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Strumbellas – In This Life

If I asked you to guess which part of Canada the Strumbellas are from you would probably guess the east coast as their music has that vibe.  This six piece band is actually from Toronto and their last album (which is also their first album) “My Father and the Hunter” was nominated for a Juno Award.  Their latest album is called “We Still Move on Dance Floors” was just released on October 22.  The single that was released on this new album is called “In This Life” and it is the song of the week.

Another good song by the Strumbellas is “Sherriff“, check out the creepy alien/devil character in the video…I thought this one was great for Halloween.  I have no idea what the video is about but that character is weird and I love the faces on the elders watching them play…tough crowd.

On a sad note Lou Reed recently passed away.  Next time you have a few spare minutes download the song “Perfect Day” with all the guest artists singing it, grab a glass of your favourite tonic, turn up the volume, listen to the song, and raise a toast to Lou Reed.  It is hard to listen to this song and not feel better afterward…we have all had these perfect days.  This song is still one of my all time favourites.

Happy Halloween

Gavin DeGraw – Best I Ever Had

When I hear the name Gavin DeGraw I automatically think he is a country singer, not because of his music but his name just sounds country.  He is also one of those artists that has a number of hits but is still somewhat anonymous at the same time.  His hits have been on the lighter side of the pop scale and none have really grown on me.  The first release off his new album “Make A Move” is a departure from his past hits in that it is more upbeat, and it is the first song of his that I have added to my iPod.  Enjoy Best I Ever Had as this week’s song of the week.

Lorde – Royals

Normally when I hear about a new singer and they are 16 years old my first reaction is to dismiss them as another fabricated pop artist.  In the case of Lorde (Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor) I hear something quite different, a more mature sound.  When I hear that sound from someone that young I think they may have career that lasts longer than five years, which is the case of most young pop artists. Lorde release her first album at the end of September 2013.  The song of the week was released in March 2013 and found its way to the top of the Billboard chart in New Zealand (Lorde’s country) and USA.  Lorde is the first ever New Zealand artist to have a number one song in the US.  Enjoy the song of the week called Royals.

Royal Wood – Forever and Ever

 

Royal Wood is not the name of a band but a persons actual name.  It is confusing these days when names of individuals sound like a band name and visa versa (i.e. Billy Talent).  Royal Wood has already produced a number of albums but for the most part has been flying under the radar.  I think this song will change that.  Royal Wood is currently residing in Toronto but hails from Peterborough.  The song of the week is called Forever and Ever.  If you click here you will see a two minute video intro to the song.  If you click here you can download the song for free or listen to the entire song.

I think I am changing my posts to Friday as most new music is released on Monday, which doesn’t give me a great deal of time to sift through it all.

Enjoy!

Avicii – Wake Me Up, Five for Fighting – What If, Tom Odell – Grow Old With Me

Sorry I missed the last two posts, work has been busy, busy, busy.  To make up for it I am posting three, yes three, songs of the week…you can do your happy dance now !

Avicii is a Swedish DJ and re-mixer.  My friend Patty put me on to this song about a month ago but I keep forgetting the name of the artist, finally the last time we met I wrote it down.  Avicii is not an easy name remember.  In case you have not heard it yet the song is Wake Me Up.

The second artist and song of the week is by Five for Fighting and is What If off their new album called Bookmarks.  In case you were not aware Five for Fighting is the stage name of American singer-songwriter John Ondrasik.

Tom Odell is the third artist of the week.  He hails from Britain and released his first full album in June of 2013.  The cut that is doing well off the album is Grow Old With Me.

Have a fun weekend…I know I will.

