Stars - Take Me To The Riot
Despite it being -40 C today in Edmonton, this song will always remind me of the fall season. I mean, it also helps that I have an undying love for Stars too.
I remember hearing this song for the first time in the fall of 2007 when it first came out. I was still in high school and I believe that the Stars concert I went to that year was my second concert ever. We were pushed up into the balcony of a small venue that doesn’t exist anymore because we were underaged. The concert itself was intimate and despite being on an upper level, I still enjoyed it. There’s something about the driving bass, Torquil’s soft voice, and loud and rambunctious chorus, that makes me dig this song so much.
Stars has been a band since 2000 and are Montreal-based. Easily one of my favourite bands in the world, they are a band that I would highly recommend to everyone.
Hope you all enjoy this and that you have an amazing day!
Escondido - Evil Girls
I went to a concert on Thursday despite getting only four and a half hours of sleep the night previous and having a text the next day at eleven. I mean, it was Said the Whale, how could I resist? I had zero clue who the opening bands were and when Escondido went on second, I was intrigued at what they were going to sound like.
They played this song first and I’ll never forget that trumpet. Immediately, I felt like I should’ve been driving down some desert highway in a convertible after having sought revenge. It was all very Kill Bill which was perfect with me. Hell, even they mentioned that their sound is “a washed out desert landscape steeped in American roots music”. I enjoyed the rest of their set greatly and I had a fantastic time that night.
Escondido comes from Nashville and their album, The Ghost of Escondido, was released in 2013.
I hope you all enjoy this selection and that you all have a fantastic Saturday!
Aidan Knight - Margaret Downe
Standing along on the stage, Knight soulfully sang this song out to a small audience placed into too large of an amphitheatre. It has always been one of my favourite songs on the album since it displays Knight’s voice in such a great way. It’s heartfelt and the lyrics are just so damn sad. As mentioned last week, I have a tendency to tone things down during the winter months and it snowed this entire week so get ready for some mellow tunes, everyone!
Hope you all have a beautiful Saturday!
Don Brownrigg - Just Breathe
Now that it’s winter, I’m a big fan of much more mellow music. Less hardcore and pop punk makes its way into my usual listening playlist and more indie and folk artists sneak their way in. Just last week, I went to see Aidan Knight in concert and one of the openers was Don Brownrigg. As mentioned before, I’m always a big fan of discovering new music at concerts. After a shot of Fireball, my friend and I headed in to be serenaded by the soft and soothing voice of Don.
Simplistic in nature, this song is extra soothing. While sitting in the soft seats of the theatre, I just about fell asleep.
Don is from Codroy Valley, Newfoundland and Just Breathe comes from his album “It Takes All Kinds”.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Caturday and that no matter what you are going through this week, that you take the time to just breathe.
Born Ruffians - Permanent Hesitation
After last week’s post, I realized that I have always had Born Ruffians (of which Luke Lalonde is the singer) on my iPod but I never really got around to listening to them. That ended this week when I saw this video pop up on my Facbeook newsfeed and I checked it out. Once it ended, I gave all of their albums a listen through again.
Permanent Hesitation is upbeat, charming, and Luke Lalonde’s voice lends itself well to the general feeling of the song. With that said, the video itself is pretty rad as well.
Born Ruffians are from Midland, Ontario and have been around since 2004. Their most recent album, Birthmarks, was released in April of 2013 which I was completely unaware of (as is usually the case with me). The rest of the album is also filled with indie pop goodness.
I hope you all have a fantastic Saturday!
The Elwins and Luke Lalonde - Countdown (Beyonce Cover)
Last Sunday before going to work, I bought a ticket to a concert on a whim because Scenic Route to Alaska was opening. I had never heard of the Elwins before and I didn’t know what exactly to expect from them. They had gone on and played a couple of good songs and then they played this bad boy.
If I wasn’t convinced that I already liked the band, this set me over the edge. It was cheerful, energetic, and they looked like they were having SO much fun on stage covering this song. I happily purchased their album afterwards.
The Elwins are from Newmarket, Ontario, and have been around since 2006. Their studio album, And I Thank You, was released in 2012 and they will begin recording for another album in December.
Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!
Metric - Monster Hospital
I don’t know how I didn’t think of this song right away. Although I haven’t given their recent stuff too much of a listen, Metric was a constant on my iPod in high school.
I chose the video for Monster Hospital for some pretty obvious reasons. I remember watching this video for the first time and being genuinely a little creeped out. No one likes hands coming out of the ground or scraping at your wall, never mind having all of your band members bloodied and zombified. Beside the creepiness of the video, the song is also pretty great.
Metric is a Canadian band that has been around since 1998. Monster Hospital comes from their album, Live It Out, which was released in 2005.
I hope you all enjoy this and that you have a fantastic Halloweek!
Panic! At the Disco - Girls/Girls/Boys
I would be lying to your face if I ever told you that I didn’t love Panic! at the Disco. While at lunch with my friend the other day, we started talking about albums that we continually went back to when we were bored of the new music of the week. I had shyly mentioned P!ATD’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out and he chimed in quickly saying that that was one of his favourites too.
While their new album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! is quite different from that original album, I have probably listened to it twenty times this past week. I was going to post the video for this but I figured that one D’Angelo remake from me was enough for a lifetime. While the band has matured over the years, their music remains catchy and enjoyable.
The band itself has been around since 2004 and I highly recommend their other albums as well. Each one seems to have a different sound but somehow it all fits the band.
I hope you all have had a great Saturday!