Archive for June, 2011

The Decemberists – Down By the Water

The Decemberists hail from Portland, Oregon and were brought to my attention by my good friend Ted.  When the song of the week firsts opens it sounds very much like the opening of a Bruce Springsteen song but as the song continues I hear the influences of R.E.M.  Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is playing guitar on this song.  This song is off their sixth full length album call the “The King is Dead”.   “Down by the Water” is the pick of the week.

Also check out “This is Why We Fight”

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54-40 – Lost in the City

If you are a Canadian and were watching the Stanley Cup finals between Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins you are probably ashamed of how the Vancouver fans acted as a result of the loss.  Yes Vancouver’s image was tarnished but hopefully this week’s band will help restore Vancouver’s reputation.  54-40 is a Vancouver based band that has released 17 albums over a period of 25 years.  They are one of the most successful yet least recognized Canadian bands.  If you were to play just their hit songs you could easily fill an entire concert.

Sometimes timing is everything.  54-40 released their new album “Lost in the City” on June 14, the day before the Canucks lost in the city.  Their first release off the album is also called “Lost in the City”.  Although the song has nothing to do with Vancouver’s lost I thought it was a funny coincidence and that is why “Lost in the City” is song of the week.

You can have a listen to the whole album by going to their web site, click here.

On another note Clarence Clemons  (sax player in Bruce Springsteen E Street Band) passed away on the weekend.  Watch him signing his hit song with Jackson Browne – You’re a Friend of Mine.

City and Colour – The Grand Optimist

City and Colour is the recording alias of Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green, who is also the guitarist and vocalist of the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. City and Colour is a far cry from Alexisonfire as he plays melodic acoustic and folk music and is often accompanied by a rotating number of Canadian indie rock musicians.  The name City and Colour comes from his own name: Dallas, a city, and Green, a colour.  This is his third album.  He last album “Bring Me Your Love” gave us two incredible tracks “Sleeping Sickness” featuring Gorden Downie of the Tragically Hip and “The Girl”, download these two tracks if you do not have them.  The track I like the best off this new album is “The Grand Optimist” and it is the song of the week.

Other songs off the album I also like are:

Natural Disaster

Little Hell

City and Colour are coming to North Bay for the Summer in the Park Festival July 29, 2011.  Hey Rosetta is the opening act.

Seasick Steve – You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Steven Gene Wold, commonly known as Seasick Steve, (born 1941) is an American blues musician. He plays (mostly personalized) guitars, and sings, usually about his early life.  He left home at the age of thirteen. He traveled around the country and did odd jobs to get by.  He said of this time “Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three.”  Over the years he has worked with many musicians such as Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell and even Kurt Cobain.  He released his first solo album in 2006 called Dog House Music but he did not really get noticed until he appeared on UK television on the Jools Holland‘s Annual Hootenanny BBC TV show in 2006.  He is loved in the UK and his latest album released May 31, 11 is called You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks.  It is number one on the iTunes alternative album list in the UK – I guess some people are just late bloomers.  The song of the week is the same name as the album You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks.

A couple of other songs of his that I like are:

Don’t Know Why She Love Me But She Do

Walkin Man

 
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