know me you will know that I happen to love the 80s.  It’s probably something to do with the poppy nature of the beats and the synthesizers. I find myself bobbing around melodically, but there is a serious darkness about the music. I’m sure you have heard of the term “chillwave”, with bands like Toro Y Moi and Washed Out being labeled as such. Well this is considered “Darkwave”, so make of that what you will.

The show was not as packed as I had imagined it would be, but this actually made me feel happy more than anything. I have grown tired of being shoulder to shoulder, so this was a nice break. I actually found I was cold  – this almost never happens, especially at Ritual, where most kids can be found dancing and sweating profusely on a Friday night.

I just caught the tail end of Death Ledger‘s set, which seemed to combine hip hop with heavy bass, hard hitting drums, and a darker demeanor. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The faces of the musicians were shrouded in darkness, the only light coming from the back by the bar and some deep red lighting on stage. This was a theme for the night though.

I really enjoyed ERAAS, a band from New York. The singer’s voice really made me think of Health and Placebo, but he was using his pipes in a different way. Definitely experimental, the songs had great flow and I was mostly mesmerized by the way they would switch up instruments and continue into a new song so gracefully. It wasn’t conventional, but then again I think that’s what makes them so talented. It was raw and not perfected, it made me feel happy.

When TRUST finally appeared on stage, that’s when people finally had the courage to step a little closer to the stage. Before this most were keeping a distance of at least five feet. Of course, the crowd was still small, it was personal, like a house party. Smiling at strangers who felt the same way about being here. It was dark, and Robert Alfons stood above us like a tall shadow. His voice is amazing, I found it strange that it was actually real, but I guess men sometimes have that lucky fortune of having such a huge range of notes they can hit.

There were a lot of colours happening, and the strobe lights came on every so often making us feel like we were living in slow motion. The more they played the more everyone grew more comfortable, swaying turned into full on dancing at long last. Of course, upon hearing the opening of “Heaven” people started to go a little crazier.

The show ended five minutes before midnight. I sensed disappointment it was over but I’m sure their lack of albums might have had to do with this. They did play one new song, though, so this could only be a sign of more good things to come.

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music note

Today I remembered The Decemberists and it brought happiness to my ears! It happened while eating breakfast at Maxwell’s Bistro. The eggs charlotte are amazing, by the way. So now I am replaying songs from my teenage years. I like that sometimes.

Upcoming posts will include purchases from some serious retail therapy today. The mall is our safe haven when escaping the heat!!

M

Happiness

So maybe we’re all “so over” music videos. Remember when you used to watch them after school? The countdowns? Oh the excitement we once held so deep in our hearts for MTV and MuchMusic. It’s still there. But for the most part if I want to see a music video I scope it out on youtube. I thoroughly enjoy Deerhunter‘s helicopter. And look! There is a video! I seem to enjoy strange things and images…which this video seems to contain.

Something that I came across the other day was this little treat. I love Panda Bear so much, I can’t really explain. Something about the music seems to make me happy. I could listen all day. Also there is something nostalgic about the sound.

I reccomend you make this full screen while you watch. Anything else you choose to partake in during this experience is your own doing…

Hope you enjoyed it!

-M

To your heart’s content

I just can’t keep it to myself. It would be CRUEL. To both you, myself, and Ruby Coast.

I was excited when I saw the link to download their new album Whatever This is. I still remember being downtown in a tiny bookstore in Sarnia. My friends were playing some music so I decided to go. And that is when they hit my ears. It was superb, and they gave my friend and I a cd with maybe five songs on it. We must have listened to it 400 times that summer.

Now I’ve seen these boys both here in Ottawa, and sometimes when I hit up my hometown they happen to be there. At their last show I purchased a bracelet, which I get plenty of compliments on.

Good sounds ahead. Pinky Swear.

 

Anything Sufjan Stevens gets my blood pumping. So of course his interview with Pitchfork attracted all of my attention.

