Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Neverending Math

Here is a list of some of the many great albums released in 2007--see you on '08, baby!

clap your hands say yeah - some loud thunder
of montreal - hissing fauna, are you the destroyer
shins - wincing the night away
menomena - friend and foe
matt and kim - s/t
trans am - sex change
do make say think - you, you're a history in rust
the besnard lakes - are the dark horse
julie doiron - woke myself up
apostle of hustle - national anthem of nowhere

early day miners - offshore
andrew bird - armchair apocrypha
ted leo - living with the living
lcd soundsystem - sound of silver
low - drums and guns
arcade fire - neon bible
fiest - the reminder

dntel - dumb luck
germans - cape fear
blone redhead - 23
good shoes - think before you speak
young galaxy - young galaxy
voxtrot - voxtrot
the national - boxer
battles - mirrored
wilco - sky blue sky
the sea and cake - everybody
bjork - volta
frog eyes - tears of the valedictorian
cinematic orchestra - ma fleur
dapple city - granddance
great lake swimmers - ongiara
shapes and sizes - split lips, winning hips, a shiner
miracle fortress - five roses

st vincent - marry me
editors - an end has a start
spoon - ga ga ga ga ga
au - au
ellen allien - fabric 34
caribou - andorra
architecture in helsinki - places like this
figurines - when the deer wore blue
the most serene republic - population
apparat - walls
sleeping states - there the open spaces
picastro - whore luck
les savy fav - let's stay friends
kevin drew - spirit if
doveman - with my left hanf, i raise the dead
matt pond pa - last light
his name is alive - xmmr

Because I'm hardcore nationalist, I bolded all Canadian albums

Top TEN!!!

This is my proper top ten list. I was wrestling with doing the top 50 but it seems that the ordering outside of the top 10 was unfair. I was also a little apprehensive at putting Panda Bear as my top album but I have been vindicated by the release of P4K's top 50 today. All in all it appears my list falls in line with every other one released in a while so nothing to new hear or see which is disappointing but I think that 2007 was a great year for music, but a disappointing one for Hip-Hop. I am also angered by the fact that Amy Winehouse gets publicity ( I know this is in fact publicity).

1. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Panda Bear - Bros
2. Okkervil River- The Stage Names
Okkervil RIver - Unless it Kicks
3. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
Band of Horses - No One's Going to Love You
4. The National - Boxer
The National - Fake Empire
5. Radiohead - In Rainbows
Radiohead - Reckoner
6. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
7. Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth
Brother Ali - Uncle Sam Goddamn
8. The Field - From Here we go Sublime
The Field - The Little Hearts Beats so Fast
9. M.I.A - Kala
M.I.A - Boyz
10. Justice - † (Cross)
Justice - D.A.N.C.E (why not?)

Also for the record, Amy Winehouse does and always has looked like a man who I shit out on a cold sunday evening after a particularly rough lunch. As vile as that sounds it is true and I cannot apologize for that.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

8 and GOAL

Happy belated birthday Thom!

This holiday season, may your wishes pile up. Well, That's a Jim Bryson song. It was an attempt at some humour, but what the heck. Here it goes:

Jim Bryson is from Ottawa, he's a musician. Hes playing with the Weakerthans in Winnipeg on the 22nd. Go see him!

Jim Bryson's webpage
Jim Bryson's CBC3 page

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tomorrow is my boyfriend, tomorrow is where I'd like you to touch!

So for all of you tuning in to tomorrow's program, be forewarned:

The mess-ay-ay-ay-ughhhhhhhhhhh!! Jon will not be performing his regular duties; in his place, will most likely sit Patrick Craven, a good friend of ours who knows absolutely nothing about music. But does Jon really, also? Nevertheless, the show will go on and you will hear a slightly biased version of Thom and Jon's Best of 2007. At the same rate, I will not be with you for the following two weeks due to my Olympic conditioning duties in a certain Latin-American country. Those two weeks will be filled with a slightly biased show, "According to Jon."

Todays post features Major Maker, again, but this time with their heart-stopping beat, "Rollercoaster". Here is the track-list tentative for Thursdays program (with the Major Maker link)

1. Jose Gonzalez - Killing For Love
2. Beirut - Scenic World
3. Decomposure - Hour 5
4. Destroyer - Foam Hands
5. Buck 65 - Kennedy Killed The Hat (MSTRKRFT rmx)
6. Copperpot - Demo
7. Crystal Castles - Air War (CFCF rmx)
8. Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How...
9. Dizzee Rascal - Sirens
10. Caribou - Eli
11. Blonde Redhead - 23
12. Hot Springs - Headrush
13. Supergrass - Diamond Hoo Ha Man
14. Office - The Big Bang Jump!
15. Apparat - Holdon
16. Jens Lekman - You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)
17. New Buffalo - City and Sea
18. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
19. Kevin Drew - Safety Bricks
20. Shapes and Sizes - Head Movin'
21. Major Maker - Rollercoaster
22. Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Intervention (by Thom)

I think we need to rest this Sunday evening and give Jon a big thanks for hammering out the "Best-of's" in recent weeks. My update will be one big list, posted before Thursday's show.

EDIT: Exam time for jon...

Friday, December 7, 2007

Best of 07 pt. 6- Freeing Us From The Tyranny Of The Guitar

This award goes out to all those special artist who took the courage and used non-traditional rock instruments...

Its not that I hate the guitar, its just that I like the trumpet , accordion, and organ better.

The "Polka Paradise Award"...Does anybody get it?

Beirut - The Flying Club Cup / Lon Gisland EP

Zach Condon managed to woo Natalie Portman this year, and more importantly myself. His use of horns is a far more subdued than his debut effort but still ass a magic touch. The song that has been on repeat is from the EP, a reworked version of Scenic World.

Beirut - Scenic World (EP Version)

Les.Petits - EPs


Les.Petits - Best Tasting Wool in the Whole World

The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

I don't care what anybody says Intervention is one of the best singles of the year and the organ gives me chills at the start of it. Its like what would happen if Bruce Springsteen mated with a Church Choir.

Arcade Fire - Intervention

And just incase the Arcade Fire was not obvious enough.

Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna are you the destroyer?

Kevin Barns solo project now I guess. Spawned the summer single (fuck umbrella) Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse. I mean you didn't expect this album to make it anywhere on this top 50 wank-off?

Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse



The Mountain Goats reveal new album and tour dates. Keeping with the western mans tradition, they snub Detroit.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Best of 07 pt. 5- The Animal Scene

Animal Collective released easily one of their best cd's and collective member Noah Lennox know as Panda Bear released one of, if not the best album of the year. Broken Social Scene members were just as prolific this year with Feist, Kevin Drew and the Apostle of Hustle releasing new material.

The Animal Collective Vs. Broken Social Scene = We are all Winners Award.

Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

New collective, turns out to be one of their best efforts to date in my humble opinion, sadly I have never been great at discussing their sound. The only thing I know is that I love them and this album makes me feel happy in new and exciting ways.

