Posts Tagged ‘Alternative Rock’
While trying to find a quiet corner, The Veils frontman Finn Andrews and me got lost in backstage area of the newly renovated Fortune Sound Lounge. He rolled a cigarette as we chatted about his band’s latest record, Total Depravity. Chance encounters while hanging out in LA ended up with Finn working on the record with rapper and hip hop producer El-P (from Run the Jewels) and film director legend David Lynch. (Finn will be appearing in the 2017 Twin Peaks revival.)
What was it like to have rapper El-P produce an indie rock band? How does Finn keep his discipline as a song writer? Why do the band publish the song lyrics on the Veils website? Why did Finn want me to play his song “Nux Vomica”? How did the band navigate tough times? What sweet tradition does he have with his rocker dad? Which song on Total Depravity did the band save from the recycling bin? What was it like working with David Lynch? You’ll have to listen to find out.
Tracks played on the show…
1) The Veils, Total Depravity (2016) “Axolotl”
2) Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 3 (2016) “Talk to Me”
3) The Veils, Total Depravity (2016) “Low Lays the Devil”
4) The Veils, Nux Vomica (2006) “Nux Vomica”
5) The Veils, Live at Abbey Road (2013) “Out from the Valleys & Into the Stars”
6) The Veils, Total Depravity (2016) “In the Nightfall” (mp3)
NO songs CANCON
There’s also a radio edit–if you need all your hang sessions to last under 30 minutes.
NY indie rock band The Lemon Twigs at its core is brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario. The band’s debut record Do Hollywood came out last year and each brother wrote five songs on the record. When you see them play live, the brothers switch instruments, so they can sing the songs each wrote. Although young–the youngest D’Addario is still a teenager–the brothers have been immersed in music since they were born. Their father is a professional musician and their mother is a lifelong music fan.
Do Hollywood got started after the brothers sent Jonathan Rado, frontman of California indie rock band Foxygen, some demos over Twitter. Before they knew it, the band was signed to legendary label 4AD (home of SOHN, Deerhunter, Future Islands, The National, among others) and working with Rado on what would become Do Hollywood.
I got to hang out with the brothers the last time they were in town. Do the brothers really fight a lot? What was it like working with Jonathan Rado from Foxygen? What are the details behind the secret debut record that the D’Addario brothers have disavowed? Which legendary musician’s career would each brother like to have? You’ll have to listen to find out. (Also check out the extended version of my chat with the D’Addario brothers below for more fun with The Lemon Twigs!)
My hang sesh with The Lemon Twigs turned out to be so fun, there was a lot of talk I couldn’t fit into the radio version of the show. In the extended version of the show, I talk with the brothers about growing up in a musical family, two more songs from the Do Hollywood record (“Hi+Lo” and “As Long As We’re Together”) and the other secrets the brothers are hiding. Listen to our chat!
Tracks played on the extended version of the interview…
1) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “These Words” (mp3)
2) Foxygen, …And Star Power (2014) “Brooklyn Police Station” (background)
3) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “Baby, Baby” (partial)
4) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “I Wanna Prove To You”
5) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “As Long As We’re Together”
6) The Lemon Twigs, What We Know (2014) “The Corners I Was Locked Behind (When I Was There)”
7) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “Hi+Lo”
8) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “Haroomata”
NO songs CANCON
After two records with legendary rock band Weezer, Matt Sharp quit as Weezer‘s bassist. He wanted his next project to be less a traditional rock band and more a chance to collaborate with all the musicians he admired, so he formed The Rentals. Even if he couldn’t get his collaborators to leave his or her band permanently, Matt could rent them for enough time to make some music together.
As you can imagine, after three full length albums, Matt Sharp has ended up being the only constant in The Rentals project. He assembles a new set of collaborators each time he records an album or goes on tour. Fun fact: actor Maya Rudolph, of Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids fame, also handled keyboard and backing vocals for the group’s first tours in support of the debut album, Return of the Rentals. (Check out The Rentals 1996 video for “Waiting” to see Maya in action.)
I hung out with Matt Sharp one nice afternoon in the alley behind Vancouver’s now closed Electric Owl. Matt was in town to promote the newest Rentals record, Lost in Alphaville. The new record includes collaborations with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Ryen Slegr of Ozma, and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.
Listen to this episode! You’ll discover the answers to all these questions: Which Hollywood film director did Matt nearly get to make a video for The Rentals? How would Matt compare The Rentals with his old band Weezer? Which public figure would Matt want to work with–but he’s too scared to send the email? Which Matt Sharp record does one of Matt‘s friends use to get his kids to sleep? Press play.
Tracks played on the radio edit episode…
1) The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville (2014) “1000 Seasons” (mp3)
2) The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville (2014) “Thought of Sound”
3) The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville (2014) “The Future” (background)
4) The Rentals, Seven More Minutes (1999) “The Man With Two Brains”
5) The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville (2014) “It’s Time to Come Home” (mp3)
NO songs CANCON
It was so great to spend some time with someone who has been a part of so much indie rock history. Matt Sharp and I chatted for so long that I couldn’t fit everything into my typical episode length, so I’ve released a radio edit and an extended cut of our conversation. In the extended cut, I ask Matt what his favorite Weezer song is and why and I find out who he started The Rentals project for!
Vancouver rocker and WinnieCooper pal Jake Touzel has decided to give away his latest EP Bad Faith for free on his bandcamp page. Jake makes the kind of toe-stomping rock and roll that would drive the locals wild in Thunder Bay.
I asked Jake why he decided to give away his record. He said, “Giving away “BAD FAITH” means making it accessible to everybody. I want to show that this EP is a big part of me, but it’s not the only part, and that you must clear a path to make way for new things.” Sounds like more is to come from Jake Touzel very soon.
Play the Jake Touzel track “Reservations” and then head to his bandcamp www.jaketouzel.bandcamp.com to download the entire EP–for FREE.
Reuben and the Dark is a indie rock band (with tinges of country) from Calgary fronted by Reuben Bullock. I met Reuben while we were both in Banff last summer. (I was in Banff for the Banff World Media Festival where the band performed.) Reuben took a break from recording to join me at a farmer’s market to chat about his record Funeral Sky. The big story behind this record is that he worked with Chris Hayden from UK mega-group Florence + the Machine on a few of the tracks.
Reuben and the Dark are currently on tour with Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy, so this year will see increased visibility and a new record from the band.
I get shy but nice guy Reuben to talk about… His secret past as a skateboarder… How he met Florence + the Machine‘s drummer Chris Hayden by chance in Mexico… Then telling Chris that Reuben couldn’t use some of the tracks they made together… Getting slammed against the wall by Canadian border officers… And much more. Listen to our chat!
Tracks played on the show…
1) Reuben and the Dark, Funeral Sky (2014) “Rolling Stone”
2) Reuben and the Dark, Funeral Sky (2014) “Bow and Arrow” (mp3)
3) Reuben and the Dark, Man Made Lakes (2012) “Burial”
4) Reuben and the Dark, Funeral Sky (2014) “Shoulder Blade” (mp3)
ALL songs CANCON
the interview show is everywhere!
www.cjsf.ca (Vancouver, BC, Mondays 4:30-5pm PST and Wednesdays 12:30am PST)
www.ckdu.ca (Halifax, NS, Fridays 12:00-12:30am AST)
www.radiocfxu.ca (Campus Community Radio, Antigonish, NS, Fridays 11pm-12am AST)
www.cfru.ca (University of Guelph Radio, ON, Tuesdays 3pm EST)
www.umfm.com (Winnipeg’s Hit Free Radio, Thursdays 1pm CST)
www.caperradio.com (Cape Breton University Radio, NS, Wednesdays 3-3:30pm AST)
www.localfm.ca (Campus Radio Saint John Inc., NB, Tuesdays 11:30am and Fridays 3:30pm AST)
It’s been a while since hearing Radiohead remixes or edits and this one surely caught my attention, Go Yama does a grreat job giving the 3rd single for their 2007 album In Rainbows a more hip-hop vibe. If you like Radiohead or just wanna vibe out stream this track above.
Posted by @Hernandizzle
A few years ago a magical world was created; one where beautiful lesbians frolic around the sunny pastures of Los Angeles with their new wave haircuts and insatiable appetites for love. This world is also known as The Real L Word, a reality television show that follows the lives and sexual encounters of a few impeccably hot lesbians. Now in its third season, The Real L Word has gained a cult-like following, with a variety of genders and sexualities calling themselves fans.
In the latest season, which aired this summer, The Real L Word ventured into the uncharted terrains of lesbian Brooklyn. This is where the audience, (including myself), was introduced to alternative rock band Hunter Valentine. Throughout the course of nine episodes we come in close contact with the musical and romantic styling’s of Kiyomi, Laura, Vero and Somer.
Without ruining the show for all you newbies, the band’s drama played out something like this:
Kiyomi begins the show in a non-monogamous toxic relationship with emo girl Ali. Eventually she meets dimepiece Lauren and they fall madly in love, creating the cutest couple ever known. During this budding new courtship, Kiyomi and Somer, (Hunter Valentine’s newest member), start fighting. In the season finale Somer is asked to leave the band and is replaced by cat-lover Aimee. Yes, she’s a lesbian too.
Now on to what really matters, the music. Hunter Valentine has been around for quite some time. They first got their start eight years ago back in Southern, Ontario. They’ve since released two albums and dropped their latest LP Collide and Conquer today via Megaforce/Sony. The record is the perfect mix of hard-hitting punk rock, empowered indie-pop and relatable love ballads. It’s an eclectic mixtape that can be used for your breakup blues, lover’s remorse and the inevitable self-loathing that follows.
Last Friday I sat down with lead singer Kiyomi before Hunter Valentine’s headlining gig at the Cellar. And in a short fifteen minutes she solidified my growing girl crush and temporary hate of the opposite sex. Check out my interview below:
Describe your new album in five words or less?
Melodic, gritty, hard-driving. It’s a really good balance between hard and soft.
Dinah Shore or Disneyland?
Dinah Shore. I’d do it again. Well now that I have a girlfriend maybe Disneyland.
If you could collaborate with one band to make an album, who would it be and why?
Muse or the Distillers.
What makes the perfect make out song?
It takes a lot of honesty. Telling your own personal story. If you’re writing from the heart and it’s about your passion for somebody or how you wanna fuck them, then that’s going to come across in the song.
Hunter Valentine now resides in Brooklyn but is it safe to say that you’ll always have a love affair with Canada?
Of course! We’re trying to reignite that fire again. We went back to Toronto and sold out the Horseshoe. And we sold out Ottawa. We’re gunna eventually try and hit Alberta as well as the rest of the prairies. Those were some of our first tours.
Do you think recording in Toronto influenced your new sound?
I think Greig Nori (Treble Charger) did and he produced it.
How does Collide and Conquer differ from your first two albums?
With the first two albums we were still learning about ourselves as musicians and learning about the song writing process. With Lessons From the Late Night we started writing more as a band and experimenting with harder sounds like screaming. This album is a good blend of the pop mentality from the first record and the hardness that was seen on the second record.
How do you think the exposure from the Real L Word has changed your demographic?
It’s definitely increased our fan base but that could also be the new record. I think people were introduced to the music through the show and then had a choice; they could either hate it but still watch the show or they could come out to support. And right now we have a lot more supporters than we did before.
Do you think your straight following has increased since being on the show?
We’ve always had a straight following but I do have a lot of straight girls who are fans of me via the show who are now questioning things.
What can we expect from Hunter Valentine in the next coming months?
We’re on our way to Japan and hopefully to Australia later this year. We’ve got a video for our new single Liar Liar coming out in a matter of days and we’re just gunna keep pushing it.
Interview by @clarkbs
Band of Skulls are Matt Hayward (drums), Emma Richardson (bass,/vocals) and Russell Marsden (guitar/vocals). They are an alternative rock band from the UK with an undeniable bluesey classic rock flavour.
I sat down with Emma and Russell in a booth at the Commodore Ballroom while their crew set up for the show. We talked about how the two guys met Emma at art school, playing for big venues, their favourite songs on their latest release Sweet Sour and much more. Take a listen.