Hillside Reviews: The Super Friendz @ Island Stage – July 26, 2014

By Tom Beedham

The Super Friendz @ Island Stage - July 26, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

The Super Friendz @ Island Stage – July 26, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

“Thanks a lot everybody, we’re doing a workshop later tonight on grunge dynamics: ‘When You’re Mad It Gets Louder; When You’re Sad It Gets Quieter,’” Super Friendz bassist Charles Austin quipped after the band played the final notes of “Rescue Us From Boredom” at Hillside’s Island Stage yesterday afternoon.

To his left, guitarist Matt Murphy resembled some kind of indie superhero sporting a guitar strap improvised out of a Sled Island tote bag that didn’t look unlike a cape. Indeed, for the special part of the crowd eagerly assembled under the Island Stage tent specifically keen on catching the Halifax, Nova Scotia band’s only scheduled gig of the year, the Super Friendz definitely played the part.

Austin, Murphy, and Drew Yamada spent the 45-minute set democratically trading mic duties as they ran through the better half of 1995’s ‘Mock Up, Scale Down,’ and Murphy’s “cape” was just one of the blatant signifiers that spoke to the ongoing adaptable nature of the indie rock veterans, performing at Hillside 20 years after their formation.

“Never borrow a bass you don’t know,” Austin advised from behind a three-stringed loaner while Yamada cracked a smile.

Kieren Adams rounded things out filling in for drummer Dave Marsh directly after playing a half-hour set for his regular gig, DIANA, and there were a couple more cracks about Adams being “pooched,” but he did just fine managing Marsh’s kinetic Keith Moon vs. Topper Headon primitivism.

They were nearly rushed off the stage at the end of ‘Slide Show’ opener “Up and Running,” but they managed to swindle another two minutes out of the stage managers in order to wrap things up with a face melting guitar jam. The brevity of that performance and the set that contained it all served to highlight the fact that 20 years on, the Super Friendz are still capable of proving that you don’t need a big production or an arsenal of effects to make interesting guitar music: just grab whatever guitar you have lying around, play it loud, and make it work.

Setlist:
“Better Call”
“Come Clean”
“Rescue Us From Boredom”
“Girls and Their Boys”
“Fireflies”
“When They Paid Me”
“Undertow”
“Down In Flames”
“Karate Man”
“10 Lbs”
“Up and Running”

(Review originally published at HillsideFestival.ca)

Hillside reviews: Hydra @ Island Stage – July 25, 2014

By Tom Beedham

Hydra @ Island Stage - July 25, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

Hydra @ Island Stage – July 25, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

Hillside workshops are known for bringing together otherwise separate musical acts for dynamic onstage collaborations, but Hydra is an entirely different beast. Originally ushered into existence as an outfit that would help Feist showcase differently formatted material from her 2011 album Metals at the 2012 Polaris Music Prize gala (she won after that), the super group’s since established its own notoriety for also turning renditions of songs by husband-and-wife duos AroarA (Ariel Engle and Broken Social Scene/Apostle of Hustle’s Andrew Whiteman) and Snowblink (Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman) into larger productions that were never possible with the hands those groups brought to their respective tables.

True, the group gets a lot of its hype from Leslie Feist’s involvement, but while fans assembled under the Island Stage tent were easily more familiar with the group’s performances of Feist’s Metals tracks, it’s not as though AroarA’s smoldering “#2” or Snowblink’s spiraling “Cyclone” – both still new tracks when their respective groups performed them at last year’s Hillside – were perceived as coming out of left field. In fact, all seven of Hydra’s heads represent Hillside alumni – even bassist Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think) and drummer Don Kerr (Communism, Rheostatics, Bidiniband) have performed at Hillsides past. It doesn’t hurt that Engle’s and Gesundheit’s voices vent sonic gold, either.

For all of its grandeur, the set was still wrought with production problems – Feist’s “The Bad In Each Other” had a false start, Engle’s in-ear monitors cut out in the middle of AroarA’s “#14,” and persistent feedback interrupted all throughout – but Hydra soldiered on through all of it and over the course of their performance it became glaringly certain that none of the technical difficulties in the world could hurtle a set from a group of this aptitude into a state of any significant disrepair.

They capped it all off with a fitting encore cover of Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” and sent everyone on their way with a fresh reminder about Hillside’s idyllic landscape: however soft the green fields that cover Guelph Lake Island, those grounds can still whisper tales of gore. Now we know the Hydra are our overlords.

