Week End Wrap Up • 01.16.15

Sept19-2014

Metro Winnipeg features Christine Fellows: “Winnipeg singer-songwriter Christine Fellows answered the call of the wild. Fellows’ sixth studio album and first poetry collection, Burning Daylight, released in September via ARP Books, started taking shape in February, 2011, when she and her husband, The Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson, toured the Yukon as Dawson City Music Festival’s songwriters-in-residence. Every night while visiting the land of the midnight sun, Fellows and Samson would read stories to each other, with Fellows choosing such Klondike adventures as Jack London’s To Build a Fire.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

The Uniter visits the home of Christine Fellows and John K Sampson for their “Whose House” feature: “Christine Fellows greets me at the door and immediately offers a cup of ginger tea, and it barely takes half a moment to feel welcomed and warmed. Fellows and John K Samson are each notable musicians, writers and all-around creators with a vast body of work between them. Fellows recently released both an album and poetry collection titled Burning Daylight, which she is preparing to tour through the Yukon and BC. ‘I started writing it up in Dawson (City, Yukon) when we were the songwriters in residence in Dawson in 2011. So I started it back then, and I always said when I finished that I wanted to bring it back up there. Because it’s all inspired by Jack London stories, which are big in the North because he was writing about the Klondike,’ Fellows explains.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

Exclaim! on The Golden Dogs3 ½: “Remember the Golden Dogs? If you do, then you know that the Toronto indie rock band haven’t released an album since 2010’s Coat of Arms. That will change on February 17, when they deliver 3 ½. This is the band’s first release to feature their overhauled lineup. Since their last LP, singer Jessica Grassia has moved from keyboards to drums, while Stefanie McCarrol has taken over on keys and guitar, and Alejandro Cairncross is now on bass. Only co-founder Dave Azzolini has retained his original position.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

New Canadian Music on Michael Feuerstack‘s “The Devil” from The Forgettable Truth: “‘The Devil’ is the second advance single from the record, following on from the moody and haunting ‘Clackity Clack.” Feuerstack has always worked on a large sonic canvas, and this new track is no exception. It has an urgent rhythm and a slightly sinister undertone.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Razmataz Magazine on Del Bel: “‘In My Solitude’, the fist single from Del Bel’s upcoming self-titled release, is the kind of song that you hear over the opening credits of a TV show, then spend months trying to find out what it’s called and where you can get it, and then another coupe of months listening to it over, and over, and over. And if it’s any indication of what we can expect from the band’s February 10 album, be very excited.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Exclaim! on BA Johnston‘s Shit Sucks: “This 19-song set — which will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette or digital download — was captured by producer Mike O’Neill (the Inbreds). According to the announcement, this album ‘treads familiar territory for Hamilton’s Sweatiest Entertainer. Spirited numbers about sitting on the couch and stealing booze from your mom’s liquor cabinet mix with self-effacing tracks about solo pizza parties and the obliteration of Toronto. Quintessential B.A.’ Quintessential B.A. indeed — just take a look at that tracklist below, which includes song titles like ‘IKEA Hotdog,’ ‘Nuke Toronto’ and ‘BK Has a New King.'”

Read the whole piece HERE.

Canuckistan Music on Dean Drouillard‘s UFO Houses: “…there is certainly plenty for guitar knobs to like on UFO Houses. Things kick off with the dreamy ‘Return to the Start,’ a fetching ode to the ghost of George Harrison, where Drouillard bleeds buckets of that pathos-inducing slide guitar the quiet Beatle was so famous for. Elsewhere, ‘Lost City’ takes a turn down twangier, Shadows-inspired avenues, while the title track is a rapt, introspective acoustic work of extreme beauty, a la Jim O’Rourke, that builds to an intensely satisfying climax…fans of instrumental music would definitely do well to track this down.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Ben Watt performs his song “Hendra” on Exclaim!TV:

Finally, here is a re-cap of some of our clients that have hit the !earshot charts this week:

Top 30 Weekly National Charts:
#9 – Legato Vipers – LV
#27 – Vogue Dots – Mauka
#47 – Dean Drouillard - UFO Houses

January 9, 2015 • 01.09.15

Jan9-2015

Happy 2015! We’re back at Pigeon Row HQ kicking things into high gear for the new year. Here’s a look at some of the coverage that came our way over the break.

