December 30, 2010
The hottest spot for New Year’s Eve in Kingston this year is undoubtedly The Mansion with PS I Love You. They’ve had an unbelievable year and it seems fitting that they will be closing it out with a hometown show.
The year that was 2010 started off pretty amazing for the band with P4K finally flipping over the Diamond Rings/PS I Love You 7″ and giving “Facelove” the love it deserves in January. They released a single in March, toured – not only outside of the 613 but extensively – and released their full-length in October on the respected label Paper Bag Records. That record, Meet Me at the Muster Station, is making all sorts of Best of 2010 lists for good reason.
If you can, check PS I Love You out on New Year’s. For all up coming dates see their myspace.
-Dec. 31 w/ Cherry Chapstick @ The Mansion, Kingston
-Jan 15 w/ Two Door Cinema Club + TokyoPolice Club @ Koolhaus, Toronto
-Jan 16 w/ Two Door Cinema Club + TokyoPolice Club @ Club Soda, Montreal
They played as part of the 2009 Salvation Army Winter Relief Benefit. Here is their (very, very short) set from a year ago. Enjoy & Happy New Year’s.
PS I Love You, Salvation Army Winter Relief Benefit, The Mansion, 22 December 2009 (early show)
Get yourself the LP, the EP, the single, the shirts etc etc at Paper Bag. If you act quick (before Jan. 2) you can get free shipping and 30% off your order, using the code BOXINGDAY. Go! Shop! [note: the first vinyl pressing of the album is now sold out but I am told that a new pressing (green!) is on its way]
December 21, 2010
Just a reminder that this year’s Salvation Army Winter Relief Benefit is taking place TONIGHT at Zappa’s Lounge. Get out there and enjoy the best thing about Kingston in December.
Last year’s event was a little different than previous years – new venue & two shows – but it featured all the things you come to expect from a Winter Relief Benefit after 15 years: great local musicians, cover songs, folks hopping onstage to give a helping hand when needed, and good times had by all. I attended the early show which did not have a proper Weeping Tile set, but Sarah Harmer did treat us to a nice selection of (mostly cover) songs. She started off with the absolutely lovely “Huron Carol” – which dates back, amazingly, to 1643.
Happy Holidays everyone.
Sarah Harmer, Salvation Army Winter Relief Benefit, The Mansion, 22 December 2009 (early show)
Donate to the Salvation Army.
With only a few short days until Christmas, you probably would rather have a hole in the head than hear “Jingle Bell Rock” one more time. Never fear, Michael Wray (of Mixylodian) has put together another awesome compilation of non-traditional holiday tunes from (mostly) Montreal musicians.
If you were lucky, you caught last year’s “Feats of Strength” mix, which features great songs by favourite Montreal acts including Adam & the Amethysts, Jessie Stein (The Luyas) & Mixylodian, and others. This year’s installment continues the tradition of presenting holiday-themed tunes from refreshing and unexpected angles.
There is something for everyone in this compilation. From the very lovely (Abigail Lapell’s Driedle Song), to the naughty (the sleigh bells and steel drum – rocking Inapropriate Christmas Song by Mixylodian & Santa Suit Tattoo (XMAS 4 EVA) by Amber & Erin [of Nightwood]), to the superfun (Hamilton Trading Co.‘s Long Johns & the songs by The Sunnies [dl the whole album for their bonus track]), the wonderfully weird (Parlovr‘s two songs), and the topical (Wikileaks Winter by Banana Lazuli), with much more.
There is no reason why you shouldn’t get this holiday album – it is chock-full of great tunes for the festive season, it may very well will introduce you to a bunch of great new bands and it is FREE. Thanks Montreal!
Download the full compilation here.
Say thx to Wray & treat yourself by buying “Wild in Church”.
December 8, 2010
The best part of the holiday season is seeing Weeping Tile and a bunch of special guests get together to rock out for charity. This year it is going down at Zappas Lounge on December 21st. Get your tickets at Zap Records or at Maple Music. More details at the Sally Ann website.