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It’s been a while but the uber talented Cat Clyde is back with a new single and accompanying video. Cat Clyde powerfully haunting vocals shine through in her latest single, “All the Black.” This soulful Canadian artist’s voice transcends generations, providing a fresh take with inspiration from Etta James, Janis Joplin, and Lead Belly. The diversity of her influences has shaped her music into an unparalleled blend of soul and folk that has found its way onto over 96,000 different Spotify playlists.

“All the Black” tells the story of an unconventional love story. From meeting someone for the first time, to falling for them, Clyde takes us on the, sometimes painful, rollercoaster of love in her latest single. The mutual feeling of loneliness between Clyde and the subject of her song is what initially brings them together. The bleak outlook of both parties in the relationship is conveyed through the lyrics: “I know you know this life is shit, but maybe I could keep you company.” Despite the collective feeling of sadness and loneliness, the two bring each other consolation by slaying each other’s demons and “kill[ing] the pain.”

I’ve got to say if “All The Black” is a hint of what is to come on a forthcoming album, this should launch her into the stratosphere. I loved the folksy-bluesy charm of her first record  Ivory Castanets but with a song as good as “All The Black,” her sophomore record just became one of my most anticipated releases of the year .

Cat Clyde has a voice that is naturally mesmerizing. Haunting, but sweet. Powerful, yet quiet. This is not just hyperbolic excitement.

One awesome thing about Andy Shauf: He didn’t leave his friends behind. After breaking through in a huge way with 2016’s Polaris-nominated The Party, the Canadian singer-songwriter went back for a whole album and touring cycle with Foxwarren, his band with childhood friends from Saskatchewan, rather than push forward with his solo career.

Now, though, it’s time to get that solo career rolling again. Shauf is back today with “Things I Do,” the lead single from a new album called The Neon Skyline. It’s a concept album about a narrator visiting his neighborhood dive, discovering his ex is back in town, and eventually coming face-to-face with her. This song in particular is about the relationship falling apart. It’s the sort of lush, jazzy retro pop-rocker Shauf made his name on, continually returning to the refrain: “Why do I do the things I do when I know I am losing you?”

Written, performed, arranged and produced by Andy Shauf

“Try Again” by Andy Shauf from the album ‘The Neon Skyline,’ available January 24th, 2020

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The band’s last album was 2017’s Whiteout Conditions, also released on Collected Works/Concord. In a previous press release Carl Newman (who also produced the album) says In the Morse Code of Brake Lights is an accidental concept record.

“I was about two-thirds of the way through the record when I began to notice that lyrically so much of it was pointing toward car songs,” he said. “The opening track is ‘You’ll Need a Backseat Driver,’ and that was a metaphor that seemed to be running through other songs, too. Next to the love song, I feel like the car song is one of the most iconic kinds of songs in pop music, from Chuck Berry to the present. There was so much of that throughout it that I started thinking: ‘Oh, no, there’s too many references to cars on this record!’ And then I thought, ‘No, that’s good-people might think it’s a concept album.'”

Previously the band shared the album’s first single, “Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile,”.

Then they shared another song from it, “The Surprise Knock,”. That was followed by a video for “Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile” and another song from the album, “One Kind of Solomon.”

Happy release day to my pals in The New Pornographers! We’re on tour right now (tour dates below) and I want to send a special thank you and shout out to my sweetheart of a husband Colin Stewart who NOT ONLY sends me daily cat photos so I don’t miss the cat too much while I’m away, he ALSO did an amazing job mixing/recording The New Pornographers ‘In The Morse Code of Brake Lights’. A big thank you to everyone who worked on this record with us, and thanks everyone for listening!

In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights CD/LP is out this week on Collected Work/Concord
“Since their inception, the New Pornographers have often been labeled a “supergroup”. Since A.C. Newman’s voice and guitar has rarely hogged the spotlight, it’s been easy to overlook the fact that he’s very much the mastermind behind the Canadian indie rock band’s coherent, but transcendently harmonious, pop sound. As a co-producer, he’s always displayed a nearly Brian Wilson-level gift for melding the group’s dizzying arsenal of talents, from Neko Case’s clarion alto to Dan Bejar’s quirky change-of-pace songs. In The Morse Code Of The Brake Lights is the band’s second album without Bejar and original drummer Kurt Dahle. But whereas 2017’s Whiteout Conditions buzzed along in familiar New Pornos fashion, with a bright, fizzy krautrock vibe and an equitable mix of vocalists, Brake Lights is, at least by the group’s typical power-pop standards, a heavier, murkier affair, with Newman’s voice sitting front and center for much of its duration.”

