May 14, 2007

Montreal Too Hardcore 6

I'm going away for the long weekend (feel free to rob my house...the key's under the mat) and I've put together another Montreal Too Hardcore mix.

I've decided to enhance the list by added links to videos wherever available. A few (7) of the tracks are the actual videos. Most are live versions with piss poor audio and video quality (most camcorders can't hand the shear sonic awesomeness of the live music). For best experience buy all the cd's / mp3's and make the compilation yourself.


1 - The King Of Carrot Flowers Pt 2 - Neutral Milk Hotel (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea)
2 - 10 A.M. Automatic - The Black Keys (Rubber Factory)
3 - Shoulders & Arms - Tokyo Police Club (A Lesson in Crime)
4 - HFXNSHC - Sloan (Never Hear the End of It)
5 - When The Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys (Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not)
6 - Glosoli - Sigur Ros (Takk...)
7 - Florida - Grandaddy (Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla)
8 - Proposition 61 - The Most Serene Republic (Underwater Cinematographer) *partial video
9 - I'll Believe In Anything - Wolf Parade (Apologies to the Queen Mary)
10 - Amsterdam - Peter Bjorn And John (Writer's Block)
11 - Roscoe - Midlake (The Trials of Van Occupanther)
12 - Mess With Time - Built To Spill (You in Reverse) *partial video
13 - Come Pick Me Up - Ryan Adams (Heartbreaker)
14 - What Light - Wilco (Sky Blue Sky)
15 - Papa Was a Rodeo - Magnetic Fields (69 Love Songs)
16 - Returning To The Fold - The Thermals (The Body, the Blood, the Machine)
17 - Parting Of The Sensory - Modest Mouse (We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank)**fan made
18 - Montréal -40°C - Malajube (Trompe-L'Oeil)
19 - In Mind - Do Make Say Think (You, You're a History in the Rust)

Running Time - 75:35

***Note this CD was made in strict accordance to my own rules***

Montreal Too Hardcore 5, Montreal Too Hardcore 4, Montreal Too Hardcore 3 and Montreal Too Hardcore - The 90's

Posted by hypnobee at 4:30 PM

March 30, 2007

Deerhoof

Who needs drugs when you can just watch some fan made videos of Deerhoof songs.

I've tried listening to the last 2 Deerhoof CD's and can't really get into it but +81 off of their latest CD is a great song.

Posted by hypnobee at 1:17 PM

December 11, 2006

Top 10 CD's of 2006

It's almost the end of the year and with only greatest hits collection hitting the shelves I think it's safe to unveil my top 10 list of CD's for 2006 (in no particular order).


Islands - Return to the Sea.
I've been waiting for this album since I found out about The Unicorns in 2004, who had already broken up.

Built to Spill - You in Reverse
The guitar just seems to go on forever in most of their songs, an excellent album for the road.

Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
What's not to like about this CD.

M. Ward - Post-War
I love everything I ever heard of his. It sounds very minimalist but when I saw him live his hands are going a mile a minute. It brought a whole new light to the album.

The Decemeberists - The Crane Wife
Colin Meloy like M. Ward is a fantastic story teller. You'll have to give this album a few runs through before you fall in love with it. Decemeberists will be on The Colbert Report, December 20th to take part in a guitar solo duel against Stephen Colbert, it will be crazy.

Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon
Early in the year they were being toted as the 2006 edition of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the hype was pretty huge. At the end of the day does it matter, the CD is good.

The Thermals - The Body, the Blood, the Machine
My latest find of the year on this list and I haven't taken it out of my player yet.

Silversun Pickups - Carnavas
They fill the hole inside of my that was left by The Smashing Pumpkins. I love my distortion and they bring it.

Artic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
So many great lines, so many catchy songs. I love this CD.

Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat
The final album from Grandaddy does not disappoint. Where I'm Anymore is possibly the best song that uses "meow" as a chorus.

Other honourable mentions include:


My Morning Jacket - Okonokos
It's a live CD, otherwise it would've been right up there. The songs are more stretched out and really come to life over the studio recordings. Anyone who's on the fence about these guys do yourself a favour and get it.

Thom Yorke - The Eraser
I love Radiohead and this is close enough to it for me.

