well damn!

Looking Forward: to 2009
November 25, 2008, 12:42 am
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There are many things I’m looking forward to in 2009: potentially quitting my job, completing another year of my degree and a whole whack of new music.

Here is a snippet of music I’m looking forward to

I was openly hoping we could expect a new Cursive release by the end of the year. While 2006’s Happy Hollow was an unexpected change of direction from Domestica and The Ugly Organ, it left me wanting to hear more of this political not-so-emo Cursive. It does sound like the band is writing and recording new material and well on their way for a release in 2009.

I’m not the best of the fans, but do I ever enjoy listening to Moneen’s infinitely long titled songs and intricate music. Damn you Wikipedia for giving me false hope! But their blog suggests a real new record is on the way. Hurrah!

Attack in Black
This is a busy quartet! Attack in Black just finished up a 3 week tour of half of Canada and are already back on stage, touring across the pond. In 2007 they released an EP and not one but two full lengths. Based on pure speculation, they are bound to release something new 2009, and my bets are it won’t be anything like Marriage.

And with new material, comes a supporting tour, so here’s to hoping I’ll be able catch both Moneen and Cursive on the road in 2009. Not that I don’t want to catch Attack in Black for a 3rd time, because I do! Maybe I’ll luck out and they’ll all tour together. hint hint! One can dream.

Land of Talk – Some Are Lakes
November 20, 2008, 1:35 am
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I don’t think that it’s been established, but I’m a huge fan of Saddle Creek Records. They put out music by a plethora of great bands and have created a great musical community. Recently Saddle Creek has started signing artists outside of Omaha, including quite a few up and coming Canadian artists, like Tokyo Police Club and Land of Talk

Land of Talk I’ll admit that it took a few listens to get into this record, but now I’m knee deep. Elizabeth Powell does a great job of fitting her voice in with her music. Her voice evokes the emotions that she’s trying to express in her songs, and it creates a great feeling for the album on the whole. My one qualm? Annunciation. It’s probably the pretentious choir brat in me, but there are times when I think “What on earth is she singing about?”, lucky for her as I mentioned, her voice is very evocative. Oh and one more small complaint. Can we get actual liner notes, with lyrics? Though, this is more of a rant for albums on a whole as of late.

Some Are Lakes starts with the steady drum driven Yuppy Flu. I’m not sure if this is actually in a minor key (heck, the majority of this album might be in a minor key), but there are enough chromatic runs to convince me. The next track, Death by Fire has one of my (many) favourite lyric deliveries off of this record, “One poison, two poison, three boys”, so dark but meaningful. I’ve also mentioned my affinity for Powell’s melodies. These are prevalent in the title track, Some Are Lakes and the closer Troubled, easily my favourite song on the album. Don’t let the sweet melodies mislead you, this band knows how to rock out, just listen to Corner Phone and you too will be convinced.

First listen: 7/10
Flow: 8/10
Individual Songs: 8/10
Discography: 9/10
Length: 5/5
Album Art: 4/5
Total: 41/50

Thanks for living up to my expectations Saddle Creek

Arkells – Jackson Square
November 18, 2008, 1:50 am
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arkells_jacksonsquare_sqaure_medThe Arkells are a young band fresh out of Hamilton, Ontario, recently signed to Dine Alone Records. Jackson Square, the group’s debut full length features a great range songs. It barely took one listen to get into this record. With catchy riffs like the ones found in The Ballad of Hugo Chavez and rock anthems like Oh, The Boss Is Coming!, who can blame me? The first time I’d heard of the Arkells, I immediately thought Constantines and if you’ve heard the version of Oh, The Boss Is Coming! off of their EP Deadlines you’d hear why. The riff sounds heavily influenced by opening of Nighttime/Anytime, however with the release of Jackson Square the quintet have marked it their own. Yet I still can’t decide which version of the song I enjoy better!

Other standout tracks on the album include Deadlines, Champagne Socialist, Tragic Flaw and John Lennon. Not that the other tracks are a bore but these are a few of my favourites, and note how many of them there are.

All in all, a solid debut from a young band.

First listen: 9/10
Flow: 7/10
Individual Songs: 8/10
Discography: 9/10
Length: 4/5
Album Art: 5/5
Total: 42/50


Music I Bought That I Like
November 12, 2008, 1:59 am
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I have the sudden urge to blog about music, but I don’t really have the time so here is a short list of music I’ve recently bought and become acquainted with:

Arkells – Jackson Square
I’ve only given this one a few listens, but I love it. They’ve got this great blue-collar punk sound going on, and they put on a mean live show. This is a great debut from a fairly young band.

Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs
(and around in your heart and on through your blood). Have I mentioned I’m a huge sucker for concept albums? This one is fantastic, I can’t get enough of it. The instrumentation itself is outstanding and the lyrics are quite thought provoking. Easily one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.

Land of Talk – Some Are Lakes
I picked this one up because LoT are Saddle Creek’s latest Canadian pick up. It took a few listens but I’m just getting into it. I love Elizabeth Powell’s voice, it’s so modest and she writes the most beautiful melodies.