Posts Tagged ‘vancouver’

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Off-topic: Cross-Canada road trip #1

July 25, 2009

Day 1 of the road trip: Seattle, WA to Revelstoke, BC

Despite heading inland and therefore bypassing Vancouver, I thought I would share this track from Lotusland’s The Awkward Stage. Frontman Shane Nelken is part of the extended New Pornographers collective, having played piano on AC Newman’s The Slow Wonder and collaborated on Dan Bejar and Blaine Thurier side project. The Awkward Stage has a brand-new album out, Slimming Mirrors, Flattering Lights, but this is the title (and my favourite) track from their 2006 debut. But the video above is for a new track, “Mini Skirt of Xmas Lights.”

MP3: The Awkward Stage – Heaven Is For Easy Girls [buy]

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PSA: Please return Library Voices’ gear

February 23, 2009


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Library Voices had $10,000 worth of gear stolen from their tour van in Vancouver while on a tour of western Canada. The ten-piece pop collective from Regina (that’s in Saskatchewan) make a heartfelt and funny plea for its return in the video above.

Even if you don’t have any help on stolen-gear front, you should still check out their brilliant new EP, Hunting Ghosts and Other Collective Shorts. It’s a fantastic mixture of intriguing lyrics, pop hooks, and anthemic choruses.

myspace website

MP3: Library Voices – Step Off the Map & Float [buy]

[via CBC Radio 3]

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The Buttless Chaps are soon to be no more

January 13, 2009

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I’m sad to have to report that Vancouver-based The Buttless Chaps are calling it quits after nearly a decade. As well as having one of the best band names ever, it’s not like we had a surfeit of electronica-country bands. They’ll play at the Dawson City Music Festival (yes, in the Yukon) this summer, and the word is that there’ll be one last hometown show, but then it’s the end of the line.

MP3: The Buttless Chaps – Master and Commander

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Neophile: Mother Mother, O My Heart

September 21, 2008

Hurrah! Vancouver’s Mother Mother just released their second album, O My Heart, and it sounds just as awesome as their first. They have a distinctive, eccentric sound – playful pop, enriched with imaginative lyrics and vocal harmonies. They are just starting a tour of Canada and the US – they’ll be at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA on October 22nd, and they are wrapping the tour up in Seattle on November 8th.

More: myspace website

MP3: Mother Mother – Body of Years