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
I originally picked this up for the great cover of the Traveling Wilbury's "Handle With Care" that I couldn't get out of my head. Jenny Lewis voice is so great you can't help but like the whole album.

If I were do redo this list in February one or more of these might sneak on to the list. I heard a few songs of each but I haven't had a chance to go through the entire disc yet.

The Little Ones
Sing Song
Viva Voce
Get Yr Blood Sucked Out
Tokyo Police Club
A Lesson in Crime
Malajube
Trompe-L'Oeil
Land of Talk
Applause Cheer Boo Hiss

Largehearted Boy has a colossal list of the years best, be sure to check it out.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

September 11, 2006

V-Fest Sucked

Apparently not going to this past weekend's V-Fest was the best $120 I've never spent.

Ben Rayner and Vit Wagner of the Toronto Star recount the poorly attended corporate rock show.

Toronto's Ohbijou, the mainstage opener, takes the stage 18 minutes later than scheduled. The jubilant orchestral pop band, whose eight members equal about a third of the audience at the start of its set, seems unfazed.

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:32 AM

July 12, 2006

Montreal Too Hardcore 5

I finished putting together M2H4 a week before I left for vacation. More songs kept popping into my head so I decided to make another compolation. It seems only fitting since I'm doing two small vacations this week.

Montreal Too Hardcore 5

1. The W.A.N.D. - Flaming Lips
2. Ibi Dreams of Pavement - Broken Social Scene
3. A.M. 180 - Grandaddy
4. Kissing Families - Siversun Pickups
5. The Funeral - Band of Horses
6. Big Boat - M. Ward
7. Dry The Rain - The Beta Band
8. Cowbell - Tapes N Tapes
9. Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
10. Myxamatosis - Radiohead
11. Aside - The Weakerthans
12. Nighttime Anytime It's Alright - The Constantines
13. Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys
14. These Are The Ghosts (Undead Version) - A Band of Bees
15. Neverending Math Equation - Sun Kil Moon
16. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead - The Stars
17. This Year - The Mountain Goats
18. Strawberry Wine - Ryan Adams

Running Time - 78:04 Min.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

Mix CD - Refresher

I know I've gone on about this before but I can't help but bring it up again. With the posting of the new mix CD, Montreal Too Hardcore 4 I thought I should go over the rules that I think everyone should keep in mind when putting a disc together.

Mix CD Rules

1. Never include the same artist more than once - If you're making a greatest hits comp that's fine but why not listen to the CD if you're going to put on 3 of the same artist on the cd.

2. Never use a lead off track as your lead off track - Someone might not know it a mixed CD and people are going to be disappointed if the second track is not the same as the album they have.

3. Don't include songs that reference a year and then say we're going to party like it's that year.

4. Don't include bands that reference themselves in their own songs.

5. If you're going to include a track that's getting played relentlessly on the radio do everyone a favour and find a different version. Either acoustic, live, or remix will do.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

July 10, 2006

Montreal Too Hardcore 4

Like many summer vacations in the past I've made a mix CD for the road trip there. Here's the track listing, build your own and enjoy!

Montreal Too Hardcore 4

1. To Be Young - Ryan Adams
2. July! July! - The Decemberists
3. Shine A Light - The Constantines
4. Holland, 1945 - Neutral Milk Hotel
5. Wicked Gil - Band Of Horses
6. Stupid Chords - Wild Sweet Orange
7. Shock and Awe - Neil Young
8. Bloodhounds On My Trail - The Black Angels
9. Confessions Of A Futon-Revolutionist - The Weakerthans
10. Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
11. Where I'm Anymore - Grandaddy
12. Original Spies - Karate
13. The National Anetham - Radiohead
14. Fredericia - Do Make Say Think
15. Handle With Care - Jenny Lewis w/ M. Ward
16. Smoke Like Ribbons - Ugly Casanova
17. All Systems Red - Calexico

Running Time - 79:07 Min.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:30 AM

June 12, 2006

Greatest Radio Station Ever

Seattle based radio station KEXP kicks off it's Summer Pledge Drive this morning. Support the best radio station in the world.

I will be supporting them as I did last year and will be waiting for my copy of Live at KEXP Vol. 2 to arrive in the mail.


