I don’t listen to a lot of hip hop, but I just can’t stop listening to this. It’s fantastic.
A Tribe Called Red have basically invented a new genre of music, indigenous electronic music, and their role in promoting and empowering indigenous people and culture is really something special. And how could you go wrong teaming up with Mos Def and Narcy (Iraqi-Canadian hip hop artist)?
Oh, man. Davey von Bohlen and the Promise Ring kindled my still-raging love affair with the Dismemberment Plan and the various bands of J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, etc.) at a show my freshman year of college. It took a few years to stumble backwards to Cap’n Jazz, who, as it turns out, drove my roommates insane. Gotta have one of those albums in rotation from time to time, right?
Broken Social Scene are like nothing else. Indie rock with an almost orchestral composition
Ben Folds is great, but you may need to be selective if you want to avoid the downbeat lyrics. Nothing too down, but some are a little darker
First Aid Kit have the folky, slightly country harmonies going on
Efterklang are a slightly jazzier/poppier Sigur Ros-type sound
Scarlett Johanson’s Tom Waits cover album is really great for chilling, almost lullaby sound for the children. Tom Waits doesn’t have the happiest of lyrics, but I think she brings a real brightness to them so they don’t sound too down.
The post above about Broken Social Scene reminded me that Feist (who got her start with Broken Social Scene, much like a staggering number of insanely talented Toronto musicians) fits your warm and positive music needs perfectly I think.
Clearly, you’ve forgotten “King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.” That said, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard are so much more my jam than Australian psychedelic rock, even if you can give the KG&tLW folks props for being prolific.
If I’m gonna invest in a band that releases multiple albums a year, though, it’s gotta be Boris-level madness.
Just listened to a new song by Alvvays and I’m really liking it like every other song they’ve ever made, but the music video is particularly neat. They’ve been edited into archival footage from the 1967 Universal Exhibition in Montreal. I can’t believe it, but I just learned that over 50 million people attended Expo 67 in a city that had a population of about 1.8 million at the time. That is 15 million people more than the entire current population of Canada. That’s mind blowing. By comparison, only about 2 million attended the London Olympics.
I’ve also been listening to my go-to haunting autumn band Pygmy Lush.
Sang “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot along with the late Maestro in the car today.
I am hampered by the fact that I am a Bass/Baritone, not a Tenor. Doesn’t stop me from trying when nobody’s in earshot though! I’m more comfortable with something like “O Isis und Osiris” from Die Zauberflöte.