Song Of The Day: Shadow Show – Charades

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Photo Credit: Colleen Rose

“Charades” is a solid blast of Beatlesque garage rock from Detroit three-piece Shadow Show. The track is taken off their latest release Silhouettes and is accompanied by a very Detroit video, featuring a few recognizable landmarks including UFO Factory, Hello Records, and, of course, a place serving up Coney Island dogs. As a non-Detroiter, I’m sure I’m missing a whole bunch, but those are the ones that stood out to me anyways.

Shadow Show’s Silhouettes is out now on Burger Records. Check out the video for “Charades” below.

Song Of The Day: Painted Zeros – Commuter Rage

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Photo Credit: Kenneth Bachor

A little bit of laughter is appreciated these days. So kudos to Don Giovanni Records for making me laugh last night as I came across the following tweet:

As someone who has enjoyed a fair amount of the music put out by that label, I would say that this assessment of their audience (or at least me) is not entirely inaccurate. And so in honour of this tweet which amused me, I will now shine the spotlight on Don Giovanni, and specifically on Painted Zeros.

The band, led by Katie Lau, is set to release its new album When You Found Forever on May 29 via Don Giovanni. “Commuter Rage,” the lead single off the album, is a catchy piece of indie rock with lyrics that express Lau’s frustration with “this toxic culture” that we live in and her hopes that things could change if only she were in charge:

If I were socialized like these jerks who believe that they’re gifts from god,
and my words and opinions were half as heard as yours, man,

I could transform this
toxic culture
to be your
benevolent overlord
I’d take over
this shitty world
and be your
benevolent overlord.

I, for one, welcome our new Painted Zeros overlords. Bring it on.

Song Of The Day: Astrid Sonne – Area Under A Curve

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Things are bad. I don’t have to tell you things are bad.

Yes, I’m borrowing a line from the film Network, but rather than going down the path to Howard Beale-style doomsaying, I’m choosing instead to focus on the things that make us happy (specifically music in this case – we are a music blog after all) in order to distract a bit from all the bad things. And if we’re talking about things that make us happy, Roskilde is one of my happy places.

I’ve attended the Danish festival, held in the city of the same name, multiple times now and it never fails to impress. From the varied musical lineup to the art installations to the general sense of community, the festival has a great vibe and in many ways it seems to embody the Danish concept of hygge. Or to put it in terms most Roskilde attendees would understand, the Orange Feeling.

This year, Roskilde Festival is celebrating its 50th edition (providing everything’s back to normal by then) and while I probably won’t be there, I was lucky enough to attend the 2019 edition, where I saw a diverse lineup of acts spanning a wide range of genres.

Of all the acts I saw over the course of those four days, one of the most unique performances I took in was a set by Copenhagen-based composer Astrid Sonne. Her sound, combining electronic and classical elements, was rather impressive to hear and to see performed live, especially within the confines of the festival’s intimate Gloria Stage.

Check out the video for “Area Under A Curve,” off of Astrid Sonne’s latest release Cliondynamics, below.

Concert Review: Ali Barter, March 9, Drake Hotel

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A few songs into Ali Barter‘s set at The Drake on Monday night, an enthusiastic fan shouted out, “So good!” Barter’s response was to tell us all that So Good is the name of a brand of soy milk in Australia, and he in turn took this as an opportunity to tell Barter about bags of milk. Sure, why not.

I guess since they were on the general topic of consumer goods, Barter also noted that there’s no more toilet paper in Australia, clearly a comment on the current coronavirus outbreak which has led to people panic buying mass quantities of TP.

While stockpiling toilet paper certainly seems like an overreaction, a similar abundance of caution has also resulted in the much more understandable yet still disappointing cancellation of next week’s SXSW festival and conference, which in turn has left touring musicians like Barter with a SXSW-shaped hole in their schedules.

Touring behind her latest album, Hello, I’m Doing My Best (which is, in fact, so good – that guy wasn’t wrong), Barter was in good spirits despite the setback and was quite happy to be in Toronto to play her first ever Canadian show. Though she was only here for a short while before going back to the U.S. for a few more shows, she promised she’d be back. And like many touring musicians, she polled the crowd on exactly how one should pronounce our fair city’s name, finally settling on “Tronno.”

Barter ran through most of the new album with highlights including “Backseat”, “History Of Boys” and a solo performance of “January” (which we wrote about here). She introduced that song by talking about how much she generally hates the month of January. “It seems like the promise of a new year, but by the end of the month you’re the same old fuckhead,” she said, before adding, “Let’s get depressed” and launching into the song.

Another memorable number was “Ur A Piece Of Shit,” which she described as “a love song” that she wrote for her friends. Both that song and “January” exemplify what’s good about Barter’s songwriting – she writes about the stuff one can go through while growing as a person and dealing with your issues, all of it with a touch of humour at times and set to some very catchy tunes reminiscent of ’90s/early 2000s indie and alt rock sounds. I’ll take that over soy milk any day.


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