in like a lion

So, we’ve come to the end of March. On the 9th I made it to a long awaited Beach House show. I seemed like so much time had passed since both of their albums were released last year. August/October to March is forever in new-music time, it seems. The venue experience was utterly awful (for example, I’ve never been patted down before entering a venue in Montreal) but the show was sublime. They never played Levitation, which is probably my #1 fave from last year’s releases, but they played lots of other new songs and had a dreamy light show going on in the background (which I guess was enough to temporarily forget the security shitshow and hopefully bliss us partway through the human traffic-jam afterparty caused by mandatory coatcheck?)

On the other side of the spectrum, I caught a little bit of Ylang Ylang & Cosi e Cosi’s set at La Vitrola for a mini CKUT fundraiser just last week. All I got at the door was good vibes, a sincere thank you for coming out and some chocolate eggs, which is way better then entering something akin to a airport security when all I wanna do is hear live music.

So, what’s new this month? Heron Oblivion is probably at the top of my list of best stuff.

This new Carter Tanton track has vocals by Marissa Nadler, which is a nice precursor to her new album in May.

Nada Surf has a new album out, and I’m shocked that I actually like it, cause, you know, Popular?

And finally, this Yuck track came out a month or two ago now, but it’s a good one.

Onward to April, and spring!

August (and everything after)

I finished July and started August off attending Osheaga’s 10th anniversary edition. Highlights were Father John Misty, Strand of Oaks, Gary Clark Jr., Broods, and Marina & The Diamonds. However, few could match up to Friday’s highlight, Young Fathers. I wrote all about their set here.

By the time we got to the end of the month, I got to see Colleen Green play one of my favorite songs of the year at Brasserie Beaubien, which I last visited on what felt like the coldest day of the year back in January. Living in a city with such vast temperature changes really puts things in perspective. I like extremes.

August finished with a whole lot of promising records being released. Here are a few choice cuts. Until next time…