Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Kiefer Sutherland – Not Enough Whiskey

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Don’t know how, but Jack Bauer has a new music video out. I guess it doesn’t come as a surprise, since Kiefer Sutherland is

a) From the west
b) In Young Guns (Blaze of Glooooory)
C) in the Cowboy Way (that movie where he was a cowboy in the city)
D) A new cowboy movie called the Forsaken

So basically, he is probably a cowboy in some shape or form, and while this is a perfectly passable country song (according to Paul), I can’t believe he didn’t throw some wink wink nudge nudge lyrics from 24 on here, for his diehard fans.

Here’s what I would have included

- CHLOE! CHLOE!
– We haven’t got the time dammit!
– I don’t want to hurt you, but I will, if I have to (could actually be a country music lyric)
– DAMMIT!
– Get me President Palmer!
– Why’s my daughter being chased by a mountain lion?

I miss 24, such a good show. Here’s the video. It didn’t even start with the CTU countdown (do do dooooo doooooo)

Keifer’s new album Down in the Hole drops in April.

Song Of The Day: Tortoise – Yonder Blue

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Chicago post-rock outfit Tortoise are back with their latest release, The Catastrophist. It’s a welcome return, as the band hasn’t released a full length studio album since 2009’s Beacons Of Ancestorship.

In the time between those albums, it`s like they haven`t missed a beat, continuing on with the heavily synth based sounds of their last few releases, but also expanding their sound by adding vocals for the first time in their career. Alongside their cover of David Essex`s “Rock On,” Tortoise also collaborate with Yo La Tengo`s Georgia Hubley on “Yonder Blue,” a pretty little number that brings to mind her main band`s 2000 release And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out.

Tortoise are currently on a tour that brings them to Toronto for a show at Lee`s Palace on March 12 alongside Mind Over Mirrors and Last Ex.

SXSW Preview: The Wet Secrets – I Can Swing a Hammer

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When people ask where I’m from, the typical answer is Toronto. This is partly because most Americans have little to no hope of placing Edmonton geographically, in effect defeating their hope to relate and segue into the next piece of conversation. And while I CAN go into detail about how great the Oilers were 30 years ago (albeit after a bit of Wikipedia research), or how Edmonton is the more liberal capital of the Texas of Canada, somehow none of that helps diminish the inferiority complex even a little. This is why I listened to “I Can Swing A Hammer” with much glee. The Wet Secrets hail from Edmonton. Yes, that bitterly cold place 6 hrs drive above the 49th parallel north where the shop composition of a big indoor mall defined much of my teenage life. And “Hammer” sounds every bit the teensy, rebellious pop-rock anthem it needs to be when your hometown has been twice (unjustly) crowned the “Murder capital of Canada” (we’ll be right with you after 14 more photo-finishes, Winnipeg!)

While the lyrics won’t win any poetry awards, it encapsulates the complex tug-of-war between potential and reality so well that you need only take 1 capsule a day (CBC’s prescription of 1 pill every morning is right on the money). As long as they don’t plan to twirl those hammers like batons while they play in their marching band costumes, I’ll definitely drop by at Southby in support.

The Wet Secrets play at Friends on March 18 at 1AM, and the Swan Dive at 12AM on March 19.

SXSW Preview: Lucy Dacus

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Many a song plays host to personal and universally-relatable lyrics. Yet some remain unapproachable or inaccessible to those who would otherwise empathize, merely due to a less than memorable supporting melody. “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” is just the opposite. Here, Richmond, Virginia’s Lucy Dacus and her band have crafted a perfect skeleton on which to hang a simple premise. It plays like the confession and resolution of an old friend with a sudden change of heart. Compacted to less than 3 minutes, the attention capture is immediate and refreshing.

Dacus’ first album, No Burden, was just released two weeks ago, and has already garnered some positive reviews. While I found other songs collected in the same such as “Strange Torpedo” to be slightly less impactful, her shows would certainly be worthwhile to visit at SXSW.

They will be playing at the Parish on March 17 at 8PM, as well as Clive Bar on March 18 at 8PM.