Desolate maritime scenery at first, but this one gets much more interesting as it moves along.
Do those jars say Million Dollar Relish? Must be good, to have earned a name like that. Can we order online? Is that Jon McKiel’s mom, making it?
And check out that boss mural for The Great Amherst Mystery; we’re always on board with Canadian ghost stories.
“Brothers” comes from McKiel’s recently released Memorial Ten Count.
Dude dancing. That’s about all you need to know. Things get a bit intense after he loses his hat, but he’s still just dancing.
Is this the first Maritime supergroup (or does TUNS count?)? Weird Lines is: Julie Doiron, C.L. McLaughlin, Jon McKiel, James Anderson, Chris Meaney, and M.C.Dugauy, several of whom we’ve seen make great solo records, and others who’ve played in Octoberman and Kappa Chow.
Their self-titled debut is out now.
There wasn’t much about Jon McKiel’s last disc, Tonka War Cloud, that betrayed its place of origin, but that modern Maritime ambiance is starting to seep in, on his new EP.
You wouldn’t be far off if you labeled this a Shotgun Jimmie record, before knowing better; all of Jimmie’s staples are present: feigned grandeur: “We are out walking… it’s all very meaningful;” self-deprecation: “Once in a while, I get things right;” describing the instruments in your band: see the video for “Accolades,” down below. McKiel coincidentally just moved to Sackville, where Jimmie’s been known to reside.
The press release for Jon McKiel, amidst a few paragraphs of navel-gazing, suggests: “[M]aybe we can’t win in the East anymore. The wind blows down our forts and the price of gas is a veritable economic sanction.” Few signs of outside enemies, here; much of this disc feels like McKiel tangling with his own predilections. By our count, he’s well ahead.