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KEITH MORRIS & THE CROOKED NUMBERS-The Dirty Gospel

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km2If the heavens opened and rained music down upon us, I am certain it would sound exactly like Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers’ new album, The Dirty Gospel. The Charlottesville, Virginia band released 10 tracks of gritty, southern soul, dusted with gospel, southern rock, and blues.

The album incorporates some way cool harmonica, dynamite organ, and some beautifully played slide guitar. And let’s not overlook the divine choir that swoops down to touch your soul.

km1The songs are wonderfully melodic and moving, poignantly personal, yet they resonate across the universe. There is a prophetic sentiment throughout, and at times, I felt like shouting Hallelujah, grabbing a beer, and asking for forgiveness, as Keith Morris exposes parts of humanity we often wish we could forget about. Favorite tracks: ‘Psychopaths & Synchophants‘; ‘Pale Moon‘; ‘Are You Free Now?’. Incredible album! Without a doubt, one of the best albums I have heard in a long time. Check it out here, and then buy 2 or 3 copies. Play it often. Play it Loud. Let the heavens hear it.

 

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THE EVERYWHERES-Dignity Fever

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the everywheresThe Everywheres latest release, Dignity Fever, contains 8 insanely melodic psychedelic-pop tracks. Released in April, 2016, the Halifax natives deliver an album filled with wonderful riffs and solos, dynamite organ, and some way cool reverb. There are great melodies and harmonies, and the use of tambourine is a nice touch. The songs are well written, transporting me back to a time of tie dye, and floating around my house in a haze of peace and love. A wonderful collection of tracks that remind me of artists such as Tommy James & The Shondells, The Zombies, and The Small Faces. A powerful trip back to the 1960s. Favorite tracks: “Trembling Hand“, with its great acoustic guitar picking; “The Law“, with cool changes, great bass line, and wonderful organ; “South Of Quinpool Road“, with its bluesy edge, and sections that sound like they could have been on Sgt. Peppers. A wonderful time. A wonderful album. A dynamite band. Check it out here, and get yourself a copy or 2. Put it on, play it loud, and join the party!

 

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FAREWELL STANLEYS-Good Company

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fs1The 1st review ever written by I Can’t Believe My Earz was of London, Ontario’s, The Creekside Strays. It seems only fitting then, that the 1st review of 2016 be on Farewell Stanleys, a new side project of Creekside Strayers Justin & Jeremy, and their pal, Mark Milanovic.

The recently released album, “Good Company“, offers a folk-pop sound, with fs2alternative sentiments. The songs are wonderfully written, with introspective and touching lyrics, set within an acoustic framework. There are way cool pop melodies, great changes and transitions, and dynamite harmonies. The arrangements are wonderfully suited to the minimalist instrumentation, which places the focus entirely n the songs, and the percussion is exceptional.  Melodic and accessible, the sound falls somewhere between The Beatles “Rubber Soul”, and Loggins & Messina. One listen is just not enough. Favorite tracks: ‘Olivia‘, and ‘Said And Done‘. You can listen and purchase “Good Company” here.

 

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VAGABONDS & THIEVES

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v&t1There is some incredible indie music coming out of Ireland. Recently, I discovered Vagabonds & Thieves, who put together a 4 track demo in May, 2015. At first I didn’t know what to make of this Kildare band, but, after several listens, it all made sense.

I heard great beats, wonderful melodies, sweet harmonies, and some way cool changes.  There are great riffs, a wonderfully choppy rhythm on ‘Devil’s Beat‘, and a killer bass line on ‘Uncle Sam‘. I heard some nice harmonics, exceptional vocal arrangements, and an insane blues vibe on “Off To La‘. And the up tempo roots meets pop feel to ‘Stay With Me“, just rocks. This is foot stomping, thigh slapping music,  unique, and distinctly Irish. Incorporating the bouzouki is a wonderful touch. The sound is entertaining and exciting, and it will keep you moving, however hard you try not to. This is wonderfully melodic, Irish folk-pop.  Check it out and get yourself a free download of ‘Uncle Sam‘. And keep your earz open-an album will be out in March 2016. Get one for yourself and get one for your friends as well. Really. Vagabonds & Thieves are that good.

 

 

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ANDREW WAITE & THE FIRM-Burning Through The Night

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Andrew Waite & The Firm were, until recently, unknown to me. What I heard on “Burning Through The Night“,  released in Septemeber 2015, has made me a fan. A wonderful blend of Roots, Pop, and Prince Edward Island Folk music, this band has created a sound that is intoxicating and addictive.

AW & The Firm2The way cool organ, and saxophone on ‘Someone To Hold Me‘, is a wonderfully pleasant addition to a great melody, and sweet acoustic guitar. ‘Burning Through The Night‘ offers a killer vocal track with cool harmonies, and some great changes. The mandolin on ‘Immaterial World‘ is beautifully placed among the incredibly touching lyric, subtle horns, and dynamite keys. The cool effects during the intro don’t hurt! This is the song I will be dancing with my wife to as we sway around the house!! ‘Little Bird‘ gives us wonderful organ throughout, laying just under the melody. The guitar is wonderfully acoustic, and the harmonies,  perfect. ‘Alone Apart‘ offers more saxophone among cool guitar effects, a wonderful chorus, and exceptional harmonies & backing vocals. My favorite track, ‘There’s A Light On‘ has dynamite horns, a way cool riff, and great organ. The song is insanely melodic, with a wonderful chorus. Reminiscent of Mellancamp’s “Scarecrow” days.

AWand The FirmBurning Through The Night is wonderfully soothing & melodic. A return to the singer-songwriter days, with songs filled with heartfelt stories that resonate with me. The vocals are unique, and I dig the raspiness in Andrew Waite’s voice. The arrangements rock, and the horns & organ are a delightful. Andrew Waite & The Firm could very well be the next Blue Rodeo!! A band to watch. A band to listen to!! The album is a wonderfully satisfying journey that I plan on taking regularly. I suspect that I will have to make an endless loop as I can’t see myself getting tired of this. Check it out for yourself.

 

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SEDGE-Selective Reasoning

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sedge1So, there is a way cool Toronto band, Sedge, who released ‘Selective Reasoning‘ in August 2015. The pop, punk, and grunge elements of this album are wonderfully interwoven. The songs deliver great melodies, way cool guitar riffs and solos, and dynamite changes & transitions. There are nice harmonies, layered over dynamic bass lines and drums that just don’t seem to quit. The use of feedback is wonderfully reminiscent of psych-rock, while the bridges, choruses and hooks are delightfully pop.

sedgeThe album is melodic as hell, filled with tracks that  incorporate several genres and themes into 1 song, and make it work incredibly well. Wonderful album. Wonderful band. Favorite tracks: ‘Running For Days‘, ‘On My Own‘, and ‘Up All Night‘ with its insanely good Beach Boys feel. Check it out here and then order yourself a copy or 2. A contender to be in  the top 10 Indie Albums on the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of 2015.

 

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ETERNAL SUMMERS-Gold & Stone

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es1Growing up in Canada, I have spent many, many years wishing, and hoping for eternal summers. Roanoke, Virginia is fortunate to be home to Eternal Summers, who recently released their latest album, Gold & Stone. 10 tracks of uniquely original ethereal pop, that is both hypnotic and addictive.

Unassigned‘ sets the mood with its sweet melody, and cool effects. The changes and dynamite riff of ‘Together Or Alone‘, help deliver wonderful pop sensibilities. ‘Gold & Stone‘ offers a beautiful melody, and way cool vocals. The subtle acoustic guitar es3that flows through ‘The Roses‘, is a perfect counter balance to the great solo, and the dynamite vocals of this wonderfully melodic song. The vocals stand out again on ‘Black Diamond‘, while ‘Come Alive‘ with its effects,  great beat, and cool changes is a wonderfully sweet track. ‘Play Dead‘ , displays some great drumming, while ‘Stars You Named‘ is one of the best dream pop songs I have heard in a long time.   ‘Bloom‘ delivers cool effects, a laid back vibe, and a sweet guitar solo. My favorite track, ‘Ebb Tide‘ is insanely cool. Wonderfully melodic, it delivers great changes, wonderful harmonies, a great beat, and some sweet, sweet guitar.

