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CJSW_Music on 08/15/2013 at 01:30PM

Hunter-Gatherer Psych-Pop Magic on CJSW

Hunter-Gatherer at Republik Night Club for Sled Island. Photo by Nathan Ross.

Calgary has seen many bands come and go, but for many, there remains a special place on our iTunes playlist for psych-pop experimenters Hunter-Gatherer.

Taking the swirling cacophony of Animal Collective and channeling it through the fuzz of early-90's guitar pop, Hunter-Gatherer quickly amassed a devoted following, playing Sled Island and other high-profile gigs, before members went on to other projects (including The Cable-Knits, an outfit with a similar sound). On their sole release, a four song cassette from 2009, the band's pairing of dreamy vocals and spiky guitars laid the groundwork, along with Braids and Women, for many of Calgary's young indie bands (Gretchen, Faux Fur, et al). You might have to "hunt" for their tape, but once you find it, I "gather" you'll fall in love.

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CJSW_Music on 07/08/2013 at 10:30PM

Bonjay's Best Blend Live on CJSW's Mind Grapes

Photo by May Truong

The voice of Alana Stuart glides around and through beats by Pho as Bonjay takes you on a ride through dancehall, R&B, and electronica. As you listen, you can hear influences from all over the globe, picking out rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean with the pop and rock influences of North America and Europe. They’re a high-octane experience, and they’re not quite like anything else. Other bands have tried to sound like what’s happening in New York, London or Los Angeles, but Bonjay’s put Ottawa on the map.

Download their live set from CJSW's Mind Grapes from April 20th, 2010 here.

Bonjay - "Stumble" (03:40)
Bonjay - "Stumble" (03:40)
Bonjay - "Creepin" (04:04)
Bonjay - "Creepin" (04:04)
Bonjay - "Jamelia" (03:47)
Bonjay - "Jamelia" (03:47)
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rb, dancehall, live, indie-rock, canada
katya-oddio on 11/04/2010 at 05:00PM

You Are Not Stealing Records

This week the catalog of Portugal based netlabel You Are Not Stealing Records was added to the Free Music Archive.

The following mix pulls some easy favorites from many of the YANSR albums on the FMA. You will want to jump around in the mix to find items you enjoy, because a broad spectrum of genres are covered.

These include Ambient, Ambient Electronic, Avant-Garde, Blues, Chip Music, Classical, Composed Music, Electronic, Experimental, Experimental Pop, Field Recordings, Folk, Goth, Indie-Rock, Industrial, Lounge, Metal, New Wave, Noise, Noise-Rock, Polka, Post-Rock, Punk, Reggae - Dub, Rock, Rockabilly, Sound Collage, and Surf.

That's a lot of ground for one label! Enjoy!

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macedonia on 06/12/2010 at 01:06PM

With Regards To Richmond...

Mark Herbkersman, the core of Friends Or Whatever.

Those who dig through Creative Commons crates on the regular probably are familiar with blocSonic releases, all of which have been hip-hop or downtempo up until now.  However, to get hung up on that fact is to ignore their genre-busting netBloc series, which has consistently schooled us on choice netaudio selections from around the world, no matter what musical category they get filed under.  It is this series that sets the stage for blocSonic's latest release, the self-titled debut album from Friends or Whatever.

Clearly something wonderful is happening in Richmond, Virginia.  It's from out of this region that producer Just Plain Ant was called upon to deliver blocSonic's first original release, the sensational Dig Deep album.  Guitarist/producer Mark Herbkersman is another product of Richmond and the sole member of Friends or Whatever, writing and performing all the songs.  Both singles, "The Burns We Earn" and "Stuck In My Soul," have already seen remix support from the likes of Just Plain Ant, Tha Silent Partner, and a host of others.

If you like the rock/electronica hybrid that Phantogram presented us with last year, you're sure to appreciate this album.  The abrasive guitars and jaded lyrical contemplations of "Piss Test" and "Shattered" ride alongside the synth-driven hypnosis of "Everybody Stopped Calling Me," its percussive accents sounding like digital cicadas.  There's even a brief moment set aside for the futuristic beats of "Smoke Floats" and the ironic lounge of "Richmond Is Killing Us All."  It's an auspicious debut that wouldn't sound out of place on Warp Records or Ghostly International. 

Respect is due to Mark for sharing his FoW album with the world through Creative Commons means and thanks to blocSonic for making this one available through the Free Music Archive.  The attached songs below, "If Everybody Here Knew Me" and "The Terminal Replies," further explore the guitar-driven and keyboard-laden terrain that this release resides within...

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clinical_archives on 03/15/2010 at 12:15PM

Sakee Sed - Alle basi della roncola

The Sakee Sed are Marco Grezzi and Gianluca Perucchini, guys from Bergamo, Italy, born between 1984 and 1986, grown in the nearby of the “Roncola”, a grey mount in Bergamo. After a two-years experience with the band De Seekas, a band with a stoner-rock attitude, the two guys began to deal with Howard, a piano from the beginning of the century, which drives them to turn letterally upside-down their style and name.
“Alle basi della Roncola” (At the feet of the Roncola) is the title of their debut album as Sakee Sed, coloured and dark at the same time, compact and multifaceted but of great impact. The album contains 13 tracks that blend a sense of lightness with paranoia, friendship and hate, fairy and frenzy, everything hanging by a grey rural dimension and a coloured world soaked in LSD.
Old and vintage instruments, very simple and low-fi recording characterize the album. On the Howard’s tunes and on a dancing drumming, we find ourselves catapulted back to the old saloons of the 50s and we can even smell tobacco. Everything is surrounded by harmonies of acoustic and electric guitars, vibraphones, banjo, ukulele, horgans, basses, chorus, melted with Marco, just awake, voice.
Puns, metaphores and allusions characterize the lyrics. The reality of some images fits in novels that remind of a melancholy fairy.
Sakee Sed still seem to be able to listen to the children novels, the sound of nature and its becoming human, and involve all: introspective sound and stories of drugs and alchool, medicines, fears, everyday life and love.
Sakee Sed usually change their live sets, sometimes unplugged, sometimes loud and electric, and they are supported on stage by “the family”, some friends and musicians of them, like Roberta Sammarelli (Verdena), Nicolas Restivo [n!], Martina Togni e Thomas Maffi.

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