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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Video of the Day: "I'm The Reason" by Ghettosocks and Tachichi

Old-school beat and sounds from Halifax emcees, plus a cameo of Tony's Pizza

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 4:32 PM

click image Got some reasons for ya
  • Got some reasons for ya

Today, longtime Halifax-Toronto emcee Ghettosocks (Darren Pyper) and Dartmouth emcee Tachichi (Tyrone Thompson) dropped a new video for their collab-track, "I'm The Reason," featuring old-school backbeats, sick graff, Barrington Street, Tony's Pizza and Okay TK at The Jam. I want a slice so bad RN. The duo are soon putting out a new EP Supernovaand also just released an East Coast remix of "Closer Look" with Toronto's Fortunato. So, so dope.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

A conversation with Ron Sexsmith

The Ontarian balladeer changes tune on new album, plays Halifax on Monday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 4:32 PM

Three cheers for Ron Sexsmith - MATT BUSTIN
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Last spring legendary Ontarian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith released Carousel One, his 14th studio album and one of his finest to date. Immediately, critics noticed a change in his tune. Longtime considered a perpetual sad-sack, Sexsmith's Carousel One was filled with much more levity and bounce. The track, "Saint Bernard," especially showed a lighthearted approach to song composition and content. Never mind life's anguish, who doesn't love a big ol' doggie? 

Since the 1980s, Sexsmith has worked with some of the world's most passionate songwriters, including Steve Earle, Bob Wiseman and Don Kerr (The Rheostatics), and yet remains modest and unassuming, crafting tunes full of feeling and recording covers on his popular YouTube channel. His Twitter account reveals his sense of humour, with pun-filled tweets and his notorious "RS" sign-off. Read on as Sexsmith talks about about Halifax, dogs and David Bowie. 

You've been touring almost all year. Are you looking forward to Halifax? 

We’ve done everywhere else, so this is the last part. Halifax always been one of my favourite cities. I don't know what it is about it, but my wife and I have talked about ending there someday.

Have you been surprised with the reviews for Carousel One? 

I never know what to expect. You're working in a bit of a vacuum until it comes out, and you hope people like it. And obviously the songs are all very Ron-centric, which everyone’s album should be.

What do you make of all the claims that the album is less melancholy than others? 

Well, I never really felt any of my records were unhappy. I got labeled that way early on, but I’ve always had humour in my records and uptempo songs. The early ones were a bit sad, definitely. And this record was more outgoing than my last one. But I don't really think about it too much. And even when I was making the record, it wasn’t until the end that I realized there wasn’t a whole lot of melancholy songs on it. 

I saw on your Twitter you're dogsitting lately. You must love dogs?

Yes, our friends from Buffalo came up and left a yellow lab. He’s the best dog, he’s great, but it’s work. You have to put blankets on everything . . . take him for walks.

Why don't you have a dog of your own? 

Because I’m away too much and because we live in the city. And I know a lot of people live in the city and have dogs, but if I want to have a dog here, well, we live in an apartment. And because we just rent right now  . . . To be honest, we can’t afford to buy a house in Toronto. And we're also gone from April to December on tour, so it’d be hard to find someone to take care of him.

I noticed you have the same birthday as David Bowie. 

I do. And Elvis. I've always felt it to be a positive sign, like it's in the stars. I remember when I was a kid, I used to think there was some cosmic thing between me and Elvis. And my mom always said I looked like him, especially when my hair was slicked back in the bathtub. And I’ve been a Bowie fan all my life, I've always felt some connection to that. And I have a YouTube channel and recently covered "Kooks." 

You post new ones constantly; how did your Youtube video covers start? 

It started on the road, as "hotel covers." I didn’t even know how to do it at first. It looks like I'm a left-handed person, because the computer mirrors it. I just started doing it one time. And then people responded. I’m not playing my songs, I’m playing songs I love. I love songs so much. It’s my little personal tribute to songs that I loved growing up, and now. So it’s been fun. I was home for a year or so waiting for the record to come out and I just started to do them at home. I think they got a little better, in terms of their look. Really, it’s just me and my computer. It’s been fun.

Why do you cover the songs you cover? 

I just think of them. I’ll be in the grocery store and hear one, and think, oh I’ll do that one. And when Bowie died, well, I used to do "Kooks" in the bars years ago and so I re-learned it. And I've done songs from the '30s, '40s and up until the '90s. It’s just a way to turn people on to songs, to shine an acoustic light on songs that have so much production on them. 