Animal Collective - Unsolved Mysteries

Panda Bear - Person Pitch

I'm going to come out and say it, and this is all I am going about this album. Best album of the year.

Panda Bear - Comfy in Nautica

Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere

ANdrew Whiteman's band the Apostle of Hustle has a special place in my heart with it's latin influenced folk. This album was another suprise of this year, and Mr. Hustle if you are reading I am sorry about the terrible interview I gave you...

Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere

And I refuse to post a Feist Song.


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

New Destroyer, New Music

I've just discovered something phenomenal. I love experimental electronica music 50 times more than the next guy, and I love The Walkmen's "We've Been Had" and I love things that involve Ontario and Canada. Thus when I found Decompusure, who is from Elmira (Waterloo) I got really giddy and felt like smiling which is exactly the same feeling I get when Jon's sister smiles and says, "Hey!" to me (except with about half the exclamation that a normal exclamation point denotes.) Even "Hour 7" (Caleb's most pop-hit-like) is a rush.

Decomposure - Toy Electronic Drumsticks

Can also be seen here.


My twin has released some new material for his forthcoming album Trouble In Dreams out march 18 on Merge

Destroyer - Foam Hand



Best of 07 pt. 4-Your Mom

And we are back on the best of 07 road after only a minor detour through 06-ville. This is the award that goes out to all the big Indie acts out there that were able not to disappoint us this year, more specifically 3 fine gentlemen whom only need an acoustic guitar and a sweet vulnerable voice to woo us over.

The Best "Oh My God My Mom Even Likes This Song (alternatively Best Acoustic Album) of the Year are:

Jose Gonzales - In Our Nature

One of two Swedes in this category, this fine gentleman won our hearts over with his soft voice making us feel alright that there is no god... Inspired in part by Richard Dawkins "God Delusion" this album explores the depths of the human condition.

Jose Gonzales - Killing for Love

Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala

The second Swede up for this award he is a great deal happier than his countryman Jose, and he even has a Swedish sounding name, not that there is anything wrong with Jose. After promising never to make another proper album he went ahead and made another proper album.

Jens Lekman - Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo

Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

The lone Yank on this list Sam Beam's third full length release seems him rocking out, or as close to it as Iron and Wine can get. You have already heard enough about this politically inspired album so no use in saying more...

Iron & WIne - Flightless Bird, American Mouth

thanks for staying,


Sunday, December 2, 2007

Best of 2006

I think we can manage 18 more! Expect, in the forthcoming fortnight, posts of our best of 2007 clustered together.

I now focus on an artist who completely escaped out field of hearing during not only last years BO'06, but all of last year! Fionn Regan was nominated for last years Mercury Music Prize (for you Canucks, it's what the Polaris Prize ripped off, and for you Americans it's kind of like winning the Superbowl or having your nipple protector ripped off my JT.) and he has since lingered in the shadows. From Ireland, it was fitting my Irish friend recommended him to me first.

Lyrical brilliance, and a wealth of guitar ability are in all of his songs. Even better than Damien Rice, he takes a clear stab at any folk effort (good riddance David Bazan.) I give to you, Snowy Atlas Mountain.

Fionn Regan - Snowy Atlas Mountain

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Best of 07 pt. 3-Year of Hip Hop

I understand that these post have been coming fast and we are usually not this regular, so for the record let's not get used to it. 

This was my year of hip hop, never before have I ever listen to as much hip-hop that I loved  to the point where my favourite CDs of this year are hip-hop and I proudly proclaim my love for it.  This year's favourites included the albino from Minneapolis, to the tiger from England.  The Best Hip-Hop CDs of the Year are:

Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth 

Hands down the best surprise of this year was "The Undisputed Truth". This is Brother Ali's third full-length album, full of politically charged goodness.  

Brother Ali - Truth is

M.I.A. - Kala

One of my favourite live shows of the year this album from the always controversial M.I.A is a little softer than her debut but still the least accessible album of the three but if  you get into it, oh my god is it good.  I also have a minor crush on her after seeing her dance in detroit.

M.I.A - Paper Planes

El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead

The most cameo heavy album of the year El-P took five years to craft this and it regarding the quality I would wait another five.  Worth the wait, his aggressive style paints a bleak picture.

El-P - Smithereens 


Best of 07 pt. 2-Shaking of Asses

This award goes out to all of the bands, groups and individuals  that help the masses shake their asses this year.  To the Datarocks, Justices, and !!!s this year we have moved like never before. 

The Helping the Masses Shake Their Asses award will be split three ways between:


The Norwegian band's second album first had us moving with after being played on the morning show with the track "sex me up".  It was a desperate attempt on our part to drop some hints to the ladies out there.


Producing the most remixed song of the year is pretty easy when you make on of the best house albums of the year.  This album will find its way to the top ten this year and this should not be a surprise to anyone.  One of the best debut LP's of the year.  Don't worry I won't post D.A.N.C.E!


I cannot say enough about this album, or band.   Despite their ungoogleable name and tragedy striking the band in December of last year they managed to produced a phenomenal album.

OH!, I am so excited for tomorrow's post, well technically later today's post.  


Friday, November 30, 2007

Best of 07 pt. 1- Sophomore Slump?

This is the first of many post to wrap up the end of the year and this year we are doing things a little different. We will do a series of post that will highlight different aspects of this year. One of the key points that I found interesting this year was the debunking of the "sophomore slump" myth. From LCD soundsystem to the Arcade Fire nothing has shattered this myth than Band of Horses in my humble opinion.

So the first post of Mp3this's best of 07 goes to Band of Horses for Avoiding the Sophomore slump, not an easy feat for the band that wrote the single "funeral".

Band of Horses - Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
Pitchfork Record Review (criminally low)

Monday, November 26, 2007


My Bloody Valentine re-enter studio.

Want to be just like Radiohead when they grow up.

My Bloody Valentine - Blow a Wish

After I am done a paper on conflict resolution in the midst of the war on terror, I will post my top 50 of 2007. I have something special planned.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Give me some of that old fashion...

Give me some of that old fashion morphine errr... religion.

It's funny how history is always repeating its self. Well funny and sad.

I am watching the movie Inherit the Wind and the opening song is "Give me some of that Old Time Religion". Made me instantly think of this:

Ron Leary - Old Fashion Morphine


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

One more time

So here is the deal, I have finished classes for the day and I have 30 mins. to kill before I have a meeting to save the world so I think I should share one of my current favourite songs. This one comes courtesy of one, Adam Fox who lent me the album. Alejandro Escovedo, despite having the name of my future child is apparently very well-known and I was the only person not in the know. 'Sal good though because I now know and have been rocking the "More Miles than Money" live album all weekend.

