Monthly Archives: October 2013

Arcade Fire – It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)

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Whenever I give advice, I always tell the recipient to try, to always give it a go, other wise you’ll never know unless you try. Arcade Fire is a band that exemplifies fearlessness, a band willing to try anything regardless of the outcome. Fresh off their Grammy winning album The SuburbsArcade Fire began writing for Reflektor back in 2011. With James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), and long time producer Mark Davus (Coldplay, Mumford & Sons) at the forefront, you could tell Reflektor was going to be something special from the start.

“It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)” is a (dare I say), cross between David Bowie and Pink Floyd. Not to say that Arcade Fire‘s sound is even penetrable to these legends, but with that being said, this Montréal based seven piece band is definitely trying new things, branching out of their comfort zone and getting recognized for doing so. Don’t be surprised to see Arcade Fire back in the talks for another album of the year. 

For Fans Of:  David Bowie, Brian Eno, U2

PS: My apologies for the quality of video, I was unable to find a decent audio of the song. Either way, get your hands on a copy of Reflektor asap!

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St. Lucia – Wait For Love

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Inspiration comes quite sparingly now-a-days don’tcha think? You either have someone you admire give shady advice, or notice that everyone is out there for their own; it’s a shame but it doesn’t mean you can’t find inspiration else where. The story/journey behind Jean-Phillip Grobler (a.k.a St.Lucia) is an inspiration on it’s own, learning classical music at a very young age, traveling the world with his choir group, arriving at South Africa to England and finally to New York; but it’s his music that inspires me the most.

“Wait For Love” may sound like just another pop song with a great melody and catchy hook, but it’s the story behind it that counts. St.Lucia left his roots, arrived at a foreign place to do what he loves. Isn’t that what we all strive to do to some extent. So I say forget the naysayers and ignore the negativity, do what you love and leave the rest behind.

For Fans Of: Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Cut Copy

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HIGHS – Summer Dress

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Come on guys, it’s time to admit it, summer is no longer with us and we must prepare for Winter (enter Game of Thrones Quote). Those warm summer nights will here by turn into cold winter frostbites. I for one am a huge fan of the winter festivities: snow ball fights, building snowmen with obscene genitals, tobogganing and oh those large Michelin jackets; but seeing my girlfriend in that flow-ey flower Summer Dress is enough for me to miss Jaugust (Cross between July & August).

Toronto based band HIGHS lets me relive those moments of warmth, colour and allergies in Summer Dress. The a-cepella breakdown between Doug Haynes and Karrier Douglas is a beautiful exchange of harmony and musicianship. Still awating news about a full length LP, lets just hope I don’t have to wait until next summer!

For Fans of: Ra Ra Riot, Rah Rah, Lord Huron

PS. You can check out HIGHS EP here: http://highsmusic.bandcamp.com

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Korn – Mass Hysteria

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Let’s be real, KO(insert backwards R)N has had a slippery slope as a band. In the earlier stages of their career (Untouchables, Follow the leader, Issues), their music was unprecedented, which lead to their platinum records and sold out shows. That may be a dream come true to many, but to Korn, it was their Kryptonite. Their lead guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch, along with drummer David Silveria, left the band, and Korn was left to reinvent themselves once again.

It’s been ten years since Brian “Head” Welch left the band, ten long years of mediocre grunge electronic rock that KORN embellished in their most recent work. Thankfully Paradigm Shift has little to do with that, and a lot to do with early KORN. Heres to another ten strong years of “Mass Hysteria”.

For Fans Of: Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Metallica

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Scar The Martyr – Last Night On Earth

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This one is purely for my headbangers, thrashers and moshpit..ers. As much as I love my Alternative rock, Metal comes quite close to one of my favourite genres. I’ve been a Slipknot fan since their self titled debut, and when I heard that drummer Joey Jordison was embarking on a new project, I had to jump on board.

“Last Night On Earth”, fittingly the last track off Scar The Martyr‘s debut album, is a lengthy 8 minute epic array of Drop D strings, heavy eery synths and bombastic display of drums. It may not be a speedy thrasher that metal heads are used to, but don’t get it twisted, “Last Night On Earth” is mighty heavy and that drum solo at the end kicked me square in the teeth. \m/ \m/

For Fans Of: Slipknot, Trivium, Lamb Of God

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The Senators – The London Bridge

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Sometimes you just need a breath of fresh air. A little breather that’ll take the pressure off your shoulders and ease some tension. The Senators, lead by brother duo of Jesse and Rooster Teer, give you a refreshing take of the indie/folk genre that we all know and love (think Mumford and Sons). Their album Harsher than Whiskey/Sweeter than Wine is gaining national attention, and for good reason.

It’s been a while since…well since Sigh No More where I could listen to the whole album without pressing skip. “The London Bridge” is just one of many tracks off Harsher than… that’ll let you breath a little easier.

For Fans Of: Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros

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Sun Stone Revolvers – On The Run

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Toronto has a great reputation of displaying their ever growing, diversifying mix of musical genres (hip-hop, dance, electronica, Indie); but never underestimate the heart of Rock & Roll in Toronto. Grimy distortion, heavy reverb and delay, and some gut wrenching guitar riffs help Toronto based band Sun Stone Revolvers gain a steady fan base in their home town.

Yeah… go ahead, grin that chin and show your mean face; this song just makes me want to kick some ass!

For Fans Of: Sam Roberts Band, Sloan, The Arkells

PS. Check out their new album Spaceship X on their website: http://sunstonerevolvers.com/#!albums/c1t44

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She & Him – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

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Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong era; that today’s choice in fashion and music just doesn’t suit you? I for one feel like this generation was just not meant for me. What I would do to go back to an easier time where discos, roller skates, leather jackets and combing back my greasy tattered hair was the norm.

She & Him‘s version of Mel Carter‘s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” makes me wonder how different it may have been back then. Just think, this was the music that made people dance, made audience cheer, and gave a reason for people to spend the night out. Huh, how times have changed.

For fans of: Zooey Deschanel, Regina Spektor, The Shins

PS. This is Mel Carter‘s original  “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”

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