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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.

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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