Okay so Royal Canoe might be getting to SXSW via van versus canoe, but a girl can dream right? We got a chance to chat with Bucky Driedger, the band's singer-guitarist (bottom center) and he gave us the low-down on these Winnipeg boys.
Click here for the interview
"Cult alt-indie-rock Londoners Tellison this week unveiled brand new single Snow (Don't Tell The Truth This Christmas) available now exclusively from the group's bandcamp as a pay-what-you-want download here: http://goo.gl/abkrBr and just like their 2011 Christmas single (Good Luck It's Christmas) all profits going to the charity The Campaign Against Living Miserably. We certainly recommend the beautifully surreal video toohttp://youtu.be/U5CvqQkXZ3M."
It may be a few days past the 25th but I think the Christmas spirit of avoiding the truth is still in the air. Tellison's third album will be released in 2014 so go check out their bandcamp and stay tubed.- Rayray
I started a math equation. What do these three pictures equal? I would say some greatness in a song called Free but what do you guys think...?-Rayray
This morning I woke up with a beautiful feeling of satisfaction, and its not what you're thinking dirty birds because its all about the music. Instantly I remembered the amazing show I saw last night and it all made sense. Current Swell was all about their music this past evening when they brought down the house at Republik. These boys literally blew me away. They were a head smashing, boot stomping good time. Their instrumental prowess far exceeds the average musical bear. Every song they played had so much energy and heart it made me see these guys in a new light. It's extraordinary that live performances connect you to musicians in that special way. I was touched by the band's attention to detail for everything they were doing. While interviewing Scott, the lead singer, he emphasized how much playing live music means to them. He said "once you have the energy of the crowd it helps a lot. It's fun to play with people, but its fun to have a lot of people love what you're doing and feed off of that." I asked if its disappointing to play for an audience who isn't paying attention and he said most definitely. "I don't like people who go to festivals because its cool to go to festivals. You go to festivals to listen to awesome bands; you go to shows to listen to awesome bands. You don't go to shows because that's what everyone else is doing." Scott said he would prefer to have 10 people in the crowd who want to see their music versus 100 people in the crowd who don't really care. We both agreed that much of North American music culture has been focused around partying and sometimes we lose track of what music means to us. We are obsessed with consuming ,and our music aspirations have trended towards that. In Calgary there was no distracted eyes in the audience as each and every person stared intently into the souls of these boys from Victoria. At one point ever person in the crowd put their arms around each other and a sea of human chains was created. You could feel so much love in the crowd as we all swayed to the soft silky sounds floating across the stage. With a roaring audience and a sold-out show I bet Current Swell felt the love as much as we did.
Two years ago Arcade Fire won a grammy and people lost their shit. This recognition totally disrupted some people's notion of a pop culture equilibrium and everyone was all like 'Who the fuck is Arcade Fire?'. Even Dog the Bounty Hunter.
But I think @MollyMoney really hit the nail on the head back in 2011 when Arcade Fire made her pose the question - 'is this real life?'
On September 9, Arcade Fire released the first single off their upcoming album, Reflektor. There is something about this song that is almost frightening. The song seems to swirl around perfectly with all it's layers, like smoke and mirrors, both nostalgic and futuristic.
Is it James Murphy? perhaps. Is it David Bowie? possibly. Is it Regine's apocalyptic chorus? most likely. The voodoo beats? maybe.
The song has been on repeat for the last two days but it still seems too big to process. Arcade Fire have this rare and unique ability to create the most effortlessly epic music - it seems to be coming from another world. Or another life.
Is this real life?
'See you on the other side'
Across the ocean you can find a group called Albany that is making folkie, indie, rocky tunes. They hail from Leamington Spa, UK and they released an EP called Waltz in April. We would like to welcome them to the Ladywood community and wish them well on their journey as a new band.
I want to know where the Broken Bells are at these days? Rumours have spread that this indie-rock duo might be sending a 2nd album our way and I truly hope its true. I mean I understand that James Mercer is quite busy with The Shins while Danger Mouse is producing tracks for almost everyone (while winning Grammies for best producer of the year) but I want some more Broken Bells! Fingers crossed these two find some time to make some more music because they are magical when in the same room.
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald- or MBF as many call him- has been a staple Calgarian musician for many years now. His unique voice, active social media following and soulful and meaningful lyrics, give him the air of a young, twitter friendly James Taylor. He hasn't released a ton of music, but the stuff that he has, has garnered him two international tours, a full length LP and a rather ardent fan following (and yes, no need to ask, we are facebook friends). After seeing him perform at this years Stampede I decided to dig up an interview with Michael from the Ladywood archives that I think gives a unique glance into what the Canadian sweet heart is all about. Below are his latest releases- Follow and Firecracker. Follow, which is a very lovely and heartfelt tune, proves he has the chops to keep up with some of his Canadian counterparts like Serena Ryder, Lights, Roz Bell and the enviable Feist all of whom have been releasing a ton of amazing music lately, while Firecracker shows that he hasn't lost his MBF spark. Take a listen, take a read and enjoy a little MBF in your life.
All the Love
Interview from November 2011:
If the crowned prince of prairie plaid, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, has learned anything in his storied career, it is that he is strangely afraid of playing in front of tiny humans. Sitting down to discuss his burgeoning music career, with a new album in the works and a ten-city tour kicking off at the beginning of February, MBF is initiating the new decade in a totally tubular fashion. MBF is currently coming off of a tour across Canada, sharing playbills with artists Roz Bell, Jully Black, Lights, The Wallflowers, Stars, and Hedley and is riding high on the critical acclaim for his 2009 album, The MBF Love LP. With that and his innate ability to put into words exactly what every angst-ridden university student is feeling about their love life, thriving or failing, MBF has become a staple Canadian indie pop act to watch. His shimmering acoustic abilities and sumptuous melodies have had many a well-heeled hipster tapping their feet in time with his optimistically sincere, pop-infused music.
I wonder if they buy their fares before they board the trams?..
Fo more sessions check out their website: http://vimeo.com/tramsessions
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