FWBA + Invisible Children present The Silver Series

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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.



On My Radar: Icona Pop, Blake Mills, Mother Mother, Bibio

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Just about to publish my picks for Canadian Music Week and SXSW, but before I do, here’s a couple things to tie you over.  First off, check out the Grooveshark logo just to your left.  It’ll open an ongoing playlist that I intend to update daily.  Might be a good replacement for the old playlist I have going, which is a bit of a pain in the a$$ to update.  Elsewhere,

-Icona Pop is popping up everywhere.  Coolest shit out of Sweden?  Maybe.  check out “Manners”.

-Checking out a few more tunes from Blake Mills, songs released on the newly formed vinyl label Analog Edition (started by Matt Carr from the blog Everybody Taste).    Check out “Winter Song” and “Hey Lover”, the 7″ from Blake Mills.

-New Starfucker song on RCRD LBL called “Death As A Fetish”.  Rad tune.

-Go grab the new free EP from Young Galaxy, this one’s a collection of remixes of We Have Everything.

-What Pi sounds like.  Starts off meh, end sounds great. Math is fun.

-Lady Lamb The Beekeeper on Consquence Of Sound.  Wow.

-Here’s the Track Of The Week post I did for today on Little Scream.  Go download “Cannons”.

-Mother Mother’s new album “Eureka” is streaming at Exclaim!.

-Totally hooked on “Heartattack” by Lovett, for fans of The Heavy.  Thanks Tympanogram.

-Pretty Much Amazing has a track called “Take Off Your Shirt” by Bibio.  Reminds me a little of LCD Soundsystem and Jamaica.

Currently Listening To: Alcoholic Faith Mission

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Here’s the first single from Danish sextet Alcoholic Faith Mission off their forthcoming EP titled And the Running with Insanity. The EP follows the group’s recent tour of sold out shows last year throughout Europe, which propelled Alcoholic Faith Mission to return to the US on tour this year, after becoming one of the stand out acts of CMJ ’10. The band will also hit the Under the Snow Festival inMontreal on March 10th and the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on March 15th, as well as dates at CMW and SXSW.

Check out “Running With Insanity”.

Alcoholic Faith Mission – Running With Insanity

Stuck On “No Silver”

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There’s something about Chris Bathgate’s track “No Silver”. Since posting it, I’ve had it on at least once a day. Now, I’ve come across his Bridgehouse Session at Mostly Midwest which has Chris playing an old dryer for percussion. Watch it here, Amazing. TheMichigan-based singer-songwriter has announced a series of tour dates that will take him around the East coast and Midwest, including a stop at SXSW. Bathgate will start the tour off solo, bare bones with a looping pedal and array of instruments as he is best known for, and will be joined by a full band later on in March and down at SXSW.

The White Sheet Winter Tour

1/25 – Secret Loft – Milwaukee, WI
1/26 – Project Lodge – Madison, WI
1/27 – Univ. of Kentuky – Lexington, KY
1/31 – Elbo Room – Chicago, IL
2/01 – The House – Dekalb, IL
2/04 – Dreamland Theater – Ypsilanti, MI
2/11 – Ottawa Tavern – Todelo, OH
2/12 – Scene MetroSpace – Lansing, MI
2/16 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
2/17 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
2/18 – Kennet Flash – Kennet, PA
2/19 – Pete’s Candy Store – New York, NY
2/22 – T.T. The Bears – Cambridge, MA
2/24 – Secret Show
2/25 – The Starving Artist – Keene, NH
2/26 – The Monkey House – Burlington, VT
2/28 – Allen St. Hardware – Buffalo, NY
3/01 – The Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
3/16-20 -SXSW – Austin, TX

Young Empires

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I had to double check my site while searching to see what I had written about Toronto’s Young Empires. From my findings, it seems as if I’ve only mentioned them from their show on the weekend and choosing them to be in my top 10 for the Hottest Canadian bands poll over at I Heart Music. Was that it? Didn’t I write about any of their songs?

Well, I did, but totally forgot it was for, where I made the bands’ “White Doves” the track of the week back in the start of August. If you’re not familiar with the track, you can download it at Aux or watch the video here.

Young Empires – “White Doves” from Young Empires on Vimeo.

I checked in with Jake from the band and he got me up to speed on what they’re up to.

The band just got through a summer/fall full of showcase tour dates in the UK, US and Colombia, including a few performances at CMJ. The Steam Whistle show was kind of a homecoming party before getting back to writing for their first record. Now that they have a month off before their next shows, they’re planning on finishing up more demos and writing as much as they can. With only a year together so far, they band are getting into a solid writing workflow & understanding of each others creative skillsets. The new year will see them on a few dates with Chromeo, a UK/Europe run in March right into SXSW.

All of this done with 4 demos (all of which you can stream here). Crazy. At the moment, I’m partial to “Glory Of The Night”, which made it onto theKitsune Maison 10 compilation.

Glory of the Night (Demo) by youngempires