The timeless folk legend John Prine was recently on The Colbert Report and his humor and charm won over his audiences once again. Although age in addition to a serious medical condition has taken the sparkle of youth from his eyes John still sings from his soul. In 1998 Mr.Prine battled throat cancer and was able to recover from this serious medical condition. Since a significant amount of throat tissue was removed before John could initiate radiation, his voice has deepened into a gravelly sound. He has re-released his album The Missing Years on vinyl and he's still got it. I'm glad Mr.Prine decided to give up his mailman career in 1960's and kept the folk revival going.
Catch the full episode of the Colbert Report with John Prine here. His interview is in the 3rd section and his performance is in the 4th. Enjoy:
Jadea Kelly is a folk musician from Whitby, Ontario who just released her third album, Clover. In 2008, Kelly's first album Second Spring was honoured with the "best country" award at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and in 2010, she was nominated for New Emerging Songwriter at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Kelly's new single "Lone Wolf" demonstrates her shift in style away from country and towards a more orchestrated, darker sound, reminiscent of Portishead. Check her out!
You know what really gets me every time...the piano. Here is beautiful down tempo house track brought to by the collaborative efforts of Tom Odell (UK) and Zwette (Germany).
Back in 2012, Tom Odell released his first album Long Way Down, which features the original track - "Another Love". This British singer/songwriter is sure to make big moves in the music scene, so watch out for him.
Germany just keeps on producing amazing house music, and Zwette is definitely contributing to it. This Deutsch house DJ puts a groovy beat to the fine melody and it just works. so. well.
Shout out to Frau Schostek for the tip <3
Last night in a small, softly lit concert hall in south east Calgary, 23 year old Waverly, Nova Scotia native Mo Kenney introduced her own brand of timeless folk music to a satiated crowd of onlookers. The young singer/songwriter kind of just appeared on stage, accompanied by her bass player and drummer, who was conveniently outfitted in a jean jacket and Bruce Springsteen-esque bandanna wrapped around his head. Their hour and a half set ended up being surprisingly more upbeat then anticipated- but that seems to happen when you see folk music live. There is always more energy and life to live music than in its digitally recorded counterpart. The life of the show, in this case, can be placed squarely on Kenney's shoulders. The girl is straight up hilarious, in a dead-pan, laugh with you not at you, kind of way. In between playing an upbeat set that included a David Bowie cover, she talked about living in weird apartments with bad roommates, dead end jobs and getting dumped. She had the crowd laughing and nodding along with her in a way that felt like they were saying "We've been there too". For some people those bad luck life experiences just make them bitter and angry, but for Kenney, it turned her into an award winning songwriter. Fresh off a win for SOCAN Songwriter of the year she is riding high on her success and channeling all this new found popularity into a lengthy Canadian tour. Last night's show at Festival Hall- a unique and adorable, music venue in Calgary was well matched to the musical stylings of Mo Kenney and her opening act, Andy Shauf- understated but stylish.
Her music is a wonderful mix of pop-ish folk and a little bit rock. Her collaborations with Joel Plaskett show her skills as both a guitarist and lyricist and give her a certain reputation boost in an industry that is difficult to break in to. Kenney is a fresh voice on the folk scene and we at Ladywood are more than happy to sit back and listen to her crack some well timed jokes and riff on her guitar any day of the week.
There’s almost no better feeling than walking blindly into a show and getting your mind blown. Just your regular Wednesday night turned into a groovy dance party where Ladywood jammed to Natasha Kmeto and Lapalux. I hadn't really heard of these two artists before so I had very little expectation…and man was I pleasantly surprised by the talent that was pumping out of the Hifi Club.
Natasha Kmeto is not your typical girl DJ. This alt-electro producer hails from Portland, Oregon and sings while mixing soulful bass. Carefully crafting deep house beats, she layers on her sultry vocals, looping them into a mesmerizing soundscape that draws you in for the entire set and keeps you wanting more. Her new album Crisis was release in June and is available on bandcamp or iTunes. Check it out, for serious.
The second act of the evening showcased the talents of Lapalux, aka Stuart Howard, who's just starting his debut in North America. After releasing his first full-length album in March, this UK fellow is touring touring Nostalchic - 13 tracks of dreamy, experimental smoothness. Whatever that means. His performance was chill but and his beats kept you moving, so if he's coming to your city, get off you computer and go check it out.
BREAKING NEWS – Watch out Drake, we’ve got a Canadian megamix that’s sure to top some charts. Toronto’s infamous disco duo NTRL ANML has recently remixed Vancouver’s Bear Mountain’s Faded to create another tune that gets you up on your feet. If you haven’t heard of Bear Mountain, they recently signed to Last Gang records and have been touring all over North America including the likes of Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, and Sasquatch. Great Canadian music coming your way. Sit back and give them both a good listen!
-Guest Post from M (our NTRL ANML resident expert)
If you 'Didn't See Me '(Then You Weren't On The Dance Floor)' is a lovely video with a collection of camouflaged outfits. I love the steez and I am a supporter of always being on the dance floor.
The winner of the 2013 Polaris Music Prize was Montreal post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor. This is how they responded:
A FEW WORDS REGARDING THIS POLARIS PRIZE THING
Here is a gorgeous Tuesday tune for you. A little piece of happiness that will have you whistling right along with it in no time.
I'm in a Mos Def mood today so here is another mix by Rich e Fresh. It's a remixed song with a Samba twist so its nice and crisp. Rich e Fresh puts together hip hop, samba, bossa nova, and jazz and. He's 18 years young and describes himself as a "lifetime music enthusiast." He's definitely on my radar as I get set to travel Brazil for the World Cup next year.
A funky mix for a funky Monday. Mos Def and Aretha Franklin are smoooooth.
I can still remember the first time I saw Azealia's video '212.' I was left with that whoa type of feeling that happens after you learn some mind blowing fact (like sexual cannibalism being common practise in Praying Mantis; some theories believe fertilization during reproduction is even more effective when the males have no head). Azealia didn't chop any heads off their their blocks, but she did delivery some nastily delicious lyrics while wearing a Mickey Mouse sweater. The viral world was marked by Azealia's excessive lip licking and flawless pronunciation of the C.U.N.T word, over and over and over. I think we all needed some Azealia in our life so I'm glad she's still doing her thing. Check out her track 'Atm Jam' with Pharrell.
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