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Fall music preview 

A round-up of the season’s local music releases, starting this weekend with the Gamma Gamma Rays, that will make your ears bleed and your head explode.


The Baketones, Unite (Baketones Music)
Sixteen garage rock tracks recorded mostly live off the floor. And because you're swell, the band's releasing a free 15-track cover album, The Cover Up, with one three-song EP every two weeks. Download the cover EPs at August 31

Christina Martin, I Can Too (Come Undone/EMI)
Look for a much-anticipated release show on September 10, then the lovely singer-songwriter kicks off a Canadian tour with Cuff the Duke. September 7

Jerry Granelli, 1313 LP (180 gram/Divorce)
An honest-to-god legend drums among us. Jerry Granelli's first solo album, played with no overdubs, and most in a single take. Release show September 11 at 1313 Hollis. September 3

The Modern Men, The sensual sounds of
Formerly the electro-party Kiss Kiss Danse Danse, this band knows that modern men love the dance floor. September 3, at the Paragon

The Light Brights, The World's a Changin'
The Paragon will light up for the band's CD release show on September 30. September 7

Orchid's Curse, Voices: The Tales of Broken Men (Diminished Fifth)
The sophomore album by the Dartmouth band draws "influences from life and death, the spectrum of human emotions and the ideas of man. September 21

The Music of Artisanship & War: Volume III (Diminished Fifth)
Third definitive volume of east coast metal, including North End Metal All-Stars, Black Moor and Iron Giant.September 21

Kim Wempe, Painting With Tides (GroundSwell Music)
Folk/roots with a big voice that feels like it's coming out of the forest. September 28

Rising Waters, The Fall of Rising Waters
A debut rising, compared to Counting Crows, Guns N' Roses and Stereophonics. September 29

Kestrels, The Solipsist (Noyes)
Seven-inch and digital download of four tracks (three originals and a Black Tambourine cover); digital gets you five. And it’s loud, too. September 28


Tupper Ware Remix Party, Poised To Dominate
The album pretty much seals the deal. Also, I want one of their t-shirts. October 2

Seth Smith, New Problems (Noyes)
The 12-inch and digital release of Smith’s awesome New Problems LP. October 26

Rob Loveless, Rob Loveless
Six-song EP of sample-based psych-pop. October 9

Gianna Lauren, Some Move Closer, Some Move On (Forward Music)
A favourite singer-songwriter on the scene releases her full-length album into the world. October 12

Moonsocket, TBD (Noyes)
Seven-inch and digital download is the first in years from Eric's Trip's Chris Thompson, described as "fraught with hard drive crashes and broken jazzmaster collets." October 19

Jesse Dangerously, Humble & Brilliant
He may not live here anymore, but c'mon, the self-produced album features cover art by Mike Holmes, Bryan Lee O'Malley and Hope Larson, and contains "the reasonably smashy hit 'Halifax Rap Legend.'" October 19

Evolution Meanders, February 13th, 2010
Matthew and Charlotte Mongraw's two-piece instrumental rock band releases their guitar-and-horn debut, recorded at New Art Record Studio. All proceeds go to charity, folks.


Covalent Bond, Covalent Bond
Four-piece indie-rock band's been together since July 2009, now releasing its self-titled album. November 1

Rawlins Cross, Heart Head Hands (Sonic)
Celtic rock down to your toes. November 2

We Need Secrets, TBD (Noyes)
Fuzzy introspection on a 12-inch plus digital from Chad Peck. November 2

Paper Beat Scissors, Walk Far
Everyone wins this game: a new EP from the moody masters. November 16

Zac Crouse, You Plan to Do Nothing
Bassist and singer's first solo album, recorded in between tours with Caledonia. November 3


the official suckers, drink water
DIY acoustic punk band plays mostly basement and house shows, but this album brings the duo above ground.

Quake, The Myth 
Fairview favourite Quake releases his debut, with productions from Grammy-nominated trio Tone Mason and Classified, and guest features by Royce da 5'9'', Choclair and Jordan Croucher.

Husband & Knife, Even More Of Them (Than Us) (Brotherhood Cassettes)
The second half of KC Spidle and Evan Cardwell ’s More Of Them sessions recorded during the winter of 2008.

Debut EP coming mid-September with a fine pedigree (Windom Earle, Nerd Army, The Graboids, The Grown Ups). Download most of it at

Chief Thundercloud, June Street (Scotch Tapes)
New tape by Chief Thundercloud (Craig Currie) is first side all originals, second side all covers.

Tongan Death Grip, Chula Vista (P Trash Records)
Poppy punk album full of guitar solos and harmony, coming soon.

Burnt Church/Armada From Hell (Kill A Cop Records)
Local grindcore power trio pairs with the Indonesian band Armada From Hell on this split cassette. Also look for Burnt Church's seven-inch and a PWYC digital release of its10-song demo through Mosh Pit Tragedy Records.

Laura Peek, Key (Just Friends)
One of the prettiest pop albums to come out this season, arranged by David Christensen (Jenn Grant, Heavy Blinkers) and Peek.

Something Good, TBD
Something tells me I'm going to be into Something Good's six-song hip-hop EP.

Bird World, No Wonder
Tape and digital download, just in time for the Pop Explosion.

The MacGillivray Bros, The MacGillivray Bros
It's all in the family: Look for Luke and Tom's album mid-September.

The Devil's Half Acre, Introducing The Devil's Half Acre
Releasing early September, with Chase Ross (guitar, vocals, drums and harmonica), Kirstan Moore (Kestrels) on bass and Kaley Northcott on backing vocals.

Jenocide, TBD
Already picking out my favourite barrettes for this electro-party.

Keith Mullins, Localmotive Farm

Recorded mostly in Nashville with Gordie Sampson, named after Mullins' CSA farm near Stewiacke.

Kelly Sloan, TBD
Sloan's second full-length, recorded at Darkside Studios in Dartmouth, follows the release of Always Changes.

Bad Vibrations (Brotherhood Cassettes)
A split tape with an "unknown band (from somewhere in Canada)."

On Film, You Are A Compass
Recorded with Jay Methot, with a release date of early October.

Myles Deck and The Fuzz, You Can't Heal a Sick Riff
Produced by Mike O'Neill at Echo Chamber, the LP promises to be "our sassiest release to date."

Kristina Trites, Kristina Trites
Kristina Trites returns to her hometown to record and release her self-titled EP, abandoning pop for a rootsy, acoustic sound.

Jenn Arab, If I Were A Tree If A Tree Were I
Solo singer-songwriter releases her EP, date TBD.

Urban Surf Kings, Retro-sonic: 15 Years of Twang (Reverb Ranch)
Surf over a 15-year retrospective featuring songs from their 10 releases, plus two new recordings.

The Stogies, No Couth, No Class, No Nothin'
They also don't have a release date, either---wait for it!

Hymm, TBD (Just Friends)
Love 'em live, now you can own the full-length featuring Dave Ewenson, Levon Campbell, James MacAulay and Jess Lewis.

Union of the Snake, TBD (Noyes)
Seven-inch plus digital split released between Noyes Records and Revolution Winter mixes studio and home recording. Heavy. Gank and fuzz.

Superfantastics, Places to Roam
Halifax's most charming duo returns with a new album, recorded back in January by Rick White (Eric's Trip).

Noyes Records series
Not exactly a release---more like a modern-day Columbia House, but with no scam and cool release shows. The local label is organizing a year-long seven-inch subscription series starting in the fall. Pay up front and get six records, one every two months. So far, Memories Attack, Dog Day, Play Guitar, Cousins and Duzheknew are signed up. Not available in stores and there will be release shows in "weird places."


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