Category Archives: Indie Music
As I sit here prepping this post, I noticed something odd, or not odd perhaps. My top 5 consists of a Brit and 4 Canadians. Not much bias on this blog. My Top 5, in no particular order.
5 “Recovery” by Frank Turner
4 “So Blind” by David Myles
3 “I Was a Fool” by Tegan and Sara
2 “Red Hands” by Walk Off the Earth
1 “What I Wouldn’t Do” by Serena Ryder
Today’s tune is one I heard on another of my favourite in-car stations on the drive to work, CKUA. The song, “Better Than” is from a 2007 album by the John Butler Trio. The album is called “Grand National”. The band, oddly enough, was formed in Australia in 1999 by, wait for it, John Butler. The play a roots style, heavy on the jamming. This tune had me tapping the steering wheel, so I had to share it. They have released 5 studio albums and 3 live albums and are perennial nominees for the ARIA and APRA awards in Australia. Hit the links for more info.
A nice little number by Boy (pun intended). Actually a very catchy song called “Little Numbers”. Find myself tapping the steering wheel when it came on during its stint on CBC. The band is a duo, Valeska Steiner, the singer is from Switzerland and bassist Sonja Glass is German. The song is off their 2011 début “Mutual Friends” and was released as a single in 2012. Neither was released in North America until early 2013. Enjoy the catchiness.
A bit of a switch from our regular programming. Today we go heavy Folk (Bluegrass??) with California indie-folk duo, The Milk Carton Kids. A very interesting group on today’s media stage. They have released 3 albums since forming in 2011. Heaven is off their most recent release, “The Ash and Clay”. Good song, a bit different, and i hope you enjoy it.
In case you hadn’t noticed, my iPhone is full of Canadian artists and Feist is one of them. Calgary‘s own Leslie Feist had a major hit back in 2007 with her album “The Reminder“. It contained her major hit “1234” which had a life of its own after being used in an Apple iPod Nano commercial and on Sesame Street. I mean, how big are you when you get to sing a duet with Elmo. Feist has also got an extensive filmography and is also a regular member of the indie group “Broken Social Scene”, who are also worth a listen. This song, “I Feel It All”, was also on the album and received extensive airplay in Canada. It was also featured in the movie “The Accidental Husband”. Great album. Great song.
A nice mellow song for a nice mellow Sunday. Canadian singer songwriter Mo Kenney performs her song “The Great Escape” live at the CBC studio. The tune comes from her self-titled debut album, released in 2012. Born in Nova Scotia in 1990, she has a great future, especially if she continues to collaborate with one of my favourites, Joel Plaskett, who produced her record. Have a great Sunday.
- Halifax singer Mo Kenney wins 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize (globalnews.ca)
A quick song for you from a band out my home town, Winnipeg. The song. Hummingbird, the group, Imaginary Cities. The video, kind of cool. Speaking of the peg, will be out there again this weekend so some slow blogging once again. And an apology to people I normally drop in on, just to bloody busy, but I will catch up with you. In the meantime enjoy another fine song courtesy of my morning drive and CBC2.
Lets go with a bit of an oldie (2011), Grouplove and their hit, Tongue Tied. Great song, very interesting video. The song comes from their only album to date “Never Trust A Happy Song”. They are an indie group, based in NYC. The NYC sound is becoming very familiar to my tastes of late.