CMW 2015 Preview: Brews Willis – “Ride The Island Baby”

Canadian Music Week is arriving a little early this year (May 1), and they’ve managed to stretch it into ten days of party pleasure.

Speaking of partying, our first CMW preview sees Toronto’s Brews Willis do the islands in style (assuming it’s in style to recreate late ’80s 2 Live Crew videos): beach, bikes, beers, babes. Cowabunga.

“Ride The Island Baby” comes from 2012’s Nerped By A Zircon (great title for a sci-fi flick). Brews Willis more recently (2014) released their Party’s Over album. You can catch them twice at CMW: Thursday, May 07 at Lee’s Palace at 8:15, or Friday, May 08 at the Silver Dollar at 1:00 AM.

-Scott Bryson

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House Of Pain – “Shamrocks And Shenanigans”

A little late for Saint Patrick’s Day, but never unwelcome. And now that we have all the world’s information at our fingertips, we can investigate some of the song’s more obscure references:

Erica Boyer
Quick Draw McGraw
1955 Cadillac

“Shamrocks And Shenanigans” comes from House Of Pain’s self-titled debut. They made two more albums before Everlast left to chase a solo career (ongoing). His latest release is a greatest-hits compilation of sorts, featuring acoustic versions of some of his many beloved songs.

-Scott Bryson

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Belle & Sebastian – “Paper Boat”

A ghost of pop past. “Paper Boat” has been circling the Internet since the Internet looked like this, but it’s never seen the light of day on a Belle & Sebastian album.

Enter Stuart David, leader of Looper—about to release a new album, box set and a book—and singer on “Paper Boat,” looking to drum up some publicity (we harbour no grudge for the attention grab—this was a long time coming).

The video was filmed by David’s wife and bandmate, Karn, “in the summer of 1998 when Neil Robertson (the then B&S manager) took Stuart Murdoch, Isobel Campbell, Stuart and Karn David, to Banchory, Aberdeenshire for a wee trip.”

-Scott Bryson

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Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – “On The Motorway”

Like the drinking and driving commercial, without the pint glasses being stacked in front of your face.

Looks like the driver’s drowsy, though—his head’s in the clouds. Or maybe we’re Sandy and Danny, taking off in Greased Lightning (this isn’t the first time Moffat has referenced Grease in a song—a pet obsession, perhaps).

“On The Motorway” (take note of the metronomic click of a car turn signal) comes from the second Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat album, The Most Important Place In The World. Their previous record won Scottish Album of the Year honours; we’ll soon see if they can repeat.

-Scott Bryson

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Obits – “No Fly List”

More break-up news to follow last week’s—New York’s Obits are done as well.

The only good thing about a band dying prematurely is that it’s easy to collect their entire catalogue. Obits released three albums; “No Fly List” comes from 2011’s Moody, Standard and Poor.

-Telescope Staff

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Noah & The Whale – “The First Days Of Spring”

Noah & The Whale announced their break-up today, and it seems as though it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke.

We wanna hear “The First Days Of Spring” (from the album of the same name) but there’s no official video, so here’s something fan-made that seems fitting.

The Telescope especially dug their Last Night On Earth album.

-Telescope Staff

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Timber Timbre – “Beat The Drum Slowly”

This video for “Beat The Drum Slowly”—animated by Chad VanGaalen—took home the Prism Prize for best Canadian video of 2014, this past weekend. VanGaalen’s video for his own “Monster” was also in the running.

Very few words could describe what’s happening here, but it’s certainly a stunning montage. Some YouTube commenters mention a Fear and Loathing vibe; we see that, as well as some Natural Born Killers.

“Beat The Drum Slowly” comes from Timber Timbre’s Hot Dreams.

-Scott Bryson

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