Band of Horses 'Why Are You OK'


We love Band of Horses.

The put it bluntly, they can almost do no wrong. After seeing them play as the sun went down at Lollapalooza in 2010 - we have been fans for life. And lucky for us they keep up their side of things by continuing to make magnificent, iconic, rock and roll music for the people. These guys have one of the most easy to love sounds out there - to the extent that we are pretty much gonna get into whatever they do.

'Why Are You OK' came out earlier this year and we feel compelled to write about it now, because - as with the rest of their records, after a few months it became our favorite. Don't get us wrong, we dug it right away - but spend a summer with a new Band of Horses record and get ready to have a new soundtrack for life.

We can't possibly pick stand out tracks for you, because we promise it just plays so beautifully from start to finish you won't want to skip a single note. Take this album to your friends birthday party (or better yet - buy it for them as a gift!), or take it camping, or on a road trip, or if you have a day off and need to cut the grass or take the bus to the library, or if you're sitting by the water just looking out. This album will be a fine companion, we can promise you that.

You're gonna love every single song.

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Arkells 'Morning Report'

 We could write an epic tale about our love for Arkells, but we will try to keep this relatively brief, so you can get to listening to - in our opinions at least, an album which is easily in the top five best of 2016.

 In a lot of ways (except for how their songs sound), Arkells remind us of The Hip. They are hilarious and profound in the same sentence. They are super Canadian and celebrate it in a million ways. They make consistantly wonderful music and they are beyond fucking amazing live. While we are all so very sad to see The Tragically Hip play their last show, Arkells most certainly give us lots of hope for the future.

But, we are here to talk about 'Morning Report'. It's kind of like their last one 'High Noon' - as in, every song is a complete home run. It's jam packed with magnificent tunes that don't sound alike but sound just like Arkells. It's full of uptempo hits like 'Drake's Dad' and 'Private School' of course, but then there's some beautifully somber songs like 'Passenger Seat' and 'Come Back Home'.

We assure you that just like seeing this band live, this albums presents ZERO dull moments. This is a group of gents that absolutely love what they do, and we promise that it is so obvious when you listen, that you can't help but love them that much more for it.

Eight years ago we saw Arkells and Attack in Black in Medicine Hat with only four pals and the bands. This summer, Arkells played one of the most outrageously amazing and energetic sets of all of Wayhome Festival (to an absolutely MASSIVE crowd we might add). They have leveled up again and again - they were always great but they keep getting better.

This album is a MUST listen (and own). And you definitely need to see Arkells live. They really are the best.

Sept 3 - Calgary, AB @ X-FEST
Sept 4 - Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom Festival
Sept 9 - Niagara, ON @ Jackson Triggs
Sept 15 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Sep 27- Champaign, IL @ The Accord*
Sep 28 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room*
Sep 29 - Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish*
Sep 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club*
Oct 01- Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell's Eccentric Cafe - Beer Garden*
Oct 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Oct 27 - Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre*
Oct 28 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater*
Oct 29 - Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage*
Oct 30 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa*
Oct 31 - Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live @ The Queen*
Nov 02 - Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Theater*
Nov 03 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt*
Nov 04 & 05 - Toronto, CA - Massey Hall**
Nov 11 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag
Nov 12 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Dec 9 & 10 - Buffalo, NY @  Town Ballroom
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**headlining w/ Frank Turner

Hannah Georgas 'For Evelyn'

Regrettably, this is the first Hannah Georgas album we've taken the time to really absorb.

This is a huge oversight that must be corrected, but we can't dwell on that right now. Because we are here to discuss and celebrate the brilliant release that is 'For Evelyn'.

Released in June 2016 on Dine Alone Records, this is Hannah Georgas' third full length record. What's clear as day rom the jump is that Hannah is an exceptionally versatile and wonderfully talented musician, songwriter and vocalist. She tackles a variety of genres with ease and finesse, all while having her own iconic sound that definitely has the power to change popular music for the better.

We would love to see a documentary on the making of 'For Evelyn'. We would love to know the ideas behind these brilliant songs. 'Waste' is absolutely one of our favorite things of 2016, and 'Don't Go' is nothing short of magnificent. But it's clear that a ton of love and hard work went into making this record. There is no filler - just powerful music from start to finish.

 We can't wait to see Hannah Georgas live and will keep everyone updated on tourdates and everything else!


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The Album Leaf 'Between Waves'

 The Album Leaf are back, and they have a new album called 'Between Waves' on Relapse Records that is a sonic adventure in uncharted experimental rock territory. We would put this right in that genre of some of our absolute favorite bands like Tortoise, Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai, Caribou and so many more. But the project started by Jimmy Lavelle as a solo mission that blossomed into an amazing full band is beyond comparison. They have made something new and wonderful here.

The songs on 'Between Waves' are densely layered and complex, and it wouldn't be a stretch to called them all incredible, bold sonic creations. On top of the fact that you could pick apart dozens of amazing individual technical elements from each song, The Album Leaf accomplished job one beautifully, which is making great sounding, easy to love music that will make you feel something awesome. A lot of reviewers will probably go ahead and call this 'post rock' (if that's a thing) - but this isn't a new version of something old. This is something on it's own entirely.

We have given this extra cool record a ton of listens to get ready to write about it, and we've found it suits most - if not all activities. Dog walks, late night or early morning (or even mid afternoon) work sessions, road trips, all of it. This record is engaging and motivating from start to finish. The Album Leaf really have something to be proud of with this record. We can't wait to have it in our collection!



Check out this amazing remix of 'Never Far' by the one and only Dntel!

The Album Leaf - "Back To The Start" from 'Between Waves' due out August 26, 2016 on CD/LP/DLX 2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records.

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Black Atlass: 'Haunted Paradise'

Black Atlass follows his debut EP 'Blossom' with the full length debut of the year as far as we're concerned.  The sound of these songs embodies the delicate balance implied by the title.  Where 'Blossom' balanced the dynamics of his music with his delicate, yet powerful voice, this one shows an intricacy and elegance that does not come easily. 

The singles 'Island Love' and 'Blonde' show the true feeling of the album without giving away too much.  Each track shares elements of the sounds that comprise the cohesive story told throughout the record.  We can't help but think that the album is partly inspired by the artist leaving his home of Montreal to set up shop and work on the new album in Los Angeles.  Leaving home to focus on something so vital can make anyplace feel like paradise, and yet being in a new city can make one feel like a ghost.

The same can be said of the return home after a great adventure.  'Glow In The Dark' is one shining moment where it's boldly clear that we are witnessing a vital next step in the growth and evolution of Black Atlass.  The video for 'Blonde' is as ominous as the song itself.  After multiple listens it's still unclear whose heart is breaking...

Throughout your first listen to 'Haunted Paradise' it's easy to forget just how much Black Atlass puts into this project.  In a day and age where authenticity seems to bear great significance, we are not only dealing with an artist who writes and performs his own music and lyrics, but also records, mixes, and engineers each song in addition to overseeing the creative process for every aspect of this album.  As a result he has substantial creative control and is able to see his vision brought to life. 

That process is only one of the major reasons why Black Atlass stands out.  His voice is stunning, the music straightforward and emotive, and from beginning to end the album is a seamless listen.  It's a brief glimpse into another world.  It becomes a momentary trip to a 'Haunted Paradise', if you let it...