Category: Albums

Mundo Musique: UK Producer Ian Halsall

Mundo Musique: UK Producer Ian Halsall

With Bluesfest behind us, it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming. And to change things up, I’ve decided to feature a gentleman who has been involved with the music industry for  some time, but after a bit of break is again making waves. You may not recognize the name Ian Halsall, but back in the ’90s he […]

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Mundo Musique: The Electro-Disco of LA’s MOTORFIGHTR

Mundo Musique: The Electro-Disco of LA’s MOTORFIGHTR

When I saw the words MOTORFIGHTR in my inbox, my immediate reaction was that, with such a name, the band must be a hardcore, heavy metal band . When listening to it the first time, my reaction was, “This is really good.” Upon second listen, “This is awesome.” On third listen, I didn’t utter a single word but instead danced […]

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Mundo Musique: Luluc

Mundo Musique: Luluc

For those who like: Tiny Ruins, Gregory Alan Isakov, Mutual Benefit, Phosphorescent Luluc, the indie-folk duo of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett from Melbourne, Australia will release their second album, Passerby tomorrow on SubPop.  Their debut, Dear Hamlyn, was a beautiful indie folk record, and Passerby builds on it, thanks to help from Aaron Dessner of The National, who co-produced […]

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Weekend Stream for July 11: Morrissey, Trampled by Turtles, Honeyblood, and Luluc

Weekend Stream for July 11: Morrissey, Trampled by Turtles, Honeyblood, and Luluc

Here’s your weekly stream for the weekend of July 11. It kicks off with the return of a rock icon. Morrissey is back with his long-awaited album, World Peace is None of Your Business. For American audiences, you can stream it on NPR. In the UK, you can listen to it at NME. Unfortunately, there is no available Canadian stream […]

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Mundo Musique: Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night

Mundo Musique: Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night

Ben and crew are out at Ottawa Bluesfest, and I’ve been here, in New York most of the week posting a bit more than usual, and I wanted to take an opportunity to write about an artist I really like, and wrote about in the past, but didn’t really do justice, Birdie Busch.  I wrote about her last year, but […]

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Mundo Musique: Hydrothermal Vents

Mundo Musique: Hydrothermal Vents

I first saw Montreal’s The Hydrothermal Vents last September at the Black Sheep Inn, where they stepped in for The Pack A.D., who couldn’t make it to the gig due to van troubles. They only had a handful of songs at the time, as they were still writing new music for their first long player. Their show was fun and […]

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Mundo Musique: Old Crow Medicine Show release “Remedy”

Mundo Musique: Old Crow Medicine Show release “Remedy”

One of the most popular bluegrass acts in the world, Old Crow Medicine Show have been releasing fine music for a little over a decade and a half.  Their brand of old styled folk songs has captivated audiences around the world, playing many festivals including Newport Folk and Bonnaroo. Their latest record, Remedy, was released last week, and it’s a […]

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RBC Bluesfest Follow-Up: Lucius’ 7″ Genevieve

RBC Bluesfest Follow-Up: Lucius’ 7″ Genevieve

Lucius, the indie pop quintet from Brooklyn, New York, played two superb shows at the Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday, including a memorable 90-minute, intimate performance in the Barney Danson Theatre. The band is still touring in support of last year’s excellent Wildewoman and just last week they released a special edition 7″ vinyl of their superb single, “Genevieve”, via Mom + […]

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Mundo Musique: An Ethereal Journey with Fifi Rong

Mundo Musique: An Ethereal Journey with Fifi Rong

The term “globalization” is often associated with the increasing interdependence and, to some degree, the alignment of national economies. It is often used to describe travel, where the world is becoming “smaller” with jumbo jets being able to travel for more than 9,500 miles and the internet, channels like The Discovery Network, and books like The Lonely Planet bringing cultures, locations, […]

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Weekend Stream for July 4: Braid, Matt Kivel, Cloud Boat, and Eagulls

Weekend Stream for July 4: Braid, Matt Kivel, Cloud Boat, and Eagulls

Here’s your Weekend Stream for July 4th long weekend. Happy 4th of July to our American friends and family. Braid – the alternative emo band – returns after 15 years away. While they’ve changed physically, the music remains great. You can stream the new album, No Coast, on CBC Music and NPR. Matt Kivel has a new album coming out next […]

