2017 Easter Releases

Babins is a jazzy alternative group with members from Saint-Hippolyte and Saint-Jérôme Quebec. The band’s self-titled album, pinecone and all, funks its way into shops. This one’s a delight.

Charles-Antoine Gosselin of Sherbrooke is quite a talented folk artist. Fans of the genre can check out his beautiful new disc Bleu soleil.

Nominated for the New Group of the Year JUNO in 2011, punky alt-rock band Hollerado of Ottawa talks about being Born Yesterday on the its new LP.

Montreal’s CO/NTRY is a synthwave duo, and album Cell Phone 1 comes fully charged with delectable tracks.

For his second project, Montreal jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Benjamin Deschamps invited trombonist Jean-Nicolas Trottier to join his usual quartet of players: Charles Trudel, piano; Sébastien Pellerin, double bass; and Alain Bourgeois, drums. The quintet’s beautiful instrumental jazz album Demi-nuit greets us this week. (Not pictured above).

Diamond jangle pop group Barenaked Ladies joins New York’s The Persuasions on album Ladies and Gentlemen with the latest penned batch of smile-inducing lyrics.

Vancouver punk group Isotopes contributes disc 1994 World Series Champions for those who like music that moves as fast as baseballs being knocked out of the park.

Toronto’s Graham Ko gets the indie rock rolling, at times folky and at others funky, on Outside Looking In. (Not pictured above).

Lakefield, ON’s Luke Nicholson popifies the folk with catchy tunes on album Shape and Sound. From the sounds of it, Luke is as talented as they come.

Vincent Boucher is a classical organist. He interprets the compositions of French composer Charles Tournemire on Tournemire: Mariae Virginis. This one’s gorgeous especially for those who love organ music.

There’s no shortage of rap these days. Montreal’s MC June explores the Vérités on his fresh LP. His voice is much easier on the ears than your usual MCs.

In lieu of the fifth season of La Voix (The Voice), a various artists’ album featuring the contestants and coaches has appeared. It is bilingual, and the players cover all sorts of big numbers including Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Bryan Adams’ “Somebody,” and Stromae’s “Papaoutai”. The album currently sits in the iTunes Top 10. (Pictured below).

New Releases 20 May 2016

new releases banner

We begin with the debut LP from the amazing Alexe Gaudreault, a finalist from Season 1 of The Voice. We named her 2015 work as EP of the year, so you can bet CMB editors were stoked for her debut album, and my goodness it’s good! iTunes staff give it a very favourable review. Look for ours in the next few days.

For the headbangers, there are two albums to choose from, both atmospheric and monstrous, both bands hailing from Rimouski, QC. Purgatoire releases Passe Decompose and Vortex The Asylum. For something completely different, Barenaked Ladies offer live album BNL Rocks Red Rocks. Country music fans can check out Ma vie de musician from Gerald Delhunty.

Vancouver’s No Sinner is back in top form on rock album Old Habits Die Hard. The Party is a very good singer-songwriter album from Saskatchewan’s Andy Shauf. On a parallel avenue is Terre originelle from Montreal’s Sylvie Paquette.

Five EPs this week include a country disc from Kingston, Ontario’s The Abrams. Both from Val d’Or, QC are very good alternative work L’amour violet from Michèle O and singer-songwriter À hauteur d’homme from Chantal Archambault. Ariane Laniel releases the nice adult pop work Mon bordel while La Bronze returns with the splendid alternative EP Rois de nous.

Selected New Releases 2 June 2015

new releases 2 june 2015a copy

Montreal’s Elephant Stone has released a remix album called ES3PRMX containing previous songs redone in a more intense, electronic vibe. In keeping with the trio’s interests, the album effectively paints a picture of setting suns and heavy moons; it’s very well done.

Juno award winner Hawksley Workman from Toronto sets off new album Old Cheetah, an alternative work punctuated by his characteristic quirky vocal style.

Also from Toronto is alt-pop diamond-certified group Barenaked Ladies rolling out latest studio album, Silverball. The band has won 8 Juno awards to date.

Simon I is the alias of Simon Proulx, a member of JUNO nominated group Les Trois Accords from Drummondville, QC. He has launched solo album Simon I which is an Anglo work.

For some children’s music, Maple Ridge, BC’s Hilary Grist contributes Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over.

R&B enthusiasts can check out the cool grooves of Sean JonesWaiting for Midnight. He’s from Toronto.

EPs this week are out from Swift Current, SK’s Colter Wall. He does Americana, and Imaginary Appalachia is his debut.

Miracles, continuing its concept for doing songs in motel rooms releases the latest Motels ***** with featured singers Xavier Cafeine, Mara Tremblay, and the aforementioned Simon Proulx.

Calgary country crooner (and actor!) Wes Mack delivers a self-titled 4-track record.

Kevin Hearn Spends Days In Frames

KevinHearn_DaysInFramesKevin Hearn went from member of the Rheostatics to keyboardist for diamond alt-pop band Barenaked Ladies before forming his own band Thin Buckle. He has been carving out a niche for himself as a soloist as well and recently released his third album, Days in Frames. Solid as a songwriter, Kevin’s raspy voice mingles with smooth, rich keys yielding a unique sound. The album was produced by Gavin Brown (Metric, Sarah Harmer) with guest artists Dan Hill and Ron Sexsmith. Dazzling MV for “Gallerina” embedded below will give you a taste.  iTunes

Takin’ a Peak at Barenaked Ladies’ Grinning Streak

Barenaked Ladies - Grinning StreakThey formed in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough in 1988; their debut album, Gordon, was a diamond-certified release; they have won eight JUNO awards; they have scored some 17 Top 40 hit singles, their tune “One Week” reaching #1 in the U.S. and #5 in the U.K.; and now the Barenaked Ladies (also known as The Ladies and BNL) have undressed their 11th studio album, Grinning Streak, as their hair begins to turn grey or depart the dome entirely. BNL owes most of its appeal to its clever, down to earth lyrics that center on the amusing musings of daily life.

On the new album, you’ll hear all the classic BNL silliness intermixed with seasoned expertise, like ketchup and Kraft Dinner served on fine chinaware. Lead single “Boomerang” has an edgier rock sound to it, and if you want to shuffle, there’s a danceable remix too. “Gonna Walk” has that infectious sing-along effect that places drivers in series danger of inadvertently knocking the pylons off the highway. “Odds Are” is perhaps the most representative of what makes The Ladies such a joy to listen to, another example being “Did I Say That Out Loud?” reminding us of a line from an Austin Powers movie. In “Daydreamin'”, the quartet takes a stab at new wave, featuring the great keys of Kevin Hearn, and succeeds quite nicely (you won’t believe this is a BNL song!). They mellow things down on “Who Knew”, the sort of ditty you’d probably sing to your beloved pet. One thing is for sure, these songs, like BNL’s sizeable back-stock of material, will have you grinning. We’re definitely blessed to have these guys as a part of Team Canada.

Grinning Streak on iTunes     Barenaked Ladies’ Official Website