Gush: Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station and ‘Strangers’

I do a lot of data entry at my day job. It gives me the opportunity to listen to an infinite supply of podcasts. I found Strangers a little while back and I’ve been hooked for the last few weeks. The most recent episode is from Tamara Lindeman, who has a Toronto-based music outfit, The Weather Station. She credits her musical career to the fella she loved and lost. You can listen to her beautiful story here.












Strangers feels like a good Sarah Polley film.

Gush: Kathleen Edwards

Back in 2011, my dream couple came into fruition… That’s Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and folky Canadian wonder Kathleen Edwards. Somewhere along the way, I missed this moment at the Dakota Tavern:


Vernon produced Edwards’ perfect album Voyageur at his studio in Wisconsin. Years later the couple split… Edwards took a break from music and eventually led to her hiatus. She posted a ridiculous bid adieu to music earlier this year with much outcry from the internet. I’m happy to report that from this newspaper article, she still identifies as a singer, but happens to now own and run a coffee shop. Meet Quitters, a coffee shop I should have glowed about sooner on here.

In an interview with the Toronto Star, Edwards outright says that she’s not exactly where she saw her self at thirty-six. She pictured a family, kids and a home, which in this article she says she thought would be in Wisconsin (!!!). I can’t wait to meet Edwards’ shop in Ottawa… If I ever do find myself up there.

I found myself in a nostalgic spiral this evening starting off with Edwards, then Wintersleep, then high school pop punk. Yikes, I digress.

Tennis at the Mod Club; Friday October 3, 2014

It’s a cute story how Tennis came to be… Singer Alaina Moore and guitarist Patrick Riley met in college, wed, sold all of their belongings and sailed along the east coast and then wrote an album. Their first album Cape Dory is sweet, beachy and full of surf beats, a sound the band has definitely strayed away from with their most recent release, Ritual in Repeat. I read an interview Moore had with Now Magazine where she said she stated:

“When we first started making music, our scope and abilities were very limited. I remember thinking at one point that the surf beat was my favourite beat, and why would there be any other rhythm in any song other than that beat?” says Moore.

“But by the time we were done touring that first record, I felt like I was going to kill myself if I had to hear it again.”

I bought the album five days before the gig to do some much-needed homework while supporting Sonic Boom’s big move to Spadina and Queen. I felt a strong love for some tunes and a dislike for others (namely, the likeliness of “Needle and a Knife” to Carly Simon’s “Your So Vain”). The album’s redeeming bits are the tunes “Night Vision” and the vintage sounding tune “Bad Girls.”

Super cheesy tune, “I’m Callin'” actually came off real slick live. Guitarist Riley started the beeping riff from the tune on the keyboard and made an awesome transition to continue the same riff on guitar. In my mind, saving (or distracting) me from the otherwise annoying, skippable song.

Moore was in good shape for this gig. The band looked a bit frazzled, declaring that their visit was only to be a two-hour stop in Toronto because of their gig in Cleveland the following day. Nearing the beginning of her set she sheepishly thanked everyone for being at the show over another gig that evening in town of a band she said she loved and would leave nameless (Beach House at Lee’s). Early Mod Club shows allow for doubling up, an absolutely likely reality of Tennis’ gig, as it was over by 11pm.

The set was very divided, the first half dedicated to their new album and the second half allowing for older tunes like “Marathon,” which Moore dedicated to the audience and one of my favourite tunes, “Pigeon,” both from their 2011 release Cape Dory. They only played a few songs from their 2012 release Young & Old – “Petition” and “It All Feels the Same” serving as the crowd shaking dance tunes.

Between my pal Natalie and myself, we had both watched Tennis play quite a few times in Toronto, but all on different occasions. She saw them with their early starts at the Drake and the most recent gig opening for Haim at the Kool Haus. I’ve seen them play the Horseshoe and the Phoenix. Apparently, the relentless band even played the Garrison somewhere in between, which neither of us attended… Pretty amazing. I guess touring has yielded an eclectic fan base comprising of a surprising number of men… Who knew?

Note Alaina’s short bob, very confident:

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Today’s Fit: “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the Starbucks compilation, titled Sweetheart, for a while now. I’m not one for the act of Valentine’s Day, but I love the idea of love songs that have been picked and revised by some of my favourite indie darlings. Somewhere throughout my first full listen, I felt inclined to listen to one of my favourite, unconventionally presented, love songs, “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service.

Years ago, my friend Nicole referred to the tune as a love song and complained that she couldn’t understand why such a sweet song is presented in such a bubbly fashion. She felt the Iron & Wine version was more appropriate, which you may recognize from the Garden State soundtrack or an M&Ms commercial. I think Gibbard and Tamborello have done well with their bubbly love song.

Happy Sunday, y’all.

Jenn Grant (which diverged into Sarah Polley’s film ‘Take This Waltz’)

Gearing up for Hillside and all I can think about is the lovely Jenn Grant who is not playing this year.

Grant’s probably hidden away in all her marital bliss. Interesting enough Grant’s new hubby Daniel Ledwell is in Kathleen Edwards band (who is in fact playing Hillside this year).

I adore creative couples…!!!!

Grant and Ledwell making music

Grant’s wedding photo from this website

Also, the use of Grant’s tune “Parachutes” was used ever so eloquently in Sarah Polley’sTake This Waltz. I was a little crushed not to see it used in the movie. The tune is way too fun to actually be used in the film.

How come ever other country had amazing posters for this film? And ours was mediocre!




I adore this scene, it is definitely my summer inspiration: