Tuesday, May 26, 2015

3am Mixtapes: Episode Seventy Nine: Robo-Songs

Each week on the 3am Mixtapes podcast, I will share with you the Top Six Songs of a certain subject. The topics can be as general as best banjo songs. Some might be a little more... specific. Top Six Songs About The Senses.

And, well, it finally happened. What we feared the most. The machines have risen up and overthrown humanity. So to appease out mechanical masters, this week is the Top Six Robotic Songs!

Turn these on:

"Robotic" by Hannah Georgas
"Robot Heart" by Hawksley Workman
"Electrolove" by Sidney York
"Is a Robot" by dEUS
"You're a Woman, I'm A Machine" by Death From Above 1979

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

3am Mixtapes: Episode Seventy Eight: Video Games

Each week on the 3am Mixtapes podcast, I will share with you the Top Six Songs of a certain subject. The topics can be as general as best songs for Spring. Some might be a little more... specific. Top Six Songs About Video Games. 

This week, I combine two of my loves in life with the Top Six Songs That Should Be In A Video Game!

Press start to hear:

"The Shade" by Metric
"Castlevania" by Black Hat Brigade
"Crystal Fortress Over the Sea of Trees" by Yamantaka//Sonic Titan
"Hope Rides Alone" by The Protomen
"Meow" by Anamanaguchi
"Sail Away" by Synthcake

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

3am Mixtapes: Episode Seventy Seven: Aquatic

Each week on the 3am Mixtapes podcast, I will share with you the Top Six Songs of a certain subject. The topics can be as general as best songs for Spring. Some might be a little more... specific. Top Six Songs About Video Games. 


This week, it's a bunch of bodies of water with the Top Six Aquatic Songs!

Dive in to:

"Lake Song" by The Decemberists
"The City With No Rivers" by Basia Bulat
"Like A River" by My Morning Jacket
"Bottom of the Lake" by We Are The City
"Ocean Song" by High Ends
"Pacific Blue" by Jason Collett


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

3am Mixtapes: Episode Seventy Six: Storms

Each week on the 3am Mixtapes podcast, I will share with you the Top Six Songs of a certain subject. The topics can be as general as best bands from Kelowna BC. Some might be a little more... specific. Top Six Songs About Parts Of The Body. 

This week, it's everyone's favourite small talk topic, weather! Yup, the Top Six Stormy Songs. But not only are these songs stormy by name, but they are also stormy by nature. They sounds like the storm of the title.

Take cover with:

"Tornado" by Jónsi
"This Tornado Loves You" by Neko Case
"Tornado Alley" by Shred Kelly
"Lightning" by Chris Kelly
"Thunder & Lightning" by Bend Sinister
"Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds


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Monday, April 27, 2015

Hollow Twin EP Release @ Hindenburg -- 04/26/15

It was a pretty solid lineup set for Hollow Twin's EP release. Formerly knows as Chatterton Eve, Emmalee Watts and Becky Wosk recently decided to get away from the folk-duo sound and put together a full band, with more of a soulful sound.
Admittedly, I was there as much (if not more) to see the openers, but I had heard a few songs from the new EP and was interested to check Hollow Twin out. Plus, I wanted to check out another show at The Hindenburg, which I am really liking as a venue (well, except for their use of blacklights... that I could do without).


Starting everything off at 9 sharp was The Ruffled Feathers. I hadn't seen the Vancouver six-piece in a few months, so I was looking forward to the set as they kicked off with the grandiose yet catchy "Home" from their first EP Lost Cities. They went on from there playing a set of songs old and new; "Our Beautiful House" off of Oracles made me wish I had a glass of whiskey in hand, and a newer song "Strange Dream" featured bass player Paolo Brian taking over vocals a little.
But most of the vocals throughout the night came from Gina Loes, who also swapped from guitar to ukulele a few times. Her charming voice powered the chamber-pop sound, as the band bubbled over with a fun energy that drew the growing crowd to the stage and got people, if not dancing, then at least tapping their feet.
They wrapped up with a couple of my favourites of the set, an adorable song called "It's All Right, You Can Kiss Me In The Moonlight" which featured a great violin solo from Molly MacKinnon, and the explosive, "Blueprints For Our Failed Revolution".


Next up on the night was a band that I have liked more and more each time I've seen them play, The Wild Romantics. Up until recently I had only seen them as the duo of Aleisha Kalina and Evan Miller, and I liked them okay. But last month, they were opening for Shred Kelly, with a full band, and I was really impressed.
Alisha and Evan's great harmonies were still on display, evidenced by songs like "A Monday In May" or "Memphis, TN", as the couple shared the mic a few times throughout the night with an intimacy. But as a full five piece, the band is much more rocking. And the set just built in energy and intensity as they went on, with a couple highlights being the sharp and biting "Who You Fooling" which had Evan jump into the crowd to sing with some people (those willing, anyway), and a badass rocker called "Fist Fight", that featured an almost literal guitar duel between Evan and their guitar player Rory Froese.
The couple just moved to Vancouver from the island and put the band together a few months ago, and I am looking forward to see what is next for them.


