Wednesday, April 30, 2008

M83 - A Guitar and a Heart?


I caught M83 at Cargo on Monday night and they were pretty good. Not amazing, as expected, but perhaps the crowd being composed of mostly loudmouth jerks didn't help matters. The show sold out weeks ago yet the majority of people around me were engaged in group discussions of non-M83-related matters for the entire performance. Bizarre.

Curiously, Anthony Gonzalez's only comment during the entire show was "Can we do something about these lights? They're awful." A couple of halfhearted thankyous closer to the end of the set didn't exactly engage the audience. The fact that my favourite M83 track, "Unrecorded", didn't make an appearance and confusion over the aborted second encore (lights stay off; crowd screams for 10 minutes; manager announces that band will not return; lights go on) also soured the night a bit. Still, it was great to hear old stuff like "Don't Save Us From the Flames", "Run Into Flowers" and "A Guitar and a Heart" mixed in with solid new material including "Couleurs", "Graveyard Girl" and "Kim & Jessie".

And hey, if you're a fan of post/drone/kraut rock check out openers Kontakte. They were great.

M83 - Graveyard Girl (Yuksek Remix)

- a.m.p.m.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Call It Whatever You Will


Sub Pop has revealed that Wolf Parade's new album will not be titled Pardon My Blues (as previously reported) or Kissing the Beehive, but rather At Mount Zoomer; Mount Zoomer being the name of the recording studio run by drummer and recording engineer Arlen Thompson.

Tracklist:
01 Soldier's Grin
02 Call It A Ritual
03 Language City
04 Bang Your Drum
05 California Dreamer
06 The Grey Estates
07 Fine Young Cannibals
08 An Animal In Your Care
09 Kissing The Beehive

"Call It A Ritual" was released a couple of weeks ago and you can grab it below - give the decent live versions of "Language City" and "Fine Young Cannibals" a listen as well. The album will be released on June 17th and the band embarks on a North American tour in July to support it. Canadian stops include the three usual suspects: Vancouver (July 12), Montreal (August 3) and Toronto (August 9).

Wolf Parade - Call It A Ritual

Wolf Parade - Language City (live)
Wolf Parade - Fine Young Cannibals (live)

- a.m.p.m.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Psychotic Girl


I'm loving the Danger Mouse production on the Black Keys' latest release; his skills really shine through on 'Psychotic Girl'.

Black Keys - Psychotic Girl

- a.m.p.m.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Live : RATATAT in Sydney


As I was cruising around the world wide web the other night, I decided to randomly check out Ratatat's myspace page and see what they were up to. To my surprise, they were playing in Sydney the very next night! There wasn't an option here, I immediately got my hands on some tickets, not caring about cost. I was amazed that I hadn't heard even a whisper of the Essential Festival '08. A day long festival hosted by Myspace, Drumbeat Media (Australia's equivalent to Exclaim! for our Canadian readers) and several others, to showcase rising Australian talent in this new wave indie-rock scene we all seem to know and love.

Before I get into the awesomeness that would ensue, honorable mention goes to Sydney's Grafton Primary. Even though singer Joshua Garden was at times a bit overly eccentric for my liking, they kept up a high energy performance with catchy synth songs. Gotta love that keytar. Next up on props is Bluejuice. I had been loving their 'Vitriol' track for some time beforehand, and the rest of their set did not dissapoint. These boys came out swinging with their upbeat style of indie rock with a little bit of hip-hop thrown into the mix. The harmonies between the two main vocalists combine to form one very stylish single voice.

Ok, now onto my main boys. There was no introduction, there was no explanation, Ratatat simply got on and began to own the stage. The crowd was packed in front of the main stage, but I was also surprised both before and during the show how many Australians were not familiar with the awesomeness that was Ratatat. Needless to say, they are now. This year's festival was apparently the first time an international band was added to the line-up. Did they ever make a great pick. Accompanied by visuals that included everything from abstract images to scenes from 'Predator', the boys performed some of the greatest songs from both albums, as well as a slew of new tracks. There was no time for talk or banter in between songs, not like I had expected it from these guys anyway. They used every minute to cram in as much as they could, leaving the crowd chanting and begging for more. I talked to the guys briefly after the show, curious about what was in the works for them. They were only willing to mention that the Bjork remix was their latest work, but assured me that newer originals were on the way. It's too bad they had to make way for Regurgiator, a fan favorite of Australians for years now, but certainly not of mine. These guys have been around since the early 90's and it shows. Compared to the other great acts of the day, their sound was stale and made me feel like I was 14 again at some pop-punk show, complete with little girls being pulled up on stage by the guitarist. Dude, lame. The majority of the crowd seemed to enjoy it, as many of them seemed to have grown up with the tunes. But to an outsider, it seemed out of place with the new age sound the festival was trying to promote. Check out some of the pictures below and some short clips (sorry they are so dark..it's the sound that counts!) of the new tracks, I'm sure people are now getting annoyed by the fact my camera only takes about 20 seconds of footage at a time, I will try to remedy this situation for the Black Kids show this week!

