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Modern Kids

Posted in Album Review, Indie Pop, Rock with tags , , , , on August 14, 2010 by Seth Michael

Here’s the thing.

Arcade Fire The suburbs

This album is really good. Like, really good. No, seriously you should buy it. Perhaps that’s a little too much… no wonder I make a poor sales man. Regardless of my selling skills, the new Arcade Fire album is an ace in my books. I wasn’t in love with the fire’s second album Neon Bible, but I loved their first Funeral, and I feel like The Suburbs is a throw back to the Neon Bible days.

It’s just good I tell you.


The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock


It’s the revival

Posted in Blues, Rock on August 1, 2010 by Seth Michael

After a more than amazing email from my father outlining an epic 1968 encounter with Wilson Pickett, I was familiarized with some 1960/70’s garage rock bands. This email sent me out on a search for some of the less mainstream garage rock bands I was not familiar with

Luke and the Apostles was the band that stuck out the most in his email, a Toronto blues group consisting of Mike McKenna (Canadian guitar legend). The track ‘Make Me High’ almost brings me back to the early 70’s, an era I sometimes wish I was apart of.

Luke and the Apostles – You Make Me High

Luke and the Apostles – Not Far Off

Another Toronto Yorkville area band, The Ugly Ducklings are a band that have continued on throughout the decades releasing their most recent album in 2008. I’m partial to their early tunes.

The Ugly Ducklings – Just In Case You Wonder

The Ugly Ducklings – Nothin’

I’m sure there will be more added to this in the near future

Props to Garage Hangover for mp3’s and info

The Rabbit

Posted in electro-rock, Indie, Rock with tags , , , on June 3, 2010 by Seth Michael

I’m still on the fence with this song. I love Miike Snow, and thought their debut album was fantastic. Maybe I just expected more, but then again this is just off the deluxe version of their first LP. Regardless of this not being their strongest strongest this video is wicked and is by far the best they’ve done… besides, who doesn’t love an homage to 2 Live Crew?

A few listens, and I feel better about it. I still think it could use some work. I blame this on the fact that I hate ‘deluxe’ versions of albums that are released way after the original is released. I just feel like these tracks could be saved for a later date, or used on the next album. Stop teasing us..

Bitch I swear, I’ll go crazy

Posted in Concerts, Folk, Opinion, Rock with tags , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by Seth Michael

Edward Sharpe

Last night I had the opportunity of attending a concert of one of my favourite acts right now; Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros. Going into the show, I had more than high hopes (similar to my feelings towards Florence & The Machine), and without fail my expectations were met. It goes without saying that I wasn’t “sober” for this show, and I’m sure that only enhanced the experience.

The show started off with a song a didn’t recognize, but then was followed by my favourite track off their album, 40 Day Dream… and holy fuck did everyone else in the crowd feel it. It seems to me that at a lot of shows only half the crowd really gets into the music, like they got dragged there with their friend or some shit. Anyway, this crowd was different, looking around; even during their slow songs I found it hard to find anyone that wasn’t grooving. I believe that the energy the band radiates is key to the success of a show, and being that there are 11(?) people on stage, it was hard to miss that energy. At one point the band stopped during their set because they didn’t know what song to play next, so while their were deciding they just started to jam (amazing!!!!) and then proceeding to play some tracks they had written just days before. Once they had finished up the rest of their set, it was obvious the crowd wanted more, after some cheers Alex Ebert (lead singer) came on to stage telling us the Commodore said they had to finish up at 10:30 so they couldn’t play any more. Then, in true rock star fashion they proceeded to come back on stage for one last tune “Om Nashi Me” were Alex managed to get about 20 people on stage, and then somehow convinced the entire croud to SIT DOWN (we are all aware of the amount of liquid and roaches that are on the floor of the commodore) to listen to the last song. I didn’t know where I was or what decade I was in, I died.