New Bry Webb Track? Don’t mind if I do

More stuff coming from Bry Webb’s upcoming Free Will. Check out “Receive Me” over on Stereogum.

Awesome. It’s gonna be a great summer, guys.

Now, if only Constantines would announce some non-Field Trip Festival dates…

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AroarA – Album Release & Video

One of my favorite new acts, AroarA, are having their album release on Thursday at the Music Gallery.

They’ve released a video recorded live at Luminato this past year — check out #4, then find yourself some tickets for this Thursday (as I am attempting to do.)

Check out my review of last year’s Basement Revue, where they knocked my socks off.

Best New Music – Breeze / Dolls

You know it’s going to be a good day when a track lands in your inbox first thing.

Here’s the new track by Breeze, the dream-pop side project of the slightly rougher, My-Bloody-Valentine-ier Beliefs (who you will be shocked to know I have written about before, I know.)

Anyway, Josh Korody and co. have outdone themselves on this new track. Check it out below.

Make sure you hold on for the break and outro. It’s insane. I cannot stress enough how great this track is.

Mustache ahoy – new video by Toronto’s Dusted

One of my favourite Toronto bands, Dusted, has just released a video for their song “Bruises.”

In case you haven’t heard it, you really should just run right down and pick up their album, Total Dust. It’s a great summer record, filled with lots of subtle textures, dirt and grit in peculiar places. It was released last year, and I spent lots of time out and about late last summer with that as my soundtrack.

Dusted’s whole aesthetic is sort of pre-worn, like a pair of vintage jeans. The songs are all saturated and clipped and filled with hisses and pops, the album as a whole warm, immersive and… well, dusty. It’s not pretentious or inaccessible, though—the songs are all grounded in a really fine-tuned pop sensibility, so even if the structures and hooks are subtle, they’re just as engrossing as you’d hope they would be.

I’ve heard rumor they’re working on a new record, and hope to hear some new songs when they play North By Northeast (which was just announced earlier this week)

WELL? Get excited, people!

Arts & Crafts ‘X’ Track list arrives… and I’m a little disappointed

Handout/Arts & Crafts

Handout/Arts & Crafts

At last, we have the final track list–I think–for Arts & Crafts’ neato-burrito collaborations disc, ‘X.’

via Exclaim

1. Broken Social Scene x Years – “Day Of The Kid”
2. Apostle Of Hustle x Zeus – “Bizarre Love Triangle” (New Order cover)
3. Feist x Timber Timbre – “Homage”
4. Still Life Still x Zulu Winter – “Era”
5. The Hidden Cameras x Snowblink – “The Chauffeur” (Duran Duran cover)
6. The Darcys x Ra Ra Riot – “Time Can Be Overcome” (Constantines cover)
7. Chilly Gonzales x Stars – “Nothing Good Comes To Those Who Wait”
8. Hayden x Jason Collett – “Lonely Is As Lonely Does”
9. Gold & Youth x Trust – “Lady Bird”
10. Amy Millan x Dan Mangan – “Chances Are” (Johnny Mathis & Liza Minnelli cover)

Short take… I don’t know, guys. There’s not a lot of genre crossover here, and though it’ll be neat to hear Apostle of Hustle run through a New Order cover backed up by Zeus, unless they’ve done some serious work with the pacing of this, it’s basically guaranteed to be a stilted, difficult listen.

Exception: The Darcy’s & Ra Ra Riot doing a Constantines cover. That is a match made in heaven.

Arts & Crafts ‘X’ Release Date Announced

Well, it’s finally happened. Arts & Crafts records has finally let us know exactly when their X album will be available.
In case you haven’t been following, X is a collaborations record, featuring almost the whole stable of A&C artists, playing and reinterpreting each others’ tunes. I was hoping for a Record Store Day release, but that didn’t happen.

I sat down with Jeffrey Remedios of Arts & Crafts a few months ago, and he was pretty cagey about the whole thing.

A&C has one of the strongest rosters in the country. Each band has a really distinct sound, too; I mean, how great would it be for Zeus to rework a Broken Social Scene song in a similar fashion to what they did to Stone Temple Pilots.

RIGHT?!

You’ll be able to pick up X on May 28th in LP, CD and digital formats. Sweetness.

Here’s the release: Arts & Crafts X

Record Store Day Recommendations

Handout / Six Shooter Records & Whitehorse Music

Handout / Six Shooter Records & Whitehorse Music

Well, it’s almost Record Store Day again and, while on the whole I see very little to be excited about–woohoo, major labels trying to cash in on dead and/or reunited acts by putting the same damn record out in different colors–there’s a few bright spots we should all look at picking up. On the one hand, I really think it’s important to support independent record stores and buy music. On the other hand, there’s very few of these yearly releases that are really even remotely interesting or unique, so… That sort of puts us in a tough spot, doesn’t it? Maybe let’s try to make every day Record Store Day, yeah? Go out and buy some vinyl. It’ll do you good.

Hey Joe / Stone Free (mono mixes) – Jimi Hendrix
Okay, this is kind of neat. Hendrix’s recordings have been mixed to stereo for so long, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a mono mixdown of any of his tracks. These are going to sound almost exactly like what most people in ’67’s first encounters with Hendrix would’ve been, and there’s some value in that. For collectors only, for sure, but… isn’t that what Record Store Day’s about?

Record Store Day – Titus Andronicus If, like me, you think Titus Andronicus will be remembered as one of the great rock bands of our era, you need this. With a track from their last record backed by two unreleased songs on the B-side, this will be well worth your time.

Nick Drake’s first LP is something every folk fan should listen to. I don’t really know how available original vintage copies are, but this seems a pretty safe bet for something you’ll enjoy.

Acadie – Daniel Lanois Now here’s a one to star. This is the special extended edition, remastered with bonus tracks. I will be purchasing this.

Devil’s Got A Gun / Lipstick – Whitehorse A great live take on Whitehorse’s first single from their new record, Devil’s Got A Gun is backed by a beautiful redo of Lipstick, which originally appeared as I Hate Your Lipstick on Veal’s Embattled Hearts album. Absolutely worth a listen.

Here’s the original:

(By the way, the whole list can be found at Record Store Day’s Canadian website)