Changing gears a bit here, with a track from Inventions (the collaboration between Mark T. Smith of Explosions in the Sky and Matthew Cooper of Eluvium). “Peaceable Child” is a track from their forthcoming self-titled album (out April 1st on Temporary Residence); a dreamy instrumental that is the perfect cure for the stress I’ve been carrying these days.
Well, the Walkmen may be on hiatus, but at least we’re getting new music from their members. Here’s “Alexandra” from frontman Hamilton Leithauser off his debut solo LP Black Hours (out in May). The record features contributions from Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors), Richard Swift (The Shins), Morgen Henderson (Fleet Foxes), The Walkmen’s own Paul Maroon and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij (who also appears on this song and in this video).
I was bummed out recently when I heard The Field Trip Music & Arts Festival would be happening this year (again) on a weekend that I’ll be out of town for. Last year, the festival had their inaugural event on June 8th at Fort York in Toronto. I spent a good part of that day riding my bike to Hamilton as part of the Ride To Conquer Cancer. I’ve committed to the ride again this year and it seems like both events don’t want to switch weekends, so I’m unfortunately going to miss year two of the event. Why does that suck? Check the lineup, its pretty great. Some of my favourite current (CHVRCHES, Lord Huron, The Darcys, Washed Out) and previous (Broken Social Scene, Interpol) favourite bands are performing.
Not to mention a reunion show for TO legends The Constantines.
Perhaps I can figure out a way to do both? Last year, a die hard Zeus fan on my ride team did just that. He biked to Hamilton in record time (120km or so), got a lift back to Toronto. Attended Field Trip and no doubt partied all night. The next morning, he got a lift to Hamilton, only to to get back on the bike and ride 100km to Toronto as part of the event. I guess I should start training for that.
Today, I’d like to point your attention to the Field Trip Discovery Series; “a new music and artist patronage program intent on identifying and supporting interesting and developing artists and presenting them to new audiences”. Pitchfork recently premiered their first feature, River Tiber‘s amazing “Atlantis”. Since the end of last year hearing “The Star Falls”, I’ve been loving what I’ve been hearing from Toronto’s Tommy Paxton-Beesley. Check it out.
Late to the party on this one, but better late than never.
Put Scott Reitherman (aka Pillar Point) on your radar. Formerly of the indie-pop outfit Throw Me the Statue, Scott is on the cusp of releasing his debut, self-titled album on 3rd March. Take a listen to the song “Echoes”; an evocative exploration of what Reitherman calls “that apathetic, shell-shocked feeling young people have when they’re trying to figure out what to do with their lives.” Good stuff.