Archive for March, 2009

PLANTS AND ANIMALS AT OTTAWAU

Posted in Acoustic, Funk, Indie with tags on March 31, 2009 by megaphoneteeth
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I just wanted to through up a quick post to inform some Ottawa residents of a great show. 2 April, this Thursday Plants and Animals will be playing at OttawaU. Sorry about the short notice, I just found out myself. I have not heard of the other act Angela Desveaux. But I am checking her out as we speak.
I am shocked but exicted to hear about this … cant wait, hope to see you there. OttawaU is doing something I actually will enjoy.

Cover is $5 and the venue is Cafe Alt.

Plants and Animals – Faerie Dance

Plants and Animals – Feedback in the Field

Plants and Animals – Bye Bye Bye

Plants and Animals – Good Friend

Freak Folk and Mustache Jokes.

Posted in Experimental, Funk, Soul with tags , , on March 30, 2009 by megaphoneteeth

Well it has been a little while since my last post, a combination of the fine weather and school work have strayed me away for my information super highway commitments. Anyways I am back and have a few tracks as well as some interesting news tidbits to post in reaction.

I know this isn’t really 317 bag when it comes to posts, but I thought this was interesting and may effect of the readers so I went and posted. This article is from Tiny Mix Tapes, a great site for music news of the sort. Check them out, give this a read especially if you buy music online.

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Chinese Hack into iTunes’ Code And Sells Gift Cards for Low, Low Prices

China renewed its charm offensive on TMT readers this week with an audacious hacking of iTunes’ gift certificate algorithm. These upstanding Chinese citizens are now selling $200 gift cards on Taobao, a Chinese equivalent to eBay, for as little as $2.60. Using the site’s instant messaging platform, the buyer receives a gift voucher code from the seller that can then be used to redeem the card from a user’s iTunes account. The cards are also available in the U.S for around $43 on eBay.

The hacker’s craft is so brilliant that not only have they given Apple a fine kick in the teeth, but they’ve also posed a frustrating conundrum for those good-for-nothing capitalists. If Apple decides to change the gift voucher code generation algorithm, all of the cards available right now would become obsolete. Consequently, the only ones making money at this moment in time are the code sellers and the artists who still get paid when their music is downloaded from iTunes.

It’s been only a week since the Chinese government’s commendable decision to ban Oasis from playing dates in Shanghai and Beijing in April (TMT News) and now this ingenious nation delivers another slap in the face to shameless profiteers. Who ever said quasi-Communism doesn’t work?

Comrade Obama, start taking notes.

Posted by Brom on 03-13-2009

Gwen

I want to show BEAT ELECTRIC some love. The continuity they have in posting quality tracks is unreal, keep up the good work. Copped this tune from them, and haven’t stopped listening to it at all. Just a slow burner with some real soul in it, Gwen McCrae really gets me going, please enjoy this badass tune. I had just finished watching Jackie Brown when I came across the bad boy and it would have fit perfectly into the sound track, but I digress.

Gwen McCrae – 90% of Me is You.

Moving on, I have been a huge fan of Devendra Banhart and the entirety of the “Freak Folk” revolution for quite some time now. I saw Devendra in Sept 2007 in Montreal and the show was unreal, he ran way over his time limit, played great alternative renditions of his album tracks, and simply, he was a showman.

Kevin Barker, member for Vetiver has made a documentary of the 2004 magic tour and it will be released soon. Breaking is camera out on a tour which included the likes of Banhart and Newsome, this documentary looks dope! I have included the teaser just to give you guys a little taster. I am quite excited to see this bad boy in full. The full length version will be presented at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 2 and 3.

I am not going to embed the video, just for the sake of speed and continuity. Nonetheless, enjoy.

The Family Jams Trailer – Kevin Barker

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One my favorite things as a music listener are to stumble upon a song I can catch the sample in. This track has been used in one of my favorite hip-hop songs and is a banger in its self. Got a real slow soul vibe to it that might catch you off guard. I want to draw attention to the kicking bass line here. It has a pop jazz feel, are over the scales, with much repetition but also digression. I do not know too much about Galt Macdermont but I think I will be looking into him a little further and with any luck some of his other tracks are of the same caliber. Anyways without more yadda yaddas here is the track, enjoy.

