One hundred years after the beginning of the First World War, we cannot escape comparing ourselves to our Belle Époque forbears. Writing in The Atlantic in July, Roger Cohen commented on the disturbing parallels between the present historical moment and that just preceding the outbreak of World War I, darkly but not unconvincingly warning of […]
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FKA Twigs channels James Blake and sounds almost ecclesiastical on her contemplative new track “Pendulum”.
(Seemingly) happy rural family life sets the tone in this video for Future Islands‘ song “Seasons (Waiting On You)”, about life’s changes and our expectations about other people. And if you want to see what makes this band so special, check out their intense live performance of this song on Letterman from a few weeks […]
Hey! It’s been a while. Sorry for the silence. Here are some new Canadian tunes to get the new year’s blog posting rolling. I can’t stop listening to this remix of Lorde’s song “Ribs (Let’s Have a Sleepover Version)” by Canadian DJ/producer Ryan Hemsworth. Something to lift the mood during these cold and dark January […]
Arcade Fire’s new album Reflektor (released yesterday) is excellent from first to last, but I especially can’t stop listening to the melancholy, danceable “Afterlife.” The lyric video features scenes from the 1959 Marcel Camus-directed film Black Orpheus, which is set in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. The movie makes for a hypnotic backdrop to the song’s […]
Enjoy some dreamy aestival — I just can’t bring myself to use the word “summery” — pop, care of 2013 Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted, Montreal-via-Vancouver quintet Young Galaxy. It’s pretty perfect as far as a summer song goes, especially as you start to suspect that the season is slipping by too quickly.
Canada, the Barcelona-based creative agency and not the country, has produced and directed Phoenix’s elaborate new music video for the songs “Trying To Be Cool” and “Drakkar Noir”. As we’ve come to expect from Canada, the video, while narratively loose, is a chain reaction of bizarre and arresting images. And the band members seem to […]
The Municipal Art Society of New York is building momentum for the construction of a much-needed new Penn Station that will dignify transit and honour New Yorkers, the way that the old Penn Station once did. In this video, you’ll see the designs that H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, SHoP Architects and […]
Watch this beautiful video demonstrating digital agency Teehan+Lax‘s new experiment for creating interactive Google Street View hyperlapse animations. And go to their hyperlapse site to create your own video between any two points on a Google map.
A shot of McGill University’s downtown Montreal campus on a silvery spring day.
After the memorable late 2012 single “What That Was” from the Turns Turns Turns EP, Montreal duo Majical Cloudz are following up with another intriguingly minimal and emotive song, “Childhood’s End”, from their debut album, Impersonator (out on May 5th on Matador). Unlike far too many ‘hey-guys’ hipsters-who-sing, Majical Cloudz’s frontman, Devon Welsh, has a […]
I saw Brooklyn-based Autre Ne Veut perform in Montreal on February 28th. After the soulful and extremely impressive opening act by Montreal’s own Majical Cloudz, Autre Ne Veut (a.k.a. Arthur Ashin) got everyone dancing with his bizarre and infectious approximation of 90’s R&B — I’ve had the chorus of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” stuck in my […]
Once upon a time, The Montreal Star was the city’s premier English-language daily newspaper. A 1979 press strike led to the paper’s demise, leaving Montreal with only one English daily, The Gazette.
I recently made the acquaintance of the Montreal-based photographer Jordan Weitzman and you should do the same by checking out more of his work on his website. I think these photos from his ongoing Uncertain Smile project speak for themselves.
PHOENIX HAVE RELEASED A NEW SONG! It’s been a long four years since the Versailles band‘s last gem, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, but their Great Recession-ready fifth album, Bankrupt!, drops on April 23rd. Sofia Coppola must be proud.