Category: Audio

Shearwater – “Jet Plane and Oxbow”

Shearwater – “Jet Plane and Oxbow”

I discovered Shearwater in 2008, when I asked my good friend Ryan (now lead singer of Seattle’s Sister Girlfriend) to send me some new cool music. He sent me Shearwater’s 2006 album, Palo Santo (Expanded Edition), and warned, in the way that cooler friends often do, that I probably wouldn’t like his voice and that his songwriting would be a little […]

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New Singles from The A.M. Resolution

New Singles from The A.M. Resolution

When I met up with Ottawa band The A.M. Resolution last June, the folk-rock duo was about to enter the studio to record their first songs as a band. These songs have now been released as an a-side and b-side track. “Now You Know” is a folk-rock tune about the perils of a rebound relationship, especially when you’re not quite ready to get […]

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James Leclaire to release new album ‘These Weights’

James Leclaire to release new album ‘These Weights’

    “These Weights” is James Leclaire’s fourth album in four years. “I have a busy mind,” he says. A storyteller at heart, Leclaire is constantly making up stories and turning them into distinct songs. His latest album consists of a collection of stories about the weights each of us carry on our journey through life. “In life we have so much on our backs, […]

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The Sword decapitate predictability

The Sword decapitate predictability

Here’s the simplest (if not best) way to explain why Texas-based metal titans The Sword are thoroughly awesome: As evidenced by the appearance of guitarist/vocalist John D. Cronise in the AV Club’s sorely missed Random Rules column, they get funk. Up comes Kool & The Gang’s ‘Get Down on It’ and Cronise says, “I listen to a lot of different […]

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Sing House Studios: A passion for singing

Sing House Studios: A passion for singing

Chantal Hackett is well-known in the Ottawa music community. As a singer-songwriter, Hackett has two albums and she is currently putting the final touches on a new CD, which she hopes to release this summer. But while she is well-known as a singer-songwriter and performer, she has been gaining attention and accolades as a voice and performance teacher. She founded Sing House Studios in […]

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One on One with The A.M. Resolution

One on One with The A.M. Resolution

For Andrew Michelin, lead singer and songwriter for Ottawa folk-rock band The A.M Resolution, music has always been a passion. His high school days were spent writing songs and playing in different bands. Performing was new and fun, and it was exciting. But after getting married and having children, Michelin had a hard choice to make: that of setting music aside and pursuing a more stable career. Still […]

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Photo by Ida Bova.

Conversation with The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band

The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band is a folk-rock duo from Almonte, a small town south-west of Ottawa, made up of James Walters, aka Jimmy tri-tone, and partner and bandmate Randelle Ashley who coined the name because of James’ three-toned beard. What started out as a fun nickname would eventually become the band’s actual name. The band released their first EP Wanted in October 2014. While […]

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Encore – Murder (Episode 1)

Encore – Murder (Episode 1)

Welcome to Encore, our first podcast series. The whole idea of this first bunch of podcasts is to show off some serious Canadian talent, organized into thematic episodes. We’ll have shows featuring many well-known and lesser-known Canadian acts, each episode based on a theme such as “Blue”, “Wave”, “Sex”, etc. Today, by luck of the draw, our first episode is […]

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One-on-One with Blue Blue Satellite

One-on-One with Blue Blue Satellite

Come Together Boys, the newest single by indie artist Blue Blue Satellite is not only beautifully haunting, but very engaging both musically and lyrically. Come together boys! Join the battle boys! Horses saddled boys! Hear the battle noise! We’re defined by the way the way that we stand and we fall Compromise catches up to the best of us all Twist […]

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Building guitars with Canadian folk award winner John MacDonald

Building guitars with Canadian folk award winner John MacDonald

John MacDonald doesn’t let many people enter his guitar workshop. It’s small and messy, but it’s also everything you’d expect from a room where guitars are built – filled with all types of wood and tools. Since assembling his first guitar about twelve years ago, he’s provided some of Ottawa’s finest musicians with a unique look and sound. But apart from constantly searching for ways to improve his […]

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Yukon Calling: interview with Kate Weekes (audio)

Yukon Calling: interview with Kate Weekes (audio)

I first met Kate Weekes in mid-October. It was still dark outside as I pulled up to her parents’ house in Ottawa around 6:45 am. She needed a ride to Toronto to attend a music conference and since I was driving down, I offered a lift. She had just come back from the Yukon where she’d been living for more than a decade. […]

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Sunday afternoon with Kelly Sloan (audio)

Sunday afternoon with Kelly Sloan (audio)

As I drove up to the Old Mill at Ashton just off Highway 7 southwest of Ottawa, I didn’t know what to expect. The building is reminiscent of England’s pubs with its black and white siding. The Ashton Pub, as it’s commonly known, is actually the first original English pub in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. That afternoon, the room […]

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Interview with Ottawa songwriter Lynne Hanson (audio)

Interview with Ottawa songwriter Lynne Hanson (audio)

It’s been several years since Lynne Hanson‘s last album. Four years to be exact. Going that length of time without releasing a new record can be daunting for an artist, especially in today’s industry. But Hanson had no other choice. An alcohol addiction had taken over her life. Hanson is now back refreshed and stronger than ever. River of Sand, her […]

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Photo Credit: Mauricio Ortiz

Gold & Marrow Talks New Name and Album (audio)

Gold & Marrow, formerly known as Shannon Rose and The Thorns, released their new album Forever in early fall. The ten-song album proposes a new departure for the band, with captivating melodies, luscious instrumentation and a new-found emotional strength in Rose’s voice. I met up with Rose and Steve Matylewicz on a sunny Sunday afternoon in late September to talk about their new name and record.   Check the […]

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CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

James Leclaire sings with a gritty voice (think Steve Earle but without the booze issues) and I’ll admit that I first thought it was affectation. James is a super friendly, clean cut guy from the Ottawa Valley, and to meet him is to meet a man with a big smile, quick wit, and really positive attitude. In short, this is the […]

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Hear the new single from PS I Love You, “For Those Who Stay”

Hear the new single from PS I Love You, “For Those Who Stay”

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Interview with David J (Part 2, audio)

Interview with David J (Part 2, audio)

And welcome to part 2 of my conversation with David J (formerly of Bauhaus, and Love and Rockets). In this part, we talk a lot about his work in theatre, and then switch gears to talk about his brand new album, An Eclipse of Ships. We Skype’d a few months ago when they were just finishing up production, artwork, etc. […]

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Capital Revue: New Swears

Capital Revue: New Swears

Somewhere between The Beach Boys, The Gruesomes, and the far reaches of hell, lay New Swears.

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Interview with David J (Part 1, audio)

Interview with David J (Part 1, audio)

I was a little young for the first run of Bauhaus, but was prime age for Love and Rockets in the late 80s and early 90s (I don’t know what colour your eyes are, baby, but your hair is long and brown), and immediately recognized that these guys were my kind of people. The music from both those bands was […]

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Capital Revue: Our own Megan Landry Releases Powerful New Track

Capital Revue: Our own Megan Landry Releases Powerful New Track

Not only is Megan Landry a writer, student, performer, video producer, and (yes!) a Revue contributor, she’s also a great talent. Here’s her latest single.

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