Warpaint, Warpaint, Warpaint.

When I first saw the advertisement telling me Warpaint would be at the Brighton Dome this month, I pretty much ran home immediately and bought tickets.

I first heard this band a few years ago when a friend sent me the song “undertow”.

I fell in love immediately. This is a four piece girl band, and there is a dark and eerie vibe they give off that attracted me most. Heavy bass, dreamy melodies, and echoey voices. It was like nothing I had ever listened to before. I was hooked.

Now, when these four ladies stepped onstage, I didn’t know what to expect. If their moody tunes would match their personalities onstage. But they were a rather fun loving bunch, teasing the audience and dancing around the stage. At one point someone yelled for them to take off their shirts. This was deflected with class and with a rather pointed “no”. There was laughter but it was sarcastic. These women are musicians, better than many men out there. Yet even when they take the stage to bring the audience something beautiful that they have meticulously crafted in garages or basements or studios…talent is ignored and tits are the centre of attention.

I have to say I was offended for them. But they quickly went into another song, drums slamming and guitar strings plucking. Beyond badass, the comment was forgotten within moments. The music is why we were here together under this roof.

The best thing about this group is their obvious chemistry. They just seem to be four best friends having a jam session, enjoying the flow of the music and even laughing. I could see them whispering to each other while playing, huge smiles on their faces. It was basically like watching a scene from GIRLS, if Hannah, Marnie, Shosh and  Jessa were in a band – they would be like Warpaint. Actually, what is freaky is how much the bass player TRULY looks like Jessa. I did a double take.

So at one point the lights were turned up and we had a dance party. They actively told the audience…we can see you…making us feel almost naked. It was a perfect way to get back at the idiot who asked for clothing to be removed. A subtle ‘fuck you’ to anyone who doubts the power of females and their ability to make some amazing beats. It ended perfectly, although bittersweet. Because who really wants an evening with Warpaint to ever come to a close?

So I left with a brain full of happy thoughts, and I dreamt of beaches and sand and dancing barefoot.

Record Store Day!

What are you going to buy today?

I’ve had a few records on my mind that I wouldn’t mind adding to my growing collection.

Decisions, decisions…

I’m sure I’ll run into a few others…sifting through vinyl always gets my blood pumping.

And new music does too! Recent excitement from Panda Bear, and of course there’s plenty of reverb overload. Something I can never get enough of. Now that I think of it, Person Pitch is definitely on my list of potential buys. There’s so much to choose from!

Track one on the new album is currently getting to me. But I’m digging every ounce.

Also, I’m kind of in awe of Tv on the Radio. Blowing my mind since the start. I still remember hearing “Staring at the Sun” and having my heart melt into a puddle on my bedroom floor. I don’t even remember how it happened. But it was beautiful. And I’ve been craving a live show ever since the age of 15. The love goes on. and on. aaaaand on with Nine Types of Light!

I know I should be studying instead of blogging and thinking about what records I’m going to buy later today. But I just CAN’T! My parents are on their way as we speak to come pick up my sister. So…fam-jam Ottawa adventures ahead. Hopefully I get over my sleepy spell…I stayed up late dancing. It seems as though I’m celebrating before my final exam. I guess it feels like it’s over. BUT IT IS NOT! Tuesday afternoon, then release.

Until then, mellow tunes, records, Pub Italia, and…studying I guess. The library has been a good friend as of late. I miss going to coffee shops to relax and read a book. Currently, it includes sipping coffee while staring continuously at a computer screen. Can’t wait to delve into a new summer reading list.

Happy Record Store Day!

-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

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