 

 

es2I am liking Eternal Summers, and I am liking ‘Gold & Stone. Uniquely original, with solid instrumentation highlighted with interesting melodies, and wonderfully dreamy vocals. The sound is infectious, with a way cool 1980s Brit Pop/Wave vibe throughout. Sort of Modern English meets Kate Bush. The songs are well written, but the beauty is in the simplicity. The subtlety. Nothing hits you in the face here, but rather envelopes you like a warm blanket in the cold of winter. Definitely one to consider for the I Can’t Believe My Earz‘s 2015 Indie Album Of The Year. Check it out for yourself. You can listen and purchase all of Eternal Summers music at: http://eternalsummers.bandcamp.com/ and follow them at:  http://facebook.com/eternalsummers

 

 

 

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MIRON -Lacrimosa

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miron2Toronto hard rockers, Miron,  released ‘Lacrimosa‘ in April 2015. The album, out on Melodic Revolution Records, contains 10 songs that are fueled with blistering guitars, driving rhythm tracks, and wonderfully melodic vocals. The album opens with some very cool choral vocals, reminiscent of progressive rock, and dives headlong into high octane rock. The riffs are amazing, woven through beautiful harmonies, dynamite changes, and way cool effects. Check out the effects on ‘Nightmare‘, and ‘If Heaven Had A Window‘, and the powerful vocals on ‘Sonnet‘.  Favorite tracks ‘Keeping My Hands Clean‘, and ‘Behind Enemy Lines‘, with its eastern influence.

 

 

mironThe songs are incredibly well crafted, with changes and transitions that make each  feel as though it could be its own concept album. A wonderfully enjoyable time. This is not just any rock, but a sound that lays somewhere between Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Van Halen, with a 21st century bite. This is MAYHEM rock.

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2014 INDIE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

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With a significant number of quality Indie releases this year, narrowing a list down to 10 albums, worthy of I Can’t Believe My Earz‘  2014 Indie Album Of The Year, was no easy task. There are some honorable mentions: Neverfriend-‘Evolve‘, The Everywheres-‘Habitualism‘, Harbour-‘Grade School Summer‘ & Social Strife-‘With Friends Like These…’.  We listened to them all, and here is our pick for the top 10 Indie Albums of 2014.

 

#10     DRUCKFARBEN————–‘Second Sound’

druck I am not certain why Druckfarben has been a mystery. These Toronto based musicians are insanely talented. It is an impressive work.   ‘Second Sound offers wonderful musical themes in an array of movements that are woven together in layers to create an incredible musical journey. This is way cool arena rock, out of the 1970s, with a 21st century bite. If you like Progressive-Rock, Druckfarben is the real deal.

 

 

#9     THE RED RAILS———-A Living Fiction

theredrailsno2The Red Rails offer ‘A Living Fiction‘, a classic rock sound immersed in blues.  The Ottawa band has a sound that reminds me of Cream meets The Black Crowes. With a 21st century edge. I like it! This is not background music. This is an album you play in its entirety. In your car. While taking a 40 minute drive down a highway. Make sure it is a highway. You cannot drive slow while listening.

 

 

 

#8     THE SATISFACTORS——–‘The Satisfactors’

the satisThe Satisfactors self titled debut album. It rocks from beginning to end with a wonderful garage groove. The songs are amazing. They are wonderfully crafted, and played with a beat that just doesn’t stop. Bruce’s vocals are great. Cool to hear from  Jersey’s Fantastic 4! The bass lines, and  guitar riffs are insanely good, and I like the less is more approach to the drumming.  This is rock ‘n’ roll the way it is meant to be played! This is Rock Til You Drop! This is The Satisfactors!

 

 

#7     SOUTH OF BLOOR——‘The Street’

south of bloorThis Toronto band has re-generated my lust for pop with the release of ‘The Street‘. The songs are exquisite 2-3 minute masterpieces. Their ability to write wonderful bridges and changes has me almost awe struck. The vocals are spectacular. The melodies, wonderful. This album delivers 5 terrific pop songs with alternative rock influences. And it works. A wonderful album. A fun time.