Galt Macdermot – Ripped Open by Metal Explosion

Cheers,

Qwantum

Ripped on Reality

Posted in Dance, Disco, Disco House, Electro, Electronica, Experimental, Funk, Pop with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by erger

An interesting couple of days for new musical discoveries… To be brutally honest though, my love for all things disco/electro took a huge hit the other weekend (sorry for the dramatics); some good friends and I rallied together in Toronto to see Cut Copy @ Circa, on Friday, March 20th…

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Two things for starters, firstly, we did not help ourselves by missing both the opening acts, Matt & Kim and Knightlife, entirely. Secondly, let it be known that I and the whole of the 317 crew have nothing but mad love for Cut Copy. That being said, Circa fucked up and totally screwed so many paying customers by totalling jamming the place, to what seemed way over capacity (or their legal capacity is played up like whoa!) and may have even turned fans into displeased listeneners that will tell their friends how whack Cut Copy was live. The thought alone makes me shudder.

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I think its worth saying that Circa did not do Cut Copy justice. I have seen Cut Copy twice before in Toronto within a year and they were breathtaking, I almost cried…. Nah, but they were fucking amazing, and Circa has now tainted Cut Copy’s image (in some peoples minds) in Toronto, a city that has nothing but love to give to a band that loves it right back, (I hope I am not speaking out of context on behalf of Cut Copy here).

Enough is enough, and on to not only a different topic, but a whole new language. Yes, it is true… c’est vrai! I love the French, and Numero# are certainly no exception. They hail from Montreal, Québec, and their track “Hit Pop” was featured on Kitsuné 4, to much dance floor acclaim.

Also, I recently came across a track to be released on their new album, Sport de combat (due out April 14th). The track off of Kitsuné 4 is, as redundant as it is to say, a great upbeat pop track that does not disappoint. The second is a little more aggressive, but disco permeates throughout in no time; fresh electric synthesizers, harmonic loops and crisp drums… dopeness:

Numero# – Hit Pop

Numero# – Tonton Klaxonne

And with it, a remix of an older song off their first album. The remix is done by fellow Québecers, Le Matos, who, to be honest with you, I don’t know much about, yet. What I do know: they can throw down freshness on the dancefloor, remix specific – here is an example of their good vibes:

Numero# – Star Model (Le Matos Pointdexter Remix)

Le Matos lays it down again, this time with their Mtl friends, that dwell more in the folk scene I would say, Coeur de Pirate. I am a late bloomer on this track as it has been floating around the net for some time now. It displays deeper and more dark sounding synths that drive the beat of the track. Meanwhile, the vocals are almost eerily distant and innocent, haunting even, but, so soft and enchanting at the same time. This track is a gem to me, mad love.

Coeur de Pirate – Comme des Enfants (Le Matos Andy Carmichael Remix)

Something a little more different this time, a hop from Canada over to Germany, Hamburg more specifically, the home of Erobique. This is the first track I have heard by these peeps, and it is pretty radical. I want to say, think a minimal type of Siriusmo, with less disco and more funk. If that means nothing to you (my bad), I will have to do a post on Sirismo soon time, until then…

Eurobique – Endorphinmachine

Next up, don’t worry almost done, our very good friends, Electric Youth, from West Hamilton and Toronto. They have just released their tour dates on their myspace, think Vienna and Paris for starters, say what!? These guys are unreal and the production is truly taking a step in a new direction. With the release of their new album comming up soon (so stoked), I think this may be a good hint as to what we can expect…oh my.

Electric Youth – Lying Still

Lastly (I know right?) is two well known names together, collaborating for your pleasure. From France, Surkin, the youthful house/electro prodigy, with Chromeo, one of the freshest sounds North of the US border. If you happen to be a fan of one of the two and aren’t familiar with the other, I urge you, this combo is undeniable. Don’t be shy here; play it loud and have fun.