Exclaim! on Michael Feuerstack‘s “The Devil, his latest single from The Forgettable Truth: “This track is a little more rocking than much of Feuerstack’s downcast material. Devilish references aside, this is a fairly buoyant number, with an electrified krautrock surge that never relents more over than five minutes and is occasionally injected with sonic daggers in the form of harsh guitar solos.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

BRBR on Michael Feuerstack‘s The Forgettable Truth: “Bien qu’exilé de la côte Est depuis plusieurs décennies, Michael Feuerstack demeure une des plus belles plumes originaires de la région, en plus d’être un des artisans les plus prolifiques de la scène chansonnière du Canada. Feuerstack livre en février The Forgettable Truth, le troisième disque depuis avoir mis de côté le pseudonyme Snailhouse, en 2012.”

Read the whole piece, en français, HERE.

Kreative Kontrol features an interview with The Weather Station. Listen to the podcast HERE.

Zachary Houle on Cam Smith‘s Cannon: “Cam Smith peppers Cannon with various guest rappers and singers, but he comes across as a consummate artist, with a skill and flow on the mic. However, Cannon is a record that signals ambition and vision. It really feels more than a listening experience, painting vivid pictures in your mind. And it basically has the message that, yes, the world is a serious and cruel place, but sometimes you just need to let go and have some fun once in awhile so you don’t get overwhelmed or depressed about life’s ills. Plus, I think this might be the only album in existence that causally namedrops Canadian porn star Peter North. Basically, Cannon is a work of art, one that is vividly serious in scope, and a total, immersive experience to get involved with. Cam Smith is an artist worth watching and keeping an eye on.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Exclaim! on the Available Light Film Festival: “Although Whitehorse’s Available Light Film Festival is primarily geared towards movie buffs, music fans will also want to play close attention to the event when it runs from February 6 to 15, since it will include a series of notable performances. On the festival’s opening night (February 6), Toronto alt-country outfit the Wooden Sky will perform a kickoff concert at the Yukon Arts Centre along with local act Old Cabin.”

Read the whole piece and learn more about all the musical performances HERE.

Zachary Houle on Legato VipersLV: “Despite the fact that LV was recorded live on half-inch reel-to-reel tape in Guelph, Ontario, the sound is crisp and ferocious. There are some cheeky nods at pop culture: ‘Spy Vs. Spy’ will have you racing for your Mad magazines, and ‘Don’t Fear The Cab Driver Mr. Reaper’ pokes a bit of fun at Blue Öyster Cult. Put it this way, if Quentin Tarantino ever needed another surf rock number to score an opening credit sequence, I’ve got just the band for him. LV, despite its fall release date, will definitely wanna make you Hang Ten, no matter where in the world you are.”

Beth Campbell of RJS Craft Winemaking stops by Global Morning Halifax to talk about making wine at home. Watch the segment below.

BRBR on Del Bel‘s new, self-titled album: “Au long des 9 chansons, Del Bel rassemble des influences cinématographiques dans un contexte monochrome, permettantà tous les éléments mélodiques de dérouler, comme si ces musiques étaient projetées sur grand écran…Avec ses nombreuses collaborations, son sens de l’image et ses grooves, cette seconde offrande de Del Bel a tout ce qu’il faut pour devenir la bande sonore de Bristol, en Angleterre, sous la neige.”

Read the whole review, en français, HERE.

Adobe & Tearsdrops names Nudie‘s Remember This one of their favorite records of 2014: “This was the first album of 2014 that I fell for. Nudie combines the driest of wits with good old, dirt-kickin’ country. If you miss it the first time, spin it now.”

Read the whole year-end list HERE.

