Articles posted in December 2011

Tennis – “Origins”

I spoke with Tennis for the lead music article in this week’s Georgia Straight. It was an enjoyable conversion with a nice person in a good band. I can’t ask for more than that.

The group’s latest single is called “Origins” and it’s totally awesome, with production that’s a lot more lush than the band’s past work. Check it out below.

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Cass McCombs – “The Same Thing”

Cass McCombs
Déjà vu! If it feels like only a few months ago that Cass McCombs released an album and went on tour, that’s because it is. Hot on the heels of this spring’s Wit’s End, his new album Humor Risk is out now. Cass will be coming to the Electric Owl in Vancouver tomorrow night (December 5).

Below, watch the video for his bleary, folk rocking recent single “The Same Thing.”

If you’re going to show tomorrow, say hi to me. I’ll be the one wearing glasses.

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Handsome Furs – “Serve the People”

Handsome Furs
My designer friend Mike Withers (who created this website) and I both agree that Sound Kapital by Handsome Furs is the best album of 2011. What we disagree on, however, is the song “Serve the People.” While he thinks it’s the album’s low point, I think it’s a majestic, power-to-the-people anthem that encapsulates the ragged glory and Springsteen-esque politics that mark much of Boeckner’s best work. It’s a powerful ‘fuck you’ to world leaders who don’t, ahem, serve the people.

Watch the song’s recently unveiled music video below.

I wrote about Sound Kapital for year-end features by Exclaim! and BeatRoute.

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The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”

The Black Keys
On every album, the Black Keys manage to deliver one awesome song. I haven’t actually heard El Camino in full yet, but it’s got at least one tune that’s a total banger. “Lonely Boy” contains traces of the band’s signature gritty blues rock sound, but it’s mostly a straight-up pop rock stomper with a fucking mammoth chorus that’s guaranteed to be played at a million of those tacky indie rock nights at dance clubs.

Hey, the guy in the video below would go to that night.

Go to Exclaim! for more about El Camino.

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Great Aunt Ida – “Your Window”

Great Aunt Ida
A couple of years ago, Great Aunt Ida moved from Vancouver to Toronto, but the Big Smoke hasn’t robbed this songwriter of her soul. Just listen to the big-hearted piano ballad “Open Window,” which reflects on the cross-country move and adeptly blends feelings of romantic confusion with a sense of big city alienation. Lovely.

This comes from new album Nuclearize Me.

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