Learn Why Everyone Loves Sloan

Sloan’s 10th album in 20 years The Double Cross came out on May 10th via Yep Roc Records but you still need some convincing before you get it? Well, everyday for 10 days, Sloan is releasing videos where their friends and admirers talk about all they love about Sloan: their favorite Sloan song, album, lyric and anything else they associate with the band.

Appearing in these videos are famous Canadians from all backgrounds, from Damian Abraham of Fucked Up to Stephan Brogen of Degrassi (no kidding). The first video, which you can view at the end of this post, shows Jason Schwartzman, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Dave Foley, the actor from The Kids in the Hall and Newsradio, and Sebastian Grainger of Death from Above 1979 remembering the first time they heard the band’s music.

Watch “When I first heard Sloan” below, and check back that same page to see the rest of the videos!

So Good They Almost Induce A Riot

One of the last performances of this year’s SXSW ended on a bit of a sour note.

The first reunion show from Death From Above 1979, on a late SXSW Saturday night, erupted in gate-crashing and flare-ups between police and fans.

According to Spinner, about twenty minutes into the band’s set the gate around the venue went down under fan pressure. The police began to assemble and the band quit playing, warning the fans that they would only continue after everyone had calmed down.

After a couple tense minutes, the crowd calmed down and the band hurriedly finished its set, after which the audience was quickly dispersed. It just serves as a reminder that at SXSW, you never know what’s going to happen.

No Age – ‘Everything In Between’


No Age’s second album for Sub Pop, Everything In Between, builds upon the mastery of their dirty clean sound which traces its antecedents through New York No Wave, Modern Noise, Dream Pop, Hardcore and the kind of adolescent punk which sprung from the ether in LA over the past decade.

Dean Spunt and Randy Randall are musicians using a solid combination of guitar and drum and effects, aiding the normalization of other recent break out two-piece acts such as Japanther, the late and much lamented Death From Above 1979, The Black Keys and Japandroids who use noise in less an abrasive manner than in service to the songs.

This is most apparent on Everything in Between with the excellent “Fever Dreaming” whose distressed and scorched wails are the amazing guitar noises that are half broken robot, half toy keyboard and half screech of tires. Yes, 150% awesome. That’s “Fever Dreaming.”

Though they step out of the expected mold time to time on this album such as with the quiet duet “Chem Trails”, these soft butterflies of chaos are not the songs that you’ll find yourself returning to or adding to party playlists.

Everything in Between isn’t quite a move forward or evolution of the sound No Age has been kicking down stairs since their first compilation Weirdo Rippers. Rather, it’s a lateral move from the excellent Nouns whose combination of minimalist compositions and maximum rock n’ roll got No Age the well-deserved recognition beyond the loft show set.

Frankly speaking, despite the missteps and seemingly out of place songs, Everything In Between contains strong contenders for your year-end Songs of the Year listings while those same growing pains don’t quite coalesce just yet for No Age over all. It’s tempting to hope that this is somewhat of a transitional album and that they are able to once more make the musical leap from the growth demonstrated in Weirdo Rippers to Nouns.

Make no mistake, Everything in Between demands your undivided attention and you would do well to grant it.

Broken Social Scene Reveals New LP Details

Somehow five years have passed since Canadian indie supergroup Broken Social Scene graced us with their last record. Now, the band is back and ready to roll. Releasing their newest record on their longtime home of Arts & Crafts Records on May 4th. The yet to be titled album is possibly going to blow your socks right off. As we all know BSS has a revolving door of artists that come in and out of the group, six key members are currently holding down the main fort. Kevin Drew, Andrew Whiteman, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin and Sam Goldberg.

Who else is on board you may ask? Well, get ready for a mouthful of artists. Leslie Feist, Amy Milan, Evan Cranley, Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Jason Collett, Ohad Benchetrit, John Crossingham, Marty Kinack, Julie Penner, Leon Kingstone, and Lisa Lobsinger are all back in action. The list doesn’t end there. There are several outside contributors making their way onto the album including Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop, Tortoise’s Doug McCombs, Pavement’s Spiral Stairs, Death From Above 1979 singer-drummer Sebastien Grainger, the Weakerthans’ Jason Tait amongst others. John McEntire of Tortoise and the Sea and Cake produced the new record in Chicago and Toronto with the band last year. Phew. Tour dates are already starting to gain momentum including with one with Pavement…so check them out below!

Broken Social Scene Tour Dates:

05-01 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
05-03 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
05-07 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05-13 London, England – Brixton Academy *
05-14 Minehead, England – All Tomorrow’s Parties
05-17 London, England – Heaven
05-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
05-19 Cologne, Germany – Burgerhaus Stollwerck
05-21 Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
06-19 Toronto, Ontario – Toronto Island *#

* with Pavement
# with Band of Horses