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Album Review: Purity Ring, Shrines

Posted in Album Review, Music News, Music Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, July 23, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

Canada is known for loving their strong bier and the sport of hockey. Lately, I have been loving the electronically hip music that they have been sending south of the border through the airwaves. Purity Ring is one of these bands that has been making my ears go fully erect. They are out of Montreal and have been slowly seducing their fans by releasing a single here and there over the past few years.

Their debut album, Shrines, comes out on July 24th but I was able to get my hands on it at their show this past Sunday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The album adds 7 fresh tracks to the previous 4 singles that have been floating about the worldwide web. Throughout the 11-track full-length album the elctro-pop duo provides a perfect blend of new wave digital beats along with beautiful lyrical melodies. Continue reading


Slept on Saturdays: Shad, TSOL

Posted in Slept on Saturdays with tags , , , on Saturday, February 18, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Why does it seem like people constantly sleep on Hip-Hop music that’s made by our neighbors to the north? Some of my favorite artists are from Canada, and Shad definitely falls underneath that umbrella alongside Classified. My friend Aaron told me to check out Shad a while back, and I downloaded his material, but I never really gave his music the chance that it deserved. I started listening to The Old Prince quite a bit after a while, but for some reason I never gave TSOL any spins; I would later come to find out that I was missing out on one of the best albums in the last 2-3 years. Shad quickly became one of my favorite emcees with just a few spins of TSOL; his skill on the mic is undeniable, and he’s able to skew so many topics in a short amount of time without sacrificing any attention to detail. Continue reading

deadmau5 presents: “maths”

Posted in Music News, News with tags , , , , , on Saturday, February 18, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

Joel Zimmerman, aka deadmau5, gave his fans a pleasant surprise yesterday when he released this new track. If you are a fan of this Toronto, Canada based electronic music producer you will be a fan of “maths.” If you didn’t know this track was out there yet, take a listen with your less than mau5 like ears.

Album Download: Chad Hatcher, Bridges EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Tim Althaus

I was really glad to see that Chad dropped this the other day. For those of you who don’t know, Chad Hatcher is an amazing singer/songwriter from Nova Scotia; he’s done a lot of work with Classified, and he’s been on his grind for a long time. In 2008, Chad released the stellar solo debut Tunnels and Pathways. This year Chad has been putting in some serious work; he released a cover of the Foster the People song “Pumped Up Kicks”, and he also covered the legendary Pharcyde song “Passin’ Me By”.

The Bridges EP is a great effort from Chad, and it’s great material whether you are a long time fan or a first time listener. For the reasonable price of free99, I think the burden is on the listener to click the button and download the album.

Video: Classified (Feat. Joe Budden), “Unusual”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , on Friday, January 13, 2012 by Tim Althaus

What a great thing to come home to after a long ass day at work. Classified released the visuals for his latest single “Unusual” which was on last year’s Handshakes & Middle Fingers; the cut features Jump-Off Joe Beezy and a brain bruising beat complete with a perfectly utilized sample. “Unusual” is one of my favorite cuts off one of my favorite albums of 2011. I’ve said it time and time again, but Classified is one of the most consistent guys in Hip-Hop over the last 5 years; everything this guy does is well above average, and I feel like he’s going to keep making noise for the Canadian scene. If you haven’t, I highly suggest you go out and cop Handshakes & Middlefingers… yesterday.

Junior Boys kick start North American tour at end of May

Posted in Concert Dates, News with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by Nicholas Blexrud

Junior Boys!Grooving to a beat unmistakably of their own, Junior Boys kick off their North American tour on March 28th in Ontario, Canada. No need to worry though, they will be slowly steppin’ into First Ave on the 3rd of April. These slippery melodies are easy-on-the-ear, while allowing space to wander back to days of innocent youth. The track “Like a Child” is simple and fun, just like being a child. Soft vocals and subtle synths are enough to make any inner-child feel warm and cozy.

Enjoy the song Like a Child off their 2006 album So This is Goodbye.


We’ve got all the tour dates listed – after the jump! Continue reading

Lykke Li gets a blast from the past on Nardwuar

Posted in Video with tags , , , on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by Ryan Buege

This is a great interview, simply because of the crazy number of props this dude is hiding in his bin. Lykke has a hard time responding to the questions because she’s just so amazed by what this wacky Canadian keeps pulling out, and it’s quite hilarious. She gave an incredible performance a few weeks ago at the Varsity in MPLS and Culture Bully captured the whole show. Anyone who’s asking themselves “why should I care?” should quickly set themselves straight; dig deeper to find out what you’re missing from this beautiful Swede.

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King Khan & the Shrines announce U.S. release of What Is?!

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , on Friday, February 20, 2009 by Ryan Buege

The long running Berlin, Germany by way of French Canada garage-soul-rock band, King Khan and the Shrines, have announced a US release for their 2007 album What Is?! through their US label Vice Records. What many people might not know is that the recent The Supreme Genius Of album was simply a greatest hits compilation of songs that Khan has already released across the pond. This is why, as you might notice, several of the beloved songs from that release from last year are also on this full length album

It’s great that What Is?! will get to see the light of day as their second release through Vice. Look for it on April 21, 2009. Right now, you can listen to a few of the tracks on the band’s MySpace page. .

1. (How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way
2. I Wanna Be A Girl
3. Welfare Bread
4. Land of the Freak
5. I See Lights
6. 69 Faces of Love
7. No Regrets
8. Cosmic Serenade
9. Le Fils Du Jaques Dutronc
10. Let Me Holler
11. In Your Grave
12. Take A Little Bit
13. Fear & Love
14. The Ballad Of Lady Godiva