Song Of The Day – “Watch Out For The Fuzz” – Howie Beck

Just a tune, on vacation in the Kootenays, but it is flipping raining.  Can’t do much sailing in the rain.  Howie Beck with some great Adult “Alternative” for you, whatever Adult Alternative is.  Just good music from what I can tell.

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The 7:40 Songbook – March 12, 2015

A great morning, beautiful sunrise, more Chinook clouds and reasonably warm.  A great day in Calgary.  Looking forward to a great long weekend, off tomorrow, making Friday the 13th a lucky day for me.  Having said that, I doubt here will be a songbook tomorrow, closed due to sleep.

Today’s tune is called “Emily” by San Fermin.  San Fermin is a pop band from Brooklyn, NY.  The cut i from their soon to be released album “Jackrabbit”.  They have been termed as baroque, but I prefer electronics spiced with some opera.  They get the most out of their 8 piece group, giving rich, layered composition with soothing vocals.

The 7:40 Songbook – March 10, 2015

Nothing interesting on the way in to work this morning, unless you can emphasize with driving for 25 minutes and not remembering a thing interesting.  Definite homing pigeon zombie mode on that drive, hope I didn’t run over anything or anyone.

Music time.  Today’s song is another Canadian group that is beginning to get noticed..well..pretty much everywhere.  The band “the Rural Alberta Advantage”.  The song “Runners in the Night”.  Very nicely put together, highlighted by the excellent vocals provided by singer Nils Edenloff.  The band also includes Amy Cole and Paul Banwatt.  Paul handles percussion while Amy provides vocals and pretty much every other instrument.  Based in Toronto, there is an Alberta connection as Nils is originally from there.  The video is a live rendition, so enjoy.

Song Of The Day – Dave Matthews Band – “Too Much”

Hi all.  Trying to get back into this once more.  Great song to come back with, a classic from the Dave Matthews Band called “Too Much”.  Used the way back machine as it was recorded and released in 1996.

Talent Tuesday – New Canadian Releases – April 17, 2012

Quite the week, many, many releases to choose from.

Patrick Watson in Barcelona, Spain.

Patrick Watson in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We will start with Patrick Watson and his new release, Adventures In Your Own Backyard.  Montreal based band leader, Patrick Watson is an interesting musician.  He combines elements of classical with pieces of, lets say, Pink Floyd.  Very creative pieces of music in the indie/alternative mode.  He has released 4 albums with his band and has one solo record to his credit.  They were recent players at SXSW and were named one of the top 25 can’t miss acts at this years event.  The track I have chosen is titled “Lighthouse” and is a good example of the style that they play.

Lighthouse

Sue Foley on the Hillside Festival Main Stage

Sue Foley on the Hillside Festival Main Stage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next is a blues album by veteran players Sue Foley and Peter Karp.  Their new album “Beyond The Crossroads” is a collaboration of 2 solo talents.  Sue has been a mainstay of the Canadian blues scene since the 90’s while Peter is an American singer-songwriter,  He has shared the stage with such greats as Mick Taylor.  Together they create some pretty good blues.  This is their second release together.  Here is a live version of a tune off the album.

Now for some ROCK.   Toronto Alt-rock band Evans Blue released “Graveyard of Empires” this week.  The group has rocked since 2005, with Halo being their 4th release.  They have had some moderate success outside Canada and are hoping this album breaks them big.  The tune here is called Halo and is performed in my favourite way, live.

I’m pretty excited about the potential of this group.  Rikers is a Ontario group who write some very good tunes.  Islands is their first release and a good one it is.  The song Is “I’m On The Radio” and it is a catchy rock song that will have you singing along as you listen.  Nicely done.

I’m On The Radio

The international album release I have chosen is the new disc by Train called California 37.  I always had a soft spot for Hey Soul Sister and their distinctive song style.  One can usually tell that Train is the artist.  I heard this song on DWTS tonight (hey, i have Maria and Derek in my pool, looks like a lock for 80 bucks) and liked it.  The song is called “Drive By”

Drive By