This week I’m putting travel on hold for a music bender. Scottish electro-pop band Chvrches recently came to Toronto for a sold-out debut show during Canadian Music Week. Here is one of my favourite shots of singer Lauren Mayberry from The Mod Club event:
Along with how the photo ran in a local magazine:
My friend Judith Ann Clancy and I recently worked with a Toronto-based band by the name of Silk Tonic. Here are some of my favourite photos from the shoot:
It doesn’t happen all too often that I go to a concert and feel really blown away and moved by what I hear – but I was captivated by Jimmy Gnecco’s one-man show at the Horseshoe Tavern on Monday night. If you weren’t there I can honestly say you missed out.
The front man for the band Ours played a powerful, intense and emotional set in support of The Heart, his soon to be released solo album available July 20. Backed only by his guitar, Gnecco sang favourites like “Gravity” and “Here is the Light” as his vocals ranged from piercing falsetto to screams. A haunting rendition of “Darling” was delivered with so much intensity that it was apparent how much pain it evoked.
Gnecco lightened the mood between songs by flashing his smile and sharing some funny stories, like when Ours took the stage in Medicine Hat directly after a UFC fight. Needless to say, the show didn’t go over so well and they were forced to leave when the rebellious crowd started a fire and chanted “Na na na na na na na na, hey hey hey goodbye.”
He also brought up his friendship with the late Jeff Buckley and how he used to try to separate himself musically and in turn wound up not releasing some of his best songs. Now he says he’ll let the fans decide – and if the applause was any indication, they approve. Although there’s been a lack of Ours record distribution in Canada, Gnecco’s vocals can also be found on both of the Neverending White Lights releases.
The show ended with “The Heart,” which he dedicated to his cousin who wound up getting drunk alone in the middle of the afternoon as he waited for Gnecco to show up for five hours. Gnecco explained that his cousin demanded that the show “better be good!”
The songs I can’t get out of my head this month are:
Hollerado – Juliette, Got to Lose
The high-energy tracks on Hollerado‘s debut album Record in a Bag put me in a good mood. I can’t wait to see them live on June 16th at the Piston with my friends The Order of Good Cheer.
Said the Whale – The Light is You
A feel good song from the Vancouver based band that makes for the perfect soundtrack to a laid-back summer’s day.
Hawksley Workman – (The Happiest Day I Know is a) Tokyo Bicycle
A new track from his album Meat!
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
I first heard this song in the movie 500 Days of Summer. It’s infectiously catchy and melodic.
The Besnard Lakes – Albatross
From The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, the follow-up to …Are The Dark Horse, which landed the band a Polaris Music Prize nomination.
CocoRosie – Werewolf
The American-born, Paris-based sister duo make an eclectic blend of music that incorporates elements of pop, hip-hop, blues and opera. This song dates back to 2007… but I just discovered it now.
BSS – Forced to Love
Forgiveness Rock Record, the band’s highly anticipated fourth album, hits shelves on May 4, 2010. Meanwhile I still can’t get over the fact that of all the concerts, I wound up getting injured (see below) at a Broken Social Scene show. What are the chances?
A.C. Newman – There Are Maybe Ten or Twelve
Another oldie, posted in anticipation of Together, the new album from The New Pornographers, also due out on May 4, 2010.
A glorious thing happened last week. After years of spending countless amounts of money on CDs and magazines (not to mention a magazine journalism degree), the tables finally turned.
In an attempt to make their office relocation a little easier, Chart magazine was purging itself from a ridiculous amount of stuff. Not only did I score practically every issue of the magazine that I didn’t already have, I also took home a stack of CDs and DVDs. I would have taken away more books but my bags were already too heavy and I literally left with more than I could carry. What a shame I didn’t have a car!
What I’m listening to this month… some old, some new.
The Hidden Cameras – He Falls To Me
Ever since I saw this song live in an epic rendition with dozens of people on stage it’s been getting heavy rotation on my playlist.
Phoenix – 1901/Lisztomania/Rome
I was a little late jumping on the Phoenix bandwagon. I just don’t know where I was hiding but I discovered them way after they made it big. Regardless, these French boys sure know how to create incredibly catchy alternative rock songs.
Arkells – Pullin’ Punches
Although this song automatically stands out for any number of reasons (like its beat) for some reason it was the line “Do you strike those years from the record?” that really struck me on my first listen.
Zeus – Marching Through Your Head
From the same men who form Jason Collett’s band, comes the music of Zeus. Be sure to check out the neat video for this one too.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Home/40 Day Dream
I actually came across this band through an episode of Community. I can’t remember which episode, so clearly the song stood out more than the show. The whistling, the sing-a-longs, it really comes as no surprise.
Elias – All We Want
All We Want has all the inklings of a song that lingers in your head long after the music has stopped.