Great Lake Swimmers on Zunior

no baby here yet but we’ve been buying some kids CDs in anticipation. I can’t face The Wiggles of Hi-5 or whatever, so I got the Rough Trade Save the Children CD Colours Are Brighter featuring Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, The Flaming Lips, The Kooks, Four Tet etc and while I was buying that I stumbled across See you on the Moon from a couple of years back on Toronto’s Paper Bag Records featuring Broken Social Scene, Great Lake Swimmers, Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Kid Koala and more. Music for kids and adults too….or maybe it’s just for me. Anyway the title track See you on the Moon by Toronto based Great Lake Swimmers is fab and I’m pimping these albums to everyone I know with kids. It was named one of the best Canadian songs of 2006 on the CBC Radio 3 podcast too.

Voted Favourite Folk/Roots Artist at the 2004 Canadian Independent Music Awards, Great Lake Swimmers make wonderfully understated, heart-wrenching music. Led by songwriter-vocalist Tony Dekker, their haunting sound finds its roots in vintage folk and alt-country colourings, shaped by accordion and piano, lap steel and acoustic guitar, with a voice that seems to come from the walls

So now I’m waiting for my special 2006 Zunior-only Digital Box Set release from Great Lake Swimmers from
containing the albums Great Lake Swimmers (2003), Bodies and Minds (2005), and the brand new Hands In Dirty Ground EP on a 512 MB Memorex USB pen drive loaded with:

– 192 kbps MP3 versions of all three albums
– complete album artwork
– a bonus tour photo collection
– a copy of the ‘To Leave It Behind’ video directed by Scott Cudmore

Zunior have a free compilation download available too!

Sweet! Canada is on fire! I’d love to check out the Toronto scene at the moment, hmmm maybe I should emigrate to Canada

The View – Hats off to the Buskers preview

Columbia Records UK | News | The View – Myspace Domination

You can now hear The View’s new album Hats Off To The Buskers in it’s entirity by going to the myspace. It’s going to be there for a week so you can annoy everyone in the world by blaring out the wonderful music non stop and then go and buy the album for your own copy from January 22nd.

The last gig I went to in Edinburgh was The View at The Liquid rooms and they were indeed on fire. Lots of their pals from Dryburgh, Dundee were there wreaking havoc, it was the most energised crowd I’ve seen in a long time and the chants gave the feel of a football match.

Bobby Gillespie’s new favourite band….or was that favourite new band?
The View are on fire!


The View – Hats off to the Buskers has gone straight in at Number one on the UK album charts! Ahead of Damon Albarn’s The Good, The Bad and The Queen. Nice one!

The Lemonheads are coming

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads – Live History and Current Tour Information

March 2007:

26th: The Studio, Auckland NZ
27th: Indigo, Wellington NZ
28th: Jetset Lounge, Christchurch NZ

30th: Hotel Gt. Northern, Byron Bay AUS
31st: The Zoo, Brisbane AUS

April 2007:

1st: The Gov, Adelaide AUS
3rd: Club Capitol, Perth AUS
5th: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
6th: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
7th: Southern Roots Festival, Hobart AUS
8th: The Great Escape Festival, Sydney AUS

Lazy boy

I haven’t been lazy in fact I’ve been very busy.
I got my copy of Carl Shuker’s – The Lazy Boys yesterday and I like it a lot after just a few pages, now it’s going to a be a race between Hemingway – Death in the Afternoon which I started last week and Lazy Boys.

It reminds me of Irvine Welsh – a Maribou Stork Nightmare for nihilistic Dunedin Scarfies.

“…any offence you feel at my actions is a function of your own naivety; this is how things are done.”

I also found Lux Perpetua thanks to Carl Shuker. Thanks!

Look out for Guillermo del Toro’s new movie Pan’s Labyrinth – gothic fairy tale set against the postwar repression of Franco’s Spain.