Song Of The Day: SAVK – Racing Slicks

Taking It To Heart is a compilation album comprised of amazing Canadian bands that have very generously donated a b-side/exclusive/unreleased/physically unreleased track. 100% of net proceeds from the sale of these albums will be donated to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

The vinyl pressing of Volume 1 will be in a hand-numbered edition of 500. The LP will be pressed onto 180 gram vinyl, blood red with black marbling. The vinyl was pressed by Canada Boy Vinyl (Calgary, Alberta).

The album will come packaged in a letter-pressed, “matchbook”-style jacket. Design and printing by Jeff Mueller (of Rodan, June of 44 and Shipping News fame) of Dexterity Press (New Haven, Connecticut).

When shipped, the LP itself will be shipped outside of the jacket in a plain white inner sleeve to protect the inner sleeve stapled into the jacket. You can discard the plain white inner sleeve and place the LP into the attached inner sleeve once you receive it.

Taking It To Heart, Vol. 2 is anticipated to be released in 2017 (exact release date to be determined).

Includes unlimited streaming of Taking It To Heart, Volume One via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Giant Hand

No matter what mood I am in, I always end up listening to sad and obscure Canadian folk singers; as a friend from Calgary pointed out, that does not sound so bad after all!
This time around I stumbled upon the MySpace page of Giant Hand, a young Ottawa-based artist who goes by the name of Kirk Ramsay: the first song on his page was still playing when I logged into my iTunes account to download his debut album “Coming Home”. It did not take me long to realize that Kirk is a talented artist, who performs his acoustic music with sparse and precise arrangements that showcase the depth of his songwriting.
The more often I listen to “Coming Home”, the more enchanted I become. Kirk’s voice sounds so vulnerable and he really wears his heart on his sleeve when he sings.
Legend has it Kirk picked up a guitar only a year and a half ago, after watching the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Now he is a top friend on his hero’s MySpace page. Giant Hand is ready to hit the big time.

MP3 Giant HandComing Down from the Mountains

MySpace: Giant Hand

Buy Giant Hand – Coming Home at iTunes Music Store

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Pink Mountaintops

Non contento di averci regalato uno dei dischi più belli dell’anno scorso – “In The Future” dei Black Mountain – Stephen McBean torna in questi giorni col terzo disco dei suoi Pink Mountaintops, costola solista del collettivo canadese. Attorniato da un nutrito stuolo di amici e musicisti – qualche nome? Sophie Trudeau dei Silver Mt. Zion, Jesse Sykes, Ashley Webber – in “Outside Love”, McBean dà vita ad una girandola musicale dove 40 anni e più di storia del Rock vengono rivitalizzati attraverso il filtro di una scrittura brillante e sempre più personale. Ballate stonate che occhieggiano al country come agli Stones, gospel music come l’avrebbero intesa gli Spiritualized, ronzare elettrico di matrice velvettiana, un continuo lasciarsi andare al sentire psichedelico e all’abbandono creativo più che mai privo di steccati, il tutto coagulato attorno ad una scrittura che marca la differenza in maniera netta e priva di fraintendimenti. Dieci canzoni, dieci gioielli che fin d’ora si candidano tra le cose più rimarchevoli di questo 2009. Visti recentemente in tour qui in Italia, hanno confermato anche dal vivo tutte le migliori sensazioni. E del resto, con canzoni come “And I Thank You” in repertorio, come poteva essere altrimenti?

MP3 Pink Mountaintops: And I Thank You

My Space: Pink Mountaintops

Pink Mountaintops live all'Interzona di Verona (foto Lino Brunetti)

Pink Mountaintops live all'Interzona di Verona (foto Lino Brunetti)

Mixylodian

Dal Canada arrivano sempre piacevoli sorprese. Questa volta è il turno dei Mixylodian (band proveniente da Montreal) e del loro indie pop sbarazzino e danzabile, fatto di (tante) tastiere, ottimi intrecci vocali e melodie contagiose.
L’anno scorso i Mixylodian hanno pubblicato “The K EP” (dal quale è tratto il brano “River Of Milk”) e in questi giorni è in uscita il loro nuovo singolo “Fairly Well”.
Semplicemente adorabili!

MP3 MixylodianRiver Of Milk

MP3 Mixylodian – Fairly Well

MySpace: Mixylodian

Mixylodian

Featured Label #1: Quiet Scientific Records

Una selezione di MP3 dal catalogo della Quiet Scientific Records, etichetta del Michigan e casa, tra gli altri, di Chris Bathgate e Frontier Ruckus. Con un gustoso assaggio della prossima uscita, l’album “An Army Life” dei That’s Him! That’s The Guy in uscita il 19 marzo.

An Army LifeThat’s Him! That’s The Guy!
“Small When They Were Made” (MP3)
from “An Army Life”
(Quite Scientific Records)

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This Cursed HouseCanada
“Record Function” (MP3)
from “This Cursed House”
(Quite Scientific Records)

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a cork tale wakeChris Bathgate
The Last Parade On Ann St.” (MP3)
from “a cork tale wake”
(Quite Scientific Records)

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The Orion SongbookFrontier Ruckus
“Dark Autumn Hour” (MP3)
from “The Orion Songbook”
(Quite Scientific Records)

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Mr. Spookhouse's Pink HouseThe Dead Bodies
“Mr. Spookhouse Himself” (MP3)
from “Mr. Spookhouse’s Pink House”
(Quite Scientific Records)

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Graham Wright

Graham Wright (noto ai più per essere il tastierista dei Tokyo Police Club) ha da poco pubblicato un E.P., “The Lakes Of Alberta”, che segna il suo esordio da solista.
Grazie a brani acustici che rimandano alla migliore musica folk d’autore, Wright mette in mostra un talento compositivo invidiabile. Un esordio davvero eccellente.
L’E.P. può essere scaricato gratuitamente:

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