July 7, 2015

TURF announces Club Bonus Series: Fishbone, Cold Specks, Punch Brothers, Heartless Bastards, Elliott Brood and more at The Horseshoe

TURF announced its fantastic line-up a while back and has been adding more great acts to it. They've also announced a preview series of club shows (my pics of Northcote's fantastic show go up tomorrow).

Now they've announced the initial set of gigs for the Club Bonus Series that takes place after the main festival grounds at Fort York have gone to sleep. Straight from the TURF team, "The TURF Club Bonus Series, which runs September 16th – 23rd at the Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace, is a great opportunity to catch rising roots artists in a small club and see your favourite bands twice during the TURF weekend!" More show announcements coming July 14 and 22.

You can get in by buying a VIP Plus ticket for access to all TURF shows or individual tickets to the club shows. Individual Club Show tickets go on sale Thursday, July 9 at 10am.

The following shows are at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern:

September 16 Cold Specks and Grand Analog
September 17 Fishbone, Sate and Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire
September 19 Elliott Brood, Ron Hawkins and Jim Bryson
September 20 Punch Brothers and Gabriel Kahane
September 21 Heartless Bastards and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Here are some tunes from these artists. I'm still reeling from the thought of seeing Fishbone at The Horseshoe.



Ron Hawkins

Heartless Bastards

Cold Specks

Jim Bryson

Punch Brothers

Gabriel Kahane

Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Elliott Brood

Grand Analog

July 6, 2015

New Beach House song Sparks from upcoming album Depression Cherry

Beach House have a new album called Depression Cherry coming out August 28. They've let us hear a tune from it called "Sparks".

There are no immediate hooks to draw you into the new tune. The song is all about the atmosphere; the textures of the guitars and the vocals. It's all smooth tasting elegance. Delicious.

July 5, 2015

Hard Fi - Stars of CCTV is 10

2005 was a peak time in the resurgence of my musical passion. Several albums from this year made a huge mark on me. As huge a mark as albums do in a person's teenage years. Hard-Fi's début album Stars of CCTV was one of those albums. It came out ten years ago yesterday.

The gritty, cutting guitars, the groovy basslines, the insistent, in-your-face vocals and the driving yet danceable drums all come together in these classic punk inspired tunes and current lyrics to form a modern classic album.

Here are my favourite tunes:

"Cash Machine"

"Tied Up Too Tight"

"Gotta Reason"

"Hard To Beat"

"Better Do Better"

"Living For The Weekend"

Pic from Amazon.

July 4, 2015

Foo Fighters' Foo Fighters is 20

It was 20 years ago today that the début, self-titled album by Foo Fighters was released. It was recorded solo by Dave Grohl on every instrument and vocal except for one guitar part on one song. I didn't even know that Foo Fighters was Dave Grohl's band / project when I first heard "I'll Stick Around" and decided to buy this album.

Foo Fighters is full of well-written, memorable tunes that expose and foretell the powerhouse musician and songwriter that Dave Grohl would become. It's a fantastic album that still gets heavy play in my library.

I hope Dave's leg is on the mend! Get well and recover so you can continue to rock out!

Here are my favourite tunes from this amazing début.

"This Is A Call"

"I'll Stick Around"

"Big Me"

"Alone + Easy Target"

"For All The Cows"

Pic from Amazon.

July 3, 2015

New Haerts music: song called Animal and a Jeff Buckley cover

Late last year, Haerts released their eponymous début album. Now they've released a new original tune called "Animal" and a cover of Jeff Buckley's "Everybody Here Wants You". They both sound wonderful.

Pic from Facebook.