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Fake Shore Drive My Listening Hours: May - Pretty Goes with Pretty May got away from me in terms of writing for this blog, unfortunately. Too bad because I acquired a lot of albums I'd meant to write more about. Well, here's the rundown of everything I acquired this month, in the order I got it. Klaus Schulze: DunePrior to this month I only had one other Schulze album, his first, Irrlicht. Okkervil River: I Am Very FarI had a long period of severe infatuation with Okkervil River a couple of years ago, more or less coinciding with the release of The Stage Names and The Stand Ins. Okkervil River: The Valley Fleet Foxes: Helplessness BluesI'm an unabashed, unapologetic fan of Fleet Foxes' debut. Fleet Foxes: Blue Spotted Tail Cass McCombs: Wit's EndOne glorious track followed by seven oppressively dull slogs. Cass McCombs: County Line My Morning Jacket: CircuitalThis is, thank God, a positive rebound from the often embarassing Evil Urges, though Circuital is not without its flaws. My Morning Jacket: The Day is Coming Wild Beasts: Lion's Share

elite + taste. We manage Wale, Mike Posner, All Out, PRGz. Consult Y&R, Orisue clothing, Cloud9 watches. Last night I saw the Grammy nominations and was ecstatic as my friend and former client Wale was nominated for Best Rap Song. As I scrolled through the nominees I noticed an unfamiliar name garnering a nomination in the EDM category: Al Walser. I wouldn’t consider myself an EDM connoisseur but I am pretty familiar with the big names and up and comers. With all that being said, I’m certain I figured out how Al Walser was able to secure himself a nomination. This is a screen shot from Al’s Grammy365 page. My theory, in conclusion, is that Al Walser gamed the Grammy noms by trolling/spamming the Grammy365 website, much in the way bands used to game Myspace back in the day.

Albums of 2010 that I Missed: Del Barber’s “Love Songs For The Last Twenty” | Slowcoustic So I was going to do a “Calgary Concert Alert” as I saw Del Barber was going to be at the Ironwood here in Calgary this weekend…but apparently he isn’t. Thank you very much Pollstar concert listings! But then as I was gearing up to put a quick something together on the show, I realized I didn’t actually do a post on Del Barber’s most recent album “Love Songs for the last 20″. I am no stranger to Del’s music (see previous mentions here and here) and I knew he had a new album, but with how things go, I simply missed out on at least a mention. The album was released last June and continues on Del’s penchant for rootsy on the road Canadiana. Regardless, for a listen of the song Chicago, simply click below (courtesy of Craig over at Songs:Illinois – another Canadian album he posted on before me…). “Chicago” – Del Barber, from 2010’s “Love Songs For the Last Twenty” Bonus tracks previously posted: “Harvest”“Where the City Ends” from the FANTASTIC 2009 album “Where The City Ends” ~Smansmith p.s.

Daytrotter: The source for new music discovery and free MP3 downloads from the best emerging bands. J. Nolan -- Obscure Sound A rising hip-hop artist like J. Nolan has a notable amount of temptations in the studio alone. There are countless numbers of production gimmicks aimed to disguise an artist’s insecurities, inspired by an age where cameos and pop culture references help sway an artist’s hype/PR abilities one way or the other. The most noteworthy new artists tend to disregard the prospect of signing with the most esteemed hip-hop team/crew; this would be taking the safe route, which tightly clumps them with others in the same vehicle instead of allowing them to take their own. Nolan’s beats will have extreme appeal to fans of Mos Def, Wu-Tang, and others that stray away from rigid loop-based song structures. Nolan isn’t shy about his ability to work and improve ceaselessly: “For anyone that knows me even in the briefest instant, they can tell you that I never sit back and just rest when a project has been completed or is near completion, and certainly not when it’s been released.” J. J. J.

Scene and Heard with Will McGuirk Paul Reddick Band is booked to play the Music By The Bay club in Pickering. The blues player of the first order will be in Nov. 25. MuchMusic presents: K-Os Oct. 2 at the Masonic Temple in Toronto. The versatile rapper originally from Whitby will perform an one hour concert featuring collaborations with friends such as Emily Haines , Shad , Seb Grainger and others. Universal Music Canada will release the footage as a combination CD/DVD on Oct. 4. Luke Doucet has curated the first Sleepwalk Guitar Festival which will take place Nov. 4 - 6 at the Great Hall in Toronto. Toronto duo Trust have signed to Arts & Crafts. Mad Ones new album Behaviour is available, as of today on Itunes.

Throwback Thursday – Hell Yeah Movie Soundtracks | Sunset in the Rearview posted by: Patrick Throwback Thursday It’s that time of the week again Sunset riders. Another marvelous Thursday (at least in the pacific ocean) where I ramble about a music-themed topic and pretend that it’s somehow “Throwback”-related. In a fit of writers’ block, I decided to take a shot in the dark and find out what the oldest song in my music library was. In the Big Rock Candy Mountains All the cops have wooden legs And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs The farmers’ trees are full of fruit And the barns are full of hay Oh I’m bound to go Where there ain’t no snow Where the rain don’t fall The winds don’t blow In the Big Rock Candy Mountains “Big Rock Candy Mountains” – Harry McClintock. How’s that for a Throwback? As I thought about it, I realized I have some pretty amazing soundtracks tucked away. “Just Like Honey” – The Jesus & Mary ChainMP3: “Kaze Wo Atsumete” – はっぴいえんどMP3: “Girls” – Death In Vegas “Joy to the World” – Three Dog Night patrick

Droptops & Stacy Lattisaw Tapes Judith Berkson - Oylam Judith Berkson - "Goodbye Friend No. 1" (Oylam) Drawing inspirations and techniques from diverse streams including jazz, the Jewish liturgical tradition, and late-romantic and modern art music, Brooklyn- based composer, singer and pianist Judith Berkson has made a unique and intimate musical world. There’s a quiet intensity and poised integrity to her work on this record; a close-up honesty — at times even a rawness of emotion — arcing underneath what might sometimes seem a cool and arty surface. The album opener, “Goodbye Friend No.1,” sets a mood with introspective and elegiac solo piano. Berkson’s take on Cole Porter’s “All of You” is simply arresting. Indeed, shadow and light interact with intensity in much of this music. The record contains a few moments of extreme chromaticism and vocal acrobatics that might grate upon some ears. By Kevin Macneil Brown

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