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Man meets Bear

September 4th, 2016 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Ontario-based experimental-folk-naturalist project Man meets Bear released its latest album this week, the wonderful, impressionistic I Want to Be a Gallant Rider Like My Father Was Before Me. Gallant Rider…‘s songs take the form of ambient, meditative soundscapes. The album showcases a change of focus, but not a change of sound for project mastermind Soren Brothers, as Gallant Rider… continues to haunt the same primeval psychic space he explored on previous albums, but without much approaching pop song formats.

Frederick Squire

August 8th, 2016 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Fred Squire is best known as a former member of the legendary band Shotgun and Jaybird, and for his frequent Julie Doiron collaborations. These days he’s living in Sudbury, Ontario with his songstress wife Kate Maki. He released his latest solo album Spooky Action at a Distance a little over two months ago, but I just found out about it recently.

Spooky Action… is easily my favourite of Squire’s three proper solo albums. It’s a beautiful collection of mature, homespun songs played through a good tube amp, reflective of Squire’s current life as a husband and father living in a small city in relatively Northern Ontario. If you read this, Fred, please send me a zip, because I’ve maxed out my free streaming privileges on bandcamp 🙂

Weird Lines

July 5th, 2016 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Just in time for this year’s Sappyfest, a gaggle of Eastern Canadian indie rockers (including Julie Doiron) band together to put out a very nice little album on a new label called Sappy Futures.

Heaven For Real

June 13th, 2016 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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I know the Grundy bros from back when I lived in Halifax. They were making cool tunes then, and now, with bandmates Cheryl Hann and Nathan Doucet, they’re making cool tunes with shades of twee, nervy 80s art-rock and 90s indie-rock as Heaven For Real. Their excellent full length, Kill Your Memory, drops July 15th on Mint Records.

Adrian Teacher and The Subs

June 2nd, 2016 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Adrian Teacher and the Subs new album, Terminal City (out now on the excellent You’ve Changed Records), is about a couple things, including gentrification. The band is based in Vancouver – where I was last week – and every conversation in that city these days is about how young people are getting squeezed out by absurd rent and property prices coupled with low wages. While Teacher’s lyrics reflect this frustrating state of affairs, the music remains pretty upbeat and poppy, and he manages to keep his sense of humour intact.