Posted tagged ‘Edmonton music’

CJSR Playlist 22

2014/09/25

Here’s my CJSR Playlist from 15 September!

1. Dumas (Victoriaville) – “Mes Révolutions”
2. Library Voices (Regina) – “Things we Stole from Vonnegut’s Grave”
3. Beat Happening (Olympia) – “Down at the Sea”
4. Mitchmatic (Edmonton) –  “A Night Lost”
5. Fire Next Time (Edmonton) – “Stomp the Ashes”
6. Wool on Wolves (Edmonton) – “Ain’t Seen Mississippi”
7. Vetti and Carla Rae (Edmonton) – “I Do See the Love”
8. Hawksley Workman (Toronto) – “Warhol’s Portrait of Gretzky”
9. Art Bergmann (Vancouver) – “Your Cold Appraising Eye”
10. F&M (Edmonton) – “Razzle Dazzle”
11. Tyler Butler (Edmonton) – “Barghest” (Live)
12. Viet Cong (Calgary) – “Unconscious Melody”
13. Hooded Fang (Toronto) “Tosta Mista”
14. Pennywise (Hermosa Beach) – “What you Deserve”
15. Patti Smith (NYC) – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

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Getting to Know your Edmonton Music Community

2013/02/05

In the last few weeks, I’ve had the chance to sit down and chat with some pretty rad Edmontonians. I’d like to tell you about three of them, since they’re all up to really good things in the community, and that’s cool.

I met two of ’em at an event put on by the Edmonton Public Library and the CBC. Called the Human Library, it was a chance for people to sign out human books and talk with them. It was like reading a book with lots of pictures, but EVEN BETTER.

OmarThe first guy was Omar Mouallem. You might know him from all the writing he does for little publications like Metro News, Avenue Edmonton, and the Globe and Mail. He’s also the Edmonton Public Library’s 2013 Writer in Residence. Oh, and he also raps – he has two albums out, and has performed at Nextfest and the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

The one thing he doesn’t do apparently, is sleep.

And, he uses his powers for the good of the community. Take this song for example:

In the near future, Mouallem will be putting on rap workshops, participating in Story Slam, and organizing other events for youth and newcomers.

In fact, this Wednesday, 6 February, he’ll put putting on “The 7 Deadly Sins of Bad Writing” at Stanley Miller Library, in the basement at 7PM. In light of him hosting an event on bad writing…I hope he never reads this.

The next guy I talked to was Stephen “Komrade” Goyette. That’s him on the left there, beside some dude who really needs a haircut:

CBC Human Library

I’d met Goyette briefly a few weeks before, at the fifth annual Hip-Hop on the Ave, which happens every year at Avenue Theatre on 118th Ave. Dozens of local artists perform in support of Santa’s Anonymous. For many, it’s their first chance to get on stage.

Goyette organized it. He also opened the doors for youth from the inner-city to attend for free. He understands how important it is to give back to the community, and to give people opportunities. His own music, and the songs he releases with his younger sibling as the Brothers Grim, reflects this. Just check this out:

His plan, Goyette says, “is to stay in the community.” He knows that’s how to really make a difference.

ButlerThe third fellow, Tyler Butler, wasn’t a human book this time around, but you can still learn a lot about what someone is up to when you’re having coffee with ’em. Butler is a folk musician who firmly believes in participating in your local music community, and lucky for Edmonton, that’s where he’s from.

Butler also understand the importance of networks, and being supported by other music communities so you can do things like, you know, tour.

As such, he’s started a new record label made up of like-minded musicians called Cabin Songs. Recently they put on a concurrent 17-city show. Taking place all over Canada, each show was locally organized.

This, you might have noticed, nicely combined the local community with the trans-local network.

Butler believes in taking the DIY ethic to the next level, or DIT. Do-It-Together. It’s community at its best.

Tonight, Tuesday February 5th, is Edmonton’s big Cabin Songs Showcase, with Nick Everett, Tyler Butler, and Mike Tod. It kicks off at the Wunderbar at 9PM.

You can also read more about the label here.

So that’s what those guys are up to. And I’m off to get more coffee.

Give Colleen Brown some Major Love!

2013/01/30

Edmonton’s Colleen Brown is making an album, and she’s doing it without the help of a big-time record company. I’ve seen enough movies to know this means she’ll be missing out on regular things, like, you know, renting  big airplanes to fly in the triangle player first-class from Australia, catered seafood buffets where you just throw all the food out untouched, and using a recording studio that costs $1,000 minute because Peter Gabriel went there once.

It’s true, people sometimes make albums without all that stuff, and this is the case with Colleen Brown’s new project. Instead of all that, she needs YOUR help. She’s trying to raise the money for the upcoming album, tentatively entitled Major Love, through an Indiegogo campaign. And unlike Amanda Palmer, who asked for $100,000 & received $1.2 million, she’s hoping for the quite reasonable sum of $15,000.