Alejandro Escovedo - One More Time


Monday, November 19, 2007

Playlist - Nov 20

1. Hello, Blue Roses - Shadow Falls
2. Marissa Nadler - Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie
3. Sea Snakes - Conception Bay South
4. Ron Sexsmith - Cheap Hotel
5. Think About Life - The Blue Sun
6. The Spinto Band - Japan is an Island
7. The New Pornographers - Graceland
8. Wintersleep - Insomnia
9. Sarah Harmer - Escarpment Blues
10. Pseudosix - Under The Waves
11. Lali Puna - Left Handed Dub
12. Radiohead - Ceremony
13. Andrew Bird - Fake Palindromes
14. Architecture in Helsinki - Wishbone
15. Jens Lekman - You Can Call Me Al
16. The National - Clampdown
17. New Buffalo - City and Sea
18. The Bellwoods Crew - Carry On
19. Black Mountain - Druganaut
20. By Divine Right - I Can't Do This By Myself
21. Matt Pond PA - So Much Trouble

Sunday, November 18, 2007

26 more posts before 2008?

I have become utterly depressed under recent moon. I found out all my ideas for sculptures and installations have already been done by Maya Lin. ALL of them.

Can we post 26 more times before 2008 in order to fulfil our goal of 300 posts this year? I doubt it, but please Jon--by all means--shatter that vision.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I'm Back

Sadly my last few weeks have been very overwhelming and some things had to give, clearly one of those things was this blog. I will do my best to update but with my macbook in the shop, work being overwhelming and me not having the time I used to for new music it will be very difficult.

Anyway it is almost time for the top 50 and one band I can assure you will not make this years list will be The Killers, or The Leechs as I refer to them. This cover just might.

Astrid Swan - When You Were Young (Killers Cover)

I miss you guys,


Monday, November 5, 2007

More vacation

Sheesh. Not Jon, nor I can explain these unforeseen absences. We're loaded with work.

Jon is apart of the Jerusalem Project. He's [not] a slave, he learns, and he drinks to cope.
I am apart of the New World Order, I slave, create, and smoke to cope.

The Slip are from Boston. Listen to "Life In Disguise" because it is beautiful.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Weeks Vacation

So I'm not the boy with the cold. I've developed a bad caugh, cold/fever combo. I described it to a customer at work yesterday as "the purgatory between common cold and fiery fever." However, I've got my new winter coat on that's keeping me warm. Just a reminder to all our German readers that Apparat's new album Walls is excellent, and to attend any of his jam sessios in his native Berlin if you get the chance. I know I never will.

This post features St. Vincent, a musician who with the help of the internet (and Stereogum, Gorilla vs Bear, etc) has propelled into the hearts of many. Her voice is like Leslie Fiest, and her guitar work twice as good. She plays a beautiful telecaster (Nashville edition, with the third pickup in the middle of the pick gaurd--ew!)

Anyways, she covered The Beatles's "Dig a Pony".

Please sit still while i try to pin your flowers on.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Boy with the cold

The girl featured in the last post drove me home last night at 2am! I love her!

NPR featured Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) recently, performing some new and old tracks. It's fitting since I've got his t-shirt on from the December 10th, 2005 show with Calexico. That seems like AGES ago!

Visit here.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

It's Pledge time

Time to pledge to your favourite Campus Community Radio Station.
The Jammin' One, The Big Jammer, C to the Jam
CJAM! 91.5fm
And SOme of this years incentives...

$20 pledge = CJAM mug or CJAM Toque or CJAM Tote Bag or CD Incentive
$30 pledge = CJAM Vintage Ringer T-shirt
$50 pledge =CJAM Vintage 3/4 Sleeve Jersey
$75 pledge = CJAM T-shirt AND Jersey
$100 pledge =CJAM T-shirt, Jersey, Mug and choice of Tote Bag or Toque

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Arn't they cute?

Head over to to pledge.

Friday, October 12, 2007

List your favourite Radiohead Albums

1. The Bends
2. In Rainbows
3. OK Computer
4. Kid A
5. Hail to the Thief
6. Amnesiac
7. Pablo Honey

Yeah that's right The Bends is my favourite album, what about it?

I fully anticipate to be ridiculed for this post as I was for the Pearl Jam post.

Radiohead - Videotape


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Aunt Pearl's Jam

Whatever the nature of the name I love Pearl Jam.
I don't like Elvis, but I like Pearl Jam covering Elvis.

Pearl Jam -- I Can't Help Falling in Love with You


Monday, October 8, 2007

#4 - (!!!)

This is an early version of a track off of Kevin Drew's recent Spirit If.... The lovely Fiest and him have been dating for some time now.

Leslie Feist & Kevin Drew - Safety Bricks

Listen tomorrow morning, to CJAM 91.5fm. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Post-war Vehicle

Sounds like Galaxie 500 to me.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Eastern Bloc

England is East of us right? New Bloc Party, thanks to the good folks at Good Weather for air strikes. It is a radio rip but a good one regardless. I don't mind the track, the beat is heavy enough to dance to and that makes me happy. We will see what the new album has in store.

Bloc Party - Flux


Thursday, October 4, 2007

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

99 Problems

99 Problems mixed with Oh No's Heavy....Why not? It's the conservative dream.

333 - 99 Problems/Heavy

333 is the store code.


Dalton McGuinty makes promises. Some people break promises. Everyone makes promises, and everyone has at some time broken a promise. So don't get mad at someone for breaking promises. Especially if you go on TV about it, because it only makes you a hypocrite, John Tory.

Jon breaks promises. Like updating this blog. Interview with Hot Springs tentatively scheduled to be posted on Saturday.

Sunday, September 30, 2007


October is the month where I mope into my hopeless music stage smelling the dead leaves on the ground. Its existence is extemporaneous but I love it.

On that note, this is the first ever Death Cab for Cutie post I've made. Hard to believe such an act would bear no existence in my online persona.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Hot Springs II

I reported on them early, September 19th to be exact, but the CD just came in the mail. Hot Springs' Avalanche still maintains its superb quality. FOR THE RECORD:

Cellophane (4.2/5)
Headrush (4.1/5)
Fog and the Horn (4.5/5)
Annimyystique (4.0/5)


Thursday, September 27, 2007


I don't care what Thom says I like this song...

Today's Playlist

artist song
Flight of the Conchords- I'm Not Crying
The Weakerthans- Utilities
Wintersleep- Weighty Ghost
The Wheat Pool- Emily Carr
Maggie Faye- Lucy Please
Octoberman- Run From Saftey
Oh No- Heavy
Justice- D.A.N.C.E
Sixtoo- Part 2.
Field- The Little Hearts Beats so Fast
The Lady Racers- The Sailor Song
Prefab Sprout- When Love Breaks Down (Acoustic)
Johnathan Rice- It Couldn't Be Me
Ron Leary- Nothing's Right
Matt Pond PA- Sunlight
Black Lips- O Katrina!
The Doers- Hey There, Hoser
Radio Mosocw- Whatever Happened
The Acorn- Crooked Legs
Office- Company Calls
The Go! Team- Grip Like a Vice
The Cave Singers- Seeds of Night

This was today's playlist, it was pretty badass.

