Your bank account’s dwindling balance doesn’t exactly inspire good cheer and benevolence at this time of year, but you’re still expected by friends, family and co-workers to go out and socialize, right? Head here for relatively cheap, quality eats.
A double CD set of real Toronto jazz care of guitarist Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence sextet, plus a new track in the key of Mazzy Star by Brooklyn's Widowspeak and a video by San Diego's Wavves, depicting the dodgy afterhours antics of an evangelical preacher.
In an attempt to make up for our lack of francophonics, we dig into Fox by Quebec star Karim Ouellet, and kind of like what we find. Also, a track by the Canadian band with the American nightmare name (Lee Harvey Osmond) and even more Can-con in the form of a new video from an aging record by Fucked Up.
Before I hip you all to the week’s best shows, let me go through my stack of new wax and pull out a few records that are just too good not to mention.
First up is the sophomore record from Winnipeg prog kings Mahogany Frog: Senna. If you were lucky enough to catch this four-headed hydra at the last two editions of Pop Montreal or their stellar show at the long-gone Bar St-Laurent II, you probably already know that the Frog is Canada’s best-kept secret.
The headline-hogging Ikea monkey is definitely from Montreal, and, like us, he probably won't see the original version of Agent 728 XXX, our local porn industry's take on another name pulled from the headlines, police officer Stéfanie Trudeau.
Last Wednesday at Cabaret du Mile End, locally based Acadian hip hop crew Radio Radio played their annual holiday gig in conjunction with Cult MTL and the launch of our latest print edition. Cindy Lopez captured the energy of the Chiac pack for your viewing pleasure.