November 29, 2010

Wolf Parade show in Toronto: November 26th at the Sound Academy

What's enters everyone's mind when it comes to the Montreal indie giant, Wolf Parade,  is how the band jumps between the Keyboard player, Spencer Krug's, rhythmic bass-lines and the guitarist, Dan Boeckner's, crunchy rock n' roll motif. - Not only do they both compose songs for the band, but also they are both lead singers. They also are both members of bands outside of Wolf Parade: Spencer in an art rock band - Sunset Rubdown, and Dan in a punk indie band - Handsome Furs. Knowing the fact that the band is like a mixed candy jar, it's always amazing to hear and feel how cohesive their sound is. - The solid beat created by the bass and drums coalesce so smoothly into a melody that is both sophisticated and hard edged with its subtly distorted guitar riffs. 

They played tunes not only from the new album - Expo86, including "Ghost Pleasure", and "What did my lover say", but also their high energy standouts from previous albums, including "I'm believing in anything", and "It's a curse" to keep the crowd boogieing.  As I only knew their early hit songs, I especially liked when the performance got chunkier and grungier with newer songs by Dan, the guitarist - I guess I prefer his style. 

The show was nothing short of engaging - the energy and passion of the crowd brought on a number of body surfers - it was a fun scene. Their encore included the hit song "Shine a light". The audience couldn't stop dancing their asses off until the very last minute of this final tour performance. 

Keys N Krates

Just finished interviewing Matisse from KEYS N KRATES! You can look forward to that in the next few days!

They are playing Lee's Palace on December 9th! I'll be there, come party!

Check them out here:

www.myspace.com/keysnkrates


www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8389468620


www.youtube.com/keysnkratestv


www.twitter.com/keysnkrates

Q &A Interview with Mariage Blanc


Mariage BlancHappy Monday everyone! We have an amazing guest today! A Interview with Matt, from Mariage Blanc. click here to check out my LP review of the band from last week! Enjoy.

Kanae: How did you guys come up with the band name, Mariage Blanc? Any stories?


Matt: There's not much to this story, haha.  When i met Josh (Kretzmer), he was already working on his own songs under the name "Mariage Blanc".  I'm not sure where he came up with it, but we ended up keeping it after forming the band with the other guys. Coincidentally, the name ended up working because the expression 'mariage blanc' means 'a marriage of convenience' in French, and the fact that we were sort of combining josh's songwriting and my songwriting gave the name more meaning to us.  


Kanae :The new LP is self-titled album. What made you guys decide to have it name the self-titled on the second album?

Matt: We ended up naming this record "Mariage Blanc" because we feel like it is more representative of the kind of music that we're interested in making, compared to the EP.  When we made the EP, Josh and I just brought in these pre-existing songs and sort of told everyone to just fill them out.  This record was different in the sense that it was a highly collaborative effort in which every member was contributing their own parts, ideas, ect... to the songs.  It was during the writing of this album that we learned to work as one unit.  


Kanae : Any funny stories during the recording?

Matt: Well, we practice and record in a large studio that we built about a year and a half ago. It's a great space, but one of its drawbacks is that it's unheated. We started recording this record in January of this year, and we did the drum tracks first.  It was so cold in the studio that our drummer Chris Williams could actually see his breath while he was doing his takes.  It was probably funnier to us than it was to him.  


Kanae:  What's the best show that you guys have ever played?

Matt:I can't speak for everyone, but for me I think my favorite show would probably be when we opened for Bear in Heaven in Pittsburgh in January (right before we started recording the album). We hadn't played out for awhile because we were finishing up writing the songs for the record, so we had all these new songs that we were playing for the first time and the show was completely packed.  That said, I could probably think of a bunch of other shows we've played that could compete for being my favorite as well.  We've played a lot of great shows (and also some that were not so great), just like any other band.  

Kanae : If you could perform with any artists or bands, who would you pick and why?


Matt: This is a really hard question to answer.  There are tons and tons of bands we admire that we'd love to play with, so I can't really choose between all of them.  I will say that in the past year or two, some artists that have released records that we really enjoy include:  The National, Phoenix, St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, Neko Case and The Morning Benders.