Justice - D.A.N.C.E (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Where I'm Gone

Before I fall off of the face of the Earth (warning--Jon) I shall share some good news. Matt Pond PA has returned to Detroit, and with him he brings a new EP (and new songs) to enjoy! October 5th at the Magic Stick.

Matt Pond PA - Brooklyn Stars

Come and join me next Friday!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

La Bomb

I hope Jon found his wallet. Due out in early 2008, BG's third LP will make NYC dance like it's back to the "Fever" or something.

Brazilian Girls - Crosseyed And Painless

Enjoy your weekend, if you can.

Friday, September 21, 2007


09-23 Chicago, IL - Metro *
09-24 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
09-25 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall *
09-26 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis *
09-27 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre *

Not nearly close enough to warrant seeing Iron & Wine live.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


The Crofoot
Sept 27 - Holy Fuck
Sept 29 - Small Sins
Sept 30 - Deerhoof
Oct 23 - Dave Bazan
OCt 29 - The Hold Steady (w/ Art Brut)
Oct 30 - Film School

Majestic Group
Oct 4 - Sea and Cake
Oct 5 - Matt Pond PA (Magic Stick)
Oct 9 - Of Montreal

The Fillmore (inevitably the former State Theatre)
Oct 10 - Regina Spektor

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hot Springs 250

Does anyone else suffer from random spurting confidence roller coaster rides in the field of mathematics?

Welcome to autumn. Or soon enough, my calendar tells. On the personal notes, I'm getting new glasses, making new music, reading familiar texts and faces. The hallways have become accustomed to my silhouette so much so in fact that they bear little mass in my mind, thus alleviating the boundaries school places on many idle teenagers. I am warmed.

Hot Springs are new Montreal material, but they're solid. The song "Head Rush" faced its name and stacked my mind with the aforementioned thoughts. "Cellophane" carries a 70's rock and roll bass line that is only recognizable to the most ear-tuned; the voice of lead singer Giselle transforms the accustomed into unique in a pseudo-Karen O (sans stress) harmony that surpasses any preconception of direction.

Check them out!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

In The News.

Ron Leary hates the people who made him famous and gave him lots of money.

Sunday, September 16, 2007


I wanted so badly to post a track from this album when I first heard it a couple months ago,but like so many things in life, I forgot to. Something reminded me of it today though so I guess that is good enough reason to warrant finally posting it.

Just an update, the FAM fest was awesome and if you missed it you probably missed one of the highlights of the forthcoming school year.

Oh No - Heavy
I will pay someone to rap over this because I think it would sound phenomenal.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Post #247!

Bear with me.

the national - brainy
brian borcherdt - flight
by divine right - soft machine
sebastien granger - young mothers
forest city lovers - dont go, please
architecture in helsinki - do the qwhirlwind
the breeders - cannonball
clap your hands say yeah - in this home on ice
grizzly bear - knife
im from barcelone - chicken pox
jim guthrie - hands in ym pocket
lali puna grin and bear
lcd soundsystem - movment
major maker - track 07
pas cal - little red radio
patrick watson - slip into your skin
peter bjorn and jhn - amsterdam
pixies - monke ygone to heaven
sir salvatore- ambalina

Monday, September 10, 2007

You probably love us

Hey smooth jazz, smooth criminal. I've got some special K never heard before shit right here. Rare Caribou steak.

Caribou - Yo Yo

Our challenge to Mr (C)honkey will be given on air, circa 7:15am Thursday September 13th, 2007. Be prepared, be willing.

You Probably Hate Us

You probably hate us because we do not update. I apologize. I have been extremely busy lately... far busier than Thom, but that is neither here nor there (I kid, I kid Thom is a better person than I could ever be). But enough with these apologies lets get to some rock.

I rocked out all day to this song so I thought it would only be fair to share it here:

Young Galaxy - Wailing Wall

It's funny because I work with the Jerusalem Old City Initiative and I was listening to this song to keep my mind on topic.

Also in Radio-land news the always unpredictable Chris Chonkey White has challenged your two favourite Thursday morning radio hosts to a competition of sorts. He challenged us to play music on Thursday that we have not played for months. I decided to one-up him and state that we (I) will play music that we (I) have never heard before. So look forward to some awesome unheard, uncensored potentially dangerous and terrible music on Thursday morning.

Now what should we counter-challenge him with?

A Jon

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

How we roll


1. wolf parade - shine a light
2. snailhouse - salvation army
3. the shins - australia*
4. royal city - cabbage rolls
5. ron sexsmith - jazz at the bookstore
6. patrick watson - slip into your skin
7. pas/cal - little red radio
8. the paper cranes - rabbit in a snare
9. mocky - fightin away the tears
10. the meligrove band - isle of yew
11. major maker - track 7
12. julie doiron - i woke myself up
13. friday morning's regret - wooden sky
14. forest city lovers - dont go, please
15. entire cities - marshalls lost 5 years
16. the bicycles - australia

*The Royal Canadian Solute of the week, for Elle.

Back to the routine

Hey y'all, new discovery: Spoon are coming to Detroit on October 13th. We're already going, in fact we're already there.

Spoon, who represent Austin, TX, are touring their new release Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. The single, must I add their great single, "Don't You Evah" is phenomenal. In fact, I've got a cover of it down pat. Great song. Sadly, I don't think it's actually theirs. A fellow Texan quartet split up before the release of their 2nd album and had tracks lying around--Spoon did not wait. Who is this band? Comment-answer and we'll get you a prize, the word of Thom.

Spoon - Don't You Evah

Who'll be at Crystal Castles/Metric?

Friday, August 31, 2007

I am a man who keeps his word.

I am a man who keeps his word roughly 75% of the time. Why 75% of the time you may ask? Well, any less than 75% and others would perceive me as unreliable, flaky and even potentially a liar. While if I were to keep my word more than 75% of the time, say roughly 80% or god forbid 90% I would be looked upon as reliable and potentially have more responsibility thrust upon myself that would dwindle my precious free-time down to nothing. I believe I have found the happy medium.

Now without further waiting on your part I have the two mp3's that I promised from the "Guilty by Association" Compilation.

Petra Haden - Don't Stop Believing

Goat - Sugar, We're Going Down Swinging


**Downloads should now work.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New Band of Horses.

New Band of Horses single is now released on their myspace, but I actually took the effort to tag it properly so you don't have to do it yourself.

Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost

Fucking wonderful. If this is the first track on the album, which i suspect it may very well be then the second song it leads into is sure to be wonderful. This has potential for album of the year.

Speaking of "Album of the Year", I think compilation of the year may go to this bad boy.
If possible I will try to get an mp3 of this up ASAP. But for now the Devendra Banhart's cover of Oasis's "Don't Look Back in Anger" on youtube will have to do.

