Legion of Saints – Wretched Cabaret [Listen]

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As previously posted about this band.
Legion of Saints is an Ottawa Alternative Rock quartet band.
They just released the second single from the EP called ‘Killing The Silence’.
Again the track is upbeat and might be played on radio stations like Live 88.5FM.

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Intoxicated Rage – Battlefield [Listen]

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I feel like I am having my fair share of loud heavy metal music in May.
Looks like this has played in Ottawa and had a good reception.
Anyways, Boston, Massachusetts band Intoxicated Rage recently dropped their sing Battlefield a few weeks.
The single is taken from their upcoming album Apocalypse which should come out later this year.
Battlefield is 5 minutes of intense loud heavy metal rageness.
While it is not my cup of tea, maybe for those into heavy metal will enjoy this song.

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Zuffalo – Any Given Speed [Listen]

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Zuffalo is band from Toronto.
Any Given Speed is taken from their self-titled album.
The tracks is a throwback of the old classic pop rock tune of the good old days.
Cool Ottawa connection since it was mastered by Philip Shaw Bova.

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No Filter – May 20, 2019

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Have a listen to No Filter on CHUO 89.1 FM for May 20, 2019.
Had a interview with Language Arts, who will be playing a show on May 25th at Pressed.
The interview is in hour one around the 30 minute mark.
Hour one:

HOUR TWO:

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No Filter’s Top 5 Songs of the Week [May 20 – 27]

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Top5SongsoftheWeek
Here is the Top 5 Songs of the week.
Don’t forget to tune in every Mondays at 4pm on CHUO 89.1FM
This week at #1 for the second week is the track from Toronto’s Absolutely Free featuring U.S Girls
Currency is taken from their upcoming EP Geneva Freeport EP which drops on June 20, 2019
Debuts this week from Dizzy.
Note: () means last week and [] means total weeks.
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Mixtape Session – May 14, 2019

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I was filling in for Mixtape Sessions on May 14, 2019.
Had in the studio some of the members of Ginny.
They are playing a show this Friday at Live on Elgin with North by North.
Details are on here.
Their performance and interview is at the 30 minute mark.
Have a listen to the show

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No Filter – May 13, 2019

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Have a listen to No Filter on CHUO 89.1 FM for May 13, 2019.
Hour one:

Hour two:

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No Filter’s Top 5 Songs of the Week [May 13 – 19]

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Top5SongsoftheWeek
Here is the Top 5 Songs of the week.
Don’t forget to tune in every Mondays at 4pm on CHUO 89.1FM
This week at #1 is the track from Toronto’s Absolutely Free featuring U.S Girls
Currency is taken from their upcoming EP Geneva Freeport EP which drops on June 20, 2019
Debuts this week from Carly Rae Jepsen (Single #4 from Dedicated which drops this Friday), Ottawa’s Empty Nesters and Lungbutter (Single #2 from their debut album Honey which drops on May 31, 2019).
Note: () means last week and [] means total weeks.
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10 Years Ago: Canadian Albums of 2009 [Top 10]

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Let’s look at the Top 10 list I made 10 years ago of the Canadian albums that came out in 2009.
There is an update rating system on how I feel about these albums.
As you know some of the bands are defunct, let’s hope they reunite some day!

  1. Three (Volume 1, 2, 3) – Joel Plaskett
  2. 2009 was Joel Plaskett’s year just because he released THREE not as just one but three albums in one. How ambitious and epic is that? He has proven to himself and Canada that he can do that.
    Album is a mix of rock and folk with some maritimes sound. Nice that he has his dad, Rose Cousins and Ana Egge on the album too. Best tracks are Through and Through and Through, Let You Down, In The Blue Moonlight, Deny, Deny, Deny, On and On and On.
    /10

  3. The Balconies – The Balconies
  4. Some of you maybe surprised on why it is #2? It is an amazing album, full of great pop rock alternative tunes. Best tracks are Lulu, 300 Pages, The Slo, Elephant Lamp, Ghost Fever, Battle Royale, Rest Up.
    /10

  5. Battles OnThe Ghost Is Dancing
  6. Another surprise that put them in a higher spot. But this album sort of spoke to me when I was feeling down. A great catchy, accessible pop rock album which sometimes Rajiv from Oh No Forest Fires plays live with them. Best tracks are Failed Of A Dream Architect, Battles On, Rogues & Heroes, This Thunder, Stick Together, Strange Times, Flashing Pictures and Without Friends.
    /10.

  7. …And The Ever Expanding UniverseThe Most Serene Republic
  8. This has to be their best album they have put out. Very accessible to listen to and different styles of music. Just say its out of this world. Best tracks are Bubble Reputation, Heavens To Purgatory, Patternicity, Catharsis Boo, Don’t Hold Back, Feel A Little Longer and No One Likes A Nihilist.
    /10.

  9. Face ControlHandsome Furs
  10. Enjoyed the second album alot and its a step up from Plague Park. Full of great electronica-dance-rock sound. Best tracks are Legal Tender, I’m Confused, Thy Will Be Done, Radio Kaliningrad.
    /10.

  11. FamilyThink About Life

  12. After seeing them live various times. Finally picked up their album and was blown away on how fun this album is. They bring out the party out of everyone. Best tracks are Johanna, Havin’ My Baby, Sweet Sixteen, Young Hearts, The Wizzard, Set You On Fire, Life Of Crime.
    /10.

  13. Borders – Green Go
  14. This band from Guelph just put out this great electro-pop-rock-dance album. Best tracks are Borders, Put Your Speed On, You Know You Want It, Bang, Watch Your Step and Fool Me Once.
    /10.

  15. BeaconsOhbijou
  16. They finally released their second and its just a lovely indie orchestral pop album to listen to. Best tracks are Wildfires, Black Ice, Cliff Jump, Cannon March, Thunderlove, New Years and We Lovers.
    /10.

  17. Invisible RepublicYoung Galaxy
  18. Their second is a departure from the first which was more of dreamy pop sound. It is more a rock driven album.
    Best tracks are Long Live The Fallen World, Oh Sister, Destroyer, Pathos, Light Years, Queen Drums and Firestruck.
    /10.

  19. The Happiness Project – Charles Spearin
  20. One of the unique albums of 2009. Where Charles Spearin interview his neighbors and synch the audio with his music. Its a crazy blend of experimental and avant-garde.
    Best tracks are Mrs.Morris, Anna, Vittoria and Vanessa.
    /10.

Quaker Parents – Our Drawing Club [Review]

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Mark Grundy of Heaven for Real‘s other project Quaker Parents dropped the album “Our Drawing Club” on May 10, 2019.
It is a mix of guitar minimal pop and experimental arty electro-glitchy music.
As the title suggest is like a messy drawing artwork.
A scribble there, an abstract there, and a masterpiece there.
Vocal wise reminds me of a mix between Shotgun Jimmie and John K. Samson (*gasp*)
Best tracks:

  • Improbable Friendship 1999
  • Never That Baked In
  • One Time Luv
  • No Travel
  • A Better Part

This is a totally out there album!
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