The Music Will Always Find Us

Last year I wrote of Marion Raven‘s solo album, and how much I had been anticipating the release of music from Marit Larsen, who had been the other half of the duo M2M (and who I must admit having a crush on for some time). I was blown away with this album, even though I had anticipated a leap. Under The Surface is one of the most surprising albums I’ve encountered this year, a vulnerable, joyful, beautiful and devious masterpiece. The overall feeling I had once I finished listening the first time and each listen after was that this is something terribly fresh and exciting in the pop landscape. The authenticity, skillfulness and pure joy of this album will be keeping it playing in my head for a long time to come.

This Friday I’ll have the honour of seeing Buck 65 et Le Film Noir with Matt Mays & El Torpedo at The Seahorse Tavern, a very small venue. It has been a long while since I last saw either artist, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to see them in a couple days.
On Sunday Buck 65 was honoured with the keys to his home community of Mt. Uniacke, a well-deserved recognition of the fine work he has done to give that community and all of Nova Scotia a gravelly voice in the world.

Family, friends and fans all turned out to meet the Paris-based performer and see him receive a ceremonial key to the community as well as the unveiling of a new road sign proclaiming Mount Uniacke as The Home of Buck 65.
It was certainly a flashback moment as members of the community remembered Mr. Terfry’s childhood years in Mount Uniacke and praised him for spreading the town’s name worldwide.
He even includes it on his concert tour merchandise, as noted by Warner Music Canada representative Wendy Salsman, sporting a baseball T-shirt.
“Kids in London, Paris and Berlin are wearing T-shirts that say Buck 65 on the back, but also Mount Uniacke on the front,” she said.

I’ve been a fan for years, so it’s a joy to see such deserved attention paid to Buck 65 and his music.
And speaking of Buck’s music, he recently released a beautifully scrappy album by the name of Strong Arm for free download on his website.

Strong Arm is a “mixtape” in the New York-style underground hip hop sense of the word… with a
twist. None of the instrumentals are from hip hop records. The music comes from the worlds of
punk, classical, folk, library music, everywhere else.

It reminds me of a melding of the quickness of Vertex (his first release) and the evolutionary bits we’ve seen on recent albums like Secret House Against the World. It’s free so you’d be wise to go listen. You don’t want to miss “What Grace Means” or “Fuck Off Satan”.

This entry is music focused, so I’ll see if I can mention some other gems that have been keeping my eardrums vibrating divinely. Susana introduced me to Ensamble Galileo recently and the album she sent has been playing often as I move around the city. I’ve been playing everything I have by David Usher and his former band Moist a lot these past couple weeks; he’s one artist I’ve overlooked far too often. I’m eagerly awaiting albums from Stuart Davis and Emilie Autumn to arrive in my mail box.

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