Kanae: Any comments for Music psychos fans and Mariage Blanc fans?

Matt: For Music Psychos and Mariage Blanc fans (and just for fans of music in general), I would say just keep listening and discovering new music, there are a lot of great things out there right now.  If you really enjoy an album that a band makes, support them by buying it.  It's getting harder and harder to get people to pay attention to bands and to get them to buy records.  To Mariage Blanc fans specifically, we just want to say thank you to everyone, and keep listening!  Our self-titled album is offically for sale on itunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc.. and we're already beginning to work on some new tunes.  Also, I'd like to thank Music Psychos for taking time out to write about us.  It is very much appreciated.  




 Thank you so much Matt! Please come and play in Toronto sometime soon with the new LP! Click here to check out an amazing LP by Mariage Blanc! 

November 27, 2010

Ogre You Asshole- First Canada Tour with Wolf Parade

I was very excited last night-  maybe I was  hyper from the two cups of coffee that I had beforehand - Yes, it was my first time seeing the Montreal indie rock band Wolf Parade.

On a cold night like last night, the off-the-beaten track venue - the Sound Academy - seemed even further away, but I got there early nonetheless.

Not knowing who was going to be opening for the night, I was simply enjoying the night with my friends and nursing a few beers, eagerly anticipating the headliners appearance. Until I heard the name of the opening band, I really hadn't given them a second thought -Ogre You Asshole. Not having heard of them before I assumed they were not a big deal, neither here nor in Japan - their homeland and mine. I couldn't have been more wrong. When I told my friend in Japan that I saw them, she geeked out with an"OMG, you are sooo lucky.." They have played a number of major Japanese festivals this year, including Fuji Rock whose lineup this year included such major bands as Muse, Them Crooked Vulture, Massive Attacks, MGMT and so on.

Being a bit more excited to check out the band, OYA hit the stage just on time. Starting off with groovy guitar licks, the band rocked the stage and made it hard not to sway one's hips. The Front man, Manabu hit such high notes with his vocals that they seemed to be coming from somewhere else. They kept entertaining the Canadian crowed with their soft but catchy tunes, including Pinhole, Balance, and Advantage. They lost the crowd a bit due to the language barrier, but being Japanese I had no problems.

Overall, however, it was a great performance. They slid right up to the line that exists between a north american audiences and performers that sing in foreign language. It was great exposure for the band play outside their home territory. I cannot wait to see them again in Canada!

Here is one of the songs that they played last night, my favorite - Balance



Wolf Parade at Sound Academy review coming soon. Be sure to check back!

November 26, 2010

Mariage Blanc- LP review


Mariage Blanc

Happy thanksgiving to all those folks in the US! I hope you guys are enjoying your turkey dinner. While you guys are having a great times with your families, up here in Canada we are enjoying the brisk and refreshing cold weather. I can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner. The cold season is not always such a terrible thing. Keeping toasty with a warm hot chocolate, a season to stay in and catch up with your favourite TV shows, with a roaring fire if you are lucky enough to have a fireplace. Not so bad, right? A winter is also a great season to share the joy of music. Whenever I first hear yuletide music, I am immediately full of Christmas spirit. 

How about adding some indie rock to your Christmas playlist?

 This new self-titled LP by pop rock band, hailing from Pittsburgh, Mariage Blanc, adds flavours to the winter season. Starting off with a jingle bells sound to draw you in, the track, 'Whatever You Say I am', gets your toes a' tapping alongside the rhythm. The album continues with a mellow vibe, songs including 'Trial and Error' and 'Rag to Bull', remind me of an older style classic pop rock. I am especially fond of the intro on 'Set to Repeat' - it transports me back to the good time of 60's (Though I was born in 80's... you know how good it feels).

The progress made since their first album, "Broken Record", is remarkably noticeable. Not only from a production standpoint, but also the composition. Their new sound is captivating and thoughroughly enjoyable.  It's always interesting to listen to both albums comparatively and see how much they have evolved as a band in just a few years.

This doozy LP by Mariage Blanc is available on their website( Free listening of a couple songs from the album is also available.) Check it out!!

