This is the brand new video from Calgary’s Chad VanGaalen for his song “Molten Light” off of his newly released album Soft Airplane which came out on September 9th on Sub Pop Records.
Monthly Archive for September, 2008
If Matt Bauer’s musical life story or sensational music video (above) doesn’t make you want to hear his beautiful music, I don’t know how else to convince you.
The story behind the Montreal-based electropop duo begins with a pair of highschool sweethearts and spans a decade of couplehood, musical projects and everything in between. 2005 saw the release of their debut album Goodbye Friend, Welcome Lover on Noise Factory Records, the first full-length effort Edmund and Heidi had ever attempted. There were no distractions, just the two of them in their apartment strumming guitars, singing songs, turning knobs and pressing record.
137 Niagara could be called the house that rock built, not only because the three members of Off the International Radar who lived there filled its nooks and crannies with droney space rock and projected weirdly lit images onto the sweat soaked basement walls during crammed house parties but also because on moving day, after they removed the final piece of musical equipment from the basement, the entire back wall collapsed. Apparently the Farfisa organ was load-bearing.
Contrived is a 5 piece rock band with principal members from Wintersleep and Holy Fuck. Lending a hand at the mix is Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals). Tight, pulsing rhythms and a tapestry of guitars lay the foundation for warm and welcoming vocal melodies.
Their new cd blank, blank, blank will be released October 28th, 2008.
Brian Borcherdt’s newest album, Coyotes, was recorded by his long time friend (and one of my all-time personal favourite artist) Jose Contreras of the super mega awesome band By Divine Right. While on a break from Holy Fuck’s tour schedule Brian performed a handful of recently written songs in Jose’s living room. Little else was added to the guitar and vocal, maintaining the songs’ intimate and delicate atmosphere. The album’s textural paper sleeve features original artwork by James Mejia, perfectly complimenting the haunting tone of these seven songs.
A cheap K-mart guitar with its guts ripped out, a two-piece drum kit and a keyboard with a mind of its own would all be alone if they weren’t all thrown in the mess that PARLOVR got them in when they stumbled together in the wintry months of 2006. Reacting against the multi-instrumental, many-membered orchestral bands that crowded the local Montreal scene at the time, PARLOVR was started with the intention of blowing amps and streamlining pop melodies, bringing back the power-trio of the 90s with an off-the-wall twist.
With the release of their fourth album, Calling Out (2008), the FemBots have set off in yet another direction while in many ways returning to their beginnings. Born out of improvisation and experimentation, Calling Out sees the FemBots once more stretching themselves musically to produce an album that is daring yet accessible.
Ruth Minnkin just nominated for the Socan Songwriter’s award! And she and her Bandwagon are mixing Depend on This which is all set to be released in March of 2009.
Check out Ruth at one the shows from her extensive list of concert dates!
I think maybe the reason people are feeling detached from a lot of the music that gets played on the radio today is because everyone’s trying so hard to be their own island, their own original person,” she says. “But it’s not important what makes you stand out – what’s important is how connected to everything you are. Everyone’s trying so hard to do something brand new, something they think people need or want, but really, we don’t need anything but what we already have. — Serena Ryder
If the video doesn’t motivate you to go check out Serena Ryder in concert, my idle threats should. DO IT!