The Slate Pacific

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This band just entered my radar. From Fredericton (New Brunswick) comes the 5-piece band The Slate Pacific. Centered around principal songwriter Logan Hawkes, we’ve got something here that hits a nice balance between moody folk and noisey indie rock. They’ve been doing some dates in the East Coast with Dog Day, Hey Rosetta! and Wintersleep in the past, more dates in March (myspace). Their debut EP (Safe Passage) will be out at the end of that month on Forward Music. Here’s a taste, Jenn’s Not Going To Make It.

These songs actually reminded me of a band called Beautiful Senseless. At the office we used to throw their discs in the player all the time. Don’t think they’re around anymore.

Skeleton Boy (Air France remix) by Friendly Fires

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I find myself posting about this song yet again. Can’t help it. Seems as if no matter what form this song is in, I’m going to move to it. That means the song itself has some sort of super powers. (Normally it takes a bunch of drinks to get me on a dancefloor).

Air France put their touches on this version, nice stuff.

Skeleton Boy (Air France remix) by Friendly Fires (via p4k ). Look for this song on the Skeleton Boy single (XL ).

Ship by Throw Me The Statue

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Who : Throw Me The Statue from Seattle.

What : In a lunch table discussion this weekend I heard about something called a ‘Best Of’ party from a friend of a friend (Mark). I don’t know all of the details, but from what I understand, everyone who attends the party has to compile a list of their top ten albums of 2008 as well as a mixtape featuring their best songs off those records. Each mixtape is played, while its curator is subjected to praise, criticism, or disqualification based on a strict list of rules. Apparently, everyone liked Fleet Foxes , MGMT , Vampire Weekend , and Bon Iver . Mark told me he threw in Throw Me The Statue (their album Moonbeams ). I remembered how damn catchy their song Lolita was, but I couldn’t recall the rest of the record.

Throw Me The Statue have got a new EP which came out yesterday titled Purpleface (Secretly Canadian ). The EP features the songs ‘Ship’, ‘Honey Bee’, ‘That’s How You Win’ and a reworking of ‘Written in Heart Strings’ (from Moonbeams ). Below is Ship , and how cool is that chorus? A great mosaic of converging melodies and instruments.

Song : Ship .

New Acorn Album called ‘Heron Act’

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The album (titled Heron Act, which is available physically only in the US and digitally worldwide via Paper Bag) was released yesterday and features a collection of live recordings, b-sides and rare songs. To go along with our recent update, The Acorn are having a tremendous 2009 thus far. Here’s a sample of the album, the Kanye approved Crooked Legs (video) (live at XM Radio in Toronto). And here’s the tracklisting.

1. Crooked Legs (XM Radio Toronto ON)
2. Brokered Heart (XM Radio Toronto ON)
3. Dents (My Old Kentucky Blog Pendleton IN)
4. Flood Pt.2 (Original Demo Nov.2006)
5. Good Enough (Cyndi Lauper cover)
6. Even While You’re Sleeping (My Old Kentucky Blog Pendleton IN)
7. Glory (1st Version)
8. Low Gravity (XM Radio Toronto ON)
9. Flood Pt.1 (XM Radio Toronto ON)
10. Hold Your Breath (Daytrotter Rock Island IL)

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Green Go show their remixes

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The remix. Really common in this generation we’re living in. Problem is that I hear so many of them that make songs worse than the same or better. Its rare that I come across one that peaks my interest as an artist building upon a previous artists work with something new.

Guelph’s Green Go have recently recorded a bunch of remixes that fall into that rare category. Here are some of their versions of Canadian indies (Gentleman Reg, The Rural Alberta Advantage, D’Urbervilles, Born Ruffians). I’d recommend you check out Sleep All Day (Rural Alberta Advantage) and How We Thunder (Gentleman Reg).