Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

i thought that it was beautiful, it made me a believer

The Antlers—September 24, 2009 @ Criminal Records

Thank you Antlers for a beautiful set and everyone at Criminal Records for putting on another wicked free in-store!

The Antlers—September 24, 2009 @ Criminal Records The Antlers—September 24, 2009 @ Criminal Records
The Antlers—September 24, 2009 @ Criminal Records
The Antlers—September 24, 2009 @ Criminal Records
The Antlers—September 24, 2009 @ Criminal Records
The Antlers—September 24, 2009 @ Criminal Records

see more photos at my flickr page

noah and the whale: the first days of spring

Noah And The Whale’s new record, The First Days of Spring is rather different from their charming debut, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down. The band’s sophomore release is wonderfully mellow and genuinely heartbreaking. The First Days of Spring features some of the most moving and candid songs I have heard in a long long time. I remember thinking of how personal this album sounds during my initial listens, and then I read somewhere that much of the album is about/inspired by Charlie Fink’s breakup with former part-time member Laura Marling... oh it makes so much sense!

The opening/title track really sets the pace and tone for the rest of the album. The melodic violin and guitar notes as well as the slow and quiet thumping of the drum in the background create a minimal atmosphere. It is not until 1:20 into the song where vocal comes in—again, setting the pace that things move slowly—emotion changes gradually and it takes time to heal a heartbreak; nothing can be rushed (seriously, what a difference from opening with "2 Atoms In A Molecule"!) This song begins quite optimistically: "It’s the first day of spring/And my life is starting over again"... "But like a cut down tree, I will rise again/And I’ll be bigger and stronger than ever before." However, Fink’s voice tells a completely different story; his crackly and tender singing show a level of loneliness, desperation, and vulnerability. The next line "For I'm still here hoping that one day you may come back" confirms Fink’s weakness. Much like the opener, the majority of the album is more sad songs and heartbreaking tales. "Stranger" and "Blue Skies" are my favourite and probably the most depressing songs on the album. The latter features some of the most memorable lines in any song this year: "This is a song for anyone with a heart/This is a song for anyone who can't get out of bed/I'll do anything to be happy/Oh, cause blue skies are coming/But I know that it's hard." Even though I am quite happy at the moment, I absolutely adore these two tracks; what can I say, I am a huge sucker for sad songs! As mentioned earlier, most of the songs on The First Days of Spring are quite low-key and exceedingly minimal, except for "Love of an Orchestra", which is up-tempo and it features a choir and orchestra. It is brilliant and sounds like something from a musical!

The First Days of Spring is a beautifully crafted emotional journey; the album is flawless—the music, lyrics, Fink’s vocal, the ordering of the tracks... the album cover art—Noah And The Whale have created a masterpiece! There are already three or four songs on this album that I considered to be some of the best songs of 2009, so it is not really surprising that The First Days of Spring is, at the moment, my favourite album of the year!

Stranger [super-wicked-cool song]
Blue Skies [super-wicked-cool song]

visit Noah and the Whale's MySpace here
The First Days of Spring comes out on October 6th in North America, you can pre-order it here,
but it is out in the UK already and you can buy the regular version of the album here and the Deluxe Edition CD/DVD here

There is also a film by the same title to accompany the album and there will be exclusive screenings of it in the following cities:

17 Velvet Lounge in Washington, DC
25 Criminal Records in Atlanta, GA
26 Darkroom/Panic! in Chicago, IL
30 The Whiskey Bar in Seattle, WA

3 Crashin’ In @ Stranton Public in New York, NY
4 Burn @ The Castle in Tampa, FL
6 Cinespace in Hollywood, CA
6 Good Records in Dallas, TX
8 Bryant Lake Bow in Minneapolis, MN
8 Popscene in San Francisco, CA
9 Comet Tavern in Seattle, WA
20 Trainwreck @ Angels & Kings in New York, NY

The band will also embark on a small North American tour in October:

20 The Roxy in Los Angeles, CA
21 Casbah in San Diego, CA
22 Swedish American Hall in San Francisco, CA
24 Crocodile Café in Seattle, WA
25 Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR
28 Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI
29 Lake Shore Theatre in Chicago, IL
30 The Pike Room in Pontiac, MI
31 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ONT

Thursday, September 24, 2009

song of the moment: mbv cover by the antlers

OMG—The Antlers are playing for FREE at Criminal Records today at 6pm!!!!!!!

