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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Watch this new video "Wishing Well" from The Everywheres

This live rock performance video was filmed and edited by Jeff Miller

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Sam Hill slinkin' around
  • Sam Hill slinkin' around
Last month, Halifax psych-rock-weirdos The Everywheres released the full-length Dignity Fever, recorded around Halifax and the South Shore, to much praise and surprise. Production-wise, it's sharp as hell; thematically, the eight tracks roam around what it's like to live in Halifax.

Sometimes, spending time in Halifax means making music with your friends. Filmed and edited by video superstar Jeff Miller, "We did the video in my living room on Yukon Street one Saturday night this winter," says songwriter and vocalist Sam Hill. "It's a pretty jovial atmosphere for a sad song." I guess living in Halifax also means slinkin' around and freaking out the squares, man. 



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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Playing the Field: Lots of fun on Shotgun Jimmie's new album

The rock 'n' roller returns to Halifax with his latest Joel Plaskett-produced record

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Everything's comin' up Jimmie - COLIN MEDLEY
  • Everything's comin' up Jimmie
  • Colin Medley

After a long winter in Brandon, Manitoba, Polaris Prize-nominated rock 'n' roller Shotgun Jimmie (Jim Kilpatrick) is back on tour with his new album Field of Trampolines. Produced by Joel Plaskett at his Dartmouth studio New Scotland Yard over four jam-packed days last August, it's Jimmie's most fun and upbeat record to date, and the positive vibes are due in part to his backing band, Winnipeg's Human Music, and songs that celebrate good times on the road. 

"This one has a very positive message," says Kilpatrick, on the phone from his old hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick, where he just finished an eight-day residency at art bar, Thunder & Lightning Ltd. "The field of trampolines is this metaphor of a better place, a magical weightless land with only the good parts of life. So I think that comes across in the songs." Ten joyful tracks show a change of pace for the former Shotgun & Jaybird. His last few albums, including the heavy Transistor Sister and 2013's moody Everything, Everythingwere much darker. 

"People think just cause something is brooding or cynical means it's more sophisticated," Kilpatrick says. "I feel like some people don't think happy music is as complex, but I think positive music can be just as meaningful." Lucky for him, the last few years have been great. He got married in Texas, started a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Manitoba and has been super busy with exciting projects in arts and music. The album's themes pull from this pretty sweet time in his life. 

click image Jimmie & Joel at New Scotland Yard - JIM KILPATRICK
  • Jimmie & Joel at New Scotland Yard
  • Jim Kilpatrick
"I wanted to make a record where all the songs spoke to each other in a very obvious way," he explains. Everything, Everything was much more of a collage, by design and by title. "I tried to get everything on it, shamelessly" he laughs. "But by compressing the recording of Field of Trampolines into four days, it really gave the album much more of a cohesive sound. We just didn't have time to venture too far from the central aesthetic, which I think totally works in its favour." Add Plaskett into the mix as the producer, and the album is nothing but fun, with hints of the long musical relationship between the two songwriters.

"You can hear Joel's music in my music because he's an influence," says Kilpatrick. In 2011, Plaskett's New Scotland Records released a seven-inch of two companion songs by Plaskett and Jimmie, poking fun at the similarities between their styles. "Most of what he did on the record was take stuff away," says Kilpatrick. "The result isn't Joel Plaskett's 'trademark sound,' but the sound of a guy who has tons of production experience, who has thoroughly examined popular music and rock, to the point that he understands it like Keanu Reeves at the end of The Matrix." 


With Human Music, they spent four long days at Plaskett's studio bouncing around on Field of Trampolines. "There are moments when you can hear some Joel-style backing vocals, but he didn't put too much of himself on it. He wanted to work with me because he wanted to do a hi-fi Jimmie album, to elevate my sound," he says. "We went into that hi-fi world where I've never been before, and it's exciting to inhabit that space. And they say once you go hi-fi, you can't go back. But I think I'll go back, my next album will probably be recorded on an old telephone or something."

