Posted tagged ‘The Collective West’

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.

Adventures in Edmonton Music!

2012/10/08

So the other Thursday I missed the Collective West play at the Artery, and this left me pretty sad because not only are they nice people who put on a fun show, but their new music proves Darwin was right about that theory of evolution thing, and, if you really think about it, them growing as a band actually serves as a microcosm for the Edmonton music community, so even though I was chapped I didn’t catch their gig I knew I could redeem myself the upcoming weekend and to get things going I got on the LRT Friday evening  and hopped off at Culture Days downtown in time to catch  everyone talking about how good Mad Bomber Society’s set was and then I ran into a bunch of my friends and we danced to Shout Out Out Out Out as they played new music, did impossibly high high-kicks, and had folks like Cadence Weapon join them on stage for a free show in beautiful autumn weather that anyone could come to, including the mayor who drifted through the crowd right past me, but after the show people wandered off and my friend Gord from Wool on Wolves, (get ready for their rad new album in November by the way), ran into me and we decided it was a good idea to head across the river, pick up his bandmate Eric, and go to the community hall in Bonnie Doon where CJSR was hosting a Fundrive show so they could stay on the air, which us and a lot of other people thought was a great idea, including the host of the show, the guy from the girl-guy combo who make up the Awesomehots, who introduced the Uncas, who put on a fiercely amazing show, including a song that included playing the guitar with a skil-saw, and after that Scenic Route to Alaska went on stage and were joined by Lyra Brown and somehow by joining forces they’ve created something that is incredible and gives the audience the chills and has to last, but they played pretty late so afterwards it was time to go home and I didn’t see anymore music until Saturday evening when Tyler Butler took the stage at the Elevation room at another CJSR Fundrive show and somehow his music can make me feel like I’m back in the deep south of the United States even though he’s never been there, and I knew it’d been worth it to catch his set even though my girlfriend and I had to hike across the river right after he was done and go to the New City Legion because Ben Disaster, and then Mike McDonald, and then Joey Keithley played acoustic punk for everyone lucky enough to be there, but once again things went late and when they were done it was time to go home. Good thing too, because I was running out of breath.

Edmonton Musicians Hit the Open Sky

2012/06/04

Edmonton’s Open Sky Music Festival is this weekend, and the line-up of musicians is diverse, first-rate, and lots of different acronyms for awesome. Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 is headlining the opening night on Friday, and then there’s, you know, THE WAILERS playing Saturday, and Hey Ocean on Sunday.

This surf rock, reggae and roots festival isn’t just bringing in top performers from across the world, but they’ve also enlisted a crack team of local musicians to hit the stage. This A-Team of Edmonton talent will fit right in with the big names from out of town. Here’s a preview:

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Edmonton is my Jam

2012/03/05

Say, have you heard about the new website, This is my Jam?

Don’t pull a Ron Burgundy and be fooled by the question mark I added in – it actually has a very descriptive name. All you have to do is join the site, pick a song you want to tell people about – and it becomes “your jam” for up to a week. Then you pick a new one. Since I’m lucky enough to have friends with their fingers on the pulse of stuff that’s hip, I found out about the site and started jammin’ about a month ago.

A very good, yet different kind, of jam.

Now that I’m getting the hang of it, I’ve decided all my new jams will have something in common: they’ll all be by bands from Edmonton. There’s so much cool stuff going on in the music scene here, it would be a silly shame not to showcase some of the songs, and use alliteration whenever possible.

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Getting the Facts Together on the Collective West

2011/06/17

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but recently the mainstream media has really been lacking in the investigative news department. We used to have journalists like April O’Neil willing to go down in the sewers of New York City to get to the bottom of the whole mutant ninja turtle business – and now all we have is TMZ trying to find out which b-list celebrity has anchovies on their pizza.

A reporter from a bygone era

So when I heard rumblings of a new group forming in Edmonton called “the Collective West” – I thought this was my chance for a big scoop. Were they a new political organization like the Alberta Party or the Wild Rose Alliance Party? Were they an underground network of anarchists set to throw off the authority of the federal government? Or were they a group forming to protest the inability of Western Canadian hockey teams to win the Stanley Cup?

To find out, I used the investigative journalist’s secret weapon, Facebook, and asked members of the group some serious questions that would unravel the web of intrigue that surrounds the Collective West. And what I found out was more shocking, more important, and more banjo-filled than any story on tired old western alienation adages, far right-wing political parties, or Canadians that would take to the streets to violently protest the loss of a hockey game…

That’s right, I found a group of people that aren’t idiots. And not only that, but they are in a band. (more…)