To celebrate this wicked day, check out this dreamy cover of My Bloody Valentine's "When You Sleep" by The Antlers via the band's MySpace page (you can download old EPs and songs for free as well).

The Antlers: When You Sleep (My Bloody Valentine cover)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

in your face billy talent!

Congratulations to Fucked Up for winning the 2009 Polaris Music Prize! Man, this band has come a long way since I first blogged about them more than 3 years ago! The Chemistry of Common Life is goddamn incredible and it was the only record on the Polaris shortlist that really stood out for me, I am so stoked that it won!

Monday, September 21, 2009

mount eerie: wind's poem

Mount Eerie’s 3rd offcial album, Wind's Poem is rather dark and scary. Phil Elverum has created the most atmospheric album of 2009—Wind’s Poem takes you into the bewildering woods where you experience interactions with the wind, the rivers and the trees. Elverum’s soft voice and moments of soft harmonies are the perfect contrasts to the mysterious ambient noises and dark distorted drones; thus, creating the feeling of isolation and strangeness in a frighteningly unknown setting. Much like The Antlers’ Hospice, Wind's Poem by Mount Eerie is terrifyingly breathtaking... it is in fact, the most gorgeous music you will hear this year!

The European edition of Wind’s Poem features 3 extra/exclusive tracks—"(wind lyrics)", "Summons (acoustic)", and "Lost Wisdom"—these tracks are incredible and it is well worth the extra money!

Lost Wisdom pt. 2 [wicked-cool song]
Summons (acoustic) (Tomlab European edition with 3 exclusive tracks) [wicked-cool song]

visit Mount Eerie's MySpace here
buy Wind's Poem (European edition) here
buy the regular version here

Friday, September 18, 2009

at the bottom you'll find all our friends

To celebrate the release of Daisy, Brand New will also be doing a few free in-store performances next week at the following stores:

September 22nd West Babylon, NY @ Looney Tunes (5PM)
September 23rd Fords, NJ @ Vintage Vinyl (5PM)
September 24th Toronto, ON @ HMV–333 Yonge Street (4PM)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

another one!

Julie Fader, Brian Borcherdt, and Jose Miguel Contreras will stop by at Criminal Records for a FREE in-store at 6pm today! Hopefully I can finish my work on time to make it to this!


Japanther featuring vocals by Spank Rock via LA Weekly:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

new los campesinos!!!!!!!

New Los Campesinos! song and video, "The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future" via Stereogum!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

happy 9.9.09!

Cuff The Duke—September 8, 2009 @ Criminal Records
Oh, what a great in-store! Check these guys on tour this fall! (dates after the pictures)

Cuff The Duke—September 8, 2009 @ Criminal Records
Cuff The Duke—September 8, 2009 @ Criminal Records Cuff The Duke—September 8, 2009 @ Criminal Records
Cuff The Duke—September 8, 2009 @ Criminal Records
Cuff The Duke—September 8, 2009 @ Criminal Records

see more photos at my flickr page

12 Blind Dog in Windsor, Ontario
14 Schuba’s in Chicago
16 The Uptown in Minneapolis
17 Royal Albert in Winnipeg, Manitoba
18 Amigo’s in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
19 Broken City in Calgary, Alberta
20 Broken City in Calgary, Alberta
22 Pawn Shop in Edmonton, Alberta
24 Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, British Columbia
25 Rifflandia Fest in Victoria, British Columbia
26 Habitat in Kelowna, British Columbia
29 C2 in Thunder Bay, Ontario
30 Loplops in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

