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Monthly Archives: June 2011
Can the Boy Tell Time – Tunia (2011, self-released) Tunia is the kindly face-melting new album from Seattle band Can The Boy Tell Time. This music is by no means easy to describe, but I am eager to try. But … Continue reading
Man Man – Self-titled EP (2004, Ace Fu Records) I got to see Philadelphia’s Man Man at New York’s Mercury Lounge in 2004.* Their set was a spectacle — everyone on stage was an excellent player, each attending to his own intricate … Continue reading
Jack Shriner – Dismember/Remember (2011, Self-Released) On Dismember/Remember, Seattle-based Jack Shriner (as heard on Ball of Wax volumes 12 and 17) augments some pretty classic pop song conventions with smatterings of fuzz, synth outbursts and largely interesting instrumental asides. Opener … Continue reading
The Maladies singer Daniele Marando shares a birthday with our very own Levi Fuller. I know this because a social networking site told me. In celebration, may I introduce The Maladies (and happy birthday wishes to you both). Two events … Continue reading
Southerly – Champion of the Noisy Negativists (2011, Greyday Records) Another Southerly review? What is this, Southerly central? I swear, there’s a good reason for this. Let me explain. Those of you who headed out to the Sunset expecting a … Continue reading
I told you I was slow with the video. Back in May we had ourselves a little live show to celebrate the release of Ball of Wax Volume 24 (which you should just go ahead and buy right now if … Continue reading
This final post from NXNE is an all-Canadian selection as the festival reached its climax on Saturday, with only a splattering of bands performing on Sunday. The throwaway name of Toronto’s Loopsy Dazy nearly made me miss out on heading … Continue reading
Day three of Toronto’s citywide NXNE festival. Sitar success! The fantastic Elephant Stone provided some sensory satisfaction in the form of Rishi Dhir’s unashamedly pop sensibilities, set to a brilliant backdrop of swirling guitars and pounding percussion.
And so continues my NXNE blog. I’ve never been to SXSW, so it is hard to make comparisons to its Canadian counterpart. In fact, I’ve never encountered the citywide festival experience before, having only ever been to the more traditional … Continue reading
Southerly – Best Dressed and Expressionless (2004, Dead Letter Records) In that heady, fateful summer of 2004 of which I have now rambled on about several times, I ended up one July evening at a coffee house in Neenah, Wisconsin, … Continue reading