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Pete's Pick: Tapes 'n Tapes

30-Aug-2006 12:04 am Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
The day I discovered Pavement was a happy one. Now it's 2006 and I've discovered Tapes 'n Tapes. No, they are not Pavement, but they give me the same feeling. File them somewhere between Built To Spill and Modest Mouse. It was near impossible for me to pick just one song to feature, but I finally settled on Jacov's Suite (from The Loon). I love this stuff. If Jacov's Suite interests you, listen to Crazy Eights, In Houston, 10 Gallon Ascots, Buckle, and The Illiad. But I suppose if you're going to do that, you may as well just buy The Loon.

Dearly Beloved / You Are The Jaguar

28-Aug-2006 01:41 am Contributed by: Anonymous Music Reviews
10 Track CD
Label: Kindling Music
© 2006 Kindling Music / Rocket Science or MySpace
Listen Listen to The Butler Routine
Review by: Chris Marley
Enema Rating:
Simply put, You Are the Jaguar, the debut album from Toronto’s Dearly Beloved, showcases ten tight, melodic pop songs that are almost all under three and a half minutes. Revelling in familiarity, the opening riff of the first song The Ride sounds like it might have been taken from a Nirvana song like, say, Lounge Act, and then morphs, with background female vocals, into something not dissimilar to what you might find from a recently popular Detroit band like, say, The Von Bondies. read more (195 words)

South / Adventures In The Underground Journey To The Stars

22-Aug-2006 11:03 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
11 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 Young American Recordings, LLC or South on MySpace
Listen Listen to Up Close And Personal
Enema Rating:
South is a trio from London, England that have been playing together since 1998. Adventures In The Underground Journey To The Stars is their third full album, and is without doubt their most straight-forward pop effort, in a good and accessible way. The opening track is neither brilliant nor irritating and is filled with easy to take echoing vocals, a fast-tempo beat, and soothing "aaahoooo" background vocals. This track shows some affinity with bands such as Doves, Better Than Ezra, and Snow Patrol. read more (271 words)

The Last True Gentlemen

20-Aug-2006 06:55 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Last True Gentlemen
August 18, 2006
Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario
Photos (and words) by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: The Last True Gentlemen
Andrew's searing hot fingers

Having just reviewed The Last True Gentlemen's recently released EP, I decided to drop by Lee's Palace on Friday to check out their live show. I'll keep this short since I just wrote about them. Other than a few dedicated fans or friends, the people that filled only less than half of Lee's Palace started out fairly cold toward the band. But everyone was listening, and the trio of players turned it on. read more (192 words)

Ratings Change

16-Aug-2006 08:42 pm Contributed by: pete Music News
I've decided to simplify my ratings. From now on there will be no half ratings, only a rating between one and five enemas. read more (135 words)

The Golden Dogs / Big Eye Little Eye

15-Aug-2006 08:00 am Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
12 Track CD
Label: True North Records
Copyright © 2006 High Romance Music Ltd.
Listen Listen to Strong
Enema Rating:
The Golden Dogs second full-length album, Big Eye Little Eye, was released by True North Records today. After seeing them live for the first time when they opened for Cracker last month, I was looking forward to listening to this CD. On stage, I liked almost all of their songs instantly and they are just amazing to watch, but there seems to be a little something lost between the stage performance and this recording. The result is that a few of the tracks end up not being as ear-catching as I expected. But don't stop reading yet because there are a few exceptionally sweet spots spread throughout this album that make it worth returning to for many more listens. read more (537 words)

Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle

13-Aug-2006 01:10 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle
August 9, 2006
The Drake Hotel in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle
Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle
Kevin Hearn is one of the Barenaked Ladies, but no matter how you interpret that statement, don't let it stir up any preconceived ideas. When Kevin is playing with Thin Buckle (his supporting band) he may be using his skill that contributes to the Barenaked Ladies' success, but he is very clearly doing his own thing. The show at The Drake was a CD release party for his 4th solo album entitled The Miracle Mile. The Drake is a very intimate venue with a small raised area for the bar at the back, low comfy seating along the sides, and some standing area in the centre. The audience filled the reasonably small room, and up near the front it seemed that everyone knew each other. read more (775 words)

Tacoma Redd - A Momentary Misfortune

08-Aug-2006 07:14 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
6 Track CD
© 2006 Tacoma Redd or MySpace
Listen Listen to Keep The Light On
Enema Rating:
Tacoma Redd is a hard working Toronto-based band that is getting good exposure by playing live shows in support of their recently released 6-track EP entitled A Momentary Misfortune. It's a title that stands out, and for whatever reason, agrees with me. Perhaps it's because the title reminds me of Pink Floyd's album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. And the EP has some good pedigree having been produced by Moe Berg from The Pursuit of Happiness. But despite the interesting title, the strong producer, and even a few of moments of musical finesse, the music on this EP rarely surpasses average. The last track on the EP, Keep The Light On, is the only track that seems to stand out and go beyond the ordinary. read more (273 words)

Punk Cabaret, Teen Idols, and Dadaist Vaudeville

02-Aug-2006 11:37 am Contributed by: Anonymous Concert Reviews
The Dresden Dolls, Panic! At The Disco,
and Fuck the Back Row!
July 15, 2006
Molson Amphitheatre and The Bloor Cinema
Toronto, Ontario
Review by: Chris Marley
Photos by: Caio Salvagno of Punkshot Photography
The hot, muggy evening of July 15th promised to be an interesting one with the bizarre paring of self-proscribed "punk-cabaret" goth-rockers The Dresden Dolls opening for teen sensation Panic! At the Disco. read more (882 words)

The Last True Gentlemen / EP

28-Jul-2006 03:30 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
5 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 The Last True Gentlemen
Listen Listen to Haven't You Heard
Enema Rating:
The Last True Gentlemen (TLTG) is a three piece Toronto-based band that has been playing together for over two years now. In June they released a self-titled, 5 track EP consisting of studio recorded rock music to pull some attention toward their band, and mostly likely to use as a tool to shop around for a record contract. Taken as a whole, this EP shows influences of 90's Alternative Rock, a hint of late 60's rock, a dose of jam-band, and contains at least four catchy, almost familiar melodies. read more (389 words)