Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dirty Projectors - Stillness Is The Move

Dirty Projectors are weird. Really weird. I find their stuff quite abstract and for the most part I'm not sure what to make of it, or where exactly it fits in the music spectrum. That's not to say they're not talented, just the opposite, they're just very unique. This particular track is one of the more conventional ones I've heard put out by them. See if you can decipher their groove.

Dirty Projectors - Stillness Is The Move


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Luke Roberts - Unspotted Clothes

I just happened to come accross this on Vimeo today. Luke Roberts sounds like some guy you'd meet down at the local diner, and he kinda looks like that too. I have absolutely no idea who he is or where he's from, but this video is awesome and the song is cool. Somebody find this guy and bring him to the Wilser's Room.

Luke Roberts - Unspotted Clothes

Best video I've seen in a while. Great job.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jacques Greene - (Baby I Don't Know) What You Want

Some cool stuff today from Jacques Greene, an up-and-comer from Montreal. His sounds incorporate a few different styles, but revolve heavily around synths. Reminds me a lot of Booka Shade, which is definitely not a bad thing. I dig the video too, a little Space Odyssey action going on.

Jacques Greene - (Baby I Don't Know) What You Want


Steve Bug - All I Need

Some classic deep house right there.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Die & Interface - Bright Lights

Steve-o says I need to play more drum & bass. I agree, in principal. Not sure the world is quite ready to embrace the sound yet, but if this song is any indication, we're getting there. I'm honestly not very familiar with either Die & Interface or William Cartwright before, but they mesh together very nicely in this track, a sweet combination of r&b with some grimy d&b. I absolutely love the Netsky remix, so it's our bonus selection for the day.


Die & Interface feat. William Cartwright - Bright Lights [Netsky Remix]

What a smashing track.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dominique Young Unique - Show My Ass

Who is Dominique Young Unique? Beats me, but DJ Noematus gave me the heads up (again) on this fresh track. The crazy thing is this was released in March. This should have been all over the airwaves by now. The second half gets a bit crazy and there's no "hook" but I still think this is a sweet track. Judge for yourself.

Dominique Young Unique - Show My Ass

Yup, that's fresh.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Burning The Day - Left For Wolves

Today is Mike's birthday. Mike plays the bass in the Burning The Day, a sweet metal band out of the T-Dot. Not this namby pamby pop metal rubbish like Three Days Grace, some real teeth-gnashing, gut-busting, kick-your-ass metal. So in honour of Mike, I'm going to wear my Burning The Day t-shirt tonight, and let you hear this.

Burning The Day - Left For Wolves

Come hang out with me at the Phoenix tonight.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Bloody Beetroots & Steve Aoki - Warp

I forgot to blog today so I'm doing this from work. Come to the Phoenix right now and hang out. I just played this song so I'm gonna blog it. The Bloody Beetroots, Steve Aoki, oh yes.

Bloody Beetroots & Steve Aoki - Warp

Thanks to Lisa for the heads up on this track.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Giorgio Moroder - Chase

I was listening to some new wave synth house the other day and and wondered, who really came up with this kind of stuff in the beginning? I can't say I know for certain who the first was, but certainly one of the more influential synth artists is Giorgio Moroder. He won an Academy Award in 1978 for his brilliant soundtrack from the movie "Midnight Express". He later won two more, but I think this track in particular is a good place to start from. My bonus selection today is an sweet release from Laurent Heinrich, aka Lifelike, that was released a full twenty years later in 2008. It's kind of a throwback track that shows us the connection of then and now.


Lifelike - Discomachine

For more Lifelike, check out this older post.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion

Shouldn't there be a "the" before their name? I think there used to be. Either way, I find Yeah Yeah Yeahs are beginning to move in the same direction as Gossip, who also coincidentally took the "the" out of their name. They used to have a somewhat grungier alternative indie sound, but I find they're moving to a slightly more commercial electro punk sound lately. They're still good, but now I seem to be enjoying their remixes than the originals, which isn't necessarily a good thing. The bonus selection today is an example, it's a sweet remix from A-Trak, that legendary bloke from Montreal. If you're around the Phoenix this weekend with me, you'll probably hear it.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion


Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll [A-Trak Remix]

Killer mix.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight

Phil Collins has a new album coming out. For those who don't know, I'm a big fan. His album "...But Seriously" was the first compact disc I ever had, and it remains one of my all time favourite albums. That said, he's certainly put out some dross in his time. This new album, I fear, will end up largely in recycling bins from the initial sounds of it. Apparently old Phil has decided to "go back to motown". While I applaud the notion that we need more motown, and it's awesome that he got the Funk Brothers to be his band, you really have to wonder what the hell he was thinking covering a bunch of motown classics. I guess we all need to get paid some time. Here's a reminder of the awesome stuff he used to do.

