Archive for May, 2009

Pink Mountaintops

May 31st, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

This band is better-known as the smaller side-project of another bigger band led by the same dude. It’s obvious, isn’t it. Nope, not The Raconteurs. This B.C. band makes fuzzy, semi-psychedelic rock and folk – lo-fi style. The band of the week is…




So I gotta go to sleep soon because I’ve got work tomorrow but here’s what I will write about the Pink Mountaintops: led by bearded guru Stephen McBean (who also leads Black Mountain), Pink Mountaintops began as a fuzzier, more stripped down outlet for McBean’s psych-folk…but it was pretty lame…until now.



Pink Mountaintops third album, Outside Love, is inexplicably awesome. Embalmed in fuzzy noise textures, the album’s songs are grand in their own simplistic way despite the small production and simplistic arrangements. This never sounds like a fully-fledged band the way Black Mountain does and it’s not supposed to. Even when there’s strings, drums, cellos, guitars, etc., it always sounds homely and pocket-sized. But that’s what gives it its charm.


So yeah, Outside Love, sick album and therefore Pink Mountaintops = awesome band. Get on it.

Click here to purchase Outside Love.

The Weathermaking Challenge

May 30th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

My buddies in The Weathermaking Challenge are playing tonight at The Cat’s Eye (it’s right near Museum Station, google it or something). Check it out, great band. Also, I hear the band that’s going on at 7 is amazing…

Awesome Album Covers!

May 28th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

You were wondering why people on acid stare at their hands in disbelief: it’s because their hands are staring back.

WL 464: Tigerbomb/Kat Rocket/The Electric Shoes/Grasshopper at Sneaky Dees, May 24th

May 26th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Remember Toronto II: that was the title of this Sunday’s Wavelength, in which Toronto bands that broke up as long as 13 years ago reunited to rock the pants off a next generation of Toronto’s indie kids. And did they? 

First act Tigerbomb (not the Virgin-signed electro act of the same name) was…unimpressive. Two dudes pretty much goofing around (songs?) with a guitar, keyboard, and at one point Jonny Dovercourt came up and played drums. Not that he was their drummer – he just played some drums behind them. They were none the worse for it. Sorry Doc, but the set was middling, uninteresting and indulgent. Tigerbomb had heart…but not much else :(  

Kat Rocket faired better. A pop-rock quartet with a female singer/drummer, they played a noisy but ultimately somewhat consumer friendly set of 90’s Canadian female-fronted alt-rock. Not terrible – not great either. 

The Electric Shoes were pretty good. Sounded Dinosaur Jr.-esque, big wall of noise. The lead singer was hilarious: he looked like a Jack Black in School Of Rock character in pure rock heaven, busting out heavy, J. Mascis-style solos, and jumping around, even into the crowd at one point. 

By the time Grasshopper went on the place was PACKED. Seriously, it was jammed wall to wall and everyone seemed to be really excited and there was a lot of “this is going to be really loud”. And it was really, really, really loud. Probably the loudest band I’ve seen just stopping short of My Bloody Valentine. Yeah, Grasshopper broke up in ’96, but it seems that the band’s legend lives on. Lead singer/guitarist Derek Madison – with his crazy dreadlocks worn up and those big glasses – is a conspicuous personality in the Toronto music scene and the band is namechecked several times in Stuart Berman’s recent book This Scene Is Broken. I’m glad to say that this is one case in which the band lived up to the hype. Were they loud? FUCK YEAH THEY WERE LOUD! And with two drummers they sounded ridiculously powerful, it was amazing. Their songs were great as well, sounding like an explosive mix of punk, grunge, hardcore and shoegaze. The one recording on their myspace doesn’t do them a shred of justice. 


May 24th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

This week’s artist of the week is a distinctive-voiced Canadian songwriter known for his sharp melodic sense and obscure lyrics. He’s been releasing albums for the last ten years, evolving slowly and strangely with each one. In addition to his solo work, he’s also a member of the New Pornographers, Hello Blue Roses, as well as the indie-supergroup Swan Lake. Who else could it be but…

Yes, the ever-lovable Dan Bejar has gone from making lo-fi solo four-track records to a respectable indie artist with a backing band and dedicated fan base. Though his sound has transformed from the goofy homespun pop of City Of Daughters to the synth-orchestral Your Blues to the sharp rock of Trouble In Dreams, his wiry, elastic vocals and ridiculous lyrics have remained consistent throughout the years and his various side/additional projects. 
Though Destroyer is quite an original, critics sometimes compare him to glam rock artists like David Bowie and Marc Bolan. I’ve never really thought the comparison was very appropriate, though he does have a penchant for Bowie circa Ziggy Stardust-esque guitar sounds. His vocals set the stage for sound-alikes like Colin Meloy and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth and are among the most recognizable in the indie-rock universe. 
Despite the fact that his records include a myriad of instruments and additional musicians, they always feel very much like smaller, solo-albums, possibly due to added emphasis on Bejar’s vocals and guitar lines. Strangely, his work with The New Pornographers and Swan Lake feel very much like the product of a band, despite being definitely Bejar-ian in construction. 
Oy. I don’t know, I’m falling asleep I’m so tired….Destroyer rocks. End of story.