We’d normally advise someone who just put out their seventh album in seven years to slow down and give us time to digest their output, but we’re addicted now, and the craving for more is persistent. Daniel Romano is the nicotine of Canadian pop music.
Topping If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ (or insert your Romano favourite) wasn’t going to be an easy task; it’s hard to say if he’s done it here, because they’re two very different albums. It’s a tie, at least.
Modern Pressure is alive with urgency. It’s the sound of an artist approaching each song as if it might be the last one he ever makes. It’s epic, but never over the top. A flair for the dramatic meets down-to-earth sentiment—John Cale crossed with CCR.
Check out “When I Learned Your Name,” below.
When Daniel Romano released his latest country-tinged album, Mosey, he also set free a fast-and-loose collection of gritty pop under the guise of Ancient Shapes.
Speaking of gritty: these legged mermaids may look pleasant and innocent, but a ferocious blood lust lingers just below the surface. They’ll kill, eat and maim just about anything that washes up on shore.
We heard from a born-again Shotgun Jimmie, last post. Today, we get a redesigned Daniel Romano. We were still digging old-timer Romano’s classic country vibe; now he’s giving us lively, eclectic pop with dancing pin-up gals.
“Valerie Leon” will be on his new Mosey record, due out in May. It’s described as a “wide-ranging album that mixes together ’60s French and British pop music, psychedelic blues, Spaghetti western, ’70s funk, honky-tonk heartache, country-soul, barroom piano confessionals and rollicking rock n’ roll.” On top of all that, he’s put a picture of himself on the cover that looks an awful lot like Blonde on Blonde.
Valerie Leon, by the way, is an English actress who starred in a couple Bond films.
Juno nominations were announced today. Telescope favourites like Daniel Romano and Majical Cloudz made the cut. So did Death From Above 1979’s The Physical World. It was nominated for Rock Album of the Year, and “Virgins,” seen here, is in the running for Video of the Year.
From the outset, this does not appear to be a typical Amish party. Eating shrooms? Snorting grandma’s ashes? Humping trees? Headbanging? At least the goats got milked.
The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2015. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us this year.
There’s a telling comment on the YouTube page for “Old Fires Die” (seen above). Someone asked, “Who wrote this song??” “He did,” was the reply. The question did need asking. “Old Fires Die,” like everything else on If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, belongs on your grandpa’s favourite AM radio station in 1950.
When Daniel Romano (formerly of Attack In Black) chooses a guise, it consumes him completely, to the point where it ceases to be an act. He sounds the part, he dresses the part and he lives the lifestyle, too—dude’s an accomplished leatherworker in his spare time.
If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ first stands out because no one’s made music like this in decades (that we know of—prove us wrong); you won’t see anything on CMT that comes close. This album is more than just a novelty, though. Romano is a convincing storyteller; when he wallows in the depths of despair—and he does that a lot on this record—you’re right there with him, mopping up the tears.
Mamas, it’s okay to let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
This is definitely not what we imagined, when we imagined a video for the opening track on Daniel Romano’s new album. Of course, we didn’t know Chad VanGaalen would be involved ’til now (the animations are his).
The revenge scheme at the centre of “I’m Gonna Teach You” is intact; it’s just playing out on another planet, and the characters are grotesque aliens that hang out in the cantina from A New Hope.
It must suck to be a member of a species that melts when someone grabs your ear. Romano’s If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ is out now.
All this week, The Telescope is previewing acts that’ll appear at the coming weekend’s Hillside Festival in Guelph.
It wasn’t in the movies, but surely the Planet of the Apes had country music (well, there was *this*). Be you animal or human, you’ll eventually be done wrong and go looking for a tear-in-my-beer outlet for your pain.
As Daniel Romano points out, it’s been that way on our planet for millions of years—there are some things that even evolution can’t erase.
Wait a minute… those are the same planet… You maniacs! You blew it up! Oh, damn you! Goddamn you all to hell!