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Thursday, June 15, 2017

LISTEN TO THIS: Vadell Gabriel's new maxi-single

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 3:34 PM

Cover art created by The Yangsta. - VIA BANDCAMP
  • Cover art created by The Yangsta.
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If you’re not a fan of the first version of this single, you might like the next. Or the next.

“Rule Five,” a new maxi-single by Seth Glasgow—AKA  Vadell Gabriel—was released earlier last week. It’s currently available to listen to on his bandcamp and for pay-what-you-can download.

Glasgow says he used to be in a toxic relationship which put a lot of strain his ability to make music, and that’s what “Rule Five” is about.

Glasgow was inspired by his friend and fellow rapper The Yangsta and samples a couple lines from Yangsta’s tune “Rules to the Game” on the track.

He stresses that the purpose of the song isn’t to demean anyone.

“I’m just talking from my experience and it can happen to anyone else just like it happened to me,” says Glasgow.

The maxi-single also includes a song from Glasgow’s 2015 album Timbits, remixed by Chudi Harris.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Watch Chloe x Halle's new video for "Drop"

The debut video for Beyoncé's recent teen signees was directed by Halifax's Andrew Hines

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 4:03 PM


Here's a local connection: yesterday, sister-singer duo Chloe x Halle released a video for "Drop", directed by Halifax's Andrew Hines. It's an absolutely stunning visual that complements an incredibly stunning song. Last year, after millions of views on their homemade Youtube videos, and a gorgeous cover of Beyoncé's  "Pretty Hurts"Chloe and Halle Bailey were signed to Bey's new label Parkwood Entertainment. You can't get a more powerful co-sign than that, and the girls just performed at South By Southwest for Michelle Obama. The sky's the limit. 

For another local connection, the video for their debut single was edited by Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun) after it was filmed at Big Sky Movie Ranch, where Django Unchained and Transformers went down. The aesthetic of "Drop" is all about lush landscapes, gorgeous textures and rich colours; the song is unbelievably mature. Move over Rae Sremmurd. 

It's no surprise that "Drop" is so aesthetically captivating and symbolically heavy—Hines has been killing the music video game for the past few years. His black-and-white masterpiece for Big Sean's "One Man Can Change The World" (featuring Kanye West) won a 2015 MTV Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message and his video for A$AP Ferg's "Shabba Ranks" is still hot with fire. You can watch more of Hine's videos here, but for right now, watch "Drop" and keep your ears open for more from these queens. 

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

#ICYMI: Seth Smith's new flick, new Stickswork mix and more

Check out these super freaky local film and music releases from this month

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 3:03 PM

This March (#RIP) was a super freaky month for local releases in film, video and music. In this edition of In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI), you can get freaked out by the following: 

Seth Smith's new short film The Brym

The creator of 2012 indie feature and slime-fest Lowlife, Seth Smith released his new four-minute short The Brym this month and, like much of his work, it's spooky and unsettling as fuck. The Brym channels the vibes of his other stuff, like his 2015 short Wind Through A Tree, the incredible film-noir I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You and my favourite music video of all-time, Monomyth's "Patsy." This one is a "fucked-up fable" that draws on shoreline mythologies in a way that's both visually stunning and creepy as hell. WATCH IT HERE

Walrus' new video for "Wearing It" 

Yesterday, Halifax rock band Walrus announced they've signed to Dan Mangan's label, Madic Records. Nice one, b'ys. Last week, in the middle of a Canadian tour with some opening dates for Wintersleep, the band released a new video for "Wearing It," their first video ever and the first track from their upcoming EP Goodbye Something (out on April 29). Directed by Jeff Miller, the video freaks out the squares with psychedelic visuals. Walrus don't let us down

A new album, Mums Drums, by Stickswork
Mums the word - ANDREW DONOVAN
  • Mums the word
  • Andrew Donovan
Last week, Stickswork (Jay Andrews) released his new album, Mums Drums, a multi-instrumental free mix by the Halifax-born, Toronto-livin' musician. It's pretty banging, and it uses over 230 samples from all over the place. Part of the fun of mash-ups like these is trying to pinpoint that familiar sound. Part of the skill of mash-ups like these is making it work. In this case, it Sticks-works. Lol @ me. I really love the "679" part. And the Q-Tip/U2. I actually love it all.

