SnC 392 – Manitoba Showcase
Something of a little extra dimension for you this week in the form of a sneek preview of a Canadian music showcase event in New York that’s coming up in a couple of weeks. We’ve got tracks from all four Manitoba-based bands that will be playing at Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side and at a second show at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn the following night.
More music from London, Kiev and Los Angeles.
Love Will Keep Us Together – Yell for Help (Los Angeles, CA. USA)
Born on the same day on opposite ends of the country, Mike Pappas (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano & Percussion) and Fann (Vocals, Drums, Guitar) are Yell for Help, an American alternative-pop duo recalling industrial and ambient influences of the past, while putting their own stamp on the future. Introduced by a mutual friend in the summer of 2012, the pair have hated each other ever since, but that hasn’t stopped them from making music.
With classic female/male vocal interplay, Fann’s vocals alternate between sweet purrs and party-starting empowerment, a perfect compliment to Mike’s laid-back, lounge delivery. The lead single “Love Will Keep Us Together” from their self-titled debut EP.
“It was one of those times where you have a vision for a song in your head and it comes to fruition,” Mike said, describing the development process. ”The drum patterns, the music, the attitude, the stops, the go’s, the build-ups, the pay offs. They were conceptualized one way or another before recording anything, and that’s pretty special.”
Based in Los Angeles, the EP was recorded in a little studio in Westwood, with additional recording at Fann’s Eagle Rock-home. Love Will Keep Us Together is available worldwide digitally
The Ballad of Love – Dee C’rell Featuring Richelle Claiborne (London, UK)
Dee C’rell returns with the double A-side recordings entitled, Tales from Love (on Holm Records). A subtle mixture of poetry, electronica, and jazz related music; both compositions are a beautiful contrasting tale of the emotions and complexity of love. The Ballad of Love and Transmission Music are further examples why Dee C’rell has become recognised by his peers as an established creative force within contemporary electronic music making.
The Ballad of Love is a combination of contemporary electronic jazz and poetry. Embracing perhaps life’s greatest desire, love, the minimalism of the composition develops continually, exploring both electronic music making and acoustic instrumentation.
There is a feeling of openness and continuity throughout, which is subtly introduced and maintained, enabling the listener to embrace the aesthetics of the composition.
The recordings are available now on iTunes.
MANITOBA MUSIC SHOWCASE
Manitoba Music returns to New York with an electrifying showcase of new music November 25 at Lower East Side venue Arlene’s Grocery. The bands will hit Brooklyn’s The Rock Shop the following night.
Featured buzz bands include post-punk indie band Les Jupes, glossy electro-pop act Lost Weekend, quirky manic pop outfit Boats, and the synth-streaked indie pop of Indicator Indicator.
This is Manitoba Music’s third trip to New York, building on the success of previous showcases at Arlene’s Grocery and The Living Room. The bands on this year’s show have been turning heads and generating a real buzz.
Hold me Down – Les Jupes (Winnipeg, Canada)
Les Jupes is hardworking, hard-touring, and devoted to this driving and deeply emotive music that has roots in British post-punk and American folk, anchored by frontman Mike P. Falk’s gritty baritone. The band’s debut album on Winnipeg label Head In the Sand, Modern Myths, garnered critical acclaim, charted on campus radio, and helped secure a deal with German label Instrument Village. Recorded with Imaginary Cities’ Rusty Matyas and The Weakerthans’ engineer Cam Loeppky, follow-up EP Negative Space is already turning heads. Les Jupes has criss-crossed North America and hit stages in Europe, including packed showcases at Reeperbahn, SXSW, NXNE, Sled Island, Pop Montreal, and more. Look for a new full-length with Montreal-based producer Marcus Paquin (The National, Stars, Little Scream, Local Natives), slated for 2014.
Cool Kids – Lost Weekend (Winnipeg, Canada)
Lost Weekend’s jaunty electro-pop was born on the unfinished 11th floor of their Commodities and Exchange Building in Winnipeg, where the band began writing and rehearsals in 2010. It was there that they honed their mélange of New Wave, 90s alt, and modern glossy production sensibilities into the feverishly joyful style of their self-titled debut EP, created with Grammy nominated producer Zach Heiligman (Foster the People). Recently signed to Universal/Rondor, in the past year the band has showcased for Billboard, made its SXSW debut, become regulars at mainstay L.A. venues the Viper Room and Satellite, and hit KCRW’s “It’s A School Night” show at Bardot.
Swarm – Indicator Indicator (Winnipeg, Canada)
Indicator Indicator is synth-streaked indie pop with a beating heart – colourful, enigmatic, and passionate. Released to critical acclaim in 2012 on Winnipeg’s Julius Records, the band’s self-titled debut EP, earned a Western Canadian Music Award nod for Pop Recording of the Year, a spot CBC’s bands to watch list, and put Indicator Indicator on college radio charts throughout North America. Fronted by Sandy Taronno (Quinzy), Indicator Indicator is following up with mini-EP Swarm/Love is Not Enough, and upcoming Canada and U.S. tour dates.
O Jumbotron – Boats (Winnipeg, Canada)
Indie pop outfit Boats makes impossibly hooky pop songs about death, being old, girls, glowing bears, and escaping the spectral plane of existence and reappearing at a football game. Released on U.S. indie label Kill Rock Stars, the band’s third album, A Fairway Full Of Miners, consists the band’s trademark manic, sloppy-on-purpose junk-store pop tunes, unified by frontman Mat Klachefsky’s helium-high yelp. A Fairway Full Of Miners has focus and maturity that comes with relentless touring, including eight North American tours and showcases at SXSW and beyond.
MANITOBA MUSIC SHOWCASE in NYC
Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton Street
7:45PM Les Jupes
8:30PM Indicator Indicator
9:15PM Lost Weekend
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26
The Rock Shop, 249 Fourth Avenue Brooklyn
8:00PM Lost Weekend
8:45PM Indicator Indicator
9:30PM Les Jupes
So Many Females – Times Neue Roman (Toronto, Canada)
Times Neue Roman, comprised of writer/vocalist Robert Bolton (Arowbe) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Alexander Punzalan Junior (Alexander The), is a new rap duo based in Toronto. Following the success of their past EPs, To Die, Zombies and Talking Sporty, Times Neue Roman released their debut album Vehicle last week.
TNR roused crowds in basement parties, on hotel rooftops, in glitzy clubs and dingy pubs, concert halls, several festivals including Nuit Blanche, NXNE, Rifflandia, Olio, CMW and Manifesto, and a couple notorious nights when the band rented and played out of the back of a U-Haul truck. The diversity of venues matches the eclecticism of the music. When critics called them “post-rap,” the band responded with a “rap deco” EP, making light of their own genre-violence.
The live performance force varies, from vocalist, synth and DJ to a 9-piece band, with one guy on stage not playing music but controlling the live projected visuals from a laptop. In the studio, Times Neue Roman is a duo, occasionally bringing in a rotating cast of guest players and vocalists.
Breathe In Breathe Out – Singleton (Kiev, Ukraine)
Singleton’s new album Uncovered was recorded in Kiev, Ukraine, it was mixed in London by Barny Barnicott (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, etc.) and mastered in New York by Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, Norah Jones, etc.). To get these names on board became possible on the back of the critical acclaim of the debut “The High Seas” in 2010, a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, and the first prize at the Eurock Marathon in Berlin in 2012.