Woodhands Show at Phoenix

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Where/When: The Phoenix, Friday April 17, 2009.

Who: Woodhands (headlining duo), The Carps (setup pair), Famous Players (two DJ’s)

In the battle of the two person group at the Phoenix on Friday night, one pair stood above the rest hands-down.Woodhands rocked the crowd by playing their catalogue of songs lush with frenetic vocals and interesting melodic changes over ripping bass lines.

What was nice about the energy filled set was that it did not sound like a hollow reproduction of their studio work. Much of this success came from their deft usage of loops and samples to ensure that all the little elements that make an interesting electronic beat were present.

Woodhands also used the show to continue to remind all comers that they still hold the mantle for most aggressive use of a key-tar in the creation of dance music.

It can be very tough to wake a Toronto crowd from its people-watching lull after many hours of practiced indifference, but full marks to the band for getting everyone moving by the middle of the set.

Friday Night Rock Song by Caledonia

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Who : Caledonia via Halifax and Toronto.

What : A song that’s my pick for a single off the upcoming ‘We Are America’ (June 3rd), here’s Friday Night Rock Song . A five-piece band based in both Canada’s east and middle, Caledonia ‘s a mix of individuals bringing a mosaic of different experiences to the table. What was created was an exploration of the notion of blame as an expression of our own self-doubt. A collaboration from the members personal experiences of both hope and anxiety. Produced by Dylan Hudecki (Junior Blue, By Divine Right ), get into this band and their sound. Catch them on the road in May and June (myspace ). Put them on your radar. Or just enjoy this song.

Song : Friday Night Rock Song . Also works well on a sunday night.

New Black Moth Super Rainbow with ‘Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise’

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Aside for this song going the full way on the same chord progression, HOW COOL IS THIS TRACK!!! Download Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise. Loving it here. Eagerly anticipating the record (Eating Us, May 26th). This record might sound different from previous ones, Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Weezer) produced it, so expect a more accessible psych-robot singing your favorite songs to get high to. The deluxe CD version of ‘Eating Us,’ featuring a 16-page art booklet and hairy summer jewel case jacket, is a limited edition, and Graveface has set up a reserve list for fans to ensure they get their own. If you’re looking for the Born On A Day 7inch single, check these locations on Record Store Day. Check their myspace page for US tourdates.


Take It In by Wye Oak

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Who : Wye Oak from Baltimore.

What : Looking forward to Wye Oak ‘s sophomore effort in The Knot , to be released on July 21st. Starting out as two friends recording songwriting demos together, this basement project has been growing leaps and bounds, including tours of the US and Europe and critical acclaim. The Knot was written by the duo of Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner in rural Cumberland, MD and in their Baltimore living room.

Song : Take It In . Great juxtaposition of quiet and loud, soft female vocals and crashing drums and guitar.

The Twelves Measure Up Metric

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Short post this time around. Brazil’s The Twelves have been tagged to remix a freshly released Metric track. Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Remix) comes out on the lighter side of their reworking catalogue by honing in on the sweetness of Emily Haines vocals in the chorus and adjusting accordingly with the bass and other accoutrements. Don’t expect a massive build/release in this one, but enjoy the walking bass line as it strolls towards a pleasant descending riff/outro after the words are all done.