For a song as big and boisterous as any in their repertoire, this departure of Boeing 737 sounds like an all-together new thing when gently cushioned back and forth off of the stained glass panels and antique wooden finishes of St. Paul's Fish Creek Church. The original is a cacophony of cello, violin, and flickering film. As the single from the Low Anthem's latest album, Smart Flesh - is accompanied by a music video with immense prowess, seemingly dedicated to high-wire artist, Philippe Petit.
Petit is the subject of many documentaries, including the Oscar-winning, Man on Wire which chronicles his famous tightrope stunt crossing between the World Trade Center Twin Towers in 1974.
St. Paul's, the oldest Anglican church in Calgary, was built in 1885 and originally was known as St. Paul's Fish Creek. It was built by parishioners and modelled after the original Anglican church in the parish of Calgary in Scotland. The bell is thought to be among the oldest in Canada, Made in the time of Henry VIII, it was one of two in Thelveton Church in England.
Vancouver's Indian Wars started to play a recurring role in our lives last summer, hitting us square between the eyes with a slew of killer sets. Our first encounter was out on the coast with our friends, PeAks. Most memorably, on the eve of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, while downtown Vancouver rioted the Canucks defeat, and tear gas and smoke from cars tipped and set alight - we rushed to the Rickshaw Theatre where Indian Wars opened an absolutely bonkers Black Lips show.
One week later, they would arrive on Calgary turf for Sled Island Festival and billet in Ramsay; tenting it in Emelia and Gill's backyard. They played upstairs right before Deer Tick and some suicidal smashed a beer bottle over my head. After concluding a hat trick of after parties, we returned to Ramsay to find the band tenting through a torrential downpour - all except for Fraser Wit, who slept arse-up, face-down beside the sofa.
The Wastin' Time West session was filmed in Vancouver inside the Indian Wars garage on a September day that turned into a night. Next time, get us down with Shells and Feathers.
River Boat Soul and American music at its finest; one might as well suppose this an anthem of sorts for these St. Louis fellows. The North American Continent: they have darted to-and-fro, and then some. The last calendar year has been chock-full of notoriety for Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three. A glowing review from Newport Folk Festival, a tour with Jack White and crafting a 45 on his label, Third Man Records, and played accompaniment to Wanda Jackson and Old Crow Medicine Show - these are all items on the stack while people grasp to summarize their century-old, new sound.
A definite highlight of many people's Calgary Folk Music Festival, Pokey himself seemed an honest gentleman, through and through. His commute on Prince's Island Park would be stymied by fans who easily spotted his iconic 30s attire - I can honestly say that his willingness to engage conversations of any kind is rare like hens teeth. An aficionado of American history, LaFarge was born in Bloomington, Illinois. He later moved to St. Louis, Missouri. The nickname “Pokey” was coined by his mother, who would scold him to hurry when he was a child.
Seen here, Joey Glynn (bass), Adam Hoskins (guitar) and Ryan Koenig (harmonica, washboard, and snare) make up the South City Three. The One Town at a Time session was filmed on the final day of the Calgary Folk Fest in Kane's living room.
We had the sweet, saccharine jungle beats of Los Angeles three-piece, Gothic Tropic on lock down upon picking up their debut EP, Awesome Problems in the 2012 winter months. When the announcement came that they would join this year's Sled Island lineup, we sent word, inviting them to join us for a session at the Area's historic school house. Monkey Bars is the lead single from the upcoming full length - in commemoration of this occasion, Calgary visual artist, Daniel J Kirk painted the two mirrored grizzly bears that adorn this back drop.
The trio, who base themselves out of Echo Park, is fronted by Cecilia Della Peruti, with Liv Marsico on drums and Daniel Denton playing bass. Sled Island Festival was the first time for them playing outside of the states, and they hit us right between the eyes with performances at Broken City accompanying Prince Rama (NYC) and Doldrums (Montreal) and a sweaty early morning set at the BeatRoute Magazine Headquarters.
An evenings entertainment rarely gives as much as this one at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Blac Jesus and the Experimentalists are an electric, spiritual quest of duelling guitar and saxophone; they live and make music in laid back, horizontal fashion in the city of Pomona in LA County. Man on Fire is the lead single off of their debut EP, Crimson - one of this year's classiest independent releases we've come across.
My hunch on Blac Jesus and the Experimentalists was prompted by a tasty acoustic blues jam called, In Your Hands. I figured we would be able to roll up and shoot a simple piece prior to their set alongside Blackstrap Molasses and the Henry Clay People. However, they played first and threw off our timing. This detail alone is responsible for the inspiration behind this video. Walking into that barroom and hearing Runson Willis' guitar ooze down the walls; the squeal of Brian Perske's sax and the mountainous rhythm section of Michael Garcia and Francisco Morales demanded an ideological retake.