1. The acoustic ensemble has wandered from the underground of bohemian Victoria, in Canada's lush west coast, to a new, refined sound crafted by years of constant performing and touring together. Though drawing on flamenco flourishes learned in Spain, on African percussion, on bluegrass and other roots music from across the Americas, TMO has cycled through far-flung influences and youthful forays into sounds from all over, finding new vistas of creativity that bring them closer to their own beginnings, to the people and places that have shaped them. Friends and family, ancestors and wild characters are all honoured on Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow, the band's third and most mature studio effort, with a sound that's distinct, earthy, and solid.

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  2. Rock-hard grit and all-girl soul from the San Fernando Valley: just, take it all in… its good, like vitamins, and just in time for summer. Deap Vally is the howl of Lindsey Troy and rhythm of Julie Edwards (Heisenflei of The Pity Party); together, the duo breaks blues down to its simplest, most fundamental form: beat, melody, and meaning. Although they have only been a band for one year, they're already playing wicked SoCal gigs like Moon Block Party and about to jet set to England for Latitude Festival while also going public about their desire to one day live inside of Bill Clinton.

    The 'Baby I Call Hell' session was filmed in Bedrock Studios in Los Angeles inside a tight, but formidable space for six people. The walls were adorned with lacquered old newspapers, old wood panels and blue acrylic smatterings. The ladies are wearing designs by Kittenhawk: Welcome to the Deap.

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  3. Apparently the Deer Tick does Nirvana (aka Deervana) sensation sweeping the nation will draw to a close this summer, so we’re pleased to bid adieu by offering up this bonus footage from our video shoot of their new song, Funny Word earlier this summer. Here we have a tribute to the song, Serve The Servants off of the final Nirvana studio album, In Utero (1993).

    Singer, John McCauley’s hoarse vocals and his band of punk historians not only mimic, but pay proper homage to the late legend, Kurt Cobain in this project which has earned additional acclaim after playing surprise Nirvana tribute sets at Bonnarroo Music Festival and others as documented here in the New York Times Magazine.

    Between the pukingly-outrageous WttW Sled Island after party at the Area and being guested by the band at Edmonton Folk Festival last weekend, we foresee a rendezvous Mach III with Deer Tick in the very near future – stay tuned to the West for another bonus Tick nug from the Vault this autumn.

    *Artistic back drop by Jack Bride and Camille Betts

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  4. The Welcome Home Series is a night for sharing; it is a night for story telling and listening to the very tunes that have brought everyone that much closer over these past couple of years. It is also the music event happening this summer where you won’t know if there will be bobbing for apples, blockbuster gift card giveaways or pin the tail on the donkey competitions until its too late. As promised, giant cookie sandwiches, fresh lager and popcorn should wash down well within the schoolhouse.

    After a wicked set at the soon-to-be National Music Centre during Sled Island, be careful, dance at your own risk for Hot Sweet Noise kicking off the evening at dusk. Next is PeAks. They are featured above as part of their soon to be released West Session by way of Kamloops, BC backwoods. This summer, PeAks teamed up with Indian Wars on the coast before returning home and almost killed off Slinky Ray and the Boneless Wonders (via Deer Tick). Their Demosaur demo is available on cassette.

    Closing the evening out, will be a performance from one of the top spuds that ever did poke out of the ground: Deadhorse. The band toured across Canada this spring in support of their epic Self-Titled release and will be an intimate delicacy shaking out the schoolhouse walls. Bring an extra pair of socks, we’ll rightly take care of the rest.

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  5. Vancouver’s Sumner Brothers have a tenacious DIY attitude that is truly rivaled by few; whether they are slapping signage on busy thoroughfares or offsetting their nightclub gigs with heartwarming house shows – whenever the Sumners blow into your town, people take notice. For that very reason, their concept for this session was, for us, a sneak attack of sorts. In paraphrase they said: ‘we’ve got a song and we want to play it in front of the historic Kimball Organ at the Cantos Foundation this weekend’. Taking into consideration that we hadn’t released, let alone filmed a video in quite some time – this was, for us, time to get back on the wagon.

    For the song, Lose Your Mind, you see Brian and Bob Sumner joined by Brandon Smith – a resident Cantos historian. His way with the keys had us endlessly entertained with renditions of various Mario Bros themes in between takes. As for the brothers, they were on the backswing of their cross-Canada tour in support of their spring release, I love you, Smile.

    During the silent movie era and into the early 1930s, theatre organs were built in large numbers in the US and (fewer) in the United Kingdom. As in a traditional pipe organ, a theatre organ operates on pneumatics: When depressed, a key sends a signal for a valve to open in a tube and allows a puff of air to engage the instrument. A blower generates the airflow, and the large bellows fill with air.

    Cantos’ theatre organ, built by Kimball in 1924, features marimbas, drums, chimes, a bird whistle and more instruments all built into one. It was first installed in St. Helen’s Theatre in Chehalis, Washington, then in a theatre in Seattle. Next it was transferred to the Fox Theatre in Victoria, then to Vancouver, and finally to Carol Otto in St. Albert, Alberta. There it served as her private practice instrument. Mrs. Otto donated this amazing instrument to Cantos in 2001.

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