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.
[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?)
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.
In case you haven’t heard already, the 90’s are back. Everyone is wearing high waisted pants and neon- well anything; even Boy Meets World is coming back. What I am most excited about though is the music. Not the boy bands or the literally “dirty” pop songs, but the music that mixes hip-hop’s smoothness with pop’s buoyancy – just like Canadian group Ain’t No Love’s newest track, “Fake Your Dreams”.
The band has been dubbed renegade pop but I would just call them musical geniuses. They have created a sound that perfectly caters to our generation, mixing throwback flare with trendy production values and rapping lyrics that reference pop culture. “Fake Your Dreams” will quickly become that song on your party playlist that everyone stops to sing along to.
Born Ruffians are back at it. As a four-piece. Normally I find the addition of a band member far-into a band’s career troubling, a sign of desperation. However, change is not always bad, and after their (personally) disappointing album Say It, I’m willing to embrace it. And you should be too!
The opening track to their recently released LP Birthmarks, “Needle” is far more stylized and glossy than any previous work. This new sound (and presumably higher production value) is effective and approachable, and fits nicely in the canon that is Canadian indie rock. Admittedly, the opening vocals tread a bit too closely to Fleet Foxes. However, any comparisons vanish as soon as the band kicks in around the 50 second mark. Born Ruffians’ skill lies in their ability to capitalize on open space, and embrace the sparseness of a three-piece (sorry, now a four-piece) rather than constantly overcompensating and trying to produce a fat sound. Birthmarks as a whole still sounds like Born Ruffians, with characteristic lo-fi drums, guitar quips, and Luke Lalonde’s unmistakable singing (which has returned to fine form).
Born Ruffians are the second-to-last act of the Wolfe Island Music Festival, and I’m curious to see how their new line-up and album will translate into their notoriously spontaneous and frenetic live act.
With Drake putting Toronto on the hip-hop map, competition in the big city has been expanding like crazy, so today, I introduce young rapper Andrew White! White, (previously known as AcesHiiigh) has had an incredible journey to be where he is today, in the top 5 unsigned artists of Toronto list. Growing up in a cooperative home complex in Oshawa and a trailer park in Mississauga has added to his white-boy image, like a younger Eminem. Interested in rap music since he was a kid, he began writing music at age 13. With an expanding fan base over the years he has had many accomplishments including: Opening for Machine Gun Kelly, D- block, and Jadakiss, competing in a showcase in Miami, headlining sold-out events, Toronto clubs banging his songs, having his music on iTunes and hip-hop websites worldwide, features in newspapers, and making the top 12 heatseakers list.
Last week White released a new song called “Fugazy”. Produced, written, engineered, and recorded by Andrew himself. This song has brought many fans (namely, me) to nail-biting anxiousness waiting for his summer album to drop. The word fugazy is an Italian slang word for fake, which is a perfect title for this track which speaks about how Andrew wants to hear music that tells a real story. When I asked him about the song, he said “I want to inspire other rappers to write what’s real, not about some Ferrari you drive when you really cant afford to pay rent.” This 100% self-made track has made my top 10 tracks playlist alongside A$AP Rocky and Big K.R.I.T. Hopefully we see Andrew White perform sometime in Kingston. and be sure to check out his website and download his music.
World We Own [audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/110677389/World%20We%20Own.mp3]
I’m not sure what it is about that Lana Del Ray-esq ‘live fast, love hard, die young’ tone that is so appealing to us “tortured youth”, but whatever it is, Sundays first single “World We Own” captures the beautiful morbidity with ease. The steady oscillating synth, subtle drum, and haunting vocals draw you in and make this more of an experience than just a song.
From the very little I can dig up about Sundays, I’ve learned 1. she’s a Vancouver-based experimental electronic/soul singer/songwriter and producer 2. her debut EP, Of Eros and I, is to be released later this summer …and that’s about it. Whether intentional or not, the mysterious air about Sundays adds all the more to her alluring style, and creates the feeling that you’ve just read a dramatic cliffhanger and are left anxiously waiting to see what happens.
I’ll be right there with you checking to see what’s next,