Breaking the Tethers playlist

Another early morning showfill, this time for the slightly-more-out-there Breaking the Tethers. Still fun times, and I managed to sneak a solid amount of beat-oriented stuff in, too. Charles Spearin Happiness Project*  – Anna – Happiness Project ( Arts & Crafts )Michael Benedict & Boptitude – Work Song – Five and One ( Planet Arts … Continue reading

Big Friday playlist, June 15, 2012

I did a showfill on CJSW yesterday. Here’s what I played: ARTIST  –  ALBUM  –  SONG Apollo Cobra – Motherland – Shut Up Blockhead – Interludes After Midnight – Smoke Signals Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe – Jubilee Cheebacabra – Pass the Information – Acid Funk *City Real & Wes Mackey … Continue reading

Song of the Day: The Cape May – Old and Early Numbers

Song of the Day: The Cape May – Old and Early Numbers This is maybe a bit too wintry of a song for such a gorgeous day, but I’m working on an interview with Cape May frontman Clinton St John for FFWD, and I keep getting struck by how incredible his music is. This one’s from … Continue reading

Who’s playing at Sled Island and why you should care

First, a disclaimer: I’m the kind of guy who’ll typically tell you that only paying attention to the headliners at a festival like Sled Island is missing the point. With less than a handful of exceptions, all of my favourite experiences at the fest have been bands on the undercard, ones I hadn’t heard more … Continue reading

Veritas – And Walk Now Gently Through The Fire

Just been thinking about the first time I met Chris, interviewing him and Pat for Veritas’ CD release. His mom baked us cookies. And the last time, grabbing beers in Toronto after the Polaris gala. Anyone who heard him play, with Women or Azeda Booth or Dodos or his solo work, can vouch that he … Continue reading

MoNM 2011 month-end catch-up: Days 14 to 20

Seven albums, 50 words each: D’Angelo – Voodoo (2000, Cheeba Sound/Virgin) The “neo-soul” progenitor’s second album is as silky smooth as you’d expect, locking into effortless grooves throughout and riding them for absolutely everything they’re worth. ?uestlove, Raphael Saadiq, Method & Redman, Roy Hargrove and more flesh out the sparse setting, but D’Angelo’s falsetto is … Continue reading

Holiday cheer

I’m giving the Best Things a break for a couple days, but to tide you over, the (presumably) fine folks at The Line of Best Fit are offering a holiday sampler with some incredibly talented folks (including Snailhouse, Woodpigeon with Laura Leif, and Kris Ellestad, whose excellent No Man is Land is still streaming free … Continue reading

Best Stuff Day 15: Albums 15 to 11

Telling you what you should be listening to, exactly 50 words at a time.

Best Stuff Day 4: Eye Spy zine

As if Flemish Eye records hadn’t already done enough to solidify a reputation as one of the most consistent labels in Canada (seriously — The Cape May, Chad VanGaalen, Women, Pale Air Singers and now Braids?). Now they go and put out a 36-page full-colour zine with illustrations by Clinton St. John of the Cape … Continue reading

#MoNM Day 12: The Cape May’s Central City May Rise Again

A.K.A. It’s shameful that I haven’t heard this yet: Calgary edition. To be sure, I have heard The Cape May. I wouldn’t even hesitate in citing Glass Mountain Roads as one of the best albums to come out of this city. It’s one of those albums that comes across as almost unprecedented, so crisp, so … Continue reading