Plus, Kilpatrick says, the studio is beautiful: "It's an extension of Joel in that it's fully equipped, anything you wanna do is possible. It feels like a jungle gym. There's all this neat stuff to play with, everything you need is there. You want a B3 organ? Sure. It's like the holodeck on Star Trek."  

click image Joel and Human Music workin' the field at New Scotland Yard - JIM KILPATRICK
  • Joel and Human Music workin' the field at New Scotland Yard
  • Jim Kilpatrick
Like most of Shotgun Jimmie's records, Field is filled with puns, travel tales ("You got the whole wide world to see, ain't it something?"), halloumi in Kreuzburg, songs to his old bandmates and friends ("Song for Julie, Chris, Rick + Mark," "Constantine Believer"), and stories of good times in places like the Regina diner ("It doesn't get any finer"). He's got an affinity for brunch.

"I released the first single at Auntie & Uncles in Toronto," he says. "It's not so much diners I love as the ritual of hanging out with people from the party the night before. At the party, everyone is sloppy or drunk , and when a night's really great you don't want it to end, so it's like, 'Let's meet for brunch!' and you're tired, maybe hungover and nostalgic for the night that just happened, and I feel like you relive those moments and everyone is tender and loving at those morning brunches." 

Now Kilpatrick's on a cross-country tour with stops at the Lawnya Vawnya music festival in St. John's, and the residency in Sackville where he spent eight nights performing his own songs and songs with artists like Michael Feuerstack, Steve Lambke and Lucy Niles (Partner) at Thunder & Lightning. On Friday, he's back at Gus' Pub with Lambke, Mitchell Wiebe's post-punk project G.L.A.M. Bats, Ian Roy and Amy Siegel and then he'll be looking for breakfast.

"Is the Spartan Restaurant still in Halifax?" Kilpatrick asks. Sadly, the beloved Quinpool and Oxford Street diner closed in 2010. "Remember the old Greek lady who would just go 'bacon and egg?' and then would just leave for awhile then come back with your breakfast?" he says. "One time me and Fred [Squire] were there and she just brought us breakfast but it was exactly what we wanted. They had the best homefries, those thick potato pucks. We used to try and reverse engineer those Spartan potatoes, and their rice pudding was off the hook. It was a special place." 





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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Photos: 35mm and Polaroids from Flourish Festival

Photographer Kate Giffin's amazing shots of the Fredericton music freakout

Posted By and on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Last weekend, the second Flourish Festival went down in Fredericton, NB for three whole days of music in the city's bars, vintage boutiques and record stores. The lineup featured a killer mix of bands, including a bunch from Halifax: The Everywheres, Walrus, Gianna Lauren, Beauts, Klarka Weinwurm, No Problem, The Age and many others. Local photographer Kate Giffin took sweet candid shots in both 35mm and Polaroid. Check out these beauties now. 

