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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Westvilladelphia, born and raised

Check out Anewbis' new album and latest music video.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 4:50 PM

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If you zipped through our New Music playlist with ease, we have a little something extra for your ears. 

Andrew Johnson—a Westville-born hip hop artist who goes by the name Anewbis—just launched his debut album. Johnson first hit the stage last September, opening for Quake Matthews and Kayo at The Commune in New Glasgow.

Johnson’s album, Tha Fre​$​h Prince of Wel​-​Fair, came out on June 25. Dane Richard produced the tracks. Johnson also collaborated with Mitchell Paquette (AKA Chell) and Jordan Mackie (simply known as Mackie). It’s available on Bandcamp for free.

There’s “a song to fit each mood,” explains Johnson, including everything from party jams to satirical songs.

“The purpose of this album was so that there’s music available so anyone and everyone can find my music online,” he says. Folks can “download and check it out before they actually go and purchase future albums that I release.”

For a chance to see Johnson think (and rap) on his feet, hit up Hugo’s Bar and Grill in August. He’ll be participating in his first rap battle through Rhyme and Punishment Battle League.

“Westvilladelphia” is Johnson’s most popular song so far, and you can take a peek at the music video below to see (and listen) for yourself.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Watch this new video "Wishing Well" from The Everywheres

This live rock performance video was filmed and edited by Jeff Miller

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Sam Hill slinkin' around
  • Sam Hill slinkin' around
Last month, Halifax psych-rock-weirdos The Everywheres released the full-length Dignity Fever, recorded around Halifax and the South Shore, to much praise and surprise. Production-wise, it's sharp as hell; thematically, the eight tracks roam around what it's like to live in Halifax.

Sometimes, spending time in Halifax means making music with your friends. Filmed and edited by video superstar Jeff Miller, "We did the video in my living room on Yukon Street one Saturday night this winter," says songwriter and vocalist Sam Hill. "It's a pretty jovial atmosphere for a sad song." I guess living in Halifax also means slinkin' around and freaking out the squares, man. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Playing the Field: Lots of fun on Shotgun Jimmie's new album

The rock 'n' roller returns to Halifax with his latest Joel Plaskett-produced record

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Everything's comin' up Jimmie - COLIN MEDLEY
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After a long winter in Brandon, Manitoba, Polaris Prize-nominated rock 'n' roller Shotgun Jimmie (Jim Kilpatrick) is back on tour with his new album Field of Trampolines. Produced by Joel Plaskett at his Dartmouth studio New Scotland Yard over four jam-packed days last August, it's Jimmie's most fun and upbeat record to date, and the positive vibes are due in part to his backing band, Winnipeg's Human Music, and songs that celebrate good times on the road. 

"This one has a very positive message," says Kilpatrick, on the phone from his old hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick, where he just finished an eight-day residency at art bar, Thunder & Lightning Ltd. "The field of trampolines is this metaphor of a better place, a magical weightless land with only the good parts of life. So I think that comes across in the songs." Ten joyful tracks show a change of pace for the former Shotgun & Jaybird. His last few albums, including the heavy Transistor Sister and 2013's moody Everything, Everythingwere much darker. 

"People think just cause something is brooding or cynical means it's more sophisticated," Kilpatrick says. "I feel like some people don't think happy music is as complex, but I think positive music can be just as meaningful." Lucky for him, the last few years have been great. He got married in Texas, started a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Manitoba and has been super busy with exciting projects in arts and music. The album's themes pull from this pretty sweet time in his life. 

click image Jimmie & Joel at New Scotland Yard - JIM KILPATRICK
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"I wanted to make a record where all the songs spoke to each other in a very obvious way," he explains. Everything, Everything was much more of a collage, by design and by title. "I tried to get everything on it, shamelessly" he laughs. "But by compressing the recording of Field of Trampolines into four days, it really gave the album much more of a cohesive sound. We just didn't have time to venture too far from the central aesthetic, which I think totally works in its favour." Add Plaskett into the mix as the producer, and the album is nothing but fun, with hints of the long musical relationship between the two songwriters.

