It’s been about a year since our post on B.C. based Good For Grapes’, “A Worthier Man”. In that time, their ‘outrageous folk’ sound has garnered cross-country attention, as was due. October 15, 2013 marked the arrival of their debut album, Man On The Page. Beginning to end, it’s a substantial piece of work that affirms the merit of their growing presence in the Canadian music scene. Man On The Page brings to our awaiting ears a sound that showcases Good For Grapes’ cohesiveness as a band- a trait that is not easily achieved by younger projects. Fans of their self-titled EP released April 2011, will welcome back some of those classic stomp-inducing, clap-along riffs, but will also recognize new sounds throughout their album, the result of which is a sound that is wholly unique to Good For Grapes. Their commitment to growth and hard work truly shows in this album. Good job guys (and gal!).
Make sure you check out their set at Clark Hall this Sunday, Oct 20 with The River & The Road and The Will Hunter Band. See ya there!
I don’t know where you were last night but if you weren’t one of the few of us at the Teen Daze show then you missed out.
These boys from BC dropped by Clark Hall Pub last night along with Camp Counsellors to mark the start of a mini Ontario- Quebec tour. Shows in Kingston tend to be hit or miss; it’s the night of the week, rather than the band, that makes all the difference when bringing out a crowd. The Tuesday back after Thanksgiving weekend is a quiet night as many students were locked in the library preparing for midterms and the few of us who made it out last night were in a lethargic post turkey daze. But these conceivably negative factors did not blunder the experience. Teen Daze took full advantage of the intimate setting and our lazy, dreamy state making it work for their performance instead of against it.
They focused on their latest album Glacier which is more of an experience than just a record. It’s ambient. The intricate combination of sounds with very few lyrics creates something rooted in the present. A Teen Daze show is not something that can be relived through a cell phone screen. Especially after an unfortunate incident involving a laptop lead to a very special on the fly version of “Alaska”. Talk about serendipity.
I left feeling as though I was invited to sit in on a private rehearsal. The special intimacy of the venue and Teen Daze’s humble demeanour allowed us to connect to the music and get to know the men behind it. Their passion for their work really shone through.
The concert Gods have been smiling down on Kingston this fall and the shows just keep getting better and better.
Built to Roam [audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/110750551/Shakey%20Graves%20-%20Roll%20the%20Bones%20-%2002%20Built%20to%20Roam.mp3]
I heard Shakey Graves for the first time this spring while I was out treeplanting in B.C. From Austin Texas but gained prominence in New York. This track is off his album Roll the Bones full of lots of twangy’ folk songs you could see yourself listening to accompanied by wistful gazes out the window of big rigs as you explore the west and stuff. Ultimately just good music to accompany anyone with itchy feet.
[audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/110975112/11%20Lightfoot%20Returns.mp3] Brendan Canning is to the Canadian music industry as what Kate Middleton is to England; He’s royalty. He perfectly embodies the camradere that makes the music scene here a scene. He has worked on a handful of projects playing and with all sorts of different musicians; You’re probably the most familiar with his band Broken Social Scene. So although Canning is not new on the scene, this track is only from his second solo album, You Gots 2 Chill, which was released just last week. And what a great week that was.
There is something to be said about surrounding yourself with pleasant looking things. It cheers us up, makes us healthier and most importantly makes us happier. So too does good music. “Lightfoot Returns” is a dreamy track with heavy synth and moody harmonies but it’s beauty, why I love it, lies in it’s simple and pleasant sound. It’s a good song, maybe more, but definitely nothing less.
Bustin` on ya this Monday with a track from a Toronto based artist Dillan Ponders. This is one of my favourite tracks which comes off his album Overdose. He has another album called Numb which will be dropping sometime in Mid-November. Gotta love that sound you can bump at the right nightclub but that can double as the backdrop for when your coming back around 2am with crew to kick back and smoke one to. Could also see these tracks in an edgy movie about teenagers doing drugs and being computer hackers and stuff. However I`d rather listen to it in one of the former contexts.
If you’re a keener and are reading this right now looking for trax to put on your ‘epic banger 2013′ playlist to bumb at your pre/continuous party today well look no further.
My boy Guapo released this track earlier in the spring during our hiatus but better late than never. Another track where he goes in with relentless lyrics and beats that offer something a little more progressive.
Also really enjoy the ad-libs at the start. For anyone who doesn’t know what ad-libbing is its rappers kind of signature sounds or catchphrases they use during songs (see: Rick Ross’ sounds like a big dog woofing sort of or Kanye’s which is a nasally HAAHHHH?)
Thanks for wandering over to our music blog- Unfortunately we haven’t been posting any new tunes lately. At this moment in time we are focusing our energy on redesigning and relaunching our website (do you like our new logo?) With the relaunch we will have plenty of other new things to go along with our new look. You can look forward to more content, a radio show and more Vault Sessions Projects as well. Believe us it’s worth the wait.
In the meantime feel free to peruse our archive, we’ve got some musical gems hidden in there that you may have passed over before.
Because we love and miss you all, because raising North West this year has been real stressful, and because most of the money in our bank account came from your pockets (thanks for the support, baby), we have decided to throw a FREE one day mini-festival for y’all during Frosh Week!
Last year was an incredible year for us, and we really can’t thank you all enough for your support! This event is a THANK YOU present for scrolling through our blog, attending our keggers, sticking those stickers, or justtolerating us as we incessantly put your News Feed on blast. We have LOADS (and we mean LOADS) of exciting projects coming your way this term, and it all starts NOW!
We have collected 8 bands and artists from Kingston, Ontario, and the UK (how exotic!) to play their delicious tunes and to come welcome you back to Kingston! This event will take place from 2:30pm (music starts at 3) to 9 pm in a backyard (location TBA; stay tuned!). There have been rumours of unicorns and sno cones….
The Great Augustus These boys have been hard at work over the past few months and have played with Aidan Knight, Hey Ocean and other various acts in Kingston before. Better get their autograph now while you still can.https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatAugustus
ILLAWARRA This band has been in the recording studio over the summer, working on material that you can take with you anywhere and everywhere. We’ve seen and heard them live before but never anything from the studio. Also dangerous. And trendy. Mostly trendy. https://www.facebook.com/Illawarramusic
KDNS Dj-ing around the UK under various monikers, this British mystery has jumped ship to come play at our event. www.soundcloud.com/kdns
Melina Trimarchi From Toronto comes this bonafide babe with powerhouse pipes, accompanied by James Colwell, a jazz legend in the making, as goes the word on the street.
Oseka Ogega To prove that there is more to Canadian hip-hop than Drake we have asked this Toronto based friend to pay us a visit. https://twitter.com/iamnotoseko
TheO Kingston is hip too, you guys, and James is going to show us.
Things have been pretty quiet for us this summer with some of our writers off exploring European beaches or in depths of the BC wilderness planting trees, while the rest of us have been keeping busy with summer courses and full time jobs. We are very sorry for our silence this summer, we’re currently undergoing some website reconstruction and renovations so thanks for being patient and sticking with us. We’ll be back soon with some exciting new changes and great new music to share.
Keep an ear out for news (like the announcement of our biggest show yet,) and updates to come.
Storyteller of his travels and touching tales of love lost, Spencer Burton has reached a new level as a folk styled raconteur under his moniker Grey Kingdom. With his sophomore full length album, Light I’ll Call Your Name Out Darkness, released in October 2012, Burton’s record is now receiving a vinyl LP format just in time for his appearance this summer at Wolfe Island Music Festival, where he performs the afternoon of Satuday August 10th.
His developing years in the music scene of Welland Ontario transpired into Burton embarking on expansive tours with critically acclaimed band, Attack in Black. These experiences are manifested within Burton’s lyricism, in songs such as Imminent Failure where he sings, “I’ve become a restless wanderer, who finds no hope in a home.” This line, and the overbearing restless mood of the song eludes to his musical-wanderer mentality which he has come to embody, becoming one of Canada’s great up-and-coming folk singers, writing of his life, his love, and his experiences across this vast country.