Halifax's No Problem - KATE GIFFIN
  • Halifax's No Problem
  • Kate Giffin
Cleary from No Problem - KATE GIFFIN
  • Cleary from No Problem
  • Kate Giffin
The Age - KATE GIFFIN
  • The Age
  • Kate Giffin
The Age/self-portrait - KATE GIFFIN
  • The Age/self-portrait
  • Kate Giffin
The Age - KATE GIFFIN
  • The Age
  • Kate Giffin
Fredericton's Motherhood - KATE GIFFIN
  • Fredericton's Motherhood
  • Kate Giffin
Motherhood - KATE GIFFIN
  • Motherhood
  • Kate Giffin
Penelope Stevens (Motherhood) - KATE GIFFIN
  • Penelope Stevens (Motherhood)
  • Kate Giffin
WHOOP-Szo from London/Guelph - KATE GIFFIN
  • WHOOP-Szo from London/Guelph
  • Kate Giffin
WHOOP-Szo - KATE GIFFIN
  • WHOOP-Szo
  • Kate Giffin
WHOOP-Szo - KATE GIFFIN
  • WHOOP-Szo
  • Kate Giffin
WHOOP-Szo - KATE GIFFIN
  • WHOOP-Szo
  • Kate Giffin
WHOOP again - KATE GIFFIN
  • WHOOP again
  • Kate Giffin
No Problem shares a hug - KATE GIFFIN
  • No Problem shares a hug
  • Kate Giffin
Rilla Word and Nick Hanlon (The Everywheres); Justin Murphy (Walrus) - KATE GIFFIN
  • Rilla Word and Nick Hanlon (The Everywheres); Justin Murphy (Walrus)
  • Kate Giffin
Set list, The Everywheres - KATE GIFFIN
  • Set list, The Everywheres
  • Kate Giffin
Sam Hill (The Everywheres) - KATE GIFFIN
  • Sam Hill (The Everywheres)
  • Kate Giffin
No Problem and friends - KATE GIFFIN
  • No Problem and friends
  • Kate Giffin
Kurt Inder watches The Everywheres - KATE GIFFIN
  • Kurt Inder watches The Everywheres
  • Kate Giffin
Amy Vinnedge (Vulva Culture) joins The Everywheres - KATE GIFFIN
  • Amy Vinnedge (Vulva Culture) joins The Everywheres
  • Kate Giffin
The Everywheres - KATE GIFFIN
  • The Everywheres
  • Kate Giffin
Jane Blanchard (Fredericton's David in the Dark) - KATE GIFFIN
  • Jane Blanchard (Fredericton's David in the Dark)
  • Kate Giffin
David in the Dark - KATE GIFFIN
  • David in the Dark
  • Kate Giffin
Sam Hill & co - KATE GIFFIN
  • Sam Hill & co
  • Kate Giffin
Justin Murphy (Walrus) - KATE GIFFIN
  • Justin Murphy (Walrus)
  • Kate Giffin
Justin McGrath & Keith Doiron (Walrus) - KATE GIFFIN
  • Justin McGrath & Keith Doiron (Walrus)
  • Kate Giffin
Walrus - KATE GIFFIN
  • Walrus
  • Kate Giffin
Hats off, b'ys - KATE GIFFIN
  • Hats off, b'ys
  • Kate Giffin
Jordan Murphy (Walrus) - KATE GIFFIN
  • Jordan Murphy (Walrus)
  • Kate Giffin
"Party 1" - KATE GIFFIN
  • "Party 1"
  • Kate Giffin
"Party 2" - KATE GIFFIN
  • "Party 2"
  • Kate Giffin
"Party 3" - KATE GIFFIN
  • "Party 3"
  • Kate Giffin


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On Monday, you can see Prince's Purple Rain in theatres

Cineplex's features a one-night-only screening of the artist's 1984 rock-musical

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 12:12 PM

I only wanted to see you / Bathing in that purple rain
  • I only wanted to see you / Bathing in that purple rain

On Monday, May 2, Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane will screen Prince's 1984 rock-musical Purple Rain for one-night-only to honour the recent death of the pop-music royal. Tickets are now on sale for $6.99, with $1.00 of every ticket donated to MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity via The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).

The 1-hour and 50-minute drama marked Prince's acting debut, and his first album with Prince and the Revolution. The soundtrack won an Oscar for Best Original Score the year of the film's release, and the album—his sixth record at the time—has sold over 22 million copies worldwide. The synopsis: "A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise." 




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Dartmouth rapper Jay Mayne gets US distribution deal

He'll be represented by Blingnot Media, an affiliate of The Fugees, Rick Ross and more

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Still #ChopTrees
  • Still #ChopTrees

"If you know me, you know I don't get excited about things until they're actually moving," says Dartmouth rapper and #ChopTrees founder Jay Mayne. "I'm hyped to make some steps in the right direction, but I still gotta' secure the bag." Last week, the rapper announced an American deal with Blingnot Media, a US-based firm led by Kevon Glickman, who has facilitated the careers of The Fugees, Flo Rida, Kriss KrossRick Ross and more. It's dope, as they say. 

For almost a decade, the WESC-advocate and skateboarder has been grinding non-stop, releasing mixtape after mixtape of underground rap, influnced by his love of west coast hip hop, while releasing videos directed by Jason Eisener or animated by Jon Eisener and grabbing nominations and awards from the East Coast Music Association and Music Nova Scotia. He's performed all over, including at the Halifax Pop Explosion, and last October, he represented the city at AC3 in Atlanta, one of the largest hip-hop conferences in North America. 


Under his management, Grey Sea, Mayne has earned this new continental distribution deal, no doubt. Few local hip-hop artists have a catalogue as consistent as Mayne, and his gravelly voice and recurring themes (rapping, trapping and skateboarding) are now characteristic staples of his work. With his crew, rappers like Cam Smith and Thrillah, Mayne's finally on the rise. And the US deal brings with it a bunch of opportunities to perform for new audiences in new places. 

