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It’s not strictly CanCon, but hearing Chilly Gonzales discuss his contributions to the new Daft Punk record, Random Access Memories, he gets us psyched for that album’s May 21 release. In this installment of the Intel/Vice webseries "The Collaborators", the piano man explains his role as a chord-builder and melody maker, and his role in bridging old world classicism with futuristic electronica, and his earlier involvement as collaborator with Feist and Drake. When the A-list asks you personally to fulfill a specific musical role, how can you decline?
Victoria-based indie-folkie Aidan Knight has been hard at work on the touring circuit since the release of his second long player "Small Reveal" in October 2012. In March, he stopped by CMW in Toronto and performed the album's opening track "Dream Team" at The Church of the Holy Trinity, and the elegiac swells of the 8 minute song were captured by CBC Radio 3 and posted on YouTube yesterday. Help support Aidan's tour (currently hitting the East Coast) by purchasing his latest EP on Bandcamp.
Exclaim! TV has just posted a wonderful rooftop performance by Toronto "art-country" folkies Beams, whose back-to-basics musical style includes a banjo, a mandolin, lap steel guitar and – ready for it? – a springy metal saw played with a violin bow. The group's vocal duties are deftly handled by Anna Mernieks and Heather Mazhar, whose intertwined harmonizing recalls Heart's Wilson sisters at their best. "Just Rivers" is streaming now on Bandcamp.
Burlington natives and YouTube sensation Walk Off The Earth are back with another video on the verge of going viral: an amusing cover of Madonna's "Material Girl" that has chalked up over 800,000 views in less than a week. Shot in the Great Hall on Toronto's Queen Street West, the seamless, single-take performance features a very pregnant Sarah Blackwood leading the proceedings, and the singer shows no signs of slowing down, with WOTE shows planned for BC and Peterborough in July.
Jim Guthrie's eagerly-awaited "Takes Time" is finally out this week and with it comes a polar-themed promo video for "Bring on the Night", one of the album's best crafted songs. Set against a frigid backdrop of fireworks and flares, falling snow and ice breaking boats, Gutherie's spare finger-picking guitar style and falsetto strains immediately grab you, and by the time Nicholas Buligan's trumpet solo rises up in the middle of the track you're well and truly hooked. More on this outstanding release from Noah Siegel.
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By David Farrell Taking Care of Business From An Artist Perspective Perception is everything, right? Imagine you are looking for work. Then, imagine having a resume that has incorrect contact information, and gaps in the resume wide enough to drive a Mack truck through. NCM weekly goes to a great deal of effort to pull together a wide variety of data points to populate the review pages. It's not always easy. More →