The saxophonist and band leader behind Bowie’s final album Blackstar releases a bold LP with a new singer at its core.
* The Other Pop-up: Holiday edition
* Moonshine mixtape launch
* Life on Mars at Diving Bell
* Her Montreal at Ausgang
* Cosmic Café after hours
* Fracture after hours
An interview with the jazz vet on the impact of being part of a rock legend’s final act.
Hear local musicians’ favourite Bowie tunes and read about how his music affected them and their work + watch Arcade Fire’s memorial Bowie parade in New Orleans.
Psychedelia, ultraviolence, creepiness, calamity and one of the most explicit videos ever. This is NSFW.
New tunes and videos to listen to and watch today.
Hot Chip’s Alan Doyle tells us a tale of 2 music legends & 1 Port-A-Potty.
A fangirl with critical faculties assesses the surprising new record by David Bowie, PLUS a track by Azealia Banks (hold the beef) and a video by 514/416 outfit Ain’t No Love.
In a year full of free blowing and intricately composed heads (that’s jazz talk, folks), 2012 produced one particularly fine out-jazz record: Emergent, by Paul Giallorenzo’s Gitgo. Also, hear the latest track by Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich’s Atoms for Peace, and watch Mac DeMarco model 18th century duds.
If you had to place Slim Twig geographically, based solely on his sound, you’d certainly choose Montreal over Toronto. Much more specifically, he sounds like a Prairies refugee in a decrepit Mile End apartment building, sharing paper-thin walls with Sean Nicholas Savage and ¡Flist!
He’s always sounded a lot like a belle provincer. Back in 2008, he was making the kind of strobe-lit electro-rockabilly that got him booked (by me, incidentally) at a local David Lynch theme night. Now he’s audibly backed by an actual band — guitars, organ, piano, drums, back-up vocals — and while the whole package is somehow tighter, more focused and more accessible, it’s also deliberately, gleefully weird and as loose as a wizard sleeve.