Although this will barely cover reasonable expenses, and no triangle players, if you help out you’ll be eligible for all kinds of perks.

Like the album, house concerts, or heck, she’ll even write a song for you.

That’s a pretty sound investment.

Head over to her campaign page and kickstart some Major Love!  And hurry! There isn’t much time left!

Colleen Brown

Here’s the link in case you missed it: http://www.indiegogo.com/colleenbrown

Jump up and say WEST!

2012/11/03

The Collective West perform at the Artery tonight, to celebrate the release of their sophomore album, Fire & The Ocean.

The band is excited. Any respectable member of the Edmonton music community is too.

As banjo extraordinaire Erin Faught told this blog’s think-tank: “I feel especially proud of Fire & The Ocean because I think it truly represents The Collective West as the collective we really are– the previous album was a collaboration of all of us on songs that Alex and I had originally written for our solo careers but all of the songs on this album were developed by us as a team. Also Alex recorded and produced this baby entirely in his basement so that’s pretty dang impressive.”

The Alex whom Faught is talking about is Alex Klassen. They teamed up a few years ago, along with Dave Sustrik  and Alex Charlton. If you’ve seen the movie the Avengers, it was just like that. In the time they’ve been writing music and performing together, they’ve not only been getting better and better, but they’ve left audiences with an infectious positivity no one tries to escape from.

If you don’t have tickets yet, there might be some left from yeglive.ca. The show is with Fish & Bird and Lindsey Walker. Doors at the Artery open at 7:30.

Listen to their new song, “Call it Home,” here.

Sparkling Lights at Midnight

2012/10/25

Wool on Wolves have released a video for their new song “Midnight Avenue.” It’s ahead of their sophomore album Measures of Progress, out on November 13th. Directed by aAron Munson, the video was filmed in Edmonton with a lot of help from the community, AND sparklers.

The band is also heading out on a Canadian tour with the Great Bloomers, so try and catch ’em live!

Don’t it make you smile: Wool on Wolves play the Edmonton Folk Fest

2012/08/10

A few months ago, I was sitting with my friend Tom in the Garneau Pub.  He was just about to leave for a trip around India with his wife, and we were having a few bon voyage beers. Tom’s also the singer from the Edmonton band Wool on Wolves, and we’d just listened to the unmastered tracks from their new album. We were talking about the new songs, and how I was going to write about them on my blog.

I told him some ideas I had for the article, but he cut me off.

“Write what you want,” he said.

I immediately had an Almost Famous flashback. Even though, of course, I wasn’t a writer for Rolling Stone, and he wasn’t from a band that would ever be excited to fly in a private airplane. Still, I thought it was funny that we’d ended up vaguely mirroring a scene from one of our favorite movies, and I thought, how the heck did we end up here?

Tom and I became friends in our first year of college in Red Deer, in part because we had a ton of mutual friends, and, more importantly, because we both had shirts with the words “Led Zeppelin.” His love for music was always on his sleeve, and so was his love for his friends. This was always made clear simply by what he said to people. His words had a big impact on me. This is still the same today.

The thing about Tom, you see, is that his words reflect his character, his warmth, and his inability to be insincere. And when he told me to write whatever I wanted on my blog, he wasn’t trying to reference a movie. Tom just wanted me to be honest.

And that’s what he does with his lyrics. To top that off, Tom somehow found four friends who share his uncommon trait to always be genuine – and so Wool on Wolves is a band that embodies authenticity in an increasingly superficial world. They could have been a hip-hop group, a punk band, a jazz ensemble, or a throwback to Stillwater from Almost Famous, but the honesty of their songs would still be shining through.

But Wool on Wolves isn’t a band that fits into those categories, if you believe in things like genres. What they are though, is the band playing on Stage 2 at The Edmonton Folk Fest tonight at 8:00. So come hear Tom’s sincerity, and the passion of Wool on Wolves, for yourself.

Can you see Hooded Fang?

2012/06/19

If you don’t have a microscope handy and can’t quite make out what this poster says, you should know two things: 1) carrots don’t help your eyesight, so don’t feel bad about not eating vegetables anymore. 2) Hooded Fang are coming back to Edmonton, and they’re one Toronto band you should keep on your music plate.

One of the first bands ever featured on this blog , they’ve been through Edmonton before, playing with groups like The Rural Alberta Advantage and Cuff the Duke. They’ve also been on some list that starts with the word Polaris.

Check them out when they hit the Wunderbar on Thursday night, June 21st. They’ll be playing with Parlovr and Goose Hut as part of the Pop Off Tour.

And if you turn into a pumpkin at night or aren’t old enough to vote, they’ll also be playing in Churchill Square as part of the Works Festival earlier in the day, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

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