With Another Murder In The Morning, Colin Skrapek makes a pretty
convincing argument that he may be one of the best pop songwriters
in the country… Another Murder… is crammed full of instantly
memorable gems…that seem tailored towards the singular goal of
worming their way deep into your brain…
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Everything about this song is better than it should be; these
are 40-year old men rapping around a
chorus from their youth over a leftover
Dilla beat. But
fuck if they don’t kill it—especially Method Man. The most pleasant
surprise of the year.
WASGOING TO DO AN
HONOUR TO BE
Congratulations to Said the Whale!
And thank you to everyone who voted for me! Reading all the
positive comments on the R3 blog has been really heartwarming,
especially since it’s bloody cold in Saskatoon right now.
I don’t tour very often. There are lots of reasons for that and
I’m going to reserve them for another post. But for those of you
who have never been to a Maybe Smith show, this video is a fairly
accurate representation of what you’ve been missing.
You Would Never Survive the Winters in this
Province by Maybe Smith (that’s me!) has been nominated
CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award in the category of
Most Canadian Song! Pretty soon I’ll be singing
the Canadian National Anthem at a Habs game, no doubt.
As big a step forward as Animals & Architects was, however,
it’s on Another Murder In The Morning that Skrapek seems to have
really hit his stride. The album is stuffed full of barnstormers
like “More Blood Than Sleep (After B.C.)”, “You Would Never Survive
the Winters in This Province”, and “The Walrus With the Gunswordaxe
vs. The Big Bang Machine”… You can expect to see it on more than a
few critics’ year-end lists…
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Iron & Wine perform at the
Regina Folk Festival last weekend, I couldn’t help
but resign to what little interest I have in indie music these
There are a few exceptions, of course.
and Co., for example, still do it for me in a major way. But
standing there amongst the crowd of festival goers watching heavily
sensitivo Sam Beam do his solo acoustic thing, the only
reaction I could muster was
this is so boooooring.
And it’s not just acoustic troubadours bringing the dullness; I
get the same reaction listening to
Grizzly Bear or
Wavves or any record nominated for this year’s
Polaris Prize (with the exception of
Maybe it’s just the party spirit of the summer months exerting
its control over my pleasure centers, but give me a new
Clipse track over any of that stuff any day—even if Kanye’s on
Is indie rock lame these days? If you don’t think
so, please point me in the right direction, because I’m not ready
to give up just yet.
In the meantime I’ll be looking forward to the Clipse show next
month in Saskatoon. See you thurrrr? I’ll be the one