Who : Matt & Kim from Brooklyn.
What : A taste from the upcoming new full-length from Brooklyn’s super-fun duo Matt & Kim. After countless months touring, the band took time off to record in Matt’s childhood bedroom in Vermont. The result is called Grand . Now, they’re back on the road again, check myspace for details.
What : These two bands are currently touring the UK together. Why not cover each other’s songs? Young Turks has put out a limited edition pressing of 500 copies of this split and have been kind enough to provide links to the two songs (wait, zshare seems to be down for maintenance).
Who : Oldfolks Home from Winnipeg.
What : What’s the sweetest sounding song about hating a computer company you’ve ever heard? Might be the one below from Winnipeg’s Oldfolks Home . The artist name for Ricardo Lopez-Aguilar, a producer, sound-engineer and band member of Boats . The song is off his debut We Are The Feeding Line , which so far sounds like the guys from Air joining Stars hanging out with the Postal Service . Quite nice. He’s on the road currently, check the myspace page for dates.
Song : I Hate Dell .
I like watching bands get better. And from these earlier posts, you can see that I’ve been watching this 5-piece band from Hamilton (with songs about factories) grow into a powerhouse live band with a great album to back it up. Charlemagne became Arkells and Arkells have come into their own.
This year the band signed a deal with Dine Alone Records (City and Colour, Attack In Black) and it seems to have steered the band in the right direction. They went into the studio and did two things very well. With the help of producer Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, Fucked up) not only were the older songs off the Deadlines EP rerecorded/modified and made better, 7 new songs were recorded to aptly capture this bands’ ability to grow as songwriters and break out of familiar molds from their previous work. No longer can one say that this band sounds just ‘Springsteenesque‘ or like another version of the Constantines. Sure, you can hear elements of each somewhere on this album, but there is no longer a one-word description of what they sounds like.
The record is bound together by bluesy rock-riffs, group-vocal choruses, memorable melodies and a dynamic mix of guitars, organ, bass, drums and sweat. The re-worked songs on the album start strong (Deadlines as a killer lead-off), remind us of classic ’80s OV beer commercials (Ballad Of Hugo Chavez), bring back the harmonica (No Champagne Socialist) and lend the drums from the Foo Fighter‘s My Hero (Abigail, my favorite song on the record). The new songs are hooky (Pullin’ Punches, John Lennon) and emotive (I’m Not The Sun).
All the songs flow into each other like a live show.
Catch this band on tour right now, currently supporting Matt Mays & El Torpedo across Canada. Great fit for a lineup, I’d just be concerned if I were the headliner. You never want your opener to rock the crowd harder than you plan to. Tourdates on their myspace page.
Here’s the 2nd track off the record. Enjoy.
Pullin’ Punches. If you like Eagle*Seagulls‘ Photograph, I’m pretty sure you’ll like this one.
Who : That’s The Spirit from Ottawa.
What : Spending some time here listening to the debut LP (Staying Places , Antique Room ) from That’s The Spirit , the moniker of Ottawa local multi-instrumentalist Ben Wilson. In his music you might hear something along the lines of Yo La Tengo mixed with Iron and Wine . Or you be the judge. The has a theme of travel, here’s a song about some of those places along the way.
Song : Every City .