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And here we are. New Wintersleep as promised.

Wintersleep – “In Came The Flood”
(durrrrr…. please take down the stream says band manager)

Exciting!  Here is the news from the  record label press release… as the band ain’t too keen on updating their own website… but hey, Dave Sawchuk needs to earn his keep at EMI right?

Late in the summer of 2011, the group fleshed out these new ideas with Scottish producer/friend Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai) and Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT) at the legendary Tarbox Road Studios in upstate New York. Secluded in the same woods that had already seen the creation of so much amazing work, the group committed themselves to long, focused recording sessions…and the occasional badminton match. Doogan can crush a bird. Who knew?

 “Hello hum. I am the dying lung of the town you left. I was beginning to fear, beginning to fear that you would never come back.”

 These words open the album’s first track, “Hum.” The song sits like a layer of mist that the speeding car of “In Came the Flood” comes bursting through. It’s a two-part introduction to the diverse layers of Hello Hum. As the record progresses, glowing melodies are backed by rhythms that can stand as the skeletons of songs or be studied for their subtle complexities. Guitars and keyboards weave together in fits of sonic weirdness that somehow shine with pop charm.
Hello Hum is the new record out on June 12th.

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We know and love Aussie indie-rockers the Temper Trap from their songs “Sweet Disposition” and “Fader.”

Time for some new music.  Here we go.

The Temper Trap – “Need Your Love”

Pretty easy, repetitive pop song.  Not really changing my world like maybe “Sweet Disposition” or… you know I really liked “Fader” too.  That whole first record was pretty strong actually.

New album is self-titled and will be out on May 18th.

Their record label hypes it thusly:

“The Temper Trap return with “Need Your Love” from their self-titled follow up to their commercially and critically successful debut album “Conditions” which spawned the hit singles “Sweet Disposition” & “Fader.”  With “Need Your Love,” they’ve ditched the slow burn anthems for something more immediate, and it suits them wonderfully. Over big squelchy synths and pounding drums, “Need Your Love” is a festival-ready anthem that seems joyful on the surface but is about the painful disintegration of singer Dougy Mandagi’s relationship, it’s sky high chorus sure to be fairly ubiquitous come the summer.”

Even they admit in their corp-speak… uh, pretty basic punchy pop song.  Not really too similar to their earlier hits.

If you got some thoughts, leave a comment and if you don’t… then, don’t?

Go with yourself.

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Getting in the Halloween spirit with a half-hour collection of songs with “ghosts” as the theme.

Spooky.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to my mix.

Click and listen: Mixtape >> Ghosts

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DJ Notes

Memphis leads off the mixtape with a most fitting Ghost song… Torquil Campbell, the male vocal ying to Stars‘ Amy Milan’s female yang… put out a great little side project album many moons ago.  I saw him perform at Logan’s back in like 2006, and it was mighty.  I always remembered this cut because its so darn spooky.

The next song features a white Motown artist.  SWA?  I know right, a white guy that made MoTown magic back in the 60s and 70s.  Only in Canada.  R. Dean Taylor was born in Toronto, Ontario back when the Leafs lost the Stanley Cup to the Bruins (1939).

He recorded a song called “At The High School Dance” in 1961 which garnered some local success and his next song “I’ll Remember” charted on legendary Canadian rock radio station CHUM.  The success promoted our Maple Leaf Rocker to move to Detroit…this historic occasion also marked the last time a Canadian would ever willingly move to that city yeesh.  R. Dean taylor would get hired on by Motown as a performer and writer and would have a moderately successful career.  Go Canada and obscure white Motown artists!

I make a mean game of dumping on Matthew Good, but the fact of the matter is, I like a lot of his songs.  Apparitions are ghosts and “Apparitions” is on the list of favourite Matt Good songs.

Did I ever tell you the story of running into Matt Good at a gas station convenience store on Burrard street and I ran around the store heckling him till he left? Yeah, I’m an asshole and wouldn’t do that again if I had the day back.  But it made sense at the time.

Hey Matt Good, if you google yourself and my blog comes up and you remember that time some skinny douche bag gave you a hard time in a gas station convenience store…. Sorry.

The only time we ever really dabbled with Band of Horses on the Zone… the song was about ghosts!

You should be familiar with Wintersleep’s “Weighy Ghost.”  A more mainstream cut that got ample play on the radio.

Mother Mother is hard at it right now, working on a new record (due January).  Currently “Hayloft” is the most requested song on the Zone Afternoon Show, but believe this hype! Its not even the most quirky song on the album O My Heart.  Put this “Ghosting” song in your ear-hole and ruminate.

The National are my favourite band, so when I had a song on my iTunes with the word “Ghost” in it… well it had to make the list.

Riot Act, Pearl Jam’s seventh studio record and first post-9/11 and post Roskilde Festival Accident record has a song called “Ghosts.”  Rad.  I do like me some Pearl Jam… and going back to read about Riot Act after jamming out “Ghosts” and now I want to hear the whole record.

yee-yah… Riot Act is a great record.

The mixtape ends with a haunting cut from Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga… “The Ghost of You Lingers.”  Shit’s going on in my right ear… whoa, then my left.  Stereo sound.

Go with yourself.

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When I am not jamming out the Zone @ 91-3 I do enjoy me some CBC Radio One.  Today they had these guys from a website called Strike TV on the program.  Strike TV is place for writers in Hollywood to tryout some ideas on the internet.  One of my favourites was a show called “House Poor” starring the chick that plays “Kelly” on The Office.  Too funny.

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I wanted to share some recent downloads with you.

A band I am quickly turning into a bit of a fan of, is a group based out of Montreal called Contrived.   Members of Wintersleep and Holy Fuck.  Wintersleep is great and we play them lots on the Zone, but Holy Fuck?!?  Yeah, the track “Lovely Allen” is a killer song.  These two dreamy Canadian popsters teaming up can only spell good.
Check out the airy jangle on the track “Keepsake.”

and if you don’t know Holy Fuck… here is my fave song.

yeah, that’s good.

Another record I wanted to check out was a band called Ashes Divide.  By my understanding, this is a one of from the dude that brought us A Perfect Circle.  At first I wasn’t completely sold on this disc… but I find, as i work away I constantly go, “hmmm what is that?” and look on my computer to find that it is an Ashes Divide song.

Check out the video for a song called “The Stone.”  Yeah, it ain’t no APC but until Maynard and Billy get off their asses for some new music, this will serve.

Glasvegas is a band starting to gain major traction on The Zone.  This Scottish group consists of a couple brothers (at least I think they’re brothers).

Watch the video for Geraldine.

The Midway State is a band out of Toronto that I like, in the same way I secretly like the Fray.  Piano pop-rock.  I am a sucker for this type of shit.

Ok, I have some more to write, but my computer is such a piece of shit that I want to throw it off a canyon and into a fast moving river full of sediments.  So that is all for now.  I’ll continue I hope, tomorrow from a work computer.

I do hope to get a new computer, but sadly that will need to be a Spring project as our monies are all tied up till then.

Go with yourself.

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