On the subject of Pittsburgh, I'm sure all of you are familiar with "The Pittsburgher". This apparently is where one adds french fries, and coleslaw into one's sexual encounter. Enjoy.

November 23, 2010

Itunes Shuffle Top 15

Armistice (Vinyl LP)This morning I noticed that I was tagged in a Facebooks' note. I don't usually pass it around among friends. But I thought this would be fun and I wanted to see what songs my Music Psychos friends would have in their top 15 shuffle songs. So here is the rule and my list. 

Rule

(1) Turn on your MP3 player or music player on your computer. (If you don't know how to do this, smack yourself in the head with your MP3 player or computer.)

(2) Go to SHUFFLE mode.

(3) Write down the first 15 songs that come up -  title and artist. NO editing/cheating, please.

(4) Choose 15 people to be tagged, including me. Because people love being tagged, even if they say they don't.

Go to NOTES under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, enter your 15 Shuffle Songs, Tag 15 people (under the post), then click Publish.

Kanae's Top 15 Shuttle songs:

1. We Are The Hunters - The D'ubervilles
2. Fate - Lydia
3. Fences - Phoenix
4. Black Like Me - Spoon
5. Romantic Right ( Erol Allkan Remix) - Death from Above 1979
6. I'm Not the One - The black keys
7. Full Throttle - Johnny Alexander
8. Hot Girls In Good Moods - Butch Walker
9. Thank you- Monky Majik
11. Unstoppable - Foxy shazam
12. These Days - The Black Keys
15. Backfire - MUTEMATH


November 22, 2010

Kanae's pick :Best Cover songs-part 2

Let's continue with the ranking the best cover songs.

Top 3 : Mark Ronson - Just

Everyone covers Radiohead. The English band is everyone's favorite.  This is one of the best I've heard.
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The tone of "Just", dark and accusatory by Radiohead, can be jazzy and funky when handled by Mark Ronson featuring Phantom Planet.



Top 2: The White Stripes- Jolene

The 70's hit song by Dolly Parton, Jolene, is transformed into something so different when in Jack White's hands.




You can even feel the despairing grudge against Jolene when Jack White sings this tune. I just LOVE the energy that he puts in the song. Single tear.







Top 1: Maximo Park- Just Dance

This is by far my favorite of all cover songs. I can't stop listening to the song since the first time my E.T. played it.



Lady Gaga's first hit song- Just Dance, as played by Brit rock ensemble Maximo Park, is a refreshing take on the popular dance song. I love the chorus in this one. Recognizable and yet stylistically different, taking the essence of the song and pulling us in a different direction. Just as any good cover should.



So did you enjoy Kanae's top 5 of the best cover song?  Please feel free to comment and give me your list of favorite cover songs!

Kanae's pick :Best Cover songs-part 1

Happy Monday everyone! How's it going? I am having such a relaxing day today as I have an extended four days weekend this week. I am going to make some cupcakes (yum!),  go to a hot yoga class, and hang out with some of my friends. (Yes, I love keeping myself busy.) I have a couple of shows to attend this week and some LP reviews to complete :)- very exciting!  Well, I hope you guys are having a good start of the week.

Discovered in one of online articles that I was reading this morning, I was pleased to listen to the XX's song, "Crystalised" covered by the electro-rock band, Gorillaz. (Click here to check out the article and watch the video) They did an amazing job to make the song even deeper and darker than its original version. While I was listening to the song, it occurred to me that there are a slew of recent good covers out there. So why don't I share some of the my favorites! Here is kanae's pick of the top 5 cover songs.

Top 5: Butch Walker- " You Belong with Me"


I have to sneak this one in at number 5 as I am a HUGE fun of Butch Walker as you know.





This cover of country queen, Taylor Swifts'  hit tune, " You Belong with Me", can be so toe-tappingly cheerful.







Top 4: Lily Allen-Womanizer sits at number 4.


















Who knew that Brittany Spears' "Womanizer" could be so jazzy when performed by English pop queen, Lily Allen.



She also has covered the Kooks' "Naive" and I have to say that I actually like her version better than its original one. So while it has not earned a spot in the top five, I believe it deserves a special mention. Check it out!

