Emancipator (not Lincoln) has been pulling heartstrings electronically since 2009 (not 1809). Based in Portland OR, his music has been described as zen and cerebral. That may be so, but every now and then your exoskeleton becomes restrictive and your next instar is just one moult away. The new recording “Diamonds” seems to do just that. It sees Emancipator releasing himself from the trappings of Dusk to Dawn, from the pensive Minor Cause or Natural Cause (both I recommend highly) to something entirely more upbeat and… South American. Or, maybe I’m crazy. As I’m writing this a 10 man bagpipe band just strode by in full gear… You tell me who needs some restraints.
If our education ministers suddenly announced that we need to infuse toddlers with Canadian values like their British counterparts just did a few days ago , I would certainly expect Vinyl Cafe to be on the shortlist. In the midst of talk about wheat in Brendan MB, Vinyl Cafe host Stuart McLean ushered Chic Gamine onto the stage with their 60s girl band charm. And now the mental imagery of moon-lit wheat fields with blues-bellowing silhouettes of scarecrows won’t clear out of my mind.
The Winnipeg group is rumored to have a new album this fall. And if this new track called Searchlight is any indication, they’ve taken a new direction. Take a listen and see for yourself. I’m just looking forward to putting some new tunes into those scarecrows!
La Roux has taken her sweet time getting back into the game after her debut record became a hit about five years ago. That debut record, if you recall, was everywhere back in the day and Elly Jackson became a very popular person with her distinct haircut and style. Her new record, Trouble in Paradise was released a few weeks ago and it is really, really good. Basically pop perfection. Most of the tunes are catchy and just right for any summer pool party playlist. Uptight Downtown is the first track off the record. It’s catchy and upbeat, something that is reflective of the whole album. Take a listen.
Punky, bluesy and full of raw energy, the single “Violent Shiver” from Benjamin Booker’s eponymous debut album to be dropped on August 19th is like a copious helping of the finest hot sauce in musical form – just the thing to perk you up even on the blandest of days, to make you sweat just a little, and to make tears come to your eyes.
He’s on tour right now (and for any of you Chicagoans lucky enough to have that magical and coveted Lollapalooza wristband, he’ll be taking the Grove stage at 12:50 on Saturday). Give “Violent Shiver” a listen – it’ll be the best 2 minutes and 46 seconds of your day: