Old Fellas New Music Notes for Episode 39

https://www.mixcloud.com/paul-mcguire3/old-fellas-new-music-episode-39-jan-25-2023

Episode 39 – our notes!

Bob’s notes

Martin Courtney – Sailboat

Martin Courtney is a member of the Brooklyn based band Real Estate.  This track is taken from taken from his second solo album,  “Magic Sign”.   Pitchfork always a Real Estate supporter, gave a fairly positive review of the album.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/martin-courtney-magic-sign/

“Sailboat” is reminiscent of 80’s REM  

I also include one of my fave Real Estate tracks   

Nina Nastasia – Afterwards

Nina Maria Nastasia is an American folk singer-songwriter. I first came to know her from legendary British DJ John Peel’s online archives.  She is prominently featured on his radio shows from the early 2000’s.  As of 2022, Nastasia has released a total of seven studio albums.  The latest, is “Riderless Horse”  Much of the writing on this album was apparently influenced by the suicide Natasia’s partner in 2020. 

Stereogum has an excellent interview with her regarding “Riderless Horse”

Gwenno- Anima

This is a first for old fellas.  We have a song in Cornish!  Gwenno Mererid is a Welsh musician, known by the stage name Gwenno. . Tresor is her third album from July 2022.  All the songs on this album are entirely in Cornish except one song, “N.Y.C.A.W.” which is in Welsh.  The album’s name comes from the Cornish word for “treasure”. The album was shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize.  The video is very cool as it is reminiscent of  Terry Gilliam’s animation work in Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  

For all her mysterious Cornish esoterica, it’s surprising to me that Gwenno used to be a member of The Pipettes!   

MJ Lenderman – SUV

Jake Lenderman goes by the moniker as MJ Lenderman.  He is an American singer, songwriter, and musician based in Asheville, North Carolina. In April, 2022, Lenderman released his third studio album, Boat Songs. He has been compared to John Prine, Neil Young  and The Drive-By Truckers’s which is always a good thing.  Here he is playing the crunchy little number SUV,  live in Austin Texas. 

Let us get to know MJ Lenderman!  https://fortherabbits.net/2021/03/25/get-to-know-mj-lenderman/

This week’s playlist

Gord Downie, Bob Rock – Is there nowhere

Martin Courtney – Sailboat

July Talk – When You Stop 

Nina Nastasia – Afterwards

Master KG, Burma Boy, Nomcebo Zikode – Jerusalema

Gwenno- Anima

Andy Shauf – Wasted on You

MJ Lenderman – SUV

Fast Romantics – Outta Love

Gord Downie, Bob Rock – Is there nowhere

This is totally new to me, but it is not every week that we get to feature a Gord Downie track!

By Alex Hudson

Published Nov 22, 2022

Late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and mega-producer Bob Rock made an album together that never saw the light of day, but that is finally about to change. Following the single “Lustre Parfait” last month, Arts & Crafts has now shared two more songs and confirmed the details of the full-length. Lustre Parfait will be out May 5.

As a taste of the album to come, A&C has released the three-song collection The Raven and the Red-Tailed Hawk. It includes the title track, plus last month’s “Lustre Parfait” and the B-side “Is There Nowhere.”

The sessions for Lustre Parfait followed the two Hip albums produced by Rock, 2006’s World Container and 2009’s We Are the Same. According to a press release, Downie asked Rock if the producer had any music he could write lyrics for, and Rock created these raucous arrangements for the vocalist to accompany.

Rock said in a statement, “First and foremost Gord was my friend, and having the opportunity to work with him on these songs was one of the biggest highlights of my professional life. I am grateful that I got to witness his genius in such close proximity.” 

Exclaim

Premiere: July Talk’s ‘When You Stop’ captures everything about the band that we love

Great to see July Talk featured on NPR. The band will be here in Ottawa at the NAC. Looking forward to this!

I included extra video material. The second one – After This is terrific!

Almost a decade ago, World Cafe went to Toronto for our Sense of Place series in search of new music discoveries. We found one in the indie rock band July Talk. At the time, the band had just released its self-titled debut album. We became instantly enamored of the band’s music. With co-lead vocalists Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis, the energy has always brought about an equal balance of beguiling tension. The twin guitar playing of guitarists Ian Docherty and Josh Warburton, and double drummers Danny Miles and Dani Nash, round out the band, who release their new album, Remember Never Before, tomorrow.

Today, World Cafe is premiering, “When You Stop.” From the band’s new album, it captures everything about this band that we love: the decadelong relationship between Goldstein and Derimanis that has brought about both light and darkness in the way their vocals work together, the co-mingling and interlacing of the guitar playing, and the understated yet powerful push and pull of the rhythms.

It’s been three years since their last album, Pray For It, and we asked them how the pandemic affected the making of this record. In an email, Goldstein said: ” In a lot of ways we feel we already released our pandemic album in July of 2020. Pray For It was written between 2017 and 2019 and was our way of processing the reality of a very uncertain new world. One that saw what felt like a global shift toward darkness, baseless hatred, intolerance, bigotry, fear-mongering, climate doom, etc.”

July Talk – When You Stop [Official Lyric Video]

July Talk – After This [Official Music Video]

Master KG, Burma Boy, Nomcebo Zikode – Jerusalema

Jerusalema” is a song by South African DJ and record producer Master KG featuring South African vocalist Nomcebo. The upbeat gospel-influenced house song was initially released on 29 November 2019 after it garnered positive response online, with a music video following on 21 December. The music video of the song has generated half a billion views on YouTube. It was later included on Master KG’s second album of the same title, released in January 2020.[1]

What is so interesting is the viral challenge the song has created

Some examples below

The #Jerusalemachallenge has finally arrived to Jerusalem! During these challenging times of social distancing we have all gathered to dance together, so we can reunite. 

Holocaust survivors, elementary school students, youth from both east and west of Jerusalem, university students, and municipality workers along with the mayor, Moshe Lion. Watch how good we dance during times of social distancing ♥

#jerusalema #jerusalem #dance #challenge #happy #socialdistancing #viralvideo #15M #dancing

Master KG – Jerusalema Remix [Feat. Burna Boy and Nomcebo] (Official Music Video)

Jerusalema Challenge in Jerusalem!

Jerusalema Dance Challenge – Ärentunastallet Uppsala Sweden #jerusalemachallenge #horse #stable

Andy Shauf – Wasted on You

This is such a great sone – hard to believe he has eight albums out.

May 20, 2016 by ROBIN HILTON • Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Andy Shauf is the kind of guy you’d find laying low at a party, maybe tucked into the corner of a room with a drink in his hand, keeping to himself but taking everything in. He’s soft-spoken and reserved, more comfortable delivering the news than being a part of it (though “comfortable” may be too strong a word).

Shauf’s latest album is, appropriately enough, called The Party. It’s an emotionally remote collection of character studies and bent observations made during a gathering of drunken fools, smooth operators and the painfully self-aware.

Andy Shauf recently brought The Party to the NPR Music offices for this quietly affecting Tiny Desk performance. His set opens with “The Magician,” a song about a poser schmoozing his way through a crowd, followed by “To You,” a slightly comical but awkward confession of unrequited love. Shauf closes with the relatively propulsive “You’re Out Wasting,” a meditation on greed, selling out and late-night anxiety; it’s from his 2015 album The Bearer Of Bad News.

“Wasted On You” was the lead single for Andy Shauf’s eighth studio album, Norm. The lyrics are from the perspective of the Christian God, who asks nonbelievers upon their arrival to heaven “Was all my love wasted on you?” In A 2016 interview, Shauf says he grew up Christian but became nonreligious in his twenties. He has touched on religion before, such as on his 2022 single “Satan”, usually with a dry sense of humor.

Major tour – Ottawa – 04-28 Ottawa, Ontario – The Bronson Centre

Andy Shauf – “Wasted On You”

Andy Shauf has announced a new album: Norm is due February 10 via Anti-. The Canadian singer-songwriter has also shared the lead single, “Wasted on You,” along with a music video directed by V Haddad. Check it out below.

Spanning 12 tracks, Norm follows Shauf’s surprise-release album Wilds from last year and 2020’s The Neon Skyline. He performs every instrument on the new LP himself and shaped the lyrics around an invented, eponymous person. “The character of Norm is introduced in a really nice way,” Shauf explained in a statement. “But the closer you pay attention to the record, the more you’re going to realize that it’s sinister.”

Shauf will hit the road early next year in support of Norm. His 2023 North American tour will kick off on February 21 in Columbus, Ohio and see him stop at major cities across the United States and Canada. Find the complete list of dates below.

Pitchfork = Andy Shauf Announces New Album Norm, Shares Video for Song “Wasted on You”: Watch

Fast Romantics unveiled new single & video for “Outta Love”

Just love this band – I think this is the first time we have featured them on our show. I have included a 2020 recording at the height of the Pandemic – interesting to see what we were doing just a few years ago. This is a great concert to watch if you have a few minutes.

Toronto-based, Fast Romantics have been waiting patiently for 2023. Since 2017 they’d been traveling as a six-piece band, fronted by Matthew Angus and Kirty, around North America as unrelenting road warriors. NPR had declared their hit Julia “triumphant,” and they found themselves unexpectedly in Apple Music’s top ten. In those ensuing years of touring and radio charting, they perfected a larger-than-life live show, endearing fans to their unique brand of irresistible pop hooks and frontman Matthew Angus’ personal and emotive approach to lyricism.

They returned with their first new music in three years via a big and buoyant new sing-along single, “Outta Love,” that cleverly serves up a sublime sleight of hand with cutting lyrical cynicism belying the celebratory chorus vocals and lush instrumentation. The accompanying video was directed and produced by Raven Shields at Cheval Studio.

Fast Romantics – “Outta Love” (Official Video)

Fast Romantics – “Live From a Pandemic” (Full Show, Live from Dakota Tavern)

Fast Romantics – “Live From a Pandemic” (Full Show, Live from Dakota Tavern)

On August 20, 2020, Fast Romantics faced an empty Dakota Tavern in Toronto, Canada. Lights went up, director Jared Raab started filming, and the result was broadcast live to hundreds of people streaming it from their houses and backyards.

It was the thick of the pandemic. No audiences allowed. But the band gathered some close friends to join them in celebrating the release of their also pandemically-released album “PICK IT UP.” A year later, we’re releasing the entire concert, uncut from its original live broadcast.

And here is a shorter a clip from the concert – Julia

Old Fellas New Music Episode 38

Episode 38 

Julia Jacklin – I was Neon  

Arctic Monkeys – There’d Better Be a Mirrorball

Men I Trust – Billie Toppy

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – Grace and Eddie

OMBIIGIZI, Status/Non-Status, Zoon – Cherry Coke 

Sister Ray – Visions

The Handsome Family – Gold 

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Fontaines D.C. – Jackie Down the Line

Bob’s Notes

Arctic Monkeys – “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball”

The Arctic Monkeys are a band formed in Sheffield, England in 2002.  They are sometimes mentioned as one of the first bands who gained their initial buzz and popularity due to the internet.  As a result in 2006,  “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” became the fastest-selling debut album in UK history.  The band became a Brit. fave winning numerous awards but it wasn’t until 2013 that the band became more universally known with the release of its 2015’s album AM. The song featured here is taken from The Car, the seventh studio album. 

Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

Lizzo, is an American singer and rapper from Houston, Texas.  She attained immense popularity with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You (2019), which peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200. About Damn Time” was lead single from the album Special released earlier this year. The song was nominated at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards for Song of the Year, Best Pop Video, and Song of Summer. The song also received three nominations at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.  Here she is performing “About Damn Time” on SNL. 

Fun fact- Lizzo is also a classically trained flautist.  Back in September, she caused the American right to get all huffy when she played James Madison’s silver flute.  

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – “Grace and Eddie”

Michael William Head is an English singer-songwriter and musician from Liverpool, England. He is most famous as the lead singer and songwriter for Shack, The Pale Fountains and Michael Head & The Strands. Some have described him as a lost genius and among the most gifted British songwriters of his generation.  In 2013 he formed Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band. In 2017, Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band released an album called Adiós Señor Pussycat. It reached No 1 in the UK independent album chart and No. 57 in the UK Albums Chart.  The new one, Dear Scott was released in June 2022.  The tile is apparently inspired by a note F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to himself.

  

The album peaked at number 6 in the official UK chart, making it Michael Head’s highest-ever charting album.  Here’s a version performed live.  I don’t know who Grace and Eddie are.

Flash back to the early eighties! Michael Head in The Pale Fountains 

Sister Ray – “Visions”

Sister Ray is the stage name of Ella Coyes, a Métis singer-songwriter. They were born and raised in Sturgeon County, Alberta. Their debut full-length album Communion was released in May 2022.  Exclaim explains:

Also, though four years old, this interview provides excellent background to Sister Ray.

Here’s the strangely beguiling video.  

Paul’s Notes

Julia Jacklin – I was Neon

This is her third album Pre Pleasure – “Pre Pleasure is an easygoing album from a mind that rarely stops racing.

One of the songs from the album, not the one I am playing, is #94 on Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2022

The Australian songwriter’s empathetic, understated rock songs sift through a litany of relationships and beliefs, seeking a balance between thinking about life and actually living it.

“I Was Neon,” in which she wonders if a version of herself has been lost to time. “I quite like the person that I am/Am I gonna lose myself again?” she repeats, voice roiling with equal parts anxiety and excitement. If she could reach through the photograph and make contact with that incarnation of herself, what would she say?

It seems like many of the artists I am choosing are writing about being lost.

Julia Jacklin (born 30 August 1990) is a singer-songwriter from the Blue Mountains, Australia. Jacklin’s musical style has been described as indie pop, indie folk, and alternative country. from Wikipedia

Men I Trust – Billie Toppy

(singe 2022, last album Untourable Album 2021)

The information about this band is somewhat dreamy, and so is their music. It is interesting that the two founders of the band actually played with a rotating series of lead singers, settling on Emma Proulx, the face of the band some time in 2015.

From their dreamy Bandcamp article:

Mixing dreamy atmospheres, wistful extended chords, and funky, low-key dance grooves, Men I Trust was the brainchild of then-Laval University music students Dragos Chiriac and Jessy Caron. The Montreal, Canada D.I.Y. project made its full-length debut with Men I Trust in 2014. While the duo’s first two albums employed a variety of guest vocalists, singer Emmanuelle Proulx has been an official member since 2015. Their third studio album, 2019’s Oncle Jazz, was long-listed for 2020 Polaris Music Prize. Untourable Album followed in 2021 and was ultimately accompanied by a tour.

In June 2021, the band announced the release of their 4th album “The Untourable Album” along tour dates to support the release. Men I Trust posted on their social medias about the release and the tours, elaborating on their context:

Cherry Coke – OMBIIGIZI, Status/Non-Status, Zoon

Another song I like more every time I hear it. I think we have played Status/Non-status before, but Zoom is new to the show.

Zoon and Status/Non-Status have shared a new single, “Cherry Coke,” under their collaborative project, OMBIIGIZI. The track comes from their forthcoming debut album, Sewn Back Together, out February 10th via Arts & Crafts.

“Cherry Coke” is a dreamy, shoegazy tune with smooth instrumentals that allow OMBIIGIZI’s smooth vocals to take the lead. Lyrically, the song is about Zoon’s Daniel Monkman’s childhood.

“I used to get into a lot of fights at school when I was younger,” the band’s Daniel Monkman explains. “One of the schools was called ‘Happy Thought’ which ironically was filled with racist rural farmer type folk. I think as a type of punishment my Mom sent me to live with my Dad on the Rez, so he could show me how to be a ‘man.’ Although my Dad was a very complex human, he was very compassionate towards me, especially when I explained how the kids would tease me for being Ojibway. He’d always let me stay home with him and oftentimes we’d go to the Rez store for chips and pop; I’d get Cherry Coke or Vanilla Coke. The lyrics and song title are inspired by these memories of my childhood and of my father.”

Indie 88 FM

After quoting 88FM, I had to look them up. A very interesting station from Toronto. They are doing some interesting work featuring indie bands.

and the OMBIIGIZI video for Cherry Coke

Gold – The Handsome Family

I heard about this band last week when Bob played a Phoebe Bridgers cover of their song So Much Wine.

The Handsome Family is an American music duo consisting of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks formed in Chicago, Illinois, and as of 2001 based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1] They are perhaps best known for their song “Far from Any Road” from the album Singing Bones, which was used as the main title theme for the first season of the 2014 crime drama True Detective. The band’s tenth album, Unseen, was released on September 16, 2016, the first new release on the band’s own label Milk & Scissors Music[2] and through long-time label Loose in Europe

(Wikipedia)

And, to top all this off, Rennie Sparks is an artist. She has done a wonderful series of dog paintings – I have included one here.

HOLLOW, their tenth studio record, is planned to be released in 2023 with live touring hopefully to follow.

Website

Jackie Down the Line – Fontaines D.C.

The Irish post-punk band’s most demanding and musically adventurous album is also its most open-hearted,  striking a perfect balance between tough and tender.

The year 2019 already feels like the distant past for most of us, but for Fontaines D.C., it really must seem like another lifetime—and that has less to do with the pandemic than their own skyrocketing success in spite of it. Pretty much everything that defined this band three years ago, when they dropped their debut LP, Dogrel, has already changed. Once the scrappy underdogs who ironically declared “I’m gonna be big!”, the Dublin-bred quintet have headlined arena shows for crowds of 10,000 in the UK, appeared on CNN, scored a Grammy nomination (outside the Alternative category ghetto, no less).

Pitchfork

Fontaines D.C. are an Irish post-punk band formed in Dublin in 2017.[1][2][3] The band consists of Grian Chatten (vocals), Carlos O’Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar), Conor Deegan III (bass), and Tom Coll (drums).

The band’s debut album, Dogrel, was released on 12 April 2019 to widespread critical acclaim; it was listed as Album of the Year on the record store Rough Trade‘s website,[4] voted Album of the Year by presenters on BBC Radio 6 Music,[5] and was nominated for both the Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize.[6]

The band’s second studio album, A Hero’s Death, was written and recorded in the midst of extensive touring for their debut, and was released on 31 July 2020. A Hero’s Death was later nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Their third album Skinty Fia, released in 2022, became the band’s first to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart and Irish Albums Chart.

Its title refers to an old Irish saying that drummer Tom Coll’s great-aunt used to say. The phrase “Skinty Fia” translates to “the damnation of the deer”. Both the title and the cover art allude to the extinct Irish elk, also known as the “giant deer”

Wikipedia

Old Fellas New Music Episode 33 – notes

Welcome!

St Vincent –Candy Darling

Booter –  10/10

Divine Comedy – Don’t Look Down

Rostam – 4Runner

Maria McKee- Let Me Forget

Alyona Alyona – Дикі танці – Wild Dances

Father John Misty – Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution.

Dear Rouge – Small Talk

Local Natives ft Sylvan Esso – Dark Days

Alyona Savranenko was born in Ukraine. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one of which comes from the Gregory Skovoroda Pedagogical State University of Pereiaslav. Before doing rap, she worked as a teacher at “Teremok” kindergarten of Baryshivka, Kyiv Oblast. Alyona then headed the kindergarten of the neighboring village of Dernivka.In total, Alyona worked for four years in kindergartens and left the job once she gained popularity.

Even though Russian rap music is very popular in Ukraine, Alyona Alyona chose to rap in her native language. (While both languages are spoken in the ex-Soviet state, Ukrainian has become more widely spoken since the 2013 Euromaidan protests.)

To her, it’s a celebration of her national culture: “I want to rap about everyday life, in my own language.”

From – EURO POP

By THE NEW YORK TIMES MAY 22, 2019

European music is more than just the glitz of Eurovision. Turn on your sound to hear 15 of the region’s most important acts, musically and socially, right now.

“We didn’t have any huge fresh names like her in rap music in Ukraine before,” said Ivan Dorn, a popular Ukrainian singer. Alyona Alyona’s early videos, some of which have several million views on YouTube, have a down-to-earth quality, showing her rapping in snow-covered, graffiti-filled landscapes, often dressed in tracksuits and sneakers.

(NYT)


St Vincent –Candy Darling

St Vincent –Candy Darling

St Vincent is the stage name of Ann Clark. She has been releasing albums to both popular and critical acclaim since 2007.  The track “Candy Darling” is from her  sixth album, 2021’s “Daddy’s Home”.  The song is an homage to Andy Warhol transgender “Superstar” Candy Darling who was immortalized in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” and the Velvet Underground’s “Candy Says”  Candy died tragically died at the age of 29 from lymphoma. To quote St Vincent,  “ ’Candy Darling’ was the last song I wrote for “Daddy’s Home.” I can’t explain it, but I felt like Candy was guiding me through writing it all, so it only made sense for me to send her home on that last uptown train with a bouquet of bodega roses.”

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/music/how-andy-warhol-s-darling-muse-inspired-st-vincent-s-next-move-20210608-p57z3f.html

The Velvet Underground  “Candy Says”  

   1969


Booter 10/10

Article in Exclaim!

8 Emerging Canadian Artists You Need to Hear in August 2022(Exclaim!)

Meet Exclaim!’s latest New Faves, including an East Coast heartbreaker and some scrappy power pop by way of Manitoba

On “Crushin’,” Booter’s Alannah Walker (one-half of indie-pop duo Cannon Bros.) sings hyperactive musings about continually falling for the straight girl, never catching that unattainable person’s eye. It’s a theme touched on throughout the quartet’s debut record, 10/10: “There are songs on this album that are clearly gay,” she says of the album, on which she writes queer lyrics openly for the first time. Joined by Tunic frontman David Schellenberg on bass, Hut Hut drummer Ian Ellis and guitarist Brendon Yarish, the Winnipeg-based project’s debut arrives September 9 through Midwest Debris

About (Manitoba Music)

On Booter’s debut album, Alannah Walker sings queer lyrics openly for the first time. Inspired by women writing love songs about women, the Winnipeg musician formerly known for her acclaimed duo Cannon Bros shares sarcastic slacker laments with a universality stretching far beyond the prairies. Joined by members of Tunic, Hut Hut, and Animal Teeth, 10/10 sets her stories of breakups, make-ups, and crushes on straight girls to the nostalgic strains of ’90s indie-rock. Drawing on the time-tested influences of Sloan, The Breeders, and Guided By Voices, each track is packed with hooks while maintaining the quartet’s homespun charms. Producer Cam Loepkky (The Weakerthans, Constantines) and mastering engineer Philip Shaw Bova (Kiwi Jr., Land of Talk) give 10/10 a vibrant boost with its dreamy synths and incandescent guitar solos bursting through Booter’s understated arrangements.

RELEASED Friday, September 9, 2022

Divine Comedy – Don’t Look Down

Divine Comedy – Don’t Look Down

The Divine Comedy are a band from Northern Ireland. Formed in 1989 and fronted by Neil Hannon. Hannon has been the only constant member of the group for all these years. The band has released 12 studio albums. Between 1996 and 1999,  nine singles released by the band made the top 40 in the UK.  “Don’t Look Down” comes from the album Promenade which was released in 1994.  By honest error, the Old Fellas New Music rule of no music older than 2015 has been broken!  Hopefully a severe penalty will be applied. However, here is Hannon performing the song in 2017.


Local Natives ft Sylvan Esso – Dark Days

Local Natives is an American indie rock band based  Los Angeles.  Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, was first released  February 16, 2010. The album received mostly positive reviews and debuted on the Billboard 200 and at No. 3 in the New Artist Chart.

Los Angeles band Local Natives have combined with Sylvan Esso on a new version of an older song, “Dark Days.  Sylvan Esso is an American electronic pop duo from Durham, North Carolina, formed in 2013. They took their name from characters in the video game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery.   https://floodmagazine.com/78111/listen-local-natives-share-dark-days-collaboration-with-sylvan-esso/

The collaboration first appeared on the Kimmel Show during the pandemic…  

Rostam – 4Runner

I love this song!

When Rostam Batmanglij was a kid growing up in Washington, D.C. — “must have been 13 or 14,” he figures — he used to ride around in his older brother’s car listening to a collection of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits. So it was probably inevitable that the musician and producer (and former Vampire Weekend member) would end up decades later with a song like “4Runner” from his mesmerizing new album.

A sexy-dreamy bop about two lovers’ road trip up the West Coast, “4Runner” carries some big Boss energy — the propulsive tempo, the images of “stolen plates” and a “blanket on the backseat,” the very “I’m on Fire” falsetto at the end of the tune. Asked if he hears it too, Rostam smiles and reveals that it wasn’t just that formative experience at play: Throughout the process of making his “Changephobia” LP, he was listening intermittently to the audiobook of Springsteen’s memoir, “Born to Run.”

Rostam’s craftiness and his analytical thinking — not to mention his interest in music history — are all over the meticulously rendered “Changephobia,” which mingles fuzzy rock, aquatic R&B and 1940s- and ’50s-style jazz. The album, his second solo disc, arrives after a few years in which he primarily wrote and produced for other acts such as Clairo, Maggie Rogers and Haim, with whom he earned a Grammy nomination for album of the year with 2020’s “Women in Music Pt. III.”


Dear Rouge releases new album, Spirit

By Jenna Melanson on April 8, 2022

Vancouver alt-rock duo Dear Rouge have shared their long-awaited third full-length album, Spirit, via Pheromone Records.

As the band wrote of the record,

“Spirit is the most vulnerable and raw side of Danielle’s inner thoughts, and the line being thrown from these questions and deep reckonings within oneself, urging you to grab hold and hang on for dear life.”

The band recorded Spirit secluded away from busy cityscapes. Drew and Danielle took up residence in a lakeside cabin shortly after the release of PHASES, their sophomore record. The duo found themselves spending their days alone together, and Spirit began to take form over the winter months.

“I had this epiphany,” Danielle shared, “that we needed to come back to ourselves and the joy and comfort we found in each other when we began writing music together.”

Maria McKee- Let Me Forget


Spotify

Maria McKee  is an American singer-songwriter. She is best known for her work with 80’s cow punks Lone Justice and her song “If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)” from the film Pulp Fiction. Last year she recorded the album

La Vita Nuova which was met with generally favorable reviews from critics.

https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/maria-mckee-la-vita-nuova-feature

Father John Misty

Father John Misty – Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution.

Joshua Michael Tillman is better known by his stage name Father John Misty. The chosen song comes from the 2015 album “ Pure Comedy”.  Originally, Tillman included an 1800-word-long essay about its symbolism and meaning in the release announcement email to his fan club. “ Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species’ only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like “love,” “culture,” “family,” etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species’ loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence”  Okay…. It is rather catchy though….  Pop Matters assesses….

https://www.popmatters.com/father-john-misty-things-it-would-have-been-helpful-to-know-before-the-revo-2495383263.html

Some lyrics...

It got too hot and so we overthrew the system
'Cause there's no place for human existence like right here
On this bright blue marble orbited by trash
Man, there's no beating that
It was no big thing to give up the way of life we had, oh
My social life is now quite a bit less hectic
The nightlife and the protests are pretty scarce
Now I mostly spend the long days walking through the city
Empty as a tomb
Sometimes I miss the top of the food chain
But what a perfect afternoon

Old Fellas New Music Episode 31 Notes

This week’s poster

We are back again this week on Friday at 4:00 PM. Certainly hoping for fewer tech glitches, but all things considered, it was OK.

You can hear last week’s show here on Mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/paul-mcguire3/
This week we have another great setup.

The Beths – Knees Deep
Orville Peck, Shania Twain – Legends Never Die
Glorious Sons – Pink Motel
Blue Stones – Shakin’ Off the Dust
Blue Rodeo – When You Were Wild
Crystal Eyes – 2000 years
Rosie Tucker – Barbara Ann
Sudan Archives – Selfish Soul
Cheap Trick – So it Goes

Our latest show on Mixcloud

Here are some notes that will grow as we get closer to the show.
The Beths – Knees Deep

Beths  – Knees Deep

New Zealand indie rockers The Beths have already released 2 albums of snappy power pop.  Their latest is  Expert in a Dying Field,  from which Knees Deep is the lead-off single.

It’s a peppy,  tune about trying to summon personal courage. In the song’s video, various Beths blow off band practice to go bungee jumping.  It’s included here in a review of the song from Consequence Sound

In a press release, Beths leader Liz Stokes has this to say:    “I’m the kind of person who wants to go swimming but takes like 10 minutes to get all the way into the cold water, slowly and painfully. I hate this about myself and am kind of envious of people who can just jump straight in the deep end. In a shocking twist, this is also a metaphor?! For how I wish I was the kind of person who was”

Here’s a nice interview regarding their latest release.   https://greatdarkwonder.com/interview-blue-rodeo-many-a-mile/

Glorious Sons – Pink Motel

Kingston Ontario’s The Glorious Sons have achieved remarkable success scoring the Juno for top rock album 3 times and having 2 number 1 hits in the US Billboard Charts.

Pink Motel is the closing track on their 2019 release A War On Everything. The song has very early 70’s Stones vibe to it.  This is a clip of them performing the song at Queen’s University’s Richardson Stadium in hometown Kingston in 2019.


Orville Peck, Shania Twain – Legends Never Die

Orville Peck and Shania Twain

I don’t know anything about Orville Peck, but I will work on this. Everyone knows Shania Twain and her story is worth reading about. This is a woman with a great amount of courage and it is really great to see her in my ‘duets section’ for this week.

I am adding this track on Karen’s suggestion. She is coming to see them this week at Cityfolk here in Ottawa. This is a great duet, you really need to give it a listen.

Blue Stones – Shakin’ Off the Dust
Here is a band that I was only vaguely aware of before Cityfolk. This is a two-person band from Windsor and their music is powerful. The band consists of a drummer and a guitarist. I could have chosen any of their tracks, but I stuck to the show format and chose Shakin’ Off the Dust.

a little grainy, but taken live at CityFolk

I had to add the video for this track, a little strange

Blue Rodeo – When You Were Wild

What can one say about Blue Rodeo?  A Canadian institution since the mid-eighties, Blue Rodeo released their 16th studio album Many A Mile this year. 

When You Were Wild is a Greg Keelor number

Here’s a nice interview regarding their latest release.   https://greatdarkwonder.com/interview-blue-rodeo-many-a-mile/

Crystal Eyes – 2000 years

This track I heard this week off of CBC Radio 3 and I had to add this. I find this is the best way to choose tracks for this show. The song was immediately appealing, now I need to go back and find out a little about who these folks are.

Crystal Eyes

and a little bit about them

Alberta psych-rockers Crystal Eyes are back with a video for their new track, “Don’t Turn Around.”

Today’s release comes from their forthcoming sophomore record, The Sweetness Restored, out April 22nd via Bobo Integral. “Don’t Turn Around” is a brooding track with bold vocal lines, driven percussion, and pulsing synths. The accompanying video for the track comes packed with vintage clips of people parasailing at a picturesque beach.

and this great quote “Crystal Eyes describe the forthcoming album as a “feel-good self-help record for the age of existential dread.”

all from Indi 88 FM

Rosie Tucker – Barbara Ann

Rosie Tucker is an American musician from Los Angeles.  This track is taken from their third and latest album entitled Sucker Supreme.  The album was listed on Pitchfork’s list of “29 Great Records You May Have Missed: Spring 2021

The record opens with one of its finest moments, and “Barbara Ann.” Apparently the song is about Tucker’s grandmother and spending time inside the American monoculture of the Midwest.

The Alternative provides a nice review of the album. https://www.getalternative.com/album-review-rosie-tucker-sucker-supreme/

Sudan Archives – Selfish Soul

This music has a really unique sound. I did look up something about Sudan Archives and her music is influenced by Sudanese violin style.

Here is an excerpt from her website

Sudan Archives is a violinist and vocalist who writes, plays, and produces her own music. Drawing inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, she is self-taught on the violin, and her unique songs also fold in elements of R&B, experimental electronic music, and beat-making. She signed to Stones Throw Records in 2017.

Sudan Archives grew up in Cincinnati where she “messed around with instruments in the house” and took up violin in the fourth grade, teaching herself how to play the instrument by ear. When she discovered the violin playing style of Northeast Africa her eyes opened to the possibilities of the instrument.

Here is an early video from 2016 when she was just starting out

Sudan Archives – Queen Kunta
In this live performance video, she flips Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta” with just her voice, a violin and a loop pedal.
Video and photo by Eric Coleman. Cameras: Mike Park, Dominic Macias, Chris Gutierrez and Eric Coleman. Editor: Laith Majali. Special Thanks to Red Gate Recorders.

Cheap  Trick – So it Goes

Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that originally formed in 1973. In 1978 Bob and his brother bought Cheap Trick’s third album, Heaven Tonight.  After that it was only a matter of time before they went and got the first two albums as well.  The band seemed to bridge the gap between new wave, power pop and grand stadium rock. They  exploded in popularity in 1979 with The Live at Budokan album.  Here’s the poster from when at their height, they played the Montreal Forum.  (Paul See attachment)

After more mainstream and less interesting releases in the 80’s their output became more sporadic. However this track come from their 20th lp  which became their first #1 record.

Also, a blog Bob follows Burning Wood loved it as well.  https://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/search?q=CHEAP+TRICK

Here’s a comparison- Cheap Trick 1977  

vs. Cheap Trick 2021   

You be the judge…

Here is the updated Spotify Playlist

Our Playlist is up to 31 shows now!

Researcher’s Journal – Looking for a question

It is time to get back to my researcher’s journal. The semester has been so busy with assignment work that there has been little time to think about anything else. Now after a great session with one of my profs – Dr. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, I have some great material to work with!

First – I need a question. This is certainly a challenge, you would think this would be easy, but for my comps exam, I will need three questions and I write on two of these. The point here is to choose something that your committee will agree with and it is also important to come up with questions you can actually answer.

Where am I now?

So, I am starting with this – What would a poststructural or critical theory approach to examining grade 10 history teachers’ classroom practices look like?

This is probably the most challenging question that I am going to come up with. There needs to be something on epistemology or methodology so this is a theme to explore. But it is also grounded in reality – I am most interested in cataloguing how teachers are teaching the only mandatory history course in Ontario high schools. How is our national story being told in the classrooms of this province?

