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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Video premiere: The Brood's "First Day of School"

Pack your damned backpack

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 12:51 PM

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Sit down and have a watch of The Brood's extremely timely video for "First Day of School", directed by bassist Billy Habib-Taylor, a song off of its upcoming album Transistor, due for release October 27, with an album release party at Riverport's Old Confidence Lodge on October 28. Tickets will go on sale September 5.

"First Day of School" has a nostalgic poignancy while simultaneously making me happy as heck that I'm not in school right now. Showcasing The Brood's inimitable psych-prog-experimental weirdness and stunning musical chops, Transistor will cover such disparate themes as "being out of touch, living with your parents as an adult, celebrity chefs, the rigors of bars and partying, and experiences from school in the now distant past," says guitarist and vocalist Seamus Erskine. As well as "vacation, road trips and destinations."

"Sometimes we'll just be jamming together and we'll come across something that will turn into another thing. The lyrical themes that come about can be directly traced to the media we're consuming at the time," says Erskine  "The track 'Munchies' was inspired by an episode of the Vice Youtube show 'Chef's Night Out.' We were just jamming one day and then over the next year we developed the musical arrangement."

"'First Day of School' went through a lot of musical arrangements—but it was written around late summer because of that 'back to school' feeling."

After the release, the band will perform at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, then Hamburg, Germany's Reeperbahn Festival.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Listen to this: Jale, "Again" (Komoda mix)

Something good for a bad world

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 11:02 AM

The almighty Jale - VIA SUB POP
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  • via Sub Pop

It's 2017 and Jale has a "new" song—the gods have smiled upon us.

The upcoming Brave New Waves session was recorded in the spring of 1993, remixed by Kevin Komoda that year, and will—finally—be released as a record September 8 (preorder here, limited edition on blue vinyl, oooo). The album features songs that would eventually end up on Dreamcake, as well as rarer songs that only appeared on independent 7 inches or promo releases, including “More or Less.”

Formed in 1992 by Eve Hartling, Alyson MacLeod, Jennifer Pierce, and Laura Stein, the power pop/grunge Jale was signed to Sub Pop, releasing their debut album, Dreamcake, in 1994 and So Wound in 1996.  In my opinion, they are one of the best bands we got. Fun trivia fact for you: The band also appeared on the very first cover of The Coast, in 1993. (see below)

So please listen: For three minutes and 18 seconds, not everything is horrible.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Video premiere: Hillsburn's "Sun Ought To Shine"

Get ready for some shivers—good ones.

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Paul Aarntzen

Hillsburn’s envious momentum hasn’t slowed much since its formation in 2014. In 2016 Hillsburn won a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year, and started work on a new album—its sophomore offering after 2016’s In The Battle Years—which will be released this year. Recently a Kickstarter raising money for that same album is going like a house on fire, and a 2017 ECMA win for Fans’ Choice Video of the Year for “Run Down” ices the Hillsburn cake.

Hillsburn (Paul Aarntzen, Clare Macdonald, Rosanna Burrill, Clayton Burrill, Jackson Fairfax-Perry) makes gorgeous, evocative music that swirls together pop, rock and folk. The latest one-take video for “Sun Ought to Shine” shows off more of the same emotional power. They put it all out there.

Catch Hillsburn locally at The Seahorse Tavern with Hello Delaware on June 9

Out of town shows below:
05.20 - Ottawa, ON @ LIVE on Elgin!
05.24 - Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WATCH THIS: Jon McKiel's live video for "Jewel in the Sun"

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Amherst-born musician Jon McKiel's latest music video was filmed live at the Seahorse Tavern. McKiel calls the video a "takeaway show."

"For me, there wasn't a lot of footage of the band playing," says McKiel. "We've been playing together for a couple years but like, I didn't have a lot of video evidence of that."

McKiel's new album, Memorial Ten Count, is to be released March 10. His next Halifax performance is scheduled for April 20 at—you guessed it—the Seahorse.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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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  • Problem Attic

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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Friday, November 6, 2015

Q & A with Moonsocket (Chris Thompson)

Eric's Trip musician releases Eurydice on Noyes Records today, his first album in 18 years

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 12:39 PM


Today, Noyes Records releases Moonsocket's Eurydice, the first album by Chris Thompson (Eric's Trip, The Memories Attack) in 18 years. The eleven tracks were inspired by his wife's illness some years ago, and the songs venture there, equally "intimate, heartbreaking and brilliant." Prompted by Chad Peck, Thompson put together this collection in the period after his wife's death in 2011. Eurydice is available on clear and black vinyl via Noyes. 

