The Rural Alberta Advantage - Vulcan, AB

The Rural Alberta Advantage released a new album a couple of weeks ago and while I haven’t had very much time to give it a listen, Vulcan, AB, made a bit of an impression on me.  

It’s really reminiscent of their older stuff and I may rag on Alberta on occasion for being too conservative, but hey, it’s my home.  The song name references a small town in this province that happens to have a Star Trek tourist station (and a lot of other Star Trek related things according to the Wikipedia article).  

The RAA have been around since 2005 and their newest album, Mended with Gold, was released at the end of September.

I hope you have all had a great Saturday!

-Sherwin

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Milo Greene - Don’t You Give Up On Me

I had the opportunity to see Milo Greene the other day (as they were opening up for Bombay Bicycle Club).  The venue was one of my favourites and I know it usually gets ridiculously warm in there but nonetheless, it was a serious party. 

I hadn’t been listening to Milo Greene for very long but from what I have heard of theirs, I always liked.  I sat there and let their beautiful music just wash over me and it was the best way to end a long week.  The voices of Robbie Arnett and Marlana Sheetz work together so wonderfully well.  I picked this song because it’s just really easy to listen to.  It’s soothing and calm which is something that we all need every now and then.

Milo Green is from Los Angeles, California.  They have been around since 2010 and their self-titled album was released in 2012. They have a new album coming soon in 2015.

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday and to my Canadian friends, have a happy long Thanksgiving weekend! 

-Sherwin

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Bahamas - Lost in the Light

I like to believe that I’m a little late to the Bahamas game.  Many of my friends were listening to him super early and I just lagged behind.  However, when I finally got around to it, I realized how much I actually liked his stuff.

Lost in the Light is easily my favourite song of his simply because of that guitar bit at the beginning of the song.  It’s laid back, simple, and strangely enough, I find it extremely conducive to Sunday morning chores.  The song itself also builds and builds to a great chorus.  I’m very very excited to see him play live in a couple of weeks.

Bahamas is the stage name of Barrie-born, Toronto-based musician Afie Jurvanen.  He released his first album in 2008.  Lost in the Light is from the album, Barchords, released in 2012.  His most recent album, Bahamas is Afie, was released in 2014.

I hope you all have a Saturday that’s the bomb dot com!

-Sherwin

PS. Happy birthday to our resident artist and all-around awesome person, Viu

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Owen Pallett - The Riverbed

Owen Pallett, once known as Final Fantasy, released a new album back in May and it has been one of my go-tos during the summer and fall.  

The Riverbed has been featured on the Signal a couple of times and each and every time I hear it, I get pretty fired up.  The driving rhythmic background is a wonderful accompaniment to Pallett’s soaring vocals.  I will always like Pallett’s work and no, it’s not just because he has an album out called “He Poos Clouds” (though that is one of the many reasons).

Pallett has been around the music scene since 2005 and In Conflict features other wonderful songs.  His music is full of interesting instrumentation and Pallett’s voice lends itself well to the strange mix. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!

-Sherwin

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Memoryhouse - To The Lighthouse

Sherwin here coverin’ for Andrew today! I just got back from a little weeknight yoga so I’m feeling particularly calm and relaxed, which is nice for a Tuesday.  

I picked Memoryhouse today because I’ve been playing them a lot to just chill out.  Nouvion’s vocals lend themselves well to the calming background music.  I hate that I use the word ‘ethereal’ to describe so many of my choices, but that’s exactly what this is.  So sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine, and give this a listen.

Memoryhouse is from Toronto, Ontario and have been around since 2010.  Their latest album, The Slideshow Effect, was released in 2012.

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

-Sherwin

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Alexisonfire - No Transitory
Second Chance Week

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I’m generally a love of soft folk music and the occasional indie rock.  For those of you who know me really well, will also know that I love pop-punk and post-hardcore.  

I remember giving Alexisonfire a whirl in grade 9 only to dislike it.  It was loud, brash, and not something I really enjoyed.  Fast forward two or three years and I gave it another listen.  I was older, more ‘mature’, and my friend group had changed drastically.  I liked the loud guitars and the screaming lyrics.  The energy was infectious.  And that was that.  I was sucked into the world of pop punk and post-hardcore music.  Alexisonfire was basically my gateway drug into that genre and I couldn’t be happier.  

So thank you to my friends in high school who forced me to give this a second listen.  You’ve opened up a weird and loud musical world for me and now I can’t get out.

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday and try your best to give things a second chance! 

-Sherwin

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Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post this song.  It was really big in Europe when I was over there and I heard it over and over and over again. Now that I’m back home, it’s finally hitting us here too so it’s getting pretty ubiquitous.  

It’s catchy, poppy, and hot damn, do I ever love the use of strings in electronic music.  The music video itself is pretty whimsical so that’s pretty rad as well.  

The band itself is from Cambridge, England and has been around since 2009.  Their new album New Eyes was released back in May of this year.

I hope you all have a fantastic Saturday!

-Sherwin

Kidstreet - Song

This week has been absolutely crazy.  School started up again and thousands of students flocked back to what has been an empty campus all summer.  Feelin’ particularly ancient at the ripe age of 23, I see the fresh and excited faces of many first years getting fired up for this new chapter in their life. 

That has absolutely nothing to do with why I picked this song.

Kidstreet is a Canadian electronic trio from Waterloo, Ontario and have been around since 2007.  Song (from their album Fuh Yeah) is one of my favourite pieces by them because it’s so melodic.  The instrumentation is simplistic but interesting.  I also heard it on The Signal and frankly, I love The Signal, so here it is.

Hope you all had a wonderful first week of September!

-Sherwin