New Negative Circles tape, Twenty 3 Songs

Halifax's now-defunct punk band (depunked band?) Negative Circles recently put out a new compilation tape of all their releases: a six-song debut, one single, a Live on CKDU thing and two "horribly blown-out tracks" from a basement, making up Twenty 3 Songs. Does that actually add up? Me can't count. For real, this is stripped-down and FUCKING RIPS 2011 to 2013. Plus, "This band's got that Cody Googoo guy on guitar," says the YouTube blurb. Get at him for tapes. 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

#ICYMI: New music from Nap Eyes, The Grass and more

Some old-new music and some new-new music to go up on a Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 4:46 PM

The boys are back in town - THE GRASS
  • The boys are back in town
  • The Grass

Well, sometimes bands hold back tunes to be released at seemingly random moments; sometimes bands drop stuff fresh off the track; and other times I just don't catch on for awhile, as in the case of the following old-new and new-new music below. Got the blog goin' up on a Tuesday. 

New-new: Nap Eyes, "Roll It" 

Appearing this morning on The Fader, Halifax's Nap Eyes released another track from the upcoming record Thought Rock Fish Scale (You've Changed/Paradise of Bachelors) and you know I love Nap Eyes; these ballads of thin men, calling up Bob Dylan on this one especially: 

"And you know there’s something wrong here but you don’t know what it is. 
Could it be me? Could it be me? Could it be me? Could it be me? 
And you know something's not right here but you don't know what it is. 
What if it’s you? If it’s you. What if it’s you? What if it’s you? But it could be me."

Old-new: Jon Mckiel and Klarka Weinwurm, Pop Tape 

Right after HPX 2015, McKiel and Weinwurm released two tracks on Pop Tape, a cassette from the Yukon's Headless Owl Records. These are some pretty great and melancholy jams. "Grow Light" by Mckiel features that heavier but more distant hum; Weinwurm's "TV" is a bit warmer and softer. I'm wrapping up in these (I've been emotional lately). These ones nail that feeling.

Old-new: The Grass, EXERCISE! 

Wow, okay. The Grass were once Halifax's Detroit-styled rock band, riffing between glam and trash rock, and putting on some incredible shows. Last one I saw, I fell over backwards (was drunk). Anyway, today they released an album that they've been sitting on for SIX GODDAMN YEARS courtesy of Willis Ryan. And it's wow. Nice one. Welcome back guys. Reunion show?


New-new: Hex Partners, "Perpetual Fog (East)" 
Sorrel Corvid and Elly Ryland are Hex Partners; one is in Vancouver, one is here, and their latest concept EP release, Darling, Safe Passage to You is a dark doom-folk meditation on this distance. Hear "Forest Fire Twilight (West)" to complete it, plus the manic fiddles on "East." Damn. 

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

#ICYMI New Trax: Outtacontroller, EDDY, Negative Rage +

Up the punx and add a dash of freaky fucking jazz with these new Halifax tracks

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Outtacontroller is back, yayyy
  • Outtacontroller is back, yayyy

In case you missed it (#ICYMI), here are some recently released tracks and demos that'll punk you up on this rainy Thursday, plus a free jazz freak out. Caution: this shit is BAD ASS. 

Outtacontroller - Television Zombie 

Halifax's favourite punk band is back with a new LP called Television Zombie on P-Trash (Germany), Young Modern (Can) and South Paw (US). As pop-punk perfectionists, these guys took their time crafting this sick-ass collection of fuzzed-out 1,2,3,4's, and I'm loving it. 

eddy -  M♤⎦✄ (Malk)

A new collaboration between Nick Dourado (sax) and Nathan Doucet (drums), this free-jazz freakout is "FREEDOM, BABY," says Doucet, "It's from the heart and spurred on by 63% Jamaican rum." Recorded by Tri Le at his house, mastered by Jeremy Costello. It's fucking beautiful. 

Negative Rage - If You're a Punk I Don't Wanna Be One

Potentially the best title of anything ever, this new tape by Cody Googoo's band is sick as hell, somewhere between fuck-you whiney, bass-heaviness snotty and it's just really great and diverse. Skate to it, fuck to it, whatever. "So Sick" around 7 minutes and 40 feels really great, just rail it. 

Carcass Toss - Demo 1

Heavy and intense as fuck. The inside of my brain getting fucked right now. Members of Napalm Raid, Hellacaust, Grump, Bricks, Versifist and Life Chain. NOT SAFE FOR WORK. 

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