Two authors to look at – Petra Munro and Ania Loomba.

Thanks to VoicEd Radio and Dr. Ng-A-Fook there is an interview with Petra Munroe. This might help me with this first question.

Dr. Munro Hendry draws on curriculum studies, history, and philosophy to share her wisdom on the practice of history in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic, curriculum history, and a history of education from a transatlantic perspective.

Nicholas Ng-A-Fook Twitter August 9, 2021
Fooknconversation Episode 29 on VoicEd Radio – this is where I will start

So far, I have a collection of reading themes where all the articles I have found so far have been organized – this is what it looks like now:

Historic Agency and Consciousness

(7 articles)

Lévesque, S., & Croteau, J.-P. (2020). Beyond history for historical consciousness: students, narrative, and memory. University of Toronto Press.

Teaching Historical Thinking

(9 articles)

Allender, Clark, A., & Parkes, R. J. (2020). Historical thinking for history teachers : a new approach to engaging students and developing historical consciousness. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

History teaching methodology – teachers and teacher candidates

(17 articles)

Use these 10 tips to make your lessons engaging and relevant to your students.

Students’ ideas about history

(5 articles)

Continuity and Change

(1 article)

from the Historical Thinking Project

Alternatives to historical thinking concepts

(2 articles)

Understanding the ethical dimension of historical interpretation

(1 article)

Cause and Consequence

(2 articles)

Cause & Consequence – from Historical Thinking Projects ppt.

Methodology

(1 article)

There is a bit of a pattern here. The methodology of teaching history and more specifically, the teaching of historical thinking concepts are the two themes that are of the greatest interest right now.

Posters are still available on the historical history concepts – you can order them here.

My next step will be to look for more articles from Canadian researchers like Heather McGregor, Lindsay Gibson, Carla Peck, Stéphane Levesque and Dwayne Donald.

What I need to work towards is a comprehensive knowledge of a particular topic. The topic revolves around the teaching of history in Ontario schools and the impact (if any) of historical thinking concepts. The question will be something like this – What are current history teaching methodologies used by history teachers and taught to teacher candidates? How are historical thinking concepts beginning to enter the school system?

This is probably still too unwieldy, but this is what I have right now. The next step – spend the next two weeks adding to the articles I have found and honing my question!

In all this I need to remember to keep this practical, make this something that is useful to teachers. For me this is essential. If I am eventually going to create something of value, it has to be situated in the classroom, it has to be grounded in reality.

Searching for an idea – whose stories need to be told? 

I am putting my ideas out there now because I want to make my academic journey as transparent as I can over the next four years. I am trying to get into the discipline of writing every day, my next post will probably be the start of a research journal that I need to keep over the length of my Ph.D. I am hoping some people will find this interesting and that I will get some helpful feedback as well! Who knows maybe I will get on Doug Peterson’s show on VoicEd Radio.

I am looking forward to doing this writing every week. I love to write, but academic writing and APA ( a style guide for writing) are new to me. When I post my writing now, I will adapt it so some of the course-specific material is omitted. This post is part introduction, a search for a research topic and my reactions to reading bell hooks.

I did my B.A. at Queen’s University, my M.A. at York University and my B.Ed at the University of Toronto. In between my Masters and Education degree I took a break from studies to work for Katimavik, a national work experience for Canadian youth. I grew in this program and I wanted to find more ways to work in this non-traditional learning environment.

I taught for 31 years in several positions. None were as interesting as working in Katimavik, but after seven years in a traditional classroom, I had the opportunity to work in an alternate classroom at my school. My students didn’t fit into the regular stream. Some had mental health issues, some were dealing with addiction and some simply didn’t fit in. In some ways, I was like many of them. I felt comfortable in this learning environment, and it was a unique privilege to help them through some of the life crises they experienced while in our classroom.

I find now as I take my graduate classes that my mind is growing again. No one really grows when they are comfortable, and it is a relief to again be in that zone. Now I am searching –  what can I write about that will make a difference for people?  Last night in the middle of our methodology class, an idea came to me. Maybe I need a bolder focus. Is there a way I could study a different education system outside of the Canadian context?

Years ago, I spent a good deal of time talking to educators in a northern village in El Salvador. The educators in this town all grew up during the war and were survivors of massacres that took place in their region. We talked about these experiences and it seemed as if they were back in the river fleeing for their lives. They are teachers because they want something better for their children, they are trying to build a society out of the chaos of war. It occurs to me that going back to the village do some form of qualitative research could be what I am looking for. What would it be like to tell their stories? Has anyone tried to do this?

 talking to teachers in San Jos las Flores

I love the bell hooks book. There is so much that speaks to me. I am thinking of the discipline and passion that went into her writing. She writes a great deal about anger and loss, but I think her real message is love and understanding. It is interesting to watch her interview and what she says about speaking freely and teaching courage (Freedom Forum, 2016). The book was dark in many ways and she seemed to lack the confidence to write and publish, but here in this interview I can see how she developed her dissenting voice that welcomes conflict as a normal part of our lives.

It seems like a whole new generation of writers has been influenced by her power and honesty. We do a book study with our year 2 students on How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi mentions bell hooks in his book, she was one of the writers he turned to as he worked to overturn his own gender and queer racism (Kendi, 2019, p.198-199). Kendi uses a style that reminds me of bell hooks. In each of his chapters, he gives us a taste of his own story. He uses these stories to write about gender, colour, power and what it means to be an antiracist. This book has a great influence on our students, but would this have been possible without the truth-telling of bell hooks?

this is not long and it is a wonderful interview!

Old Fellas New Music Episode 24 Notes

This week’s show

Episode 24 – Wednesday, September 15 7:00 PM On Mixcloud and 8:00 PM on VoicEd Radio

Haska, Salif Keita – Madan 


Whitehorse – Strike Me Down

Whitehorse –Strike Me Down from 2021 album Strike Me Down

This is the second album from the Hamilton based duo this year.  From the early 2000’s,  Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland were both recording and touring artists with numerous recordings under their belts. They married in 2006 and since have collaborated under the banner , Whitehorse.  Here are two versions of this week’s selected song.


Matt Mays – NYC Girls (Acoustic) 

Elvis Costello $ The Attractions & Nina Diaz – No Action

Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, MHD –  Itarafo 

St. Etienne – Pond House

Natalia Lafourcade – Tú Sí Sabes 

Lucy Dacus – Gone Gone Gone (edit) 

Claudia Sierra, Los Macorinos, Clayton – Voy  

Haska, Salif Keita – Madan 

Very hard to find much information on Haska, but Salif Keita is a legend in Africa and we feature him on two tracks for this show.

Haska – Madan (with Salif Keita) Visualiser

Taken from the website Inflyte

Blending their love of music from across the globe with progressive production, they kick off their catalogue with a massive statement.

Centred around the infectious vocals of Salif Keita, described as the ‘Golden Voice of Africa’, ‘Madan’ sees Haska weave together intricate rhythms, edgy synths and pulsating bass grooves to create an uplifting and inspiring modern classic.

 Inflyte website

The story of Salif Keita’s royal heritage is interested and is quotes here from Wikipedia

Salif Keita was born a traditional prince in the village of Djoliba.[1] He was born to the Keita royal family, who trace their lineage to Sundiata Keita, founder of the Mali Emp  ire. He was cast out by his family and ostracized by the community because of his albinism, a sign of bad luck in Mandinka culture.[2] He decided to pursue music in his teenage years, further distancing him from his family as that was against occupational prohibitions of his noble status.[3] In 1967, he left Djoliba for Bamako, where he joined the government-sponsored Super Rail Band de Bamako. In 1973 Keita joined the group, Les Ambassadeurs (du motel de Bamako). Keita and Les Ambassadeurs fled political unrest in Mali during the mid-1970s and subsequently changed the group’s name to “Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux”. The reputation of Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux grew internationally in the late-1970s, leading to Keita pursuing a solo career in the following years.

my dream is to see him live in Africa one sunny day!

Matt Mays – NYC Girls (Acoustic) 

Album Twice Upon a Hell of a Time

Love this acoustic version of an earlier song on Once Upon a Hell of a Time 2017

Twice Upon a Hell of a Time is the seventh studio album by Matt Mays, released on October 19, 2018.[1] It comprises acoustic rerecordings of the songs from his 2017 album Once Upon a Hell of a Time

 Yes, this may repeat those same thirteen songs, but as an acoustic offering, “Twice…” sees everything reimagined in a completely different context.  And instantly apparent upon the first listen is just how different these songs appear to be. “Once Upon a Hell of a Time … is a Saturday night record,” says Matt.  “This version is for the hangover on Sunday.”

With “NYC Girls,” for instance, the up-tempo beat is toned down significantly through a simple drum rhythm and piano, that accompany some multi-vocal harmonies to provide a choir-like rendition much more in the spirit of Sunday morning church.  “I think if a song has meaning and is played with heart it can be done in a million different styles, tempos, time signatures and colours,” offers Mays when asked about his willingness to take these original compositions and reconstruct them this way.

Great Dark Wonder Review

Elvis Costello $ The Attractions & Nina Diaz – No Action

this is such an amazing song!!

Ever the pioneer , Costello along with producer Sebastian Krys, have taken the classic 1978 album “This Years Model”, removed the vocals and invited artists from across the Spanish-speaking world to adapt the songs.  

From the Variety article

With Krys’ contact list, it wasn’t an insurmountable feat to sign up a guest list that includes Juanes, Luis Fonsi, Draco Rosa, Cami, La Santa Cecilia’s La Marisoul, Jesse & Joy, Morat, Jorge Drexler, Fito Páez, Gian Marco, Vega and others, representing Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Puerto Rico and, yes, even the mainland U.S. Underneath all these star turns remains the thrilling work accomplished in the late ‘70s by as great a backing band as ever lived, the Attractions,

San Antonio singer Nina Diaz of the group Girl in a Coma  lends her vocals to the opening track, “No Action”

Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, MHD –  Itarafo

Album – un autre blanc 2018

Such a powerful collaboration, you can listen to it here

I actually didn’t write up any notes for this track, but I love to see the collaboration that is going on in a whole collection of albums by various new and established groups.

A littler note on MHD who is the young one on this great track.

stage name MHD, is a French rapper from Paris, who is known for blending trap music with music of West Africa; a genre he coined as “Afro Trap“.[1][2][3] He was previously part of the rap collective 1.9 Réseaux.

Born in Vendée to a family of West African extraction, MHD began his career as a rapper in Paris at the age of 18. He found success in the mid-2010s through material he published on social media (notably music videos on YouTube) and in 2016 released his debut album MHD, which sold more than 200,000 copies in 6 months.[4][5][6] He later received international recognition, and toured in Guinea[citation needed]EnglandSenegal and Morocco.[7] His second album, titled 19, was released in September 2018.

Wikipedia


St. Etienne – Pond House

Saint Etienne are an English band from London, formed in 1990. The band consists of Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. They created a buzz in the UK in the 90’s which really didn’t translate to this side of the Atlantic.

According to Wikipedia,  “their work has been described as uniting 1990s club culture with 1960s pop.”   Since the nineties they have consistently released new music.  Stanley and Wiggs also have been responsible for curating interesting compilations for UK reissue label Ace Records.

Pitchfork reviews Saint Etienne’s latest.  

On their 10th studio album, the UK electro-pop heroes look back on the end of the 20th century, when hooks and choruses dissolved into blissed-out loops and vibe became paramount.

Pitchfork Magazine

Tú Sí Sabes – Natalia Lafourcade with Los Macorinos

a bit of an interview with Natalia Lafourcade and Los Macorinos who I featured on my last two tracks. I wish these guys would put out their own album.

Lafourcade has made a career out of her search for new sounds to adorn her melodies. In each of her efforts, she demonstrates a deep love for melody in all its forms, exploring it every way she can, and garnering a huge following in the Spanish-speaking world. Throughout the years, she has evolved into one of Mexico’s best songwriters and singers, thanks to her deep knowledge of music history and her ability to craft picturesque songs.

You told me you wanted to collaborate with Los Macorinos, but what was it like to finally have them in the studio with you? You also have a duet with Omara Portuondo. How was that experience?

I have collaborated with so many awesome people, but then I had this idea of making every collaboration much more deep and focused. They have to bring something new to me. In this case, it was a completely new experience to have Los Macorinos with me in the studio. We reached a whole new level because it wasn’t a very comfortable choice to work with them. How was I to play with these gentlemen? They have so much more experience.

Natalia Lafourcade – Tú sí sabes quererme (en manos de Los Macorinos)


Lucy Dacus – Gone Gone Gone (edit)

Lucy Dacus – Gone Gone Gone  from 2021 album,  Home Video

Dacus is an American singer-songwriter She is also a member of boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker.  Here’s a really nice live version of this selection. 

To quote Dacus From Pitchfork, “When I wrote this one, I didn’t like it so much because it had that campfire vibe, and I thought it was too twee. For a long time, I’ve tried to establish myself in people’s minds as Not Americana, because people go to such lengths to show girls with guitars as country adjacent. People have called me alt-country… Genre is dead, and yet, I make rock music. But I felt more comfortable doing whatever the song wanted this time around. So if it’s a campfire song, then let’s get people on the refrains, and let’s do it with acoustic guitars and make it super cozy. My favorite moment is the talking at the end. I like that it’s the exact center of the record because it feels like an intermission.”

On a final note,  we aren’t the only Old Fellas enjoying new music! From The Guardian

 

Claudia Sierra, Los Macorinos, Clayton- Voy

Another one of the many collaborations by Los Macorinos

Nostalgia Entre Amigos 2 – 2018

And that’s all I have, I actually could find no more information about this singer. Any leads? Please let us know.

Old Fellas New Music Episode 23 Notes

This week’s tracks

Valley – Oh shit … are we in Love?

Status/Non Status – Find a Home

Elwins – For Love to Come and Find You(Don’t Wait)

Anika – Change

Wapums – Sunray

Angelique Kidjo – Africa One of a Kind

Milky Chance – Colorado

El Michels Affair – Zaharila

Dan Mangan – Troubled Mind


Valley – Oh shit … are we in Love?

After 21- 22 weeks of the podcast, the time has come to repeat some fine artists.  Here is Valley with their brand spanking new release, “ Oh shit … are we in Love?” 

Status/Non Status – Find a Home 

snippets from a CBC article (Holly Gordon · CBC Music · Posted: Jun 08, 2021 9:00 AM ET)

How a new EP and name are helping Status/Non-Status interrogate the effects of colonization

The band formerly known as Whoop-Szo questions who holds status — and who doesn’t

‘It’s been my whole life in many ways, but the reconnection process to culture, it’s been 10 or 15 years as well…. And I’ve learned a lot about my family and our history and the true stories around that, why maybe we were disconnected.’ — Adam Sturgeon (Savanah Sewell)

“The first song I wrote was called ‘Boozhoo,’ and I was just learning how to say the word hello [in Anishinaabemowin],” says Adam Sturgeon, lead singer of Status/Non-Status.

“‘Find a Home’ is a song about loving yourself, I think. It’s a traveling song, sort of — I think you can feel that. And so that was bringing me some sort of solace in that experience where you’re in that doldrum of wonderment. But it was comfortable and it’s kind of an older song that I was writing and reworking and yeah, just about accepting and loving yourself wherever you are on your journey.


Elwins – For Love to Come and Find You(Don’t Wait)

We have played The Elwins before as well and we are including this track as  The Elwins finally returned to the stage a couple of weeks ago to do 2 shows at the Phoenix Theatre in Toronto.

This song is taken from the 2021 ep  release  IV More  

Anika – Change

From Album of the Year website – how can you do this, it is only September!

On Change, Anika delivers a call to action that she takes to heart. Though her first solo album in over a decade is indebted to the spooky, surreal sounds of her early solo releases and her work with Exploded View, it also sheds a decidedly different light on her music. Since much of her 2010 debut album and 2013 EP consisted of frosty covers of ’60s pop songs that ranged from ironic to heartbroken, listeners actually got to know more of Anika as a songwriter on Exploded View‘s albums, where she expounded on timely and timeless subjects in elliptical but gripping fashion. Even though she recorded Change with her bandmate Martin Thulin, it’s apparent that this is a solo album: Its songs are leaner and more flexible than her work with Exploded View


Wapums – Sunray

Bob heard Wapums – Sunray on the always dependable CBC radio 3.  There isn’t a lot of info available on the internet about this artist but here is the link to the artist’s Bandcamp page.

https://wampums.bandcamp.com/album/sunray-3 

This is First Nations music at its finest.  

Angelique Kidjo – Africa One of a Kind

Album – Mother Nature

Africa, One Of A Kind

Kicking off our Back To School special with a song featuring @angeliquekidjo and @YoYo_Ma

Angelique wanted to drop out of school but her dad wasn’t having it. 

The singer and activist went on to found Batonga, an organization that supports higher education for girls in Africa.

Mother Nature finds 4-time GRAMMY-winner Angelique Kidjo joining forces with some of the most captivating young creators of West African music, Afrobeats, Afro-pop, hip hop and r&b, and represents a newly heightened awareness of her own musical legacy and remarkable influence she’s had on younger generations

She has a great website where there is lots to explore.

