What : A beautiful folk song for you to close your eyes to. Growing up in farmland near London, Ontario, Fraser spent summers cutting trees, while winters were spent in the city at school. Autumn of ’08 brought us his 2nd effort ‘House On The Hill ‘, recorded at The Music Room, songs stretching from dusty folk to laid-back Americana rock. One foot in the field, the other on the sidewalk. Nice stuff, take a listen, more at his myspace .
Two posts ago I promised a full SXSW recap and to share the nuggets of good music I have cued in my inbox. I did not deliver. Truth is, I’ve barely been able to look at a computer screen in the last week or so. I’ve been way under the weather with a slew of flu like symptoms as well as dizzyiness and poor vision. I’m still waiting to find out exactly what is wrong with me, but my best guesses are either Labrynthitis or a virual infection I must have picked up in Austin. My condition has gotten better, as I’m not longer violently puking like saturday morning. What I still have though is a rough case of motion sickness and blurring in vision past 15 feet or so. I’m confident that if I treat the symptoms and get rest, eat well, etc. this will pass.
How did this all happen? Probably that dangerous coctail of bad habits culminating over CMW, SXSW, through the worst hangover on a flight I’ve ever taken in my life, to adjusting back to work here in Toronto. I’m now eating better, sleeping tons, haven’t had a drink in 9 days, and am getting my strength back.
Its been hard to even listen to music lately. Even the good stuff. But now I’m unplugging my weary ears, ready to get back into the swing of things.
What : From their second full length, and Secretly Canadian debut, here’s a taste off the upcoming album ‘Person To Person ‘ (June 23rd). For fans of Little Joy or Sam Roberts if Richard Ashcroft had also joined the band. Grizzly Bear has them opening a couple of their upcoming shows, also breaking them on their blog (before Kanye).
-you can get past a line faster if someone on the inside of the bar thinks you are from Pitchfork.
-Canadians are easily roasted in Austin sun.
-one should never mix rye and syrup. you’ll see.
Following up on my half-assed posts from last week, I really don’t have that much more to add about Tuesday night. I’ve remember more since (guitar hero at the PureVolume house, getting cigarette burned by a coleague and constantly getting re-introduced to music industry people I’ve met many times). Tuesday was really about settling in, setting up and setting out.
Wednesdaywas about the bands. I started the day by heading to see Sweden’s Marching Band, and Detroit’s Deastro following up. Marching Band were like many Swedish bands these days: full of cathy harmonies and hooks. Very enjoyable set. Deastro tore it up a little bit more. A set filled with interesting choices and changes. Check out Parallelogram. We headed to the Canadian Blast party out front of the Hilton. Two Hours Traffic formed the crowd. Arkells made them rock. Gotta say, Arkells were a real presence down in Austin. Heard a lot of people talking about their live show, which were carefully placed all over coveted showcase spots. I ended up leaving the party on my way to the Mayor’s office… for a party/reception.
The rest of the afternoon was kind of a blur. Too much time spent in the streets, not enough at the actual shows. This happens a lot in Austin, the more people you add to your group, the harder it is to make a decision on where to go next. Really, the best way to see bands might be to forget everyone you know and do it on your own.
Highlights of the nightwere catching the tail end of Ladyhawke‘s set at Stubb’s, Alex Cuba‘s chilled performance to end the night, but mainly The Temper Trap‘s set at Dirty Dog Bar. Judging by the industry in the crowd, you will hear about this band very very soon. Above average live show, songs completely back it all up. From October, we spun constantly and always had people asking who it was? Glad we saw it live. Here’s their video for Science Of Fear.
I had no idea the sun had my number all day. picture my forearms and forehead, red as a lobster. well, you gotta start that base sometime?
like Marching Band and Deastro to start the day. The Canadian Blast was both heavily Canadian and definitely a blast. Strong sets by Arkells, Two Hours Traffic. highlights later that night were The Temper Trap’s set. go see this band if you get the chance.
Better updates down the road, for now, I’ve gotta figure out how to see music and stay out of the sun.