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.

New tunes: Lila Ices ‘Ices’

Attention St. Vincent meet Lila Ices, your baby sister.

Check out her weird sounding, brand spanking new album. I haven’t decided if I like it much, but I can tell you I adore her tune “Love is Won.” That tune alone has given her album a good listen in my books. Catch the NPR First Listen of Ices before they take it down! 

I speak for the CDs part two


I have always liked CDs. If anything my love for CDs is due to being in close proximity to them, as well as being a product of the late eighties in the heyday of the CD. In late 2007, I begged by Dad to get me a record player for my first ever apartment. At this time, I already had a sizable collection of CDs and surprising number of records considering I didn’t have  a record player of my own. I remember the special thrill of watching my music play from a record – something you actually don’t often get to see with CDs and certainly not with MP3s.

I tuned into the CBC Radio program Spark this afternoon to catch the tail end of a segment on making music with robots and coloured pencils. The art installation is called Looks Like Music, allowing individuals to accessibly make music without notation. While not entirely far off from computer programs, Looks Like Music founder, Yuri Suzuki, claims that there is a certain importance of tactility and music that is not attained by making music from a computer.

So, in the second installment of the I speak for the CDs series, I report here that CDs offer a unique experience where you can read, handle, and smell liner notes – a completely lost art in downloading music and their artwork. Here are some examples of notable album artwork in my collection:


‘Album of the Year’ by the Good Life – A calendar from 2004.








‘Take Care, Take Care, Take Care’ by Explosions in the Sky – a house with inside bits included.

Gush/Rant: Real Estate ‘Atlas’

I feel very robbed that the Real Estate album can only be advanced streamed in the US. I guess I should start downloading.

For the time being I have this live listen. Thanks NPR!

Note: I couldn’t get through it, there’s something awful about listening to something for the first time… live.

I take my rant back… IT’S FINALLY HERE!

Gush: “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny

I’ve gotta dip into say that this weekend was easily one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while. I celebrated my twenty-sixth birthday (!!!) and spent it with some of the most tremendous people in Toronto. I’m just the lucky SOB to be a friend of any and all of them.

The tune “Sleep Walk” was just a gorgeous end to an (almost) perfect weekend. The only way that I could have a perfect weekend is if either Saves the Day or the National played my birthday party. Chances, far too slim, but a gal can dream.
Happy Sunday night folks, I hope you had half as good of weekend as I did. This tune’s from 1959, an instrumental tune that reached number one. I vote for a resurgence in popularity for this gem:

Also, I highly recommend the Danforth Bowl. The owners were so sweet to us, providing laughs, warm service, and suggesting we take the time to do a group photo. I will celebrate all of my parties there until I can’t lift the itty bitty five-pin bowling ball.

Gush: Night Beds

I don’t expect you to like Night Beds. I feel as though they’re something I would have adored years ago, but I can’t seem to shake their very lovely debut album titled Country Sleep, an album I discovered earlier this year. There’s something really sappy about their tunes, but hell, I dig it, wholeheartedly.

I missed their first bout through Toronto at the Drake back in March. It’s unfortunate that the gig was the same night as Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s…

They’re playing Toronto once again with Lord Huron at the Danforth Music Hall. Big venue, but I’m OK with this. Catch em’ February 1.

Do check out this NPR World Cafe Session.

Oh yeah, and Night Bedds, AKA Winston Yellen, is a total fox:


Is it weird that I cannot help but think of this guy when I hear the name Winston?


Bryce Dessner of the National on Q NOW

Bryce Dessner of my favourite band, the National, has sat down with Jian Ghomeshi to talk about his new project with the Kronos Quartet. I very fortunately had the opportunity to see his piece performed by the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony in Toronto. Rather than a quartet, the piece was performed by a sea of musicians. The conductor said at the end of the piece that it’s a song where players need to shake out their arms afterwards. Likewise, as the listener, I felt as though I had just finished a work out too. It’s a heavy piece, but it has some very beautiful bits.

Dessner will be talking to Ghomeshi over the next hour about his new project. You can stream it here.