Bluejuice - Vitriol


-Matty B.



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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Interview: Ruby Coast


Things are happening really quickly these days for Aurora, Ontario's Ruby Coast. In just over a year since they first started playing shows, the youthful bunch have collected eager praise for their rollicking suburban indie pop and found themselves on the "to watch" lists of several labels, promoters, and agents.

Now, after making a serious impression as the openers for Tokyo Police Club on a couple eastern Canada tour dates and launching their debut EP, the buzz seems to have just begun. I (heart) Music and Hero Hill both recently shat themselves over the unquestionable potential packed into their 5-song EP, and Myspace is just wrapping up a week of having the boys as one of their featured artists. In the next two months, they'll be playing Toronto's Over the Top Festival (Pop! Montreal showcase), Edge 102.1's Next Big Thing showcase and North By North East, all of which are certain to be packed with all the right people hoping to see what all the fuss is about. All the while, drummer Corey Marshall will be keeping his fingers crossed that his high school exams go according to plan.

Never being one to miss the buzz, BTA went straight to the source: guitarist/vocalist Justice McLellan's parents house for some delicious homemade ice tea and to chat about multi-instrumentalist Nathan Vanderwielen's Big Mac-induced flatulence.


Ruby Coast plays May 3rd at Whippersnapper Gallery, Part of Over the Top Music Festival.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

That's Why the Arm Came For You

With a few personnel changes and an album cover that leaves us dumbfounded, Islands are ready to drop their second album, Arm's Way. ANTI- will release the sophomore drop about a month from now, but once the leak and buzz machine gets rolling there's not much to keep people from talking. The album begins with "The Arm," a song to rival the incredible opener "Swans (Life After Death)" from Return to the Sea. "The Arm" has a bit of everything you'll find on the remainder of the album. There are lyrics messing about with earnest pleas and nonsensical yammering, a great lead guitar lick, fluttering string arrangements, and most importantly, a balance between them all. A number of the tracks like "Abominable Snow" and "Creeper" have already appeared in set lists on tour, and with no surprise sound great with full production. Newer songs (at least to me) like "Kids Don't Know Shit" fill in the gaps and leave you with a pretty complete recording. With spring taking time off this year and summer leapfrogging into action, this is definitely music for the season. For rabid fans, iTunes released a cover of Beck's "Cyanide Breath Mint" to coincide with "The Arm," which by all sound reasoning should be great, haven't heard it yet though.

Islands - The Arm
Islands - Kids Don't Know Shit

- B.A.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Fox Jaws Clenched


Toronto has some great local bands. And, as we've been finding out as of late, Toronto's suburban sprawl is pumping out musical goodness with that makes the downtown core jealous. Fox Jaws is a 5-piece from Barrie, Ontario which has been making a pretty serious splash in the past few months off the success of their debut full-length, Goodbye Doris; the name being ode to the band's previous name, Doris Day. The album is 11 tracks of whispy alt-folk-pop that makes solid use of a great male/female dynamic, care of talented co-vocalists Carleigh Aikins and Dan Allen.

Thankfully, Fox Jaws have no qualms about sharing with us urbanites. They play the El Mocambo this Friday, April 25th, with Nevado records labelmates Elephant who are featured on this year's Skate 4 Cancer national tour.

Fox Jaws - Quarantine Girl
Fox Jaws - Karmonica

- bbbykmbrly.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Record Store Day = Free Gigs


For those of you who are unaware, this past Saturday was the first ever Record Store Day. Record Store Day is basically an excuse to celebrate how awesome independent record stores are, and Rough Trade East (possibly London's best independent record shop) did their part by putting on an excellent programme of free in-store shows from artists including Billy Bragg, Jason Molina, Schmidt & Kumo, The Metros and Lykke Li. Check out the video of Lykke Li playing "Dance Dance Dance" at her Rough Trade show below.

Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone

Lykke Li - Dance Dance Dance



- a.m.p.m.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Jay Reafund Punches Kid, Dan Burke Ensues @ Silver Dollar



"I don't care if they're from Memphis, that's pussy shit!"

Ignoring the simple fact that it's unacceptable to write a review about a show I didn't attend, I feel our readers wouldn't mind knowing about a rock n' roll shit show that may wind up a contender on the next update of "the 100 most shocking moments in Rock n' Roll".

Last Thursday, Jay Reatard played in Toronto, which we gave away a pair of tickets for. The show was at the Silver Dollar, the venue run by the notorious local crack head, Dan Burke. What ended up going down is now captured on 5 minutes of Youtube footage and a post on Jay Reatard's blog berading the promoter and the venue while apologizing to the "real fans".




Moral of the story: All of our contests lead to rock n' roll history. Enter every single one of them.

- bbbykmbrly.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

radiozero makes me happy


Our friend Tyler of radiozero released his latest podcast yesterday and as usual, it's bloody fantastic. Crystal Castles, M83, Tilly and the Wall, Fred Falke, Cut Copy and many more are included in the hour long mix.

Download through the link below or better yet, head over to radiozero and grab some podcasts from the back catalog as well. They're all good.

radiozero podcast 48

- a.m.p.m.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Jay Jay Pistolet and Slow Club @ the Enterprise


Slow Club seem to be playing everywhere in London all the time. They're practically omnipresent. Their recent residency at the Enterprise began on March 31st and has featured talented openers such as Eugene McGuinness and The Wave Pictures; I caught them on Monday when Jay Jay Pistolet warmed up the crowd with an incredibly engaging set. I've written about both bands before so I'll spare you a lengthy description of how awesome they are. Suffice it to say that it was a fantastic, intimate gig and Slow Club's encore performance of "When I Go" was the icing on the cake. Jay Jay and Slow Club will be at the Camden Crawl tomorrow.

Slow Club - When I Go

Jay Jay Pistolet - Friend

- a.m.p.m.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Walk in the Park

No, he's not Mexican. El Guincho is the recording alias of Spaniard musician Pablo Díaz-Reixa. Similar to Panda Bear's solo work, El Guincho's sound comes heavily from the sampling of old Afro beat tracks and more tropical tones with a dub sensibility. The comparison's with Panda Bear are extensive, and sometimes I feel like I'm even hearing the same stuff. El Guincho's work is a little more 'tropical' and bright sounding because of the heavy dub influence over the sunny samples. Indecipherable Spanish chanting, tribal rhythms and a feel-good attitude make this stuff shine. He's got an album out called Alegranza and he tours sometimes.

El Guincho - Palmitos Park


El Guincho - Antillas

This El Guincho guy reminds me a little bit of a Mexcian DJ counterpart going by the moniker Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido (Mexican Institute of Sound). We found some tracks by him a couple years ago and were blown away by the 'world sound'.

Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido -
Mirando A Las Muchachas

Stay fly
-A.W.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Chasing Wabbits

Philly's Man Man are badass. These guys sound like a meth-addicted viking cabaret or gypsy circus sideshow - take your pick. And you should see them live. I got into them with 2006's Six Demon Bag, which was both utterly heartfelt and batshit crazy at the same time. Since that album, I have been salivating over what they would release next. These guys take the term junkyard orchestra to the next level. Almost a year ago, Pitchfork posted a 'making of' video while Man Man were recording their recent release, Rabbit Habits. Said video is currently available on Pitchfork TV under the SHOWS section. Barking dogs in bathtubs, street-side fireworks and bike stunts ensue.

Needless to say, Rabbit Habits does not disappoint this fan of pirate-y rock music. Man Man were playing a bunch of these songs live for the last year so it's always interesting how they translate to record. Yes, Man Man is better live than their recorded material but their albums are still brimming with creative and inventive music.

Man Man - Mister Jung Stuffed

Man Man - Doo Right

Man Man - Top Drawer

Rabbit Habits is out now on Anti-/Epitaph

-A.W.