Is that what you generally listen to? Older songs? 

Yes, I tend to listen to older things, for the most part. I'm not up on whatever’s happening. I do love the new Bowie. We were just listening to it the day before he died. I do love it. And there’s an older song on the new record that's influenced by Roger Miller, called "No One."  I've always worn my influences on my sleeve. The Kinks, Bill Withers and people like that, The Beatles. So that’s all on my YouTube, too. But I love a lot of people, Curtis Mayfield and Smokey Robinson. That’s kinda where my head's at. I don't really know much about who's out there today. 

Well, you are out there today. 

I’m out there. But I don't really feel like I'm part of it. I have an audience and I’m just very thankful for that. So we’re all excited about getting to Halifax. These are the last shows of this tour and we’ve had such a good time. We’ve gotten so tight, you just feel you want to keep going. So I guess it's time for me to do another album.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Watch Jon Bryant's new video by Caitlin Cronenberg

Exclusive premiere of the Halifax-born folk singer's new single, "Light"

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Jon Bryant's new album comes out February 29 - LUKE LIABLE
  • Jon Bryant's new album comes out February 29
  • Luke Liable

Today, only on The Coast's Scene Blog: watch ECMA-nominated folk singer Jon Bryant's new video for "Light," the first single from his upcoming album Twenty Something, which will be released on February 29. Woo. Produced by Grammy nominated producer Alex Newport (Death Cab for Cutie, City and Colour) and Lord Huron's Rick Parker in LA (Bryant's a Clippers fan), it's a worthy follow-up to the beauty of 2012's What Takes You.

Directed by photographer Caitlin Cronenberg (yeah, her dad is that David Cronenberg), "Light" highlights detail and visual texture with as much power as Bryant's devastating vocals. He tells The Coast that the song almost didn't make it on the album. But, "Once we produced 'Light,' I began playing it live on tour and found that it carried a sort of power I didn’t really realize was there," he says, "So when it came to making the video for the song, it was very necessary to have a cohesion of visuals and music to reinforce the haunting power it seems to posses."

Listen to more of Bryant's music here and keep an ear out for Twenty Something. 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Watch Reeny Smith's new video "Last Call"

Featuring Quake Matthews as a bartender in this retro-feeling visual

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 2:22 PM

"Last Call," a smooth pop jam by Reeny Smith
  • "Last Call," a smooth pop jam by Reeny Smith

Halifax soul-infused pop singer Reeny Smith just dropped a new video for the bangin' single, "Last Call," featuring some slick bar-tending by rapper Quake Matthews, and funk-R&B guitar and bass. The single, released a few months ago, was produced by Corey LeRue (Neon Dreams) with co-writing by Dylan Guthro and Laura Roy. Directed by GILL, the video has a dreamy throwback quality as Smith croons and moves. Her vocal tones are gorgeous. Damn, girl.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

An interview with hometown rap hero Classified

One of our favourite local rappers went all out on his 16th album

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Classified (Luke Boyd) - C/O CLASSIFIED
  • Classified (Luke Boyd)
  • c/o Classified

On January 15, Halifax rapper Classified released Greatful, his 16th studio album with features from the real OG Snoop Dogg, Brooklyn's DJ Premier (PRhyme), and local artists like singer-songwriter David Myles and popstar Ria Mae. This week, I called up Class (real name: Luke Boyd), chilling in his studio, to chat about the album, his upcoming tour and watching Netflix.

Congrats on the album! It's got some serious jams going on. Your 16th album has 16 tracks. But I read an article that said Greatful will be your last album? Is that true?

Actually, I don't know. CBC kinda blew that up like it was gonna be my last one, but I kinda always feel like every album is going to be my last album. I'm so exhausted and sometimes I feel like I've written about everything I'm gonna' write about. For this one, though, I did get some features from guys I'm big fans of, and it was also just a lot of me focusing on my own stuff for it. So it felt pretty good. But I do find I'm getting a bit more involved with the people around me. So maybe this could be the last one. But I think I'll still be making music and putting songs out and stuff. 

I love the "No Pressure" song, with Snoop Dogg. How did that come about?

That was me being a big fan. I had been reaching out for a few minutes before he ended up coming here for The Trailer Park Boys. When I found that out, I got in touch with management, like he'll be just 20 minutes down the road from me. So they invited me to bring a small studio to his hotel. 

What was chillin' with Snoop like?