And finally, wrapping up the night was the band of the night, Hollow Twin. They played kind of a short set, with songs from on their new EP Keepers (of course) but also their debut EP before that, Noctuary. Kicking off with "Live A Little", Becky's voice fuelled the sultry jams that filled the next half hour, with songs like the soaring "Finders Keepers".
A bit of technical difficulties part way through the set slowed the momentum a little, but they got it right back on track soon after with a more upbeat, dancey song called "What I Wanted", and they drew the night to a close -- not bothering with the whole encore thing -- with "Lighthouse", the final song off the new EP.

The band put on a fine set, but unfortunately I think they fell victim so something I have seen before: stacking their album release with bands so good, that they were a little overshadowed by the end of the night.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3am Mixtapes: Episode Seventy Five: Beards

Each week on the 3am Mixtapes podcast, I will share with you the Top Six Songs of a certain subject. The topics can be as general as best debut albums. Some might be a little more... specific. Top Six Songs About Weather Storms.

Now, while most themes around these parts have to do with song content, or sound, or names of the band/song, this week, I'm taking it physical. It is about appearances this week, with the Top Six Beards!

Let these songs grow on you:

"All The Bearded Ladies" by The Beards
"Lazerray" by TV On The Radio
"Call of the Wild" by The Matinée
"Errant Sophia" by Hello Blue Roses
"Churches Under the Stairs" by Brendan Canning
 "I Had A Beard (And It Grew Across Ontario)" by Darren Foulds

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Kathryn Calder @ Media Club -- 04/18/15



About eight or nine years ago, I went to go see The New Pornographers play a show here in Vancouver, and discovered Immaculate Machine opening for them. They quickly become a favourite, and that was due in part to co-lead singer and keyboardist Kathryn Calder (who, later in that show, joined The New Pornos on stage to fill in for the absent Neko Case). Since then, Immaculate Machine broke up, Calder officially joined of The New Pornos, and as of earlier in the week, she has three solo albums to her name.
So just days after the release her latest, self-titled album, Kathryn Calder returned to Vancouver to celebrate with a show at the Media Club.


I missed the first opener, Ford Pier, getting to the Media Club just as he was wrapping up. But I certainly didn't want to miss Louise Burns and Her Victims, as she called her backing band. The dimly lit stage was fitting with her darker, noir-pop sound, with songs off her two albums so far, Mellow Drama and The Midnight Mass, as well as teasing her upcoming with a couple new songs -- including one that I didn't catch the name of but had almost a moody-Fleetwood Mac feel to it.
Louise joked about her stage banter (or lack thereof), rather letting the music and her captivating stage presence speak for her.
My two favourites of the set came at the end, and were on pretty opposite ends of the spectrum; first the most rocking song of the set, "Emeralds Shatter", followed by the gorgeously haunting "Heaven", Louise's powerful voice filling the room.


Thanks to the 10:30 curfew, it wasn't long before Kathryn Calder was out, kicking off with the absolutely beautiful "Slip Away" off her first album Are You My Mother?, starting soft and building to a big, indie-pop ending. She went chronological from there with "Turn A Light On" from Bright & Vivid, before the first single from the new one, an incredibly bubbly and catchy anthem "Take A Little Time".
Switching between keyboard and guitar throughout the set, Calder was visibly (and vocally) happy that the latest album was finally released, and that energy definitely came through on the songs, from the upbeat and jaunty "If You Only Knew" to the more down tempo and somewhat bittersweet "Song in Cm", featuring special guest Sam Davidson on the clarinet (who you may know from Brasstronaut).
Kathryn played right up until curfew -- not even bothering with the silly encore tradition -- finishing off the night first with perhaps my favourite off the new album, "When You See My Blood", another song that starts off slow and erupts into a chaotic ending, and the ending the night off on the heartbreaking "So Easily".


Be it with a band or performing solo, I've seen Kathryn multiple times at various points, and it is always enjoyable seeing her perform live. And I am really enjoying the new album, as well. Add Louise Burns to the mix, and it was a great night of tunes.


setlist
Slip Away; Turn A Light On; Take A Little Time; Blue Skies; New Frame of Mind; Beach; My Armour; One, Two, Three; Song In Cm; City of Sounds; If You Only Knew; Arm in Arm; When You See My Blood; So Easily.