I will be sharing the Top 1-3 in the next post! Don't forget to check out the rest of the rankings!

November 21, 2010

Stuck Tune Syndrome: Small Sins- Deja Vu

Pot Calls Kettle BlackIt wasn't only "Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrow" that constructed thoughts in my head this week. (I am totally blaming my E.T for this) A tune by the Toronto based electro band- Small Sins, called "Deja vu",  has been ringing in my ears for a while. Composed with very alluring guitar riff, (which I almost thought the sound was from synthesizers) and the pounding drum rhythms, the chorus of the song embraces all the elements to make it stuck in the head.

This is not the end of the story. There is a big guest to the song. The Torontonian rapper, K-OS is featured in the song, which adds extra spice to the song, making it sharpy with a crunchy guitar sounds right after the second chorus,

Small Sins is currently on the tour on the West coast (Sorry Toronto fans, we just missed a show on November 13th at the Piston.) Click here to check out the band website.

I found a YouTube video of the song. I love the video as well, especially the K-OS appearance with big sunglasses. Enjoy!

November 19, 2010

INTERVIEW - New Guitarist for the Artful Vandelays!

I have been waiting for this moment for a long time. I actually knew of this since our beloved co-writer - Bryen Shi – auditioned for the band. I knew he would be the great fit for the Toronto-based progressive indie rock band, The Artful Vandelays.  It is my pleasure to introduce Bryen Shi as the new guitarist for the Artful Vandelays!

Here is my interview with Bryen! 

Kanae: How do you feel about being a part of the Artful Vandelays? I’ve known you for a long time and the type of music that you have played in the past with Jagged Black Desire and your other musical projects has a completely different feel. 

Bryen: It feels great! It’s definitely different than what I’ve grown accustomed to in my other projects and bands. This is the first time I’ve been in a band with another guitarist – so rather than hold down a solid rhythm I get to add depth and texture to my parts; which is something I’ve always wanted to do. Anton is a strong guitarist so he does a great job of holding down the fort where he needs to and he is great at working on expansive textures when we are trying something different. . I’ve also never played with a drum and bass combo like Braeden and Kevin. They really lock in with each other and add something unique to each song.

Kanae: What do you feel your playing brings to the band?

Bryen: I have a very different style of playing than their previous guitarist Jon. I do my best to stay true to his parts for the material written before I joined – but I’ve changed it enough so it does sound like something I would play. What can I add? Knowing what the band’s sound is; I can write according to that style but still bring a different dynamic to the sound of the band.

Kanae: Any funny stories yet?

Bryen: Well one time Braeden decided to play with a fire extinguisher in what was essentially a closed space. This was really funny to watch until we realized how hard it is to breathe with that stuff in the air! Anton has a video of that. Maybe one day we’ll share that with you all!

Also - Braeden also likes to climb things. Even if those things are covered in insulation that falls off when touched and gets on all the bands equipment.

Kanae: Any words for the Music Psychos fans or the Artful Vandelays fans?

Bryen: For our Music Psychos – I hope to see you all at our next show (more info to come on that soon). For the Vandelays fans; we’ll see you soon – and it’ll be awesome.

November 18, 2010

Bucky Awards 2010: Kanae's Prediction for Best Live Act

An artist or band that outshines others during live performance is the best kind. With so much technology behind studios these days it is commonplace that most of the talent and skill come from the engineer,  not the artist.

As Kanae's vote has yet to be cast, I found this category hard to decide upon as I have only seen a couple of bands on the list. There are so many of them that I would love to see live. Unfortunately, I have either missed their shows, or I am going to see them in the future. Arkells, Tokyo Police Club, Diamond Rings, Land of Talk, Cuff the Duke, and The Golden Dogs are all on my "must-see" list. So for now, considering the fact that I have actually seen this band, I will give my vote to "Arcade Fire".

I was fortunate to see them twice in one week: both during the Chicago's Lollapolooza and a show on Toronto Island. You can read the live show review by clicking here. I still clearly remember when the entire crowd joined together and sang " Wake up". It echoed throughout the whole island and it was beautiful to see the many people singing the same song all at once! Being a part of it was priceless.

My vote for best live act 2010 - Arcade Fire.

