Monday, December 22, 2014

Favorite Records of 2014 (Mike McDonald)

Today's pick is by local artist Mike McDonald of Jr.Gone Wild. This is his first solo album. It is a live album titled Live at The Blue Chair Café. It is an independent release and was recorded earlier this year. A great album, my only complaint is that it isn't available on vinyl.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tragically Hip Wine

I finally received my two bottles of Tragically Hip wine that I ordered a while ago. I'm not a wine drinker, but had to have me a bottle of this red wine that was c-created by the members of The Hip. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which means nothing to me, lol. But from what I am reading, it should be a nice drink. The label is an exact replication of the original artwork that first appeared on the Fully Completely album cover from 1992. The wine was produced and distributed by Stoney Ridge Estate Winery out of Vineland, Ontario.

Chuck Ragan Live in Edmonton Dec.19th 2014

On Friday night I went to the sold out show at the Pawn Shop of Chuck Ragan, Seth Anderson and Kandle and the Crooks. This was my first time seeing all of these bands.

First up on the night was Kandle & The Crooks. The band is fronted by Kandle Osborne whi hails from Victoria, B.C. but now based in Montreal. I wasn't fond of the band. I found their music to be slow and depressing. Not a fan.

Kandle and the Krooks.

Next up was Seth Anderson who is based in Toronto now. His brand of folk rock was really good. I quite enjoyed his set and would definitely go see him again. A great choice for an opener on this bill. Chuck Ragan came out and played harmonica on one song with Seth. Good stuff.

Seth Anderson.

Headliner of the evening was Chuck Ragan who also plays in the hardcore band Hot Water Music. This was my first time seeing him play solo. This leg of the tour the Winter Haul Canadian Tour were his last shows of the year, the Edmonton show being the second last. He is out touring in support of his fourth and latest solo album Till Midnight.

His two hour show was amazing. I thought I knew his music good, I had nothing on this crowd. I would say at least seventy percent of the crowd were singing along word for word with him and sometimes with Chuck even letting the audience just sing the song for him. Chuck Ragan has a rough whiskey soaked kind of voice which suit his songs great. He makes me think of what it would have been like to see Bruce Springsteen when he first started and played solo shows in New Jersey in dingy bars and such. An absolute killer show. Good times!!!

Chuck Ragan.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Favorite Records of 2014 (Against Me!)

This record by Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues is absolutely in my top five of the year. An amazing record by Laura Jane Grace and her band. A very powerful album with lots of attitude and energy. This being the first release since Laura came out as being transgender. Love this record.

Favorite Records of 2014 (Tweedy)

A great album by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco with his son Spencer on drums. Going by the name Tweedy, the album being Sukierae. A heart felt album, kind of hit and miss, but overall a decent album.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Favorite Records of 2014 (The Black Keys)

Today's pick is the latest from The Black Keys, the album Turn Blue. A great modern blues psychedelic album. The more I have listened to this the more I have got into it. Great stuff!!!

Favorite Records of 2014 (The Lone Bellow)

Ok, this album came out in 2013, but it wasn't until this year that I had ever heard of them. I saw this Brooklyn, New York band The Lone Bellow play the Interstellar Rodeo Festival here in Edmonton and was blown away by them live. Therefore, my next challenge was finding there debut album on vinyl. It took me a while but I did eventually find it. It's a mellow album on the country side of things, but so damn good. Great voices and lyrics on this record. Looking forward to the new album coming out in 2015.