Finally, here is a re-cap of some of our clients that have hit the !earshot charts this week:

Top 30 Weekly National Charts:
#7 – Vogue Dots – Mauka
#27 – Legato Vipers – LV

Top 200 Yearly National Charts for 2014:
#19 – Dog Day – Fade Out
#55 – Nap Eyes – Whine of the Mystic
#66 – Jon McKiel – Jon McKiel
#84 – Legato Vipers – LV
#85 – Vogue Dots – Toska
#114 – Kuato – The Great Upheaval
#176 – Wet Denim – Wet Denim

Week End Wrap Up • 12.19.14

Nov21-2014

CBC Music names Vogue DotsMauka one of the most underrated albums of 2014: “Babette Hayward and Tynan Dunfield are all about seductive ambience. Mysterious, melodic and warm, the Halifax/Moncton duo’s debut EP, Toska, has all the makings of a buzz band with legs. We can’t wait to see what they do with a full-length.”

See the whole list HERE.

CBC Fredericton’s Bob Mersereau on Vogue Dots: “[Toska] was made up of electronics, synths, thumps and mini-collages, the pair creating a lush, hazy and modern cushion of sound. The vocals moved in and out, mostly just slightly obscured in the mix, loud enough to make out the words, but not overpowering. That gives the effect of a dream state, and why this genre gets called dream pop a lot. The pop part comes from the fact it is quite lovely and melodic, no matter how much tinkering and audio effects are there. The two main ingredients are still the pretty melodies and beautiful singing.”

Read the whole feature HERE.

Silent Shout names Vogue DotsToska the best EP of 2014, calling it a “startling genre-spanning debut.” See the whole list HERE.

Noisey features Christine Fellows and her new album & book of poems, Burning Daylight: “Myths can grow and change, though, and Christine Fellows’ new record, Burning Daylight (which is also the title of a Jack London novel), has discovered new treasures in the land of the midnight sun. Fellows gives us a fresh look at nature in the North—and at the women who have been relegated, by some of the region’s most celebrated writers, to a silent backdrop in front of which male adventure fantasies played out. The Gold Rush-era characters she inhabits are strong and tough as hell.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

Christine Fellows performs “Call of the Wild” from Burning Daylight for Exclaim!TV: “Opening with heavily sustained notes from her accompanying cellist, Fellows soon begins her intricately fingerpicked ukulele melodies. The minimalist approach does well in supporting Fellows’ vocals, on top of vivid lyrical work concerning nature and the environment. Moments of vocal call and response between Fellows and her cellist, who impressively harmonizes with her own instrument, give way to a celebratory chorus – a welcome bit of contrast to the song’s brooding verses.”

Check out the video below, and click HERE to read more.

MuchMusic includes The Constantines in their list of the Best Reunions of 2014: “Canadian indie-rockers The Constantines reunited to celebrate the 11th anniversary of their album, Shine A Light. This marked the first time the band had performed together since 2009 and similar to Outkast, the band went on tour all summer to celebrate their reunion. Their live set was heavy on songs from Shine A Light and was a highlight of this year’s Field Trip festival held in Toronto by Arts & Crafts Records.”

Read the whole list HERE.

BRBR on My Name Is Mathias: “…cette compilation est une occasion inouïe non seulement de savourer toute la portée de l’humour de The Burning Hell, mais aussi de saisir l’universalité derrière ces chansons. Pour cela, il ne faut remercier ni les participants au projet ni le duo Stratis et Ferrio, mais bien Mathias Kom. Ce grand témoignage d’amour permet à Kom de faire son entrée parmi les immortels de la chanson indé canadienne. Pour les mélomanes, les 18 chansons offrent un magnifique prétexte pour découvrir ou redécouvrir The Burning Hell.”

Read the whole review, en français, HERE.