In June, Mayne will perform in Salt Lake City, before heading to LA "to make music and skate," and then he'll hit up London and Atlanta, the hub of hip hop. For some of those dates, he'll bring along his rap-doggie Thrillah, with whom he often performs. Their shows sometimes feature back-and-forths and the two are like Halifax's Redman and Method Man, although they're not a band: "I'm definitely stoked to have Thrillah's energy onstage whenever I can," says Mayne.

Until then, he'll be working on new releases and taking the chance to skateboard when he can: "Nate (Oliver) told me yesterday we have to try to backside nose blunt the picnic table at the park,  so I'm tryna prepare mentally for that," he says. Like all his efforts, this one is for his G's.

   

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Watch Dave Sampson's new video for "Rumours & The Truth"

The Cape Bretoner got honest in an old Sydney gymnasium during East Coast Music Week

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies
  • Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies

Today at The Coast, you can watch the new video for Dave Sampson's "Rumours & The Truth," a song from his album, which will be released in the fall. Unlike his last video, "Fireflies," there isn't a cute kitty in this one, but it does feature the Holy Angels High School gym. The video was shot by Matt Barkely (Bad Fun Media) in Sydney during East Coast Music Week

Co-written with Grammy-winner Gordie Sampson and singer Eric Stephen Martin, "The song is about how quickly rumours and stories spread through small towns and how these stories slowly become fabricated until it's basically bullshit," Sampson explains. "And it's hard to differentiate between the rumours and the truth." That small-town habit can cause a lot of pain.

Sampson will perform on June 2 with Ria Mae at The Seahorse. Until then, have a listen to his songs (including his track on Classified's "No Pressure") and watch this latest, moving video.





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Friday, April 22, 2016

Listen to this hot Doin' Damage playlist by DJ T-Woo

Get ready right now for the monthly rap-only dance party tonight at Gus' Pub

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 12:57 PM

DJ T-Woo (Trevor Wood) - ANDREW DONOVAN/PHOTOTYPE
  • DJ T-Woo (Trevor Wood)
  • Andrew Donovan/Phototype

Tonight at Gus' Pub (2605 Agricola, 10pm, $6), Halifax's monthly 100 percent rap night returns with DJ T-Woo (AKA Trevor Wood). It's time to start Doin' Damage. For this special stay-trill occasion, T-Woo has put together a new playlist to get you turnt up on this beautiful day, which will surely be a beautiful night. You can watch me whip (whip) and then watch me nae nae. 

On this hour-long mix, Wood puts together very sweet rap tracks like Drake's "Summer Sixteen," some Ginuwine, "Trap Queen," Rich Homie Quan then "Hit the Quan" and then possibly one of my favourite T-Woo mixes ever: Fetty Wap's "679" bleeding into Biggie's "Going Back to Cali" and then into my anthem "IDFWU" by Big Sean. This is the rap mix from every rap fan's dreams. 




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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A touch of Class: David Myles and his new EP Here Now

The singer-songwriter turns up for six songs produced by hometown rapper Classified

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Paging Mr. Myles - RILEY SMITH
  • Paging Mr. Myles
  • Riley Smith

This month, Halifax singer-songwriter David Myles released Here Now, a six-song EP produced by hometown rapper and his good friend Luke Boyd, AKA Classified. It's not a huge departure for Myles; his previous releases have always had a jazz-folk vibe, influenced by his love of R&B. But on this collaboration, Myles offers something a bit more hip-hop and mod-pop.  

"It's definitely more amped-up," says Myles, on the phone from his van while touring in rural Alberta. "It draws on the feeling of being out. It's not necessarily a quiet bedroom record this time." Myles explains that those sonic elements of partying at the club, conveyed through Boyd's hip-hop drums, beats and female R&B vocals, is reflected across the EP's aesthetic. "I wanted to tie that in through the neon sign, the idea of going out," he says. "The neon sign also has a cool throwback thing, and it's real! We actually got it made! It's a six-by-eight legit sign."

