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

Week End Wrap Up • 11.14.14

Nov14-2014

The Chronicle Herald features Dan MacCormack and his new album, Symphony of Ghosts: “Halifax singer-songwriter Dan MacCormack got out of a writer’s block when he came across a line from a David Adams Richards novel. That launched him on a five-year journey of reading over 15 novels — twice — by Richards and writing 10 songs for his first solo CD, Symphony of Ghosts. The first song, ‘Face Your Hunters,’ takes its chorus from the Richards line, ‘You either face your hunters or run from them,’ from the novel For Those Who Hunt The Wounded Down. ‘The quote so perfectly captured what I was writing about in my song that I decided to scrap my song and build the song around the character in the book,’ says MacCormack.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

The Coast on Dan MacCormack‘s Symphony of Ghosts: “Dan MacCormack’s latest album, October’s Symphony of Ghosts, lives in the fertile valley between folk and literature. MacCormack’s album was the result of six years of work, picking away his concept of an entire album based on the 15—now 16—novels of David Adams Richards. Dubbed ‘literary folk,’ MacCormack’s inspiration for the album came from Adams Richards’ rich written world and his humble, enthralling characters.”

Read the whole feature HERE.

Dan MacCormack stops by Global Morning Halifax for an interview and performance. Check it out below.

Exclaim! reviews Nova Scotia Music Week sets by Ria Mae, Alert The Medic, The Brood, Cam Smith, Monomyth, SoHo Ghetto, Quiet Parade, Like A Motorcycle, Dance Movie, and Blue Rodeo. See all the reviews HERE.

The Chronicle Herald on Nova Scotia Music Week: “After plying its melodic wares at opposite ends of the province, from Yarmouth and the South Shore to Sydney, Nova Scotia Music Week finally set its sights on the heart of the region this year, and scored a bullseye in Truro. The town’s venues were packed to capacity on Saturday night, even the afternoon blues matinee at Champion’s had patrons lining up hours beforehand, and the daytime conference hosted by Music Nova Scotia drew musicians and managers from across the province, and delegates from around the world to the Holiday Inn Truro’s ballrooms.”

Read the whole feature HERE.

The Cape Breton post on The Town Heroes, who took home five awards at Nova Scotia Music Week: “The Town Heroes went five for five, taking home every music award they were nominated for Sunday at Nova Scotia Music Week. The Inverness County duo, featuring Mike Ryan of Inverness and Bruce Gillis of Mabou, won entertainer of the year, digital artist of the year, group recording of the year for ‘Sunday Movies,’ music video of the tear for ‘Holdin’ Up Grants,’ directed by Dillon Garland, and rock recording of the year for Sunday Movies.”

Read the whole freature HERE.

The Star Phoenix on Slow LeavesBeauty Is So Common: “The overall theme of the album seems to be one of a dangerous world in which we all have to watch out for ourselves and our loved ones. Don’t trust anything is the message of ‘Neighbourhood.’ Watch, a mid-tempo rock number with a bit of a Chris Isaak feel to it. The easy rock of ‘Nostalgia’ and the acoustic ‘Dreamer’ paint pictures of places we go to get away from that suspicion and mistrust. Love is a good place to go, too. Check out the standout track ‘Rearview,’ with its lovely guitar and harmonica opening.”

Read the whole review HERE.

The Coast on The Constantines: “‘It feels good, playing those tunes again,’ says Steve ‘Baby Eagle’ Lambke of Constantines, one of Canada’s most-loved indie rock bands. The London-Toronto group has reunited after cooling down in 2010. In June, the Cons reissued their 2003 hit record for Sub Pop, Shine a Light, with vinyl bonuses. ‘It’s been out of print for a long time and people have been asking us about it for years,’ says Lambke, adding that the reissue is as much a nostalgic effort as a commitment to the future. A reunion at SappyFest 9 this August was an explosive performance for both die-hards and brand new fans.”

