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Fall music review

Get tuned into the cool season's music scene. We list by month all the best new music released this Autumn


September Releases


York Redoubt, s/t (Noyes/Hot Money)

After a coast-to-coast summer tour, including a coveted slot at Calgary's Sled Island Festival, York Redoubt releases its self-titled full-length. Recorded by uber-engineers Charles Austin and Dave Ewenson, this fantastic album is full of sonic surprises, melding noise, harmonies and ragged lo-fi goodness. September 5 at The Seahorse Tavern w/The Lodge & Bloodhouse

Twin Bridges, Beneath the Neon Lights (independent)

Fans of this hard-working band that's played tons of pub gigs around town won't want to miss its debut album release. September 9 at The Paragon Theatre

The Gideons, Oxford Street (independent)

Good news for Gideons fans (and a few lustful ladies from our PSST section): the much-anticipated release of the two-disc Oxford Street (also recorded by Austin and Ewenson) is almost here. Potentially our city's Pet Sounds, guaranteed to put these poppy bad boys on the map of Halifax. September 11

Smokin' Contra Band, Slim Pickins (CBC)

Recorded at CBC Studio H with mastermind Glenn Meisner, the trad band will have you stomping, jigging and reeling to fiddle and bluegrass tunes, including a lovely cover of Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes." September 17 at Bearly's


Jenocide, machines to make us wet (independent)

We're already in love with Jenocide's "electrofemmethrash" in-your-face EP, bikerides.barrettes.bruises, so the thought of a full-length is making our machines, uh, wet. September 26 at Gus' Pub w/Hot Panda and A/V

Dusty Keleher,

East to Ireland Volume 1(independent)This is man around folktown Keheler's foray into Irish music, exploring his heritage with traditional ballads and original compositions. Keheler changed his surname to his family's original spelling, honouring his Irish ancestors. (TBA)

In This Style, </Sarcasm> (independent)

What started out as Andrew Wiseman's solo project has grown into a rocked-out four-piece, with plans to tour the country. (TBA)

Old Wagon Whiskey, Whiskey and Campfire Smoke (independent)

Stoke the fires with blues-infused rock. Get yourself ready with every Sunday in September at Tribeca. (TBA)


Omon Ra, Bay Ridge Sucks (Borrowdear)

We're never sure what to expect from Omon Ra, but we know we like that mysterious sound. A download-only album is coming out on Borrowdear, a label out of the American city of cool, Portland, Oregon, and Omon Ra is also courting labels for another release, The Spirit of Jerry Garcia Playing the Rolling Stones. (TBA)


The Whiskey Kisses, Whiskeroo! (independent)

None of that new-country crap for these old-school crooners. Although there is a new line-up, there are no tears in the beers on this band's first full-length, produced by Jason Haywood (ex-Divorcees). Tentatively vinyl-only (with free digital download), look for 10 original songs that'll make your honky tonk. (TBA)

Owl, Chant (the vibrations in the streets keep me weak in the knees) (indie)

The cute as all heck electro-pop twosome releases their first record.


October Releases

Acres and Acres, All Nations (independent)

Inspired by Neil Young's Harvest and guided by the Cowboy Junkies' Trinity Sessions, Kris Pope and Dave Scholten (Down with the Butterfly) went into the studio for a live-off-the-floor recording with guest spots from Benn Ross, Rose Cousins, Don Brownrigg and The Ukeladies. See it to believe it: a DVD is also scheduled for release.
October 3 at The Music Room w/Jon McKiel and Klarka Weinwurm

Grassmarket, Port City(independent)

Harmony-laden folk-pop doesn't get more thoughtful or sweet than this Nova Scotia Music Award-nominated trio, releasing its first full-length.
October 3 at The Company House w/Dance Movie

Ghettosocks, Treat of the Day

A fresh "16-pack of brand-new, high-cholesterol songs," featuring guest appearances from El da Sensei (NJ), Pumpkinhead (NYC), Edgar Allen Floe (NC) and D-Sisive (TOR), just to name a few. Look for a video and a Japanese tour.
October 10 at The Seahorse Tavern


The Stance, I Left Love Behind a Long Time Ago (Just Friends)

We've been oh-so-patient, waiting three years for The Stance's debut full-length, which is described as a "definite sonic upgrade over the lo-fi aesthetic of their first recording."
October 13

The Prospectors Union, Syracuse (Just Friends)

This super supergroup, with members of Bloodsport, In-Flight Safety and Share, is going to raise Norma Rae country-rock fists. Produced by Jason MacIsaac (Heavy Blinkers).
October 20


