Category Archives: music

Music Mondays: Bedouin Soundclash

How about some Ontario-grown reggae for this Monday in May, to ease you into spring, as you open the windows, light the bbq, and weed the garden?

Walls Fall Down:

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Music Mondays: Jeremy Fisher

A wonderful afternoon yesterday was spent at a Jeremy Fisher all ages show at the Black Dog Inn in Wakefield. In between great tracks like ‘Lay down’, ‘Cigarette’, ‘Canned Goods’, and ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’, Jeremy told funny stories about his North American bike tour, his mom, and social media. His musical talent was on display,  as he jumped between guitar, harmonica and piano, and then was joined by his new trio (drums and bass) in the second half of the show. The hits from his past albums were awesome to hear, but it was a treat to hear some new songs from his upcoming May release.  Can’t wait! As Jeremy lives in the Ottawa valley now, hopefully we’ll get to catch him live more often – his shows are intimate, interactive, and full of superb tunes.

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Check out one of my favourite songs:

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Music Mondays: The Strumbellas

I’ve been trying to pick just one song off The Strumbellas new album, We Still Move On Dance Floors, to highlight here, and well, goshdarnedit, I just can’t do it. The whole album, with it’s country/folk/roots sound, is so good, you just have to hit play and listen to the whole thing (while stomping your foot).  They’re playing in the area a few times this month, if you’re wanting to check them out live. I’m hoping to make it out, too – they look like they would be great to see in concert!

https://soundcloud.com/thestrumbellas/sets/the-strumbellas-second-record/s-ujNrr

Check out this video, for ‘Ride On’.

 

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Music Mondays: Frightened Rabbit

I might be a bit behind the eight ball, considering this song was released 3 years ago, and there are over a million views (so far). But hey, if they’re new to me , maybe they’re new to you, and maybe if I like ’em (and I do!), so will you.

Have a listen to this ‘Scottish indie rock band’ and let me know what you think.

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Music Mondays: Mellow Tunes

‘Tis the season –  for excitement and merriment and socializing.

But lately I’ve also felt like nesting – tucking myself in under a blanket, with a crackling fire in the fireplace, snow falling outside, wine in one hand, and a book in the other.

On those days that you might be feeling melancholy, have a listen to these tunes.

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Music Mondays: Vampire Weekend

It has been over a week since I saw Vampire Weekend live at the Ottawa Folk Fest, and the show is still replaying over and over in my head. Their new album Modern Vampires of the City is amazing, very fresh, catchy, and musically very tight, and I’ve been been playing many songs on repeat around this house. One in particular I Cannot. Get. Out. Of. My. Head. (so so good).

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

 

 

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Music Mondays: Elliot Brood

Canadian, alt-country, with harmonica, uke, and some great toe-tappin’ (or boot-stompin’) rhythm.

Their new album, Days Into Years, has the same great lyrics, more depth, and more of a rock vibe. Check ’em out!

First up, a more mellow song, “Northern Air”;

Next, get ready to crank it up a notch with “The Valley Town”:

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Music Mondays: Wake Owl

Some Canadian indie-folk for you this lovely Monday morning. It’s both catchy, and full of emotion – you can’t go wrong with that combination.
This is from an EP; I’m looking forward to hearing more when they eventually release a full album.

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Music Mondays: Lord Huron

Sitting in the dark, at midnight, not wanting to go to go to bed, listening to this on repeat. Anyone else avoiding sleep?

I’ll snap out of it tomorrow. Until then, let’s delay the morning.

 

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Music Mondays: Metric

Ok, I admit it. I have a huge crush on Emily Haines. She rocks. Her persona, her voice, her talent, the whole package.

Metric’s music is great for kitchen dance parties, for thumping, head-shaking rocking out. I would die to see them live (on my to-do list).

But lately, I’ve been enamoured by her acoustic performances. Each one of those rock songs is so beautiful slowed down, and stripped down, it’s breathtaking.

So here are some of the acoustic versions, but make sure you listen to the originals, too. You won’t regret either.

Happy Music Monday. And if you now have a crush on Emily Haines, sorry about that, it can’t be helped.

Blindness:

Synthetica:

Breathing Underwater:

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