Contest: Buck 65 & Cadence Weapon, Ottawa - April 22

On April 22nd the all-Canadian indie hop swagger of Buck 65, Cadence Weapon, and Montrealifax's own Scratch Bastid (producer of 65's 2007 release Situation) are rolling into Ottawa to play the Bronson Center. That's one week from today. Please, before weighing the pros and cons of buying 14 tickets for your friends, consider you could reduce that number to 12 thanks to our Emerge friends who are helping us throw down a behemoth of a giveaway. You and a friend or casual love interest could be the winning recipients of two tickets to the show, and all you have to do is e-mail us (contact@bridgingtheatlantic.net) with "65 Afterparty Babies" in the subject line. Don't neglect to tell us who you are and how we can get a hold of you when your name is drawn, or, if we happen to go bankrupt and need to sell our growing database to telemarketers (kidding!)...We'll be capping the contest at noon on April 21st, so get your entry in now.

This tour is heading west all the way to Tofino, so catch it in your town if you're nowhere near the capital.

Buck 65 feat. Cadence Weapon - Benz
Cadence Weapon - House Music

- B.A.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Remix Smonday - The Wombats vs Leona Lewis


I recently got my hands on a recording of The Wombats covering Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love". It's stellar.

The band's single "Backfire at the Disco" will be rereleased on the 21st of this month.

The Wombats - Bleeding Love

- a.m.p.m.

Banshee Beats

Objective fact: Animal Collective are great. Last year's Strawberry Jam, without question, was one of my favourite albums of the year. It seems like a lot of people have touched this already, but Animal Collective have a 4-song EP, Water Curses, dropping in a couple weeks. But you know it's already available for aural consumption. The title track is bright and bouncy, and you sort of hear what Avey Tare is singing. The perfect spring soundtrack after that shitty winter we apparently had in eastern Canada (I was too busy gallivanting around warmer international destinations).

Animal Collective - Water Curses


Another not-so-new band I was recently put onto is The Dodos.

They remind me of a more coherent Animal Collective, and carry an impressive amount of depth considering their set up is essentially acoustic guitar and drums. Meric Long's guitar playing swells through different moods, ranging from breezy folk-pop to more dark psychedelic tones. They have a new album out, Visiter, and it's awesome. "Jodi" is epic stuff, while "Red and Purple" is just really catchy.

The Dodos - Jodi


The Dodos - Red and Purple


-A.W.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Greco-Disco


I like disco. I also like almost anything that comes out of the DFA camp.

Recently released was the self-titles debut by Hercules and Love Affair, produced by the DFA's Tim Goldsworthy . Springing from the mind of NYC-based DJ, Andy Butler, Hercules and Love Affair creates lush disco tracks featuring vocals by Antony Hegarty, of Antony and the Johnsons fame.

Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules Theme

Hercules and Love Affair - Blind (feat. Antony Hegarty)

-A.W.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Contest: Tokyo Police Club w/ Ruby Coast, April 18th - Ottawa

The fact that Tokyo Police Club are BTA's pick for world domination in 2008 should come as a surprise to basically nobody.

Their debut full-length, Elephant Shell, is due out two Tuesdays from now (April 22nd) on Saddle Creek, they're headlining the upcoming Exclaim! spring Canadian tour, selling out venues across the globe, and (perhaps most importantly) they're getting interviewed by the most influential music e-journalists on the globe (again).

On the topic of BTA/TPC synergies, we've got a pair of tickets for the (SOLD OUT!) Ottawa Exclaim! stop, April 18th at Barrymore's. To get 'em, email us with the subject line "it's about damn time you jerks had an Ottawa contest" before noon on April 17th.

The Ottawa and Montreal dates also feature the most exciting new band I've seen in quite some time, aka Aurora's Ruby Coast. Keep glued to BTA in the coming days, as we will be providing a much more formal introduction to these youthful indie-poppers, likely to be your new faves.

In the meantime, do check out the recent interview MF Blaz procured with Greg from the TP Club here.

Tokyo Police Club - Tessellate
Tokyo Police Club - Listen to the Math

-bbbykmbrly.

Contest: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, April 18th - Toronto


Boris Yeltsin spent the nineties building a legacy of corruption, poor economic policy, and an affinity for the wobbly pops.

