Category: Music

Cover of Fain by Wolf People

Mundo Musique: Wolf People, Dean Wareham, Mascott, & an all-star Fela Kuti tribute

Hello everyone, and thank you all so much for all the positive comments about last week’s Mundo Musique. This week I take a look at three great, but very different bands/artists, and a quick look at the newly-released Fela Kuti tribute. WOLF PEOPLE This past weekend, I was lucky enough to catch one of Wolf People’s first-ever shows in North […]

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Mundo Musique: White Denim, DOE EYE, Crystal Stilts, Heavenly Beat, and Twitter Love

Mundo Musique: White Denim, DOE EYE, Crystal Stilts, Heavenly Beat, and Twitter Love

To welcome you back to work on Tuesday after a long weekend, here’s another group of five artists for you to enjoy. WHITE DENIM Two years ago, indie rockers, White Denim, released its terrific fourth album, D, which was critically acclaimed (FWIW it was in my top-10 for 2011) and helped raise the popularity of the Austin, Texas band.  They’ve […]

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Elena Tonra of Daughter at Terminal 5 in New York

Mundo Musique: Female led trios from the UK – CHVRCHES, Daughter and The Joy Formidable

Hey everyone, my name is Rich and I will be doing Mundo Musique on Thursdays! This past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Daughter play their largest ever headlining show in New York. They’re a very talented three-piece group from England, and I realized there are a lot of great female-fronted three-piece bands from the British Isles. Daughter, The […]

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SNFU as Enlightenment, who knew?

SNFU as Enlightenment, who knew?

Nope, I didn’t expect this. Few did, I suspect. The recent re-emergence of Mr. Chi Pig and his SNFU brethren has been as much celebrated as it was considered an impossibility. The band, the fans, the labels, pretty much everyone considered SNFU gone. The recent tribulations of Chi himself were the main contributing factor in this. For the best part […]

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Mundo Musique: Mazzy Star, The Futurebirds, 2 from Twitter, and In Retrospect

Mundo Musique: Mazzy Star, The Futurebirds, 2 from Twitter, and In Retrospect

Today, I’m introducing a new part to Mundo Musique called “Twitter Love”, which will showcase musicians and bands found on Twitter!  Well, more accurately, those who found and shared their music with me on Twitter.  And who said writing only 140 characters was a bad thing?  Finally, I’m going to show the video of an artist that was featured here […]

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Mundo Musique: Three Acts from New York – Wet, Metal Mountains, and Doug Keith

Mundo Musique: Three Acts from New York – Wet, Metal Mountains, and Doug Keith

I was recently in New York and got a chance to squeeze in some live music in between work and other stuff going on (I’m in New York – the city that never sleeps).   This week’s Mundo Musique, therefore, is dedicated to three acts that I saw in three nights with my friend Rich Moses. ******************* Wet As one of […]

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Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

When I travel for work, like I am right now, I often travel alone.  After the meetings are over, it can be a lonely place.  Often, I’m just too tired to get out to see the town, or I have an early morning departure home so I’m stuck at the hotel.  The room is quiet and there isn’t the warm […]

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Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

I’m a stickler for atmospheric, chillwave, synth-pop, which I like to simply call “escapism” – music that just makes you close your eyes and think of a world that doesn’t exist, lifts you up, and at the end puts a smile on your face.  Ok, maybe that’s just me. To put you in my frame of mind, we commence the […]

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Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

There’s the old adage that behind every great woman/man there is a great person.  This often holds true for musicians and bands, where a producer can make a good album great and a songwriter can make the music uplifting and the lyrics mesmerizing.  Such is true with Devonté Hynes.  He’s collaborated with notable bands like The Chemical Brothers and written […]

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Mundo Musique: Courtney Barnett, Hydrothermal Vents, and a Super-Indie Group from Montreal

Mundo Musique: Courtney Barnett, Hydrothermal Vents, and a Super-Indie Group from Montreal

We’re going to kick off the week with songs from three acts: a young, Australian, singer-songwriter; a two-person Montreal band; and arguably the biggest indie band in the world today, who also hail from Montreal. —————- We’re going back Down Under to kick off your Monday. This one is by young Australian, singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. Her indie-folk sound resembles early Bob Dylan, […]

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Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Whether you are a highly invested music fanatic (like we are) or a casual fan, you’ve probably been exposed to artists from Down Under, where the music scene has exploded the past decade.  No longer can Australia be associated with Midnight Oil, INXS, or AC/DC, there’s a new generation of talented musicians making waves around the world (even Russell Crowe […]

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Mundo Musique: Max Frost, “White Lies”

Mundo Musique: Max Frost, “White Lies”

I stumbled upon this song by Austin-based Max Frost while searching for music earlier this year. This track, “White Lies”, is one of my favourites of the year, easily in my top-10. There are hints of Beck (when he goes electric – I’m borrowing this phrase from my friend Jon in Virginia) and Danger Mouse. It’s a groovy track that […]

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Mundo Musique – Neko Case’s “Night Still Comes”

Mundo Musique – Neko Case’s “Night Still Comes”

In the inaugural review of Mundo Musique, I thought it would be appropriate to feature an artist who frequently visits Ottawa – either at Bluesfest or performing at the Bronson Centre or hopefully at Folkfest one day – and could be considered an honorary Canadian, having spent time in British Columbia and is a member of super-indie, Canadian outfit The […]

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Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

My love for Fevers is true. After an uber-promising debut EP last year (Passion is Dead), they have grown into a full-fledged album act. Their debut full-length, No Room For Light is classic synth-pop. A tight mix of live instruments and electronics (not to mention hella groovy vocals), Fevers are going to turn your iPod into a dancefloor. The songs drift […]

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Remembering 1991 with Tom Stewart

Remembering 1991 with Tom Stewart

Last night, we recorded our make-up session with Slo’ Tom (formerly of Ottawa’s legendary furnaceface). After we wrapped the interview (which was mostly about his current band, we started reminiscing about the good ol’ days, and Tom started telling us about what happened when Nirvana blew-up in 1991 with Nevermind. The story has been told before, as many “alt-rock” bands […]

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