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This is three minutes and thirty seconds of bombastic youth, all ramshackle and rambunctious, full of sweaty anxiety and shouted brashness, and I love it more than I should. Also: we should all admire the way lead singer Stefan Babcock pulls off his wordy, Craig Finn-like disregard of the rhythm/time signature. Also: more songs with words like ‘calamity’ in them please. Also: I am a sucker for hook-laden melodic punk that reminds me of when I was much younger/not so, so, so old.

“Kids,” the lead single from the Canadian punk outfit’s forthcoming album Morbid Stuff, careens in the background with their usual furious energy as PUP find themselves in Toronto in the year 2059. They’re not exactly where you’d expect. Bassist Nestor Chumak is dealing with a resentful daughter, Zack Mykula plays drums on the street for apathetic passersby, guitarist Steve Sladkowski clings onto his youth with an ageless head device and as for vocalist Stefan Babcock—well, you’ll have to watch to find out what happens to him.

We are so so stoked to let you know that our third album, MORBID STUFF, will be out on April 5th! We worked so hard on this thing and cannot wait to share it with ya!!! If you ordered our latest zine, you’ve probably already heard our new song “Kids”. New album ‘Morbid Stuff’ out April 5th

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Two albums in, Erin Costelo seems destined to establish herself alongside the top tier of today’s most expressive soulful singers. It’s a quick ascent to be sure, especially since her debut album Down Below, The Status Quo was released only two years ago. Nevertheless, given its flood of rave reviews and the anticipation for what would follow, this Canadian chanteuse clearly has the craft and charisma needed to sustain her momentum. For the most part, Sweet Marie maintains a more nocturnal ambiance, a sound that’s well in keeping with a jazzier inclination. Smooth and supple, her voice manages to create an emphatic impression simply by manipulating the mood, veering from sensual and suggestive one minute to playful the next.

The upbeat appeal of “All In Your Head,” with its bouncy rhythm, Stax-style organ and soaring brass, adds a decidedly dazzling appeal, while the bluesy inflection of “Hands on Fire” asserts Costelo’s confidence as a torch singer of creedence and conviction. Likewise, the pulsating piano framing “Epilogue” adds an emphatic energy to the proceedings. then there’s “My Love,” a song which emerges from a slow build to a triumphant refrain to become one of the standouts of the set overall.

Musicians: Erin Costelo – vocals/keyboard/Producer Clive MacNutt – guitar Leith Fleming-Smith – organ Anna Ruddick – bass Glenn Milchem – drums Andrew MacKelvie – saxophone Andrew Jackson – trombone Leanne Hoffman – background vocals Kwento – background vocals

Taken from the documentary film based on the making of Erin Costelo’s 5th album, “Sweet Marie”.


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Jasamine White-Gluz of Canadian shoegaze band No Joy had something different in mind when she began emailing Sonic Boom, a.k.a. Pete Kember from the band Spacemen 3, in the fall of 2015. The other members of her band stayed within the confines of rock, the more White-Gluz wanted change. So No Joy decided to release three EPs that departed from the band’s shoegaze and noise-pop past, starting with 2016’s Drool Sucker and 2017’s Creep. The final installment in this series, No Joy / Sonic Boom, sees White-Gluz venturing into unfamiliar electronic territory with Kember.

Throughout No Joy / Sonic Boom, you can hear White-Gluz finding the borders of her comfort zone and looking for guidance when she makes it to the other side. The trouble seems to be that Kember does little to develop her ideas once she gets there, settling instead for familiar deadpan loops. There’s not nearly enough give and take to make the collaboration work.

No Joy / Sonic Boom“Triangle Probably” off their self-titled EP on Joyful Noise Recordings.

