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Three Free Songs for a Sunny Friday

17-Apr-2009 09:30 pm Contributed by: pete Music News


I don't know, maybe all the warm weather and sunshine today affected my mood, but I just felt like sharing. So I sifted through my inbox and found three songs that I thought were appropriate. The bands are from Florida, Pittsburgh, and somehwere in Texas, respectively. Download, listen, and if you like the songs, spread the word. read more (134 words)

Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks

09-Mar-2009 08:00 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

Canadian Musicfest '09

Festivals have too many options. So many bands roll into town, all at the same time, which means I end up missing bands that I would otherwise love to see. Like last year, the biggest conflict during Canadian MusicFest '09 (apparently a separate name has been given to the festival portion of CMW) is on Saturday when The Indies draw media and photographers away from all the great bands out in the venues. My schedule is already partially set out for me this week because I've (happily) been hired to cover a few events. But you, you should grab yourself a wristband and hop from event to event like a happy-go-lucky fan. Or, another good strategy is to pick a good venue each night and stick there. read more (728 words)

Holler, Wild Rose! Prize Pack Contest

06-Mar-2009 10:00 pm Contributed by: pete Music News


You know what would go great after the crazy nights of Canadian Music Week? A night out at The Boat sipping some sort of strange tea while Holler, Wild Rose! works through their mixture of psychedelic-shoegaze-rock. Yes, this could be your life, and all you have to do is enter a contest. read more (104 words)

Free Download: Vacuity "At The Command Of The Blanket Sky"

14-Feb-2009 03:00 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

The album that took spot #4 of my Top 10 Albums of 2008 was At The Command Of The Blanket Sky by a relatively unknown band called Vacuity. It's a carefully crafted piece of modern rock with masterful guitar work and melodies. Vacuity is a forward thinking band, and has embarked on a project they call Kill The Format whereby they are planning a series of digital only releases over the next 12 months. Greg Osbourn (guitar) says "A very important aspect to this is to ensure that we do not dilute the quality of releases." read more (88 words)

Band Names For A Bad Economy

01-Feb-2009 10:30 am Contributed by: pete Music News

There's a thread over at Drowned In Sound about band names for a bad economy. It's a pretty funny thread, lots in there to make you chuckle, but here are my top 10 band names extracted from that thread. read more (107 words)

Super Furry Animals Announce New Album

30-Jan-2009 10:00 am Contributed by: pete Music News

Super Furry Animals have announced the release of their 9th studio album. They have a working track listing, but no album title yet. The band says "Musically it's based around riffs and grooves we've been playing around with over the last few years. We have enough now for a whole album so even though it's still very melodic we thought we could leave off the acoustic ballads for the time being." read more (170 words)

Doves Announce New Album, Offer Free Download of "Jetstream" For Two Weeks

28-Jan-2009 11:15 am Contributed by: pete Music News

The British trio Doves will be releasing their 4th studio album, Kingdom of Rust, on April 7th and are offering the track Jetstream as a free download for two weeks on the Doves website starting today. They will be touring the U.S. (and hopefully Canada?) in support of the album starting in late spring. read more (65 words)

Hollerado Releases "Record In A Bag" as a Free Download

25-Jan-2009 10:00 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

Following the naming pattern of the Demo In A Bag series of CDs, Hollerado has now released a full-length album entitled Record In A Bag, and they have made it available for free download. This is music that is well worth paying for, so I recommend going to download it for free now while you can. Aside from including the incredibly catchy Americanarama (a song that I have trouble not listening to on repeat), there are more than a few other tracks that are entirely appropriate for pre-party warm ups or when everyone ends up at your place after the bar closes. read more (120 words)

Pale Young Gentlemen cover M.I.A.'s Paper Planes

07-Jan-2009 07:00 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

Falling into the category of "Unexpected Covers", the band Pale Young Gentlemen has recorded a version of Paper Planes, originally by M.I.A. I wrote a quick review of their album Black Forest (Tra La La) back in November, and included the song The Crook Of My Good Arm in my Best Of 2008 article, under the category 10 Hot Singles of 2008 (near the bottom). Their indie-pop-with-classical-instruments sound makes for an odd and slightly amusing translation of Paper Planes. read more (94 words)

The Best Of 2008

02-Jan-2009 05:00 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

I've got this thing where I have to wait until the following year before publishing the obligatory Best Of Last Year article. Part of it is that I need the time away from my full-time job compile the list, but I also need the reality of the new year to put the previous year into perspective. And so, once again, after a holiday season, a crazy new year's eve party with my friends, and a full new year of music just looming ahead of me, here are my picks from 2008. read more (772 words)