1 Townhouse in Sudbury, Ontario
2 Grad Club in Kingston, Ontario
3 Call The Office in London, Ontario
15 Casbah in Hamilton, Ontario
16 The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
17 The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario

22 Montreal House in Peterborough, Ontario
23 Babylon in Ottawa, Ontario
24 Le Cercle in Quebec City, Quebec
27 The Rock House in St. John’s, Newfoundland
29 Baba’s in Charlottetown, Prince Edward
30 The Paragon Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia
31 The Capital in Fredericton, New Brunswick

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

cuff the duke at criminal tonight!

Cuff the Duke is playing a FREE in-store at Criminal Records tonight at 7pm!
Their brand new record, Way Down Here is also out today in Canada (Jan 2010 in the US)! You can listen to the entire album over at the band's website.

how will they know just where to find?

This month seems to be the best month of reissues ever:

1) The Beatles digitally remastered mono and stereo CD box sets are out tomorrow! I hope they get a vinyl release in the future!

She's Leaving Home [super-wicked-cool song]

2) Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary and LP2—remastered with rare bonus tracks and newly written liner notes are finally coming out on CD and vinyl next Tuesday!!!!!!!
I am seriously so excited about this! I got Diary on vinyl over the weekend and it sounds AMAZING!!!!! "8" and "9", which were originally released on Thief Steal Me A Peach 7” are the bonus tracks! I can’t wait to hear LP2 on vinyl!!!!! (sorry for exclamation marks overload)

In Circles [wicked-cool song]

3) Finally, one of the most influential British records of all time—The Stone Roses’ The Stone Roses—is available on vinyl (previously available as part of the 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition.) I also got this one over the weekend and cannot stop listening to it; it really sounds incredible on wax! If you live in/near the Toronto area, stop by at Criminal Records (493 Queen St. W) and pick up this limited release!

I Am The Resurrection [wicked-cool song]

Monday, September 07, 2009

let's wrestle: in the court of the wrestling let's

A couple weeks ago, I made a post about my obsession with the song "We Are The Men You'll Grow To Love Soon" by the London band Let’s Wrestle... well, I am still pretty crazy about this track; in fact, I have been listening the band’s debut album, In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's nonstop for about two or three months now! I have only started to post about it recently because much like in the past, I have difficulties writing about something I really love. Actually, I still don’t really know what to write, so I will make this really short...

Let's Wrestle’s brilliant debut is fun, energetic and full of youthful attitude, especially in songs like "I'm In Love With Destruction", "We Are The Men You'll Grow To Love Soon", "In Dreams", and "I Won't Lie To You". In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's sounds like a mixture of Pavement, The Wave Pictures, and The Clean and I would definitely recommend this album to anyone looking for a jolly and youthful indie/punk record!

See, I told you that it'd be short... Happy Labour Day!!!

I'm In Love With Destruction [wicked-cool song]
In Dreams [wicked-cool song]
Song For Old People [wicked-cool song]

visit Let's Wrestle's MySpace here
buy In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's here

Saturday, September 05, 2009

this is one of the reasons why criminal records is the best music store in toronto/the world!

The good people at Criminal Records have put together a handful of wicked FREE in-stores in September and October:

Sept 8th—Cuff The Duke @ 7pm
Sept 17th—Julie Fader, Brian Borcherdt, and Jose Miguel Contreras @ 6pm
Sept 24th—The Antlers @ 6pm

Oct 9th—Said The Whale @ 6pm
Oct 16th—Dan Mangan @ 5pm

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

yes you'll only bleed me dry

WTF?! Michael McDonald sings Grizzly Bear’s "While You Wait for the Others" on the While You Wait for the Others 7"!?!? I don’t know how long the link below will be up for, but I just have to share this weirdness with everyone!

Grizzly Bear feat. Michael McDonald: While You Wait for the Others

buy While You Wait for the Others 7" here