Category: The Revue

Mundo Musique: Beck

Mundo Musique: Beck

For those who like: Beck (there’s no comparable) I think this is going to be my shortest Mundo Musique feature since starting this 6 months ago because there isn’t much to say — it’s friggin’ Beck! Beck returns with his first, proper studio album since 2008’s Modern Guilt, unless you count the “play-it-yourself” Beck Hansen’s Song Reader that was released […]

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Mundo Musique: Jesca Hoop

Mundo Musique: Jesca Hoop

Last week, Northern California native Jesca Hoop released her latest project, Undress. Hoop has been releasing music for while now, her first LP, Kismet released in 2007. Like the title suggests, Undress features songs that are stripped down musically, mostly just to guitar. All of the songs on Undress were on Hoop’s 2009 album Hunting My Dress. Hoop’s has drawn […]

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Mundo Musique: Ash Grunwald and Richard Perso

Mundo Musique: Ash Grunwald and Richard Perso

In North America, blues-roots music is making a strong comeback, thanks in large part to the work of Gary Clark, Jr., whose interpretation of this great genre has captivated audiences young and old. However, in the “land down under”, Australians have long embraced the music that B.B. King, Taj Mahal, and Buddy Guy made popular decades ago. Over the past […]

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Mundo Musique: Five Fun and Cool Indie Names

Mundo Musique: Five Fun and Cool Indie Names

We’ve been toying with the idea of writing “lists” every once in a while. One idea was to identify some fun indie band names. After some procrastinating, we have to thank Artemis Thomas-Hansard of The Village Voice, who wrote this entertaining ramble titled, “The History of Terrible Band Names”. Yes, some of his arguments are irrational and contradictory (e.g., animal-based […]

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Mundo Musique: Amason

Mundo Musique: Amason

Ben and I started Mundo Musique as an International music column, and lately I have mostly been writing about American acts, but that changes today. There’s a lot of amazing music coming out of Sweden, and a lot of incredible bands, like Miike Snow, and Dungen. Members of both bands, Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow, Gustaf Estjes of Dungen, and […]

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The Revue with Orienteers

The Revue with Orienteers

How cool is this? I get to sit with the most amazing people and just shoot the shit about music. All while drinking beer. Best job ever. In today’s episode, I sat down with Ben Wilson and Tom Thompson from Orienteers to hear about their life on the low end. If you’re not familiar, these guys perform a sort of […]

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Mundo Musique: Comeback Queens – Neneh Cherry and Rachel Ries

Mundo Musique: Comeback Queens – Neneh Cherry and Rachel Ries

Today, we celebrate albums coming out by two great musicians, who are releasing their first solo albums in years. NENEH CHERRY For Those Who Like: Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, St. Vincent In 1989, acid-wash jeans and denim jackets were in style, Converse shoes were trendy, and my beloved Calgary Flames won their first and only Stanley Cup. It was […]

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Mundo Musique Album Preview: Slothrust – Of Course You Do

Mundo Musique Album Preview: Slothrust – Of Course You Do

For fans of: Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Pinkerton-era Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Screaming Females Last year, I wrote a very short intro to Brooklyn-based grunge trio Slothrust, and their untitled-at-the-time album made the list of albums we’re looking forward to in 2014.  One day after we posted that list, Slothrust announced they would be releasing Of Course You Do on Ba […]

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Mundo Musique – Young Fathers and Ephrata

Mundo Musique – Young Fathers and Ephrata

YOUNG FATHERS For Those Who Like: K-os, Shabazz Palaces, Massive Attack, TV on the Radio Young Fathers is a self-described “psychedelic hip hop band” by Edinburgh, Scotland. I guess that’s one way to describe this young band, whose music combines many genres – hip hop, R&B, rock and pop with heavy percussion and staggered melodies. While melding together so many […]

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He Had a Hat

He Had a Hat

When Jews Were Funny directed by Alan Zweig February 7th – 10th Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street Classic joke: when a lifeguard presents a mother her barely saved son, she deadpans “He had a hat”. The answer to the title of doc maker Alan Zweig’s latest is of course, “always”. On some sort of strange quest, Zweig tries to explore […]

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St. Vincent — Be Ready to be AMAZED

St. Vincent — Be Ready to be AMAZED

31-year-old Annie Erin Clark, mostly recognized by her stage name, St. Vincent, is a baroque pop, art rock indie musician from Oklahoma, United States.  Annie’s stellar vocals accent her eccentric melodies by stringing some of the most beautiful stimulating chord progressions to construct her musical masterpieces. Annie said, “I always look at any instrument as just a tool, an expressive […]

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Mundo Musique: Nedelle Torrisi

Mundo Musique: Nedelle Torrisi

Californian singer-songwriter Nedelle Torrisi has been making music for a long time. Her parents were musicians, and she has been performing since she was a child.  She’s toured with a bunch of acts, Deerhoof, Destroyer, Magnolia Electric Co, Xiu Xiu, and most recently opened for Julia Holter.  She’s also collaborated with Xiu Xiu, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, and Half-Handed Cloud. […]

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Mundo Musique: Vamos and Rachel Thomasin

Mundo Musique: Vamos and Rachel Thomasin

Today, the focus is on two, young, emerging acts on different sides of the musical spectrum, but both are poised for breakouts in 2014. VAMOS For Those Who Like: METZ, Japandroids, The Misfits, The Black Keys, P.S. I Love You I remember hearing Vamos for the first time early last year when they released Heatwave, which had a much more […]

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Mundo Musique: Ex Hex

Mundo Musique: Ex Hex

For those who like: Helium, Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney. In late 2013, Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss stated in an interview that Wild Flag, an all-female supergroup containing members of Sleater-Kinney and Helium, had run its course.  This led to speculation that Sleater-Kinney is heading towards a full reunion.  Former Helium member Mary Timony may have been lost in […]

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Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Starting today, I’ve added a new section called Sound Bites, which will just be tracks that artists have randomly released or have released as a teaser for an upcoming album. But first, let’s get started with a couple of bands with new albums out. Dum Dum Girls For Those Who Like: Frankie Rose, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Go-Gos For […]

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Mundo Musique: Nicole Atkins and Kaki King

Mundo Musique: Nicole Atkins and Kaki King

A lot of great albums are going to be released in February, Nicole Atkins’ Slow Phaser has been on my radar for quite a while, and I finally got to listen to it ahead of its February 4th release! Also, last week, Kaki King announced she is working on a project involving a new stage show, read about it below and […]

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Mundo Musique: Damien Jurado and Axxa/Abraxas

Mundo Musique: Damien Jurado and Axxa/Abraxas

DAMIEN JURADO For Those Who Like: Neil Young, Nick Drake, Bon Iver, Over time, I’ve begun to truly appreciate the masterful work of Damien Jurado, the Seattle-based singer-songwriter who last week released his 11th album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. For the last three albums, including Brothers and Sisters, Jurado has teamed with Richard Swift (an accomplished singer-songwriter himself) […]

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Mundo Musique: Marissa Nadler

Mundo Musique: Marissa Nadler

Boston based singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler has been releasing some great music over the last few years.  Her music is chilling, haunting, and beautiful. On February 4th, Nadler will release her latest album, July. The album doesn’t feel quite like an album that would be named July, it definitely represents its release month, February much better. Unlike her self-titled 2011 album […]

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Mundo Musique: The Pack A.D. and Morgan Delt

Mundo Musique: The Pack A.D. and Morgan Delt

Today’s Mundo Musique is dedicated to two musical acts coming out with albums tomorrow – albums that should be part of anyone’s collection. THE PACK A.D. For Those Who Like: The Black Keys, The White Stripes, Joan Jett, Savages Back in September, I had a chance to speak with The Pack A.D. following their performance at the Ottawa Folkfest, at […]

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10 Tweetable Moments from the 2014 Grammy Awards

10 Tweetable Moments from the 2014 Grammy Awards

Ok, so I was going to Tweet my thoughts on the Grammy Awards last night, but didn’t get to it. So, here, especially after my appearance on CTV Morning Live today, here are my most tweetable moments from the show, in no particular order. 1 The greatest rock show of all time was cut short by producers, with ads playing […]

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