Setlist
“#4” (AroarA)
“The Bad In Each Other” (Feist)
“Armageddagain” (Snowblink)
“#2” (AroarA)
“The Undiscovered First” (Feist)
“Feel Like A Man” (Snowblink) (28:40)
“#6” (AroarA)
“Foothills” (Snowblink)
“Another World” (Antony and the Johnsons cover)
“Cyclone” (Snowblink)
“How Come You Never Go There” (Feist)
“Look At You” (Snowblink)
“#14” (AroarA)

Encore:
“Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)

(Review originally published on HillsideFestival.ca)

Streamlined: Stream 10 new releases from Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Hooray For Earth, & more before their July 29 release date

Album artwork for Hooray For Earth’s ‘Racy,’ due July 29 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Hooray For Earth’s ‘Racy,’ due July 29 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing July 29, 2014
Devin Cuddy – Kitchen Knife (Cameron House)
Duplekita – The Sound of My Name (Kinsella)
Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale (Universal) http://itunes.com/ericclapton
Hooray For Earth – Racy (Outside)
Jenny Lewis – The Voyager (Warner)
The Muffs – Whoop Dee Doo (Burger)
QuetzalQuetzanimales (Artivist Entertainment)
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty (Sub Pop)
Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersHypnotic Eye (Reprise)
Wildest Dreams – S/T (Smalltown Supersound)

Other albums out July 29, not available for streaming (yet)
Beck – Song Reader (Capitol)

Streamlined: Stream 10 new releases from Alvvays, Monomyth, PS I Love You, & more before their July 22 release date

Album artwork for Monomyth’s ‘Saturnalia Regalia!,’ due July 22 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Monomyth’s ‘Saturnalia Regalia!,’ due July 22 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Monomyth’s ‘Saturnalia Regalia!,’ due July 22 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing July 22, 2014
Alvvays – S/T (Polyvinyl)
Crown The Empire – The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways (Rise)
Got a Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now (Bulk)
I The Breather – Life Reaper (Sumerian)
Joyce ManorNever Hungover Again 
Liam Betson – The Cover of Hunter (Double Double Wammy)
Monomyth – Saturnalia Regalia! (Mint)
PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay (Paper Bag)
The Verve Pipe - Overboard (BDC)
White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)

Bonus: Scottish post-rock kings Mogwai  are dropping a deluxe reissue of their 1999 LP Come On Die Young July 21 via Chemikal Underground, complete with bonus material collectively identified as the Appendix to that album. Exclaim! is streaming the Appendix.

Other albums out July 22, not available for streaming (yet)
Alex Clare – Three Hearts (Island)
The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest (Blue Horizon)
Common – Nobody Smiling (Def Jam)
Eric Copeland – Ms Pretzel (DFA)
Luke McMaster – The Heart of Soul (Green Hill)
Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (Republic)
Nico Vega – Lead to Light (Five Seven)
Nona – Through the Head (6131)
Paul Oakenfold – Trance Mission (Astral)
Yes – Heaven & Earth (Frontiers)

Streamlined: Stream 18 new releases from Mexican Slang, Luluc, Melted Toys, & more before their July 15 release date

Album artwork for Big Deal’s ‘Sakura’ EP, due July 15 and available to stream in full now, among 19 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Big Deal’s ‘Sakura’ EP, due July 15 and available to stream in full now, among 19 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing July 15, 2014
Anand WilderBreak Line the Musical (Secretly Canadian)
Big Deal – Sakura (Mute)
The Creeps – Eulogies (It’s Alive)
Honeyblood – S/T (FatCat)
Jungle – S/T (XL)
Landlady – Upright Behavior (Hometapes)
Little Daylight- Hello Memory (Capitol)
Luluc – Passerby (Sub Pop)
Melted Toys – S/T EP (Underwater Peoples)
Mexican Slang – Inside the Velvet Castle (Buzz)
Morrissey – World Peace Is None of Your Business (Harvest)
Reigning Sound – Shattered (Merge)
Rise Against – The Black Market (Interscope)
Slow Club - Complete Surrender (Wichita)
Slow Learners – Grow on You (Debt Offensive)
Suicide Silence – You Can’t Stop Me (Nuclear Blast)
Trampled By TurtlesWild Animals (Banjodad)
United Nations – The Next Four Years (Temporary Residence)

Other albums out July 15, not available for streaming (yet)
Anna Calvi – Strange Weather (Domino)
Antemasque – S/T (Nadie Sound)
Guerilla Toss – 367 Equalizer (Infinity Cat)
I, Omega – Transients (Bullet Tooth)
JPNS Girls – Circulation (Universal)
Puss N Boots – No Fools, No Fun (Blue Note)
Twista – Dark Horse (Universal)
Weird Al Yankovic – Mandatory Fun (RCA)

