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Rose Melberg & Gregory Webster – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)

Rose Melberg & Gregory Webster - "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)"
Last weekend, I heard Glenn Alderson perform a karaoke version of the Ramones‘ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight).”

No offence to Glenn, but Rose Melberg (of Brave Irene, Tiger Trap, the Softies, Imaginary Pants, PUPS a more) did a better job on her cover of the song with Razorcuts member Gregory Webster. The holiday single is coming out through Kingfisher Bluez.


 
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PUPS – “Take Your Shoes Off”

PUPS
PUPS is the latest of many bands to feature Rose Melberg, who plays drums. She sings some of the Vancouver trio’s songs, but not this fast-moving indie pop number, which is called “Take Your Shoes Off.”


 
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Black Tambourine – “What’s Your Game”

Black Tambourine
I recently wrote an Exclaim! article about the best crowdfunding campaigns, and I included Black Tambourine‘s Kickstater drive to fund a new EP of Ramones covers called OneTwoThreeFour. This is actually the first time I’ve contributed to a crowdfunding campaign.

Below, listen to the EP cut “What’s Your Game. This features Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Vancouver’s own Rose Melberg on backing vocals.


 
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These days with you

Happy about the thing on the left
I’ve been listening to a lot of Rose Melberg lately, so I’m thrilled that she has released an EP with Jay Arner (who performs solo and with Fine Mist). It’s got six songs from her most recent solo album, Homemade Ship, which have been reworked with electronic beats and an array of gorgeous synths.

Click below to hear the dreamy “Old Days,” which features a guest spot from Apollo Ghosts‘ Adrian Teacher. The whole EP is killer, so you should buy it from Bandcamp.

Head to Exclaim! to read more.


 
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Mountains swallow up the sun

Caitlin Livingston behind the lens
A few nights ago, Brave Irene threw a release party for the record that contains my most-played song on iTunes. Only two of the five band members were in town, but they played through the entire eight-song mini-album (which is out now via Slumberland).

Here’s another great tune from that collection. It’s called “Longest Day,” and it’s a two-minute blast of peppy rhythms, catchy organs and charming indie pop melodies.


 
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Don’t be so cruel to me

Photo credit to Caitlin Livingston, Jaba credit to George Lucas
According to my iTunes, my most played song since I got my new computer in early October is “No Fun,” the first track off of Brave Irene‘s self-titled EP. I don’t think I can give any higher praise than that. I just want to listen to this song all the damn time.

It’s a melancholic pop tune that’s as upbeat as it is poignant, with noisy guitars waging a beautiful war against lovesick lyrics, bubbling organs and haunting vocal harmonies. Singer Rose Melberg (who I’ve written about here and here) sings about a relationship turned sour, declaring, “This kind of love is no fun.”

Go to Exclaim! to read my interview with Rose and keyboardist Caitlin Gilroy. Brave Irene will be out on March 15 via Slumberland.

MP3: “No Fun”
 
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Throw your penny in my fountain

Remember 1993?
Tiger Trap was the first band fronted by Rose Melberg, the best singer in the universe. The quartet was active only briefly in the early ’90s, releasing an EP and a full-length. I’ve had the LP on heavy rotation for the last few months.

Here’s one of my favourites from that album, “Words and Smiles.” It’s an unrequited love song that’s equal parts hopeful and poignant. The drums are bouncy and the fuzzy surf licks are gorgeous, but there’s no mistaking the desperation in the lyrics, as Rose sings, “I won’t tell you / But if you only knew.” Keep your ears peeled for the awesome moment at 1:40 when her voice briefly rises to a shout.

MP3: “Words and Smiles”
 
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Don’t let go of my hand

New year's resolution: listen to more Rose Melberg
Lately, I’ve been on a Rose Melberg kick. I’ve been listening to a lot of Tiger Trap, as well as her new band, Brave Irene. Go to Exclaim! to read about Brave Irene’s new record, which will be coming out in February via Slumberland.

Here’s Rose’s cover of “This Will Be Our Year” by the Zombies. Her version reinvents the poppy original as a sensitive folk song with just a hint of reverb. It features her mom on ukulele and backing vocals. Listen to this while getting reflective about the year to come. Happy 2011.

MP3: “This Will Be Our Year”
 
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