"You can hear Joel's music in my music because he's an influence," says Kilpatrick. In 2011, Plaskett's New Scotland Records released a seven-inch of two companion songs by Plaskett and Jimmie, poking fun at the similarities between their styles. "Most of what he did on the record was take stuff away," says Kilpatrick. "The result isn't Joel Plaskett's 'trademark sound,' but the sound of a guy who has tons of production experience, who has thoroughly examined popular music and rock, to the point that he understands it like Keanu Reeves at the end of The Matrix." 

With Human Music, they spent four long days at Plaskett's studio bouncing around on Field of Trampolines. "There are moments when you can hear some Joel-style backing vocals, but he didn't put too much of himself on it. He wanted to work with me because he wanted to do a hi-fi Jimmie album, to elevate my sound," he says. "We went into that hi-fi world where I've never been before, and it's exciting to inhabit that space. And they say once you go hi-fi, you can't go back. But I think I'll go back, my next album will probably be recorded on an old telephone or something."

Plus, Kilpatrick says, the studio is beautiful: "It's an extension of Joel in that it's fully equipped, anything you wanna do is possible. It feels like a jungle gym. There's all this neat stuff to play with, everything you need is there. You want a B3 organ? Sure. It's like the holodeck on Star Trek."  

click image Joel and Human Music workin' the field at New Scotland Yard - JIM KILPATRICK
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  • Jim Kilpatrick
Like most of Shotgun Jimmie's records, Field is filled with puns, travel tales ("You got the whole wide world to see, ain't it something?"), halloumi in Kreuzburg, songs to his old bandmates and friends ("Song for Julie, Chris, Rick + Mark," "Constantine Believer"), and stories of good times in places like the Regina diner ("It doesn't get any finer"). He's got an affinity for brunch.

"I released the first single at Auntie & Uncles in Toronto," he says. "It's not so much diners I love as the ritual of hanging out with people from the party the night before. At the party, everyone is sloppy or drunk , and when a night's really great you don't want it to end, so it's like, 'Let's meet for brunch!' and you're tired, maybe hungover and nostalgic for the night that just happened, and I feel like you relive those moments and everyone is tender and loving at those morning brunches." 

Now Kilpatrick's on a cross-country tour with stops at the Lawnya Vawnya music festival in St. John's, and the residency in Sackville where he spent eight nights performing his own songs and songs with artists like Michael Feuerstack, Steve Lambke and Lucy Niles (Partner) at Thunder & Lightning. On Friday, he's back at Gus' Pub with Lambke, Mitchell Wiebe's post-punk project G.L.A.M. Bats, Ian Roy and Amy Siegel and then he'll be looking for breakfast.

"Is the Spartan Restaurant still in Halifax?" Kilpatrick asks. Sadly, the beloved Quinpool and Oxford Street diner closed in 2010. "Remember the old Greek lady who would just go 'bacon and egg?' and then would just leave for awhile then come back with your breakfast?" he says. "One time me and Fred [Squire] were there and she just brought us breakfast but it was exactly what we wanted. They had the best homefries, those thick potato pucks. We used to try and reverse engineer those Spartan potatoes, and their rice pudding was off the hook. It was a special place." 

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Watch Dave Sampson's new video for "Rumours & The Truth"

The Cape Bretoner got honest in an old Sydney gymnasium during East Coast Music Week

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies
  • Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies

Today at The Coast, you can watch the new video for Dave Sampson's "Rumours & The Truth," a song from his album, which will be released in the fall. Unlike his last video, "Fireflies," there isn't a cute kitty in this one, but it does feature the Holy Angels High School gym. The video was shot by Matt Barkely (Bad Fun Media) in Sydney during East Coast Music Week

Co-written with Grammy-winner Gordie Sampson and singer Eric Stephen Martin, "The song is about how quickly rumours and stories spread through small towns and how these stories slowly become fabricated until it's basically bullshit," Sampson explains. "And it's hard to differentiate between the rumours and the truth." That small-town habit can cause a lot of pain.

