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Month: February 2012

Local 107.3fm Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Here are the latest Local 107.3fm charts for the week ending Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Tune in next week to the Local 107.3fm Top 30 live on Tuesday mornings from 8-10am to hear selections from this week’s charts.

This Week/Last Week/Artist/Title

1 1 Adam Mowery St. Joseph’s Mechanical Penthouse
2 9 Mike O’Neill Wild Lines
3 re Bad Vibrations Black Train
4 11 Matthew and the Birds Between the Waves
5 3 Honheehonhee Shouts
6 27 The Just Barelys Mad Bits
7 8 Phèdre Phèdre
8 7 Tessa Kautzman Shredded Eagle, Sad Tambourine
9 13 Penny Blacks Harbour
10 26 Yamantaka // Sonic Titan YT//ST
11 22 Cannon Bros. Firecracker / Cloudglow
12 23 The StandStills The Human Element
13 — Ballgag ‘N Chaingang Bang!
14 10 Rae Spoon I Can’t Keep All Of Our Secrets
15 14 Hands & Teeth Hunting Season
16 — River CanCon Light Up To Burn Out
17 20 Owen Gilbride Trax
18 25 Greg MacPherson Disintegration Blues
19 18 Darlings of Chelsea Panic Is Worse Than The Emergency
20 — Boys Who Say No Contingencies
21 28 Jenny Berkel Here On A Wire
22 29 Long Weekends Don’t Reach Out
23 re Army Girls Close to the Bone
24 re Jom Comyn Sunstroke
25 — Holiday Rambler There Is No End To The World, And Nothing Can Shatter The Earth
26 re nothingilistic Celebrant
27 4 Mad Ones Behaviour
28 19 Bleeding Horse Express Going South
29 re Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres
30 2 The SSRIs Effeminate Godzilla-Sized Windchimes

Local 107.3fm Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Here are the latest Local 107.3fm charts for the week ending Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Tune in next week to the Local 107.3fm Top 30 live on Tuesday mornings from 8-10am to hear selections from this week’s charts.

This Week/Last Week/Artist/Title

1 1 Adam Mowery St. Joseph’s Mechanical Penthouse
2 re The SSRIs Effeminate Godzilla-Sized Windchimes
3 5 Honheehonhee Shouts
4 14 Mad Ones Behaviour
5 18 Eucalyptus Eeeeeuuucaaaaaaallyyypppptus
6 6 Keith Price Trio/Quintet Gaia/Goya
7 7 Tessa Kautzman Shredded Eagle, Sad Tambourine
8 — Phèdre Phèdre
9 3 Mike O’Neill Wild Lines
10 4 Rae Spoon I Can’t Keep All Of Our Secrets
11 — Matthew and the Birds Between the Waves
12 19 Miesha & The Spanks / The Sphinxs Miesha & The Spanks / The Sphinxs Split
13 25 Penny Blacks Harbour
14 8 Hands & Teeth Hunting Season
15 re Corey Isenor The Hunting Party
16 15 Duchess Says In A Fung Day T!
17 re Born Gold Bodysongs
18 9 Darlings of Chelsea Panic Is Worse Than The Emergency
19 10 Bleeding Horse Express Going South
20 re Owen Gilbride Trax
21 11 Charlotte Cornfield Two Horses
22 13 Cannon Bros. Firecracker / Cloudglow
23 12 The StandStills The Human Element
24 re Various Folk Songs Of Canada Now
25 29 Greg MacPherson Disintegration Blues
26 26 Yamantaka // Sonic Titan YT//ST
27 20 The Just Barelys Mad Bits
28 27 Jenny Berkel Here On A Wire
29 28 Long Weekends Don’t Reach Out
30 23 Oh My Darling Sweet Nostalgia

Mark's Review Corner

Winter In Saint John
By Mark Carpenter
February 17, 2012

This is the start of a new GiraffeCycle column. I am a recent arrival in Saint John. I’m from Montreal, where I wrote (and continue to write) occasional DVD reviews for Exclaim! I was a film student, a huge film buff, and a lover of music of all kinds. As I continue to adjust to my new life here, I will be writing about new music from the region, with a passing glance at new releases from artists from elsewhere as well. Hope you enjoy what I do, and please don’t hesitate to send me your work! Just consult my contact info below.
As it squalls outside, I’m finding the perfect soundtrack for the weather in two CDs by Saint John musicians. The first is New Wolf At The Door by Dann Downes, released by Hear Boy Records, 2011; the second an older release by Clinton Charlton, Parade, released independently, 2009. Both are roots artists, whose up-tempo songs coexist with a wintry melancholy. Both have a vivid sense of place in their lyrics, in ways that performers from Toronto and Montreal tend not to. (Downes’ lyric about “the scrubby woods of Maine”, Charlton’s elegiac “Angels Of Canterbury Street”)
Of course, as much as they complement each other, Downes and Charlton are distinct singer-songwriters, illustrating how much leeway the roots template now offers the Canadian artist. Downes is the more proudly traditional of the two, with songs like “Radio” showing a strong affinity for rockabilly stylings. As a vocalist, Downes has the melodic gifts of a Jim Cuddy. One standout track is “Emerald Train,” which showcases Downes’ grip on traditional folk structures and his prodigious singing ability. At his best, Downes shows how much life there is in “Northamericana” songs.
Clinton Charlton, meanwhile, displays a remarkable virtuosity in his work. Songs like “`Til We’ve Both Said Goodbye” are at once achingly personal and elegantly crafted. In addition, his music has some of the sonic adventurousness of indie heroes like Arcade Fire. (Note the terrific ambient opening of “Canterbury Street”.) He even brings a remarkable jittery intensity to rocking numbers like “Bee In October”. Definitely a talent to be reckoned with. I’ll be back next week with a review of his more recent project, January Through December, for which he wrote one song per month for every month of 2011.
Again, send your feedback and your links to markcarpenter926@gmail.com. Cheers!

Best of Saint John Music Poll Now Open!

It’s time for the fifth annual Best of Saint John Music Poll!

From now until April 1 you will be able to vote in up to 16 categories (you must fill out at least eight for the ballot to count). Once the poll closes, we will tabulate the votes and announce the nominees in each category. The winners will be announced this spring at our annual awards show (date and venue TBA)

A couple of other things to keep in mind:

1) Your votes should reflect what happened locally in 2011. For example:

– Album of the year needs to be a 2011 release
– Single of the year needs to be a 2011 release
– Album artwork was for a 2011 release
– Concert of the year took place in 2011

Bottom line – if your favourite artist didn’t do too much in 2011, please consider voting for someone else.

2) You must vote in eight categories for your vote to count. Your vote will not count if:

– You vote in one category and fill the rest of the categories with nonsense.
– You vote for the same band or artist in every category. For example, if I see a band name the in best record store, best fan, or best radio station category, you didn’t properly fill out the ballot. If you don’t have an answer, do a little research. You might discover some new music.

3) NO BALLOT STUFFING – one vote per person, not email address!

4) Don’t take this too seriously. This is about having a little fun, and celebrating our wonderful music community.

You can find the poll at www.giraffecycle.com/survey. Please spread the word!

(Special thanks to the folks at Giraffecycle and Local 107.3FM for their continued support.)

Salty Awards Tonight!

The Salty Awards take place at the Saint John Ale House tonight at 5PM. A few GC regulars are up for awards, including Dan Culberson (Twitter Person of the Year), Barb Crawford (Coolest Blog), and Mike Hawkins (Hottest YouTube). You can see the complete list of nominees in the video below: