Music

Soulful Sundays / Woodblue – North Letter (2007)

This week on Soulful Sundays, the 2007 album from Woodblue – North Letter.

Wonderful downtempo album, along the vein of the same kind of people I’ve been posting as of late – DJ Okawari, Nujabes, Michita, and the rest of them. Take a listen, and I’ll probably be posting North Source next week, which is the other half of this album. The stream is below, enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / Electric President – The Violent Blue (2010)

This week on Featured Album Fridays, the 2010 album from Electric President – The Violent Blue.

Here is the description of Electric President from their Last.FM:

Electric President is made up of Ben Cooper and Alex Kane, both natives of Jacksonville, Florida. Ben is pretty awesome, but Alex is a piece of shit. He’s good at bass, though, so Ben puts up with him for that and that alone. Both of them are very fond of pizza, but Ben’s stomach is easily twice the size of Alex’s and he can eat much more of it per sitting. Alex also drinks Diet Coke due to having diabetes since he was a little kid, which is embarrassing (the Diet Coke … not the having diabetes part). Ben must have the patience of a Saint to put up with that guy.

They’ve recorded two albums and one EP under the Electric President moniker, all released under the German imprint Morr Music, with a third to be released this in early 2010, set to be released by Fake Four Inc. They’ve had songs on television (two on the OC, which was canceled shortly after – coincidence?) and in various short films. They both came from pretty DIY ideas of making music, and as such record all their music in a tool shed and a bedroom with a handful of recording gear. Apparently, this gives them cred.
They hope to one day be incredibly rich from their music so they can buy an airplane and set it on fire without ever using it. To burn that sucker simply because they can, and to stand by and drink expensive wine and laugh manically until it explodes.

This is a really chill album – I played it this morning while I was getting some work done and the CD finished before I even noticed. Check it out, the stream is below, enjoy!

Soulful Sundays / Uyama Hiroto – A Son of the Sun (2008)

This week on Soulful Sundays, I am showcasing the 2008 album from Uyama Hiroto – A Son of the Sun.

What an album. Uyama Hiroto does a lot of work with Nujabes and has a very similar style to him – therefore, I instantly loved it the minute I started listening to it. Give it a shot, let me know what you think in the comments, and as per usual, the stream is below. Enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / The Besnard Lakes – Are The Roaring Night (2010)

This week on Featured Album Fridays, I’m showcasing the 2010 still unreleased album from The Besnard Lakes – Are The Roaring Night.

Here is the description of The Besnard Lakes from their Last.FM:

The Besnard Lakes are a progressive rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Formed by the husband and wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas.

The band are currently a six-piece centered around the atmospheric songs of Lasek and Goreas, whose expansive sound culls from numerous aspects of rock ‘n’ roll history. It is completed by Kevin Laing, Steve Raegele, Nicole Lizee and Richard White.

Their debut album, Volume I, was released in a limited 1000 copies edition in 2003 and later rereleased in October 2007.

Their sophomore album, The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse, was recorded at Lasek’s own Breakglass Studios, with members of fellow canadian bands Stars, The Dears and Godspeed You! Black Emperor/A Silver Mt. Zion making guest appearances.

The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse was on the shortlist for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize.

The album is yet to be released (with a March 10, 2010 release date!) but it’s a great album nonetheless. They’re a Canadian act (From Montreal, Quebec!) so definitely check out their album once it drops into stores and iTunes. For now, the stream is below, enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / Destry – It Goes On (2009)

Happy new year, all! This week on Featured Album Fridays, the first one for 2010, I am showcasing the 2009 album from Destry – It Goes On.

Here is the description of Destry from their Last.FM:

Destry is an indie/pop/rock band centered around Michelle (Nolan) DaRosa. Formerly a vocalist for Straylight Run, on June 3, 2008, Michelle left the group on friendly terms to pursue a solo career, beginning Destry soon after.

Destry’s current work currently consists of collaborations between DaRosa and four other artists, Sam Means (formerly of The Format), drummer Nico Childrey and Tyler Odom who played together in Cassino, and bassist Shaun Cooper of Straylight Run.

DaRosa said all five have collaborated, but have never been in the same room together. She also says the only members of a possible tour would be herself, Nico, and Shaun.

Great indie pop album to start off Featured Album Fridays for 2010. The stream is below, enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / Top 10 of 2009

With 2009 wrapping up, I figured now would be a good time to highlight and feature some of my favourite albums that I had featured on Featured Album Fridays. (Man, I use the word “feature” a lot.)

Anyhow, here is a quick and dirty list of my top 10 favourite Featured Album Fridays albums of 2009:

10. John Vanderslice – Romanian Names

Published: March 27, 2009
Favourite Songs: D.I.A.L.O., Too Much Time, Oblivion

John Vanderslice - Romanian Names

9. Great Northern – Remind Me Where The Light Is

Published: April 24, 2009
Favourite Songs: Snakes, Mountain, Numbers

Great Northern - Remind Me Where The Light Is


8. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

Published: October 9, 2009
Favourite Songs: The Ballad of the RAA, Frank AB, The Air

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns

7. Everything All The Time – Everything All The Time

Published: July 3, 2009
Favourite Songs: The Only One You Love Is You, Lazy Days, Take Stock, Slowly Drowning

Everything All The Time - Everything All The Time


6. Grammatics – Grammatics

Published: June 5, 2009
Favourite Songs: Relentless Fours, Polar Swelling, Inkjet Lakes, Rosa Flood

Grammatics - Grammatics

5. Sarah Blasko – As Day Follows Night

Published: December 18, 2009
Favourite Songs: Down on Love, Hold On My Heart, Sleeper Awake, Over & Over, I Never Knew

Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night

4. Other Lives – Other Lives

Published: May 22, 2009
Favourite Songs: Speed Tape, Don’t Let Them, End of the Year, How Could This Be?, Epic

Other Lives - Other Lives

3. The Coast – Expatriate

Published: August 7, 2009
Favourite Songs: Nueva York, No Secret Why, Floodlights, Killing of Our Friends, Ceremony Guns, Pay Me The Apostle

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2. The Most Serene Republic – …And The Ever Expanding Universe

Published: June 19, 2009
Favourite Songs: Bubble Reputation, Heavens to Purgatory, Phi, The Old Forever New Things, Patternicity, Four Humours, No One Likes a Nihilist

The Most Serene Republic - ...And the Ever Expanding Universe

1. As Tall As Lions – You Can’t Take It With You

Published: August 21, 2009
Favourite Songs: Circles, Sixes & Sevens, You Can’t Take It With You, In Case of Rapture, We’s Been Waiting, Is This Tomorrow?, The Narrows, That’s What You Get

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And that just about wraps it up for Featured Album Fridays for 2009, I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these albums that I’ve featured throughout the year.

If you have any suggestions on how I can improve what I do, or any bands you may have a lead on, definitely shoot me an e-mail or message me on Twitter! I’m always on the lookout for new, up-and-coming bands, especially Canadian ones, so give me a shout.

Cheers!

Soulful Sundays / DJ Okawari – Mirror (2009)

This week on Soulful Sundays, I am featuring the 2009 album from DJ Okawari – Mirror.

Because I’ve been feeling a whole lot of piano lately, you can see that I’m making quite a bit of a run with these fantastic Japanese hip-hop influenced DJs. DJ Okawari is no exception, definitely along the lines of Nujabes and Smooth J, I really hope you enjoy this. The stream is below!

Featured Album Fridays / Sarah Blasko – As Day Follows Night (2009)

This week on Featured Album Fridays, I am highlighting the 2009 album from Sarah Blasko – As Day Follows Night.

Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night

Here is the description of Sarah Blasko from her Last.FM:

Sarah Blasko (born September 23, 1976) is an ARIA Award winning Australian musician. She was born in Sydney soon after her family returned from French-speaking Réunion where her parents had been missionaries. An original and largely self-reliant musical artist, Blasko is known for her writing and production skills, as well as her unique voice and stage presence.

Blasko was first heard in the mid-1990s fronting Sydney band, Acquiesce, after an initial tour of France with founding members Dave Hemmings, Paul Camilleri, and her sister Kate Halcrow. With material written by Blasko and Camilleri, they recorded a single and an EP with producer Hugh Wilson, receiving some local attention.

In 2002, Sarah decided to go solo. Material for the Prelusive EP – a result of initial explorative collaborations with Wilson but fully realised with Nick Schneider and Steve Francis – was originally recorded as demos. However, after becoming disillusioned with the indecisiveness and lack of solid commitment from the labels she met with, Blasko decided to release and promote the material independently. With the financial assistance of then-manager Craig New, she also produced a music video for the leading track, “Your Way”.

She has a wonderful voice and her songs are terribly catchy. It’s been on my playlist for two weeks now, and I never skip one of her songs. As usual, the stream is below, I hope you enjoy!