Category Archives: April 2008

2008 Juno Award Nominees from Montreal, Quebec

Arcade Fire Chromeo Patrick Watson

Montreal bands have proved once again that when it comes to producing great music you needn’t leave the island. Arcade Fire and Patrick Watson lead the way with nominations in the dubiously titled ‘ Alternative Album of the Year‘ category Chromeo bust it out with their gay for miles funk, and er…other notable Quebec originators Avril Lavinge and Celine Dion illustrate you dont have to be innovative to be a recipient.

The 2008 Juno Awards on Sunday, April 6th, marks the 37th celebration of the best of best of Canadian music by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and will broadcast from Calgary Alberta on CTV.

Below is the list of Quebec’s 2008 Juno Award nominees:

Arcade Fire capped of a successful 2007 with nods for Group of the Year and Alternative Album of the year for Neon Bible. If you have been listening to Nickleback for the entire noughties it’s not too late to save your ever living soul by checking out the cathartic Barrack-Obama-Supporting Montrealer’s ethereal pop orchestrations

It’s also been a great year for fellow Polaris Award nominees Patrick Watson who’s Close to Paradise LP will duke in out with their more esteemed compatriots in the Alternative Album of the Year category. If you’re late to the party for these navel-gazers it’s well worth checking out

More 80’s than Paula Abdul, urban-funksters Chromeo unleashed the biggest blackest bass line in all of 2008, and non-unexpectedly, Fancy Footwork has been nominated for the Dance Recording of the Year accolade.

Other Quebecois nominees included:

Amon Tobin Foley Room for Instrumental Album of the Year, sample his haunting drum n’ bass infused Back From Space mp3

Skratch Bastid for Jack Richardson Producer of the Year, but his own stuff is worth a look see too The Dirty Dirty mp3

Corneille The Birth of Cornelius for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

And you will be happy to note that such cultural luminaries as Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Claude Dubois will slug it out for you trifling affections, 3 Quebecois enter the cage – one dubious reputation exits. Celebrate as the Juno Fan Choice Awards reflect your innermost self-loathing.

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Free Blood Support Hot Chip in Montreal

Free Blood Live Photo

So you heard the Warning and you loved Over and Over that’s swell.

So by now you’ve got your ticket to Hot Chip April 15th, 2008 at the Metropolis in Montreal, and having heard their new album Made in the Dark you’ve no doubt adjusted your expectations accordingly.

But one question remains – who in the hell are their support act Free Blood? That’s a fair enough question so the monkey got on the case for you digging up these mp3‘s for your aural pleasure:

Grumpy mp3
Weekend mp3
Royal Family(ACTH Remix) mp3

Never Hear Surf Music Again (ACTH Remix)[z share]
Quick and Painful (Hot Chip Remix) [Zshare]

If that wets your whiskers why not see them when they hit Montreal?

Buy Hot Chip tickets
Visit Free Blood’s official site for Tour Dates

For the instant gratification type why not check out, debut release, the Royal Family video:

Sunday Bloody Sunday Cover by Saul Williams

Saul Williams Tar Spangled Banner Live

In a postmodern masterstroke, Saul Williams‘ U2 lift arrives courtesy of his new album “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust.”

Track listing:

1. Black History Month mp3
2. Convict Colony mp3
3. Tr(n)igger mp3
4. Sunday Bloody Sunday mp3
5. Break mp3
6. NiggyTardust mp3
7. DNA mp3
8. WTF! mp3
9. Scared Money mp3
10. Raw mp3
11. Skin of a Drum mp3
12. No One Ever Does mp3
13. Banged and Blown Through mp3
14. Raised to be Lowered mp3
15. The Ritual mp3

Crawling out of the k-hole, the hip hop poets post-apocalyptic fifth album comes fit out with production from the Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Rezor.

The basic conceit of the DRM activist is that the quote unquote industry reduces the artist to the role of nigger. Does the Monkey think you should check it out? Yessir massir.

Buy album “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust”

Buy concert ticket for Saul Williams’ Tar Spangled Banner Tour

Visit Saul Williams official website

For now though enjoy the video for Sunday Bloody Sunday.

If you like that check him out on his Tar Spangled Banner tour dates, and Montreal he shall be on our hallowed shores at La Tulipe, Montreal, April 13th, everyone else:

MARCH

12 SXSW, Austin, TX

*13 SXSW, Austin, TX*

17 Plaza Club, Vancouver BC*

18 Aladdin, Portland, OR*

19 Neumo’s, Seattle WA*

21 Slims, San Francisco, CA*

22 Club Mercy, Santa Barbara, CA*

24 Casbah, San Diego, CA*

25 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA*

26 Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ*

27 Chandler Gilbert Community College, Phoenix, AZ?

28 Estrella Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ?

29 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM*

31 The Loft, Dallas, TX*

APRIL

01 Warehouse Live Studio, Houston, TX*

03 The Parish, New Orleans, LA*

04 The Loft, Atlanta. GA*

06 Ramshead, Annapolis, MD*

07 930 Club, Washington, DC*

08 Paradise, Boston, MA*

09 Irving Plaza, NY, NY*

11 Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA*

12 Iron Horse, Northampton, MA*

13 La Tulipe, Montreal, QC*

14 Mod Club, Toronto, ONT*

16 Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI*

17 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH*

18 Martyrs, Chicago, IL*

19 Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN*

21 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO*

22 Belly Up, Aspen, CO*

23 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT*

[* Musical performance ? Spoken word performance]


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