Angelique Sings for the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Angelique Kidjo – UNICEF – no Pata Pata Official Video

Covid 19 video – what to do to stay safe from Covid – no touch time

This is a great song that I added to the extended version of the show. From her website:

UNICEF is excited to announce the official release of Angelique Kidjo’s music video for “Pata Pata”, a fresh take on Miriam Makeba’s 1967 hit song. Once called the “world’s most defiantly joyful song”, Makeba’s ‘Pata Pata’ has been re-recorded by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo, to spread information about COVID-19, with a focus on hundreds of millions of people in remote communities around the world. 


Milky Chance – Colorado

Milky Chance is a German rock band who seemed to combine the vocals of Fontaines DC  with the instrumentation of The Cars.

This track was heard on an Alt Nation  live concert set from the Bottle Rocket Festival in Napa Valley.  The crowd there seemed to know this 2021 song thoroughly as they lustily sang along…

Here’s the studio version  

El Michels Affair – Zaharila

Album – Yeti Season 2021

this song is described as ‘languid, psyched-out’

El Michels Affair – Zaharila

I had to keep in this paragraph about the inspiration for Yeti Season – this is from Rolling Stone:

Covid upended that rhythm last spring. Suddenly, the kids were home 24/7, and Michels was looking for ways to fill the time while still finding ways to clock hours in the studio. He was also cut off from the close friends and collaborators who had been an integral part of El Michels Affair’s music and his own personal support system. So, one day last year as the snow was falling in Rhinebeck, he got out an old Yeti costume and decided to chase his kids around the yard. 

Rolling Stone Magazine

Dan Mangan – Troubled Mind

Dan Magnan  is a Juno award winning Canadian musician. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Australia, having released 5 studio LPs

The song “Troubled Mind”  is taken from his 2018 lp “More or Less” The video is kinda fun  

In 2017, Magnan started Side Door  concert company where artists could put on shows online.  Little did he know that three years later due to COVID, these types of shows would take off on platforms like Zoom.

How Dan Mangan’s Side Door Is Paving the Way for the Brave New World of Live Music

“I do believe that this new world is going to stick around,” he says of the company’s highly profitable livestreams

How Dan Mangan's Side Door Is Paving the Way for the Brave New World of Live Music

When Vancouver songwriter Dan Mangan co-founded the concert company Side Door in 2017, he thought he was creating an “Airbnb for gigs” — an online platform to allow artists and unconventional venues to connect and put on DIY shows. Once coronavirus lockdowns began, however, he quickly realized that he had accidentally stumbled onto the perfect platform for interactive online shows.

By Alex Hudson Published May 21, 2020 Exclaim! Magazine

Old Fellas New Music – Episode 22 Notes

We are back! Last week we did a show but we never got to the show notes. These are the notes from last Thursday’s show – a little late, sorry – here goes!

Our episode poster

Episode 22

Real Sickies – Destructive Nights

Mungos Hi Fi/Marina P – Divorce A  L’Italienne

Los Poetas – Siembra Cultiva Cosecha 

Low – More

Touché Amoré – Lament

Big Red Machine – Latter Days

Liam Corcoran – Tick Toc

Kurt Vile – Run Run Run

Lorde – Stoned at the Nail Station


Real Sickies – Destructive Nights

After 2020’s Quarantined, love is what the world needs now, and the Real Sickies’ take on it was worth the wait.

Officially released last Friday, Love Is For Lovers is a fast-paced, 14-track concept album of the band’s insights, anecdotes, musings and messages exploring our most complicated of emotions.

The band has plenty of experience with relationships in many different forms. Since its 2014 inception, new members have appeared on every album — this being the fourth, full-length on vinyl, and the second release with Montreal’s Stomp Records, a discography bolstered through the years by digital drops and EPs. Being a long time coming, this album encompasses all the Sickies through the years, active or not.

Endlessly creative, Crossman has conceived some of the most fantastic videos on a budget, collecting various props through the years and applying a lot of imagination and elbow grease. While the video for the title track is being released today, another for Communication Breakdown, the album’s self-explanatory opening track, came out last month and had the band at an air hanger where a frazzled controller sends the plane’s crew through wild scenes in time.

 

Real Sickies – a fun video


Mungos Hi Fi/Marina P – Divorce A  L’Italienne

Mungo’s Hi Fi is Glasgow’s biggest reggae sound system and named after the city’s patron saint. You may not be expecting such a thing in the rainswept streets of Scotland’s biggest city, but since 2001 Mungo’s Hi Fi has been producing reggae music, putting out over 90 releases on its own Scotch Bonnet record label, building a sound system and running numerous club nights. They have collaborated with some of reggae’s biggest vocalists, including Sugar Minott and Cornell Campbell, as well as current voices such as Soom T, Eva Lazarus, and Charlie P. This latest release from September 2020 brings to the mic Italian vocalist and songwriter Marina P.

Analog Planet.


Siembra Cultiva Cosecha – Los Poetas


From Los Poetas website https://www.wearelospoetas.com/

I heard this track on Frequencies and I just had to add it here. This screenshot from their website says it all.

With members hailing from El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, Panama and Colombia, via Canada, Latin Hip Hop collective Los Poetas sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

“Listen to the poets,” says Che. “There’s power in the word.”


Low – More

Low is an American indie rock band from Minnesota, formed in 1993. The group is mainly the husband/wife duo Alan Sparhawk (guitar and vocals) and Mimi Parker (drums and vocals). The music of Low is characterized by slow tempos and minimalist arrangements. Descriptions sometimes referred to it as a rock subgenre called “slowcore”  This new track from the lp, Hey What is quite a departure from the slowcore description. Pitchfork has an excellent article about the band’s new record

Touché Amoré – Lament

From Pitchfork Best New Music

On their phenomenal fifth album, the post-hardcore band work with famed producer Ross Robinson and come away with their most affecting and resonant music yet. 

It’s a long overdue revelation that he alone can’t be there for everyone at all times, which makes Lament their capstone—a Touché Amoré album that can reach the most people as possible from the greatest distance.

From Pitchfork

Soft guitar chords ripple with tremolo then vanish. Weeping pedal steel wafts upward over distant acoustic strums. “It’s that special kind of quiet where one might be concerned,” sings Jeremy Bolm in a softened version of his blunt, frantic bark. “But even with this silence, my voice can be misheard.”

From Sterogum (yes, the barking vocals are stunning!)


Big Red Machine – Latter Days

Big Red Machine is a that began as a collaboration between musicians Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon. The band is named after the nickname for the  Cincinnati Reds baseball teams which won the 1976 World Series.

This song is from second record, “How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?”  The album is a collaborative effort, featuring guest vocals from Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes, Ilsey,  Sharon Van Etten,  and others. “Latter Days” featuring American singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and is the first single from the album,  Dessner stated, “It was clear to Anaïs that the early sketch Justin and I made of ‘Latter Days’ was about childhood, or loss of innocence and nostalgia for a time before you’ve grown into adulthood — before you’ve hurt people or lost people and made mistakes. She defined the whole record when she sang that, as these same themes kept appearing again and again.”


Liam Corcoran – Tic Toc

Album Nevahland 2017

Earnestness is still en vogue; character-driven lyrics are cutting edge; and the ’80s never ended.
 
That’s the vibe you’re left with listening to NEVAHLAND, the debut solo LP by Liam Corcoran of Two Hours Traffic. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the throwback quality that the Charlottetown indie rocker instils NEVAHLAND with.
 

read more here in Exclaim!

Kurt Vile – Run Run Run

Kurt Vile  is an American performer from Pennsylvania. He is known for his solo work and as the former lead guitarist of rock band The War on Drugs. Both in the studio and during live performances, Vile is accompanied by his backing band, The Violators.  Vile is one of the many artists featured on the upcoming Velvet Underground and Nico  tribute album.

Former SNL music director Hal Wilner who is responsible for producing many memorable tribute albums, died of COVID before the album’s release.

Look for a the highly anticipated documentary on the Velvet Underground in the fall.  

It’s directed by Todd Haynes known for the feature films such as “Carol”, “Far From Heaven” and “Dark Waters”


Lorde – Stoned at the Nail Station

Album Solar POwer 2021

There is a great article on Lorde in the latest Exclaim! magazine – you can read it here

here is a bit of the article

Lorde would rather be outside, basking in the sun. Instead, she is speaking to Exclaim! on a video call from a New York hotel room, where she is doing press for her upcoming third album, Solar Power.

“I felt very centred [and] grounded in nature,” she says of her latest work. “That feeling was a very calm one, and also one of joy. It felt almost like sun-worship that was happening. It’s kind of an emotional album.”

