Gravez just dropped on May 28th.
I’d doubt any of the members will read this review.
But what the heck I will make a glowing review for Gravez, if they like it or not (Just sayin’! )
I’ve been a fan of Hooded Fang since they released their EP a few years back.
I still think of them when they were a catchy seven piece group and can’t get their song “Straight Up The Dial” out of my head.
Now that the group has been downside to a four piece.
There was a change in direction when Tosta Mista was released.
Gravez which is their third album, still maintains that indie lo-fi summer pop-rock music.
Tracks like Graves and Trasher gets you all rocking out or do some summer twistin’ on the beach.
While there is a hint of experimentation on the synth in tracks like Genes and Ode to Subterrania.
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It was one of those shows that I had to attend, on May 11, 2012.
The show was kind of like an “Asians Representing/Asian solidarity” kind of show.
There were a lot of other events happening that night, so at first I didn’t know of too many people going.
And for those who didn’t attend, they missed a great show.
The last “it” show that I attended on Friday night’s Pop Montreal was at Il Motore.
Was there to support the Chinese Canadian musician Alex Zhang Hungtai who goes by Dirty Beaches. Y’know give support to the Chinese!
My third time this year seeing Dirty Beaches live.
I noticed this is the first show I’ve been to Il Motore where it was totally packed. The few times I’ve been there it has been half empty.
This was a good turn out.
Finally it’s time to mention the news about Adam & The Amethysts.
When I attended NXNE 2011 in June.
I happened to bump into Jon Bartlett of Kelp Records at the Polaris Music Prize Longlist ceremonies.
He gave me a demo CD of Adam & The Amethysts’s new upcoming album “Flickering Flashlight”.
I literally dropped my jaw because the album is going to be released on Kelp Records.
I would say Adam & The Amethysts is the first non-Ottawa act to be on the label.
I heard the whole album and it’s amazing, but the review will be up in a few weeks.
You can check out the leading single Prophecy.
ADAM & THE AMETHYSTS – Prophecy by kelprecords
Finally got the chance to see Dirty Beaches live and get a interview!!
Having to go all the way to NXNE in Toronto to catch one of three performances.
He played his first of three different show, one was at the Silver Dollar Room at 1am!!
Ever since I found out that he played last fall.
I was kicking myself on missing out the show at Manx.
He has been doing really well this year thanks to the buzz he has been getting on Pitchfork.
Playing experimental lo-fi rock and pop music.
As someone mentioned, his music is “Elvis Presley on acid”.
The Silver Dollar Room was totally packed.
When he came on stage, he had that Hong Kong 1960s suave look.
Or something from a Wong Kar-Wai movie.
He played some tracks from Badlands like Sweet 17, True Blue (?) and Lord Knows Best which is my favorite!
Alex played a cover of Mattress’s Eldorado. It was very experimental beatsy.
The whole set was a mix of emotions.
Still at NXNE in Toronto, Canada.
Finally I got to interview Dirty Beaches!
It took place in the back of Silver Dollar Room, so there might be parts where it’s noisy with people.
Want to thank Tiffany Yam for asking some questions to him.
There is parts in the interview I happened to speak some Cantonese.
So it was 20% music related and 80% Chinese culture related.
Have a listen to the interview.
Fixture Records is another great Montreal label.
Very similar to Arbutus and home to my favorite musician “Dirty Beaches” for the Canadian release. (Who I can’t stop posting!)
This cool Montreal label just released a second compilation of current roster on their label called Fixture Records Compilation No.2.
Fresh 21-track label compilation featuring new/unreleased tracks by:
- Brave Radar
- Sequin Kit (Brenden Orange’s new band)
- Dirty Beaches
- Freelove Fenner
- Omma Cobba (ex-Omon Ra)
- Chevalier Avant Garde (formerly Postcards)
- Telephone Callers
- Jef Barbara
- Sheer Agony
- Silver Dapper
I missed the boat when Dirty Beaches played a few Ottawa shows in late 2010.
Now his tunes are being featured on Pitchfork.
I did some research. I was not aware that Dirty Beaches is a one-man musician.
When I read the name Alex Zhang Hungtai, I was like “He is Chinese!!” (Technically Taiwanese if we’re being politically correct).
I feel we need more Asians representing the indie music scene. (Though I have been listening to the Far East Movement.)