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Roadtrip To Sappyfest Video

August 16th, 2014 | Features | 0 Comments

This is a little video I made of my roadtrip to Sappyfest. Enjoy ūüôā

Sappyfest 9: Day 3

August 4th, 2014 | Features | 0 Comments


Day 3 began with the event Universal Dawn in the Sackville community garden.¬†This mostly consisted of prose and poetry readings, but also featured a set by¬†Rose Melberg (Softies, Tiger Trap, million other bands). Admittedly, I didn’t pay too much attention to the readings, since I was writing yesterday’s review through most of them, and in any case was more interested in Rose Melberg‘s set. She played solo electric and it was simple, sweet, charming.

I missed the Asphalt Watches screening, but grabbed a coffee and saw¬†Banded Stilts‘ set of very ‘clean’ Canadian indie-folk. I don’t find the genre the most interesting of all genres, but I don’t have anything against it, and Banded Stilts ably performed a well-written set of songs. I would say the exact same thing about the not-dissimilar music and performances of¬†Olympic Symphonium and Baby Eagle, who both played later that day.


Rae Spoon – now based in Montreal – followed them and, as with Banded Stilts, I also find Spoon’s music a little too clean, too ‘Indie 88‘, but, even taking this into consideration, Spoon is¬†clearly¬†a songwriter of incredible skill and honed craft, reflected both in her music and lyrics.


Skipping forward a couple hours, Mike Feuerstack (Snailhouse, The Wooden Stars) performed the best set I’ve ever seen him play. It was probably the fourth time I’ve seen him, but only the second time¬†with a¬†full band. And this band had their stuff¬†down. Though Feuerstack’s songs work just fine when played solo, a great backing band blows them up into epic widescreen. They also picked picked a phenomenal bunch of Feuerstack’s songs to play.

Following him, Basia Bulat was another performer of the fest who¬†was maybe a little too ‘clean’-sounding for me.


Sackville locals¬†Shotgun and Jaybird followed her. I’d never heard them before, but I loved their lazy East coast vibe. They kept things especially loose, taking turns alternating between guitar and drums. I had heard a lot of loving praise for the underdog band and I’m beginning to see why – looking forward to checking out their albums.


And then… it was the Constantines turn. Things¬†got crazy. The Cons are an amazing live band to begin with, and they met a hugely enthusiastic audience at Sappyfest. People were moshing hard from start to finish, and the crowdsurfing got so out of control that surfers were getting stacked on top of each other. I never knew how awesome¬†“I Will Not Sing A Hateful Song” is live.

I saw a bit of Halifax rapper¬†XXX CLVR‘s set but wasn’t feeling it, so I left the Legion to go grab a beer at the bar Duckie’s.


Sometime around 2:00 am Halifax’s¬†Quaker Parents played a set at The Shed (literally that). I caught the end of it. It was cool. And then I had to sleep.

But wow. Sappyfest was one of the best music festivals I’ve ever been to, if not the best, period. The whole experience was utopian – beautiful people, great music, an amazing and gorgeous location, with outdoor markets and cool coffee shops and a zine fair…I wish we all could’ve just stayed there and decided to live our lives there like that forever. If I can come back next year (and the year after) I will. Because I get it now. Sappyfest is just a magical festival that attracts, for the most part, people who really care. Not about the bro-ing out and getting drunk and big name bands, but the real stuff: good music, good times and a lot of new friendships with really great people ūüôā

November Mix

December 13th, 2011 | The Mix | 0 Comments

Yeah, yeah, the end of the year stuff is coming soon. Jeez, everyone’s rushing to be like, “here’s my list! here’s my list!” – December’s not even half over yet people. Whatever. Anyways. Gold Soundz is going a bit more in the weird direction of sites like Altered Zones (RIP) and Weird Canada for 2012. Gonna be less pop and folk, more shoegaze, weird indie, etc. This will balance out the Toronto blog scene a bit, with the newly transplanted Weird Canada, Max Mohenu‘s excellent Diamond A/T/L/A/S and Gold Soundz taking up the left of the dial stuff, and Chromewaves,¬†Indie Music Filter, Buying Shots For Bands, and other friends taking up the more accessible stuff. Our latest mix – covering the stuff I was listening to in November – reflects the shift. I’m also happy to say that a lot of friends and Torontonians made the mix this month purely due to musical quality, not personal connection, so kudos to all of you.

1. U.S. Girls – State House (It’s A Man’s World)

2. Quaker Parents – When You Can’t Beat The Dream

3. Blood Rexdale and the Walls are Blonde – Scared Woman In A Private Hell

4. Atlas Sound – Mona Lisa

5. Tearjerker – So Dead

6. Loom – It Is Love

7. Spirit Night – 25

8. Odonis Odonis – Seedgazer

9. James Ferraro – Google Poeises

10. Heartbeat Hotel – Intae Woe


Quaker Parents

November 28th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

I met the Grundy brothers when I lived in Halifax. They were both very, very nice boys and they played in a great band called Gamma Gamma Rays. Since then it looks like they’ve gotten considerably more interesting and garage-y in their tastes with Quaker Parents. I approve. (via Weird Canada)

Quaker Parents – You Can’t Beat The Dream