At first, it was all business. He doesn't really know me, you know. I mean, we've done a few shows over the years, but he wasn't too familiar. So it was like, at first, like hey what's up, very business-like. And his security and everybody was there. But once he got into the song, he became more chill and we started having fun, had some puffs. So it was cool. It started a little weird but it got cool. 

Along with the Snoop feature, "No Pressure" also samples a Dave Sampson song.

Yeah, the song started from that. Dave sent me his album, asking I wanted to sample any of it, so I put the CD on, and that's the first track, and I was like, 'Oh shit, this is a cool chorus,' you know, the hook of the song. I had the whole song done before I hooked up with Snoop. And then I wanted to make it not so east-coast heavy, so I had Dave re-sing it as the "west coast" and then I was like, 'Who's the biggest from the west coast that could add to this track?' and of course, that's Snoop.

Well that's pretty interesting to take it coast-to-coast, because I've always thought about how "Maritimes" was such a regional song, and then "Oh Canada" was national, and now you're reaching international. Like, you keep going out and out. 

(Laughs) It wasn't put out that way. I mean, I never meant to do it that way. If you take a step back, it seems like I'm just making songs and I'll get a little bigger every time until I make a song about the world (laughs), but I think it's more because I like to represent where I'm from. That's what gives me my identity. When I first started touring out of the Maritimes, I was representing the people and lifestyle of the Maritimes, to let the rest of Canada know what we're about. Then when I started touring outside of Canada, people would be like, "Oh you guys are hip hop fans? What do you do there?" So I said, let me make a song about it. I always wanna rep where I'm from.

Do you have a favourite song on Greatful

It's really hard to pick. It's like picking a favourite kid, I mean, you like them for different reasons. I like one of my kids 'cause she's funny, and I like the other one, too (laughs). "It's Hard to Understand" is a deep track. We're working on a video for it, and four other ones, because it doesn't really fit in the radio world and I want visuals for it. I like "No Pressure" because it has to do with Snoop, and "Filthy" is some old-school hip hop, like when I was first coming up. 

So you've got this tour coming up...

I feel like I've been touring for 12 years now. It was nice to stay home for a bit and focus on stuff. Me and Dave (Sampson) have songs we're working on. We've got David Myles' new album coming up. Right now I'm in the studio working on this tour, lining up the set list. We'll be making some noise in Canada and the States. It'll have a party vibe. But since wrapping the album, we've just been doing promo for it and getting people hyped on the tour, and hanging with my kids. 

You watching football? 

No, I never really got into football, but all my boys watch it. But I was into hockey growing up, until I got into music. But actually I still play twice a week. I just played last week. 

Nice. That's sweet. You watching any cool shows lately? 

Yeah, we just got our Netflix hooked up so we're new to the game but I got as far as Episode 7 of Making a Murderer, I got all into reading the real documents and all the shit from the show, but it didn't seem like it was that good anymore so I didn't finish it. It just showed the one side of this guy. But I'm into Narcos, I really liked that. And I watch Empire, even though it's so cheesy, for some reason I really like it. I usually find that any TV show that's about the music industry is usually cheesy for some reason. But I really like Empire.

Yeah there's that new HBO series about the industry in the 70s, Vinyl.

Oh yeah, didn't Mick Jagger have something to do with that?

Yeah, it looks like it'll be good. So who else would you like to work with?

Well Snoop was the top. But 90s rappers I grew up with, like Nas and Jay-Z ... Eminem. I don't think there's just one person. Ed Sheeran is cool, I met him a couple years ago. Lately I've been working so much with Ria (Mae) and Dave. I like the singer-songwriter on guitar, then coming in and putting drums on it and producing the track. I like doing that, because it's so different from what I've been doing for the last 15 years. It's refreshing. I think that's what I'll be doing more of. 

Classified plays The Marquee on March 18th, with Son Real. Buy tickets now.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Carleton Music Bar & Grill Needs Your Help

Halifax's premiere live music bar struggling due to downtown development

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 1:55 PM

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The Carleton Music Bar & Grill needs your help. For years, the elegant Argyle Street venue owned by Mike Campbell has been the setting for some of the most memorable and intimate shows. With a delectable menu, expert bartending, that beautiful patio, attentive sound engineers and the best audio system in Halifax, it's been a staple venue for touring rock and folk artists, the Halifax Pop Explosion and the Halifax Urban Folk Festival (HUFF), among others. 

