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New Canadiana :: Jonny and the Cowabungas – Walt and Derek’s Wild Ride

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Born in a vat of b-movie superheroes, jangly guitar chords and surf age nostalgia, Jonny and the Cowabungas are St. John’s latest export for a good time. Under the recording guidance of Micah Brown (MAANS), Walt and Derek’s Wild Ride effortlessly drift over a wave of mostly instrumental garage rock, with swells of influences like Spaghetti Western soundtracks (“Paddy Thompson”) to ’60s heartbreak pop (“Muzzy”). The result is both energetic and electrifying, and surely leaves you sun-kissed long into those cold winter months.

Nés dans une cuve de super-héros de série B, d’accords de guitare cliquetants et de nostalgie du temps où le surf avait la cote, Jonny and the Cowabungas sont la toute dernière exportation de St. John depuis un bon moment. Sous la direction de Micah Brown (MAANS) à l’enregistrement, Walt and Derek’s Wild Ride dérive sans effort sur une vague de garage rock surtout instrumental, accompagnée d’une foule d’influences allant du western spaghetti (« Paddy Thompson ») à la heartbreak pop des années 60 (« Muzzy »). Le résultat est à la fois énergique et électrisant, et ensoleillera sans aucun doute nos froids mois d’hiver.

Jonny and the Cowabungas – Drunk On Wine

Jonny and the Cowabungas – Dishpit Dipshit

New Canadiana :: Juice Box – Tetra Pak

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Voices raised against the musical patriarchy.

Take a sip. We’ve got a problem.

Take another sip. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you care. Now take a bigger sip. Drink your juice.

Don’t swallow what the boys club feeds you.

 

Des voix dissidentes contre le patriarcat musical. Buvez une gorgée. Le problème est grave.

Buvez une autre gorgée par la suite. Elle vous fera rire. Elle vous fera prendre des choses en considération.

Maintenant, prenez une gorgée encore plus grande. Buvez votre jus.

N’avalez pas ce que ce patriarcat systématique, ce club fermé, ce club de dinosaure vous nourrit.

Juice Box – Straight White Boys Texting

Juice Box – Rat Therapy

New Canadiana :: BABEL – Martialis

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BABEL’s meditations on Mars compose a world that does not get to change from red to green to blue. This Martian chronicle is one of a red world turning redder. A sonic world where isolation is salvation and the familiar story of human introduction of course leads to destruction. Curiosity, Odyssey, Orbiter, Spirit, Opportunity, give these exploits whatever name you want: they’re all still drones.

Les méditations sur Mars de BABEL composent un monde qui n’a pas la chance de changer de rouge à vert à bleu. Cette chronique martienne nait d’un monde pourpré qui s’empourpre toujours. Un monde sonique où l’isolation est le salut et l’histoire familière de l’introduction humaine mène bien sûr à la destruction. Curiosity, Odyssey, Orbiter, Spirit, Opportunity, nommez ces exploits comme vous voulez: ils s’agissent tous toujours de drones.

BABEL – Martialis III

BABEL – Martialis IV

New Canadiana :: Drainolith – Hysteria

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Drainolith’s sophomoric heavy hitter of an album comes ambling through the barbed wire gates with the juiced up swagger of a junkyard man, wielding a heavy pipe and snarling coarse warnings. Once he realizes you’re not trying to rip him off, he invites you into his converted shed. You notice the ramshackle shelter would be crushed if one of the high piles of rusted out Chevy and Pontiac bodies creaking in the breeze were to topple over. But the junkyard owner’s confidence is inspiring so you follow him inside. Not much light gets in here, there’s an orange glow over everything and the air is still and smokey. You knock over a pile of empty beer bottles as you make your way into his cluttered dwelling. There are bottles all over the place. He tells you not to worry about it, and to sit down while he gets you a beer from the fridge. The couch is just fucking gross and covered with mountains of possessions, so you pull a chewed up old stool with paint blotches out from a corner and plant it. When the junkyard man comes back with your beer it’s just the beginning of one of the most important afternoons of your life, a time you replay from your memories for the remainder of your days.