Indie Shuffle on Del Bel‘s “In My Solitude” from their forthcoming self-titled album:  ‘In My Solitude’ foregoes the eerie and the ominous for a far more seductive tone with a low-tempo staccato, string-bending moans, and single-strummed chords echoing throughout a sparse verse. Throw in Lisa Conway’s enticing voice and it’s hard not to picture the vocalist crooning to a dimly-lit crowd with hazes of cigarette smoke permeating the air, as lyrics like, ‘Though the whiskey bottle’s shape shifts, it proudly finds its form,” and “…by the light of the woods, I will sing for the lonely,’ are being sung. Though the song’s subtlety is maintained, it does have a modicum of grandeur, with a horn section crawling into the chorus, and a final sax solo in the outro, both delivering a luring sound that would perfectly complement a film noir.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Said The Gramophone includes Dog Day, Nap Eyes, and LIVINGSTON on his Best Songs of 2014 list. Here’s what the Giller Prize winner had to say about Nap Eyes: “A band from Halifax with a sound like young caterpillar and old silk, like the Velvet Underground and Electrelane and Destroyer and Guided by Voices. Music as simple as Nap Eyes’ seems adaptable to many metaphors. Like a towel, like a gun, like a US treasury bond – you could use this in lots of different ways. They are a rock band just so faintly tripping. They are priests of Shaolin and the Holy See, with electric guitars in their hands.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

The Coast includes Kim Harris, Cam Smith, and Nap Eyes on their Top 20 Albums of 2014 list. Read the whole list HERE.

CKDU 88.1FM reports that Kim HarrisOnly The Mighty and Kuato‘s The Great Upheaval were the most played albums of the year at the station. See the Top 10 list HERE.

Quick Before It Melts includes “Past The Stars” from the debut José Contreras solo album on their year end compilation Song 2014: Vol. 1. Download that comp HERE. The site also included “Way With Silence” from Vogue Dots, “Gangly Dancer” from Legato Vipers, and “What Am I Going To Do (With Everything I Know)” from The Weather Station on Volumes 5 & 6. Download those comps HERE.

Check out some concert footage of the You’ve Changed Records Five Year Anniversary Concert featuring Richard Laviolette, Baby Eagle, Marine Dreams, The Weather Station, Daniel Romano and the Trilliums, and Shotgun Jimmie:

Here is a re-cap of some of our clients that have hit the !earshot charts this week:

Top 30 Weekly National Charts:
#24 – Vogue Dots – Mauka
#28 – Dean Drouillard – UFO Houses

Top 200 Monthly National Charts for November 2014:
#14 – Legato Vipers – LV
#55 – Dean Drouillard – UFO Houses
#71 – Christine Fellows – Burning Daylight
#81 – Fossil Cliffs – Fossil Cliffs
#91 – Vogue Dots – Mauka
#123 – Coyote – Proof of Life
#135 – VKNGS – VKNGS
#180 – Bend The River – So Long Joan Fontaine

And finally, happy holidays to our friends, followers, clients, and colleagues. Wishing you all the best for 2015!

– Matt, Trev & Bo: Team Pigeon Row

Week End Wrap Up • 12.12.14

Oct17-2014

The Weather Station stopped by CBC’s Radio Q for some live performances and a feature interview last week. Watch the performance of “Don’t Understand” live from Studio Q below, and click HERE to listen to the interview.

Del Bel premieres “In My Solitude, the debut single from their upcoming self-titled album on Chart Attack: “The staccato ‘In My Solitude’ matches dynamic slow-building horns and keys (an approach shared by fellow atmosphere-above-all-else proponents Timber Timbre) with [Lisa] Conway’s studied jazz vocals, creating an eerie out-of-time soundscape that could have been picked up by some decades-old radio transmission.”

Read the whole piece and listen to the track HERE.