It’s a new perspective for the singer, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor in New Zealand. At 16, she became one of the biggest pop stars in the world with 2013’s Pure Heroine and its chart-topping single “Royals,” which captured moody adolescence and gave teens a new lens through which to experience youth. At 20, she distilled love and heartbreak with 2017’s Melodrama, its booming drums and powerful synths feeling like a never-ending night at a house party.

Much of Solar Power feels experimental. She worked with co-writer and producer Jack Antonoff to create what she calls the album’s “nutty” sound. “[Solar Power] sounds crazy,” she enthuses. “There’s heaps of crazy vocals and live drums. There’s guitars on this album — like, 16-year-old me was not letting a guitar anywhere near anything,” she says. Multiple tracks also feature cicada sounds.

Last week’s show

And our updated playlist on Spotify
AND a new show coming this Thursday! Right here on Mixcloud

Old Fellas new Music Episode 19 Notes

This week’s songs

Duran Duran – Invisible

Matt Sweeney and Bonnie Prince Billy – Resist the Urge 

Merchant – Dead days and Gatorade

Sufjan Steven’s & Angelo De Augustine-Reach Out 

Silk Sonic –Skate

Bobby Gillespie and Jehenny Beth – Chase it Down 

John Sally Ride – Putting It Off

Hiss Golden Messenger – Sanctuary 

Olivia Rodrigo – Brutal

added after

Gram Parsons – Streets of Baltimore

Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open

Sufjan Stevens – Mystery of love

Father John Misty – Real Love Baby 

John Sally Ride – Don’t Flatter Yourself


Duran Duran – Invisible

Bob’s first 2 selections were suggested by good friend Lisa Riipi.   Duran Duran has returned after a 5 year absence with the new single is “Invisible”. The music video for the song was created by an artificial intelligence system called Huxley.


Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy          Superwolves

Song – Resist the Urge

16 years after their original underground classic, Matt Sweeney and Will Oldham reunite for an album that plays like the continuation of a decades-long conversation. 

Afew years after he’d decided to start calling himself Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Will Oldham released a song called “A Wolf Among Wolves.” It’s about a person who doesn’t feel properly seen, and it’s exceptionally sad, even for the guy who wrote “I See a Darkness.” “Why can’t I be loved as what I am?” he sighs. “A wolf among wolves, and not as a man.” Wildness, ferocity, heart, all the things wolves tend to signify—the way he sings, it’s as if they’ve all been drained away by loneliness. In the years since, Oldham has made collaboration central to his work, partly, as he recently told GQ, in the hopes of “turning aspects of an innate introversion into something that resembles extroversion.” And while he’s had innumerable artistic successes, both on his own and with others, he never sounds more at home, more fully himself, than he does when writing and recording with guitarist Matt Sweeney. Not for nothing did they name their first album together Superwolf.

From Fader – 10 Songs you need in your life right now

personally, I could really only find one or two. Bob added this song from Bonny Prince Billy. Nice song!


Merchant – Dead days and Gatorade

Lisa  also suggested the song “ Dead Days and Gatorade” by Merchant because it features Duran bassist John Taylor.  Looks like the song gives a excellent advice in how to deal with a hangover.


Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine – “Reach Out”

Heather suggested this song, and here are her notes. This sums it up for sure.

I chose this song because it has been a while since I have listened to Sufjan Stevens. I love the guitar plucking, like tiny thoughts flying through the air, the reflective lyrics and their beautiful voices together.

and from elsewhere

Last year, they released their first collaborative song, “Santa Barbara.” In April, Stevens shared “Celebration VIII,” from Celebrations, the fourth installment of his five-volume set, Convocations, which arrived in May. De Augustine dropped his latest album, Tomb, in 2019.

 Silk Sonic –Skate

Bob’s other 3 suggestions were all taken from the blog. “Burning Wood”.  This is an excellent blog that contains the musings and tastes of former New York record store owner Sal Nunziato  Explore it here.   http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/ 

Silk Sonic is an American R&B superduo consisting of recording artists Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. The duo released their debut single, “Leave the Door Open”, on March 5, 2021, with a forthcoming debut album, An Evening with Silk Sonic, announced for release. To quote the blog’s author Sal Nunziato, “I took a walk around the neighborhood on Saturday and heard a song coming out of some guy’s car, as he was fiddling with something under his hood. I knew what it was but I couldn’t place it. The Whispers? Tavares? No! Shuggie Otis! I couldn’t place it. Then, while scrolling through one of Brooklyn Vegan’s email blasts, the word “vintage” followed by “R&B”  jumped out at me. Could it be Silk Sonic? Yes. It could. “Skate” is the brand new second single from Anderson.Paak and Bruno Mars doing business as Silk Sonic and it’s a good one. The first single “Leave The Door Open” got by me, and it too, has a classic summer soul sound, though I think “Skate” is the better of the two.

Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth – Chase It Down

Album – Utopian Ashes

My choices are now from the Guardian – they released a great article last week – The Month’s Best Albums – July.

I pan to go back to this great list for our next show. Incredible what can come out in one month!

Born in Glasgow, Bobby Gillespie, 58, founded Primal Scream in 1982. The band’s third album, Screamadelica, won the 1992 Mercury music prize. Utopian Ashes, Gillespie’s album with Jehnny Beth, is released on 2 July; their single, Remember We Were Lovers, is out now. He lives in London with his wife, fashion stylist Katy England, and two sons.

The Primal Scream frontman trades brashness for contemplation in this rewarding collaboration with the former Savages singer

During the course of a 35-year career, “sensitive” and “mature” are not adjectives that have often been wheeled out to describe Bobby Gillespie’s lyrics. Indeed, the Primal Scream lead singer’s canon of work has generally favoured MC5-lite rebel posturing over insight and depth. All of which makes this collaboration with former Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth such a welcome surprise. The pair have written a set of songs located within the wreckage of a marriage that is falling apart, with both parties torn between looking back with remorse and nostalgia on what’s been lost, and moving on and making a new start alone. We’ve come a long way from Bomb the Pentagon.

Recorded with Gillespie’s Scream bandmates, as well as Beth’s regular foil Johnny Hostile, as much care has gone into the arrangements as the lyrics. Opener Chase It Down is a gorgeous slice of southern soul, made all the more powerful for its devastating “I don’t even love you any more” line. Grievances are aired in the despairing Living a Lie. Your Heart Will Always Be Broken, meanwhile, recalls Gram Parsons’s work with Emmylou Harris. Throughout, there are echoes of the rootsier moments from Give Out But Don’t Give Up, but with the earlier swagger replaced by vulnerability. It’s as pleasing as it is unexpected.

Phil Mongredien– Guardian

Bobby Gillespie, Jehnny Beth – Chase It Down

John Sally Ride – Putting It Off

Next is “Putting it Off”   by the  John Sally Ride.  Sal Nunziato plays the drums in this trio.   Check out the band’s link for some excellent power pop

Hiss Golden Messenger – If it comes in the Morning

Album – Quietly Blowing It

MC Taylor offers up soulful Dylan-esque country rockers about the impact of the system on ordinary lives

At the start of the pandemic, MC Taylor, AKA Hiss Golden Messenger, sat in his North Carolina basement studio and began several months’ of pouring out songs about “life as I felt it”. There was a lot going on outside – protests after the murder of George Floyd, the presidential election, and fires burning across the US – but his thoughts turned to some of the deeper issues underpinning it all, from class and inequality to the climate crisis.

The title track finds him watching the news and sighing “things don’t look too good”. However, the tunes are stirring and uplifting and the overall spirit is optimistic. As the father-of-two sings in the exquisite If It Comes in the Morning: “There’s a new day coming, we’ve been a long time running … but all hope is contagious.”

Dave Simpson

Hiss Golden Messenger – Sanctuary (Official Video)

Olivia Rodrigo – Brutal

Finally we wrap it up with, at this moment, one of the most popular performers on the planet.  Olivia Rodrigo.

Rodrigo has had some controversy recently as Courtney Love accused Olivia Rodrigo of plagiarising the cover of Hole’s “Live Through This.”   https://www.spin.com/2021/06/courtney-love-says-olivia-rodrigo-ripped-off-live-through-this-album-cover/

Sal comments, ““Rodrigo’s “Brutal” is a rip of Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up,” which it is, to some extent. Costello’s response? “This is fine by me, It’s how rock and roll works. You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy. That’s what I did.”  Is a rip?  You be the judge…

Just a note – this episode has extra songs, some come out of our conversations during the show. he extra songs are basically in context and were added to give the show the 90 minutes for VoicEd Radio – thank-you Stephen Hurley!

As they are extras, we are not writing about these ones.

have a great week everyone!

Episode 19 all 90 minutes!
and our updated Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure