Secondhand Sunday: Sloan ‘Money City Maniacs’

Lately I’ve had Sloan on my mind, mainly because New York is usually graced by their prescene this time of year. The word is the guys are working on their next album, the followup to last year’s ‘Parallel Play’ hence why there is a lack of summer touring.

On a more serious note, Sloan bassist/singer/sometimes drummer Chris Murphy was hit by a drunk driver on Friday in Toronto. It was a hit and run. Murphy has a broken collarbone which he will need to have surgery on. Though this doesn’t slow him down one bit as the band is playing a show in their homeland of Canada today in which it was stated that he was just going to sing and not play the bass. Though the band stated that the other few tour dates may be affected since he needs surgery now.

We send all of the well wishes in the world to Chris and a very speedy recovery! He’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

Watch Sloan’s ‘Money City Maniacs’

 

Get more on Chris Murphy’s accident at Exclaim

A Tribute to Michael Jackson

Losing Michael Jackson yesterday has already spawned tons of cover songs by other bands. I guess it is the most flattering way you can be remembered.  Who ever thought this would happen so soon. You can’t help to respect the man’s talent and passion for music, amongst other things.

I remember being a little kid in the 80’s and having Michael Jackson dubbed cassettes from my older cousins. We used to moonwalk across the living room and we even started our own little ‘fake kids band’ with our instruments imitating his songs. I also have video footage of my cousin Chris moonwalking in the background of a 1980’s Christmas day (don’t let him know I told you that!)  I wasn’t the biggest Michael Jackson fan in the world, but he did indeed change the face of music and quite frankily, one of my first tastes of ‘real music.’

One of my favorite that I heard today was a cover of ‘Billie Jean’ by an up and coming band called The Lost Fingers, a jazzy little trio from Canada.

Rest in peace Michael, you’ll be missed.

Enjoy this lovely cover of ‘Billie Jean’  by The Lost Fingers HERE

Broken Social Scene Preps New Album (Finally)

Its hard to believe that was last heard from Broken Social Scene, as a collective, nearly 4 years ago.  With all side projects on the back burner now, the band has returned to the studio together to reignite the fire that started it all. BSS is currently recording at Soma Studios in Chicago with producer John McEntire. This of course is a big change for the band since the previous albums were recorded David Newfeld who is currently working on other projects at the moment. With a new producer in tow, how will the new tracks sound? I guess we’ll have to wait and see for now because this is very recent. The band is still in the midst of writing songs and getting reacquainted with each other.

The first book about BSS has also been released this week titled ‘This Book is Broken.’ I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet but it is a given that it will be interesting.  It includes the biography of BSS as well as interviews.

Watch an oldie but goodie, Broken Social Scene’s video for ‘Major Label Debut (fast version)’

Great Lake Swimmers, ‘See You on the Moon!’

Thanks to Tunesontv.com, it makes it so easy to find out what song is playing in a commercial….something that used to take ages to find. Last night I saw a car commercial (for Honda Insight) for the catchiest song I’ve heard in a while. To my surprise when I looked it up, it was actually a band I knew! I thought it sounded familar, but hey I was tired. The Great Lake Swimmers had landed the gig with ‘See You on the Moon!’ and I was really surprised to find this out. Another Canadian secret but hopefully not for long. This is definatly a song worth checking out.

The Great Lake Swimmers are currently on an international tour. Check out the dates on their MYSPACE

Sam Roberts Band “Detroit ’67”

 

Whenever I think of the Sam Roberts Band, I immediately think of the fictional group Stillwater from Almost Famous. Seeing SRB live, they just kind of embody that vibe that set the musical tone for the movie. As Jeff Bebe would have said “You know what I do? I connect. I get people off. I look for the guy who isn’t getting off, and I make him get off. “ That is exactly what the Sam Roberts Band does.

Their sound is  very distinctive. They almost belong in another time. A lot of the US hasn’t picked up on this Canadian band yet, and they deserve so much more attention than they get. If you like good, solid rock and roll, there is no reason why you haven’t checked out the Sam Roberts Band yet.

Sam Roberts Band is doing an extensive US tour that starts soon! Head over to their Myspace to check out the dates.

Watch their new video for Detroit ’67