Last weekend Feist won the rather coveted Polaris Award for excellence in Canadian recorded music so we figured we would post a little something in her honor. It seems as though Leslie Feist has come along way since her iPod commercial days and Metals is one original, dark and melodic album. The album is great and Feist really shines in her live performances, so enjoy a couple of our favorites below.
We’re back with another version of your favorite Merchants of Rock New Tunes Playlist series. We even have a fresh red graphic this go round, so how can you go wrong?
This go round, the “once prolific” Ryan Adams becomes the first artist to appear on two of our esteemed playlists, old favorites Wilco, Centro-matic, and Feist make an appearance, newcomers Phantogram, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and Cults keep things fresh while Bon Iver, Artic Monkeys, Black Lips, Dawes, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Blitzen Trapper, and Noel Gallagher round out the latest playlist.
We think it is some of our best yet, but we’ll let you be the judge of that. Enjoy!
Don’t have Spotify? Do yourself a favor and download it, it’s free and quite wonderful. Why don’t you follow us while you’re at it?
Out of all of the viral video series out there, the Black Cab Sessions have to be on the short list for the coolest. Nevermind the challenges that arise from trying to record high quality A/V in a moving vehicle, these guys always seem to pull together a killer take.
As for the subject, Leslie Feist turns in a spot on “Undiscovered First” from her latest album Metals. Check out the video below for a unique video of a killer song.
The internet has been abuzz the last few weeks with details, teasers, and fill in the blank cover art games for Feist’s new album Metals, due October 4th. Well, now we have a proper single from the new album in the streaming player below. The song is a bit of a teaser in and of itself as it kind of winds you up without a proper release, but I have to say it is nice to hear some new original material from Leslie. Check out the new tune “How Come You Never Go There” in the Soundcloud player below:
Who is Bahamas?
Bahamas is a one man band created by Afie Jurvanen. Afie grew up about 2 hours outside of Toronto, and up until now has been hanging in the shadows – playing and touring with such artists as Jason Collett and Feist. In 2009 Jurvanen stepped into the spotlight with his debut album Pink Strat, which was only released in Canada. The album received plenty of praise from the music scene in his home country – but for one reason or another just now saw it’s U.S. release.
What’s It Sound Like?
Bahamas is sure to please fans of M Ward, Damien Jurado and Josh Rouse or anyone who likes super chill and melodic indie tunes. Jurvanen’s debut album Pink Strat focuses on his soft vocals and fine tuned guitar skills to tell somber and eccentric stories of love and loss.
Why Should You Listen.
Well for one, it is really good stuff. Jurvanen has created a stripped down intimate sound that has a fresh sound that’s soft and breezy like a warm summer day. Pink Strat is the kind of album that you pop on and have everyone asking “Who’s This?”. Afie is well on his way, so you might as well hop on the bandwagon now before he blows up.
Jurvanen’s new album is due out early next year, and if Pink Strat was the result of an artist breaking out on his own and testing the songwriting waters then we can’t wait to hear what’s next.
If We Could only Suggest One Song.
Check out “Already Yours” in the player below. It’s a full blown winner.
Check out this free download of the really killer Daytrotter session from earlier this year. Also, Pink Strat is avaliable on Itunes – get it, it’s a winner. We’ve also included a video of Afie playing the same tune complete with a nice little fireplace for ambiance.