If anything this release provides a healthy amount of irony with a satisfying aftertaste of pure unadulterated joy. Guilty pleasures indeed.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I lied, that was not my last post. I'm too kind, and too easy on your eyes. This is the most amazing list of upcoming CD's ever. Wintersleep, Sunset Rubdown, The Acorn, Holy Fuck, Tokyo Police Club (even though I'm against Saddle Creek) and Metric.

Sep 18 - Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew - Spirit If...
Sep 25 - The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain
Sep 25 - Stars - In Our Bedroom After The War
Sep 25 - The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour*
Oct 2 - The Most Serene Republic - Population
Oct 2 - Wintersleep - Welcome To The Night Sky
Oct 9 - CBC Radio 3 Sessions Volume III
Oct 9 - Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover
Oct 16 - The Diableros - Aren't Ready For The Country
Oct 23 - Cuff The Duke - Sidelines Of The City
Oct 23 - DJ Incognito - A Captured Moment In Time
Oct 23 - The Evaporators - Gassy Jack And Other Smells (CD/DVD)
Oct 23 - Holy F*ck - LP
Oct 30 - Buck 65 - Situation**
Oct 30 - Tokyo Police Club - Smith (EP)
Oct 30 - Metric - Up In Flames

In other news, check out Peter Mansbridge and the CBC's!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Grumpy Forever

Hey cats and kittens (irony),

I'll be posting no more this summer. My affair with you is coming to its inevitable demise, foreseen with my duties being served elsewhere later this week and early the following. I'll be heading up to Toronto briefly to catch a show with my pal Pat, a Windsorite by choice (school) and score with the University dean's. Nonetheless, I've scouted out a wicked show to visit. For all you Torontonians awake and reading, head on over to The Boat this Wednesday night (@ 158 Augusta, just south of College) for a night filled with Prairie Cat and Gravity Wave.

Prairie Cat is where it's at right now for me. I'm in this musical stage where obscurity pisses me off, and anything with a G chord in it makes me want to hit something. But Prairie Cat isn't typical, nor does it matter if the songs involve a G chord, because the heartly-pop-goodness is what makes my Synapse lightning bolts content. The song "Trust Don't Rust" could fit in on Oh, Inverted World with it's bubble-sixties melody well-suited for what I've read to be a former Menomena opening slot. Myspace golden track "Payin' The Rent" would equate well on a new, hypothetical Jim Guthrie release.

I'm stopping no shorter than "I'm very excited to see them live in Toronto" with the exception of my prayers rooting for an all ages venue.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

New Boss

New Bruce Springsteen record is coming... seriously. New track too... really. Fuck John Cougar Melloncamp.

Bruce Springsteen - Radio Nowhere


Friday, August 24, 2007


The new school year calendar of events:

September 10 - Blonde Redhead @ Majestic
September 24 - Metric w/ Crystal Castles @ Saint Andrews Hall
September 29 - Caribou (formerly Dan Snaith's Manitoba) live in Waterloo
October 17 - Wilco @ Fox Theatre
October 21 - Do Make Say Think @ Magic Stick
October 24 - The Weakerthans @ Magic Stick
November 5 - Malajube @ Magic Stick

These are just a few of the many great projected shows in Detroit.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Losing California

I love this song. I remember being in grade school and waiting for this song to be played on the radio just so I can put it on my famous mixtape, which included such 90's classics as Gin Blossoms, Bush and Blur's "Song #2".

Woo Hoo indeed!

Thom played it this morning which reminded me why I love this song. Also it reminded me that if Thom goes to another University like he plans I may have to kill him.

Sloan - Losing California (CBC Radio 3 Sessions)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Out of respect for the little guy, working hard to live the artists live in NYC. The attempted modern convention. Consulting post-war novelties, idealistic pessimism. Perfect match for few. Living on greens.

Les Savy Fav put on a show; just search Youtube. My first encounter with the crazy-rock-giants was during the Brendan Leonard Show back in 2004, where Big-B would choose one of his many favourite college-indie-rock bands for the soundtrack to each show. Thankfully he hooked me up to favourites like The Promise Ring, VHS or BETA and Les Savy Fav back in the eighth grade.

Les Savy Fav - What Would Wolves Do

Remember this tune, kids.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Confessions of a Hip-Hop Fan

"I think we are all in the closet about something"

One of the most definitive comments that anyone has ever uttered into my often inattentive ears. This statement although often reserved for those of us that chose to lead an alternative lifestyle, I will be using for another lifestyle choice. The Hip-Hop lifestyle. I know what your mind must be conjuring up at this point and no doubt the main thoughts are ones of confusion, mainly why would a Middle-Class suburban male who does not have a single ounce of oppression or alienation in him be listening to the very music that came to symbolize the release valve for the youth suffering from these things in the inner-cities of the world. Well my friends it is time for us to leave our respected closets and come out to the world.

It is our time to say, "World, I am here and I am a hip-hop fan!"

No longer should we fear the condescending stares of others for our love of an art form that has evolved over years and still has not garnered the respect it deserves. Well my friends I am here to tell you....

I really have no idea where I am going with this post. Seriously, comparing hip-hop to homosexuality?

Monday, August 20, 2007


I'd like to thank everyone who frequents this blog. I also love it when you comment on the content too, and not on spelling "fly-bys".

Michael brought me to a good point tonight: It seems that people (musicians) who purposefully create music to try and establish an aesthetic for that geographic landmark fail more often than not. Thankfully, bands like Hey Rosetta! who are from the obscure Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador don't try to do that. I say this reluctantly, but it's almost agreeable to the relationship indie label Saddle Creek shares with America both geographically and aesthetically. Artists on the label who are located in central America (Beep Beep, Maria Taylor, Azure Ray to name a few) vary uniquely. Contrastingly, one would say Saddle Creek musicians croon like my deaf Sheltie Wishbone, but think of the other "croon-tune-lovin" beasts anchored geographically. Polyvinyl in Illinois, Deep Elm in North Carolina anyone?!?! Regardless, this spark of musical inquiry (social theory of indie music) is interesting.

Here's the track listing to the Thom show.

Hey Rosetta! - Another Pilot
Pinback - Fortress
Spoon - Don't You Evah
Rhume - Snack of Choice
Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month
Rogue Wave - Lake Michigan
Daniel Johnson - Casper
Voxtrot - Loan Shark
Patrick Watson - Man Under The Sea
Caribou - Sundialing
Emily Haines - Succexxy
Final Fantasy - Peach, Plum, Pear
Major Maker - Wonderful
Wolf Parade - I'll Believe In Anything
Land of Talk - Street Wheels
Miracle Fortress - Next Train
Think About Life - The Blue Sun
Ohbijou - Anabacus
The National - Minor Star of Rome
The Russian Futurists - Your Big Brown Eyes and My Big Broke Heart
Small Sins - Stay
Sea Snakes - Conception Bay South
The Weakerthans - Utilities
Jim Guthrie - Nighttime/Anytime
The Blankket - Hey Ya!
The Phonemes - Municipalities
Matias Rozenberg - Small Fires Burn Bright
The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour
Spy Machine Sixteen - Autobiography: Some notes on what's been called "Internalized" racism

Friday, August 17, 2007

Slow down and breathe

Sometimes I feel as if CJAM is actually much much larger than one can conceive of in the on-air studio in the middle of the CJAM building, which sits idle in the basement of the CAW Student Centre at the University of Windsor. Sometimes it's almost as if the stars align perfectly, and there are synchronous values within Canadian independent music sources.

Take for example, todays generous feature on CBC Radio 3's blog: The Mohawk Lodge. The Mohawk Lodge are a band, of course, from the west coast on Vancouver's White Whale Records (alongside Castle Project and others). They've got a brand new CD out that's been playing like mad all over Canada and CJAM alike, but their debut features one of my favourite off-day songs. By off-day, I'm referring to the times when one can tap their feet without worrying of the coming evenings events, or when you just want to match the vocal harmony and the end of Making Music when he croons "Slow down and breathe", and you do so.

Well, it was those off-day qualities that prompted me to bring in a couple Mohawk Lodge tracks the very first day Jon and I did the Breakthrough on CJAM. If I'm not mistaken (which I might be, but still it's equally congratulatory that my memory is still somewhat accurate) The Mohawk Lodge's track "Making Music" was the first song I played. Regardless of if it was, or if Jon requested Cadence beforehand, it was a damn long time ago. Coincidence it must be, that we ran across their debut LP Rare Birds yesterday before our show and decided to spin "Making Music" one more time. But what an even greater coincidence is the fact CBC3 posted their song of the day today as THE MOHAWK LODGE - MAKING MUSIC!@!!

This is the second time CBC3 has copied Thom and Jon in the morning, with the first time escaping me at the moment. Here's a cool band.

Hey Rosetta! - Another Pilot

Slow down and breathe.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Where have all the rhubarb boys gone?

Where have they hidden? I've been away, but Jon has just not updated! I've yet to indulge in certain books, yet to redeem coupons that expired today and yet to reach equilibrium. Here's all I got tonight, as it's been a long week.

Ron Sexsmith will be in Amherstburg this upcoming September 6th for the Erie Shores Wine Festival. Tickets are 20,00$ in advanced. This song is from Blue Boy, released back in 2001.

Ron Sexsmith - Cheap Hotel

Hey you in the car, stay out of my bedroom! You weren't invited and you wouldn't know what to do anyways.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Take down

God awful is the PEI university campus. Here is a sample of some of the tracks you'll be hearing in just 5 hours on CJAM 91.5 fm.

1. Eulogies - One Man
2. Sunset Rubdown - Up on your Leopard, Upon the End of your Feral Days
3. The Most Serene Republic - Sherry and Her Butterfly Net
4. The Weakerthans - Night Windows
5. The Constantines - Draw Us Lines
6. Tay Zonday - Chocolate Rain
7. Good Shoes - It's Imposible
8. Kyp Malone - Playhouse
9. Destroyer - Streets of Fire
10. Dntel - I'd Like To Know (Ft. Lali Puna)
11. Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy
12. Ten Year Drought - Kill This Month
13. Regina Spektor - That Time
14. Ohbijou - St Francis
15. Final Fantasy - The CN Tower Belongs To The Dead
16. Great Lake Swimmers - Motion Picture Silent Film

The whole "mp3thisface" is going offline tomorrow (today) so Print Screen to your wildest fantasies boys and girls and children and mothers and sisters and daughters and wives!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Two Hours Traffic

You know when you find that one thing in your life and it just works like a great song, and you never want to let it go. Well this song is very much like that good thing, although "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" reminds me of the good (some may even say great) thing this song is slowly becoming a close second. Two Hours Traffic hail from the hideous campus of Prince Edward Island University** yet somehow manage to make beautiful music.

Two Hours Traffic - Jezebel


**I can say this because the campus is in fact much uglier than my own University of Windsor.


I'm leaving the new layout, maybe for another week or so. A few days won't hurt, would be nice if could save it like this (huddle laughing).

The new few days will feature some new and anticipated Canadian indie from a variety of genres. First and foremost are The Weakerthans, who are going to put out their 4th album (in over 10 years of existence) this fall. It's titled Reunion Tour, on-par with the short stump album names they go for (Fallow, Left and Leaving and Reconstruction Site) and an arm lengths behind tracks like Psalms for the Elks Lodge's Last Call and Confessions Of a Futon Revolutionist. This new one is called Night Windows.

The Weakerthans - Night Windows

If only they toured Detroit. Oh wait, Wednesday, October 24th - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick AA/18+. Although not listed on the Majestic's website, it's on Ticketmaster-which makes it official. This will make up for missing them on December 18th, 2004 in Detroit-the last time they got over here, 3 years ago.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Planning to Conspire

Mad props right away goes out to Jonathon Nehmetallah. While I was sick, alone in my sweaty bed, Jon and compadre Norman (which I have a stuffed duck-fake duck-of the same name) did an excellent job taking over The Breakthrough. My cold held me like a crystal in my bed and then on the couch while hours stacked to nearly 3pm. Jon ultimately never got his phone call, which I apologize for, but it doesn't matter--not because I'm a rude friend--but because I'll make it up by taking him to a ballgame. His eyes better not slip past that last sentence, which appears to be against him if it were not for the second half.

Nevertheless, this is a music blog and not Livejournal. I would officially proclaim this digital flag-in-the-ground a living organism of music journalism, but I'm afraid the definition of journalism in America includes the necessity of getting paid. Thus we are not journalists, but isolated bloggers. Fair enough, I say, thanks again Jon.

This is the new license plate for Oklahoma. Funny, isn't she? The music portion of this post goes to my main man, the fist of action against institutionalized racism, Mr Tay Zonday. I didn't hotlink, also.

Tay Zonday - Chocolate Rain

But next Thursday marks a tremendous landmark in the Northern, Indie Blog Hemisphere. The flag-in-the-ground I spoke of earlier returns here: next week is the official reunification of Thom and Jon, the forces of good and evil, respectively. Our show will revamp ourselves totally, revamp up the ramp to purity. Starting when school does, in the all-but-too-soon future: the return of your favourite Canadian indie program a la CJAM 91.5 fm, redefining radio in Windsor and Detroit.

For there have been too many crying mothers, crying babies, crying fathers--whose distress, at the cause of the dissolution of segments such as The Royal Canadian Solute, City vs. City and Rock, Paper, Scissors--can only be reversed with the reinstitution of segments such as The Royal Canadian Solute, City vs. City and Rock, Paper, Scissors. I thank you, reader, listener, and more importantly friend, for getting through all of this, and understanding the sentiments in this post, and in every post we get to share with you.

This is not a letter of resignation,

With Love,
Thom (1/2)

P.S You didn't think I'd really post "Chocolate Rain" did you? But then you actually downloaded it and realized it's a good song.
P.P.S Equally qualified Jon? You think Norm is equally qualified? What the fuck is this nonsense?

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


The worst formatted post we've ever done.

Basquiat Strings, from England.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

RIP Ingmar Bergman

Today my favourite director died and I can't help but feel a little bit sad. He was retired so I didn't expect to get any new films from him but now knowing that even the possibility of new material is gone turns my gut.

Full Story Here

On a more pleasant note thanks to mp3this reader Gbenga, I have moved my ass and decided to post the Cat Power Show today. Hopefully the host for the file works out. Due to the constraints of my schedule for the last month I was unable to divide and edit the mp3 but hopefully everyone can enjoy the raw unedited file.

Cat Power Live at The Majestic in Detroit


*8Hopefully the file download should work now.

Monday, July 30, 2007

The Rest Will Follow

Help me not be sick.

Shotgun and Jaybird - Secret

Help me enjoy summer.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Our Love is all of God's Money

This Post goes out to two people.

1. Steve Injic. He is the sexist pudgy man I have ever known, and my legacy who along with my little brother are my gift to this world.

2. Chris "Chonkey" White. The best music director on the planet. period. That's all there is to it.

Chonkey is so fucking cool that he supplied the CJAM studios with an audio cd of Jess Tweedy's new DVD. Without further rambling on my part so I can get some sleep here are two songs one for each respected individual.

Jeff Tweedy - The Thanks I Get (Live) For Sir. Chonkey
Jeff Tweedy - Acuff-Rose (Live) For Sir. Steve.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I skipped my last party

From England, a dedication to a friend. It's still just a demo, but good.

Cajun Dance Party - Colourful life

Listen in some 12 or so hours, at 6am EST, to Mornings with Thom and Jon on CJAM 91.5fm. Bringing to you the fanciest ear food in the Windsor-Detroit market.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Toronto band Major Maker is famed online and in the living rooms of many for appearing in a commercial for Maynards Candy. The band has only recently put out an official full length (an early release has been in my hands shortly but is a bit different) and their unreleased track "Rollercoaster"--which appears in the commercial--will be available on iTunes in Canada July 31st.

Major Maker - Window

Who's hungry?

Monday, July 23, 2007

O B jzhou

Mission Memoirs, Series I, Part I, Take III

As I'm perusing through the selection of Ohbijou videos that Youtube has to offer, I run across a promotional video; the type record labels will often use. It was very interesting to watch because of the unorthodox style of promotion. Need not exercise memory of offshoot antics, need not apply here. The video was more concerned with their current story, practising in their basement as friends--7 of them together--telling stories of moments in time. But at 2:08 into the video, I notice a bright red shirt with capitalized, bolded Times font reading "Bolohan Constr." Mr Bolohan, of Bolohan Construction, was my fathers good friend from University. The company was started both by his brother and himself, in Tilbury. Me being observant? Yes, as always. Me being surprised by the condensed nature of this world? Not at all.

Although not close to being a Phiten titanium necklace, this song sure makes me croon for love.

Ohbijou - The Woods (Demo, recorded live)

The Ontario band is gaining some incredibly deserved recognition for their debut album Swift Feet For Troubling Times. Thankfully, wherever I go to school next year will be within a couple hours tour distance from the band. Henceforth, a chance to see them live. I hope they like the young fans...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Tokyo Police Club + Saddle Creek

Tokyo Police Club has signed to Saddle Creek Records of Nebraska.

Full Story Here:

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Great Canadian Thunder Stealing Incident

Oh me, oh my. The White Stripes in Canada. I never would've thought, after being turned on to White Blood Cells when I was still just a young kid, that their grandeur would afford them the most enthusiastic tour I can recall inside the The Great White North. Nevertheless, their secret shows all across Canada (one of which my cousin in London was able to witness, before they played the John Labatt Center) were on par with the ever praised holy grail of Canadian indie, when Montrealers The Arcade Fire completely wowed the audience of a 200-seat Polish church (in which stood a former principal of mine who scored tickets online.)

At the core of all of this is good, honest fun. The White Stripes need not showcase their talent, extravagant ways or wardrobe to us citizens. We understand them. And when the premise for their Saint John show involves playing a single chord/single drum beat, you know they understand it's all just fun too.

____LINK++++ (To the video of the entire show)

The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba (Live at the Hotel Yorba)

It's rumoured when Jack and Meg were married, they spent their honeymoon at the Hotel Yorba.

Monday, July 16, 2007


Tales, Tape I, Take VI

Snailhouse - Birds and Bees

Michael Feurstack means something. Remember his name.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Cat Power

The audio from the show will be put up as soon as I can find an hour or so to fix it up. Until then these pictures will have to hold you over.


Tales, Tape I, Take V

I don't like spoiled children as much as much as Sebadoh doesn't. But I also don't really think that fact has much to do with the intent of their song, "Spoiled Children" which by the way, was on the soundtrack to NYC-based film Kids. Alongside the score were the likes of Daniel Johnston, The Folk Implosion and did I say Sebadoh?

Sebadoh - Spoiled Children

Go buy the film!

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Tales, Tape I, Take IV

FROG eyes
WOLF parade

Swan Lake - A Venue Called Rubella

Off of Beast Moans, from Jagjaguwar.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Andorra Tomorrow

Tales, Tape I, Take III:

The new Caribou (formerly Dan Snaith's Manitoba) album is out very soon. Because this is a music site and not a personal blog, here's the song.

Caribou - Eli


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Itchy Thumb

Tales, Tape I, Take II:

Chris Bathgate is a solo musician from Anne Arbour (spelt correctly) on Quite Scientific Records. Quite Scientific is based in the same city and puts out friends records, etc but most importantly have a solid line-up of artists like Chris himself, CANADA, and I Am A Bolt Of Lightning. This song is great, and he is touring Michigan! Michigan! Michigan!

Chris Bathgate - A Flash of Light Followed By

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I have post content for the next straight week.

Tales, Tape I, Take I:

The Cinematic Orchestra is a musical project that changes vocalists to suitable artists deemed appropriate. The upside to this is a diverse catalogue of songs, but the overpowering downside would be the completely unconceivable idea of touring. An artist would simply sing one song for 3-4 minutes, and spend the next 23 hours 56/57 minutes waiting. However, Patrick Watson (who was recently added to the shortlist for the Polaris Prize, see post below) has a beautiful voice. This song is grand.

The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home (Featuring Patrick Watson)

You'll notice the theme is overridden joy.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Polaris Prize

The Polaris Prize Short list was announced about an hour ago and it goes as follows:

The Arcade Fire "Neon Bible"
The Besnard Lakes "...Are The Dark Horse"
The Dears "Gang Of Losers"
Julie Doiron "Woke Myself Up"
Feist "The Reminder"
Junior Boys "So This Is Goodbye"
Miracle Fortress "Five Roses"
Joel Plaskett Emergency "Ashtray Rock"
Chad Van Gaalen "Skelliconnection"
Patrick Watson "Close To Paradise"

You may or may not have noticed that both hip-hop and the West Coast were almost completely snubbed this year. Chad Van Gaalen is the lone westerner. Oh Well, maybe their hard-on for Montreal will subside before next year.