November 17, 2010

The Strokes FINALLY completed the new album



I have to share this news to all of the Music Psychos!-Yes, I am extremely excited! According to the front man of the NYC-based  alternative giant, Julian Casablancas, he stated on his Twitter account this morning that "Still not going to be out for a few months-mixing, etc, but JUST finally finished it yesterday actually!?"
It's been almost 5 years since the last album, First Impression of Earth came out. Julian has kept teasing fans in regards to the release of the new albums. He even had been forbidden, by the record company, to release any further information earlier this year due to endless delays in the process.  I am looking forward to hearing anything off of the new album and I will make sure that you guys are kept up to speed on it's progress and release date !! Stay tuned... Meanwhile, check out Kanae's show review of the Strokes from last August!!

November 16, 2010

Nora Jones : ".... Featuring Nora Jones"

...Featuring Norah Jones
I can't stop listening to the new album by the Jazz princess Nora Jones,...Featuring Norah Jones since I streamed it on Spinner Canada for the first time last night.  The new record consists of collaboration with various prestigious artists, including Ryan Adams, Outkast, Ray Charles, The LIttle Willies, and so forth.  It is safe to say that she is one of  the only artists nowadays that such prominent artists would love to perform with.  My favourite song from this album is Virginia Moon Featuring Foo Fighters.  This song is nothing like the loud rock n' roll tune that you can imagine from the Foo Fighters' material ( I love their music though).  In fact, I even had a little bet with my boyfriend to see if he can guess which band was playing with Nora Jones.  After I provided more than five hints, he was nowhere close to the answer.  Surprisingly though, the voice of the frontman, Dave Grohl is well-matched with Nora's melody.  This very casanova-ish song will complete a perfect lazy Sunday with your favourite cup of tea to warm you up! 

Click
here to check out the free listening session at the Spinner Canada. the free streaming is only available for a week. So don't miss out the great opportunity to enjoy the great tunes! 

November 15, 2010

Whale Tooth opening up for Winter Gloves


It is such a pleasant feeling when an opening band surpasses my expectations and entertains me before the headliner performs. I always make sure to be on time for any kinds of gigs for this very reason. Whale Tooth was no exception. As I went to see the Montreal electro/alt pop band, Winter Gloves, on Friday at the Horse Shoe Tavern, I was lucky enough to discover the Toronto based five-piece band. When they appeared on the stage, I had a very good feeling about them - indeed, they looked the part! Elise, the alluring lead singer, donned a hipster look, with black thick-rim glasses and a black leather jacket- teasing us with the promise of a great show to come. Yes, I was very excited!

Their performance did not disappoint. They began their set with their more jazzy light-hearted songs. Building up pace and depth, by the third song we were treated to their more funky pop rock riffs. Throughout the show Elise's outfit changed, transforming with their set as she loosened up and the groove took hold. By the end she had removed her jacket and glasses - dancing and interacting with the other band members - the audience ate it up.  I especially liked their duet moments, which created a beautiful echo- adding extra dimension to their sound.  (I thought it reminded me of Metric, but my boyfriend disagrees.)

They also performed a couple of songs that are to be recorded pretty soon. As my boyfriend grabbed their CD, I can't wait to check it out. The CD review should be coming up very soon!

As any good opening bad should, they set the perfect stage for Winter Gloves' set. They left us wanting more, and hopefully we will be treated to more of Whale Tooth in the near future.

For a review of Winter Gloves' wicked performance click here.

November 14, 2010

Winter Gloves @ Horse Shoe Tavern: CD release Party in Toronto

Completely satisfied with the performance by the opening band, Whale Tooth, I was extremely anxious to see the Montreal four-piece, Winter Gloves. I have been hooked on their new album, All Red, since the first time that I heard "Plastic Slide". With it's 16th note rhythm and captivating melody, this song is a fantastic introduction to the band which, in turn, made me decide to check out the CD release party at the legendary Horse Shoe Tavern.

The performance at the Shoe was enjoyable for even those people who hadn't had a chance to fully tune in on. In fact, my boyfriend, who had not previously heard any of their songs, was amazed by the every minute of the performance. We both agree the bass lines created during the gig far surpass the recorded material. You have to be there to feel the beat and appreciate how good it was.