The Canadian combo known as The Deep Dark Woods have been putting out superb albums for several years, all of consistent quality and well worth the notice. Their latest, Yarrow, is no exception. Cloaked in an even deeper and darker ambiance, this multi-talented sextet creates a furtive folk noir that evokes the sound of wind blown prairies, far-flung environs and a craggy wilderness milieu. It’s all atmosphere to an extent, and indeed preoccupied with circumspect, but the occasional moments of upbeat energy suggest the Band in all their archival glory. Mostly, the music moves at a deliberate pace, a stoic sound that keeps a deliberate focus and cohesive embrace. These reverential tones can be both hypnotic and harrowing, all the better to seize on the senses and make an indelible impression. Take time to listen… Yarrow demands full attention.

“Fallen Leaves,” from The Deep Dark Woods’ forthcoming album Yarrow, gushes acetone and saline, burning and cleansing the memory of lovely Annie, dead and gone. The song is a sideways pass at recreating the sound of country keyboard legend Augie Meyers.

“Drifting On A Summer’s Night”, performed by The Deep Dark Woods. Video footage from “Not So Easy: A Motorcycle Safety Film (1973)”

Brill Bruisers

Some bands aim for a grand, widescreen sound when they go into the studio, but the New Pornographers refuse to be satisfied with anything short of 3-D IMAX, with their songs accompanied by thundering drums, massive cascades of keyboards, towering vocal choruses, and chugging, percussive melodies that power it all. It would be easy for this band to sound absurdly ostentatious if it weren’t for the fact there’s a fiercely beating heart in the midst of their music, and at their best, this indie supergroup seems to be having a grand time constructing their walls of sound.

Brill Bruisers is the sixth studio album from Canadian indie rock band  The New Pornographers. It was released in August 26th, 2014 . In describing the album, A.C Newman called it “a celebration record… After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that.”

The first single from the album was “Brill Bruisers”,  with the second single, “War on the East Coast”, The album was a shortlisted nominee for the Polaris Music Prize. A special “Paint Splattered” limited edition of the album on vinyl was made available inclusing a 3d Poster and 3d Glasses .

The Title track from the new album on Matador Records from the collective band known as the New Pornographers, featuring Neko Case and Kathryn Calder ,”Brill Bruisers” is the bands album,  they performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman.  A really joyous tune with harmonies and handclaps and a great synth refrain.

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The Velveteins have released their new single ‘Don’t Yah Feel Better’. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut LP ‘Slow Wave’

Speaking of the single, the Canadian trio explained: “The music for ‘Don’t Yah Feel Better’ came to us pretty easily. Around the same time we penned the song, we were listening to a lot of traditional Indian music which inspired the guitar melody. We wanted to make the lyrics feel lighthearted and wrote them about how everything you need is around you, you just have to stop and listen for it.” The Velveteins’ full-length debut LP will be released via Fierce Panda in 2017.


“Don’t Yah Feel Better” is the first single off The Velveteins forthcoming LP “Slow Wave”, set to be released on Fierce Panda Canada in 2017. Hailing from sunny Edmonton, Canadian trio The Velveteins are a rock n’ roll band dealing in raucous, heavyweight guitar pop that takes its cues from surf-pop and garage rock.

Have you ever been to a party and wondered what all the other insecure and troubled souls are feeling around you? Standing in a corner wishing you had stayed at home or reflecting that the big spot on your nose is pulsating like a simmering volcano? This is the theme of Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf’s third album “The Party” which seeks to articulate the perspective of different attendees to such a gathering in the form of individually dedicated songs. Shauf clearly leans to that era of seventies soft rock and is often viewed as the “Saskatchewan heir to Elliott Smith”. After listening to this fine album over the past days the nearest comparison is probably Josh Rouse. He also is a singer who can pen a fine melody that after repeated listens seem like they have always been part of your musical upbringing.

It came as no surprise when Andy Shauf’s new album The Party was released that it would be so much more than just a group of songs put out to be listened to. As the genius songwriter that he is, he created each song as a character at The Party. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; this album is a masterpiece that will ring out for years to come as we all come to realize we are dealing with one of the next true greats of song writing in Canada.

“The Magician” by Andy Shauf from the album ‘The Party,’ available now on Anti (World Excl. Canada) and Arts & Crafts (Canada)