February 10, 2016

New music première: Best Friends Club tune Miles Away

I first crossed paths with Matthew Vultaggio when he was playing guitar with Morakoza. He's got a new project called Best Friends Club that has just put out a tune called "Miles Away" today.

I'm really enjoying this tune's soulful vocal, low-key but groovy beat, catchy melody and nice build up to the end. Matthew says, "This song is about long distance relationships and the anxiety that comes when a loved one isn't physically nearby when you need them." We can all identify with that. I will definitely look forward to more from Best Friends Club.

Give the tune a listen and a free download:

New music from Brian Fallon

The Gaslight Anthem are on hiatus at the moment, which gives singer Brian Fallon the opportunity to stretch himself out musically with some solo material. His first solo album is called Painkillers and it comes out on March 11.

Check out three great songs below. The first one, "Smoke", gets points from me for mentioning my home town with the lyric, "And I lost my mind in the middle of Toronto..."

Brian's touring and his Toronto show March 13 at The Opera House is sold out. That happens to be the very venue where I first saw Gaslight Anthem perform. Still somehow hoping someone will let me in.


"A Wonderful Life"

"Nobody Wins" - I love the lyric "I lost most of myself pleasing everyone". I certainly feel like that sometimes.

Pic from Facebook.

February 9, 2016

New music from Little Green Cars: Easier Day and The Song They Play Every Night from Ephemera

Little Green Cars are releasing their new album Ephemera on March 11. Here are two tunes. "Easier Day" is a more upbeat indie-rock number while "The Song They Play Every Night" has a more downbeat acoustic vibe that picks up in intensity as it progresses. They've got a Toronto tour stop at Lee's Palace on April 27. I hope to be there.

And here are a couple of my favourites from 2013's Absolute Zero

"The John Wayne"

"Harper Lee"

Pic from Facebook.

New music from Deftones: "Prayers/Triangles" from Gore

Deftones have a new album called Gore coming out April 8. They've released the powerful "Prayers/Triangles" for our immediate enjoyment. I love the relentless beat, thick guitars and anguished vocals. I need more music like this in my life.

And if you're not familiar with this band, I'll play their biggest tune, "Change (In The House Of Flies)"

Pic from Facebook.

Lots to like in this year's Wayhome line-up!

After a couple of mind-bending 360-degree YouTube videos, the actual line-up for this summer's Wayhome Music & Arts Festival has been unveiled. The festival takes place in Oro-Medonte Ontario on July 22, 23 and 24 and tickets go on sale February 16. Last year's fest got overwhelmingly positive reviews. I hope to be there this year to capture and share the bands and the experience.

As the headline reads, there's lots to like in this year's line-up. Here are a bunch of the bands that I'll be looking the most forward to seeing, starting from the top. As usual, I expect to make some great new discoveries further down the list. I've helpfully linked to my pics of any of the bands I've shot before.

LCD Soundsystem "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House"

The Killers "All These Things That I've Done"

M83 "Midnight City"

Haim "Don't Save Me"

Chvrches "The Mother We Share"

Ray Lamontagne "Trouble"

FKA Twigs "Two Weeks"

Arkells "Leather Jacket"

Gary Clark Jr. "Bright Lights"

Mac Demarco "My Kind of Woman"

Foals "Inhaler"

The Arcs "Outta My Mind"

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats "S.O.B."

Glass Animals "Gooey"

Third Eye Blind "Semi-Charmed Life"

X-Ambassadors "Renegades"

Bahamas "Stronger Than That"

Stars, Stars, Stars "No One Is Lost" and "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead"

White Denim "Pretty Green"

Dilly Dally "Desire"