February 24, 2010
Great things are afoot in Kingston, my friends. Take, for example, the news that The Gertrudes, PS I Love You, Bruce Peninsula, and Muskox have teamed up for a split 7″ record. BP and Muskox are tagteaming a new version of “Shanty Song” and the two Apple Crisp bands have joined forces for the epic, gorgeous, haunting “Sailor.”
There is a great deal going on in this song but the perfect mix ensures that none of the carefully orchestrated pieces are lost. The Gertrudes’ stunningly beautiful vocals, flourishes of mandolin and strings, perfectly timed brass punctuating the half-way mark, and the “je ne se quois” of the theremin all combine organically with PS I Love You’s shredding. The ballad explodes in the last minute and a half into a swirling, passionate conclusion.
Hear it for yourself here:
* The Gertrudes & PS I Love You – Sailor
You will be able to buy the record at the Apple Crisp Music Fest which is happening at venues around Kingston from March 12th-25th. The Gertrudes will be performing with Charles Spearin’s Happiness Project on March 13th at Chalmers United Church. Like most of the shows, it is All Ages and Free. Details of ACMF2010 will be announced at the end of the week and I shall fill you in on all the great events coming your way.
For those not in town, you can get The Gertrudes’ eps from Zunior.
While I have your attention, have you ordered the new 7″ from the legendary PS I Love You? Seriously, they are blowing up P4K. It is released on March 15th. You can preorder it from Thing Itself Records.
February 11, 2010
Two great shows to support one great cause. As part of the CFRC Annual Funding Drive (DONATE!), our friends at Apple Crisp are sponsoring:
1) TONIGHT! – “ This is Our Music” featuring Music Maul, PS I Love You, Owl Farm, False Face and The Gertrudes. It is going down at Time to Laugh, 394 Princess Street, on February 11. Doors open at 7:00pm, cover is $5 at the door. 19+
2) Saturday! – Henri Faberge & the Adorables at the Mansion, Feb 13th (506 Princess Street).
Support local music -> support local radio. Both events are going to be raucous good times.
February 5, 2010
P&A live at the 2008 Wolfe Island Music Fest.
I saw the amazing Plants & Animals three times in 2008, each possibly better than the last. I think they came to town last year but I missed every occasion and, likewise, I am going to miss them on Saturday at the Grad Club. You’ll be missing them, too, if you don’t have a ticket as it is long sold out (you should go to the $100 & Attack in Black show at the Mansion instead. Actually, even if you are going to P&A you can hit the other show, too, as it is an early show 6-8pm. It is a CFRC Funding Drive show).
I thought I’d take a listen to their November 2008 show to remind myself how good they are live. The answer: really, really good. Listen to the songs below if you don’t believe me.
The band is releasing a new album called La La Land on April 20th. You can download the first song, “Tom Cruz” from Secret City records.
They will be touring to support the new record here are some of their upcoming dates (see their myspace for more details):
March 12 – Lee’s Palace (CMW showcase), Toronto, ON
March 13 – Royal York Hotel (CMW Indie Awards), Toronto, ON
March 17-21 – SXSW, Austin, TX
April 21 – Theatre Petit Champlain, Quebec City, QC
April 22 – La Tulipe, Montreal, QC
April 23 – Babylon, Ottawa, ON
April 24 – The Red Dog, Peterborough, ON
April 28 – West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MB
April 29 – Amigo’s, Saskatoon, SK
April 30 – Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB
May 1 – The Legion, Calgary, AB
May 2 – Habitat, Kelowna, BC
May 4 – Sugar Nightclub, Victoria, BC
May 5 – The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
Here are a few tracks from when I last saw them. If you are going to the show on Saturday let me know how it was.
Plants and Animals, Grad Club, Kingston, 22 November 2008
Check out Secret City Records where you can buy Plants & Animals’ older releases (in fact, you should buy each and every records SC has released. They are all freakin’ incredible) and be sure to check back late April to get the new album.
It is that time of year again when your friendly campus and community radio station in Kingston, CFRC 101.9 fm, asks you to open your wallet to support them. Their funding drive runs for 10 days (Feb 5th-14th) this year and they are aiming to raise $25000. Please give a little or give a lot to support this amazing Kingston institutions. You can donate online or pledge by phone at 613-533-2372. You can get yrself a tax receipt or great gifts including awesome long-sleeve shirts and totebags, cds, and/or gift certificates from wicked local sponsors like Novel Idea and Minotaur to name just two.
They have all sorts of rad events planned, including:
-Attack in Black & $100 @ Mansion, Feb.6
-DaZoque! @ Mansion, Feb.6
-Craft Fair @ Wellington St. Theatre, Feb.7
-QUIC Coffee House @ CoGro, Feb.9
-A Windy Radio Drama @ Wallace Hall, Feb.10
-This is Our Music (ft. featuring Music Maul, PS I Love You, Owl Farm, False Face and The Gertrudes.) @ Time to Laugh, Feb.11
-Henri Faberge @ Mansion, Feb.13
-Soul Shakedown @ Time to Laugh, Feb.13
Check out the Funding Drive Events page for more details.
I plan on getting up some $100 from WIMF to get you excited by Saturday’s show, but until then here are two tracks I’ve previously posted:
$100, Grad Club, Kingston, 27 March 2009
Get out to the great events and donate to CFRC online or by phone (613-533-2372).