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New Local Music

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

Calgary is fortunate to have a diverse and eclectic music scene. We are lucky to have great festivals like Folk Fest, Sled Island, the Calgary International Blues Festival and many other festivals and great local venues to check out. There is also a plethora of great artists in this city many of whom can be seen at various festivals and shows throughout the city. In the past year there have been a number of new releases from some great local artists. So if you are looking for some new music to check out, why not start with some local talent.

Cowpuncher Ghost Notes

Ghost Notes is local band, Cowpuncher's third full length album. The band recorded the album right here in Calgary and had their album release party on November 22 at the Palomino. The album is a mix of county alt-rock tracks that will appeal to fans of either genre. The album art for the record includes pictures of the band members caked in mud; homage to the volunteers who helped during the Flood of 2013. You can also check out the bands' earlier releases the self-titled Cowpuncher and Call Me When You're Single.

Mission Statement Dragon Fli Empire


Dragon Fli Empire has been active on the local hip hop scene since 2002 and their latest release Mission Statement is their fourth full length album; and the first since their 2009 release Redefine. The video for the first song off the album called "Ain't Going Down" was recently released and features a number of familiar landmarks and icons, including the C-Train, Downtown city scape, the Rockies and a Jarome Iginla jersey on MC Teekay. You can also check out older releases by the band, Redefine and Intermission EP, as well as DJ Cosm's solo effort Time and Space.

My Prairie Home Rae SpoonCalgary born (now Montreal resident) Rae Spoon has had a very busy year. The album My Prairie Home is the soundtrack to a National Film Board production, that documents Spoon's childhood experiences being raised in an Evangelical Christian home and Spoon's experiences with gender identity (Spoon is transgender and identifies by the pronoun 'they'). The film is currently working its way through the film festival circuit and will be shown at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The songs on the album are short, but each song has a haunting, honest, and vulnerable feel to it. If you want to learn more about Rae Spoon checkout their book First Spring Grass Fire, as well as some of their earlier albums including I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets, Love is a Hunter, and Superioryouareinferior.

Fresh! Music

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

One of my favorite collections to work with at the Library is the music collection. I love finding out what new releases are coming out and new artists to check out. Last fall was a good season for music releases with new music by Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Aerosmith and many more. In the early part of 2013 things have slowed down a bit, but there are some big artists coming out with new albums early on.

Love Songs Destiny

Destiny's Child - Love Songs

Earlier this year Destiny's Child announced a reunion after an eight year hiatus. Of course Beyonce has been busy in the last eight years, but the other girls in the group have held their own with solo releases, although it can't be easy being in Beyonce's shadow. Love Songs is almost exculsively made up of older material, but does feature a new song by the group called Nuclear. The song is produced by Pharell Williams and I was surprised how upbeat and catchy it is. Likely the song will be showcased if the rumors are true and the group takes the stage during the Superbowl Half-time show.

 

Tim McGraw - Two Lanes of FreedomTwo Lanes of Freedom Tim McGraw

If you are a country music fan then you’ll definitely want to listen to Tim McGraw’s latest release. Another singer turned actor this is his newest release after Emotional Traffic which came out just last year. Don’t be fooled by Two Lanes of Freedom when you are listening to it though. The last song on the album is called Highway Don’t Care and features Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; as an ode to Swift the song is listed as track 13 (she has of often said 13 is her lucky number), but there is no track 11 or 12.

Heartthrob Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

Last but not least is some Canadian (and local) content, Tegan and Sara’s seventh album is my most anticipated album of 2013 so far (it is only February though). I have had the first single, Closer, off the album on constant replay and can’t wait to listen to the full album. With every album the group’s popularity and profile seems to increase, so here’s hoping that Heartthrob continues that trend.