Category Archives: Best of 2008

Montreal Bands at SXSW 2008 Pt2

Socalled and Katie Moore

So you read part 1 of our Montreal bands at South By Southwest coverage and your still asking what’s all the fuss about?

Close the curtains and turn of the lights cause you are about to either be cranking along with Katie Moore or dancing your 80’s off to Peer Pressure – either way your going to want some privacy as you jump head first into Montreal’s up-and-coming SXSW hopefuls.

Katie Moore

official site

In the lead up to her Only Thing Worse album launch at Sala Rosa September 12th, Katie Moore is shopping her folksy charms around the tale end of the Americas.

Mementos mp3
(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle mp3

The Nymphets

official site

Keeping their swear box chock fill of pennies with their offhand, don’t call it slacker, indie pop – the Nymphets save a a few choice words for the people of Texas.

Wednesday Morning mp3
I Don’t Care mp3
Live at Casa Del Popolo Video

the Nymphets and Peer Pressure DJ’s

Peer Pressure
official site

Long renound as purveyors of party in Montreal -the go to crew for NYE, Shalloween, Igloofest are bound to set some toes a-tapping.


Sky is frowning Mix mp3
Old as Time Mix mp3
Hatchmatik In-deed Mix mp3

Plants and Animals

Official site
Buy Parc Avenue Album

Proof that deftly crafted pop orchestrations needn’t be as bombastic as the Flaming Lips or as worthy as Coldplay, Plants and Animals carve themselves a piece of 60’s nostaligia and invite you to their love in.

Bye Bye Bye mp3
Faerie Dance mp3
Feedback in the Field mp3

Skratch Bastid | Plants and Animals


Skratch Bastid
official site

Earning a tip of the hat for Producer of the Year at this years Juno Awards, Skratch is on his way to much wider recognition – why not dip your toe?

The Dirty Dirty mp3
11 Minute Set Video

Socalled

official site

Worth investigating if only to justify his contention that there’s nothing wrong with a jewish cowboy – citation needed.


You Are Never Alone mp3
Heart Attack Feeling mp3
These Are the Good Old Days mp3

This is Part 2 of our 4 part series on Montreal Bands at SXSW 2008. Stay tuned for parts 3 and 4, or why not grab our feed.

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Montreal Bands at SXSW 2008 Pt1

Montreal Bands at SXSW 2008 Pt1

From the Arcade Fire to Chromeo, Montreal is synonymous with diverse eclectic music scene.

Come SXSW 2008 in Austin, Texas eyes will be on the fresh blood from what many are billing as the New New York. Haven’t heard of Peer Pressure or Skratch Bastid? Don’t worry the monkey is only too happy to oblige on this, part 1 of the 4 part guide to Montreal Bands at South By South West 2008.

[See also part 2 of our SXSW coverage.]

The Stills

official site

Buy The Stills Without Feathers Album

The Stills Promo Photo

Retour A Vega mp3
Still in Love Song mp3
In the Beginning mp3

Think About Life
official site
Buy Think About Life Album

Think About Life Promo Photo

Paul Cries mp3
What the Future Might Be mp3

Torngat
official site
BuyYou Could Be Album

Torngat Promo Photo

You Could Be mp3
Moutin Noir mp3
Bordeaux Boredom mp3

The United Steel Workers of Montreal
official site
Buy Kerosene & Coal

United Steel Workers of Montreal Promo Photo

Wandering Eye mp3
Ask Me to Stay mp3
Place St Henri mp3

Martha Wainwright
official site
Buy Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole Album

Martha Wainwright Promo Photo

BMFA mp3
Factory mp3
How Soon mp3

Your Favorite Enemies
myspace
Buy And If I Was To Die In The Morning… Would I Still Be Sleeping With You Album

Your Future Enemies Promo Photo

I Might Be Wrong mp3
Open Your Eyes mp3
Midnight’s Crashing mp3

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.