Streamlined: Stream 19 new releases from Cold Beat, The Skygreen Leopards, UltraMantis Black, & more before their July 8 release date

Album artwork for The Skygreen Leopards’ ‘Family Crimes,’ due July 8 and available to stream in full now, among 19 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for The Skygreen Leopards’ ‘Family Crimes,’ due July 8 and available to stream in full now, among 19 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing July 8, 2014
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other (Hopeless)
Ancient Ascendant – Echoes And Cinder (Candlelight)
Braid – No Coast (Topshelf)
Chelsea Grin – Ashes to Ashes (Razor & Tie)
Cloud BoatModel of You (R&S)
Cold BeatOver Me (Crime on the Moon)
The Dirty Heads – Sound of Change (Universal)
DJ Dodger StadiumFriend of Mine (Body High)
James Blackshaw – Fantomas: Le Faux Magistrat (Tompkins Square)
José Contreras – S/T (Squirtgun)
Magic Man – Before the Waves (Columbia)
Manic Street Preachers – Futurology (Columbia)
Matt KivelDays of Being Wild (Woodsist)
Origin – Omnipresent (Nuclear Blast)
The Schomberg FairI Won’t Be Afraid
Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear (RCA)
The Skygreen Leopards – Family Crimes (Woodsist)
Ultramantis Black – S/T EP (Relapse)
Viet Cong – Cassette (Mexican Summer reissue)

Other albums out July 8, not available for streaming (yet)
Amberian Dawn – Magic Forest (Napalm)
Carly-Jo – S/T (Fontana North)
Dale Watson – Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy (Red River)
Eagulls – S/T (Dine Alone reissue)
Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless (Metal Blade)
Hell – Groovehammer (Prosthetic)
Jayhawks – Rainy Day Music (Universal)
Mortals – Cursed to See the Future (Relapse)
Pink Grenade – Fear of a Pink Planet (SMH/Universal)
Sonic Syndicate – S/T (Nuclear Blast)
Sylvan Esso – S/T (Dine Alone)
Vintersorg – Naturbal (Napalm)

Streamlined: Stream 22 new albums from Brian Eno, Beef Terminal, Steve Adamyk Band, & more releasing June 30/July 1

Album artwork for Steve Adamyk Band's ‘Dial Tone,’ due July 1 and available to stream in full now, among 22 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Steve Adamyk Band’s ‘Dial Tone,’ due July 1 and available to stream in full now, among 22 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing June 30, 2014
Bad Suns – Language & Perspective (Universal)
Bassnectar – Noise Vs. Beauty (Fontana North)
Clara Engel – Looking-Glass Fire
Gallows – Chains/Wristslitter 7” (Venn)
MAGIC! – Don’t Kill the Magic (Sony)
MatthewdavidIn My World (Brainfeeder)
R.A. – Collateral Damage (Bridge)
Rival Boys – Animal Instincts (tinyrecordscanada/Maple)
Sean Watkins – All I Do Is Lie (Roaring Girl)

Streamable albums releasing July 1, 2014
Barenaked LadiesThe Long Weekend EP (Warner)
Beef TerminalCanadian Patent (Moongadget)
BeverlyCareers (Kanine)
Brian Eno and Karl HydeHigh Life (Warp)
Corb LundCounterfeit Blues (New West)
Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown (Epitaph)
Jim LauderdaleI’m A Song (Sky Crunch)
KestrelsThe Moon Is Shining Our Way (Sonic Unyon)
Mark KozelekLive at Biko (Calo Verde)
Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back (Nettwerk)
OOIOOGamel (Thrill Jockey)
Steve Adamyk Band – Dial Tone (Dirtnap)
Zeds DeadSomewhere Else (Mad Decent)

Other albums out June 30, not available for streaming (yet)
Air Dubai – Be Calm (Universal)
Andrew Rayel – Find Your Harmony (Universal)
Bon Jovi – New Jersey: Deluxe (Universal)
D Project – Making Sense (Universal)
King Reign – Sincere (CIK)
Muneshine – In Transit (Scissor/Tommy Boy)
My Fictions – Stranger Songs (Topshelf)
Red Wanting Blue – Little America (Fanatic)
Seether – Isolate and Medicate (Concord)
Vito & Andruzzi – Moon Temple (Throne of Blood)

Other albums out July 1, not available for streaming (yet)
Robin ThickePaula (Universal)
UumansFlipping Out (Shinkoyo)