Just a tune, on vacation in the Kootenays, but it is flipping raining. Can’t do much sailing in the rain. Howie Beck with some great Adult “Alternative” for you, whatever Adult Alternative is. Just good music from what I can tell.
A bit different from last week, lots to choose from this week.
Teenage Kicks, a rock band out of Toronto released an album today titled “Be On My Side”. They play an energetic rock style, utilizing all 5 members. I definitely enjoyed the attached track. This is their second album. Stop by their home page.
Next up is a new album from Plants and Animals titled “The End Of That”. They are and indie/ alternative band out of Montreal, with some Halifax added to the mix. They have recorded since 2005, this being their 5th release. The following is off the album. Good tune, consider it downloaded.
Song For Love
Singer songwriter Rose Cousins released “We Have Made A Spark” today.
Born in Prince Edward Island, Rose has carved a nice place in Canadian folk music. This album is her 5th release. I have attached a live version of “All The Time It Takes To Wait”. The music starts at the 1:24 mark. Very nice song. She is with Royal Wood at the piano.
All The Time It Takes To Wait
My last Canadian release this week comes from Toronto band Memoryhouse.
My last song for this weeks new releases is not a new release. I heard this song the other day and I hit instant like. The band is Graffiti6 and the song is titled, simply, “Free”. Great tune. The song is off the recent release called “Colours”. They are out of London in the UK and are breaking out in a big. It seems their music is everywhere on TV now. Songs have been featured on CSI: NY, Grey’s Anatomy, Football Wives, One Tree Hill and Covert Affairs. An early candidate for the top 10 of 2012.
The week was slow, so slow that I cannot post a new album. Instead. I will update Joel Plaskett‘s project for the CBC. The challenge given him was to write and record an album from scratch, in 10 weeks. He would write and record 1 song a week until he was done. This is song 6, song 7 was released today. The album is called “Scrappy Happiness”.
Joel is one of those players whose work is under rated by many people. You could do worse than check out more of his work.
- Talent Tuesday – Canadian Releases – February 14, 2012 (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
A slow week for releases here in the Great White North (snowed here today).
The first band we will take a look at is “Hey Rosetta!“, who released an EP today titled “Sing Sing Sessions”. This is a set from this group of very talented musicians from Newfoundland. Just a bunch of Canadians doing what they like to do, play. The EP is a selection of the bands past songs done acoustically. I think you will agree, good stuff.
The second artist (and final) for the week is Toronto singer/song-writer Emma-Lee. This is her 2nd album release and is titled “Unsung Heroine”. Listening to the featured song, I am taken by the strength in the structure of the song. She has a great voice, and, if she keeps writing material as strong as this, she could easily become a force on the Canadian music scene.
Not Coming By
My International pick of the week is Paul McCartney and his new album “Kisses On The Bottom”. It is Valentines Day so enjoy Sir Paul’s song from the album “My Valentine”.
- Emma-Lee to Release Backseat Heroine out February 7th on eOne Music (hangout.altsounds.com)
- Hey Rosetta! takes show on road, to global acclaim (cbc.ca)
Lets take a look at 5 more Canadian songs. In this selection we have a crooner, a smooth as silk jazz artist, some classic rock, an alternative band and, for the first time in this series, a Quebec artist.
1. Jean Leloup“1990”
Quebec has a thriving music scene, although it is in French, which makes the lyrics a bit hard to follow, the music itself is universal. 2. Michael Buble“Save the Last Dance”
Michael Buble has been one of the biggest music stars in the world for the past 10 years or so. Great voice. 3. Jerry Doucette“Mama Let Him Play” Superb classic rock with an excellent guitar solo. 4. Diana Krall“Better Than Anything”