Artist - Song Title
1.Lyrics Born – "Callin’ Out"
2.Gang of Four – "What We All Want"
3.Thievery Corporation – "Warning Shots"
4.Tapes N Tapes – "Insistor"
5.Sleater-Kinney – "Jumpers"
6.Ted Leo and the Pharmicists – "Walking to Do"
7.Death Cab for Cutie – "Crooked Teeth"
8.The Decemberists – "We Both Go Down Together"
9.Zero 7 – "Home"
10.Common Market – "Connect Four"
11.M.I.A. – "Galang"
12.Band of Horses – "The Funeral"
13.The Wedding Present – "Ringway to Sea-Tac"
14.Editors – "Munich"
15.Skullbot – "Lookout"
16.Bright Eyes – "At the Bottom of Everything"
17.Trashcan Sinatras – "Weightlifting"
18.Aqualung – "Brighter than Sunshine"
19.Drive By Truckers – "World of Hurt"
20.Patti Smith (with Lenny Kaye) – "People Have the Power"

[Link]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:18 AM

May 1, 2006

Pitchfork Article

Do you remember when you stopped reading Rolling Sone? I do.

I gave up on Rolling Stone and their music reviews when I saw Justin Timberlake on the cover. Before that I'd seen a few issues here and there with Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera and could excuse them for it because they were hot and that sells magazines. But I finally decided that maybe Rolliing Stone and I weren't exactly on the same page musically. I picked up Spin and other music maagazines (Blender I'm NOT looking in your direction) from time to time but nothing really grabbed me. It wasn't until I picked up Broken Social Scene's You Forget it In People That had one of those review stickers on the packaging that had a review quote that lead me Pitchforkmedia.com. That I found something that hit the spot, I haven't looked back since.

Here's a great interview of Pitchfork Media's Founder Ryan Schreiber.

Honesty is such an important journalistic attribute," says Schreiber, who had no journalism training when as a 20-year-old former record store clerk he launched the site as a solo operation. "And you have to be completely honest in a review. If it gets sacrificed or tempered at all for the sake of not offending somebody, then what we do sort of loses its value. . . . That's so the opposite of what criticism is supposed to be

I don't take everything they say as gospel but it they say it's decent I'll take a chance and listen to it.

[Link via Large Hearted Boy]

Posted by hypnobee at 10:35 AM

January 9, 2006

Golden Ratio

An interesting article on a possible reason why people are so taken by iPod's. It's the mp3 player that comes closest to the golden ratio which is immediately appealing to people.

One aspect of the design is the basic shape of the device. The rectangle that is the iPod comes closer than any other MP3 player to the golden ratio 1 : 1.618 (also sometimes called the golden section). This ratio appeals to us at an unconscious level.

Some cool links in the little article check it out.

[Link via Largeheartedboy]



Posted by hypnobee at 11:50 PM

December 21, 2005

Even More Best of 2005 Lists

Another late post, my appologies to those of you who stop by in an attempt to kill off a few of the minutes that remain between you and the end of the week. I figured that this last week before the break would wind down at work and I'd have a ton of time to put together some posts. Quite the opposite has happened, they seem intent on squeezing every last drop of work out off me. Bastards! They've even gone as far as to ship me out to job sites so I can't even just sit at my desk and pretend to work.

Anyways here's some more Top music list of 2005 that will hopefully kill off some time.

First, Pitchfork has posted their Top 50 album selections of the year. Number 1, no surprise Sufjan Stevens - Illinois. Maybe because I kept up to date with the site for most of the year that there aren't too many shockers on the list but I've still got a good chunk of good music from 2005 to check out.

Out of 50 CD's Listed -

15 - I've listened to the entire disc.
8 - I Own.
9 - I Still Have to check out.

I only own 2 out of the top 10 and out of the 9 I have listed to check out 5 are from the top 10 (3,4,5,6 & 7)

Here's some other top music lists out there courtesy of Largehearted Boy:

Philadelphia Weekly

The Commentator

Chart Attack

Posted by hypnobee at 11:23 PM

December 19, 2005

More Best Of 2005 Music Lists

I'm not a big list maker but I love a good list. If someone thinks something's great and I've never heard of it, I'll always make a point of checking it out, doesn't matter what it is.