This week, Campbell has finally reached out to Halifax to financially contribute to the bar. The impact of the construction and development of Nova Centre, which might be complete by September, has been enormous on small businesses in the downtown core: "At this stage, we've lost about 100 parking spaces around our business. We endure endless, often random, street closures and other construction-related headaches, as well as dust, dirt, and noise on a daily basis," says Campbell. "Asking for help is a huge step for me and I do it reluctantly."

While the completion of the Nova Centre brings optimistic promises of a revitalized downtown, businesses have to survive in the meantime. Moreover, there will never be sun on Argyle Street again. Either way, Campbell enlisted the support of folks in the industry to help make a case for the importance of the bar. It really is one of the most unique venues in Halifax, one of the only spaces to offer sit-down table-service and shows with sound so clear you can hear a pin drop. 

In the video below, artists who have performed at The Carleton — Joel Plaskett, Jenn Grant, Steve Poltz, July Talk, Matt Minglewood, Ron Hawkins, Robyn Hitchcock, Adam Baldwin and more — explain why The Carleton is a vital space in Halifax's music scene, and a very special part of Canadian culture. Not to mention, Campbell has dedicated his career to the Canadian music industry. He's not even asking for much — pledges of $5 to $10 per month, or one-time donations — anything you can afford. He wouldn't ask if he didn't need it. 

You can check out the campaign here and make a pledge, big or small. You can also patronize the bar, whether for music, drinks or food. It'll help you remember why you live in this city in the first place — we love Halifax and live in Halifax because of places like The Carleton. Also, if this helps, check out this badass interview Campbell did with Eric's Trip on Much East in 1996. 

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Watch: Halifax's new punk band, fronted by a four-year-old

Problem Attic releases wicked new video "RAWR" exclusively on the The Coast

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Halifax's newest punk band Problem Attic is already much cooler than you. And the lead singer, Jude, is only four! You've got some catching up to do. Today, exclusively at The Coast, Problem Attic releases first single, "RAWR," as part of a split release called Hand Sanitizer (All We've Got Records) with Japanese-Halifax band, Come With Me (If You Want to Live). It rules.

"Lead by 4 year old Jude, the thrash punk band was formed in the wake of one too many late night apple juice binges," says Julian Morrow (dad/guitar/drums), "It's a charged sound somewhere between the optimism of childhood and the tribulations of being woken up too early. According to Jude, 'RAWR' is about 'being woken up too early when I was trying to sleep' and plays with the elements of childhood dreams of being a large animal that could simply 'scream instead of talking words early in the morning'." I know that feeling, little buddy, I really hate mornings, too. 

With his interest in music, Jude's vision drives the band: "He suggested the idea of making some songs together," says Morrow, "He's the boss when it comes to the style and sound of the song process (which I guess sort of reflects the mind of a four-year-old — noisy, loud, silly and fun)." 

On Thursday, you can buy the split on Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes and GooglePlay, with all proceeds going towards Jude's college fund. Until then, he's working on an EP with his dad. 

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Listen to this cover of "Moonage Daydream" by Walrus

Halifax rockers recorded this last year, shared today in honour of the Starman

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 12:37 PM

click image Walrus, just some moonage daydreamers
  • Walrus, just some moonage daydreamers

Halifax rockers Walrus just released a cover of David Bowie's 1972 song, "Moonage Daydream," the song that describes the 'rise' of Ziggy Stardust from Ziggy Stardust. Recorded last year, Walrus decided today was the day to share this song with the world and pay their respects to one of their musical heroes. Rest in peace, David Bowie (1947-2016). 

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Share this Dub Kartel post to win an Evolve bracelet + prize pack

Watch this live video and win big, courtesy of Halifax's reggae jammers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 1:33 PM

  • Dillon Poberezhsky

"Where my ganja smokers at?" says Dub Kartel's Kyle McCracken. We're right here, man!! If we share this live video of the dance hall/reggae band's set at Evolve 2015, we have a chance to win a bracelet for this year's Evolve, the amazing three-day summer festival just outside of Antigonish. ON TOP OF THIS AMAZING PRIZE, you will also win a Dub Kartel prize pack!! 

SMASH THAT SHARE BUTTON. And check out Cold Smoke 2016 on Saturday! 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

#ICYMI: New music from Nap Eyes, The Grass and more

Some old-new music and some new-new music to go up on a Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 4:46 PM

The boys are back in town - THE GRASS
  • The boys are back in town
  • The Grass

Well, sometimes bands hold back tunes to be released at seemingly random moments; sometimes bands drop stuff fresh off the track; and other times I just don't catch on for awhile, as in the case of the following old-new and new-new music below. Got the blog goin' up on a Tuesday. 

