beautiful morning light.

everyday i'm hustlin'..

gogol bordello's new album, trans-continental hustle, came out yesterday! i haven't had the chance to listen to all of it yet, but i love em'.... and if you love em', you love em'.

eugene hütz of gogol bordello wrote an intro on their myspace back in 2003 that is definitely worth reading.. and sharing.

"With our music, and music that we popularize, we try to reach out and remind people that, when taken out of the hands of a parasite, music is still a great lead into a democratic atmosphere of chaos, where moments of great freedom and where great friends could be found. And that in the world of rapidly dissolving authentic cultures, soul-searching through the music is something that connects you with the most authentic thing there - your savage heart."

... i love em'. you can read the rest of the intro here.
check out this video of them performing the first track off the album, "pala tute."

stealing tomorrow

For those of you who did not check out my last post on the Great Lake Swimmers.
I'm making it a little easier for you to fall in love with them...

"I don’t care what you think, I’m going to take it away
While I am stealing tomorrow from today..."

the day has come...

HUGE Crystal Castles fan.
New album is out today. Amazing.
Addicted already! You have to check it out.

girl with one eye.

florence and the machine's debut album, lungs, is good.. really good. but if you're gonna listen to it, make sure it's live. it's the gets-down-into-your-bones kinda good.
check out this video of her performing "girl with one eye" on MTV sessions.

what are you listening to?

Okay, so we post a lot of different music.
I thought it would be fun to share exactly what albums I have bought recently and am currently enjoying.

remix artist collective.

my friend sent me this link to an awesome remix of "home" by edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros. check it out here... no here.


For those who don't know, i'm a shameless Lily Allen fan.
I was very happy to find this video from another favourite of mine Q.

we're gonna ride till there ain't no more to go..

.. or until we get to whistler.
i'm finally going to whistler today/tonight! i heard it's been pretty crazy up there, with the telus ski and snowboard festival going on. sidenote: i dusted my snowboard the other day. it was collecting dust sitting in my room.. yeah, dusted it. sad.
so! it's friday, we're going to whistler, there's no sunshine (but that's okay) and i'm listening to neil diamond. next time you wake up put this song on and you'll be happy all day. true story.
enjoy your weekend!

these old shoes.

i went and saw deer tick last night and they were so good! real good.
i wish i had some pictures/videos to post, but i forgot my camera. sooooo... you get to watch this video.
"these old shoes" was written by one of their friends and is one of my favourite cover songs by them and definitely my favourite last night. let's pretend that it says "biltmore, 2010" instead of "SXSW, 2008."

p.s happy earth day! what are YOU doing to take part?

love is all, from what i've heard.

i've been listening to the tallest man on earth a lot lately. he released his second album, the wild hunt, early last week. i posted a couple songs off the album a little while ago, so check those out here. better yet, check out his myspace... and then this video. and then.. and then..

Well I walk upon the river like it's easier than land
Evil's in my pocket and your will is in my hand
Oh, your will is in my hand
And I'll throw it in the current that I stand upon so still
Love is all, from what I've heard, but my heart's learned to kill
Oh, mine has learned to kill
Oh, I said I could rise
From the harness of our goals
Here come the tears
But like always, I let them go
Just let them go
And now spikes will keep on falling from the heavens to the floor
The future was our skin and now we don't dream anymore
No, we don't dream anymore
Like a house made from spider webs and the clouds rolling in
I bet this mighty river's both my savior and my sin
Oh, my savior and my sin

information overload

For those who are fans of Wintersleep, you have to check out Paul Murphy's new project Postdata. The new project sprang from Paul and his brother Michael spending some time together working on ideas in Nova Scotia.

"We had a little too much time on our hands. Some scotch too. We wanted to make a present for mom.

She’d had a tough year. With little preparation (a laptop, no microphones, click tracks, or even tuners

come to think of it), we recorded about 12 ideas and we went our separate ways.

Eight months later we found a free weekend in Halifax and tried the same thing, reworking a cluster of

songs from the first session and adding four extra songs to the workload. We used the same laptop, but

this time we rented actual, real microphones and we used click tracks for a few songs and tuners for the

most part. We think. Maybe a little less scotch this time around.

Some of the songs turned out to be fuller and more mature after a second take, better than expected.

Other songs maybe didn’t quite hit the mark. But the recording as a whole seems to do something quite


Hope you like it. "

The result is haunting melodies that have the ability to completely silence a crowd.
I was lucky enough to catch them playing this weekend, unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the performance, all I could do was close my eyes and listen...

a step beyond lovely

By far the highlight of my JUNO weekend was getting to see my favourite, Great Lake Swimmers perform at Fred's Records. If you haven't seen them live, you're missing out on something truly heavenly.
Good news is, they've released The Legion Sessions, a live acoustic album that was recorded in an old Canadian Legion Club. The website for The Legion Sessions allows you to navigate around a map and watch video of the recording for each track on the album. Check it out!

whoa, time out..