Today Pitchfork released The Top 50 Singles of 2005. This will be followed up shortly with Top 50 Albums of 2005 (I should have a fair chunk).

Popmatters released their Top 50 selections for CD's of 2005. They listed The New Pornographers as their #1 CD of the year. I've listened to it a handful of times but it seems to wear on me a little. Maybe I'll give it another spin.

Posted by hypnobee at 11:53 PM

December 16, 2005

Top 10 CD's of 2005

Here's my Top 10 CD's for the year plus a few more that were good but didn't make the list.

10.

Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake
It’s Morning

9.

Mars Volta - Frances The Mute

8.

A Band of Bees
– Free The Bees

7.

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

6.

Spoon - Gimme Fiction

5.

Sufjan Stevens – Illinois

4.

Silversun Pickups – Piku

3.

Broken Social Scene
- Broken Social Scene

2.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

1.

Ryan Adams – Cold Roses

Honourable Mention

M. Ward
- Transistor Radio
My Morning Jacket
– Z
The Mountain Goats
- The Sunset Tree
Iron & Wine
- Woman King
The Decemberists
– Picaresque
Death Cab for Cutie
– Plans
Wilco
- Kicking Television

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

November 14, 2005

Gorillaz - Perform Live

Gorillaz perform Feel Good Inc. at MTV Europe awards.

Watch it here

The technology to produce this effect is a combination of both old and new technology.

Cara Speller, producer of the Gorillaz live extravaganza at the London animation house Passion Pictures, said: “It’s quite old technology. It’s essentially Pepper’s Ghost, which was a Victorian invention of reflection and projection on to mirrors.”

Full article here

Posted by hypnobee at 8:43 AM

October 18, 2005

The Tea Party's over....finally.

Today Jim Morrison umm… sorry I mean Jeff Martin announced that the Tea Party are done. Let me pause for a moment of silence….. yep I was right. It’s faint but if you listen you can hear the sound of no one caring.

The Tea Party may be finished but that's not the end of Jeff Martin. He's got a new acoustic record coming out this winter (pausing again)...yep it sounds slightly different from the sound of “no one cares that you’re breaking up”. It’s a little less faint, it's an actual sucking sound. The sound becomes increasingly louder and louder with each solo release. For example anyone within a ten foot radius of Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins has to shout because the sucking has become so loud.

[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 2:12 PM

October 11, 2005

Largehearted Boy

My hard drive is full and I have the Largehearted Boy to thank or blame. Largehearted Boy is a blog that features links to all recent music news and artist interviews. As well as my favourite (and reason my hard drive is full) section, Bittorrent Brunch; a handful of links to live music torrents updated daily. Torrents include live shows either concerts or in-studio radio performances.

Also on Monday's he releases (as far as I could tell or am concerned) a complete list of new CD and DVD releases. I love this site and as far as I know it's entirely legal because live music is public domain until it is commercially released.


[LINK]

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October 6, 2005

Mars Volta Live CD - Scabdates

Mars Volta will be releasing a full lengh live disc called Scabdates on November 8th.

I can't find any cover art or a listing on amazon that isn't a Japanese Import, hopefully more info to follow. For now here's the track listing. This will likely run the full 80 minutes on your CD player:

1. Abrasions Mount The Timpani
2. Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt
3. Gust Of Mutts
4. And Ghosted Pouts
5. Caviglia
6. Concertina
7. Haruspex
8. Cicatriz
9. Part I
10. Part II
11. Part III
12. Part IV

UPDATE - Now available for pre-order on Amazon

Posted by hypnobee at 8:36 AM

There's a Concert at My Desk

It wouldn't be a regular day at work if I wasn't using more than my fair share of the network bandwidth by streaming music from 8 to 5. Usually I have it tuned to KEXP.org. In the afternoons I've started to wander and I've come across NPR's archives of All Songs Considered.