When the singer jumped on the stage, we were astonished as I was like " I've been him somewhere before" and yes of course, he was just behind us all this time when the opening band was playing.  Not many headliners check out the opening bands' performance right at the front - I was very impressed!

The performance continued with the mix of songs from both albums. I especially liked the songs when all three members played their keyboards as these songs have a strong electro vibe - it was more fun to watch. But don't get me wrong, I love the combination of their different sounds both electro and indie fused. There wasn't any moments that I wanted to miss!


One thing, however, bothered me throughout the show was the crowd. It really sucks when the performance on the stage is excellent, yet, the crowd sucks. Spending your time texting right at the front or the serial molestation of girls in the crowd, no thanks.

Yet overall, Winter Gloves was thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to seeing them again next time they are in town!!

November 12, 2010

Stuck Tune Syndrome: Meligrove Band: Bones Attack

After listening to CBC radio 3 endlessly at work this week, while trying to get through my busiest time of the year, a song, " Bones Attack" got stuck in my head. The Toronto based indie pop band has created such a catchy song. This song has been climbing up the CBC radio chart for at least 3 weeks as far as I know. Immediately after listening to the song, I am all hunky-dory! Followed by the melodic chorus, the fun intro with the piano will make you smile - this song has all the ingredients to make it stick in your head too.

Shimmering LightIf you haven't heard the song, you HAVE TO listen to it! Click here to check it out on their YouTube page. 




Meligrove Band  is playing tonight at The Great Hall! It's a CD release show. 

November 11, 2010

The best place to check new indie music in Toronto

I have been asked several times where I find all these amazing indie bands. Would you like to know some of my secrets? Then I’m going to tell you! The secret is out!  I have to agree that it is very hard to keep up with the current indie music scene as there are thousands of bands. Unlike my co-writer, Bryen, my music knowledge is very limited to within certain time periods. Between 2006 to 2008, I wasn't constantly checking the bands out there due to my insanely busy schedule with work, school and my personal life. Because of this I fell behind on who the top bands in the scene were. Now that I know how you feel, let me make your life a little bit easier!


Of course, the best way to find out about new bands and artists is to go out there and see local gigs. It will help you actually talk to the band members, and get a feel for the music. It is true that recorded music sometimes doesn't translate well in terms of how the band performs live at shows. For instance, one of my recent favorite bands, Foxy Shazam, perform nothing like on their records. (Don't get me wrong, the new album is well recorded and I do love the album) But going to a lots of shows is costly, time-consuming , and of course,  depends on your luck in finding a really good band.


To save your precious time, you need to do a little bit of homework. The internet makes this part very easy nowadays! Here are a couple of sites that I recommend that you check out!


1. CBC Radio 3

CBC radio? Yes, you heard it right. The CBC is not only a place to check out the daily news, but they also do they provide amazing coverage of indie music in Canada. In fact, artists are able to create their profile and post their materials on the CBC website. You, on the other hand, are also able to create your account and stream music for free! You can create playl ists, become a fan of the artists, and check out daily news about Canadian indie music. What I like about this site is that it gives me a detailed list of local shows in Canada. The concert calendar page helps you search out who is playing in your town by filtering shows by time, place, venue, artists, or genre (Click here)- In fact, this site has become my favorite site to browse when seeking out good local bands.

2.Last.fm

I'm sure that lots of you have heard of Last.fm. It is a site that acts like a music bank, I would say. If you create your account and add your favorite artists or bands, it will generate a radio station based on those artists. If you go to a band, page, it will show you other bands and artists that are smiliar to that one. It is a very useful tool you can use to find other artists and bands in the same vein of music and who may suit your tastes best. Each artist’s/band’s page includes a detailed description of the band, biography, and upcoming shows. However, the downside of this side is that you have to subscribe it, which costs approximately US$3.00 per month. But I find it worth if you use the site all the time.

