Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lykke Li

Until We Bleed- Lykke Li & Kleerup

N.A.S.A. - "Gifted (feat. Kanye West, Santogold & Lykke Li)" video

Tonight Acoustic video

Live videos from the Lykke Li show in Toronto at the Phoenix: To be loaded and added to this post eventually. My apologies, they are extremely overdue.


Monday, April 27, 2009

The Giant of Illinois

He's done it again. Filming isn't great but the sound overall is pretty decent. Enjoy:)

Musical Week for She

Ola Ameegos!
So the following week/weekend was full of live music (including tonight) and excellent live music at that.

For starters on Tuesday I was able to catch a friends new bands first ever live performance and things are sounding pretty solid, check them out soon if you can: The Bad Ideas. Along with that performance I got to check out the opening act The Love Machine from Ottawa. Definitely a checkable act as well so you should... check it?

Wednesday: I missed the concert due to a movie night with the maja but I wish I went to Lady Hawk at CTO, they also are pretty rad
Friday: Starters I went to Martini Bar to check out a new friends DJ/Hip Hop/ Electro group called The Girls Can Hear Us ... I definitely am a girl and I heard them. Super stellar and you should invest some of your time into them if you like the new wave electro/hip-hop genre
Saturday: ohhh Saturday! Excellent night for some tunes in the indie folk canadian lovin' way. Opening act Brent Randall and all his Pinecones from Halifax owned a game of musical chairs as the bassist, guitarist and keyboardist all switched positions and instruments every song, switching up lead vocals and mastering some sweet 3 part harmonies.
Followed up by the headlining act Hey Rosetta! who pretty much wrapped up a solid weekend of music with a 2 hour set of complete greatness. Encoring with the song Black Heart, a personal favourite, basically put the cherry on top of the cake for me. Cheers boys (& girl) for a great set

Tonight (Monday): I will continue the love with a warm up dance party by Big Mitch @ Martini Bar and then followed by a more extensive dance party @ CTO for Shout Out Out Out Out. Stoked.

I am sure there will be a sweet follow up blog on this weeks musical experiences seeing that a week today I see a major personal favourite MOGWAI! ahhhh cannot wait.

I leave you today with a mixtape from my friend Andrew (Big Mitch)... enjoy.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Toronto Centre Island: Olympic Island Festival 09

Ohhh Shit! Look at this line up!

  • Broken Social Scene
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Thunderheist
  • Beach House
  • Apostle of Hustle
  • Rattlesnake Choir
Tickets go on sale on friday... Saweeet!

Dark Was the Night

The compilation album Dark Was The Night, a Red Hot charity compilation curated by The National's Dessner brothers, has been released (february). This is one compilation album(s) you should definitely purchase. Every musician whom takes part in this compilation I highly respect for many different reasons. For further information go to the website or myspace

Track Listings:

Disc One
1. "Knotty Pine" - Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
2. "Cello Song" - The Books featuring Joses Gonzalez
3. "Train Song" - Feist and Ben Gibbard
4. "Brackett, WI" - Bon Iver
5. "Deep Blue Sea" - Grizzly Bear
6. "So Far Around The Bend" - The National
7. "Tightrope" - Yeasayer
8. "Feeling Good" - My Brightest Diamond
9. "Dark Was The Night" - Kronos Quartet
10. "I Was Young When I Left Home" - Antony with Bryce Dessner
11. "Big Red Machine" - Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
12. "Sleepless" - The Decemberists
13. "Die" - Iron & Wine
14. "Service Bell" - Grizzly Bear + Feist
15. "You Are The Blood" - Sufjan Stevens

Disc Two:
1. "Well-Alright" - Spoon
2. "Lenin" - Arcade Fire
3. "Mimizan" - Beirut
4. "El Caporal" - My Morning Jacket
5. "Inspiration Information" - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
6. "With A Girl Like You" - Dave Sitek
7. "Blood Pt. 2" - Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
8. "Hey, Snow White" - The New Pornographers
9. "Gentle Hour" - Yo La Tengo
10. "Amazing Grace" - Cat Power
11. "Happiness" - Riceboy Sleeps
12. "Another Saturday" - Stuart Murdoch
13. "The Giant Of Illinois" - Andrew Bird
14. "Lua" - Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch
15. "When The Road Runs Out" - Blonde Redhead & Devastations
16. "Love Vs. Porn" - Kevin Drew

March and April Downloads

So apparently school swallowed my body this semester and I have left this blog a little on the M.I.A. list. My sincere apologies and now that it is summer, expect a lot more where this is coming from.

Some good downloads & buys I have come across in the past couple months have been:
  • Metric-Fantasies
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs- It's Blitz!
  • Silversun Pickups- Swoon
  • Beach House- Devotion (Late find, but great find)
  • The National- entire discography... finally gave them a listen and slightly in love.
  • Matt & Kim- Grand (saw them play w/ cut copy in Toronto at Circa, bad venue for that particular band however, great sound. I will be looking to see them in a smaller venue soon)
  • Lily Allen- It's Not Me, It's You
  • Wavves- Wavvves
  • Royksopp- Junior
  • Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
  • Patrick Watson- Wooden Arms
and many more anticipated albums to come in summer 09'.

Ra Ra Riot

...are definitely on my "to see" list for summer 09'.
Here are some goodies via youtube:

You Can Tell

Ghost Under Rocks

Run My Mouth Off (LIVE)

Download the album The Rhumb Line


Monday, April 6, 2009

New Patrick Watson!

I got quite a surprise the other day when I went to check the list of albums that had recently leaked. Patrick Watson, one of my favourite artists since hearing 2006's Close To Paradise had an album, listed as leaked. This was a surprise because I didn't even know that he was planning on releasing or had even recorded a new album. I usually check frequently on my favourite artists to see if they are releasing anything new, but this one eluded me completely. But it was nice to have a surprise for once. Well, Wooden Arms by Patrick Watson is due out April 28 and is currently on Liz's and my computers. I will definitely be picking up a copy regardless. While not as immediately accessible as Close To Paradise, Wooden Arms is another mind-bending, beautiful, dreamy adventure into the musical world of the talented Patrick Watson. An immediate favourite that has been repeatedly played and hummed by myself is "Big Bird In a Small Cage" a guitar, banjo and piano driven song with clever, quirky lyrics that Watson performs and harmonizes beautifully with a woman that sounds a lot like Jenny Lewis. Other good ones include Beijing and Man Like You. While I still need to absorb the rest of the songs, It seems like another good outing by Watson, even if it may not be quite as close to paradise as well, Close To Paradise.