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Mundo Musique: Gold Cult

Mundo Musique: Gold Cult

Chicago duo Gold Cult released their debut EP, the 5 track Been Still in January of 2013. The music of Gold Cult can be described as a combination of dream-pop and jazz.  Next week, on July 8, they will release two new singles, “Round and Round” and “Lafayette”.  Both singles are very different sounding.  “Round and Round” is an experimental track, […]

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Mundo Musique: Brazil’s Baleia

Mundo Musique: Brazil’s Baleia

Back to focusing on bands from outside our usual countries (Canada, US, UK, Australia) to celebrate the global event currently taking place in Brazil, the World Cup. I’ve never gone to Brazil. The closest I’ve ever been to experiencing anything remotely Brazilian is eating at a Brazilian steakhouse, but I’m not even sure that was authentic. And my earliest memory […]

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Mundo Musique: Midlake

Mundo Musique: Midlake

For fifteen years, Midlake has been producing music reflective of the ’70s LA music scene – gorgeous melodic, psychedelic folk-rock. So many bands have attempted to replicate Midlake’s work, but very few have succeeded (more recently, Local Natives, The Amazing, and Lord Huron have done extremely well). It is music that is pleasing, calming, and great to listen to on […]

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Mundo Musique: Tune-Yards

Mundo Musique: Tune-Yards

In May, New England’s Merrill Garbus, also known as Tune-Yards, released her third album, Nikki Nack, on 4AD.  Garbus is known for her quirky style of performing music featuring her unique voice, herself on drums, ukulele, and many other instruments, and her seemingly endless supply of energy. Garbus definitely takes after many different influences. There’s a huge Afrobeat influence in […]

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Mundo Musique: Be Calm Honcho

Mundo Musique: Be Calm Honcho

With the explosion in indie music and DIY artists, having an eye-popping (and sometimes perplexing and nonsensical) name is almost as important as having outstanding music. And in many cases, the two go hand-in-hand, where the music matches the creativity behind the name. One such band that hits the mark is Be Calm Honcho, the four-piece, indie outfit from San […]

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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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Mundo Musique: SkyBurnsRed

Mundo Musique: SkyBurnsRed

On Mundo Musique, we’ve featured plenty of bands of the “symphonic” or “orchestral variety. There’s the orchestral/choir pop of bands like The Belle Game, Ephrata and Ages and Ages. There was also the fascinating space-rock orchestra Flowers of Hell. In addition, we’ve looked at melodic, brooding rock bands, like Wolf People and Arboretum, post-metal bands such as WTCHS, and multi-genre-laced […]

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Weekend Stream (June 27): Old Crow Medicine Show, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Matthewdavid, and PS I Love You

Weekend Stream (June 27): Old Crow Medicine Show, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Matthewdavid, and PS I Love You

Here’s your weekly feature of new albums being streamed before their official release dates. There are, however, only a handful of albums that will be released next week, likely due to the various holidays in Canada (July 1) and the United States (July 4). That said, there is still some great music to listen to. Old Crow Medicine Show return […]

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Mundo Musique: Circulatory System Return with “Mosaics within Mosaics”

Mundo Musique: Circulatory System Return with “Mosaics within Mosaics”

For Fans of: Olivia Tremor Control, The Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Beatles Athens, Georgia’s Circulatory System came to be after Elephant Six co-founder Will Cullen Hart’s previous band, The Olivia Tremor Control, went on hiatus in 2000. On Tuesday, June 24, Circulatory System released their latest album, Mosaics within Mosaics. The album is almost an all-star lineup […]

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Mundo Musique: The Graceful Self-Titled Debut of Phox

Mundo Musique: The Graceful Self-Titled Debut of Phox

Phox, the multi-instrumental band of six friends from Baraboo, Wisconsin, have established a fine niche for themselves with their unique take on indie music. It’s difficult to characterize the band as they’re a bit of many things – folk, pop, alt-country, Americana, New Orleans jazz, brooding bluesy folk. On their self-titled debut album, the collective have captured the essence of […]

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