Sampson will perform on June 2 with Ria Mae at The Seahorse. Until then, have a listen to his songs (including his track on Classified's "No Pressure") and watch this latest, moving video.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A touch of Class: David Myles and his new EP Here Now

The singer-songwriter turns up for six songs produced by hometown rapper Classified

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Paging Mr. Myles - RILEY SMITH
  • Paging Mr. Myles
  • Riley Smith

This month, Halifax singer-songwriter David Myles released Here Now, a six-song EP produced by hometown rapper and his good friend Luke Boyd, AKA Classified. It's not a huge departure for Myles; his previous releases have always had a jazz-folk vibe, influenced by his love of R&B. But on this collaboration, Myles offers something a bit more hip-hop and mod-pop.  

"It's definitely more amped-up," says Myles, on the phone from his van while touring in rural Alberta. "It draws on the feeling of being out. It's not necessarily a quiet bedroom record this time." Myles explains that those sonic elements of partying at the club, conveyed through Boyd's hip-hop drums, beats and female R&B vocals, is reflected across the EP's aesthetic. "I wanted to tie that in through the neon sign, the idea of going out," he says. "The neon sign also has a cool throwback thing, and it's real! We actually got it made! It's a six-by-eight legit sign."

While working on the EP's visual concept, Myles and his designer Mat Dunlap went for a walk to discuss how the record should look: "Mat's closely connected to everything I do, and he got what I was going for with this record. And the idea of neon just made sense. It's an upbeat record, it's a pop record, and I was like, 'oh my god, this is great.' Let's actually make the sign!" So Myles got a sign company in Burnside to make the sign for the album's cover, and to use live. "But it was a bit like that Spinal Tap joke," he says, laughing. In the 1984 mockumentary, the band orders stage props that arrive way too small. "But the sign is actually so huge, it's going to be hard to move around. But it's also really fun and so cool, and I think it shows how I've gotten behind new music in a different way. I've started to embrace contemporary music." 

Myles has always been a huge record collector and music fan, but working with Boyd opened up his appreciation of modern pop. "I've always had a fondness for R&B, like Boyz II Men, for example. Nineties R&B was a big part of my world, Maestro Fresh Wes was one one of my first CDs, and I've always loved the structure of pop music, like Smokey Robinson and Chuck Berry and the like. But Luke is a huge connoisseur of hip-hop and rap, of course, so that came together for us in the studio, and we really liked that energy together."

In various ways, Myles and Boyd have worked together for seven years or so. Boyd first approached him to play trumpet and they got along so well, they continued working together. In 2013, the duo released the collaborative single "Inner Ninja" and it was an unexpected success. 

"It had a sense of what we thought was special between us," Myles explains, "It was a risky song. It doesn't feel like that now, but it was quite different for both  me and him. I felt like it was something magical and its popularity reassured our instincts that we really work well together."

So when it came time for Myles to put together a new release, he and Boyd got busy in the studio and spent a long time working on Here Now. Myles took full songs to Boyd and the producer's input helped shape the overall sound of the record, while pushing Myles to new places.

"He really thinks about how the song feels," says Myles. "He knows how people hear music, and he can feel music in a different way than most musicians I've worked with. He's not as concerned with the individual parts, he steps back and that's his strength. He'll say he wants something darker, and I'll double the chords. I come at it with musical theory, and he has a great perspective in terms of sensing the energy. Some of the high singing, I hadn't done before, and so I'm just letting it rip and that was because Luke was like, let's just go for it. When you respect who you work with and you feel really confident, that's when the magic happens. Your team's opinion is so precious."

The EP is a partnership that grew from longtime musical jiving, and it reflects the influences of both Myles and Boyd, while staying true to Myles' verse-chorus-verse songwriting style. 

"I always liked 'Doctor Doctor,' especially," says Myles. "The song is a cool mix of our two worlds and it's like an old throwback soul song. It's got hip-hop drums, it feels contemporary, it's got trumpet on it. It feels like hip-hop and chill R&B. I love D'Angelo and Sade, so it was a different approach, vocally, and it's really laid back. It might not be the radio single, but I do really love it." 

