Daily Music Fix: Titus Andronicus

[“I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write with moderation. I am in earnest. I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.”]

Day #7: “To Old Friends and New” – Titus Andronicus

Album: The Monitor (2010)

New Jersey? Walt Whitman? The American Civil War? All feature prominently on last year’s The Monitor, but what remains to be explained is why I should care about those subjects, living in relative obscurity from them as I do? Well Titus Andronicus convinced me that all those things are fucking relevant to my teenage Canadian life by way of their completely unhinged, uncontrollable, as close to perfect rock music as possible. The Monitor is only the second LP from Titus Andronicus (Bandomynology: One of Shakespeare’s shittier and more graphic plays) but I’m floored by how seemingly every square foot of this album sounds masterfully written, recorded and engineered. Their sound is brilliant, classic rock overtones but not exactly like anything I’ve ever heard before. You can easily pick up on the Springsteen connections, especially in A More Perfect Union, but when listening to the album as a whole you get the idea that there’s truly bit of everything in there. None of their influences are excluded from the final product; they have Craig Finn of The Hold Steady reciting Whitman’s poetry, and recently on their appearance on A.V. Club Undercover they sampled Charles Bukowski while covering They Might Be Giants. They are a band after my own heart, when listening to them I feel like a witness to the turning of the Rock n Roll ages, and I can not recommend them highly enough.

Daily Music Fix: Mister Heavenly

[Raihan went to Sasquatch and all I got was this lousy blog post.]

Day #5: “Mister Heavenly” – Mister Heavenly

Album: Out Of Love (August 2011)

A passion project/collaboration between Man Man frontman (man) Honus Honus and Vancouver Island’s Nicholas Thorburn that also features the drummer from Modest Mouse and occasionally Michael Cera on bass, Mister Heavenly is exactly what you want to hear, right now. All the time, in fact. Their sound is somewhere between Man Man’s Tom Waits-channalled mania and The Temptations’ dreamy Motown sound. What results is a genre affectionally labelled Doom Wop by the bandmates themselves as they attempt to mix sounds like “Mister Sandman” with “King Rat”. They’ve only released two songs so far (the above namesake and an equally catchy “Pineapple Girl”) but they’re already leading the race to become my favourite new band of the year.

Besides, they’ll have to do until the (hopefully) inevitable formation of a real Sex Bob-omb.

What We’re Listening To: Vancouver 2010 – Week 1

[A quick rundown of the acts we saw last week and our thoughts on each. There’s plenty of great music to discover in here, so be sure to give everything a fair shake. Who knows? You may come across your next favourite band.]

Image courtesy of Ryan Rose. Click the image to check out the rest of his amazing work.

The Olympics come but once a year…
No, that’s not right. Let’s start again.

The Olympics, America’s favorite pastime…
Ok, cut. Take three.

The Olympics, cause The Stanley Cup is still months away…

As you’ve probably heard from your TV, the Winter Olympics have been taking place in Vancouver the past week and, depending on where you live, that may very well mean you’ve been rocking your socks off since the opening ceremony. As Vancouverites born and raised (except Raihan, who was born in England, the dirty foreigner) we here at Grub Street have taken it upon ourselves to go to as many free events as we possibly could… you know… for you, the readers, so that if you can’t be in Vancouver for the biggest snow-based athletic event of the… year(?) … you can live it vicariously through our words.

That in mind, here are the best live shows we’ve seen since the Olympics started last week. If you were there too, good on ya, let me know and we’ll be “OMG now ways!” buddies. If you weren’t… then how have you not killed yourself yet? Continue reading