Flash & the Pan – Welcome to the Universe

I have been looking for another song this week and I have not found anything that I really like so it is a Flashback Friday.  Flash & the Pan are an Australian band that have made six albums starting in the late seventies through to early nineties.  The band consisted of Harry Vanda and George Young, both former members of The Easybeats.  If you recognize the name Young, George is Malcolm and Angus Young’s  (AC/DC) older brother.  George also co-produced many of the early AC/DC albums.  His voice is unique, it sounds like it is put through a voice synthesizer.  In the videos he is the one with the darker hard.  Flash & the Pan was a band in the new wave genre and never really had a great deal of success in North America.  Somehow as a teenager I latched onto them and loved their sound.  If you have ever heard a Flash & the Pan song it was probably Hey, St. Peter, which is also a great song.  But my favourite song was Welcome to the Universe , it is off the “Lights in the Night” album and is the song of the week.  The only issue I have with this song is that during the first two minutes of the song they have this slow synthesizer intro, which after you have heard it once you will want to skip.  Fortunately in the YouTube video they cut that part out.  You gotta love these videos straight out of the 70’s early 80’s – don’t judge their musical talent by how terrible these videos are.

If you want to hear other good Flash & the Pan songs here are a few of my favourites.

Captain Beware

Early Morning Wake Up Call

Don’t Vote

Where Were You

Jetsetter’s Ball

 Atlantis Calling 

The Colourist – Little Games

My son Max found this new artist and you can hear the sound of success in their songs.  It is a four member band from California, which you would not guess by the Canadian/British spelling of the word colorist.  The band called “The Colourist” released a four song EP on Aug 20, 2013 and it is quite good.  All songs are worth a listen.  The one that is attracting the most attention and my favourite is Little Games and it is the song of the week.

Also check out:

We Won’t Go Home

Yes Yes

Fix This

I will post another song this week to make up for missing last week….sorry I was starting a new implementation at a customer site and those engagements usually knock me out for a week.

 

Typhoon – Young Fathers

This week’s song comes from the music category that I call “hard to dance to” (but not impossible).  This band is based in Portland and consists for 12 members, which allows them to have a unique and rich sound.  Their new album is due for release this Friday called “White Lighter”.  This is their second album and are relatively unknown judging by the number of views on YouTube.  In fact it is rare that I cannot find the song of the week on YouTube but this one does not seem to be up yet.  In order to hear this weeks song you need to go to Typhoon‘s web site and click on the first song in the player called “Young Fathers“.  You can also have a listen to the rest of their songs while you are there.

Enjoy…hey I am on time this week :)

The Hunts – Make This Leap

This week’s pick is one of those songs that needs a few listens before it starts to grow on you.  This is a new indie band composed of 7 siblings and I assume “Hunts” is their last name.  When my children were young they all took music lessons, Max learned the piano, Sami the drums, and Steven the guitar and piano.  The plan was that once they became accomplished I would become the lead singer and we would go on tour…I have always wanted to jump off stage into the mosh pit, and who does not want to be a rock star?  Well those dreams are fading now…all that is left for me is karaoke.

When I look at the composition of a band of seven siblings I cannot help but to think this is going to end in one of two ways, they all get along or they don’t…I am betting on the later.  But in the mean time let’s enjoy what they have created with this weeks song of the week called “Make This Leap“.

Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running

When videos first came on the scene back in the 80’s they were all the rage.  City TV used to play videos late at night and as students we were always up late at night so we watched.  I never watch music videos on TV any more and neither do my kids.  I only really watch videos online when I am looking for a link for this blog.  I wonder how MTV and MuchMusic survive.  This week’s song of the week is called “We Come Running” by the group Youngblood Hawke.  After I finished watching the video for this song I thought maybe the song should be called “We Come Swimming” as the video has nothing to do with the song.  I think the idea for the video was “hey let’s go on a vacation and make the video for our song” or maybe they were shooting a commercial for Shark Week.

The good news about videos is you do not need to watch them to enjoy the song, nor should artists be judged by the quality of their video…just give me the music.

Youngblood Hawke is a LA based band and the song “We Come Running” is off their debut album called Wake Up.

Now back to the dock for rest and relaxation.

 
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