To incorporate more of that R&B style, Myles has been performing with Dartmouth soul and R&B singers Reeny and Mahalia Smith: "They're sick, they're crazy, crazy singers and it's super fun," says Myles. "The whole Smith family is remarkably musical. Their brother JR is an amazing drummer, too. It's been a real joy working with them, as well." Myles is on tour in Alberta now, but he'll return home to Halifax soon to spent the summer with his family while promoting the EP. 

"I've been working really hard this year, we've been on the road since September, and the reason why we love living in the Maritimes is because the summers kick so much butt, so I'm looking forward to reconnecting with friends in Halifax and playing some summer festivals," he says. 

Here Now is here, now, via iTunes, and you can watch Myles perform the songs live from the EP on his website. Keep an eye out for his new video with Boyd, directed by Jason Levangie

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

New EP from Halifax's "multi-race rainbow band" Century Egg

Sweet indie-pop songs from Mountain God will be played tonight at The Seahorse

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Listen to Century Egg's new EP - SHANE KEYU SONG
  • Listen to Century Egg's new EP
  • Shane Keyu Song
This morning, Halifax's newest indie-pop/mandopop band Century Egg released Mountain God, a four-track EP of rock songs gorgeously sung in both Mandarin and English. Fronted by illustrator and video game designer Shane Keyu Song—with Nick Dourado (Special Costello) on guitar, Tri Le (Surveillance) on drums and Robert Drisdelle on bass—the band's aesthetics and these four tracks are heavily inspired by modern east Asian pop and its fusion with North American rock conventions. Especially "Two Minutes." And "Since I Caught You" is as good a pop-rock song as any, maybe even better.

Song's voice is deliriously sweet and her lyrics like, "And I can't stop thinking about, / how I used to chase you around," hit me right in my loveless heart. Maybe love is real? This band is real. You can catch Century Egg tonight at The Seahorse (2037 Gottingen, 10pm, $8) with the newest version of Cousins and space-cadets Moon

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Listen to Mountain God below. 

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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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Friday, April 1, 2016

Top Five: What electronic artist AA Wallace misses about Halifax

Now based in Toronto, the Halifax mixologist returns with Tupper Ware Remix Party

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 11:42 AM

AA Wallace zoning out - MATT WILLIAMS
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Former Halifax-based electronic musician AA Wallace returns from Toronto on Saturday to shake up The Seahorse (2037 Gottingen, 10pm, $12) with dance-party cone-heads Tupper Ware Remix Party. It's going to be all kinds of crazy, especially since Wallace just released his second party album In Alpha Zones, an 11-track synth-pop romp on Culvert Music. For his homecoming, Wallace tells us what he misses most about Halifax since leaving last year.

1. The "VLT Bubble" at Gus' Pub
With its many nicknames (for ex: The Little Casino, The Fishbowl), the VLT section of Gus' Pub is a treasure: "This is the best place to watch shows," says Wallace. "It’s elevated from the floor behind Plexiglass that reduces the volume of the show without making the music sound like crap." 

2. Brothers' Donair Pepperoni
"I love pepperoni," says Wallace. "Any time I’m somewhere new, I make an effort to try the regional gas station meats and nothing has beaten this yet." Spoken like a true Nova Scotian.

3. The $1 LP bins at Taz Records
"A lot of the drum and percussion samples I use for production come from 12’ singles were pulled from this library and I haven’t found anything that comes close elsewhere," says Wallace of the record store's discount dump. "Bonus beats from obscure singles from 1980 to 1984 are gold." 

4. Propeller's IPA
"They get this in sometimes at the LCBO (Ontario's NSLC) but sometimes will never suffice." 

5. Second-hand shops that aren't picked over by over-zealous re-sellers
Despite literally thousands of second-hand thrift stores in Toronto, Wallace says nothing compares to our Valu Villages or the infamous Guys Frenchys: "Video games, LPs and jean jackets are the few things I look for and which are scarcer than Mike Jackson sightings at shows." 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Halifax rockers The Everywheres are on Broad City tonight

Band breaks off break-up plans after hit TV breakthrough.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 4:14 PM

The Everywheres: Yas Queen! - KATE GIFFIN
  • The Everywheres: Yas Queen!
  • Kate Giffin

Tonight on MUCH (11pm AST), a little ditty called "Watch It Grow" by Halifax psych-rockers The Everywheres will have 10 or so glorious seconds of airtime on one of the most popular comedy shows in America. Yeah, that's right: The Everywheres will be on Broad City.

