Friend of the site Matt aka Calgary’s Extra Happy Ghost!!! has a new digital 7″ out. Got a bit more distortion on the guitar than usual, but otherwise it’s that good old folky psych he usually does. Also – an interesting Minor Threat cover on the ‘b side’.
Finally! I’m back on my blog and can talk about how awesome the new Ladyhawk album is.
Firstly – Ladyhawk is an awesome band. I remember when their first, self-titled album came out in 2006, cuz that shit was da bomb. In terms of how many other people thought so, maybe not so so much, but for me, it was a great album, and listening to it again recently, it still is. So I’m glad that after taking a couple years off following sophomore album, Shots, the Vancouver grunge-y, psych-y, and all around rock-y crew are back at it again with No Can Do.
Now, Pitchfork, in their review – and indeed, all indie rock album reviews must be compared to the Pitchfork review, these days – writer Sam Hockley-Smith wrote that this album veered more towards straight power-pop than their earlier efforts, which were perhaps more jammy, rustic, etc. There’s definitely sense to that statement – No Can Do is a collection of sharper, more hook oriented songs than previous outings by the band. But that being said, aesthetically, the album is still pretty grizzled – I’m pretty sure if you listen closely, you can hear the lead singer’s beard bleeding into the mic. And the hooks aren’t exactly prepping these guys to be Vancouver’s next New Pornographers, they’re still grimey, heavy, and noisy. So yeah, nobody worry that the band has totally changed. They haven’t.
But they have written a great collection of songs. At a sharp ten tracks and no bullshit, No Can Do is indeed, all killa no filla, and for those who loved “The Dugout” on round one, there’s a couple great big howling pop songs to be found on No Can Do, notably the title track and “You Read My Mind”, which are both fast and furiously catchy. And lead singer Duffy Driediger has such a great voice for this kind of stuff also.
So yeah, this is my pick for best album of the last week or two or whatever. Glad these stoners remembered that they’re a killer band. Hope they don’t forget again and keep us waiting another four years for the next album.
Wow – that month went by fast. Probably because I was too busy and tired to keep track of it. Crayzey. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to keep up as well with music as usual due to my not being able to access the internet for most of the week. But I’ve been doing my best during the weekend, mostly just making sure to catch the big new albums, but still, I’m checking the blogs. Here are the highlights of September.
1. Lust For Youth – Behind Curtains
2. David Byrne and St. Vincent – Who
3. Fresh And Onlys – 20 Days And 20 Nights
4. Grizzly Bear – Gun Shy
5. Sirs – Eye For An Answer
6. Dinosaur Jr. – Recognition
7. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t
8. Deekie – Happy & Wrong