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Music Videos!!!
June 21, 2009, 4:27 pm
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Quite a few recent music videos have come to my attention.

Cursive – “I Couldn’t Love You”

Joel Plaskett – “Through & Through & Through”

Arkells – “Ballad of Hugo Chavez”

Young Rival – “Your Island”

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Polaris Suggestions?

polarisWith eligibility ending this Sunday, I’ve been thinking about Polaris nominations lately. I haven’t been quite on the up and up on music this year, so I’m throwing this out there, any releases between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009 that I’m overlooking? Here are the front runners on my list

AC NewmanGet Guilty
Carl Newman writes the catchiest of melodies as the lead man of The New Pornographers, and his solo is no exception.

ArkellsJackson Square
I’ve already expressed my love for this album, a strong debut from a hardworking band.

Attack in BlackYears (By One Thousand Fingertips)
Another album that has already received my stamp of approval.

Elliott BroodMountain Meadows
A cohesive folk-death-country album that shares a story.

Hey Rosetta!Into Your Lungs
Like you really need me to once again pump this album

Joel PlaskettThree
Another cohesive album. Plaskett shows off a lot of songwriting chops on this (or is it these) album(s).

Land of TalkSome Are Lakes
Strong songwriting, good flow. Oh I already told you that

Mother MotherO My Heart
One of the finest pop albums to come out last year. Amazing harmonies supporting catchy melodies.

And before you mention Fantasies, been there, heard that, wasn’t impressed.



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

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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.



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.