Monday, March 2, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Just a quick personal letter to the readers of this blog.
I don't really know why the other guys on here aren't posting anymore. I personally don't really find it all that hard to think "oh, I really like this album/band. I'm going to post about it tonight." Maybe I just have too much drive when it comes to writing about shit very few people care about. oh well. Until the other guys make some sort of effort to write for this on a more consistent basis, I think this is going to be my last post for awhile...
Having said that, I decided to go right for the golden ring with this post. North Of America is probably my favorite of all the Canadian bands I planned on covering in this "ongoing" series. And since this could very well be my last post for awhile, I figured, go out with a bang. North Of America went from originally sounding like Pavement and Polvo had a love child, to getting heavier and more technical. Eventually getting to a point where they sounded fairly similar to singer/guitarist Michael Catano's other band, The Plan. They broke up in 2003. But have reunited numerous times. In 05 they got back together to do a Canadian tour with Ted Leo. And they just recently played a couple shows at the end of this past December which marked their 10th anniversary as a band. I fucking hate myself for missing those shows because now I'll probably have to wait for some other anniversary or special occasion to see them. They will always have a special place in my heart. Fans of blah, blah and blah should definitely listen to them.
their stuff I have in chronological order...
Buy them from a independent record store if you like them
Or you can get them all from Rewika Records Online.
Posted by Matthew Saint Laurent at 7:02 PM
Sunday, February 22, 2009
(I'm not going to go into the details of this band because I already wrote about them once on here. You can view that post here. )
This album is as great as I expected it would be. The instrumental math rock quartet has their shit down. Not that its really a surprise all things considered. Hard hitting and heavy and other times bringing it down and having a cello or glockenspiel join in. One surprise for me listening through, was that a couple of songs have singing in them. It works for those songs and whats cool is, they don't feel out of place. I'm really excited on this band. And this is only their first album. I hope they continue to put out good music.
p.s. Look forward in the near future to a interview with Mike Banfield from Knot Feeder once I can get my shit together enough so I wont seem like a giddy school girl talking to him. haha.
I highly recommend you buying yourself a copy
You can also listen to the track "You Are My First Choice (To Be Thrown Out The Window)" from the album on Knot Feeder's Myspace Page
Posted by Matthew Saint Laurent at 11:09 PM
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I don't know if anyone else remembers, but HBO used to have a weekly show called "reverb". It showcased live music from alot of bands that were around at the time. One of my favorite episodes, that I can remember, was Pavement & Built To Spill (another great one was Björk & Sigur Rós). It successfully got me into two of my favorite bands. I guess this album has always had a special place in my heart because it was the first I heard by them. The reverb episode featured mostly songs from this album if I remember correctly. Overall, its a great indie rock album by one of the great indie bands. For fans of good 90's indie music. And though I HATE to say this, some people have made comparisons between them and Modest Mouse. So I guess if you like Modest Mouse (their old stuff preferably) check it out? But I have to say...
Built to Spill > Modest Mouse
Buy it from a independent record store if you like it
Posted by Matthew Saint Laurent at 8:43 PM
Friday, February 20, 2009
I wish that so many of my favorite bands weren't from places far away. Toulouse, France for instance. That's where Sed Non Satiata is from. The band is a screamo band. (Or I guess the kids are calling real screamo skramz now. wtf youths? Get the fuck out of here with that shit.) They play passionate heavy music. Often, the songs have an epic feeling to them. Post rock-esc build ups. Its so weird to hear a part in a song and think "This is so fucking beautiful, and so fucking heavy at the same time." But this band nails it. If you like any real screamo or post hardcore, definitely listen to this band.
I uploaded there Full Length, Two Splits and their Demo
I believe its all they have released as of yet
Listen to the song "Les Hommes Sans Visage" on this fan myspace page if you want to hear what they sound like before downloading all their stuff.
Posted by Matthew Saint Laurent at 10:02 PM
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Three piece instrumental outfit hailing from Asheville, NC.
Creatively, they are coming from a "free" place, but they manage to keep things tight and measured.
Think Tera Melos with a better sense of dynamics & volume.
Pete tested, John Zorn approved. (Which is a pretty consistent indicator.)
Most will agree, this isn't a NEW direction to take your band in at this stage of the game.
But these jams really have personality, and they stick out. Hockey.
Support these fellas. Drop some quid in their coffer, dogg.
Bonus Recommendation: Bitch out Tisdale, Weston, and Dan Caff for completely falling off. Do it, because I want to be able to look forward to their posts!
Bonus Wutt: John Locke Sings The Blues
- peter lindgren
Posted by Anonymous at 7:58 AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
preface: Touch & Go Records is one of the most important labels in underground history. They are right up there with Dischord. I had quite the scare today when I read that they were pretty much going to cease to exist as a record label. I literally shouted “NO!” when I read it. That ended up not being true (turns out that they are going to be cutting their distribution of other labels records, which is still a big deal) but it just made me realize how important the label was to me. So today I decided to post one of my favorite records the label has put out.
I'm not going to go too much into this album. Slint were one of the first "math rock" bands, along with Chavez and Polvo. The genre has changed alot since then. Initially it was more related to post rock, which you can hear on this album. Angular quiet/loud guitar parts. Speaking/screaming lyrics. Changing/shifting time signatures. Great album.
Buy it from a independent record store if you like it
Or better yet, get it directly from Touch & Go's Online Store
Please support the Touch & Go Record Label
Posted by Matthew Saint Laurent at 11:05 PM