‘Camilo (The Magician)‘ by Said The Whale
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While watching TV the other night, I found myself a little confused watching those funky stop-motion commercials for Sun Rype. You see, I always thought the song in the background was ‘Sleepy Tigers‘ by Her Space Holiday. Chances are you’ve seen it.
Well, the one I saw the other night had a new song in it. Sounding very similar to the original is ‘The Light Is You’ by Vancouver’s Said The Whale. I don’t know exactly why they would have basically made the same commercial twice, but I’ve found that sometimes Ad companies find out (from test groups) that people are too sick of catchy songs in commercials, from being overplayed/overheard. This is just speculation, but perhaps they needed a song that was new enough for the audience?
Take a look and decide for yourself.
Either way, this commercial put the music of Said The Whale on my radar. They are currently getting ready to release a full length record called Island Disappear on October 13th (Hidden Pony/EMI). Produced by Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, Mother Mother, The New Pornographers) and Tom Dobrzanski (Hey Ocean, Lotus Child), ‘Islands Disappear takes from experiences of driving across Canada set to songs that are sometimes danceable, sometimes folk, and all times intelligent’.
Tour dates below.
Oct 9th – Toronto, ON – Criminal Records **
Oct 10th – Toronto, ON – 102.1 The Edge **
Oct 11th – Peterborough, ON – Montreal House *
Oct 12th – Hamilton, ON – Casbah *
Oct 14th – Kitchener, ON – Maxwells *
Oct 15th – Ottawa, ON – Live Lounge *
Oct 16th – Fredericton, NB – Capital Bar *
Oct 17th – St George, NB – Pauls Wharf *
Oct 18th – Charlottetown, PE – Baba’s *
Oct 20th Hampton, NB – Vintage Bistro*
Oct 21st – Halifax, NB – Toothy Moose*
Oct 22nd – Fredericton, NB – The Capitol*
Oct 24th – St. John’s, NL – The Ship*
* with Hannah Georgas
** free, all ages
That’s tonight and probably the hotest ticket in town here in Toronto.
XM radio’s ‘The Verge’ (channel 52, focusing on new and emerging indie and alternative sounds from Canad) has decided to give away $50,000 to support Canadian music by giving away 25k to the best album and 25k to the best artist. Also, this award (unlike next week’s Polaris prize) is determined by the public in online voting. The long list was created from bands in regular rotation on the station, starting with 150 artists and 73 albums, now we have two shortlists:
Said The Whale
Red, Yellow, Blue – The Born Ruffians
Bring Me Your Love – City and Colour
Into Your Lungs – Hey Rosetta!
The Con – Tegan and Sara
Welcome To The Night Sky – Wintersleep
Who do you think is going to win?
If you are looking to head to one bar tonight, here’s your best bets.
DOTE Management showcase. Junior Boys, Born Ruffians, We’re Marching On, Young Rival, Koushik. Mod Club (50 badges/wristbands).
Voxtrot with Favorite Sons, Au Revoir Simone (all ages at 6pm), late show at 9:30pm (50 badges wristbands).
But if you are like me and don’t mind running around the city, check out:
Ivy Mairi, Now Lounge.
Rock Plaza Central, Lee’s Palace.
The Superfantastics, Silver Dollar.
Handsome Furs, Comfort Zone. Arrive early for that one.
Jenn Grant, C’est What.
Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Silver Dollar.