Monday, August 20, 2007

Dream, Dream, Dream, Dream, Dream

Jenn Grant - 'Dreamer' (music video)

Halifax by-way-of PEI's Jenn Grant continues to impress with her first music video for her song "Dreamer"[via A Quiet Revolution]. I could do without the contemporary dance sequence part way through the video but the dream-like forest/bicycle scenes are interesting and the performance/dance contest sequence at the end is just plain fun. The video features her beau Jason Burns(of Halifax band Down With The Butterfly, and also part of his sweeties' touring band), her bandmates and other musician friends. Check it out:

YouTube: Jenn Grant - 'Dreamer' (music video)

Jenn makes her way back to Toronto for a show at the El Mocambo on September 5 opening for New Zealand's The Veils. More tour dates over at her MySpace.

The next volume of the Burn To Shine DVD series was filmed on July 29, 2007 in Atlanta(54 Moreland Ave.) and Chad Radford has some photos from the shoot. This volume will feature performances by 12 bands which include Shannon Wright, The Liverhearts, The Selmanaires, Deerhunter, The Black Lips, Delia Gartrell, The Mighty Hannibal, The Carbonas, The All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, The Coathangers, Snowden and Mastodon. Info via Creative Loafing Atlanta and Dry Ink. Plus thanks to Cable and Tweed for the heads up as well as introducing me to the diverse sounding The Selmanaires who are at the Horseshoe Tavern with The Black Lips on September 23.

I checked out The Beating Heart Festival in Mississauga last Friday night hoping to see/hear The Diableros but they either played first or cancelled altogether(I only stuck around for Woodhands[punky/electronica - not my thing] and Fox Jaws[terrific, as always]). Fortunately, they're on the cusp of releasing their new album which finally has a title, "Aren't Ready For The Country" which will be released on Tuesday October 16th on The Baudelaire Label. Their official website will launch October 1 with a full album stream. In the meantime, there's a few song samples("Nothing Down In Hogtown", "Left From The Movies") streaming over at their MySpace. First impressions? Pretty good. They pretty much continue along the lines of where their debut album "You Can't Break The Strings In Our Olympic Hearts" left off, with songs awash with generous amounts of hammond organ and guitar, a punctuacted rhythm section and Pete's wavering vocals. I'm curious to hear the rest of the album to hear if the melodies are as strong as those on their debut lp. There's a few select tour dates so far including a CD Release party in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern on October 26 - tickets $8.00.

The New Pornographers' Carl Newman got married over the weekend. Congrats. Apparently, at the wedding reception Neko Case sang a "fiery set of songs about love gone wrong." Wish I could have seen/heard that. Perhaps her set was a little like her set for NPR's World Cafe last Friday(August 17, 2007)[via Largehearted Boy]. The New Pornographers' newest disc "Challengers" is out tomorrow in Canada through the Last Gang Records imprint - I got a copy of it in the mail last week and it's pretty excellent. 'My Rights Versus Yours' is as nearly spine-tingling at times as 'The Bleeding Heart Show' and I've had it on repeat all weekend.

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