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While working on the EP's visual concept, Myles and his designer Mat Dunlap went for a walk to discuss how the record should look: "Mat's closely connected to everything I do, and he got what I was going for with this record. And the idea of neon just made sense. It's an upbeat record, it's a pop record, and I was like, 'oh my god, this is great.' Let's actually make the sign!" So Myles got a sign company in Burnside to make the sign for the album's cover, and to use live. "But it was a bit like that Spinal Tap joke," he says, laughing. In the 1984 mockumentary, the band orders stage props that arrive way too small. "But the sign is actually so huge, it's going to be hard to move around. But it's also really fun and so cool, and I think it shows how I've gotten behind new music in a different way. I've started to embrace contemporary music." 

Myles has always been a huge record collector and music fan, but working with Boyd opened up his appreciation of modern pop. "I've always had a fondness for R&B, like Boyz II Men, for example. Nineties R&B was a big part of my world, Maestro Fresh Wes was one one of my first CDs, and I've always loved the structure of pop music, like Smokey Robinson and Chuck Berry and the like. But Luke is a huge connoisseur of hip-hop and rap, of course, so that came together for us in the studio, and we really liked that energy together."

In various ways, Myles and Boyd have worked together for seven years or so. Boyd first approached him to play trumpet and they got along so well, they continued working together. In 2013, the duo released the collaborative single "Inner Ninja" and it was an unexpected success. 

"It had a sense of what we thought was special between us," Myles explains, "It was a risky song. It doesn't feel like that now, but it was quite different for both  me and him. I felt like it was something magical and its popularity reassured our instincts that we really work well together."

So when it came time for Myles to put together a new release, he and Boyd got busy in the studio and spent a long time working on Here Now. Myles took full songs to Boyd and the producer's input helped shape the overall sound of the record, while pushing Myles to new places.

"He really thinks about how the song feels," says Myles. "He knows how people hear music, and he can feel music in a different way than most musicians I've worked with. He's not as concerned with the individual parts, he steps back and that's his strength. He'll say he wants something darker, and I'll double the chords. I come at it with musical theory, and he has a great perspective in terms of sensing the energy. Some of the high singing, I hadn't done before, and so I'm just letting it rip and that was because Luke was like, let's just go for it. When you respect who you work with and you feel really confident, that's when the magic happens. Your team's opinion is so precious."


The EP is a partnership that grew from longtime musical jiving, and it reflects the influences of both Myles and Boyd, while staying true to Myles' verse-chorus-verse songwriting style. 

"I always liked 'Doctor Doctor,' especially," says Myles. "The song is a cool mix of our two worlds and it's like an old throwback soul song. It's got hip-hop drums, it feels contemporary, it's got trumpet on it. It feels like hip-hop and chill R&B. I love D'Angelo and Sade, so it was a different approach, vocally, and it's really laid back. It might not be the radio single, but I do really love it." 

To incorporate more of that R&B style, Myles has been performing with Dartmouth soul and R&B singers Reeny and Mahalia Smith: "They're sick, they're crazy, crazy singers and it's super fun," says Myles. "The whole Smith family is remarkably musical. Their brother JR is an amazing drummer, too. It's been a real joy working with them, as well." Myles is on tour in Alberta now, but he'll return home to Halifax soon to spent the summer with his family while promoting the EP. 

"I've been working really hard this year, we've been on the road since September, and the reason why we love living in the Maritimes is because the summers kick so much butt, so I'm looking forward to reconnecting with friends in Halifax and playing some summer festivals," he says. 

Here Now is here, now, via iTunes, and you can watch Myles perform the songs live from the EP on his website. Keep an eye out for his new video with Boyd, directed by Jason Levangie



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Friday, April 15, 2016

Josh O'Kane talks his new Joel Plaskett book Nowhere With You

The Globe and Mail reporter launches the non-fiction work at The Carleton on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Josh O'Kane interviewing the king of New Scotland - FRED LUM
  • Josh O'Kane interviewing the king of New Scotland
  • Fred Lum
If there was ever a local musician worthy of his own book, you already know it's Dartmouth's Joel Plaskett. Published on April 1 by ECW Press, and written by Globe and Mail reporter Josh O'Kane, the 200-page non-fiction narrative Nowhere With You traces Plaskett's Maritime success against all social and cultural odds, from his early days in Thrush Hermit and all-out Canadian rock stardom to his current throne as the king of New Scotland Yard. In just two weeks, the book is already reported to be on this weekend's Globe and Mail's bestseller list.

