Archive for March, 2009

New Bob Dylan Song: Beyond Here Lies Nothin’

March 30th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

So in case you haven’t heard, (I barely managed to catch it), Bob Dylan has unleashed one track off his new album, Together Through Life, as a free download on his site. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! The song will only be available for one day, namely, today. So if you haven’t downloaded it, get on it. And if it’s too late…well, April 28th isn’t that far away anyways…or maybe it is…

Anyways, is the song any good? Yeah, it’s not bad, but it’s not amazing either. On the plus side, Dylan’s backing band sounds great and the production gives the song a dense, exotic, almost voodoo vibe that’s not too far from the sound Daniel Lanois gave him on Time Out Of Mind. That being said, the song is straight blues (I don’t how Dylan’s gotten away with doing it for over 40 years but still I’m totally diggin’ it. When other artists resort to it though, I can’t stand it). And my biggest gripe with it is that Dylan’s usually a master of incredible opening lines, but here he starts it off with, “well I love ya pretty baby.” What? Come on man, seriously?
Still, the rest of the lyrics aren’t bad and the song’s key phrase/title, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'”, is pretty good and there’s a couple decent lines throughout the rest of the song. Most importantly, Dylan clearly hasn’t simply dropped the ball he’s been bouncing so inexplicably well since TOOM. The song shows he’s still in strong form and hopefully, in keeping with every album he’s released since TOOM, the slower songs will more than justify the blues romps.

THE GREATEST THING EVER

March 28th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment


Yes. The Greatest Thing Ever has arrived. The soundtrack of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been remixed with MCing courtesy of Dre, Doom, Common and others. It’s pretty awesome. The crew that put it together’s called Team Teamwork so yeah, if you’re looking to dl it, google something like Team Teamwork Ocarina Of Rhyme or something. Otherwise you can hear it here.

Awesome Album Covers!

March 25th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Looks like the Ents have discovered Dark Side of the Moon and Zeppelin 4…and they used to be such nice saplings…

Still Life Still Officially Signed to A & C

March 25th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

About two years ago, me and my band at the time, The Fancy Claps, played a show at The Cat’s Eye down on the U of T campus. It was a benefit show for something. Something to do with getting corporations to stop funding genocides. One of the bands on the bill was Still Life Still. I was about to leave with my friends right before SLS was about to take the stage but I decided to stick around to just hear one song of their’s to see if I might like it. 

I stayed for the entire set and was blown away. I immediately asked Brendon if I could join the band. That’s how floored I was. Unfortunately, Brendon didn’t let me join the band, as he was happy with the set-up they had at the time. Damn. 
But we started talking from time to time and I told Brendon, “You guys could totally be on Arts and Crafts. You’d be perfect for the label,” and Brendon was all like “maybe…you know…if we get offered…I donow…”. Something like that.
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Today in the A and C newsletter it has finally been officially announced that they’ve signed SLS. Though those of us from the T.O. scene have known about this for a long time already but, at last, it has now become official. 
Still Life Still will be releasing an EP in June and a full-length in August, according to the announcement. Martin Davis Kinack and Kevin Drew produced. 
When I was in Toronto for the break I spoke to SLS guitarist Eric Young about the recording of the album and he said that the people they’re working with have been helped the band sound the best they’ve ever sounded. And they’ve been together now for ten years. 
Not only are Still Life Still my absolute favorite band from the Toronto scene (and that’s saying ALOT), but they’re also the nicest, friendliest, coolest bunch of guys ever. I wish them all the luck in the world, but I don’t think they’re gonna need it.
2009 = The Year of Still Life Still.
http://www.myspace.com/stilllifestill

New Ungdomskulen Video

March 21st, 2009 | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

One of my favorite bands, Norway’s awesometastic Ungdomskulen, has released a new video. It’s for their song “I Dunno”. The video’s pretty cool. It’s simple; just what appears to be a stop motion filming of them playing live. But of course it’s the song that I’m more excited about. It’s really good. Not as mad and off the wall as what we’ve heard from them before, but still really good.

http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/loader.swf