Direct Current Music on Del Bel‘s “In My Solitude” : “Judging by the band’s press photo, it can’t come as too much of a surprise that the thematic and stylized music of Toronto’s Del Bel has a twisty, twisted Twin-Peaks-styled aura wafting about, like the soundtrack to some modern film noir soundtrack replete with aching torch vocals — courtesy Lisa Conway — and a thick layer of cabaret grease paint. New self-titled album arriving February 10 follows up the band’s critically praised 2011 debut Oneiric and again features the deft song compositions and orchestrated arrangements of co-founding member Tyler Belluz.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Pennyblackmusic on Legato VipersLV: “Canuck surf twang, you say? Indeed Ontario’s Legato Vipers cause plenty of mayhem with their mere 16 guitar snares. Their rolling riffs surface above the swamps of bluesy garage surf and garage rock, in a lower gear than might be fashionable these days; with Cronin, Segall and similar freaks setting new speed records. Ripping through decades of instrumental guitar music history, LV renders moments of joy to the already initiated and plenty of surprises to the young at heart. ‘Don’t Fear the Cab Driver Mister Reaper’ is a neat combination in honour of both. I reckon even grizzly bears in Canada would know how to dance to this album…Should your local pub not have this LP, leave immediately.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Canuckistan Music on Vogue DotsMauka: “That canvas of sorts – in this case, the four-song Mauka EP and its sibling effort Toska, released just five months prior – is tinted with decidedly darker, more sombre hues. This is especially so on Mauka‘s lead-off track, ‘Way with Silence,’ as well as the near-somnambulant ‘Tux,’ where Hayward’s vocal assumes a lazy, almost detached tone. The club-friendly ‘Way Out’ is much better, with messier, industrial beats that seem almost designed to blow a tweeter or two.”

Read the whole review HERE.

The Coast on Cam Smith‘s Cannon: “You’re at a party at Cam Smith’s house, and it’s one for the books. There are crushes, belly laughs, Roots is on TV and some of the most innovative artists in the city are hanging out and eating Tostitos. Cannon is heavily narrated throughout track transitions under this premise, making this album vaguely conceptual…The songs are tight. Production, hooks, vocals are both precise and just chaotic enough to inject energy. The selection of featured artists reads like a who’s who of who to watch in the hip-hop scene locally. Standout contributions from XXX CLVR and Nicole Ariana are jewels in Cannon’s crown, but the spotlight here shines on Smith and rightly so.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Adobe and Teardrops on Graham NicholasSometimes Chicken, Sometimes Feathers: “Hailing from Toronto, Graham Nicholas delivers a tour-de-force of finely crafted folk and country. Sometimes Chicken, Sometimes Feathers is a surprisingly confident album (surprisingly only in that it’s Nicholas’ first full-length.) The songs on here are instantly likeable. ‘Roll Me Up’ and ‘Sunday Kind of Love’ show off Nicholas’ playful side — and it’s damn good rock’n’roll. Then there’s ‘Heart Please Forgive Me,’ a classic country tune. My favorite song, though, is ‘Happy Endings,’ an incisive commentary on youth and the twenty-first century that is a feat in brevity, rhyming, and delivery.Sometimes Chicken, Sometimes Feathers establishes Nicholas as a strong, one-of-a-kind voice on the scene today.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Finally, here is a re-cap of some of our clients that have hit the !earshot charts this week:

Weekly Top 50 National Charts:
#25 – Legato Vipers – LV
#29 – Vogue Dots - Mauka

Week End Wrap Up • 12.05.14

December5-2014

PopMatters on Community Theatre‘s Northern Register: “Northern Register serves as a much needed reminder that, hey, there’s music being made in Canada’s Arctic. Granted, the album does get a little saggy in the middle, but repeated listening does smooth out the softness and out-of-placeness of a song such as ‘Winter Studies No. 4.’ There’s a lot of variety on this record, from the Neil Young-esque ‘Snailhouse’—the song, not the artist formerly known as—to the ‘60s-style pop of ‘I Think My World Just Got a Little Bit Bigger.’ The album straddles the lines between rock, folk and country. So, by all means, track this album down, give it a listen, and be reminded that even though Canada’s North can be dark for a good part of the year, there’s a great deal of light and warmth coming from its music scene.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Said The Gramophone on Community Theatre‘s Northern Register: “Community Theatre is another grinning project from the geniuses of the folk underground. Kom and a pile of other singer-songwriters, all of em united in studio for a session in the Yukon. The contributors include Michael Feuerstack, Richard Laviolette, Baby Eagle, members of Construction & Destruction, Marine Dreams, and many more. Shotgun Jimmie leads the ensemble here, raising a tattered chorus. Part-pious, part-hilarious, it’s a tribute to the northern lights and the endless journey; rousing as a husky’s shout, stirring as hot coffee in a styrofoam cup. It’s a new blizzard, a long-stoked fire, a cozy winter’s cabin just filled with friends. A party you wish you were at, harmony flying out of that chimney like smoke.”

