Contest: Win Tickets for The Do @ Lee’s + “Both Ways Open Jaw” Album

July 27, 2012 Written by Aviva Cohen No comments
Contest: Win Tickets for The Do @ Lee’s + “Both Ways Open Jaw” Album

French-Finnish duo The Dø are playing Lee’s Palace on August 3.

Thanks for our good pals at Live Nation, we have a pair of tickets plus an album to giveaway.

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Contest: ‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me’ Album Giveaway

July 17, 2012 Written by Aviva Cohen No comments

‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me’ is a Fleetwood Mac cover album featuring artists such as Best Coast, MGMT, Marianne Faithful, Lykki Li and many others. You can get a sneak peak of the album here and read more about the album here.

Thanks to our pals at Universal, we have two (2) albums to giveaway.

To enter the contest email with the subject line “just tell me that you want me” and your name and address in the body.

Contest closes July 31 at midnight/witching hour.

Watch This: Smith Westerns Jansport Bonfire Session

July 10, 2012 Written by Aviva Cohen No comments

Did you miss out on the Toronto island show with Dusted and The Smith Westerns during NXNE?

Watch the 3-part short doc filmed at the June 14th Bonfire Session, including Part 1: Meet Smith Westerns, as well as live performance footage of “Dreams” and “Gimme Some Time”.

Video here.

Catch This: Blake Mills opening for Fiona Apple at the Sound Academy

July 3, 2012 Written by Melody Lau No comments

Blake Mills is probably best known for his work in other people’s bands such, from Jenny Lewis to Kid Rock. He’s a guitarist in-demand but his own music is about to get a pretty big spotlight as he opens a slew of tour dates for Fiona Apple including a stop in Toronto tomorrow night at the Sound Academy.

Mills’ debut album, Break Mirrors, is filled with introspective thoughts over warm acoustics and simplistic melodies. Mills is perfect for Jason Collett fans who need their fix of singer-songwriting perfection while waiting for Collett’s new album (coming this fall).

Mills recently collaborated with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons and Matt Sweeney on the Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me. Listen to “Oh Well” below:

Watch: Metric Live @ Opera House

June 30, 2012 Written by Krystle Merrow No comments

Metric played the Opera House recently for the CD release, read our review/check out photos here and if you missed out on that, catch them in November at the ACC with Stars.

All video by Krystle Merrow.

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Interview: Poull Brien, director of Charles Bradley: Soul of America

June 27, 2012 Written by Melody Lau No comments

The life of Charles Bradley is the epitome of a Cinderella story and, at times, is almost hard to fathom. Having gone through homelessness, tragedy and abuse, the 63 year-old soul singer’s triumphant rise to success might read like a script but not even the most skilled actors can portray the emotion that Bradley emotes in real life, onstage and in Poull Brien’s documentary, Charles Bradley: Soul of America.

After offering to direct a music video for Bradley, Brien and producer Alex Brough sat down with the singer as he regaled them with his incredible stories, leaving the pair with no other choice than to pursue a full-length film.

“I remember thinking how cinematic the whole thing sounded,” Brien tells The Singing Lamb. “Alex and I took Charles to dinner one night and pitched him the idea of shooting a documentary and luckily he was a little tipsy and had no idea what he was signing up for.

“I’m sure if he knew I’d be following him obsessively, making him endure freezing weather to get that pointless b-roll shot of him walking into or out of a building and sneaking up to his rood to steal shots at 5 a.m., his reaction might have been different.”

The result is a film that depicts the hard times of Bradley and takes a look at his journey from the rough neighbourhoods of New York to the doors of Daptone Records but, more importantly, is entirely underlined by an uncanny sense of hope and optimism that’ll strike a chord with audiences.

“He’s always in the moment and is generally bursting with enthusiasm, surprise and childlike wonder,” explains Brien. “He says he’s going through the childhood he never had right now and you really see that when you’re with him; it’s endearing, beautiful and totally entertaining.”

Having followed Bradley around leading up to the release of his debut album, No Time For Dreaming, Brien and Brough must’ve been apprehensive about the success of the entire project. What if Bradley didn’t succeed? What if that CD release show didn’t sell out and no one cared? Thankfully, for them and for us, Bradley’s career took off immediately, capturing the hearts of soul lovers everywhere and even through the skepticism, Brien and Brough knew it would all work out.

“We all knew this was something so unique and positive that it had to be done,” says Brien. “And that ultimately it would pay off.”

So, what was Bradley’s reaction to watching the film?

“It was beautiful – hugs and tears, laughing and crying,” says Brien. “It was basically like taking an entire theatre full of people and jamming the collective intensity of all their reactions through one incredibly enthusiastic 63-year-old man-child.”

Catch a screening of Charles Bradley: Soul of America tomorrow night at the Open Roof Festival with a performance from Army Girls preceding the film. Tickets are $15, doors are at 7:30PM.