A decade later, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is building their own reputation; slick, instantly enticing indie pop. Their sophomore album, Pershing, was released this past Tuesday on Polyvinyl and embraces everything that made their 2005 debut, Broom, a sweeping success, all the while tightening up their hooks and surpassing already heightened expectations.

Like any smart, hard-working young band, the Springfield, Missouri quartet has launched a very ambitious North American tour in support of their new disc, which includes stops in the three usual Canadian suspects:

April 18 - Toronto - El Mocambo
April 19 - Montreal - Jupiter Room
May 19 - Vancouver - Media Club

Thanks to ATG, we've got a pair of tickets for the Toronto stop. And, as an added bonus, the kind young men and women at Polyvinyl are throwing in a couple copies of Pershing; one for the winner of the tickets and one for a runner-up. So, if you're not in the Toronto area, don't let that discourage you from entering to get your hands on the disc. Email us with "this someone still loves SSLYBY" in the subject line. And do so before noon on April 17th.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - I Think I Wanna Die
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Boring Fountain

- bbbykmbrly.

photo credit: Colleen Boerner

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Art Brut makes me want to rock out


Due to the confusion of various other activities I totally forgot to document one of the best gigs I was lucky enough to attend last month. It was one of those random deals as a friend hooked me up with a pass to Art Brut's sold out gig at the Luminaire (probably my favourite venue in London) which was being put on as part of Jack Daniels' JD Set concert promo series.

The band was even more boistrous and spastic than I expected and played almost every song from both albums. Lead singer Eddie Argos shared stories between songs, made several journeys through the audience (one culminating on top of the bar at the back of the club) and screamed a lot. We Are Scientists’ lead singer Keith Murray even made a surprise appearance during the encore, providing lyrics for "Bang Bang Rock n Roll" in lieu of Eddie, who showed up midway through the song to close the set amidst general mayhem.

I'm pretty sure tickets were only £10, everyone got free shots of JD and some lucky S.O.B. won an Art Brut-signed guitar at the end of the night. Art Brut rocked out and fellow Londoners Official Secrets Act were one of the better opening bands I've seen in ages. What more could an Art Brut fan ask for?

Official Secrets Act - Snakes and Ladders
Art Brut - Direct Hit

- a.m.p.m.

(thanks to Nick Greenan for image)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Everybody's Nude


A week ago today Radiohead announced a contest with a twist. The challenge? Remix the band's latest single, "Nude", submit it to the remix website and get the most people to vote for it. The cost? $4.95 The prize? Nothing. Well, Radiohead might listen to your remix.

The band made the track's five source elements available for 99 cents each on iTunes last week and almost 1,000 remixes have been submitted to the Nude Remix website since. Currently leading the pack with over 6,000 votes is Holy Fuck's version, but there are tons of other contenders including Amplive's "Nudez" and Night Facilities' sparse and haunting rework.

Radiohead - Nude (Night Facilities remix)
Radiohead - Nude (Holy Fuck remix)

- a.m.p.m.

I didn't know what time it was.


Having to use internet cafes in southeast Asia for two months can really make you lose track of what new music has been coming out. Then returning to the Ontario countryside with only a spotty wireless internet connection doesn't help out much more. And what a winter/spring it has been for great new stuff.

Allow me to begin my catch up of greatness with the new Destroyer album, Trouble in Dreams, by Canadian songwriter Dan Bejar. Yea, I'm a little late but then again I usually am...this guy has been making music since I was nine years old. But man, can this guy ever write some awesome music. My friend who introduced me to Destroyer's Rubies described everything about Bejar's music as enchanting and I tend to agree. He spins melodic fairy tales in a singer-songwriter fashion while still rocking out with a dense band sound behind him. While I don't feel that Trouble in Dreams is as strong an album as Rubies, Bejar's most recent effort contains some incredible tracks that stand their own against some of his best. The new album, and most of Bejar's old stuff, is available from Merge.

Destroyer - My Favourite Year
Destroyer - Foam Hands

Destroyer - Your Blood
(from Destroyer's Rubies)

-A.W.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Great Tings


The Ting Tings' incessant yet addictive new track "Great DJ" has been in my head for weeks with no sign of leaving any time soon. And now along comes a sweet remix.

The Ting Tings - Great DJ (IDC Rerub)

- a.m.p.m.

