An artists has only a few options available to them when their work gets leaked online before the official release date. They can storm around creating a PR nightmare for their record label and demanding retribution from the nameless leaker, they can pretend that nothing happened and carry on their merry way waiting for the official release date, or they can take it in their own hands. Which is exactly what Tyler the Creator did for his newest album- Wolf, that was originally expected to be released on April 2nd. Instead they've decided to stream the full album on Odd Future's Tumblr Page. So listen to the whole album below and tell us what you think!
WOLF Out April 2nd!!!!!
Here's a groovy track for your Friday afternoon enjoyment. Whoever your saviour is this long weekend make sure you give thanks to the spiritual roots or religions in your life. Take time to do a little dance and give thanks to these beautiful bodies we have. Don't waste our greatest gift. Go out and shake it with this Mercury remix.
Photo credit: http://zelebrity.blogspot.ca/2011/09/strictly-bun-dancing-hilarious-calendar_2485.html
Happy Long weekend everyone! Here's a tune to get you walking out that office door and into the sunshine. The Chainsmokers have given us a great melodic progressive house rendition of one of my favourite indie groups, Two Door Cinema Club's- Sleeps Alone. I love how the track mixes just enough electro and house with the melodic lyrics of Two Door Cinema Club.
Happy Long Weekend!
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Today we are giving a special throwback shout out to fellow Canadian artist Nelly Furtado. This BC native has sold over 40 million records and she has collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Jurassic 5 (who btw we are very excited to see at Coachella). I can only dream to be as sexy and successful as Ms. Furtado at 34...
Most people can relate to the classic Jurassic 5 song "Thin Line" and brings up an interesting question: can guys and girls just be friends?
The second track is a remix of my favorite Nelly song "Say It Right" by Montreal DJ Kaytranada.
Dancin is what to do,
Here at Ladywood we love to dance. We can't get enough of it for exactly those reasons. Dancing is a beautiful creative self expression that connects mind, body and spirit to the present moment. I urge you to press play, get up, and dance around your house to this fresh track. I guarantee it'll make you feel happier, its science.
Much love and happy dancin,
UK music producer/genius Simon Green, aka Bonobo, released his 5th full length album called The North Border on Monday. You can stream the new album on KCRW. Pretty unreal - especially his track with Erykah Badu.
It's chill and instantly awesome.
I'm on a beach, a rave, the street, a forest, a mountain, the ocean - all at once. Probably under water too.
Dear Simon Green, who am i?
- Guest blogger: MillaTime
Here's an interview I did with the Canadian Appalachian Folk Band, The Deep Dark Woods, at last year's Stampede. This is a group of lovely genius men with rather impressive beards if I may say so and we at Ladywood wish nothing but success for these country-esque crooners.
Here's a favourite tune of mine Charlie's is Coming Down for you to listen too while perusing the interview!
It can be difficult to classify emerging artists squarely in one specific genre, and frankly a definitive classification is not always necessary, such is the case with the Deep Dark Woods. You can call their music country, rock, Appalachian-folk or frankly whatever you like, they are what they are and they are wonderful because of that. Their music evokes feelings of long friendless winter nights and small dimly lit bars filled with weathered looking people who are more than familiar with the achy loneliness of heartbreak. [[MORE]]The Deep Dark Woods are so hauntingly genuine that their music forces you to reconcile your own feelings of remorse and regret so violently that it can feel at times intrusive. Rarely singing of complicated things, Ryan Boldt’s plainspoken lyrics are often about a familiar theme: the total and complete agony of being in love, which because of the relatable nature, frees you to involve yourself with the music as much or as little as you please. Luckily for us it’s not all sad choruses and doleful guitar solos, their entirely fun rhythm section and at times playful lyrics means the music is never overwhelmed by heaviness. Their fourth full length album, The Place I Left Behind, emerges from the shadowy depths of roots music, combining elements of alt-country and indie rock melancholia so perfectly it may just be the ticket to the bands next big break. Drawing inspiration from old folk murder ballads and with tonal elements reminiscent of the Band and Neil Young, the Deep Dark Woods’ music makes you want to sit in front of a crackling fire and contemplate your own existence, and then immediately get up and dance. If that rather conflicting sentiment appeals to you then so will this band.
To truly understand the authenticity of the Deep Dark Woods, you have to understand that while the majority of the band members hail from Saskatoon a few members of the group choose to set up permanent residence in the small town of Mortlach, Saskatchewan (population 254). Mortlach is a two hour drive outside of Saskatoon and the epitome of small town Saskatchewan. Knowing this it’s easy to understand how they can translate the achy solitude of the prairies into beautiful and at times transcendental music. Geoff Hilhorst, the bands organist/keyboardist explains, “We play traditional murder ballads or folk music that could be a couple hundred years old. It’s kind of like an old style of writing music with- lack of a better word- a contemporary twist to it. Some of the songs we play could be 100 years old but they’re not, because we play them with electric guitars. “Chris Mason, the bands Bass guitarist and vocalist, calls the band “a rock band playing folk music”, which serves to explain the more significant elements of classic rock in the soon to be released album, The Place I Left Behind. Chris goes on to explain that while still authentic to the bands timeless sound The Place I Left Behind is different from previous releases because “we’ve changed since the last one and we produced this one. I like the idea of switching it up every album, where you record, how you produce it.”. “I agree with Chris” Geoff Hilhorst, the bands drummer says “There are bands out there that release 4 albums all recorded in the same studio with the same producer and it might as well be one record.” For this album the band rented new and vintage instruments to use in the recording sessions at Halifax’s Sonic Temple Studios. Geoff explains that they brought in “a few new 12 string Rickenbackers, guitars that we normally couldn't afford, some cool pedals, a drum set from 1967, an old Wurlitzer piano that wasn’t in tune. I played a solo on it on the album, completely out of tune, that I actually really like. The imperfection is something that we all like”. For more of the Deep Dark Woods, check out their newest album The Place I left Behind which was released across Canada on August 2nd courtesy of Six Shooter Records.
Today's post comes to you courtesy of Lollapalooza and a little organization called the Happiness Club. THC is a group of Chicago kids who create original material & stage shows designed to encourage positive values & social change through the arts, and for the past couple of years have been partnering with Lolla to spread some well needed happiness. Happiness -much like a raging case of herpes- is easily spread; and we at Ladywood love the message behind THC. When we are seeing more and more funding cuts to the arts in education, it is important to know that there are still organizations out there that are working towards creating positive social change though the arts.
Here's a happy little tune from the Inimitable Toro Y Moi's called "Never Matter", who is a Lolla alum and a spreader of joy.
Infect someone with a little happiness today.
While Ladywood was out meandering the mean streets of Calgary, enjoying a little bit of the nice spring weather last week, we came across a DJ at a local joint spinning some pretty sick tunes. Always on the hunt for some fresh beats we headed in and sat down for a listen and low and behold, it was one of our new found favourites, Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX spinning away on the turntables. Low and behold. I mean what are the chances? That's musical destiny right there.
Here's a few of the tracks we liked the best and if you ever want to sit with a refreshing beverage and some listen to some great music in a place with great vibe, head over to Local 510 at 510 17 Ave SW.
This remix by Pheonix was featured on the Banksy Documentary- Exit through the gift shop. The film is an insightful commentary on the sometimes strange but often wonderful world of contemporary street art and the real people behind some of the biggest names in the business. Banksy's artwork is some of the most compelling and influential street art of the last decade, and while the film isn't exclusively about him, he plays an integral role in the plot. If you haven't seen it, do, it will be well worth your time.
Ladywood had the opportunity to catch Bondax Saturday night at the Hifi Club in Calgary...and it was a dancey one! Bondax, a collaboration between British teen duo George Townsend and Adam Kaye, fuses hip-hop house with sultry vocals. Check out their hit "Gold" as well as my favorite Bondax remix of Rudimental's fresh track "Not Giving In". These young guys were impressive and definitely got the whole place grooving!
Enjoy and much love,
Watch out Biebs this devilishly handsome boy is coming in hot to claim the title of teen heart throb. Posting covers of his favourite tracks landed Leroy a massive record label and a ticket out of his mother country Spain. Seriously he's going to be realz famous. Hope this brings all you tater totes some sweet dreams.
Here's a tribute to the lingering flames of past romances. Unlike Romeo and Juliet, which filled my high english classes with some of the most boring academia of my life, Skrillex and Ellie Goulding produced a track that brings lightness to my listening ears.
Play the track, and bring your self back to old moments with the ones you once loved. This one's for Tom Hanks and Katie Holmes, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, J-Lo and Ben Affleck. Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio, JT and Brittany, Flava Flav and Brigitte Nielsen and Marina Abramovic and Ulay.
Having a loving Saturday evening my friends.
Photo Credit: http://aboutartanddesign.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/frida-mi-querida-frida/
In the spirit of spring and letting all things grow- including new relationships- take a look at our fellow #yyc music blogger Beachfuzz at http://beachfuzz.tumblr.com. He’s got great taste in music and has an affinity for posting baby-makin’ jams, like the one above, which is something we at Ladywood can definitely get behind. So take a gander at his blog and share some Calgary music love.
Happy Friday lovelies!
P.S. This song goes out to our friend N who is always on the lookout for new tunes to get down to. I think this one might work jussssstttt finnneee.
Here's some heartfelt soul to accompany your morning coffee. "Murder in the City" and "Bella Donna" are two of my favorite tracks from The Avett Brothers. The beauty of these North Carolina brothers, Scott and Seth Avett, plus their stand up bass player Bob Crawford, is how simply they quantify basic human emotions. Love, hate, greed, and loneliness are described, so brilliantly, with as few words as possible.
"If I get murdered in the city
Wise words from these cosmically talented musicians.
Photo Credit: http://beta.dailyernebraskan.com/wordpress/the-avett-brothers-feature-interview/
Josh Garrels is a singer-songwriter out of Portland, Oregon whose majestic voice lures you in and keeps you wanting more. He's been known to infuse traditional folk music with hip-hop elements and his latest album Love & War & the Sea in Between has been downloaded over 100,000 times (free download here). Check him out!
Enjoy and much love,
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