3.Spinner Canada

AOL's Spinner Canada provides you with daily news, and free downloads. If you have 'liked" the Music Psychos' Facebook page (If you haven't click here to join us!), I share a quite lot of news from this site. The news is generally geared more towards the main stream, however, there is still tons of great news for indie music! My favorite section of this site is the Listening Party page. Every Monday, there are tons of new released albums that you can fully stream from the beginning to the end. They not only provide the major record rebels, but there are also new artists EPs from small rebels in North America


4. Spin Magazine

You can't forget one of the best music magazines. Spin Magazine also provides an online magazine, which also offers news, live show reviews, and CD reviews. I like the Spin List the best. They have a list of new up and coming artists, best albums of the year… and so forth. And you know, it's Spin Magazine, you will be convinced when one of the best music magazines says something is good right?


5. Rotate This!
The Queen West record store, “Rotate This!” offers an extensive list of shows in Toronto. They provide an up-to date list of shows and what's amazing about this store/site is the service fee on tickets. Unlike Ticketmaster, their service charge is WAY lower than any other places. I go there all the time to pick up my tickets. Very friendly sale associates will help you get a good deal and also don't forget their amazing collections of CDs/ records in the store!

6. Snob's Music
It's one of my favorite music blogs in Toronto. This site provides you with detailed CD reviews, show reviews, up coming events, contests, and free MP3 downloads. As a fellow music blogger, I'm always impressed with the contents of this site and the number of updates! Check it out to see what another Toronto Music blog has to say about the Toronto indie Music scene!

So here were some tips from me! If you have any recommendations, feel free to send me a message or comment!

This weekends' Toronto show

Rat a Tat Tat If you haven't decided what to do over the weekend, you can always check out Toronto's awesome bands! The below is the list of the shows in Toronto.

Kanae's must-see  are highlighted in black: Jason CollettWinter Gloves ( I am going to this show), and Two Hours Traffic! 








November 10, 2010

Bucky Awards 2010: kanae's prediction- best song

ChampLet's start with my prediction for the Bucky Award 2010 as tolls were closed on Sunday night.
Best Song
 
I must say, that it is one of the hardest recipients to guess - Indie music giants, such as Broken Social Scene, the Arcade Fire, Tegan & Sara, and Crystal Castles hit songs are all nominated in this category.
 
Although this award has such strong competitors, I would vote for Tokyo Police Club's "Wait Up (Boots of Danger)






I've over-listened to this song since the new album, " Champ" came out. Mentioned in the past post, ( Click here) I was especially a big fan of the song, " Favorite Colour". But this song was played everywhere! ( well still being played everywhere, including the Edge.) I am impressed with the Toronto indie band's progress since the last album. Their superior ability to create such catchy songs is on a par with the Pop rock French Band, The Phoenix. The humming part of the song makes me so happy every time I listen to!  


I am also very very excited about the fact that the band FINALLY announced a Toronto show on January 15th, 2011! ( They played with the Flamming Lip in July and the Phoenix in October as an opening band though) I can't wait to see how good they are in terms of their live performance! I will of course cover it on my blog, so don't forget to stay tuned..

November 8, 2010

I am Robot and Proud


Uphill CityI am Robot and Proud- "What kind of a band name is that??"

Yes, that was me screaming as I came across this interesting name on the CBC Radio 3's concert schedule. I was just browsing to see who would be playing in town this week. I am Robot and Proud...All I was thinking was " Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto"?- and now that song is stuck in my head..

Anyhow, my curiosity piqued, I clicked the link. I am Robot and Proud is  Toronto-based Shaw- Han Liam's solo project. His sound invokes themes of light electro, pop, and jazzy video game melodies.

Some of his songs including 401 Circuit, have a heavy nostalgic element to them - taking me back to some of the precious memories of my younger days. Though it was the first time listening to the song, I almost felt that I had heard it before ( not because it sounded something alike, but because the song brought me to somewhere familiar... if that makes sense.) Other songs, like The Risk,  Learn from mistakes and The Work, are more up-tempo dancing tunes. But they still have that melodic softness to them.

After all that, I was hooked on his music. It's unfortunate that I just missed his Toronto show at Tranzac last Friday night! He has even accomplished some tours in my homeland, his music speaking loudly to Japanese sensibilities. I am Robot and Proud is definitely on my must-see list!  So it should be on yours as well! Click here to check out his material.