Monday, October 31, 2011

Forbidden Dimension Rises Again?

I've been trying unsuccessfully to get more info about a supposed new release from Calgary's Forbidden Dimension. All I know is that this tune hit my radar and it seems that a new album is coming out Nov. 22. At any rate, it's the perfect Halloween band, so here you go.

Forbidden Dimension - Chokin' On A Heartache by killbeat music

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Watchmen - Free Live Album, Jets Montage, Grey Cup Show

For a part-time, having a lark reunion band, The Watchmen seem to be more active than many artists that consider themselves a going concern. CBC used Any Day Now as the musical accompaniment to a video montage celebrating the return of the Jets to Winnipeg yesterday, for example. Look closely in that montge and you might see a white-haired kid riding in a convertible for Dale Hawerchuk's signing - is that Scruffy the Yak? Could be.

The band also played their Silent Radar album in its entirety (as well as other fan faves) in September at the Horseshoe Tavern. Now the band is making the whole show available for free download at their website. No fixing it up in the studio, no auto-tuning, just the sounds as they unfolded. Here's a taste.

The Watchmen - BRIGHTER HELL Live Silent Radar Redux by scruffy the yak

The Watchmen have also announced their first show in Vancouver in about 8 years, playing as part of Grey Cup festivities at The Commodore on Saturday, Nov. 26. Tix on sale now. Here's an old one that never made it to an album.

The Watchmen - One of Us (live Moncton 2000) by scruffy the yak

If that ain't enough, somehow some older Watchmen tunes 'The South' and 'Sleep' made their way into the 2011 TIFF selected film "The Whistleblower" starring Rachel Weisz.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Matthew Sweet - Get a Free Mp3, Remind Yourself of His Greatness

You know who is still fine? Matthew Sweet. Very few can pull in influences from the last 4 or 5 decades, twist them into pure power pop genius, and unravel them into consistently spiffy modern aural full course meals. His new one, Modern Art, is no different. Full album review coming soon, I promise. But I never promised you a rose garden.

First two tracks below are from Modern Art, the ones below it you know and love. You should, anyway.

She Walks The Night (Radio Edit) by Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet - Late Nights With The Power Pop by The Vinyl District

Sick Of Myself by Matthew Sweet

We're The Same by Matthew Sweet

Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet

Time Capsule by Matthew Sweet