Click on Sufjan’s face if you care to read it. [Of course you want to read it]…

I recently found myself looking at records on Bank Street, I think I’ve said this before but I will say it again. Essential vinyl = WARPAINT. It’s on the top of my list. After groceries. Unfortunately, I can’t survive on record sleeves and crisp sounds. Too bad, though.

I’ve been repping The Fool pretty hard but I also managed to find an EP Exquisite Corpse that includes this lovely track…

Now, I was on quite a hunt last month for some track and new artists. My friend turned me onto something I had never heard of, but I sensed potential [he has really good taste]. How had I never listened to Kids & Explosions before? So I decided to check out Shit Computer and I was pretty satisfied with the beats I heard.

If you like what you hear and you want some more, you can get the album here.

And you probably know this is coming. My obsession is neverending. Yes, Toro Y Moi. February 22nd is getting closer…and you know what this means? Underneath The Pine can finally be yours.

Until then, you can watch Chaz Bundick dance and stuff in the Still Sound video. Yep, he’s still got it.

Even though I hate to do it, I have some serious research to do. CRTC, Usage Based Billing and all that fun stuff. You should actually care though, especially if you live in Canada. Internet metering won’t make you happy, nor your bank account. If you are a streamer of television shows and like to download music and the like, well…that might just have to change.

You can read about it on Open Media, and here.

There is going to be a rally at Parliament on February 12th, you’ll probably find me there with my microphone. There’s more info on the Facebook Group.

-M

New year, new year!

Happy new year! I may have had my wisdom teeth removed but this didn’t stop me from enjoying my holiday! Now that it’s over I’m a bit sad…back to being a journalism student. It was bound to happen.

So I’ll continue with some things you need…the bare essentials. The things that if you don’t have…well, I feel awful for your lack of!

You love girls, right?

I mean the band, silly. So you can start drooling while listening to Broken Dreams Club.

A little band I saw open for Grizzly Bear a couple of years back has gotten a bit more recognition in the last little while. And this I am happy for, they deserve it. See for yourself and give Pigeons a chance.

I know for a fact I have raved about Horse Feathers on here a few times in the past. They put on a heart wrenching live show, and after Thistled Spring was released I urged you to listen. If you didn’t the first time around, here I give you a second chance.

I am now about to admit that yes, Kanye made a good album. There you have it. I did it. BUT the rating it got still blows me away…that is all. Just listen to it and decide for yourself though…

One of my personal favourites this year was Mines, but my undying love for Menomena may have swung me a little.

Still, there is no reason why you wouldn’t start with the track “Queen Black Acid” and not want to continue through to the end.

It was pretty much one year ago exactly when I first heard the once known as Final Fantasy‘s album, Heartland. Pure beauty. Can Owen Pallett make anything that isn’t beautiful? I actually saw him perform on Canada Day for free. It was excellent!

I loved Pride, so it’s no surprise that Phosphorescent made me fall in love all over again.

The journey of life must continue now, but I promise you, things you need is absolutely not over yet.

Some things you need

The year is coming to a close soon enough. And since my wisdom teeth will be pulled in the coming days I thought I should do some coherent blogging before the year is up. Basically, things I loved about 2010…and things you need, of course.

Since studying must commence I guess this is just part one of a series of things to come. How exciting.

This one’s obvious.

Practically invisible but look a little closer and listen a little closer. Teen Dream captured my heart for some reason. Something about it makes me smile and frown simultaneously. It’s like a look back to the person you were maybe 3 years ago. So it’s not that far off but in a way it still sort of feels like it is. Strange.

More of this, please. Best Coast kind of reminds me of Girls. This is a good thing. Old school feel is always welcome.

I don’t even need to get into the details here. At all. Just pure awesome.

You’ve probably heard this album without even realizing you were hearing it. Just saying.

How could I NOT? I’ve heard mixed thoughts but I enjoy it, even though I really have only given it a few spins. Not too much heavy listening to this because there was so much pouring out of my itunes this year. I’m still trying to sort through all the precious metal. Or vinyl. Or whatever.

Texico Bitches is catchy as hell though.

Yes, please, Caribou. I adore you.

Because you know it’s good. Come on.

Absolutely necessary. I mean completely and utterly. really. Maybe I’m biased though.

I remember listening to Halcyon Digest for the first time. I was stepping out of my front door when it struck me that I had the album on my iPod with the most sincere intention of listening to it but hadn’t. So I thought this journey to school would be a good time to listen. Well I listened to it on my journey to school, my journey home, little trips between where I could sneak buds into my ears. Ignoring the traffic around me. Just pumping this album into my brain non stop for a week. I actually didn’t listen to ANYTHING other than this album for seven days straight. Need I say more? Get this. Now.

Had me at hello.

This is just me warming up. Study break, END.

-M

Better late then never

I know I missed the official 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death on here, but it doesn’t mean I wasn’t thinking about it. Because I was. thirty years is a long time…

 

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans…”

This week was the end of classes. While most are probably not too excited about exams, I have to admit, I only have one. Next Friday. So this leaves me a lot of time to slack and do other things. It’s great. I apologize to those of you studying your asses off, though…suckers…

Well I will share some things with you. I didn’t realize that there was a music video for Don’t Haunt this Place by The Rural Alberta Advantage, but there is! And it’s stop motion, which I am a fan of. Hopefully you are too! Apparently I’m a bit behind on the music video side of things. I rarely watch them, and I rarely enjoy any, to be honest.

But this is different. Listening to the lyrics it’s pretty obvious this is a song about breaking up, love and so on and so forth. BUT for those of you expecting a heterosexual romance, I tell you, it is not. And I think that’s the most beautiful part.

And as for your weekly dose of dubstep…this weekend at RITUAL you can catch 12th Planet with Rainman and Numbchuck. I’ve been looking forward to this all week.

It was sad when Skrillex left the stage last Thursday. I was ready to dance all night. The crowd was pretty amazing, and pretty sweaty, too. People fell, people danced, people yelled. It was all fun. But the heat was intense. If you didn’t get yourself some water you were bound to check out. It might have been cold out but it felt pretty refreshing. It was necessary to go outside every so often, no matter how much you were loving the show.

Good news for myself and other Skrillex fans, he’ll be making his way to Toronto this February. I’ll be there. Will you?

I’ll leave you with something tempting. Maybe you’ll even feel the need to hit up Ritual tomorrow. Your speakers aren’t doing it justice…

-M

Why hello, December

What’s this I see?

Pouring rain and gusting wind?

I would much rather see a foot of snow than have soaking wet sneakers and an umbrella that keeps trying to fly away.

So let’s have hot chocolate and music instead, shall we? I’ve nestled into my desk this afternoon to finish my American Cinema paper and listen to sweet beats. And I can imagine I’ll be watching an episode of The Walking Dead soon enough.

I’m addicted to it. It gives me the creeps but I just love anything to do with zombies. Plus the plot and characters are amazing.

Anyway…

Found this video today of the national…and it’s featuring one of my favourite people. Can you guess who? How about you just see who. Sound quality is not the best but you can use your imagination.

Sufjan Stevens never fails me. Or my ears.

More things I fancy…

Here we go Magic‘s “Casual”.

I first experienced this band last summer. They opened for Grizzly Bear in Toronto and I can still say to myself that was one of the best shows I went to that year. I think the fact that Feist showed up might have taken the cake. And…Brendcan Canning just happened to be hanging out five feet away from me. And…Here we go magic maybe sort of blew my mind. I’d never heard of them but once they left the stage I had to have more.

Maybe you already clicked the link and discovered for yourself that the music video is very strange.

I apologize. but I’m not really one for warning labels. I’m sure you’re making the same expression as the onlookers in the video. Either way, good song. I enjoy it. And I hope I get the chance to see them again.

A new discovery for December thanks to a friend of mine who likes to share.

WarPaint. I was impressed by the music and now I am in desperate need of vinyl. It’s definitely a contender for the next addition to my collection. Now here is to hoping I can find it.

Anyway, I’ll stop babbling and share the love as well…

One last note…IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS! Crack open your advent calendars ladies and gents. Now all we need is some snow in O-town and we’re set!

-M

Bluesfest continued…

Sunday July 11th.

Relaxation station on Sunday. I love Sundays. I really do. If I had to choose a favourite day of the week, Sunday would totally win. And when you get to lay in the sun on the grass with Timber Timbre playing 15 feet away from you, that makes a Sunday even better!

Taylor Kirk’s voice is soft and strong all at once. He wore a mosquito net over his face and looked at us rather shyly. He seems very timid onstage. Watching the band perform is like slowly easing yourself into a hot bath. It’s so quaint, warm, and comfortable. We all appreciated the echoes of music and his deep vocals. What a sound. So much power comes from within his lungs and out of his mouth. his voice takes my breath away, to be completely honest. ‘Magic Arrow’ practically haunts me. But in the best way possible, of course. So does ‘Demon Host’, one of my favourites on the self-titled album…

Charlie Winston was to take the stage at 7:15, but still hadn’t when 7:45 rolled around. I was disappointed that they would overlap with Rush, and although I would have liked to stay I was swept away to the main stage where Rush performed.

If you’ve seen the trio before, you know what you are in for will be completely epic and even it even comes with an intermission. And you always wonder what will be taking the stage with Geddy, Alex and Neil. The last time I saw them on their Snakes and Arrows tour, they had rotisserie ovens with chicken cooking slowly throughout the show. And in the past they have also had household appliances, like washing machines. Strange, but awesome.

This time around, it seemed like giant jukeboxes from far away. But actually, they seemed to be…time machines.

Three hours of Rush. Yes, three hours, plus intermission. And a complete performance of Moving Pictures. Yeah, the whole album, live, in your face, right there. It was amazing. Completely and utterly amazing. It’s one of my favourite albums, so really, I can’t complain. No one can. They still no how to excite a crowd. And I love Alex Lifeson so much it is unreal. Just sayin’.

The fact that they make a real interesting show out of their concerts is awesome. The mini movie at the beginning, middle, and end just makes the show that much more entertaining.

Last I saw them was in Detroit, where they included clips of Bob and Doug Mackenize. Totally necessary, in my opinion.

So much talent in a three-piece. So, so, much. Hope you didn’t miss it.

I apologize for the lack of quality…too much blur, but so much goodness otherwise. Promise.

New stuff

The xx have been such a sensation the past year you might even be bored of them already. The nonchalant voices, the sexy beats, they can get tiring, right? Either way, I can still thoroughly enjoy the album in its entirety. The trick is not to wear it out. Oh, and don’t listen to it with a boyfriend/girlfriend. That could ruin it due to the sexiness if the relationship ends. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I’m not going to lie, islands is probably one of the best tracks on their album. And now there is a video that involves odd choreography, people wearing black, kissing, and fire. What’s not to love? Oddly enough, I find the backdrop to look like a Louis Vuitton bag, but instead of the classic LV, we see x’s.

Image via Pitchfork

Check it out…

The XX // Islands
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I’m a big Horse Feathers fan, and Words are Dead is something else. Justin Ringle’s voice blows my mind, and I’m pretty impressed with their newest album Thistled Spring. If it takes you a few rounds I understand. But they had me at hello.

image via sterogum.comGive it a listen…it’s a Tuesday and it’s worth it.

And there is snow on the ground in Ottawa today. Can you believe it? I can’t…mainly because I was in shorts and sandals just a few short days ago. Mother nature seems to be in tune with my mood, but I wish it wasn’t this way.