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight


Phil Collins - I'm Not Moving [Idjut Boys Edit]

It's ok Phil, you can retire now and we'll just forget about this album.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Oh No, Theodore! - Bloody Hands

Well I have no recovered sufficiently from the craaaazy weekend here in Freddy Beach. The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival came and went, and I think everyone involved would agree that it was a smashing success. One of the performers was our very own Jeremy McLaughlin and his band Oh No, Theodore!. I'm happy to find that he's finally got some video up on the ol' YouTube so here's one just for you. He's come some way from his early solo acoustic beginnings, and the addition of the strings have given his songs a really nice depth of sound. Onwards and upwards, check out these rising talents.

Oh No, Theodore! - Bloody Hands [Live On The Lighthouse]

Nice beard Jeremy.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dibiase - Skullcrack

I forgot yesterday. I have no idea how. Now I gotta run again. Here's some new Mr. Dibiase.

Mr. Dibiase - Skullcrack

See ya tomorrow.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Xavier Rudd - Fortune Teller

Xavier Rudd is an Australian bluesy folk performer who has thrilled audiences the world over, and he's going to be playing here in sunny Freddy Beach in about half an hour downtown. If I didn't have prior commitments (damnit) I would be there, but sadly I will instead post this to remind myself (and you) what I will be missing. If you are reading this now, run downtown and check this show out. It's only $15!

Xavier Rudd - Fortune Teller [Live @ The Melkweg]

Run, I say, run!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Paris (Ooh La La)

Man I'm getting bad at this. Note to self: blog immediately after getting up.

I just saw Grace Potter and her drummer downtown, which isn't particularly unusual given that she's playing at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival tonight. I may go check that out, or maybe Garrett Mason down at the Capital, or I may just chill out. Decisions, decisions. Whatever way, she's got a great sound and if you've got nothing to do in Freddy Beach go check out one of the above. You won't be disappointed.

Check out some Garrett Mason here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Tallest Man On Earth - The Gardener

Every now and then I wonder if there is really any good new music out there that I've never heard of before. Thankfully the answer is always yes. I then wonder why in the world I ever even considered that there might not be.

Last night the one and only Downtown Peter Brown posted this, and I thought it was pretty cool so I figured I'd post it here today. This is The Tallest Man On Earth, or so he claims. Looks kinda short to me. No idea who he is really but he's from Sweden and here he is playing on a really old guitar at the Music Inn in New York.

Tallest Man On Earth - The Gardener [Live At The Music Inn]

Why do Swedish people all seem to speak better English than Americans?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Boom Bip - Last Walk Around Mirror Lake

Bryan Hollon is a strange fellow who makes interesting ambient and experimental music under the moniker Boom Bip. He's been all over the world and collaborates with all kinds of cool people to make cool music. Kind of sounds like something I'd like to try. Check out this track, accompanied by a sweet video made from the movie Adrenaline Rush.

Boom Bip - Last Walk Around Mirror Lake [Boards Of Canada Remix]

That's Eikesdalen, Norway, that's you're looking at.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Consolidated - Butyric Acid

Nine years ago today I was staring at the television with my mouth wide open as I watched the second plane slam into the south tower. Little did I know that this would become my generation's JFK assassination. Both incidents were unfathomable, like something out of a comic book, and executed in plain daylight with a clear disdain for the "casual" observer. Yet somehow, despite all the evidence, the American populace has each time let it pass by with barely a whimper. If you don't know what really happened on "9/11", listen to this and educate yourself. Here's a hint: it's not what the government or mass media or even Wikipedia says happened.

Anyway this song was a regular on Martin Streek's live to air evening's on the Edge back in the day, and it's politically charged so I thought it might be appropriate today. I'm not really familiar with any of Consolidated's other songs, but I have a feeling they probably sound pretty similar.