... and listen to the kissaway trail's new album, sleep mountain.
although the album has been slammed pretty hard (especially for its arcade fire influence... heavy influence) i've been enjoying it, especially "SDP", "friendly fire", "new year", and "new lipstick."
reviews shmviews. what do you think?
check out their video for "SDP" and their myspace here.


Very sad today to hear that You Say Party! We Say Die! drummer Devon Clifford passed away after collapsing during a show in Vancouver on Friday night.


live it out

last night was the kickoff to JUNO weekend. the weather here is less that ideal but that didn't stop me or the rest of the crowds from bar hopping to see as many acts as possible!
Metric played a great show at the Delta Ballroom, here are some video clips from their set.

Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg

but you can just call him Avi.

He's just a baby, fresh outta high school but his song Whats It In For? has a sophistication that is well beyond his years.
Avi got his big break when Aaron Embry (who has worked with Elliott Smith and Emmylou Harris) asked him if he would like to record in his home studio. Shortly after, Subpop picked up Avi and he and his bandmates were on their way to recording their first album.
The album drops on April 27th, but you can get a free download of Whats In It For? from their official website.


This weekend the JUNO's will be taking place on the east coast.
I've never been one for award shows BUT I am super excited for all of the showcases and concerts happening over the next few days. If you're in the city you should definitely head downtown and check out the great line up of acts. There is something for everyone.
Here are a few of the acts that i'll be checking out:
The Arkells
Handsome Furs
Most Serene Republic
Pathological Lovers
The Novaks
Great Lake Swimmers
Amelia Curran
The Subtitles
Matt Hornell & The Diamond Minds
Amy Millan
Hawksley Workman
Jully Black

in search of beethoven.

on monday night i went and saw the documenary, in search of beethoven. for all you beethoven lovers or classical music lovers or anything music lovers, you should definitely check it out. the director, phil grabsky, who also directed in search of mozart, does an amazing job of illustrating beethoven's life. it features incredible live performances as well as commentary by musicians, conductors, musicologists and historians.
i've always been infatuated with beethoven, and one of the reasons why (besides his music) was how much of a hopeless romantic he was. the film talks about some of the women he had fell in love with (mostly his students), and how unlucky and tormented his love life was. however, his love for these women influenced some of beethoven's greatest work, including "moonlight sonata." the film also talks about how arrogant, rude, and sarcastic beethoven was; he was even suicidal. but despite these characteristics, he was a true optimist. he was seen as a man with "a large brain and an equally large heart"... which is evident in his music. no matter how bad things got or how unhappy he might have been, he kept pushing forward, all for the love of his art.
overall, the film gave me a better appreciation for his work, the man that he was, and how he became one of the greatest composers of all time.
... i love 'em.

Movie Night

it's the magical mystery kind..

... ooooh now i could die la la.
ange posted these guys a little while ago but i think they're so good we need to talk about them again. they do your heart all kinds of good.
i read somewhere the other day that the singer, alex, named the band after a character he created while writing a novel. the character, edward, was sent down to earth to save the world but kept getting distracted and falling in love..
kinda like me right now. i'm sitting here in a coffee shop and should be kicking ass with my job hunt BUT i keep getting distracted and falling more in love (so in love) with their music.
so i found this video of them performing last year, wow. if you're in vancouver you should check them out at the commodore on may 21st!


Papier Tigre, i love you.

diddle dee diddle dum..

..dum dum girls. thank you, thank you, thank you.

on the lookout

I'm sure most music blog followers are no stranger to the Freelance Whales. Named as a band to watch this year, I'm eagerly anticipating the release of their album Weathervanes (April 13th)
Until then, you can download a free track Generator ^ Second Floor from their official site. I also suggest checking out their myspace for concert listings, there are a couple Canadian dates coming up!

happy easter!

nom nom nom.

once twice thrice..

i haven't listened to thrice in so long. years long. which is why it's so weird that i woke up this morning with "open water" stuck in my head. maybe cause it's been raining in vancouver every day all day... rain, water, you know. maybe i just miss the atlantic. or maybe cause i missed listening to such a beautiful song.. that's it.
happy friday!

april fools!

i've been trying to come up with a good april fools joke for hours aaaaand i got nothin'.
but i DO have music for you, thanks to michael!
meet king tuff and his myspace.