Buzz, Feb 23rd, 2012

23 Feb

Reading week is upon us once again. Here are the things I’ve done with my free time:

  • Cleaned 7 months worth of party recycling out of my basement.
  • Drew a picture of Boo from Mario Bros. as a wrinkly old mess.
  • Forgotten about my radio show.

That’s right, everyone, this weeks theme is “Slapdashed in a panic.” But despite the fact that I don’t know what day it is, I’ve still managed to cobble together a pretty good show for you.

Today I’m joined in studio by Christian Kongawi, the drummer for Saskatoon’s own The Rebellion, who is hosting a fundraiser tonight at Sushiro. Proceeds of the event go towards development programs in Christian’s home country of the Congo. Check out the event’s Facebook page here.

In the second half of the show, I’ll be talking with the Karpinka Bros. and Shakey Wilson who are going to tell us all about a fundraiser that they’re throwing to support the EGADZ youth centre. That’s happening on Saturday at Amigos. Facebook page.

Playlist and links after the jump.

The Playlist

Cadence Weapon – “88” pro. by Grimes [herohill]

Old Rollie is back, this time he’s travelling in the company of Montreal electro artist Grimes. Grimes has been attracting a lot of attention lately, taking over notable music blogs, getting ink on all of the internet publications of record, but still took time out of her busy schedule to throw some reverb laced backing track onto this Cadence Weapon rhyme. Well worth a listen.

D-Sisive – “Ghetto Bastard” [herohill]

D-Sisive is one of those hard-working Canadian MCs who just doesn’t seem to get his due. Popular enough on the east coast, it being his home territory, the guy never seems to get enough play out west.

It’s not a matter of skill. As he shows on this cover of Naughty By Nature’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” he’s got the skill to throw down on a wide variety of styles. He takes this anthemic track from 1992 and turns it into a laid back jam. It’s understated beats float along under D’s vocals, which are insistent and don’t give any quarter. The comparison between the two songs is staggering, and upon first listen, it’s hard to tell if D is doing a cover or just working off of their theme. He made this one his own in fine fashion.

Paper Beat Scissors – “Watch Me Go” [bandcamp: shortcode must include track or album id]

Halifax based singer songwriter. He’s a capable musician and he understands very well the power of his own vocals. In “Watch Me Go” he lets his voice and a sparse arrangement of guitar and drum carry you through the first half before dropping a heap of distorted organ (organ? synth?), and a tightly arranged mix of guitars and snares. This is a song crafted much in the style of a Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, a man who understands that the human voice can hit with as much force as a kick drum.

Sun Kil Moon – “Sunshine in Chicago” [stereogum]

Sun Kill Moon has been releasing the same songs for the last half decade or so, but that’s only a problem if you don’t like what he does. I see no reason to New Coke this situation up any.

paradise animals – “coastal line” [herohill]

Former member of the underrated Canadian electro act Green Go Mike Andrade has launched a solo project that is a palpable diversion from his previous work. You can still sense the influence of Green Go’s synth heavy electro arrangements, but Andrade’s vocals and the haunting melody lend these songs a quality that was never found in Green Go.

Sharon Van Etten – “Magic Chords” [itunes]

Buy this album. I’m tired of telling you god damn people this.

Go buy it. The link’s right here. Just buy the damn thing!

What the hell is wrong with you?

Mike O’Neill – “One Pair of Shoes” [herohill]

Mike O’Neill. I’m running out of time here so I’m just going to say that you will like this. I gua-ron-tee.

Willis Earl Beal – “Monotony” [aqrmdrnkrd]

Sparsely arranged vocals and beautiful lyrics. I had never heard of Beal before today, but I can assure you that you’ll be hearing a lot of him on the Buzz in the coming months.

Zeus – “Anything You Want Dear” [herohill]

see last week’s playlist for what I think of this.

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – “Deus Ibi Est” [aqrmdrnkrd]

This dude’s got a cray-cray fucking voice.

Frankie Rose – “Gospel/Grace” [aqrmdrnkrd]

These two are cute together.

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