The baked goods are extra.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Of Montreal, Live At Motel Mozaique 2012 – VPRO 3FM
Further evidence Athens Georgia is still a hotbed of creative endeavour with a concert this week by Athens born-and-based Of Montreal as performed at last years Motel Mozaique festival in The Netherlands.
Always inventive, Of Montreal have been a staple with indie audiences for a number of years now.
So here they at the , as they sounded last year at the 2012 Motel Mozaique festival, recorded by the venerable VPRO in The Netherlands, and broadcast by 3FM, the local FM station in the area.
Something to get you over Hump Day.
Survivors from SS Athenia – wrong place – wrong time.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – News from BBC World Service – Paris Radio English service – September 4, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
With War in Europe officially declared, this day in September 1939, the first official casualties reported wound up being civilians, innocent bystanders, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The SS Athenia had been sunk, killing 117. And the news via shortwave listening posts, was all about that.
Amid conflicting reports (and there were a lot of them), the Passenger ship was bound for Montreal from Glasgow when it was torpedoed 200 miles off the Canadian coast. With some 1400 passengers on board, including 300 Americans, the ship was struck by one torpedo.
The Germans denied firing on the ship, even though the German submarine U-30 was seen following the Athenia. And the German passenger ship SS Bremen, en route from New York to Murmansk refused to pick up survivors, despite receiving distress signals.
All told, some 981 passengers and crew were eventually rescued.
But any indication this was going to be a civilized war was quickly abandoned as preparations continued for what was going to be a long and costly conflct.
And that’s what was going on this September 4th in 1939 as reported by The BBC World Service and the English service of Paris Radio.
Galaxie – our neighbors up north continue to surprise us. (Photo: Connie Tsang)
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Galaxie – live at Polaris Music Gala, St. John’s – September 19, 2011 – CBC
As promised earlier, I’ve been digging around the CBC vaults for more examples of what’s going on in Canada these days. I ran across this concert appearance by Galaxie, who are not newcomers, but who have undergone several changes since their inception in 2002. Considered one of the leading Francophone Indie/Garage Rock bands (not to be confused with the American Galaxie 500, even though the Canadian Galaxie were originally Galaxie 500 . . .but to avoid confusion . . .), Galaxie, who are based in Montreal, have three albums out and the occasion of this performance was their shortlist nomination for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize – which also hosted Braids, who I ran a couple weeks ago from the came concert.
They sing in French, which may explain why they haven’t gotten wide acceptance down here, but they are worth investigating and putting on your radar to see where they turn up next.
A rather short appearance, but a turbo-charged one. Perfect to get you ready for Hump-Day tomorrow.
Play loud anyway.
Don’t let the nerdy appearance fool you – this kid rocks.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Melissa Laveaux, In Session at FIP – Studio 105 – June 6, 2013
Melissa Laveaux (singer-songwriter-guitarist) comes from Haiti via Montreal. She’s been gigging around Canada the past few years. Has two albums out – the latest, Dying Is A Wild Night was released this past February and she’s been on tour in Europe promoting it and getting some good feedback and audience response in the process.
Tonight’s post features a visit Melissa and her band made to Studio 105 at the venerable FIP while in Paris (FIP is the rock service of Radio France, and like all the other channels, is pretty astonishing) and did a 16 minute set to a packed house.
And in case you were wondering who this person is – click on the link and check her out for yourself.
Lots of good music coming out of Canada lately. Maybe I should devote a week to playing new Canadian acts soon.
We are practically neighbors, ya know.
Update: Just got a tweet from Melissa who informs me she now lives in Paris and the album isn’t out in Canada yet, but will be available in the UK on September 30th. Stay tuned!
Braids – Canadian Shoegaze comes to Berlin.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Braids – Live at Lido, Berlin – June 28, 2013 – RBB Berlin
Shoegaze from Canada tonight, live in Berlin at the “Introducing . . . .” showcase at Lido, recorded June 28th of this year. Braids is originally from Calgary but have re-settled in Montreal. With their second album slated to come out in August, Braids have gotten much good word of mouth in the Canadian Press, and their first album Native Speaker was shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in Canada in 2011.
Fronted by Raphaelle Standell-Preston, the band originally got started in high-school in Calgary around 2006, and put out their first ep a little while later. After relocating to Montreal they began work on Native Speaker, finally finishing it in late 2010.
After much gigging and work, their sites are set for broader horizons, having completed their very first U.S. tour and topping it off by appearing at SXSW.
The show in Berlin marks their very first foray on to European shores.
Pretty auspicious start. Pretty bright future. Pretty nice reception.
They like them in Berlin – so much so, they’re coming back in the Fall. They are also slated to come to Los Angeles in October.