Music

Photo of the Week #148

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:

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Along with how the photo ran in a local magazine:

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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:

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April Songs

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.

February Songs

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.