Contest: Jay Reatard, April 17th - Silver Dollar, Toronto


Jay must be the hardest working Reatard in the game right now.

In the midst of his 7" release spree with Matador records (releasing 6 singles in rapid-fire succession throughout 2008), hyperactive post-punk wunderkind Jay Reatard is also plowing through an insane amount of live shows across North America and the UK.

The first of these super limited edition 7" singles, See/Saw b/w Screaming Hand, is released today, conveniently the day we feel like talking about his upcoming Canadian dates with Montreal's CPC Gangbangs:

16 April - Ottawa - Babylon
17 April - Toronto - Silver Dollar
18 April - Montreal - La Sala Rossa

Thanks to ATG, BTA has a pair of tickets to the Toronto show up for grabs. If you're interested, email us with your contact info with the subject line "I'm the biggest Reatard I know".
Contest closes at 5:00pm on April 16th.

Also, be sure to check out video of a live Jay Reatard performance on the newly launched (and fucking excellent) Pitchfork TV.

Jay Reatard - See/Saw
Jay Reatard - Let it All Go

- bbbykmbrly.



Monday, April 07, 2008

Remix Smonday - The Fashion


The Fashion are from Copenhagen, Denmark and create bouncy indie rock. Tiger Baby are from Copenhagen too, but they make melancolic electropop. Put 'em together and what do you get? An excellent remix of The Fashion's infectious track "Like Knives", that's what.

The Fashion's second album is out in Denmark right now, and will see worldwide release in May.

The Fashion - Like Knives
Tiger Baby vs The Fashion - Like Knives

- a.m.p.m.

Interview: Tokyo Police Club talks new album, OHL hockey

bridgingtheatlantic: A Lesson in Crime left everyone wanting more. Were you guys under a lot of pressure for the new album?

Greg: We were definitely under alot of pressure. It took a while to figure out what we want to do with it. We would come up with a bridge or a chorus and we’d have these few false starts here and there. We would come out with one or two tracks and be like "OK cool. What next, you know?"

BTA: Is this a weight off your shoulders to get this first full length out?

G: Yeah Having the album out now is like we'll hopefully be solidifying our place. We hope that we're not just a flash in the pan.

BTA: Do you guys think that you'll “break it” with this record?

G: We hope it will. But like, we won’t stop playing shows no matter what happens. If it doesn’t happen hopefully people will still be coming. It’s what we love to do. If this becomes something bigger than yeah.

BTA: So you guys started with A Lesson in Crime and it kinda blew up around here and were called in to do pop Montreal? Was that the big turning point?

G: It was a huge turning point.

BTA: You guys like to keep your songs to the point. Your EP is only 16 minutes long. The new record just falls short of a half hour. Do you write your songs with a time frame in mind?

G: No, it kinda just turns out that way. Its not like we have a timer that buzzes and we’re like "ok, thats the song". We just feel that we don’t need to say anymore. We don’t feel it necessary to, you know, add another bridge or a chorus just to make it a little more radio friendly.

BTA: I was reading last night that you guys did some t-shirts for Playboy? What's up with that?

G: Ha-ha yeah, um. I don’t really know what’s going on with that. Its for some type of charity I believe...at least I hope it is. We also did the red campaign for AIDS in Africa. I think we feel like we have a little bit of responsibility to those kinds of things.

BTA: You just mentioned feeling a little responsible, I know he’s the scapegoat but do you think artists like Bono take it too far?

G: We don’t want a cause to over shadow the music. I think there is a lot of danger of that happening with those kinds of things. You know I can’t say anything bad about Bono, he's doing great things .

BTA: How was the transition to Saddle Creek?

G: We've really been enjoying it. So far they have been fantastic to us. When it came down to it we just had a gut feeling that we wanted to work with those people. The way they have taken their hometown scene and made it international while still keeping true to their roots is very much the way we want to do things. There are also a lot of great bands that are on the label; bright eyes, cursive. And they've always done it their way, never having to compromise their sound for anyone.

BTA: Ruby Coast has been the huge buzz lately at the BTA offices and I use office very, very loosely.

G: Oh that’s great, I’m really glad that they're starting to take off.

BTA: can you tell us a little bit about Ruby Coast?

G: um yeah, we played a show with them at a talent show at Newmarket High after we had graduated. and afterwords we were all like "wow they're really cool" and we sat and chatted after the show. they're actually good friends with my sister. and now i believe we're playing two shows with them in Ottawa and Montreal. but yeah, i hope all the best for them.