Drainolith’s sophomoric heavy hitter of an album comes ambling through the barbed wire gates with the juiced up swagger of a junkyard man, wielding a heavy pipe and snarling coarse warnings. Once he realizes you’re not trying to rip him off, he invites you into his converted shed. You notice the ramshackle shelter would be crushed if one of the high piles of rusted out Chevy and Pontiac bodies creaking in the breeze were to topple over. But the junkyard owner’s confidence is inspiring so you follow him inside. Not much light gets in here, there’s an orange glow over everything and the air is still and smokey. You knock over a pile of empty beer bottles as you make your way into his cluttered dwelling. There are bottles all over the place. He tells you not to worry about it, and to sit down while he gets you a beer from the fridge. The couch is just fucking gross and covered with mountains of possessions, so you pull a chewed up old stool with paint blotches out from a corner and plant it. When the junkyard man comes back with your beer it’s just the beginning of one of the most important afternoons of your life, a time you replay from your memories for the remainder of your days.

Drainolith – No Name

Drainolith – Inside and Outside

New Canadiana :: Choice Grips

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In our ongoing pursuit to encourage, document, and connect creative expression across Canada, we cut through waves upon waves of ethereal sounds, wyld shreddery, and brooding drones. It is magnificent. Some of the best grips escape our grasping fists. We list them here:

Pecora Pecora – Le satellite perdu (Montréal, QC)

People’s Pool – People’s Pool (Victoria, BC)

Lex Plexus – Dark Light (Kamloops, BC)

ISOTOPES – Total Juicehead (Vancouver, BC)

COLLIDING CANYONS – COLLIDING CANYONS (Nanaimo, BC)

Galerie Stratique – Rêves de Béton (Québec, QC)

Peter van Haaften – Process & Control (Montréal, QC)

VIDEO: Phèdre – “Tivoli” (Toronto, ON)

Girlfrend – Lovers & Other Strangers (Victoria, BC)

Bodies That Matter – Glorify! Glorify! Glorify! (Toronto, ON)

Martin Rach / Ken Brennan – Nightly / Blue Moon (Niagra, ON)

Konig – Puberty (Kingston, ON)

redintheface – redintheface (Vancouver, BC)

Black Shroud – Black Shroud (Toronto, ON)

No Aloha – No Problemo (Montréal, QC)

thens – prpl lites ep (Montréal, QC)

Hannah Haderlein – Minibus (Edmonton, AB)

Jazz Bra’s Dot Com – Jazz Bra’s Dot Com (Vancouver, BC/Toronto, ON)

Flatland Sound Studio – Maximum Vacation Plus (Vancouver, BC)

Gazm – Dirty Beach (Montréal, QC)

Notre quête constante visant à encourager, à mettre en contact et à décrire les pratiques d’expression créatrice au Canada nous fait traverser vague après vague de sons éthérés, de shreds déchaînés et de sinistres bourdonnements; et c’est magnifique. De véritables joyaux échappent parfois à nos mains avides. Ils sont énumérés ici:

Pecora Pecora – Le satellite perdu (Montréal, QC)

People’s Pool – People’s Pool (Victoria, BC)

Lex Plexus – Dark Light (Kamloops, BC)

ISOTOPES – Total Juicehead (Vancouver, BC)

COLLIDING CANYONS – COLLIDING CANYONS (Nanaimo, BC)

Galerie Stratique – Rêves de Béton (Québec, QC)

Peter van Haaften – Process & Control (Montréal, QC)

VIDEO: Phèdre – “Tivoli” (Toronto, ON)

Girlfrend – Lovers & Other Strangers (Victoria, BC)

Bodies That Matter – Glorify! Glorify! Glorify! (Toronto, ON)

Martin Rach / Ken Brennan – Nightly / Blue Moon (Niagra, ON)

Konig – Puberty (Kingston, ON)

redintheface – redintheface (Vancouver, BC)

Black Shroud – Black Shroud (Toronto, ON)

No Aloha – No Problemo (Montréal, QC)

thens – prpl lites ep (Montréal, QC)

Hannah Haderlein – Minibus (Edmonton, AB)

Jazz Bra’s Dot Com – Jazz Bra’s Dot Com (Vancouver, BC/Toronto, ON)

Flatland Sound Studio – Maximum Vacation Plus (Vancouver, BC)

Gazm – Dirty Beach (Montréal, QC)