Kingdom and Kelela, both hailing from beautiful L.A, are a DJ/singer pairing that are a must see live show. I was skeptical at how well a mesh of the mix and the melody would sound but I was pleasantly surprised. Kingdom has a plethora of tracks under his belt and Kelela at his side bring his music to new heights. I was personally blown away by the spectrum of Kelela's voice and her ability to sway the audience into a silky smooth trance. It was R&B seduction by a female prowess and all in the Hifi audience were slaves to her control. Check out their track Bank Head...
Hello my Ladywood lovers!
I think everyone needs a little post-flood pick-me up...am I right or am I right? Get our er dancin shoes and get hyped for the long weekend with "Le Swing", a groovy collaboration by French DJ/singer Hannah Hais and Serbian producer Gramophonedzie. This feel good track will bring you up! I promise.
Brooklyn-based artist Ang Low blurs the lines of electro-pop and R&B in his debut track "Life Goes Down". His simple stripped down sound is reminiscent of James Blake, Andrew 300 and Autre Ne Veut and it definitely caught my attention as I found myself replaying it again and again. Look out for more tracks from him later this summer,
It's with a heavy heart that we announce that Sled Island 2013 has been cancelled for the duration of the weekend due to the massive floods that have hit Calgary in the last 24 hours. The Sled Island team has worked incredibly hard to put this festival together and have done an amazing job at keeping it running up until now, but sometimes we have to stop and surrender to the power that mother nature has over us. We hope everyone is safe and dry and keeping their spritis up. Stay dry Calgary!!
SAFETY AND FUN TOGETHER AS ONE! Sled Night One.
Sled Island officially kicked off with a bang last night, with an unbelievable set of musicians tearing up Calgary's night sky's with their tantalizing tuneage. Being die hard Sled Island Fans, the Ladywood ladies packed in a full night yesterday and hit up as many shows as our pedal power could get us to.
Here's a rundown of our itinerary and a few highlights of the evening!
Ghibli played to a well lubricated crowd at Bamboo early in the evening. The DJ duo played some very danceable electronic music that was just downright catchy! While it's too bad they were in such a small venue, with an even smaller stage, these guys were a great way to kick off our Sled adventures, nothing too crazy, just the right amount of smooth danecy energy to get up pumped for the evening.
Viet Cong- The Legion Downstairs
Originally intending on sticking around Hifi for a few hours before Bear Mountain's set, we were swept off our feet by a fellow friendly sled biker who suggested we check out the Royal Canadian Legion. Which, if you haven't had the chance to check it out, is a real delight for the senses. Run by a friendly staff of octogenarians, the Legion, in all its dingy glory has hosted some of Sled Islands greatest acts, including Rural Alberta Advantage and Nardwar at Sled 2012 and the legion has some amazing vintage war memorial artwork to keep your eyeballs engaged while your earballs are otherwise so. Viet Cong put on a lively, if slightly erratic show and displayed some impressive stage antics too. There were high kicks. That's all I'm saying.
Crystal Swells- The Legion Upstairs
I'm not going to lie to you, I spent most of of the Crystal Swells set bouncing between the bar and our table, so I only really caught about 10 quality minutes of the show, but from what I saw out of the corner of my eye, it was a delightful mix of surfy, beachy, grungy post punk music. They are well deserving of their name.....I think.
Young Benjamin's -The Palomino
This was one show that I was really looking forward too. The Young Benjamin's, hailing from Saskatchewan have a sweet yet mature sound that belies the bands young age. The basement of the Palomino is always a hilarious venue to watch live music at, as it always smells slightly of beef jerky and hot leather car seats, but jammed up against the bands equipment, right up near the stage, I had the best seat in the house. 'Twas the perfect spot for instagramming the bands well clothed backsides, and instagram I did. Because as we all know, a fun night out doesn't really count unless it's thoroughly documented on social media.
Bear Mountain- Hifi Club
In a mad dash down the rainy streets of downtown Calgary, in our now thoroughly soaked rain gear, we barely made it into Hifi for the beginning of the Bear Mountain set. It was packed in there and everyone was looking enthusiastically intoxicated for the show. Bear Mountain, (who played at Coachella this year and are also on the Lollapalooza ticket), is one of my favourite bands and their live show did not disappoint. It was high energy, engaging and super super fun. Surprisingly, they played their most popular hit Two Step in the middle of their set, which was a delightful surprise for those dedicated fans who usually have to wait around for the tail end of the set to hear their favourite songs. This was a total highlight and I am so pleased we managed to wrangle ourselves together, in all our sodden misery, to catch this show.
Charlie CB- Commonwealth Downstairs
In what was probably the most surprisingly entertaining, yet slightly frightening show of the evening. we stumbled upon hip hop artist/rapper Charlie CB. I think the Sled website describes his style best when they say that "the Austin-TX-based instigator nails that critical halfway point between “gutless sucker” and “knuckle-dragging thug,” and he’s already mastered more rhythmic meters than Shakespeare ever did." The boy can spit some serious beats, and he had the small, but lively crowd knuckle dragging right along with him. Oh and he gave us his CD afterwards, so we are basically best friends now. Right?!?! Right.
HUMANS- Commonwealth Upstairs
These guys, what can I even say about these effervescent fellows. They just get it you know? The Humans show was one of our Sled Island 2012 highlights and we were waiting with breath that was bated, for their 2013 return show. These boys are seriously fun and talented to boot, and even after their late night set had concluded, kept free-styling to some new, unreleased tracks because they were being hopelessly goaded by the swollen, dancey crowd. They are playing again on Sunday night and also tonight at the East Village Bloc party as their reincarnated DJ duo, Sabota.
Whoa! That was a mouthful. What a night it was. Our feet are a little sore and our eyes are a little tired, but we are gearing up for night two -thanks to too many overpriced espresso beverages and an unrelenting desire to party. Can't wait for the East Village Block Party! See you all at 7pm!!!
All the love and happy sledding. Remember, SAFETY AND FUN TOGETHER AS ONE!!!!
In what is an already stacked EP, Brooklyn synth-pop trio Little Daylight latest release in an impressively beach ready tune, that fits perfectly with what we've already heard from the band. Although less anthemic than their previous releases like Overdose and Glitter and Gold, Name in Lights is a breezier, happier tune. Little Daylight is a welcome addition to a somewhat over-saturated genre, but their beach pop tunes carry a more believable weight to them then some of their counterparts like Beach House or Cut Copy. These guys are all about their live shows-they make music to play to the fans in a live and interactive environment, not just for you to sit there and listen on your headphones. These guys really know how transcendent seeing one of your favourite bands play your favourite songs live can truly be, and they seek to make every live show as engaging and creative as possible.
Their debut EP, Tunnel Vision is available August 6th. I think it might take this Little Daylight into the Big Times.
Ha. See what I did there?
Patrick Schulze is yet another German producers who's making a name for himself in the deep house world. He is a remixing genius and and has produced some killer podcasts, including a chilled out mixtape for the Swiss electro music heavyweight - Room84. First up we've got an edit on "Shoulda" by UK singer Jamie Woon. Next we have his Room84 podcast, which features some great tracks including a deep house mix of "Little Lion Man" (fast forward to the 29th minute). Well done sir - herzlichen Glückwunsch von Ladywood!
Liebe und Licht,
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Today we celebrate the legend that is Paul McCartney, who turns 71 today and still has more sass in his left foot than Honey Boo Boo has in her whole Toddlers and Tiara tutu. Last year, Rolling Stones did an amazing cover story of Paul and The Beatles that included some surprisingly candid information about the aging rock star and some pretty interesting facts about the band. Including the fact that the 'Kazoos' on 'Lovely Rita' (the love story to a meter maid) were Played on Pocket Combs Wrapped in EMI Toilet Paper. How resourceful.
Happy 71st birthday Paul McCartney! Read the 2012 cover story on the Beatle’s fresh start.
Wake Me Up is a striking auditory experiment that is a perfect combination of the essence of American country music, folk and Swedish electronic music's unmistakable sound. By combining these unique and surprising elements,, Avicii has expanded the genre of EDM to something fresh and new , and while it may be a difficult track to swallow for his die hard fans, you have to applaud his willingness to try something different. Known for his mega hit Levels, Swedish DJ and producer Avicii is also the face of Ralph Lauren's Denim and Supply clothing line, and with this new release he's proving just how versatile he truly is. The track written by himself with the collaboration of Ash Pournouri, Aloe Blacc and Mike Einziger is confirmed as the next single and it’s scheduled to release on digital retailers on June 17 but it's radio edit version leaked early and we have it here for you! The song has the guest vocals of American Soul singer, rapper and musician Aloe Blacc , whose song I need a Dollar was the title track to the HBO series How to Make it in America, which was tragically cancelled much to early in my opinion.
Hope you enjoy it!
Calgary-born/Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist and singer, Lowell will make her homecoming debut in Calgary at the Sled Island festival on June 20 performing with The Besnard Lakes and again on June 22 with The Jesus And Mary Chain and more. Lowell is similar in sound and attitude to Lykke Li and Austra, and her live shows are not to be missed. She uses looping pedals to create a strong tribal percussion beat where she layers on her beautiful choral vocals. Sled Island will be the first time that Lowell performs in her hometown of Calgary since recording her debut album "If You Can, Solve This Jumple" with European supergroup Apparatjik. The first two singles “Shake Him Off” and “Kids” have gained British national airplay on BBC Radio 1. So be sure to get your Sled tickets to check out this talented lady!
Hey guys make sure to check out our giveaways and contests page. We have some outstanding music to giveaway this month to a few lucky readers, so get your head in the game and get your hands on some free swag- check it out!
Happy Friday my Ladywood lovers! If you need some dancing tunes for the weekend, we have got you covered. This week we are featuring artists that are playing at the *free* Sled Island East Village Bloc Party on Thursday, June 20th. You cannot miss this event. Make sure to come down and check out Keys n Krates, Drop the Lime, Smalltown DJs and many more...It's gonna be a good one folks.
They did it again! Our favorite Toronto-based Disco Duo, Natural Animal, released another feel good tune perfect for any summer time hang out. It’s guaranteed to get a few people rocking away with a little two step. “The Light” was a song that they wrote 2 years ago that once again just echoes what these guys stand for – Love for great music, great people, and most importantly great times. This is the third track on their EP “Who You Are” which I highly recommend you check out. Heck, if you’re in Toronto you should definitely catch one of their shows as they are regulars at Soho House and Wrongbar. Grab some friends, put on your dancing shoes, and head on over.
Find out where these guys are playing next by checking out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NTRLANMLOfficial
Lastly just to celebrate their new EP we at Ladywood want to put out some suggestions for their next album cover:Photo courtesy of Zoo Portraits
For Devo we think....
Photo courtesy of Zoo Portraits
And for Hunter...
Come on, the hair is spot on Devo. Love you guys – keep the chunes coming!
* Thanks to our guest blogger Marty D.......Helping to put the WOOD in LadyWood. Oh that sounded bad.
Roll into the weekend with some fresh french-house/electro produced by Parisien duo, Krono. These dudes know how to lay down some amazing remixes.Get hyped for that weekend - its going to be a good one...full of biking scavenger hunt extravaganza! Woo!
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