Friday, November 19, 2010

Drugs and Diamond Rings

Free Energy's Scott and Paul (left to right)
First up a new Tasty Ears video of the hot new band Miami Device playing their song Drugs.

Miami Device plays tonight at The Forum. Go! Check them out. And don't forget to check out all the Tasty Ears videos on the Tasty Ears YouTube channel or in the pop-out player at the top of the screen. Check back for upcoming videos with bands the SSRIs, Pineapple, Synthcake, Sunny Pompeii, and more. Like...

Also tonight are Shimmering Stars at The Cobalt. These guys are awesome and just got back from recording some new material. This could easily be one of those I saw them before they were big shows. I hope to make a little video wth them in the next three weeks.

Tomorrow night I highly recommend checking out Diamond Rings at The Biltmore Cabaret. Love the new album from the front man for Ontario band D'Ubervilles. I'm off to Montreal tomorrow so I can't check it out so someone please tell me all about it. Check out the new single on the mixtape down the bottom. Added bonus of this show is that not only are tickets only $13 at Scratch, Red Cat and my favourite record store Zulu but one of the opening bands Teen Daze is getting a lot of hype right now.

Last Friday I had the honour of interviewing Free Energy members Paul Sprangers (lead singer) and Scott Wells (lead guitar) before their rock your sox show at The Media Club. Listen to the interview on the mixtape at the bottom as well as a track from their Tasty Ears top 5 albums of the year Stuck On Nothing. I saw them last time they were in town opening for Titus Andronicus and they were great. Hear what they have to say about that tour in the interview. At The Media Club last Friday they had even more energy as Scott jumped up on the monitors during many dazzling guitar solos. Headliners Hollerado joined them on stage in a frenzy for my favourite song Bang Pop. Yes!

Free Energy joined by Hollerado

Last Saturday night at the Rickshaw Theatre was Seattle The Cave Singers performing their latest album Welcome Joy. Easing into their set the crowd was pumped and the band was having fun. Finally at about the midway point they broke out the best song off their first album Seeds of Night and just kept it going from their doing awesome versions of Beach House, Leap, Summer Light, At The Cut and a few song encore. The band really seemed to enjoy this night as much as the fans.

                                                           The Cave Singers

Local artist Zoe Pawlak will be showing during this years East Sise Culture Crawl and has a rock and roll time lapse video of her creating one of the pieces. Watch the vid and check out the Crawl.

Zoe Pawlak creating a Stampede from Zoe Pawlak on Vimeo.

I get back from Montreal just in time to catch the Freelance Whales at The Biltmore on Wednesday. Check out one of their songs in todays mixtape down the bottom of the page. These guys just did a Daytrotter session and are "so hot right now" see for yourself. Go!

This Saturday for one day only Sasquatch Festival 10 year anniversary presale tickets go up for grabs. This is the best festival going and this year should be its best year ever. Just go. Quit you day job.

Download a free copy of Girl Talk's new album All Day from the label here. More goodness from the number one mash up DJ in the world.

Finally, don't forget to check out my Hot 100 over at Hype Machine. I update it daily for new tracks for you to check out. Last but not least don't forget to subscribe to the blog for Tasty updates.

The last track on todays mixtape is Jenny O. from LA. Hit it!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's All Happening

Leading up to last weekend was a Thursday night show at the wonderfully intimate Media Club featuring headliners The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. And speaking of the weekend it was the band Weekend who opened for them. Weekend has a new album out now called Sports that just received a glowing review today on Pitchfork Weekend review, they also have a very cool new video which you can check out further down the page. One of my favourite bands of last year The Pains of Being Pure at Heart played an epic show at The Biltmore last year and certainly did not disappoint last week either. Check out there amazeballs new song further down the page as well. Check out some photos (provided by a fellow Beard About Town on assignment subbing in for yours truly) here.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

In local news the Shimmering Stars are currently recording new material in the Okanagan to return for a show at the Cobalt Friday Nov. 19 that is surely not to be missed. I will be there dudes I don't leave for Montreal till the next day (in the meantime check them out on todays mix tape). The SSRIs have hit the road to tour western Canada for the next little while and I look forward to getting some time with them on their return. Afro-beat orchestra  Miami Device have an upcoming show at The Media Club Dec. 4 and I'm hoping to get a little time with them next week at their rehearsal space. Another local band Pineapple was just up for  a Bucky award for Best New Band Name but are better known for some very catchy tunes check em out next month at The Rickshaw on the 10th. I was fortunate enough to be a part of local (via Ontario) band Watasun 's new video campaign yesterday. Watch for that starting January. Also in local news Dan Mangan returns home for a couple of shows at The Vogue theatre tonight and again on Saturday. Check out one of my favourite songs from him on today's mix tape.

Speaking of upcoming shows we are lucky enough to have Free Energy back in town tomorrow night at The Media Club (go! Media Club) with Foxy Shazam and Hollerado. Free Energy absolutely rocked The Biltmore Cabaret a few months ago with my favourite band of 2010 Titus Andronicus. I have kept in touch with Free Energy ever since that show and hope to get a few words with them tomorrow. I'm equally stoked for The Cave Singers on Saturday night at The Rickshaw on Saturday (see you there). Check out a track from each of these bands on todays mix tape.

In Tasty Ears news I've started my own Hot 100 over on Hype Machine. To check out my 100 favourite songs of right now click here I keep updating daily so check back often. Also, I'm waiting to here back from the ever gracious Biltmore about perhaps getting a little footage of The Freelance Whales November 24th. They were great last time they came around as an opening act and have been attracting a lot of hype ever since. Check back Monday for a video we did with a local painter and another Tasty Ears Session. Check here or  here for these upcoming highlights.

In the meantime here is the video from Weekend that I promised as well as the song from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and todays mix tape. Finally watch for new artist Jenny O from LA whose release is coming out early next month. I just got a prerelease copy that I promise to post next time. Go!

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Heart In Your Heartbreak by morrisday

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