Read the whole feature HERE.

The Telegram on The Constantines: “Years apart couldn’t alter the musical chemistry of The Constantines. The Toronto-based indie band stopped gigging in 2010 after more than a decade of making records together, going their own ways to work on separate projects. ‘At the time, I don’t know if we knew whether it was a breakup or a slowing down,’ said band member Steve Lambke. ‘We kind of got to the point where it was time to start writing another (record), and I don’t think any of us really felt emotionally up to it, or maybe creatively up to it, at that time. So we just needed to take a step back and try other things.’”

Read the whole feature HERE.

The Telescope on Legato VipersLV: “It can’t be easy trying to make it as an instrumental beach band in Guelph. Then again, one gets the sense, upon taking LV for a spin, that these dudes—they play in Bry Webb and the Providers, Del Bel, Skeletones Four and more—are doing this primarily for kicks. This is no comedic venture, however—these Vipers are pulling off a slick and sober homage to the ’60s in the vein of Dick Dale and Shadowy Men (it should be noted, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, by their own declaration, are ‘not a fucking surf band’) that can be visualized as easily as it’s listened to.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Exclaim! unveils details of the new, upcoming self-titled album from Del Bel: “Toronto/Guelph outfit Del Bel recently inked a deal with Missed Connection, and they’re now ready to reveal plans for their sophomore album.  Led by composer Tyler Belluz and lead singer Lisa Conway, the self-described ‘creepy’ Southern Ontario collective are returning after a hiatus that sent Conway overseas to pursue a degree. Back — and more educated than ever — the band will follow up 2011’s independently released Oneiric with Del Bel, due out on February 10 via Missed Connection. “

Read the whole piece HERE.

BRBR on The Weather Station‘s What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know: “Ce maxi prépare habilement le terrain pour la sortie du nouvel album de The Weather Station. En attendant, il ne s’agit pas que d’une offrande complémentaire, mais d’un morceau à part entière parmi les offrandes racines canadiennes. L’approche réconfortante et aboutie de Tamara Lindeman mérite une écoute attentive, car elle offre un point de repère précieux parmi l’abondance des musiques folk au pays. The Weather Station prends assez de risques pour se livrer à la première personne, mais possède assez de confiance pour offrir une oeuvre universelle.”

Read the whole piece, en français, 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:
#19 – Legato Vipers – LV
#44 – Dean Drouillard - UFO Houses
#50 – Fossil Cliffs - Fossil Cliffs

Week End Wrap Up • 11.07.14

Nov7-2014

Nova Scotia Music Week showcasing artists Kim Harris, Carleton Stone, Adrian Morris, Adam Baldwin, and Like A Motorcycle paid a visit to Global Morning Halifax ahead of their festival appearances in Truro. See Kim’s interview & performance HERE, Carleton’s interview HERE, Adrian’s interview HERE, Adam’s interview HERE, and Like A Motorcycle’s interview & performance HERE.

The Truro Daily News features Kuato as part of their Nova Scotia Music Week coverage: “Kuato will be vying for Alternative Recording of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and Recording of the Year. They’ll also be performing at Champions Bar & Grill on Robie Street Saturday night. ‘I’m really looking forward to our show,’ said Toth. ‘It’s a great stage and there are some really heavy hitting bands – In-Flight Safety, Mardeen, Glory Glory, and Walrus.'”

Read the whole feature HERE.

The New Glasgow News talks to Kuato‘s bass player, Stephen MacDonald, about their Nova Scotia Music Week showcase: “When there’s a celebration of musical talent in the province, you don’t have to look hard to find a Pictou County native. Stellarton-born Stephen MacDonald, now a resident of Halifax, is the bassist for the band Kuato. The group is currently performing in Truro at Nova Scotia Music Week and MacDonald took a few questions about being a musician from Pictou County.”

Read the whole interview HERE.