Here are a list of Live shows I'm making my way through

The White Stripes, The Shins & M. Ward
Sigor Ros
Seceret Machines
Bloc Party
The Decemberists
Interpol
Brighteyes

There are 91 episodes of All Songs Considered archieved and I haven't begun to look into but I had to pass this along to anyone who wants to listen to some live music while you're chained to your desk.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

September 8, 2005

Gorillaz to tour in 2007....in 3D

Oh man...my mind is racing just thinking about this. The Gorillaz are going on tour and will be projected in 3-FREAKIN-D!! Holograms!! I wasn't even aware we had this technology. I can't possibly wrap my brain around it. I'm in this time for sure if they swing by here (Toronto, which I'm sure they will) just to see the visuals.

When the Gorillaz put out their last CD they attempted to tour it but it was met with dismal results. Esentially the band played live behind a drop sheet and the Gorillaz were projected on to it. It sounds a little cold and detached.

There will be a preview of "Feel Good Inc" that will take place in London in late October.

[CHECK IT]

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 8, 2005

Payola - It's still happening

Fresh off my rant on Corporate Radio I picked up this week's ECHO and found the following article, WHISTLE BLOWN
SONY BMG CAUGHT BRIBING THE AIRWAVES.

Within a pile of emails found and subsequently made public, Sony BMG officials were caught bribing radio programmers with high–end vacation packages and electronics, as well as covering radio station operational expenses, in order to guarantee airtime for their clients — or, as we like to call them, their bands.

Payola (pay-for-play) was made illegal in the 1960 but despite that it still goes on and is the reason you'll hear bands that aren't that good or should of long since faded away being played to death. I guess that's how business is done and why the best music out there sometimes never finds it's audience because they don't have the label behind them greasing up the wheels of corporate radio.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 5, 2005

I'm done with Corporate Radio (Corus I'm looking in your direction)

I've heard the following phrase come out a DJ's mouth on several occasions in the last few weeks, "[insert band name] has a great new song out, you should hear it here in the next few weeks." On all instances where I've heard this comment the DJ has been talking about a CD that is already on the shelves and has been for months and the song they're talking about is on the same disc as the current single they're playing.

I'm so sick of hearing the same handful of songs on my hour long drive to and from work everyday. That's 10 hours of radio a week and your lucky if I hear 15 different songs. Often flipping from channel to channel you can hear the same song being played one after another on different radio stations (which are most likely owned by the same corporation). The rotation is so bad that even when they mix in older songs that aren't in the top 30 you hear the same song twice in the same day, once going to work and once coming home.

I'm done with Corporate Radio and now officially turning my back on you. I now support and listen to Public Radio. It didn't take me long to find a station that totally dwarfs anything I could hear in my car. There are some local public radio stations that have programming I like but they are only on at certain times on certain days.

KEXP.org from Seattle is where I've got it tuned to now. I listen for 8 hours straight a day streaming while I work and you'd be lucky to hear the same song twice in that span. They don't just play the current single they play the entire CD, rare, remixes and live stuff. They actually live up to the title of DJ. They also keep 2 weeks worth of archives of all programs so you can listen anything anytime you want. Along with that any band that comes in and plays live is permanently archived and can be easily accessed. It's also listener powered so request something if you want to hear it.

Check out John Richards in the morning. Support public radio because if you don't you'll only hear what some other corporate radio tard thinks will bring them the biggest audience.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 3, 2005

Gorillaz and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Gorillaz - Demon Days: I've never really listened to the last Gorillaz album from 4 years ago but I loved the videos. When I first heard the new Gorillaz disc came out I thought, great some more cool videos. I've seen only seen the first video, Dare. It has a totally different feel from the first CD, it's much darker but still great. As for the CD it's a much bigger mixed bag than I thought it would be. There's a lot in there covering quite a few genres. I like Dare, Feels Good Inc and Dirty Harry, I'm sure you'll find a couple worth listening to a few times.


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
: Despite having a ridiculous band name and it being ridiculously long, it also happens to make up title of the disc and half of the first song's title of this is a fantastic CD. I love the start of this disc. If you listen to this first song a couple times and don't find yourself coming back for more there is definitely something wrong with you. With a voice that could be entirely annoying I find it refreshing and fun to listening to. A great CD to pop in the car and head out for some open road driving. The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth is another great track if the intro doesn't totally sell you.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

July 26, 2005

90's Comps.