 

 

 

#6     TOXIC MELONS———‘Bus Therapy’

tm ‘Bus Therapy‘ is my kind of therapy. This album by Northern England’s Toxic Melons is inspiring, soul touching, and mind altering. The album plays like a journey through a toxic mind, but that’s ok. The songs are pop heaven, with shades of folk, blues, electronic, and some western influences. This Paul Fairbairn can write songs. The melodies are out of this world, and the harmonies, well, remind me of The Beach Boys. The music is wonderfully eccentric.The album is insanely addictive. It has me singing along and I haven’t figured out all of the lyrics yet!  An amazing compilation of great songs that has been placed on my must have list. Very cool.

 

 

#5     THE MINNOWS———‘Live At The Belfast Barge’

the minnowsAside from Yessongs, Waiting For Columbus and The Last Waltz, I have never been a big fan of live albums, but I have to add this Irish band’s ‘Live At The Belfast Barge to the list of great live albums. The songs are as wonderful as I remember them, and they stand up to the passage of time. The band is insanely cohesive, and the musicianship, extraordinary. I have spent the better part of the year immersed in The Minnows and I can tell you that swimming with the fishes is not a bad thing. This is a must for your collection.

 

 

#4     THE CORSETS———–‘Are You Lonely, Are You Scared’

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Are You Lonely, Are You Scared is a wonderful adventure. Toronto’s The Corsets manage to harness their individual talents into a harmonic whole that is indeed the sum of its parts. Each is easily identifiable, yet needs the other parts to be heard. The energy level is wonderfully exciting, and the songs well, incredibly creative. Add this to your collection. It is that good.

 

 

 

#3     XPRIME——–‘The Album’

xprimeXprime should be big. Hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario, they write incredibly melodic songs with amazing harmonies and unforgettable hooks. These are talented musicians who seem to be having fun with every note played. ‘The Album‘ is a must have album. Give it 4 or 5 listens. At least. Pay particular attention to “To See You Here“, a 70′s pop-folk tune that reminds me of Poco, “Feels Like I’m The Only One“, a way cool song with R & B overtones, and “Early To The Sun“.

 

 

#2     THE AFTER HOURS——-‘Shaken, Not Stirred’

the after hoursI really like Los Angeles’ The After Hours. I am a fan! They cite among their many influences The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Zombies, The Hollies and The Turtles. Is it any wonder their music has wonderful 1960′s melodies, harmonies and riffs?  The vocals and the guitar work stand out. ‘Shaken, Not Stirred captures the essence of 60′s music. The songs are wonderfully written, and demonstrate a remarkable ability to integrate all of their influences into one cohesive and coherent sound. This is a must have album.

 

And, finally, the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album Of The Year for 2014…

 

#1     THE HOT SPROCKETS——‘Brother Nature’

hsBrother Nature‘ by Ireland’s The Hot Sprockets. 13 tracks, and not a bad one to be found. I have listened to this album over and over, and it just keeps getting better. The songs are insanely good. The production, wonderful. These guys can write. These guys can play. The album has a ‘live off the floor’ feel to it. I haven’t heard this much energy in an album in a long time. The Hot Sprockets refer to their music as ‘country dirt”. I prefer to call it Irish Soul! Brother Nature is one of the most powerful albums I have heard in 2014, filled with the unusual, and the unexpected.

 

And there you have it. 10 exceptional albums. The I Can’t Believe My Earz picks for 2014. Give them a listen. Purchase them. Support Indie Music, and Indie bands.

 

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RYAN FITZ-Thoughts And Reason

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rf1It was quite a pleasant surprise to listen to ‘Thoughts & Reason‘,  by Ryan Fitz. I know him as the guitarist/vocalist of the Ottawa area band City Limits. This 4 track ep is quite a departure from the alternative punk sound of his band.

The November 2014 release is filled with wonderfully melodic guitar, often with electric riffs over the more subtle acoustic. There are great vocals, singing heartfelt lyrics, and nice harmonies. The vocal effects are nicely done, and the changes are dynamite. A sort of singer-songwriter side to Ryan Fitz, with personal songs that touch on universal themes, simply played, with guitar and vocals. Nothing else. This guy can write songs. A wonderful change, perfectly executed. I am liking this Ryan Fitz. http://ryanfitz.bandcamp.com/album/thoughts-and-reason-ep

 

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