We here at The Coast are glad to see Thompson back in action, and it's been a busy year: Moonsocket played both Sappy Fest and Pop Montreal, Sub Pop repressed 1993 Eric's Trip classic, Love Tara, and in September, Moonsocket released a video for "The Future Isn't a We," the second track from Eurydice. I talked to Thompson about what's up on this bittersweet day.

Congrats on the record. 18 years! Why now? 

Originally Chad Peck from Noyes Records asked me to do a seven-inch. That was in 2008 or 2009, I think? But in 2009 my wife, Dawn, who had had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, got sick again and even though she tried to get me to work on it, I couldn't. When Dawn died in 2011, I didn't think I'd be able to do anything, let alone music, again. A few months after her death, I picked up my guitar again and did a couple of covers with my built-in laptop mic. And then songs started coming. All about Dawn, death and sadness. Kind of felt like she was helping them flow in a weird way. And then I met Kate O'Neill that fall and more happier songs appeared and Chad still wanted to release a record. Unfortunately, he told me to take my time. And I'm super lazy so that's why it took another couple of years to get my ass in gear. 

"The Future Isn't a We" is one of the saddest, good songs I've heard in quite awhile. 

Well it's basically about Dawn's death. Watching someone who you thought you'd grow old with being taken away from you and realizing all the things you were planning on doing together over the decades would never happen. It's pretty hard to describe. It really does feel like your heart was shredded and a cold you never imagined is put it in it's place.

Why is the video set in Halifax? 

My friend Heather Harkins came up with idea for it. This is what she told me tonight when I asked her:  "Because Moncton had Chris Thompson for a long long while, and when Halifax had you as a local, the city needed to shout it out from the top of Citadel Hill."

Eurydice was the wife of Orpheus, and he tried to bring her back to life with music ... it's quite a metaphor. 

My partner Kate, who plays drums in Moonsocket, came up with it. The songs on the Moonsocket record are the type that Dawn always wanted me to get back to. Doing them for myself and not worrying about what other people would think. These songs are for Dawn and are somehow reaching her wherever she is, letting her know things are okay 

Do you ever feel like you have to live up to the Eric's Trip legacy? 

I used to think that, which I think is partially why it took me so long to do anything after the last Moonsocket record. I always felt like Rick (White) and Julie (Doiron), with their records, were doing the most amazing things. And whenever I tried to do anything, it felt like a huge struggle. And then, to me, the results were terrible. I never felt like I was progressing at playing, or writing so what was the point of doing anything?

But is it a nice legacy, as well? 

It's an amazing legacy to belong to for sure. Making records with your friends that people still love and new people discover and love is a great feeling. I miss those guys.

What's it been like playing a bunch again this year? 

I have a love/hate relationship with playing shows. It always seems like a good idea right up until the couple of days before the show. Then I start panicking because I think I suck (not the rest of the band) and why would anyone want to see me play these songs when they could be watching any number of amazing local bands. I do think our Sappy Fest show in August was probably our best show ever. It felt amazing and I was proud that people got to see that show.

Who do you consider full timers in the band now, — or does it kinda ebb and flow?

The band is Kate O'Neill on drums, Kristina Parlee on bass and Ron Bates on second guitar. It will probably ebb and flow over the next year since I'd like to do some touring and those guys all have real jobs. We'll see what happens for sure. People are always saying I should hire some young hot shots to tour with. I don't think any young hot shots would want to, but you never know!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hot New Track: "Money" by Bsdjzs

Halifax rapper premieres hot new track exclusively on The Coast

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 12:31 PM


Halifax rapper Bsdjzs sent us this hot new track, produced by falls from Minneapolis and mixed by Aux Jennings (Weirdo Click). The track, "Money," was accompanied only by this: 

This song is about growth, progression & self love.
Personally it's about realizing no matter what, I'm going to get old but it's up to me if I grow old.

I wrote this song in Fairview watching you count cash on the bed while I checked the window waiting for plays. I had just quit another job & you loved having me around more but not like this.

You'd say you'll quit cigs & I'd find another pack.
I'd play like I was done w you still fuck around & come back.

Life got busy. You got busy. I got busy. Love you.


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Friday, May 29, 2015

FIRST LISTEN: "Electric Boots" by Wyon

From the upcoming Equal at Night

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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  • Zac Barkhouse

Local electronic artist Wyon gives a sneak peek of "Electric Boots," a track from the upcoming Equal at Night, released Tuesday, June 2. Wyon (AKA composer, multi-instrumentalist and sound designer Lawrence Curry) conceptualized this downtempo, atmospheric album after reading Charles Dickens' 1860 essay, Night Walks. Get into some historically inspired electronic music on a grey Friday, why don't you?


1. House Call
2. Regency Dance
3. Glimpse the Fire
4. Strokes of Four
5. Debtor’s Door
6. Semaphore
7. Electric Boots
8. The Last Degree

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