Posted tagged ‘new music’

Three Best Friends Stop in at The Pawn Shop

2012/05/30

The Backstreet Boys. The Spice Girls. N’SYNC. The Sex Pistols. What do all four of these groups have in common? They were manufactured bands. Which means, they were probably comprised of members that didn’t know each other very well. All of them did OK I guess, but that was the entire point of them being together in the first place.

That isn’t the case with Edmonton’s Scenic Route to Alaska. You might just notice a few differences between them and The Backstreet Boys, and not just a lack of synchronized dancing. The band is made up of three best friends, from the same town with the same creative drive. They grew up together ’round Riverdale, and decided to share their love for music onstage with lucky audiences. This trifecta of friendship has become a regular fixture on the music community in town, and across Alberta. You might have heard them on the radio, when their set at Canmore Folk Festival was aired on CKUA, or when they were SONIC 102.9’s Band of the Month. Perhaps you saw them on stage with Kat Danser at the Edmonton Folk Fest, on Balcony TV, or maybe you’ve seen them perform at local fundraisers. Correct me if I’m wrong, but N’SYNC didn’t play many non-profit fundraising events.

…Or maybe, you haven’t had the chance to see them yet! If so, it’s a good thing they’ve got an album release party this Friday at the Pawn Shop!

They don’t all like sunglasses, however.

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Thankfully & Sincerely: F&M is Here

2011/08/30

“Wish you were here.”

If you can think of a better term to invoke nostalgia, you’re a better thinker than I. It’s something people say when they miss someone, it’s the name of a Pink Floyd song, and it’s the title of the new F&M album.

And like it or not, nostalgia is something that a lot of people are going to be feeling over the next little while. With the 10 year anniversary of the attacks of 11 September 2001 only days away, self and societal-reflection over the past decade has already begun – its probably filling up your twitter feed, facebook statuses, and maybe even your thoughts.

As people look back, however, they can also look forward – and that’s exactly what F&M’s Rebecca and Ryan Anderson have done on their new album. Not only do they revisit three of their earlier songs, “Amsterdam,” “Walk to You,” and “I Pray for the Fog,” they create a beautiful rendition of the outlaw tragedy “Streets of Laredo.” The new music starts the album with “Music by the Sea” and “Old Photographs” and finishes it with “Goodnight” and “I Wish You were Here.” The blend connects the listener to a past seen in a new light, and leaves them pondering the future.

The Andersons, aided by Bryan Miot Reichert,  who all together could make soup from a stone, instill a depth of emotions that leaves the listener in a daze, and yet somehow refreshed. They also make blog writers compose extremely cheesy sentences, which is a power not many superheroes even have.

Oh, and speaking of nostalgia, 11 September 2011 also marks the 10 year anniversary of Nickelback’s Silver Side Up album, which of course, contained the single “How you Remind Me.”

Instead of getting out your old records from those ol’ boys from Hanna, Alberta – give F&M’s new album a listen. Coincidentally, it comes out today. Years from now, it won’t be a decision you look back with anything but warmth.

Find it here: Wish You Were Here on iTunes & CD Baby & Tix on the Square


F&M on the web: www.fandmtheband.com
F&M on the Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fandmtheband
F&M on the Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/FandMtheband
F&M on the CBC 3: http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/FM  

F&M wear their hearts on their album sleeve

2010/11/16

When people finish graduate work in history, they usually get a job at a university…or a library…or heck,  they could just write a blog. But every so often, or at least this once – a history graduate will use the topic of their thesis to help inform their own songwriting and performing. It helps, of course, when the subject of your thesis was a Soviet rockstar.

It’s New Album Release Day again, and F&M are back with a new album today called Sincerely, F&M. I know what you’re wondering and yes – it comes with its very own winelist.

I sat down in Internetland with F&M frontlady (and history graduate) Rebecca Anderson to ask her about the new album, touring across Canada, and a guy that she learned about back in the USSR.

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Choose Your Own Wool on Wolves Adventure!

2010/11/09

To begin, please sing the following words to the tune of “Sweet Jane” by the Velvet Underground.

Tom, he is a family man, and Kevin…he’s a Jack of all Trades. Brody, he’s a really good question, and Gord, he’s a geophysi…cist. Huh. Eric, well he’s satisfied…and, you know, overprescribed…

[skip a few bars of the song here]

…and when they come home from work…

…They’re Wool on Wolves. And they’ve got a new album out. Today. Tuesday 9 November 2010. Oh, and if you haven’t already – you can stop singing the song now, cheers.

I sat down with Wool on Wolves in the real world to ask ’em about what it’s like being part of the Edmonton music milieu, finding a fine balance, and of course…what they like about music… 

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Live at the Hattery, with Will Fournier & Friends

2010/10/28

So as we’ve already discussed, Tuesday is New Album Release Day. Since today is Thursday, that means all the new albums for the week should have been out for two days then…right?

Well let me go ahead and change everything you ever thought you knew with one word: NO.

Today, Thursday 28 October 2010, is the official release day of Will Fournier & Friends’ new album, Live at the Hattery. 

(…that being the case, the album actually went up on itunes yesterday, but that still isn’t Tuesday, now is it?)

 Will Fournier himself sat down with me in Internetland to answer some questions about music, making the album, and what the heck a hattery is.

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After the Goldrush, the August Arrival

2010/10/27

Before you read any further go look at a globe. First, lock your eyes on the world’s belt, the equator. Now, look up – waaaayyy up. Past Drugwarland. Past Canada’s Bow-tie and into America’s Hat. Keep going up – a little left…wait…no, don’t go all the way into Alaska…you don’t have the eyesight necessary to see the Russians coming…ok stop! Look around, you should be in the Yukon, in or near the city of Whitehorse.

If you aren’t in Whitehorse, sorry I think you’re lost – but don’t worry cause somebody should find you before the abominable snowman does. If you are in Whitehorse, you’re in luck because the place seems to have quite the thriving music milieu. I sat down in Internetland with members of the band the August Arrival to find out more about the music, people, and of course the weather in the Great White North.

The story of the August Arrival began in the usual, normal way bands get together: In a tent.  

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Under the Hooded Fang

2010/10/20

Ok so, it’s Wednesday today.
Which means, if you can follow my logic – yesterday was Tuesday.
Which means – IT WAS NEW ALBUM RELEASE DAY! 
Yesterday.

But it wasn’t just any old Album Release Tuesday Day. Hooded Fang, from Toronto – put out their new record. In spite of the impending fame and glory that’s surely coming their way, Lane Halley took the time to sit down with me in Internetland to answer some questions about the band, the album, and Billy Bob Thornton.

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