Mixtape Magazine previews Nova Scotia Music Week: “Nova Scotia Music Week is a triple-headed creature featuring a festival with shows all over the host town, a conference with experts from all around the world covering all aspects of the music industry and an award show recognizing the accomplishments of members of the Nova Scotia music community. It has more of a conference/networking/party feel than something like Halifax Pop Explosion or SappyFest. This year the event takes place in the hub of Nova Scotia, Truro.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

BeatRoute on The Weather Station‘s What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know: “Her new EP…is a delicate and prescient exhumation of what it means to fall in love. The record came together upon Lindeman realizing that she’d recorded bits and pieces in various locations over the last year that formed two triads of songs, with one side exploring the whirlwind that is falling in love and the other grappling with the self-doubt, confusion and cynicism that comes along with that.”

Read the whole feature HERE.

NOW Toronto on The Weather Station‘s What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know: “Subtlety and calm are Weather Station mainstays, sometimes impeding momentum. Lindeman sings low much of the time, her lyrics coming out as hushed -confessionals and detailed observations against wafting slide guitar, brushed snare drum shuffles and acoustic guitar-picking. Midway through she explores her higher range, and that gives Seemed True (which features stunning fingerpicking and gorgeous harmonies) and Soft Spoken Man (with its surprising melodic twists) a welcome sense of liftoff.”

Read the whole review HERE.

PopMatters on Coyote‘s Proof Of Life: “‘Your House’ is interesting in that it has a ‘All My Friends’-style banging piano riff, complete with squiggly keyboards that you would ordinarily find on a Cars LP. It rises triumphantly, showcasing Coyote’s grasp of the anthemic. ‘Old News’ boasts a very ‘80s teen movie feel to it, and has a fluid groove that may get you tapping your foot to the beat. ‘Future Love’ offers a pulsating keyboard riff that transmutes into a funky rock ditty. Final song ‘Toothache’ is a slow and cold ballad, with stabby keyboards providing a counterpoint for a gently plucked acoustic guitar. Overall, the Proof of Life EP is strong stuff, and manages to sound somewhat original without breaking free of the groups that have inspired Coyote’s signature style.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Exclaim! on the Tom Fun Orchestra‘s new video for “Earthworm Heart” : “Nature can be cruel, and the Tom Fun Orchestra’s video for ‘Earthworm Heart’ reminds us of that fact in rather fantastical fashion. The animated clip for this folk rock shanty begins quite cutely, as a cat goes fishing with a rod while wearing a yellow rain jacket. Things take a very creepy turn, however, as the kitty gets drunk on liquid catnip, is chased by ghostly worms, and ultimately gets gorily feasted upon by birds.”

Watch the video HERE.

Killer Baby Tomatoes on Force FieldsSubtle Hanky: “The reclusive, instrumental Fredericton-based Force Fields have a new 7-inch out now on Noyes Records and Backward Music. It’s their first release after playing together for nearly a decade, and all that alone time seems to have glued these guys together, sculpting precise grooves on the a-side ‘Subtle Hanky.’ The track is mostly taken up by a mathy crescendo, building its way back to the wall of sound it started with.”

Read the whole piece HERE.

Exclaim! shares details of “New Life, the latest single from By Divine Right‘s upcoming tribute to Depeche Mode‘s Speak & Spell: “…the band have let loose an audio stream of them giving, ahem, new life to the synth-pop crew’s ‘New Life.’ More organic than its predecessor, the cover replaces vintage analogue synth-work with fuzz bass, live drums and the in-the-red danger of electric guitar. José Contreras likewise alters the arrangement by swapping Dave Gahan’s Brit accent out in favour of his own distortion-dusted vocals.”

Read the whole piece 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:
#24 – Legato Vipers – LV
#36 – Slow Leaves - Beauty Is So Common
#47 – Fossil Cliffs – Fossil Cliffs
Top 10 National Weekly Folk/Roots/Blues Specialty Charts:
#9 – Christine Fellows – Burning Daylight