"This really is one of the great success stories of recent pop history," explains the band's lead, Sam Hill, on how the song made it to Comedy Central's hit. "Jessi Frick, who runs Father/Daughter Records in San Francisco, sent me an email back in December. They are beautiful folks who decided to put the first record out back before I ever even really had these friends in the band. She asked me if I would be up for having 'Watch it Grow' in an episode of Broad City. I had never seen the show, but some pals swear by it so I said sure! It's been a pretty surreal journey."

The soundtrack selection couldn't have come at a better time for The Everywheres. "We were going to break up the band, but after our recent success with Broad City we took a step back and realized 'Wow, we must really have something special,' says bassist Adam Gravelle. "We have a few performances lined up for next month, and we are adding a new member, trying to refresh things a little bit for that." The as-yet-unrevealed mystery newb will get on drums to support Hill, Gravelle, Rilla Word (organ/keys) and Nicholas Hanlon (guitar).

"We also have a spot at Flourish Festival in Fredericton in April and we are going to release a new album as soon as the mixing and mastering is finished," says Gravelle. "The new album was going to be called Dignity Fever, but then we changed it to Swish and we just recently decided to call it Broad City." What a bunch of comedians.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hamilton punk band TV Freaks in Halifax for two shows only

Don't you dare change the channel on this one, dorks. No TIVO.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Where's the remote? - DON PYLE
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  • Don Pyle

If you're a fan of The StoogesSub Pop's Pissed JeansBlack Flag or any good punk music at all, then you only have two chances to see TV Freaks this week and you better take them both. 

From Hamilton, I've spied that the band is here recording music over at Fun Dog. They play tonight at Plan B (2180 Gottingen Street, 8pm, $5, ALL-AGES) with Surveillance and Unreal Thought, and again on Thursday at Gus' Pub (2605 Agricola, 10pm, $7) with Alienation, Surveillance and Jake Thurgood. If you missed them at OBEY in 2014, then you'll wanna catch these re-runs. The Freaks just released a seven-inch on their label, Schizophrenic—two surfy loud power-jams. Don't you dare change that channel, dorks. 

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Watch: hot new hip-hop video from Halifax's Ben Francis

An exclusive premiere of "That Something" by the up and coming 18-year-old rapper

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Ben Francis got "That Something"
  • Ben Francis got "That Something"

Now here's a young dream-team. If you haven't heard of 18-year-old rapper Ben Francis yet, this is your chance to vibe on some seriously hot new hip-hop from one of Halifax's up and comers. Below, watch his new video for "That Something," filmed and directed by Moose Media's Brendan Lyle (@MooseCanFly), another up and comer (he's 17) who's heading to SXSW with his Young Superstars homie Mitchell Bailey. I need like ten fire emojis right now because this song, with beats by 19-year-old producer Jordan Metro, feels fresh as hell.

Following his 2014 debut, the 13-track Genesis, Francis tells The Coast that he "combines influences from A Tribe Called Quest with the new wave of Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky and of course, Kanye West," adding his own "dark tones, energetic flows, 808s and sample-driven production." On a zero-dollar budget, Francis and Lyle hit up York Redoubt on a cold-ass day to make Francis's first ever music video. Can't even believe how dope this is. The future looks bright. 


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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Listen to this Oscars-inspired beat tape by 75 Crates

The Boston-Halifax producer put together tracks using Best Film Score nominees

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 4:33 PM

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In case you don't know (somehow?), it's Oscar Weekend—this Sunday is the biggest annual night in the film industry and the 88th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will take place in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre#OscarSoWhite or not, millions of people will sit through three-hours-plus of schmoozing and inside jokes as some of the year's movie blockbusters will be recognized for cinematic greatness. To celebrate, we've got some Oscar treats for you. 