Read the whole review from Giller Prize award winner Sean Michaels HERE.

Gray Owl Point on Vogue DotsMauka: “While dark and gloomy Toska made its debut early this year and catapulted the band forward, the balance of Mauka, along with and added richness, offers up the reassurance that there’s longevity to this dream pop collaboration…It’s impossible not to get lost in Hayward’s voice and the way it flows so smoothly with Dunfield’s samples. By the time the final note sounds on the punchy ‘Way Out,’ coming out of the trance Vogue Dots creates feels like the abrupt end of a delicious high—leaving behind a sense of emptiness and making a return to the beginning of the 17 minute EP an absolute necessity.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Munchies features Acadian Embassy and the traditional Acadian culinary staple, rappie pie: “Still, there’s a unifying sense of history and community that keeps the culture going strong. Rappie pie is infamous for a reason—it’s a dish with the kind of sincerity and honesty that defies any generational or political gap: it’s community, pure and simple. Endurance has long been a part of the Acadian spirit, and they’ll not be broken of it any time soon.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

!earshot20 interviews VKNGS drummer Nick Wombolt. Check out the interview HERE.

Finally, here is a re-cap of some of our clients that have hit the !earshot charts this week:

Weekly Top 50 National Charts:
#12 – Legato Vipers – LV
#26 – Vogue Dots - Mauka
#46 – Dean Drouillard - UFO Houses

Monthly Top 200 National Charts for October 2014:
#21 – Legato Vipers – LV
#54 – Slow Leaves – Beauty Is So Common
#64 – Coyote – Proof Of Life
#73 – Fossil Cliffs – Fossil Cliffs
#86 – Christine Fellows – Burning Daylight
#135 – Graham Nicholas – Sometimes Chicken, Sometimes Feathers
#163 – Vogue Dots – Toska

Monthly Top 20 National Folk/Roots/Blues Charts for October 2014:
#4 – Slow Leaves – Beauty Is So Common

Week End Wrap Up • 12.01.14

Nov22

The Coast features Kung Fu Elliot, which is screening at the Outlier Film Festival on Saturday: “A 30-something man in a karate gi stands outside of CD Heaven in the Dartmouth plaza. He’s selling DVDs of his indie action film, They Killed My Cat, and he calls himself Canada’s only martial arts hero. Later, his girlfriend Linda sits beside him in Chinese dress. This man is Elliot Scott. And he is a legend. Premiering in Atlantic Canada at The Outlier Film Fest, Kung Fu Elliot is one of the most honest and entertaining documentaries of the last decade. It follows the former karate champion and his friends as they work together on Elliot’s no-budget feature Blood Fight.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

The Chronicle Herald features Kung Fu Elliot: “Amid the New Zealand vampires, sexual escapism and those old favourites, Nazi zombies, this week’s Outlier Film Festival includes a true-life story of a dreamer who gets caught up in his own fantasy. Halifax filmmaker and martial artist Elliot Scott wanted to fill a niche in this country’s entertainment scene and stake his claim as Canada’s next action film star. Early micro-budget efforts They Killed My Cat and The Stalker and the Hero earned him some attention, especially from Moncton documentary makers Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau, who set out to chart Scott’s efforts in the award-winning Kung Fu Elliot.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

Our own Matt Charlton stopped by Global Morning Halifax to chat about the Outlier Film Festival. Check out the interview below:

The Uniter on Vogue DotsMauka: “This four-song EP from New Brunswick chillwave duo Vogue Dots delivers the sad. You could probably play these tracks over clips of a depressed DJ playing to one sad kid at the club, holding a drink, nodding off (but beautifully photographed, naturally). ‘Way With Silence’ showcases gloriously ethereal vocals over sparse blips, while “Tux” takes you out to that cocktail party for all of your best friends’ corpses. Things kick up a little bit with ‘Jealous Arts,’ which dusts off the dance shoes but still stands in the corner, and closer “Way Out” eats up the leftover beats and spits them out for all to enjoy. It’s a methodical little offering, one that walks a lot of lines and crosses even more. Your headphones will thank you.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Indie Underground on Vogue DotsMauka: “The Halifax, Canadian band has been busy, as it’s also their second release this year (following up their debut release, Toska). Back in August, Indie Underground posted about the memorable song,’Way Out” (also on Mauka ), but a new, standout track has emerged recently since the album stream. The song is called, “Way With Silence.” It’s a mesmerizing track that turns into an industrial gear in the last third of the song.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