Rich in anecdotes, interviews and photos, Nowhere With You is as much a heartfelt biography as it is a work of cultural sociology. O'Kane took the title of the book from Plaskett's 2006 single of the same name, one of Plaskett's best-known songs, that auspiciously served as O'Kane's thesis.

"Joel is a success that I wanted to highlight," says O'Kane on the phone from Toronto. In the book, O'Kane carefully but not pedantically shows how Plaskett has 'gone nowhere' by staying here, unlike many of his peers. Over the last 20 years, Plaskett has forged a sustainable, practical and national career in music, despite trends in economics and the arts, and high rates of outmigration. 

"I was interested in how Joel was able to stay and do this himself," says O'Kane. "His success means that anyone can be a success. It doesn't mean everyone will, but it means that it's possible. I think for Joel, it has a lot to do with thoughtful entrepreneurship and constantly trying, and constantly working. For me, as a music nerd, it was a musical story that hadn't been told before." 

Initially, O'Kane's access point into Plaskett's music was the result of his own leaving.  "I was someone who had to move away to find a fulfilling and creative career," O'Kane explains, who is originally from New Brunswick. In 2009, as he was moving from the Maritimes for Toronto, O'Kane fell in love with the Joel Plaskett Emergency. "You know how you hear an album that you slept on, and then all of a sudden, you're obsessed with it, like, two years after it came out. For me, that was Ashtray Rock. It felt like this document of the east coast, like someone sweeps in and there's all this partying, then real life hits and someone moves away. And then I had moved away. I related to the theme so much." That year, Plaskett released his triple-disc Three. O'Kane became even more endeared to the rocker, noticing the recurrent theme on all his albums of people leaving home. "All my friends, where did they go? / To Montreal, Toronto," Plaskett sings. 


"I had been interested in music journalism, and I thought there was a real opportunity for more long-form. And this aspect of leaving was a theme I had been personally living out," says O'Kane, on the book's genesis. "Then in November 2013, I went to see Joel play a show in Toronto, and I turned to my friend and I said, 'This is it, this is what I want to write about.' It went from there." 

Over the next two years, O'Kane exhausted musical archives, media clippings and Have Not Been The Same while spending six months living in Halifax interviewing people in Plaskett's orbit—Plaskett's drummer Dave Marsh, his dad Bill, his friend Charles Austin, Plaskett's wife and Plaskett himself— to get a comprehensive picture of the rocker's career timeline and personality. 

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"I'm a music nerd who is lucky enough to be a reporter, so the interviews were half the fun for me. I wanted to dig up facts behind the stories that already existed in the community and create a bigger picture of what happened. It's what I do here at the Globe, and it worked for the book." Speaking with the people around Plaskett, as well as Plaskett himself, gives O'Kane's book a conversational quality. As a notoriously private person, the biographical elements of Plaskett's life are important to the point of showing how he had the support and determination to keep it going.

"Dave Marsh was a treat, he was really interesting and straightforward," says O'Kane on his favourite interviews during his research. "Dave's been a key player in Joel's growth since 2000. He keeps him on his toes, not only in terms of the beat, but his ambition. Sloan's Chris Murphy was great, too, he's got this wonderful sense of humour and he told stories with an enthusiasm that was equally sarcastic and romanticizing, as well. And Joel's dad, Bill, was just a total natural storyteller. You can see how that influenced Joel's approach to songwriting." 

While the theme of leaving home is a Maritime phenomenon if not a cliché, O'Kane says the book is regionally and nationally relevant: "It's a generational thing to move from a small town to a big city," he explains. "The numbers make it even more difficult to stay in the Maritimes, but it's relatable everywhere. And I was also struck by how many people love Joel. His songwriting is not just good songwriting for the east coast, it's impeccable songwriting that is loved across Canada."

On Saturday afternoon at The Carleton (1685 Argyle Street, 2pm), O'Kane will host a Q&A with Plaskett for the official east coast ECW Press launch of the book. Copies will be available to buy

"There are a lot of thanks in the back of the book," says O'Kane, "Especially the Maritime Mafia, who are the Maritime friends I made here in Toronto. We all really miss home. But we can't go back home right now, so that's shitty and sad. But there's a celebratory part of coming home, too."

 

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

New EP from Halifax's "multi-race rainbow band" Century Egg

Sweet indie-pop songs from Mountain God will be played tonight at The Seahorse

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Listen to Century Egg's new EP - SHANE KEYU SONG
  • Listen to Century Egg's new EP
  • Shane Keyu Song
This morning, Halifax's newest indie-pop/mandopop band Century Egg released Mountain God, a four-track EP of rock songs gorgeously sung in both Mandarin and English. Fronted by illustrator and video game designer Shane Keyu Song—with Nick Dourado (Special Costello) on guitar, Tri Le (Surveillance) on drums and Robert Drisdelle on bass—the band's aesthetics and these four tracks are heavily inspired by modern east Asian pop and its fusion with North American rock conventions. Especially "Two Minutes." And "Since I Caught You" is as good a pop-rock song as any, maybe even better.

Song's voice is deliriously sweet and her lyrics like, "And I can't stop thinking about, / how I used to chase you around," hit me right in my loveless heart. Maybe love is real? This band is real. You can catch Century Egg tonight at The Seahorse (2037 Gottingen, 10pm, $8) with the newest version of Cousins and space-cadets Moon

DAN MATHESON
  • Dan Matheson

Listen to Mountain God below. 


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Friday, April 8, 2016

PHOTOS: The Sheepdogs barking at The Marquee on March 16

Andrew Donovan caught one of the two sold-out Halifax shows by Saskatoon classic rockers

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 3:58 PM

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On Wednesday, March 16, Saskatoon classic-style rock band The Sheepdogs played one of two sold-out shows at The Marquee Ballroom, and Coast photographer Andrew Donovan (Phototype) was there in the jam-packed crowd to snap pics of canines howling at the moon. 

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Manifest destiny: NSCC music business students strut their stuff

Students learn how to put on a live music show tonight at The Marquee and The Seahorse

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 1:28 PM

All Neon Everything for the NSCC - NEON DREAMS (MATT GATS)
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"The Halifax music industry is overflowing with incredible, underrated musicians who are yet to be discovered," says Emma Cassidy, one of the 21 students in this year's edition of the Nova Scotia Community College's Music Business Program. Tonight at The Marquee and The Seahorse (2037 Gottingen Street, 10pm, $8/$5), students in the program are putting on their first live music show called Manifest with two levels of live music featuring Halifax EDM-stars Neon Dreams, the super funky Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, DJs Pineo & Loeb, alt-rockers The Brood and Best Fiends, a zoo of Elephants In Trouble and many more. 

With her classmates Caleb Shriver and Matilda Bourque, Cassidy is part of the publicity team for the event, while the rest of the class was evenly divided between sponsorship, marketing and the venue team for the night. "It's a unique opportunity for us to put the skills we've acquired over the last eight months into action," says Cassidy. The live show is just one of many projects that the one-year Music Business Program uses to prepare students for a real-life career in the music industry to show the multifaceted nature of the industry and all the hard work involved in success. 

"The biggest thing that I took out of the NSCC program was the ability to commit time and energy everyday to focus on the career that I was looking to build," says Corey LeRue, producer and musician with Neon Dreams and a 2012 graduate of the NSCC's Recording Arts program. The band's drummer Adrian Morris is also an NSCC grad. "It gave me great opportunity to network with like-minded individuals right in my hometown," says LeRue. "I feel like the foundation of the industry around here is starting to be rooted from the NSCC programs." 

To further showcase the NSCC's relationship to the local music industry, Cassidy says all of the band's performing at Manifest were chosen because, like Neon Dreams, one or more band members studied in the NSCC's music business, music arts or recording arts classes.

"It's a one-night celebration highlighting the successes of NSCC students, past and present," she says. Many graduates can be found playing shows, recording music at Echo Chamber, managing artists or working events for the ECMAs, Music Nova Scotia and the Halifax Pop Explosion.  "As far as the job market goes, it’s a dog-eat-dog world," says Cassidy, who plans to stay local after graduation and move into artist representation. "If you want to make it, you have to be the best." 

Why should you come out to Manifest? LeRue answers: "To support local people who are really grinding to make their career happen. There's a ton of diverse talent and it's going to be lit, fam." 