You may or may not have also noticed that The Breakthrough has played EVERY band listed above, and was without a doubt the first show on CJAM 91.5fm to play Miracle Fortress (in specific, Thom's favourite track "Next Train")

Monday, July 9, 2007

Monsters Under My Bed

There have been monsters under my bed for as long as I can remember and I refuse to believe otherwise.
That is all.

Yes I know he was stereogum's artist of the week last week, but I don't care because I have something they don't and according to my half-ass google, hype machine, and search nobody does.

The fun-fucking-tabulous Mp3

Eugene McGuinness - Monsters Under the Bed


PS Thom needs to stop his ego masturbation ASAP. And so help me if he edits this.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Skip [to] my lu[v] Detroit

Time for some trivia! Our online Royal Canadian Solute this week goes to Philly's own First Unitarian Church, who host not only church services but some pretty cool concerts as well. Pretty funny considering the Fresh Prince rap a-la-previous-post.

Girl Talk Live:
07/04 Morrison, CO Red Rock Pavillion
07/14 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
07/18 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
07/27 Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Block Party
07/28 Louisville, KY Forecastle Festival
08/04 Baltimore, MD Pimlico Race Park
08/09 Indianapolis, IN Talbott Street
08/10 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
08/24 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom
09/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
09/12 Toronto, ON Phoenix*
09/15 New York, NY Webster Hall*
09/17 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church*
09/20 Charlottesville, VA Satellite Ballroom*
09/21 Asheville, NC Orange Peel*
09/22 Atlanta, GA MJQ Concourse*
09/27 San Diego, CA Epicentre*
09/28 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex*
09/29 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore*
10/04 Lawrence, KS The Granada Theatre
10/05 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
10/06 Iowa City, IA The Picador
10/11 Calgary, AB The Warehouse
10/12 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
11/01 Houston, TX Engine Room
11/02 Dallas, TX Palladium Loft
* w/ Dan Deacon

Hey, did anyone else notice GT isn't coming to Detroit?


Friday, June 29, 2007

The Wizard of...

A short post from Thomas now commences:

Hey, sorry for the delay. This past week has been my freedom week before another 4 weeks of school comes this way. I also have been keeping busy by riding my bicycle for 5 hours a day.

Black Moth Super Rainbow are from West Pennsylvania, born and raised; on the playground is where they spent most of their days. Chilling out, acid-ing, relaxing all cool and producing some tripped out music outside after school. Until a couple of guys, who were acting all mean, started playing drums into a tape machine. They got in one little fight and their moms got scared, but they grew up and got better making music more fair.

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Forever Heavy

* (Stars)

Stars are coming out with their fourth full-length album, the follow up to 2004's stellar "Set Yourself on Fire". The album will be called "In Our Bedroom After The War" and will be out September 25th on Arts and Crafts Records.

The lead off single will be "The Night Starts Here"

August and September are shaping up to be some rough months for my credit card.


Monday, June 25, 2007

Oh No! Oh My!

Who's in the mood for fun airy pop? You? Me? All of us? The boys from Austin are back with a new EP, a new tour, a new label, and a new lease on my heart. Between the Devil and the Sea will be released on Dim Mak Records on August 7th, 2007. And Keeping with the tradition of bands that I enjoy they will be missing Detroit... :(

US Tour Dates:
July 5 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
July 12 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom
July 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar *
July 17 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones *
July 18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
July 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour *
July 20 – San Diego, CA @ Beauty Bar @
August 10 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Café
August 13 – Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s %
August 14 – Montreal, QC @ Main Hall %
August 15 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace %
August 16 - Cleveland , OH @ Beachland Ballroom %
August 17 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub %
August 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry %
August 21 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey %
August 22 – Vancouver, BC @ TBA %
August 23 - Portland , OR @ TBA %
August 27 - Tucson , AZ @ TBA %
August 29 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves %
September 1 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon %
September 2 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree %
September 3 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn %
September 4 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %
September 5 – Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel %
September 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar %
September 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA %
September 8 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge %
with The Deadly Syndrome + Let’s Go Sailing!
@ with The Deadly Syndrome
% with Au Revoir Simone

Oh My! More Info!
Oh No! Oh My! - The Party Punch


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Donovan Woods

My new favourite singer-songwriter. Not much to say about him other than that I have fallen in love with his album, "The Hold Up". The songs are simple and the lyrics aren't terribly complex, which reminds me of Bright Eyes, but I can bear him for more than five minutes at a time. Actually he doesn't remind me of Bright Eyes I just needed a quick comparison. So if you hate Bright Eyes (amen) don't worry I promise you will like this chap.

The Myspace
Two Times Music.
Donovan Woods- He Drinks Gas
Donovan Woods - Virginia Firm


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New Kevin Drew, Presented by BSS

"On September 18, Arts & Crafts will release the first in a series of "Broken Social Scene Presents" albums. Spirit If... by Kevin Drew, unfolds like an emotional comic book. Drew's songwriting addresses all his favourite topics: fucking, fighting, fearing and hope.

BSS co-founder Brendan Canning will also release a solo album, due in early 2008. Drew and Canning decided to make records as solo projects, drawing in the social scene community to play key supporting roles, in a return to the creative process that was the initial spark for BSS."

Who hasn't wanted to read an emotional comic book that included fucking, fighting and fearing?

So I'm just going to pretend in my mind that all of these Broken Social Scene Presents albums, are just new Broken Social Scene albums and judge them as such.

Kevin Drew - Tbtf


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Nordique Music

Fresh from Québec is a new music scene; the growing trend is well produced and composed electronica music (De l'influence de Stereolab, probelement.) The artists are prominently Millimetric, Montag, Tiga and Akida, today's feature.

Nordique music is the label that Kim Gaboury (Akido) runs. The music has a lot less to do with MSTRKRFT but rather the Dan Snaith (Manitoba/Caribou) subtleties. My favourite song from his 2005 album Playtime is the Oriental "China Babies." A live __VIDEO__ for the song can bee seen there, a set opening for Malajube. An mp3 is available on his __WEBSITE__. His brother Martin also has __HIS__ music project.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Immaculate Machine

Immaculate Machine is Brooke Gallupe on guitar, Kathryn Calder on keyboards, and Luke Kozlowski on drums. The band I suppose is most famous for there relation to The New Pornographers through Kathryn. I have become obsessed with the incredibly epic song "C'mon Sealegs" and the cd has even infiltrated into my older Michael Buble lovin' sister's itunes playlist.
The Myspace
A live set from Winnipeg

Immaculate Machine - C'mon Sealegs*


Just a Note this is hosted on Xdrive so hopefully it downloads properly.