BTA: last question, how do you feel about the Newmarket Hurricanes losing in the first round of the playoffs?

G: I don’t care really.


neither do we.


Cheers,

MF Blaz

Sunday, April 06, 2008

All I Do is Party

That photo's ideal for a day when our boy Frank Thomas pounded the shit out of the Red Sox. In a strange but convenient coincidence, the big hurt's new favorite song is MSTRKRFT's "Bounce," featuring N.O.R.E., or Noreaga as he'll stay in our hearts. Yes.

MSTRKRFT - Bounce (feat. N.O.R.E.)

- B.A.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Live: MUSCLES in Sydney


The Manning Bar, located in the heart of Sydney University, had a certain feel-good vibe to it last night. Maybe it was the cool air, the flowing drinks, (once you got them), the novelty of my Canadian accent, or just the fact that everyone had seemingly been preparing to see Muscles for some time now. After I put my shirt back on, it was time to catch the Melbourne artist, funnily enough by the same name. Armed with two keyboards and a microphone, he immediately had the crowd roaring and dancing by busting out 'Sweaty' as his opening track. By the time 'Ice Cream' came around, the audience had taken over the vocals. My only complaint about this show was that it was not nearly long enough to fulfill my trendster needs. The performance seemed to be barley an hour. The crowd tried for the encore, but it became quickly evident that dream was dead. Cue the lights and CD player. I think this for the most part was due to the campus venue having to close up shortly after 12 am, most likely the malicious work of a power hungry old Dean who doesn’t like awesomeness. Regardless, the friends and the music made this a great gig which you definitely can't miss out on if he comes your way. 'The Lake' tour is wrapping up with only a few more shows in Australia. Get your tickets now as every gig so far has been sold out. Check the short clip below.

- Matty B.


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Thursday, April 03, 2008

M83: Back to the Future

Remember those Simple Minds, Outfield, and Stone Roses songs? The ones where saccharine power chords and synthesizers would melt into the vocals? Maybe that's too specific or simply an act of misremembering (I should run for office), but if certain tracks from 2005's Before the Dawn Heals Us hinted of that direction (and ignoring the ambient detour of Digital Shades), then the the new M83 album Saturdays=Youth dives into that pool of influence from 30 meters. Pick your favorite goofy but generally life-affirming 80's movie and picture some of these songs in the background...it's eerily awesome how well Anthony Gonzalez has captured that period in every minute arrangement and adjustment on songs like "Kim & Jessie" and especially "Graveyard Girl."

If as a whole Saturdays=Youth was treated with four coats of varnish the aforementioned tracks wouldn't be nearly as good. Luckily for us the rest of the album is varied with some Air-tinged loungers, the pulsing gloom of lead-single "Couleurs," and the Eno-ambient closer "Midnight Souls Still Remain." This isn't his best work, but it's no slouch. If there's one French album you'll buy this year, it ought to be Sebastien Tellier's Sexuality. If your tax return is kind, buy this one as well.

M83 - Graveyard Girl
M83 - Kim & Jessie
M83 - We Own the Sky

- B.A.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Contest: MGMT Signed Vinyl


So everyone in the whole world knows about MGMT by now. But not everyone has a signed copy of Oracular Spectacular. BTA does. Two, actually.

But we're really nice. And so is Red Ink, who hooked us up. So, if you want one of them, send us an email. Title that email "please please please please please". Include your mailing address. Also include how much you love us. Be descriptive. Contest closes at noon on April 15th.

We also have a couple (two) runner-up prizes: a package including Oracular Spectacular on CD, an MGMT poster, and some ssssweet stickers.

Speaking of MGMT and April 15th - they're hitting the Mod Club in Toronto that night. Tickets here. Full tour dates here.

And... here are a few tracks that you won't find on that album - vintage MGMT for the folks back home.

MGMT - Just Becuz
MGMT - Indie Rokkers
MGMT - Kids (Afterschool Dance Mega Mix)

Oh, and check out this insane Youtube user footage of Andrew and Ben from MGMT drunk and belligerent at Zaphods in Ottawa, uploaded just last week. I'm pretty sure that's one-half of DJ Snugglebots in the background.

- bbbykmbrly.