Category: Music

Review: The Creeps’ Eulogies

Review: The Creeps’ Eulogies

Never a band to create love songs or to get too happy, The Creeps have delivered a new LP with a strong title: Eulogies. (Now available for pre-order, ironically, through It’s Alive Records.) The songs range from Buzzcocks-styled power pop to Ramones-styled rawk. This is classic-sounding 70s punk rock, with three chords and a lot of heft. Lyrically, though, The […]

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Hidden Gem: The Districts

Hidden Gem: The Districts

I’m not writing about The Districts because they played two fantastic shows at the Ottawa Bluesfest or that we had a fun interview (o.k., maybe those played minor roles), but rather this is an opportunity to revisit some great music produced by a young, emerging band over the past year. Established in 2009 when they were in their mid-teens, Rob […]

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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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Sloan Releases New Single, “Keep Swinging (Downtown)”

Sloan Releases New Single, “Keep Swinging (Downtown)”

One of our (well the Canadian contingent’s) favourite bands, Sloan, announced yesterday they will release a double LP called, Commonwealth, on September 9. The title, well, is very Canadiana, but its meaning is much deeper – each band member was given one side of an album to feature their “solo” work. Each album side was named after a card suit […]

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New Singles: “Dizzy” and “2014” by bentcousin

New Singles: “Dizzy” and “2014” by bentcousin

Twins Amelia and Patrick Murphy co-front the whirling indie rock band bentcousin. On July 1, they released the 7″ single “Dizzy”, a whirling pop tune that will take you back to the UK in the ’70s. In a similar vein but in a more of a Velvet Underground style is the brooding number, “2014”, which is on the flip side. […]

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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: Oakland’s Phosphene share “Metric” off their upcoming LP

Mundo Musique: Oakland’s Phosphene share “Metric” off their upcoming LP

Oakland, California band, Phosphene, are releasing a new self-titled album on July 26, and you can help them out via their indiegogo campaign.  “Metric” is a really cool indie rock track with female vocals and just a really cool vibe to it.  Their LP was recorded at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco with producer Kelley Coyne who worked with one […]

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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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Mundo Musique: New Track from King Tuff & Album Announcement

Mundo Musique: New Track from King Tuff & Album Announcement

King Tuff, a personal favourite of ours, announced today that he and his band will be releasing this fall a new album, titled, Black Moon Spell.  To celebrate, the indie rocker released the first single, “Eyes of the Muse”, which you can see below. Black Moon Spell drops on September 23 on Sub Pop. You can pre-order it here.

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Mundo Musique: Ferrill Gibbs

Mundo Musique: Ferrill Gibbs

Mobile, Alabama songwriter Ferrill Gibbs is releasing his next album, Significant Trees on August 12.  He released an absolutely fantastic single ahead of the record called “The Happy Ones”. It’s an amazing, building song that starts out with just some lightly brushed drums, and piano, fiddle, vocals, and guitar join in before it becomes a huge sound.  Gibbs isn’t alone […]

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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: City Walls Autumn Falls

Mundo Musique: City Walls Autumn Falls

For fans of: Bob Dylan, The Lone Bellow Originally from Australia, City Walls Autumn Falls are a band of brothers, Anthony and David Gill, now based out of Brooklyn, NY.  On June 24, they released their latest record, Factory, which was recorded in a barn in Woodstock, NY that is supposedly haunted.  Reading that, you are probably not surprised these two were highly […]

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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: School of Seven Bells release a cover of Joey Ramone’s “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)”

Mundo Musique: School of Seven Bells release a cover of Joey Ramone’s “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)”

Joey Ramone wrote “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” when he was dying from Lymphoma, the same disease that took School of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis’ life in 2013.  This cover was recorded during Curtis’ time in the hospital on his laptop with Alejandra Deheza recording vocals in a studio while FaceTiming Benjamin. It’s a completely different, yet […]

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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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