Creating attractive publicity is just one element of a successful event.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Watch Chloe x Halle's new video for "Drop"

The debut video for Beyoncé's recent teen signees was directed by Halifax's Andrew Hines

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 4:03 PM

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Here's a local connection: yesterday, sister-singer duo Chloe x Halle released a video for "Drop", directed by Halifax's Andrew Hines. It's an absolutely stunning visual that complements an incredibly stunning song. Last year, after millions of views on their homemade Youtube videos, and a gorgeous cover of Beyoncé's  "Pretty Hurts"Chloe and Halle Bailey were signed to Bey's new label Parkwood Entertainment. You can't get a more powerful co-sign than that, and the girls just performed at South By Southwest for Michelle Obama. The sky's the limit. 

For another local connection, the video for their debut single was edited by Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun) after it was filmed at Big Sky Movie Ranch, where Django Unchained and Transformers went down. The aesthetic of "Drop" is all about lush landscapes, gorgeous textures and rich colours; the song is unbelievably mature. Move over Rae Sremmurd. 

It's no surprise that "Drop" is so aesthetically captivating and symbolically heavy—Hines has been killing the music video game for the past few years. His black-and-white masterpiece for Big Sean's "One Man Can Change The World" (featuring Kanye West) won a 2015 MTV Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message and his video for A$AP Ferg's "Shabba Ranks" is still hot with fire. You can watch more of Hine's videos here, but for right now, watch "Drop" and keep your ears open for more from these queens. 



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Friday, April 1, 2016

Top Five: What electronic artist AA Wallace misses about Halifax

Now based in Toronto, the Halifax mixologist returns with Tupper Ware Remix Party

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 11:42 AM

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Former Halifax-based electronic musician AA Wallace returns from Toronto on Saturday to shake up The Seahorse (2037 Gottingen, 10pm, $12) with dance-party cone-heads Tupper Ware Remix Party. It's going to be all kinds of crazy, especially since Wallace just released his second party album In Alpha Zones, an 11-track synth-pop romp on Culvert Music. For his homecoming, Wallace tells us what he misses most about Halifax since leaving last year.


1. The "VLT Bubble" at Gus' Pub
With its many nicknames (for ex: The Little Casino, The Fishbowl), the VLT section of Gus' Pub is a treasure: "This is the best place to watch shows," says Wallace. "It’s elevated from the floor behind Plexiglass that reduces the volume of the show without making the music sound like crap." 

2. Brothers' Donair Pepperoni
"I love pepperoni," says Wallace. "Any time I’m somewhere new, I make an effort to try the regional gas station meats and nothing has beaten this yet." Spoken like a true Nova Scotian.

3. The $1 LP bins at Taz Records
"A lot of the drum and percussion samples I use for production come from 12’ singles were pulled from this library and I haven’t found anything that comes close elsewhere," says Wallace of the record store's discount dump. "Bonus beats from obscure singles from 1980 to 1984 are gold." 

4. Propeller's IPA
"They get this in sometimes at the LCBO (Ontario's NSLC) but sometimes will never suffice." 

5. Second-hand shops that aren't picked over by over-zealous re-sellers
Despite literally thousands of second-hand thrift stores in Toronto, Wallace says nothing compares to our Valu Villages or the infamous Guys Frenchys: "Video games, LPs and jean jackets are the few things I look for and which are scarcer than Mike Jackson sightings at shows." 



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Monday, March 28, 2016

Detroit's Royce da 5'9'' coming to Halifax on his Canadian tour

#WorldStar regular and friend of Eminem (freminem?) will play with local openers

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 2:09 PM

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Detroit rap heavyweight Royce da 5'9'' is coming to Halifax in May! The friend of Eminem (freminem?) from their duo Bad Meets Evil went on to work with some of the biggest names in hip-hop from Big Sean to TechN9ne to Common and more. His new album, Layers, will be out on April 15 and he continues to release collabs with some pretty dope people. Hitting four Atlantic cities (St. John's, Fredericton and Sydney), the Halifax show will feature Kelowna's Doug Crawford, as well as local openers who are currently competing via Facebook for the highest number of votes to open for Royce. Tickets are on sale now via etix and range from $25 (earlybird) to a VIP Meet & Greet package at $85, which gets you an autograph, a photo and no lineup. As Royce himself says, "I'm legendary, legen-legendary, I'm le-le-legendary." Don't sleep.



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