well damn!

TOTW: Week of May 26
May 26, 2008, 11:43 am
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I just wanted to post this because I won’t around a computer until tomorrow, so I’ll elaborate and update the list then =)

1. Small Sins – On the Line
Much better than the movie it shares its name with. It flows nicely and has a nice tune

2. The Feminists – The Beginning of the World
On the last R3-30 Podcast that I listened to, I heard that The Feminists broke up, which is a shame, because I so enjoy this track. Beware, it’s rather long!

3. Art in Manila – I Thought I Was Free
This was from a Saddle Creek sampler I downloaded a while back. Art in Manila is Orenda Fink (of Azure Ray) and Adrianne Verhoeven (of the Anniversary), which is an exciting combination!

4. Hey Ocean! – Beatboxer (Who Broke My Heart)
Another fun song I found on the R3-30 podcast, they’re coming to my town in June!

5. The Wet Secrets – Hot Roller
It’s an angry song, and well, I like angry music

TOTW: Week of May 19
May 19, 2008, 4:03 pm
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1. Arkells – Oh The Boss Is Coming
The opening is very reminiscent of the Constantines, or even Alexisonfire, but they make this song their own, and it’s awesome.

2. Moneen – If Tragedy’s Appealing Disaster’s an Addiction
I picked up It All Started With a Red Stripe and even as a casual Moneen listener, I fully appreciated it. The documentary is very insightful and funny (these guys have a lot of antics), and the DVD comes with a ton of other stuff.

3. The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site
I’m a little slow when it comes to jumping on the bandwagon and I just picked up Reconstruction Site last week.

4. Islands – The Arm
I’ve been enjoying this song for quite some time now, I hate saying this but, it reminds me of pirates. Their new album comes out on Tuesday.

5. Cursive – Shallow Means Deep Ends
I’ve recently rediscovered my original obsession with Cursive and specifically Domestica. This song is an awesome representation of said album.

Polaris Prize Ramblings

Today on Grant Lawrence Live, Grant has sparked conversation about this year’s Polaris Prize Nominees, since the cut off date for nominations is quickly approaching.

After reading the list of suggested nominations, I realized how much Canadian music I’ve bought in the past 6 months, and how much of my music collection qualifies for the prize.
Reunion Tour (the Weakerthans)
Kensington Heights (Constantines)
LP (Holy Fuck)
Welcome to the Night Sky (Wintersleep)
Little Jabs (Two Hours Traffic)
In the Future (Black Mountain)
Elephant Shell (Tokyo Police Club)
Marriage (Attack in Black)

Compared to the amount of my collection that qualified for 2007’s and 2006’s prizes
Ashtray Rock (Joel Plaskett Emergency)
The Reminder (Feist) which is really part of my mom’s collection
Twin Cinema (The New Pornographers)
Tournament of Hearts (Constantines)
(The first three made it on to the shortlist for their respective years)

Of that first list, I’m thinking LP and Reunion Tour will make it on to the shortlist, I’m really hoping to see Little Jabs and Welcome to the Night Sky make it and while it would be nice to see Kensington Heights up there, I don’t think it fairs well against the other stuff out there. Same goes for Elephant Shell and In the Future. But others see it differently, a lot of people think that Kensington Heights and In the Future will make it to the shortlist. We’ll see in a few months I suppose.

On a completely unrelated note, the Faint are back?

TOTW: Week of May 12

1. Two Hours Traffic – Sure Can Start
There’s something about this track that just hits me. Maybe it’s the riff or maybe it’s the lyrics. But it’s most likely the combination of both.

2. The Coast – No Secret Why
This song is very reminiscent of Matt Good, and I really like it. PS it’s the song on the 2nd YouTube vid on their MySpace

3. Plants and Animals – Bye Bye Bye
Apparently this week’s theme is “artists reminiscent of other musicians” because this song reminds me of Queen.

4. The Memories Attack – Love in the Time of Hate
I heard this on the radio the other day, and it has a catchy riff. It reminds me of something, but I can’t figure out what!

Woodhands – Dancer
Sometimes, I can’t decide whether I hate or love this song.

Constantines – Hard Feelings
May 9, 2008, 1:21 pm
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This music video came out a few weeks ago, but let’s review it anyway!

A clean music video, very simple and fresh, however it’s borderline boring. Not quite boring, just long enough to keep my attention. Nothing happens, but it works for the song and the band. Oh, don’t forget about the bad ass fist-nudge after Wil’s guitar solo. Did anyone else think the video was a little Wil/Bry centric? Or was that just a result of me spending too much time within youtube-fandom-land?

Premise: 8/10
Match for the Music:    8/10
“Acting”: 9/10
“Cinematography”: 7/10
Bad-ass factor: 4/5
Music Itself: 5/5
Total: 41/50


Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell
May 8, 2008, 1:36 pm
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I’ll admit, I didn’t jump on the TPC wagon until recently. I hadn’t heard of them until Saddle Creek started raving about this hip new band from Canada in their August 07 newsletter, but the very fact that Saddle Creek had signed a quartet of Canadians was intriguing enough.

So here we are. Full of catchy riffs, upbeat melodies and uplifting lyrics, Elephant Shell isn’t an album I would expect from Saddle Creek, but it’s one I welcome with open arms (perhaps I’ve been blinded by the abundance of Cursive in my less than impressive collection).

Opener “Centennial” is like a nice walk in the park and a smooth way to ease into the record. However the album proceeds to quickly build up to the rhythm induced “Juno” and melody infused “Tessellate”. With the record peaking at track 5, one can’t help but be slightly disappointed with such a fast giveaway. As expected, the album recesses, but we are briefly revived with the upbeat and infectious “Your English is Good”. Unfortunately we are forced to “Listen to the Math” which is as boring as it sounds (says the Math major). Perhaps had it not followed “Your English is Good” it would have been a much more enjoyable track. Kind of reminds you of high school no? Finally, I can’t decide whether “The Baskervilles” is a good enough ending. There’s something about it that just doesn’t yell conclusion to me. But if you account for the remixes, “The Baskervilles” isn’t exactly the conclusion I was looking for anyway.

First listen: 8/10
Flow:    7/10
Individual Songs: 8/10
Discography: 7/10
Length: 3/5
Album Art: 5/5
Total: 38/50

All in all, a great album, on the short side, but it’s good enough for my musically induced ADD.

TOTW: Week of May 5

1. Wintersleep – Miasmal Smoke & The Yellow Bellied Freaks
These guys are really growing on me. This is what I would call an epic track. It has a great slow build, a gorgeous climax and is the perfect way to end an album.

2. The Good Life – I Am An Island
My favourite lyrical genius had this song featured on Cold Case last night. Go Saddle Creek!

3. Destroyer – The State
Dan Bejar is slowly taking over Radio 3, and I’m ok with that.

4. The New Pornographers – Mutiny, I Promise You
Ok and he’s taking over this list too. This is a great infectious song, I particularly enjoy the rhythms in this one.

5. Creature – Pop Culture
This song is just fun. Every time I hear it, I just wanna get up and dance!