Dog Day, Elder Schoolhouse (Divorce)

Be one of the lucky 600 who snatch up a copy of this limited-edition 12-inch. Side A was recorded at Rick White's Elder Schoolhouse studio, and includes alate-night jam written by White. Side B is a "shifting journey through sound and space that answers ONLY to that most distant call.Friend AND foe. Dig?"
October 23

Thy Flesh Consumed, Unrepentant (Diminished Fifth)

Get consumed with a sneak peek of the new album, this weekend at Thrashfest.
October 27

Jon Bryant, Two Coasts For Comfort (independent)

Singer-songwriter releases his cozy new LP.
October 27

JSpew, Torn to Shreds (indepedent)

Scare the shit out of your thrash-punk pumpkin.
October 31 w/Black Moor, Terratomb and The Abyssed

Ambition, Better Man (independent)

Emerging from the underground, Ambition's full-length debut LP was produced by Backburner's Dexter Doolittle, featuring guest spots from Supastition (Reform School Music) and Ghettosocks.

The Establishment, TBA (Noyes)

These guys are definitely establishing a unique punk-indie rock sound, "mixed with grind and restlessness," with their second full-length. (TBA)


Fuck Montreal, Inter mange (Stumparumper)

Seven songs recorded between Belleville and Halifax over the winter (side A) and a more lo-fi-sounding spring (side B).

Vanessa Furlong, Pretty Much Amazing (independent)

Solo album by the harmonic vocalist and rapper from Elephant & Castle's fave hip-hoppers, Three Sheet.

Jason Haywood, A Thousand Miles Since Yesterday (independent)

Country rock raised on a steady diet of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash.

The Hemingways, Bury Me Beneath the Grain Elevators

Tracked locally at Common Ground Studio. Mixed and mastered globally by Dave Gardner (The Hold Steady, Nashville Pussy) in Minneapolis.

Ruth Minnikin and Her Bandwagon, Depend on This (Songmill Music)

This year will be an extra-special Thanksgiving with the gift of Minnikin's long-awaited album. Fans of her solo and Blinkers material will be satisfied by this fully orchestrated, conceptual pop album, featuring 16 musicians, tracked and produced by Andrew Watt, Minnikin and Chuck Blazevic (of Dreamsploitation).


Myles Deck and the Fuzz/The Cuban Assassins (From Here To There)

A split seven-inch guaranteed to be a "rock 'n' roll bug out!"

Poison Percy Rufus, TBA (independent)

Drum/guitar two-piece is power-popping their debut full-length, described like "the first Dog Day EP or Todd Rundgren's more eccentric side...that's kind of what we're going for anyway."

Quiet Parade, TBA


Look for six songs "predominately lyrically focused on my experiences growing up in a small, fog-filled community just outside of Yarmouth," says Trevor Murphy, AKA Quiet Parade. Much of the recording was done at his parents' house in the tiny village of Sluice Point.

The Repercussionists, s/t (independent)

This rocking release will be a follow up to the band's 2008 effort Mistakes and All.


The Sorrys, Neanderthal Cell Phone (Gooseberry Records)

The Sorrys' second album (recorded and co-produced by Charles Austin) was written and recorded during "difficult personal times for some members of the band," but you can expect "songs rooted in sadness that somehow make you feel happy."

November Releases

Rose Cousins, TBA (Old Farm Pony)

Lovely Cousins is in amazing company: Luke Doucet is producing the singer-songwriter's new album, which was recorded at Catherine North Studio in Hamilton (Broken Social Scene, Feist, Kathleen Edwards). November 3


Their Majesties, Their Majesties Have One of Those Days (Just Friends)

They don't just sound energetic and fresh---they're smart too. After returning to post-secondary education following their first album, the young band is back with 10 tracks, recorded with analogue technology in two sessions. Engineer-producer Dave Ewenson sits in on drums. November 24

A History Of, Action in the North Atlantic (Noyes)

Members of The Plan, Tomcat Combat and Gamma Gamma Rays release their first LP, with 10 new experimental punk tracks mastered by another H-town hero, J. LaPointe (North of America). Both vinyl fiends and CD players can admire cover art from Yo Rodeo. (TBA)

Glory Glory Man United, TBA (independent)

A debut full-length, self-recorded "thanks to the magic of computers and former Heavy Blinker/recording engineer Andrew Watt's guidance." (TBA)

Laura Peek, TBA(Just Friends)

Our favourite kitty lady has spent the past two years writing 10 new songs "sure to challenge and delight," using a small group of carefully selected instruments and expert players, orchestrated by David Christensen and Peek. (TBA)

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