Articles posted in October 2010

Making out with other people

Blown away as a fine mist
The last time I wrote, I had the flu. Just as I was starting to get better, my computer got a sympathy illness and broke. Now I have a new one and I’m ready to get back on the blogging train.

Here’s another song from Vancouver synthpop duo Fine Mist. “Murder Murder” is the only track on the new LP, Public Domain, that contains real drums. While it begins with the usual electro beats and synth accompaniment, it culminates in a multi-kit drum circle, including a contribution from Japandroids drummer David Prowse.

I’ve written about Fine Mist a few times lately. I did a profile for The Tyee, included a mini-review in my coverage of Olio Festival for Exclaim!, and spoke with both members briefly for the Georgia Straight.

MP3: “Murder Murder”
 
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It’s not me, it’s you

Lab Coats misspelled?
If you want to read music criticism written by a guy with the flu who hasn’t eaten in 40 hours, then you’ve come to the right place. Life is hard! On the bright side, I now feel like listening to music again, rather than just staring at the wall and moaning.

Today’s song is “For Now” by Lab Coast, and it’s a catchy, poppy and generally lovely lo-fi rocker. It comes from the band’s excellent new split 7″ with Extra Happy Ghost!!!, another garage-y Calgary project. The extra happy ghost!!! songs are awesome too, so make sure to check this one out when it’s released this week via Saved by Vinyl.

MP3: “For Now”
 
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Can’t you see she’s a lady?

I keep on falling
Is there any name that’s been mentioned in more songs that Caroline/Carolina? A quick glance through my iTunes and I can see:

The Beach Boys – “Caroline, No”
Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline”
Ryan Adams – “Oh My Sweet Carolina”
Tokyo Police Club – “Not Sick”
The Raconteurs – “Carolina Drama’
Lou Reed – “Caroline Says II”
Guided by Voices – “King and Caroline”
James Taylor – “Carolina in My Mind”
Two Hours Traffic – “Territory”
The Shilohs – “Carolina”

That’s a helluva mixtape right there. You can add Christina Maria‘s “Carolina” to the list. Download it below. It comes from the Vancouver-raised songstress’s recent album, Straight Line, and contains a nice plunky piano riff that comes in at the 39-second mark.

Christina Maria is playing a benefit show at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver on October 14.

MP3: “Carolina”
 
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