New-new: Nap Eyes, "Roll It" 

Appearing this morning on The Fader, Halifax's Nap Eyes released another track from the upcoming record Thought Rock Fish Scale (You've Changed/Paradise of Bachelors) and you know I love Nap Eyes; these ballads of thin men, calling up Bob Dylan on this one especially: 

"And you know there’s something wrong here but you don’t know what it is. 
Could it be me? Could it be me? Could it be me? Could it be me? 
And you know something's not right here but you don't know what it is. 
What if it’s you? If it’s you. What if it’s you? What if it’s you? But it could be me."

Old-new: Jon Mckiel and Klarka Weinwurm, Pop Tape 

Right after HPX 2015, McKiel and Weinwurm released two tracks on Pop Tape, a cassette from the Yukon's Headless Owl Records. These are some pretty great and melancholy jams. "Grow Light" by Mckiel features that heavier but more distant hum; Weinwurm's "TV" is a bit warmer and softer. I'm wrapping up in these (I've been emotional lately). These ones nail that feeling.

Old-new: The Grass, EXERCISE! 

Wow, okay. The Grass were once Halifax's Detroit-styled rock band, riffing between glam and trash rock, and putting on some incredible shows. Last one I saw, I fell over backwards (was drunk). Anyway, today they released an album that they've been sitting on for SIX GODDAMN YEARS courtesy of Willis Ryan. And it's wow. Nice one. Welcome back guys. Reunion show?


New-new: Hex Partners, "Perpetual Fog (East)" 
Sorrel Corvid and Elly Ryland are Hex Partners; one is in Vancouver, one is here, and their latest concept EP release, Darling, Safe Passage to You is a dark doom-folk meditation on this distance. Hear "Forest Fire Twilight (West)" to complete it, plus the manic fiddles on "East." Damn. 

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

GridLock, Halifax's newest music fest, announces lineup

Get ready for one hot fucking July with Lower Dens, American Football & more

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 4:47 PM


Today, Halifax's newest music weekend, GridLock Festival, announced a few of its bookings for the inaugural event from July 8 to 10, 2016. There's so much pop on this lineup, you'd think it's at Forum Bingo. For real, this looks so super sweet, with beer by Stillwell on the grounds of Citadel High. Way to go, Jeremy Macneil and company. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 18 at 10:00am ($90+HST for early birds, $100 advance, $120 day-of). This is some real real pop music, and it's going to rule. More bands and comics to come. Check this out now: 

Band: Lower Dens
From: Baltimore, MD
This band is insanely amazing; this video. THIS VIDEO!!!

Band: DIIV
From: Brooklyn, NY
This song, though. THIS SONG. 

Band: TR/ST
From: Toronto
"Synth-wave, dark wave" 

Band: Wintersleep

Band: Baths
From: Los Angeles
Splash around in this. 

Band: Beach Slang
From: Philadelphia, PA 
One of Ryan McNutt's favourites.

Band: Lowell
From: Calgary
"Canada's next pop export"

Band: American Football
From: C-U, Illinois

Band: Vogue Dots
From: Halifax
Tynan's my roommate. He's really great. So is Babette.

Band: Dance Movie
From: Halifax
Tara Thorne is The Coast's copy-editor. I'm looking at her right now.

Band: Beauts
From: Halifax

Band: Partner
From: Sackville
New Brunswick's baddest band (*bad means good*)

Band: Sean Nicholas Savage
From: Montreal
You wish you were him. YOU FUCKING WISH.

Band: Southern Shores
From: Toronto
Lyrics: boop-be-boo-be-boo-boo-boop 

Band: Peach Kelli Pop
From: Ottawa

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Watch: Dave Sampson's new video (there's a kitty in it)

The Cape Breton singer-songwriter just dropped "Fireflies"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 2:21 PM


Cape Breton singer-songwriter Dave Sampson just dropped a new video for his acoustic howler, "Fireflies," and there's a sweet little kitty in it. That's really all I need to say. But I will add that Sampson has been coming up in the last couple years with his heartfelt pop jams, working with Gordie Sampson, Steven MacDougall (Slowcoaster) and Mo Kenney on his 2014 album No Pressure No Diamonds. Classified and Snoop Dogg recently remixed his jam, "No Pressure," as you know. So open your heart for this one. Also, the kitty. There's a kitty. 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Float Your Boat with Ocean Charter of Values

One of four rad local rock bands playing tonight at Gus' Pub & Grill

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Ocean Charter of Values - DEBORAH HEMMING
  • Ocean Charter of Values
  • Deborah Hemming

"It's really hard to say what kind of music we play," says Nick Laugher, guitarist and singer of Ocean Charter of Values, "It weaves in and out of, like, singer-songwriter-y stuff, psych rock, melodramatic whiney pop, some drone and ambient stuff and also weird heavy stuff where I wish I was cool enough to play doom metal." With Cameron Hall and Evan Matthews, Laugher started the band last year while drunk on Colt 45s and gin back home in Lunenburg County. 

