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MEAN CREEK-Best of Mean Creek

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2015 by TheManicBlogger

meancreekIf what I read is in fact true, I am very sad to hear that Mean Creek has disbanded. The Boston rockers have released a wonderful compilation album recapping an incredibly prolific career that spanned 10 years. A sort of Mean Creek swan song! Released in June 2015, Best of Mean Creek contains 15 tracks, 2 which have never been released, and the rest taken from albums I have been listening to for years. If you haven’t heard Mean Creek before, this is a must have album for your collection. Wonderfully rock, with a 1980s New Wave vibe, mean creeklike Springsteen meets Talking Heads! Insanely good songs, with wonderful riffs, catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and beautifully orchestrated harmonies. I heard organ, fuzz bass, mandolin, tremolo, and some incredible changes. Favorite tracks include ‘Anxiety Girl‘, ‘Young & Wild‘, ‘My Madeline‘, and ‘Do You Know?‘. Do yourself a favor and at least stream the album. You can purchase it at a “name your price” offer, with all proceeds being donated to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund for the families & victims. A great band. A dynamite album. A wonderful cause. No way you can go wrong. Despite being a compilation, may just be on the short list of the I Can’t Believe My Earz Album of The Year for 2015.

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CMW 2015-Losing My Head With The JAPANESE TONGUE SISTERS

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cmw2So, I sat down with Sophie Rodgers & Tom Cecins of the Australian band Japanese Tongue Sisters, on a sun soaked patio on Queen St.W. during Canadian Music Week.

We talked about their upcoming EP release which surprisingly was recorded in Portland, Oregon. Quite a long way from Perth, Australia. It seems that JTS was impressed with producer Kris Crummett, who they had met in their former band We Are The Emergency. So, while they were vacationing in the USA, they bounced over to Portland and recorded the album. There was talk of the emergence of the JTS sound, a far cry from the punk-metal music of We Are The Emergency. Tom identified that they were more or less ‘hired guns’ in that band, and in JTS, they are the driving creative force. I asked them about a review by a Perth writer who stated that their music had a chilled vibe. Tom almost instinctively informed me that chilled vibe was Australian for ‘really fucking good’.

jts3The band uses an wide array of instruments, ideas for which arise in the writing process and in the studio. They do however, have plans to introduce a harp into their work. Now I am intrigued! JTS talks about their songs as “dressed up simple songs”, identifying them as being stripped down to basics, with layers added. Sophie adds that the inspiration for the songs come from personal events for her, while Tom is more of a storyteller.

Currently, Tom is listening to Australian singer/songwriter Sia, and Sophie, well, she has been listening to Bruno Mars. And other pop artists. And Hip Hop. Their musical interests are quite varied, with both of them agreeing that the albums they would take on a desert island would be History by Michael Jackson, Takk by Icelandic band Sigur Ros, and Bon Iver‘s Bon Iver.

jts2We talked about the Australian music scene, and I was informed that JTS have moved from Perth to Melbourne. The reason? Primarily because Perth is so very isolated. Sophie identified that many touring acts bypass Perth as it is so far away from the East coast cities. It was added that Perth does have its own thing going on, which is not surprising, I mean Perth is the home of INXS! Tom & Sophie are planning on tackling Melbourne and the East coast Australian scene head on. Playing as many gigs as they can in advance of their EP release, and continuing to evolve as songwriters.

jts1Sitting down and talking with The Japanese Tongue Sisters was definitely a Canadian Music Week highlight for me. They are delightfully laid back, and wonderfully cool people. Their music is brilliantly poignant, a rhythm & blues feel with layers of strings, piano, synthesizer, and guitar, and insanely good harmonies. It is this intricate layering of instruments that creates the signature ambient sound of The Japanese Tongue Sisters. The music is excitingly emotive. This is avant-garde ‘Roo Pop‘ at its best! I am a fan!  I am eagerly waiting for the release of the album, and in the meantime, I will continue to listen to their single “Lose My Head“.

 

 

Check out their facebook page for updates on the album release and where to see them live.    https://www.facebook.com/japanesetonguesisters

 

 

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