well damn!


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.

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Hey Rosetta! – Red Heart
January 24, 2009, 10:20 pm
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As if I haven’t plugged them enough here, a music video can’t hurt! I swear I’m not obsessed with Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta!.

I really love the video’s setting, it’s an open field, there’s an autumn tree, minimal amounts of gear. The track itself starts off with quite a driven drum line so it’s only fitting to begin with a shot them walking to the dig site. I find the whole video is very mysterious after that to be honest. It’s quite foggy, but it all fits with the actual song, to be honest, I spend far too much time trying to figure out what this record is actually saying. A few minutes into the video a girl in a white dress appears. Is she a ghost? Is she lost? I don’t know! And then a human heart appears, it’s not bloody or anything but I mean…it’s a heart! A red heart! You see where this is going I’m sure…

Premise: 8/10
Match for the Music: 8/10
“Acting”: 9/10
“Cinematography”: 8/10
Points for the actual “red heart”:    3/5
Music Itself: 5/5
Total: 41/50

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If nothing else, watch it for Tim Baker (the vocalist)



Favourite Albums of 2008

I thought I’d write a little entry about 3 of my favourite albums of 2008. For me, there was one clear release that was hands down my absolute favourite of the year, and then there were quite a few other albums that I enjoyed a lot.

Parc AvenuePlants & Animals – Parc Avenue
I was unsure of this album at first, Bye Bye Bye is such a stand out track, and the rest of the album differs so much, it’s a lot more elegant and less anthem-esque. But then I saw P&A at LOLA, and the album immediately clicked with me. There’s so much instrumentation on this album, and some great arrangements. It’s quite incredible that three guys can capture what they recorded with a pocket-ful of musicians, on stage. Every song is a little orchestral movement. It’s a bit post-rock, and a bit neo-classical and I love it.
Favourite track: Mercy

Red, Yellow & BlueBorn Ruffians – Red, Yellow & Blue
This is one catchy album. Born Ruffians create the most complicated sort of simple music. Guitar, bass and a drum, what more do you need? Red, Yellow & Blue was easily the soundtrack to my summer, it’s upbeat, fun, a bit silly and tight. The drumming on this album is unbelievable! My heart is won over by their intricate rhythms, jerky melodies and sporadic harmony. I read somewhere that Luke (the lead singer) tries to model his voice after his opera singing sister, I think it’s quite effective!
Favourite track: Kurt Vonnegut

Into Your LungsHey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs
(and around in your heart and on through your blood) I’m sure I’ve mentioned this album numerous times through out the blog and that’s because it is hands down my favourite release of 2008. Like Parc Avenue, the instrumentation on this album is fabulous and each song is like a little movement, and like Red, Yellow & Blue the melodies are terribly memorable. The best part about this album is it tells a story. Tim Baker has an interesting method of unraveling it, and I’ve spent undefined amounts of time trying to (unsuccessfully) reconstruct it.
I can’t pick one favourite track, but if you were going to listen to just one, I’d say listen to A Thousand Suns



Top 5 Discoveries of 2008

I feel like 2008 was a great year for me musically. Prior to this year I was always stuck in some sort of musical rut, listening to the same things over and over again but I think it’s safe to say that my collection has grown immensely, and so has my appreciation for music. And that my friends is why I’m presenting you with my top 5 musical discoveries of 2008.

5. CBCRadio3.com
I had the itch to listen to more Canadian grown indie, and Radio3 just fueled the fire. Independent Canadian musicians submit their music to the New Music Canada website and the folks at radio 3 play their favourites of the thousands of musicians. R3 features an eclectic basket of music, from punk to rap, pop to country. I’m a religious listener of the podcasts and I’ve bought many albums based on the sole listen to one song on Radio3. Thanks!
CBC Radio 3 Green
4. Two Hours Traffic
The first time I heard “No Advances” I knew that Two Hours Traffic were something special. I impulsively bought Little Jabs, and it quickly became the soundtrack to my summer. It wasn’t before long when my 10 and 12 year old sisters heard the album and became attached. These guys know how to write catchy hooks, sappy love songs and win a girl’s heart.
Two Hours Traffic
3. The Dress Whites
I love pop music, and these boys wear it well. I immediately fell in love the first time I heard “The Whale”. I became hooked and began repeatedly listening to their tracks on NMC, I gave in and ordered My God, The Shame!, and after 4 months, I finally had my copy. Don’t fret, it was well worth the wait. It’s a hook-filled power-pop album that could have easily been transported from the 1960’s.
The Dress Whites
2. Joel Plaskett Emergency
I picked up Ashtray Rock in the last week of last year and immediately fell in love. It fulfills my love for concept albums, and it’s so clever. Plaskett is an excellent songwriter and has quickly become one of my favourites. Ashtray Rock explored a plethora of musical styles and I can’t wait for JPE’s release Three in 2009. (More on this release later this weekend)
Joel Plaskett Emergency
1. Hey Rosetta!
Into Your Lungs is a record I cannot put down. It touches the concept album fanatic in me, and the high school band geek who loves intricately composed opuses. I see this album as a grand operetta with various movements. It’s huge but so tight! The vocals are dead on, each song is delivered with precision and the album tells a wonderfully vague story. You don’t know what you’ve been missing until you’ve heard this album.
Hey Rosetta


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.