Surkin ft Chromeo – Chrome Knight (Original Mix)

My bad for the banter as usual. Nab the tracks while they’re still available and post up in the comments section, you know we love you! And thanks to Christina for the show pics!
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Seekae: Mellow me out from Sydney, Australia

Posted in Electronica, Experimental, Indie, New Wave with tags on March 26, 2009 by adam

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Fall into a mellow abyss with Seekae. I recently stumbled across the trio who hail from Sydney, Australia. They recently took a bit of a break to get their travel on in Europe. But no worries, they should be back by July. In the meantime they have planned some more sporadic releases to hit their myspace. If you like relaxin and chillin to these soft beats keep an eye out for them in the future.

Seekae – Wool (ft. Ivan Vizintin)

Seekae – Void

Hervé

Posted in Club, Electronica, Experimental, Techno with tags , on March 25, 2009 by adam

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Wow, a week sure goes by quick when you’re having a hella good time. 317 recently escaped to Toronto to see the stellar Cut Copy at circa and wow, more on that later. All in all, it’s nice to be back in Ottawa but the inbox is full and there’s lots to hear.

Hervé can be found dwelling in London, UK while occasionally hitting up the surrounding area. You may recognize his work under the side projects: The Count and The Count & Sinden, having produced and released for the labels Cheap Thrills, Domino, Loungin’, and Dubsided. Both projects are unique and worthwhile checking out if you have that kind of time. If you don’t check out these bangers below.

Herve – The Science of Fear (Herve Dub Mix)

Hervé drops some splashy, aggressive electro in The Science of Fear. I love the transitions from the flashy uptempo synth to the mellowness throughout the track. Definitely talented on the board, Hervé is about to show you what he’s all about.

Fake Blood – Mars (Herve Re-Fix)

Hervé tosses up a delightful little rendition to Fake Blood’s Mars that caught my attention (and judging by the activity across Hype I’m not alone). While this is not my favourite mix, and to be honest I prefer the original, it highlights a lot of the sampling capabilities Hervé possesses.

Herve – Cheap Thrills

My grade 4 history teacher would always recite, “you can’t know where you’re going, unless you know where you’ve been.” Sometimes the same goes for music. Here is a little bit of a throwback pieced out of Michael Jackson’s Thriller by Hervé. It can be a tad loopy in some areas but has some incredibly funked out rifts that can force the stiffest people to start bending those knees.

If you’re in the mood for more, Hervé recently dropped a remix to Calvin Harris’ I’m Not Alone.

I DIG YOU

Posted in Experimental, Funk, Soul with tags on March 18, 2009 by adam

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Demis Roussos was born in Egypt to ethnic Greek parents who later lost everything in the 1956 Suez Cris. After settling in Greece, Roussos started joining bands at the age of 17. In 1968 Demis joined Aphrodite’s Child and gained success internationally with the progressive rock album 666. When Aphrodite’s Child disbanded, Demis continued with a solo career. Recording sporadically throughout the 1970s he created a disco record in 1977 entitled Magic and a self-titled LP the following year. This track comes from the French 7″ of Mourir Aupres De Mon Amour where it is a B side. Much love goes out to beatelectric for keeping it trendy. Demis throws it down hard here, what a track.

