Toronto Music News: SXSW 2010, free Wavelength 500 festival MP3 pack, Mammoliti vs. The Darcys and Make Your Exit
In this edition I feature a SXSW 2010 round-up from the Toronto perspective; Wavelength 500 MP3 pack for free download; The Darcys & Make Your Exit's accidental foray into politics via Toronto mayoral candidate Giorgio Mammoliti; D-Sisive & Saukrates team up for 'Wednesday (remix)'; Oshawa to host a second attempt at the world record for most guitarists playing simultaneously; Metric offer B-sides for "free" download; Interviews with Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo) and Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Governor).
Plus videos and/or mp3 downloads from Bocce, Holy Fuck, Bishop Morocco, Think About Life, The Beauties, Timber Timbre, Tokyo Police Club, Saukrates ft. D-Sisive, Styrofoam Ones, Zeus, Sweet Thing, every Canadian artist at SXSW 2010 and every group that performed at the Wavelength 500 festival in February.
SXSW 2010 round-up
SXSW 2010 wrapped up just a few days ago leaving musicians, industry types and fans alike to scramble home from Texas to make it back in time for the work week. Plenty of local acts made the trek down south to throw themselves into the mix - from big name bands like Broken Social Scene and Fucked Up to relative newcomers like Dinosaur Bones and Diamond Rings.
First and foremost, Canadian Blast put together an 87-track collection featuring a song from each and every Canadian performer that went to SXSW 2010. Trade a few details and an email address for the 450MB collection of mp3s here.
Spinner caught up with Born Ruffians, Diamond Rings, and BSS about previous SXSW experiences (or lack thereof), while Chart Attack and Dinosaur Bones kept in touch throughout the festival through photo sharing.
Holy Fuck - SXSW Music 2010
Aux.tv had some great coverage of SXSW too (courtesy of Colin Medley and Frank Yang), including local acts like Forest City Lovers and The Wooden Sky as well as renowned international artists such as Miles Kurosky (formerly of Beulah) and Joan of Arc.
As expected, Frank's music blog Chromewaves has some fantastic SXSW festival coverage, though he tends to focus on artists outside of the local scene such as She & Him, Superchunk, Man Man, Fanfarlo and Johnny Flynn.
Pitchfork were on hand to check out Fucked Up's show with Abe Vigoda and Best Coast on Saturday night.
This Movie is Broken (the feature length film about Broken Social Scene) made its international debut at SXSW 2010. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bruce McDonald, the film takes place in and around the free concert that BSS played in Toronto last summer.
Think About Life - 'Havin' My Baby'
Timber Timbre - Live at the Great Hall (March 11, 2010)
Wavelength 500 MP3 pack
Like myself, Mechanical Forest Sound was on hand for each and every night of the Wavelength 500 festival and has put together a two-and-a-half hour mp3 collection featuring a track from each of the artists/groups involved as well as intros, outros and interludes from Doc Pickles and Jonny Dovercourt. MFS even managed to catch The Hidden Cameras' spectacular grand finale.
Mammoliti vs. The Darcys & Make Your Exit
Both The Darcys and Make Your Exit were involved in a minor political controversy this week after they realized their upcoming show together was in fact endorsed by Toronto mayoral candidate Giorgio Mammoliti.
Bishop Morocco - 'Last Year's Disco Guitars' (MP3 in ZIP)
Untold City presents: Styrofoam Ones
- Remember last summer, when over 1600 guitarists convened in downtown Toronto to attempt to break the world record for most guitarists playing simultaneously? They fell short by under 200 six-stringers, and as a result a second attempt has been planned for May 27, 2010. This time, the song to be played is Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water' and the event will take place in Oshawa at the GM centre.
- Late last week, Metric took to Facebook to share a pair of b-sides with fans. As Exclaim points out, grabbing these two mp3s requires not only becoming a fan of their FB page, but also that you share the tracks on your personal profile page. Further research from Exclaim tracked the sketchy promotional campaign to social-marketing company Damntheradio, who gain full access to your profile information when you download the tracks. For those interested despite the potential risks, the songs 'Black Sheep' and 'The Gates' are available now.
- Canadian Interviews caught up with Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, continuing their recent run of incredible musician profiles (previously featured - The Wooden Sky, Basia Bulat, Cuff the Duke & more...)
Tokyo Police Club - 'Breakneck Speed' (Live from Vancouver)
- Trade your email for an MP3 of 'Dance Mother,' the first single from the debut album from Toronto power-pop quintet Sweet Thing. The LP does not yet have a release date, but Sweet Thing are aiming for sometime in the early summer.
The Beauties - Live at the Horseshoe Tavern (March 13, 2010)
Lead photo of Make Your Exit at the Steamwhistle Unsigned Showcase earlier this month. Taken by blogTO contributor Tom Cochrane.
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