"The Score is comprised of samples from the movies nominated for Best Film Score for this year's Oscars," says Boston-born, Halifax-based producer 75Crates (Dan Maguire). On 13 tracks, Maguire challenges himself with a limited sound palette and varying tempos, adding his own synths, bass and piano to samples from the Best Film Scores, which includes Carol (by Carter Burwell), Sicario (by Jóhann Jóhannsson), The Hateful Eight (by Ennio Morricone), Bridge of Spies (by Thomas Newman) and Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens (by John Williams). And the winner is? Epic cinematic tracks that are well-crafted and cool. 

It's no surprise since 75Crates has been making music for ages, even though it's been a few minutes since a release. Back in Boston in the late 1990s and early 2000s, under the name Soul Searchers, Macguire and his brother produced for artists like Reks: "Our first single charted on Billboard for a week in 2000, charting higher than Eminem's 'The Way I Am' that week, which was pretty cool," he says. They continued working for a few years with a number of artists who were nominated for Boston Music Awards before Maguire moved to Halifax to study and practice law. Since January, he's been working on The Score and we're stoked to share it here at The Coast. For the sci-fi nerds, "Galaxy War" and "Space Battles" are especially dope tracks. 

You can follow 75Crates on Twitter and Facebook to keep up on his releases, and you can tune in to the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night to see who wins Best Film Score

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Premiere: Loveland's new video "Aloe Hotel"

Get into that sexy feeling with the soul band's 50 shades of green

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 12:38 PM

You can check in anytime you like
  • You can check in anytime you like

Only at The Coast: Halifax's sexiest soul-funk band Loveland just released a new video for "Aloe Hotel," a single from the nine-track record of the same name. Directed and edited by Brian Askew (The Everywheres), the video features Loveland at an actual Aloe Hotel: shades of green from kiwi, apple, fern, pine to pistachio, lime and aloe. There's lots of making out, hot tubs, Rilla Word (The Everywheres) in a sauna, wardrobe by Big Pony and hot-green sensuality. You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave; I'd like to book a room, please. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Listen to two new songs by Vulva Culture

Streaming today via Craft Singles, available to buy tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Cuddle up with Vulva Culture - ALYSON HARDWICK
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Currently on tour in Ontario with Kurt Inder, Halifax's Vulva Culture are streaming two new songs from a Craft Singles release today via Exclaim!. The tape, Hydromorphone, features a track by that same name and the B-side, "Let's Stay Dead." It'll be available tomorrow online to buy (cough it up, babies) — two more examples of why the moody band led by Amy Vinnedge (with Hannah Guinan, Bianca Palmer and Kayla Stevens) is kicking ass. 

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You can stream the songs here, check out the order at Craft Singles, plus VC for more.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Meet Halifax's newest "lazy pop" band Strongboy

Despite the descriptor, the four-piece just released a new track and video

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 3:27 PM

Just some Strongboys lazin' around - AMANDA GAUL
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Since last July, Halifax's Strongboy has been releasing what they call "lazy pop jams" and playing here and there. Last week, the foursome released a new video for the track, "Maybe," from the two-song EP of the same name. Between Brett Jarrett (vocals, guitar), Seamus O'Neill (drums), Tyler Popwell (guitar) and Alex Sheppard (bass), all Cape Bretoners, they've been self-recording (3/4 of the band have recording arts degrees) and making some very chill tracks in the vein of Mac DeMarco, which is a good thing. That dirtbag's influence will be felt for awhile. 

"I had been writing music for years, playing with different groups but not doing much recording-wise," says Jarrett, who started Strongboy with his roommate Seamus last summer. "Eventually we got our friend Tyler to start playing guitar, tracking our first song in his kitchen. Alex was still in London, Ontario finishing at the studio, so we sent him the song to record bass, mix it and send it back in about three days," which he did. "What a nice guy. Now we're a nice, handsome family." 

Strongboy released the track "Hangin' Around" last July before the Maybe EP, and while it feels familiar in terms of tone, Jarret's voice sets it apart and lifts it up to something a bit more alternative than jazzy. Still pop and fresh. "It feels so good to feel anything," he sings. True

Edited by Sarah MacPhee, the video for "Maybe" features vintage ice cream scoops and shots of a chocolate factory, a nice complement to the sweetness of their songs. Check it out below. 

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Vol 28, No 3
November 12, 2020

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