A friend of mine (Bacala) created a "best of the 90's" compilation CD and spun it for me while telling me the entire time what "rave reviews" he was receiving for it. I wasn't that impressed and thought I could do much better so I put together my own disc. Take a look and let me know which one you think comes out on top.






















Bacala's - Best of the 90's Montreal Too Hardcore - The 90's
01 - Don't Cry - Guns N Roses 01 - Any Sense of Time - The Inbreds
02 - The Distance - Cake 02 - Supersonic - Oasis
03 - Push It - Garbage 03 - Crush With Eyeliner - REM
04 - Laid - James 04 - Devil's Haircut - Beck
05 - Enter Sandman - Metallica 05 - Self Destruction, pt 2 - Nine Inch Nails
06 - Closer - Nine Inch Nails 06 - My Iron Lung - Radiohead
07 - No Apologies (MTV Live) - Nirvana 07 - So Hard Done By - Tragically Hip
08 - Champagne Supernova - Oasis 08 - Low - Cracker
09 - Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in Small Town - Pearl Jam 09 - Spin The Black Circle - Pearl Jam
10 - Smack My Bitch Up - Prodigy 10 - Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
11 - Just - Radiohead 11 - Landslide - Smashing Pumpkins
12 - Killing in the Name Of - Rage Against the Machine 12 - Glory Box - Portishead
13 - Good in Everyone - Sloan 13 - Sober - Tool
14 - Disarm - Smashing Pumkins 14 - Radio Luv Song - 54-40
15 - Interstate Lovesong - Stone Temple Pilots 15 - From The Back of The Film - Thrush Hermit
16 - Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve 16 - The Good Life - Weezer
17 - Last Dance with Mary Jane - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 17 - Girlfriend - Mathew Sweet
. 18 - Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart - Stone Temple Pilots
. 19 - I am The Cancer - Sloan

Feel Free to compile your own list.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:06 AM | Comments (4)

July 25, 2005

Hillside 2005 or How Arts and Crafts took over Guelph

With prior commitments in place I did not get to experience the full-on Hillside experience. I did however manage to take in most of the main acts. It started Friday night as I walked (a very long walk) down to the island, Lowest of the Low were just starting up. Missing them in their heyday and not knowing many of their songs I was surprised that they didn't rock out a little harder. It probably had something to do with the daylight still flooding the stage and 98% of the crowd still sitting down. Next up was The Weakerthans who despite some power problems turned out a stellar show. They rolled out a few new songs which were great, it would be nice to hear some details on when we can expect a new disc.

Saturday

Saturday I made it into the park a little later than I wanted to (or so I thought). I wanted to catch Sarah Slean who was on before the Stars. Not knowing any of her music but hearing her name before I didn't know what to expect but figured it would be good. By the time we got the stage Sarah was already on the stage doing her best Celine Dion impression sans chest pounding. It couldn't be over fast enough for me, way too much melodrama.

If I wasn't busy earlier on Saturday I would've got to check out The Hidden Cameras, and Cuff the Duke on the Island Stage. As I found out while watching the Stars, Apostle of Hustle who were sandwiched between The Hidden Camera and Cuff the Duke and I would've seen just by default put on the show of the day. Oh well, at least I'll know for next time.

The Stars came out next and totally blew me away. Joined on stage from time to time by members of Broken Social Scene and The Stills they sounded really tight and put on a fantastic show. I'll be there next time they roll into town.

After the Stars was the big draw of the festival, The Arcade Fire. I had seen them last summer, pre-funeral and was blown away then. I knew what to expect and knew that all these people who were wondering if they would live up to the hype would not be disappointed. They started out with Neighborhood #2 at a manic pace and kept it up for most of the show. Aware of their new found fame they joked about Neighborhood #3 being their one-hit-wonder before they unleashed the hightlight of the festival.

Sunday

I left late again and this time I missed Most Serene Republic, another Arts and Crafts band and I missed it...idiot!