The Chronicle Herald features Sea Fever Rum: “Sea Fever Rums will be sold in 40 NSLC stores, as well as private wine stores, in three varieties: amber, spiced and coffee maple. ‘Rum is an integral part of Nova Scotia’s DNA. Our Sea Fever Rum is unique, a blend of select Caribbean and Canadian rums. We spent years tasting rums from all over, which is a tough job, to develop our own recipes, culminating in the three rums presented here today,’ said [Glynn] Williams, who is investing $7 million to $10 million in the construction of a distillery and expansion of his Rare Bird Brewery.

Read the whole piece HERE.

Halifax Bloggers on Sea Fever Rum: “The craft blend is made from three-year aged Caribbean and Canadian rums, Full Steam Coffee and Nova Scotia maple syrup. A perfect sipping rum (I’ve never said that before), with prominent notes of maple, coffee, liquorice and subtle notes of vanilla and fig. It was absolutely perfect with the eggnog. According to Jordan Dickie (The Viral Barman), mixologists are going to love using this rum to balance the booze in many bourbon, whiskey, rye or scotch based classic cocktails to add a ‘mature sweetness.'”

Read the whole feature HERE.

Ride The Tempo on Dean Drouillard‘s UFO Houses: “Drouillard uses a wide variety of guitars and a wide variety of guitar effects on the album, lending it a richness of sound. However, his basic approach is essentially the same throughout — establish a riff on one guitar, repeat the riff and then add layers of other instruments to build on that riff. Simple, but highly effective…the styles vary from the soft rock rhythm of ‘Mid Air’ to the swirling corporate rock guitar battle on ‘Return To The Start,’ and from an indie folk vibe on ‘UFO Houses’ to the funky dance beat of ‘Monster Walk.’  The emotional tone varies also — ‘Return To The Start’ is playful whereas ‘Shovelling An Abundance of Light’ is mournful, and there is a yearning expressed in ‘Lost City’ whereas with ‘Monster Walk’ all you want to do is boogie.”

Read the whole review HERE.

PopMatters on Slow Leaves‘ Beauty Is So Common: “This is evocative music, and the album works as a whole. Some of this material echoes latter-day Iron and Wine, but leaning a bit more heavily on the country and rock sides of the fence…Beauty Is So Common is a strong record that offers so much variety, and that’s what keeps things from getting stale. There’s also energy to these songs, even the laid-back numbers, which is also a key strength. Basically, Slow Leaves is an outfit that has brought forth an excellent LP, and country-folk-rock fans will clutch this close to their chests. Beauty Is So Common is beautiful and not altogether common, and it’s quite startling.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Bob Mersereau on Dan MacCormack‘s Symphony of Ghosts: “MacCormack took ten different Richards books and created a song around each, for the album Symphony Of Ghosts. Sometimes the words would come directly from the text, or a little bit of the plot. The song Evening Snow is one, repeating directly that beautiful title of Richards’ novel Evening Snow Brings Such Peace. Good Friday takes us into the familiar logging camps of the New Brunswick woods. Like all Richards’ books, the songs are set in rural locales, the fictional world Richards has created around his Miramichi home. Richards, by the way, is pleased as punch with the album, and has given it a hearty and full approval.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Finally, here is a re-cap of some of our clients that have hit the !earshot charts this week:

Weekly Top 50 National Charts:
#11 – Legato Vipers – LV
#44 – Vogue Dots - Mauka

Week End Wrap Up • 11.21.14

Nov21-2014

The Urbanite on Vogue DotsMauka: “‘Way With Silence’ starts a percussive clapping that builds into desolate vocals, a desparation, a sadness. The music becomes repetitive and monotonous while the vocals keep you captivated with a rolling melody. By the end it becomes pseudo-industrial in its synthetic drumming ending not with a bang, but a whimper. Much of the short four tracks follow this sort of pattern. It’s more about the emotion peddled through textures than it is about actual music. That’s not a bad thing, certainly it’s different. By the end it reaces its apex picking up the pace, sounding more aggressive while maintaining niceties, it almost seems proper in its climax.”

Read the whole review HERE (p. 8)

The Brunswickian on “Way With Silence” from Vogue Dots: “In late October, New Brunswick’s Vogue Dots released their four-song EP, Mauka. The record was primarily written and recorded in a cottage in Belle Isle, but that doesn’t mean it is filled with simplistic campfire songs. The electronic duo use synths and killer vocals from singer Babette Hayward to create a refreshing product that conjures up images of a late night cityscape, not a cottage in the middle of the woods.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Quick Before It Melts shares details of By Divine Right‘s tribute to Depeche Mode: “Earlier in the month, By Divine Right released a second track from the forthcoming Speak and Spell tribute album Quick Before It Melts first mentioned back in September. The record takes Depeche Mode’s classic 1981 debut album–the only one in the band’s catalogue written by founding member Vince Clarke before his departure–and digs beneath its synth pop surface to discover its hidden musicality, and that, as José Contreras says he always suspected, ‘[Speak and Spell] would make a killer By Divine Right record.’ After teasing listeners with the iconic ‘Just Can’t Get Enough,’ By Divine Right are now sharing ‘New Life’ ahead of the full record release, scheduled for early 2015 on Headless Owl Records.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

Sous Casa on The Weather Station‘s What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know: “It would be easy to focus on Tamara’s voice; it’s beautiful and strong (there’s a reason she’s been asked to sing harmonies for some of the biggest names), but still cracks with tenderness when required. The smokiness is as inviting as an evening campfire, but her passion burns long after the sun starts to rise over the horizon. What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know is an EP, but it’s delivered with patience and full of well thought out arrangements that help it feel like a longer record. Somehow songs built on uncertainty and self doubt oozes confidence. This EP will be followed up by a full length in 2015, but these six songs already let the music world know that Tamara is one of the best writers we have to offer.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Exclaim! shares details of Headless Owl‘s toast to The Burning Hell frontman, Mathias Kom with My Name Is Mathias: A Tribute to the Songs of Mathias Kom: “Mathias Kom has been releasing music for the better part of a decade with his band the Burning Hell, and evidently he’s made a big impression on a lot of people. This much is clear from My Name Is Mathias: A Tribute to the Songs of Mathias Kom, a new album from Headless Owl Records that’s packed with cover songs from notable contributors. The album features contributors such as Dan Mangan, Great Lake Swimmers, John K. Samson of the Weakerthans, Michael Feuerstack, Mike O’Neill of the Inbreds, Dave Bidini of Rheostatics, Jenny Omnichord, Kim Barlow, Construction & Destruction, Nick Ferrio and more.”

Read the whole review HERE.

CBC Radio 3 champions Mardeen and urges them to put out a new record: “It’s been just two years since Cape Breton’s amazing Mardeen, the Weezer of Canada, released their last album (Miss You Forever, 2012), BUT: with rumours swirling that Alvvays’s hit song ‘Archie, Marry Me’ is about Mardeen guitarist Archie Rankin, it seems Mardeen should be riding the wave with an ‘answer’ song ASAP. The only potentially awkward part is that Archie is actually cousins with Molly Rankin, and related to at least one other member of Alvvays. What happens in the Maritimes stays in the Maritimes. Don’t judge! Also: Mo Kenney’s (no family relation) new single is a Mardeen cover. The time is now, Mardeen!”

See the whole list HERE.

This week, Rain Over St. Ambrose released a teaser trailer for their forthcoming record. Check it out below:

Finally, here is a re-cap of some of our clients that have hit the !earshot charts this week:

Weekly Top 50 National Charts:
#23 – Legato Vipers – LV
#50 – Dean Drouillard - UFO Houses