This past march, Invisible Children and Friends With Both Arms undertook an ambitious goal to film 25 bans while in Austin for SXSW. “The Silver Series” campaign serves as a platform for established, as well as up-and-coming artists to use their music as a tool for education and awareness. They aimed to present artists in unconventional spaces; from tree tops to empty swimming pools- filmed by the Invisible Children art team. The preliminary artists featured include Guards, Sun Airway, Mutual Benefit, Memoryhouse, Jeremy Messersmith, Spirit Family Reunion, Jesse Woods and Bahamas. They’re also proud to partner alongside longtime supporters, La Blogotheque for selected “Takeaway Shows” with Maps & Atlases and Vandaveer.
Here’s a couple of my favourites, Memoryhouse performing “Lately” and a different take on Sun Airway‘s “Put The Days Away”. Enjoy.
Sick at home today. Still blogging though, here’s a couple links for you.
-The Dodos have recently given us a taste of their upcoming record No Color, a track called “Black Night” (below). Look for the album in March.
-Sun Airway are heading out on the road with Cults, Asobi Seksu and Small Black. Music blogYvynyl recently interviewed Jon Barthmus of the band and Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective (who create the band’s crazy live visuals).
-Toronto’s Neon Windbraker are set to release their first EP tonight at Rainbow Palace (213 Augusta Avenue)in Toronto, via the most interesting music delivery method I’ve heard of in quite a while. The band will give away 10 homemade meat sandwiches, 10 homemade vegetarian sandwiches and 30-40 pieces of fruit that come with a download link to their first EP. Here’s the event details.
-The Seedy Seeds have a new record called Verb Noun,available on the road at up coming tour dates and via select record stores and online outlets within the coming months. The Cincinnati trio are continuing crafting their own brand of folktronica, ‘blending elements of electronica with the typically analog sounds of banjo, strings, and vocal harmonies’. Check out the title track,Verb Noun.
-The Verge Awards have made this nominees for this years’ prize, Tegan & Sara, Stars and Arcade Fire lead the way with a few nominations (via Exclaim!).
-Finally, Toronto band Dinosaur Bones have announced the release of their first full length album, My Divider, out March 8th via Dine Alone Records. Massive North American tour on the go today, dates below. Here’s a track from the record, Royalty.
Upcoming North American Tour Dates:
02/03: Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
02/04: Ottawa, ON @ Caf矄ekcuf #
02/10: Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
02/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
02/12: Washington, DC @ Red Palace
02/15: Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
02/16: Barrie, ON @ Foxx Lounge
02/17: Peterborough, ON @ Red Dog
02/18: London, ON @ Fanshawe College (Out Back Shack)
02/19: Kitchener, ON @ Starlight
02/20: St. Catherines, ON @ L3 Nightclub
03/18: Austin, TX @ SXSW 矄 Paradise on 6th (10:00pm)
03/30: Kingston, On @ A.J.矄s Ale House *
04/01: Guelph, ON @ Peter Clark Hall *
04/02: London, ON @ London Music Hall *
04/03: Barrie, ON @ The Mansion *
04/08: Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall *
04/09: Sudbury, ON @ The Townhouse *
04/12: Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks *
04/13: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret *
04/17: Calgary, AB @ Republik *
04/18: Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room *
04/19: Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room *
04/23: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
04/24: Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub *
04/26: Nelson, BC @ The Hume Hotel *
07/09: Toronto, ON @ Edgefest 2011
-Evening Hymns. Now technically their album Spirit Guides was out in 2009, but I didn’t get my hands on it until sometime in this past year. I attended a great benefit concert at the Koerner Halland Orono, Ontario’s Evening Hymns performed a few of their songs. Totally blown away. For fans of Joel Plaskett and Hayden.
-Villagers. Again, like above, Villagers seemed to be pretty active before 2010 but I wasn’t aware. Big fan of this Irish band led by Conor O’Brien, not that Conor.
-Sun Airway. If you follow my site, you’ll know I’ve posted just about everything this young Philly band has done in 2010. First listens were in “Put The Days Away”, then my obsession became “Waiting On You” (via Aux and Indie Music Filter Volume 7).
-Darwin Deez. Master of guitar tone, headbands, clever lyrics and music videos. Check out “Bad Day”, an homage to wishing your enemies bad luck.
-Hungry Kids of Hungary. Brisbane four-piece with a penchant for writing really catchy songs. Recommended if you’re a fan of the Shins, Cold War Kids and especially Vampire Weekend. Here’s “Wristwatch”, another track that appeared on Indie Music Filter Volume 7.
-MNDR. Aka electronic musician Amanda Warner, go and hear her killer song “I Go Away“.