I suppose eventually I will get tired of M83 mashups, but it hasn’t happened yet.
one of my favourite mashups
Can’t stop listening to this mashup.
Smells like Kids, from artist Ben Kling.
An audio-visual feast of a game
If you haven’t played Auditorium yet, you have to give it a try. Everything about the experience is stunning.
Recently picked up this great new album from Atmosphere after listening to it in a buddy’s car. Lyrics and beats are solid as always. For an in-depth review, check out Pitchfork Media. I agree that the lyrical content is a bit of departure from Slug’s usual, but I don’t think it helps him out of “indie-rap territory”–nor is that a weakness. Slug is one of too few rappers willing to rhyme about topics that go deeper than how sick their flow is, or how everyone else is a suckah MC. In this world, that means he’ll stay indie.
Went to Hillside last weekend for an awesome-as-always time, with great bands, delicious food, environmental awareness, and friends.
Among my favourite acts were:
- The Burning Hell
They’re from Peterborough and have a bunch of people from the Silverhearts! How could I not like them? Plus they’ve got weird lyrics about the moon being painted on, and dinosaurs.
These guys put on an amazing live show — definitely one of the best live performances I’ve seen in a long time, though I think I suffered some permanent ear drum damage standing next to the amps. Can’t get into their recorded music as much, though.
- Jason Collet
Also an amazing live act, with four or five guys on guitar rocking out some truly excellent jams
- The Magic
Some Guelph natives, these guys were one of my favourite discoveries, and I bought their EP (releasing an LP in the fall). Some great retro keyboards and songs slightly reminiscent of the New Deal, before I stopped liking them (see below).
- Old Man Luedecke
Got the CD of this Nova Scotia native a while ago, and was eager to hear him live, but only caught the end of his act (see below).
- Ron Sexsmith
Not on the list of performers, Sexsmith, who is one of my faves, was a special guest of Stuart McLean. I wanted more Ron and less Stewie.