Buck 65 was just being introduced as we hit the grass. Say what you want about not liking different genres of music but I don't care who you are and what you listen to, Buck 65 will entertain you. After Buck 65 was the the last minute addition, Broken Social Scene. The ring leaders of Arts and Crafts took the stage with the core group of 10 people which quickly swelled as every other act from their label joined them. Emily Haines of Metric as well as K-OS dropped in as BSS put out the greatest and tightest set of the 3 times I've seen them. I can only hope that they somehow managed to capture this on their new disc which is due out soon.

Sam Roberts was on next to close out the festival. I'm not a huge Sam Roberts fan but I like his stuff. I didn't know if he would be able to top the Broken Social Scene. I was wrong, Sam Roberts and company pulled out an awesome show and had K-OS and members of Broken Social Scene were back on the stage with him for the closer brother down.

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July 21, 2005

Hillside Festival

The Hillside Festival starts tomorrow in Guelph and runs till Sunday. I bought my tickets a while back when I heard The Arcade Fire and The Weakerthans were there. I went for the early bird weekend pass, $60. I also knew that Sam Roberts, The Stars and Buck 65 were going to be there which was just an added bonus. I decided to check out the lineup and was surprised to see how the lineups have grown.

I'm really pumped about going now.

Here's the lineup for the main stage, minus early afternoon stuff that I have no idea who they are:

    Friday

7:00pm - Fembots
8:15pm - Lowest of the Low
9:45pm - The Weakerthans

    Saturday

7:05pm - Sara Slean
8:20pm - Stars
9:45pm - The Arcade Fire

    Sunday

4:10pm - Xavier Rudd
6:00pm - Most Serene Republic
7:00pm - Buck 65
8:15pm - Broken Social Scene
9:45pm - Sam Roberts

Lowest of the Low and Broken Social Scene nice little surprise there! This could be the show of the summer. So far it was the Modest Mouse / Broken Social Scene show at Olympic Island.

There's a ton of more stuff, like 2 other whole stages. The Hidden Cameras and Cuff the Duke are playing Saturday afternoon on The island stage, I'll have to check them out. Full lineup here

Sound awesome, well I hope you've got your ticket because it's totally sold out! See you there.

Wellington Brewery (my new favourite brewery) is also the official beer supplier. Be sure to bring you Hillside mug from last year, if not this year's mug is available for $1.50. You need a mug to get beer.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:46 PM

July 19, 2005

Iron and Wine, Modest Mouse, The Weakerthans

Iron and Wine - Woman King EP
After picking up quite possibly the greatest movie soundtrack ever, Garden State last summer I went on to explore bands from that disc that I'd never heard of. I tried listening to Iron and Wine's latest, Our Endless Numbered Days but found it way too mellow for what I was into at the time, so I ended up passing on the album. When I read a review for Women King describing it as heavier and more rocking, I was immediately sold. I couldn't find the EP anywhere, so I eventual bit the bullet and ended up ordered it off of amazon blind. I added to an order with a book to make up the minimum required for free shipping. The book was back ordered and it took 5 weeks to finally get this disc. For a 6 song EP it was worth the wait, check out tracks 1, 2 and 6. I think I'll have to go back and check out Our Endless Numbered Days

Modest Mouse - Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks EP
Diving further back into Modest Mouse's catalogue I also ordered this at the same time as Iron and Wine's Woman King. I was trying to go backward in order but because of the back order I ended up picking up The Moon and Antarctica first. This eight song EP contains tracks that didn't make the cut for The Moon and Antarctica, old tracks from Out of the Sun (an out of print vinyl-only EP) and new stuff. If you loved The Moon and Antarctica you'll like this too. If you've only heard Good News for People Who Like Bad News I'd recommend trying other Modest Mouse stuff and you'll eventually find your way to it.

The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
This CD was released in late 2003 and I haven't stopped listening to it yet. I'd put it at the top of my 2004 list. The Weakerthans are closing out Friday night at the Hillside Festival in Guelph. Can't wait, The Weakerthans always put on a fantastic show and have never disappointed anytime I've had the opportunity to see them.



Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

July 12, 2005

White Stripes, System of a Down, At the Drive-In

Get Behind Me Satan
I have all the white stripes albums, I even have Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose which was produced by Jack White. When I first popped this CD in I was sadly disappointed on how empty it sounded. I've been listening to a lot of different stuff that was jam packed full of instrumentation. It took a while to adjust and a couple of spins to come around. I haven't decided entirely if I like this latest effort. I think it may have been rushed and has too many sticky Van Lear fingerprints for my liking. Either that or I'm too distracted wondering what it would sound like if Jack White was backed by an entire band. I think the White Stripes' days are numbered but I think Jack White will be around for a while, which is a good thing.