Demis Roussos – I Dig You

Hip to the Vibe: More Parallels, with TMDP and Fred Falke

Posted in Club, Dance, Disco, Disco House, Electro, Electronica, Experimental, House, Pop, Techno with tags , , , , on March 18, 2009 by erger
Well, well, well, I feel as though its time for a great ol’ big fuckin’ post, but first, a couple interesting items in the 317 news for ya…
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First off, belated happy St. Patrick’s Day to all you hungover students and people who had to work today, we here at 317 totally respect the commitment to one of the most festive events of the year.
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As you guys may know we did a post a little while ago on an upcoming show featuring Parallels, Golden Girls and Dj Raiz, hosted by Gnarty Parly @ the Casbah Lounge, in Hamilton, Ontario, on St. Patrick’s Day-night (which you can find right here). Well not only was it Gnarty Parly’s first ever event and the Parallels EP release party, it was also a bangin’ St. Patty’s day dance party blow-out. In short, last night went off in dope and fresh style, about 90 people showed up and danced the beautiful and drunken evening away.
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A little extra juicy rumour, well its more funny than anything; since Parallels have just started performing live (the St. Patty’s day show in Hamilton was only their fourth show as Parallels) and word on the street is, after Parallels was finished their set, (they were the last to perform) a random dude in the crowd started clapping and chanting, ‘encore’, ‘encore’, etc., and soon enough the whole place was up in arms cheering for more music from Parallels.
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Perhaps at first glance none of this may seem out of place to you, but it was literally Parallels first ever encore they have ever received while playing shows and it was Hamiltron, of all places, to give it to ’em! The super funny part is there was no encore in the end, because as Parallels is still so new, by the end of their performance, they had literally played all the songs they actually have, how gnarly is that?! So no encore in the end, which is too bad, but the idea was there and furthermore, their is no question in my mind; Hamilton showed some serious love to Parallels and held it down. Call me corny, but I am so proud to be from Hamiltron, right now, hahaha… unreal.
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So in honour of Hamilton coming out in great attendance and with dance shoes ready (big thanks goes out to Disco Dust for posting these gems!), I have some dope new, and one old, Parallels tracks to share with you. Also, Parallels just set up their new website: Parallels.fm, which is really hip and it serves as a more direct and personalized medium for you to check one of Toronto’s most superb electro/dance acts. So scoop these tracks while their hot and enjoy some 80’s influenced electronic bliss:
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Moving right along, so yeah I’ve been sitting thinking about all the dope tracks that I thought I wanted to post up today and I got caught up checking out new shit in the meantime, fuckin’ hell. Anyways, after some mad searching throughout the blog world, I have some truly delectable dance tunes to dish out, I am actually excited!? (weird).
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Off the top, I have an overdew post for ya on Toronto’s own Jeffrey Addison and Gavin Rough, otherwise known as, TMDP. These guys are so hot right now its not even funny. They just dropped their alblum last week, the self titled “TMDP”, and apparently shit hit the fan at the album release party, and while that may sound bad, it truly was a great party; TMDP showered their synthesized love vibes all over the crowd that night and the result: one hype ass party yo! The two original tracks I included below are pretty radical, “sex drive” is a quirky, slightly slower-moving, based out electro jam, pretty funky too though and “TMDP” has a really gradual, synthed out, build up, but its a really lovely track that entrances you with its melodic electronic rhythm, don’t worry though it turns into a little disco funk jam in the end, and classy as shit too.

TMDP – TMDP
TMDP – Sex Drive
After that, TMDP remixed a track, “Bass Live” by fellow Torontonian and 317 personal favourite, Dj Barletta. This track should come with a warning: “caution this track insights violent and aggressive drinking mixed with people claiming they are having, “Too much fucking fun!””
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Dj Barletta – Bass Live (TMDP remix)
And lastly from the TMDP boys is another dope remix, this time by another local Toronto group vitaminsforyou (show some myspace love to these dudes). The song is titled, “B4U”, which once again, TMDP has thoroughly blessed with thier magic touch.

vitaminsforyou – B4U (TMDP remix)

And to close up this post with and ‘ender-ender’, we have the always glorious Fred Falke. I love this dude, him and Braxe are geniuses in my books, and it really seems like since Falke did that dope remix to “Golden Cage” by The Whitest Boy Alive, he has been wreckin’ shit lately. Surely I have been talking for long enough and this track needs no introduction, that being said, VHS or Beta are pretty enjoyable as awlays and Falke lays down remix gold. The build up is a little stretched out, just shy of 2 min., but when the real beat breaks out and then the vocals for the chorus drops, oh my is it fun. As in, “its a gloriously bright, warm day out and I get to walk around in the down town with my sun sunnies on, in a t-shirt and this track in my headphones? Fuck yeah!” You should be stoked. so enjoy.

VHS Or BETA – Burn It All Down (Fred Falke remix)

Also, in reference to some whack links and Imeem links (which only let you stream the track live) which were still lingering have now been fixed; they were changed to the Media Fire format (right click the link and select “open in new tab”, hit up the new link to download that shit!), which we have made standard, you can check out the fixed up post, which is on my favourite tracks from Cut Copy’s bodacious mix So Cosmic, right here.
Peace and Love.

p.s. I fully realize this may be considered desperate, but I’ll be honest, we love to read what our readers think of the site and the music, not to mention broken links, so let us know whats up; post up some comments for us. thanks a bunch from me (erger) and all of the 317 crew…
cheers!