Consolidated - Butyric Acid

What's butyric acid? Read about it here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Zolas - The Great Collapse

Who are these guys? Beats me, but they're coming to the Capital tonight. Travioli gave me the heads up on them a while back, and Fergus posted this one today to let us know that they'll be in town. They're from Vancouver and they sound like a pretty cool folky indie rock kinda dealio. This one is from the really cool website Southern Souls.

The Zolas - The Great Collapse [Live]

And oh ya I'm on at the Phoenix tonight.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Soundgarden - Beyond The Wheel / Black Rain

In 1997 the world gasped as Seattle grunge rockers Soundgarden announced that they were to be no more. As their 1994 album "Superunknown" was one of the rock albums that I listened to constantly as a teenager, this was quite a blow. Thankfully, after a 12 year hiatus, they are back. While this doesn't necessarily mean new material just yet, they are at least planning on touring. They headlined Lollapalooza this year, and are releasing a compilation album that will include a previously unreleased track that I've included as a bonus. My pick for the day is a classic track from their first album "Ultramega OK", performed live at their secret show in April.

BONUS BEATS! (sort of)

Soundgarden - Black Rain

Nice to have you guys back.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Reel 2 Real - I Like To Move It

If you listened to music at all in the '90s, you've heard this one before. Probably hundreds of times. Reel 2 Real is basically just another pseudonym of legendary New York DJ and producer Erick Morillo, with various others tossed in there when required. The lyrics are thrown down by The Mad Stuntman, who really didn't do much else after this. Doesn't matter though, this track is killer and will be played by DJs all over the world for years to come.

Reel 2 Real - I Like To Move It

Electric Circus anyone?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Electric Light Orchestra - Showdown

If you've read any kind of news today, you've probably heard that Mike Edwards died on Friday. Not that you'd recognize the name, but he died in a freak accident when a giant bale of hay rolled down a hill and hit his van. What a way to go. Mike was one of the initial cello players in the Electric Light Orchestra, a British rock group that rocked the '70s with their unique style and stage performances. ELO, as they are often referred to, had lots of great songs, but I'm picking this one firstly because Mike is playing the cello in this performance (in the black tuxedo), but also because it's probably my favourite song of theirs.

Electric Light Orchestra - Showdown [Live]

Great tune.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Slowcoaster - Patio

Slowcoaster are rocking out tonight at the Aitken Centre on campus. I saw them at Evolve in 2008 in the rain and they were arguably the best show of the festival. These guys are from Cape Breton and have a kind of funky ska-reggae vibe mixed with their jam band roots. I definitely recommend checking them out, particularly since Scientists Of Sound are also in the house kicking ass and taking names! Aw hell, let's make this a double post.

Slowcoaster - Patio


Scientists Of Sound - Indo Silver Club [Live]

Get on it!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

36 Crazyfists - Bloodwork

Wow it's been a hectic couple of days. Wednesday evening with The Franchise (and sis) and The Shawn Taylor Hype Machine was about as off the wall as it gets. We attacked the Dome in Halifax like hounds after a criminal. Cheers to the bartender who served us some kind of evil demon drink that made us wish that Thursday never happened. Yesterday was spent setting up the new room, still not finished but getting there.

The good news is regular blog service should resume starting now. For starters here's a little 36 Crazyfists with some hardcore awesomeness. This is the song that got me into them. If you're into loud angry stuff, I recommend checking them out.

36 Crazyfists - Bloodwork

Also! Cee-Lo has a legit video for that song I posted. Check it out!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Grum - Through The Night

Holy cheese and rice it's hot out. You probably know this already. Still in Halifax, so I'm going to make the most of it by heading out on the town with The Franchise and The Shawn Taylor Hype Machine. Should be epic by anyone's standards. That's how we roll. Tomorrow it's back to Freddy Beach to start my new Thursday night residency at the Phoenix for Feels Good Thursdays. That's right, every Thursday you can rock out with me and whatever wicked bands are playing, and even watch some sweet artists make crazy paintings, all for $5. What a deal.

This is a pretty funny new video from Grum. These guys make crazy retro sounding disco house beats, not unlike Chromeo. The video was directed by The General Assembly, who always like to do some really wacky stuff.

Here's another great tune.