A music journalist and occasional Coast contributor, when Laugher wasn't playing with Year of Glad or David R. Elliott's band, he was jamming his own songs. Some were released on cassette in August with US label, Lily Tapes and Discs, plus a few were put out as live recordings at Le Cagibi in Montreal this past September. He recently recorded some new ones with Matthews at Echo Chamber and the three-piece is soon heading out on a little Eastern tour.

He loves the lineup, but "The band is kind of ever-changing at this point," says Laugher, "Sometimes my girlfriend Molly Elliott plays with us, sometimes Alexandre Bergeron, and I've got friends contributing to parts on the record. It's a rotating cast of characters and styles." 

Laugher says the name of the band came out of thin air during a Colt 45 night, but over time, it has actually come to represent its fluid nature: "It's weirdly mystical and melodramatic and means everything and nothing at all. Plus I'm a Scorpio, which is a water sign, so I've always been weirdly obsessed with oceanic themes ... I'm generally just trying to make sense of my dumb emotions through art, which is really the only thing I'm good at ... And it's actually been really fulfilling."  

Laugher also runs a tiny label and like-minded collective, The Cerealbowl, which releases music from here to New Brunswick, including his own. So check that out. You can catch Ocean Charter of Values tonight at Gus' Pub with The Everywheres, The Age and Faw Haja, then he's heading to Montreal with Faw Haja and playing Frederiction with Gianna Lauren on December 16. 

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

#ICYMI New Trax: Outtacontroller, EDDY, Negative Rage +

Up the punx and add a dash of freaky fucking jazz with these new Halifax tracks

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Outtacontroller is back, yayyy
  • Outtacontroller is back, yayyy

In case you missed it (#ICYMI), here are some recently released tracks and demos that'll punk you up on this rainy Thursday, plus a free jazz freak out. Caution: this shit is BAD ASS. 

Outtacontroller - Television Zombie 

Halifax's favourite punk band is back with a new LP called Television Zombie on P-Trash (Germany), Young Modern (Can) and South Paw (US). As pop-punk perfectionists, these guys took their time crafting this sick-ass collection of fuzzed-out 1,2,3,4's, and I'm loving it. 

eddy -  M♤⎦✄ (Malk)

A new collaboration between Nick Dourado (sax) and Nathan Doucet (drums), this free-jazz freakout is "FREEDOM, BABY," says Doucet, "It's from the heart and spurred on by 63% Jamaican rum." Recorded by Tri Le at his house, mastered by Jeremy Costello. It's fucking beautiful. 

Negative Rage - If You're a Punk I Don't Wanna Be One

Potentially the best title of anything ever, this new tape by Cody Googoo's band is sick as hell, somewhere between fuck-you whiney, bass-heaviness snotty and it's just really great and diverse. Skate to it, fuck to it, whatever. "So Sick" around 7 minutes and 40 feels really great, just rail it. 

Carcass Toss - Demo 1

Heavy and intense as fuck. The inside of my brain getting fucked right now. Members of Napalm Raid, Hellacaust, Grump, Bricks, Versifist and Life Chain. NOT SAFE FOR WORK. 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

UNITY Charity's breakdance launch at the Library tonight

New weekly programs for youth in breakdancing and beatboxing

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 5:24 PM

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Tonight at the Halifax Central Library (6pm, free), UNITY Charity will announce its new partners in bringing Halifax youth weekly breakdancing and beatboxing sessions, with the Charity's founder Michael Prosserman aka “Bboy Piecez." The national community organization has made its way to our city via Branden "Haste" Taylor and Matthew "Testament" Jones, leaders of the breakdancing sessions at the Library every Monday evening. The goal of the program is to create safe, engaging and positive spaces for youth in Halifax, to cope with anger and stress through the arts, as well as flourish in hip hop. For more info, click here

Artists, beatboxers, dancers and musicians can apply to volunteer! 

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