Mezmerize
One thing you gotta love about System of a Down is that they know how to make an album. If you don't think so listen to Steal This Album, it a collection of B sides. All very decent songs in their own right but it hardly flows together. After listening to Steal This Album you can appreciate it a little more. Listen to the Mezmerize and how they deftly move from one track to another.

This CD doesn't quite match up to Toxicity, there feels like there's something missing on this disc. It may be that it is the first half of a double CD with the second part being released this fall. Maybe the second half will fill what appears to be missing or it's just feeling like you've only got half of the total package. Knowing that you only have half seems to take away from this album.

This Station Is Non-Operational: Anthology
I caught on to At the Drive-In when I heard One Armed Scissor on the radio. It was shortly after that ATDI broke up. They later formed two separate bands Sparta and Mars Volta. At the Drive-In is neither of these two bands but if forced to choose would probably fall under the shade of the Sparta tree. This disc is not a greatest hits collect but yet a much more satisfying anthology. I recommend it you are into either of the two groups or were an At the Drive-In fan. It's a solid disc chronciling the group through their career. Shades of Mars Volta and Sparta can be heard. There are also rare and a few demos tagged on at the end if you already have the entire ATDI catalogue.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

July 5, 2005

Montreal Too Hardcore 3

As I stated before I'm away this week. I'm off to the cottage and some camping. This means I'll be lugging around 64 of my favourite CD's as I'm "roughing it".

I like to make up a mix CD for the trip to the cottage as it is a ridiculous 5 hour drive. I haven't done one in a while and kind of threw this one together at the last minute.

First thing - Montreal Too Hardcore - What's with the name? It's an inside joke, a friend of mine thought the lyrics from Sam Robert's Brother Down "Montreal to Hong Kong" was actually "Montreal Too Hardcore". So to never let him forget it I make and name these mix CD's after it.

Here's the Track listing for M2HC3, feel free to make your own.

1. Tank! - Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop Theme Song)
2. Turn a Square - The Shins
3. Black History Month - Death From Above 1979
4. Positive Jam - The Hold Steady
5. Infanta - The Decemberists
6. Positive Tension - Bloc Party
7. I'm no Superman - Laslo Bane (Scrubs Theme Song)
8. B is for Brutus - The Hives
9. Arc of Time - Bright Eyes
10. Rental Car - Beck
11. Godless - The Dandy Warhols
12. Taylor - Jack Johnson
13. Cherub Rock - The Smashing Pumpkins
14. Stray Dog And The Chocolate Shake - Grandaddy
15. The Way He Sings - My Morning Jacket live @ KEXP
16. Helicopter - M. Ward
17. Doin' The Cocaroach - Modest Mouse (live - BvBRA)
18. The End Has No End - The Strokes
19. Record Body Count - The Rheostatics

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

June 28, 2005

The Stars, BLOC Party & Modest Mouse

The Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
Another group out of the red hot Montreal music scene. Same kind of great stuff. Other bands from this scene include Sam Roberts, The Stills, The Dears and Arcade Fire. The Stars are part of the Hillside Festival happening in Guelph, ON on July 22-24. The Stars are playing before closers Arcade Fire on the Saturday. The Weakerthans and Sam Roberts headline Friday and Sunday respectfully.




BLOC Party - Silent Alarm
Think Franz Ferdinand but less of that gay vibe and a bit more dance. It just gets better with every spin. I can't get enough.






Modest Mouse - Moon And Antarctica
After being introduced to Modest Mouse with Good News for People Who Like Bad News, I stumbled upon their recent release live disc Baron Von Bullshit Rides again and was totally blown away. Now I'm hooked and working backward through their 12 year catalogue Moon and Antarctica was the next stop. as I try to tune up for the Olympic Island concert in Toronto they co-headlining with Broken Social Scene on Sunday June 26th at Olympic Island in Toronto and totally rocked!

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM