Posts Tagged ‘CBC Radio 3’

A Poster and Some News

August 10, 2009
Festival Poster by Caillin Kowalczyk

Festival Poster by Caillin Kowalczyk

This fantastic poster for this year’s Alder Fork Festival. High school friend, and gifted artist Caillin Kowalczyk put this together for the event.  He made the very first festival sign back in 2000 when it was The Mid-Summer Festival of Peace and Tranquility and he was the bass player for Urban Moon.  You can see more of his work, and even pick some up for yourself, here.

In other Alder Fork related news, CBC Radio 3/New Music Canada has added the band to its featured artist page. Here’s what they had to say about the album:

Hamilton native Peter Snow’s latest CD “The Colour I Remember Most” is an inventive collection of rock, electronic, folk & pop songs that resonate long after you’ve hit the stop button.

Thanks CBC Radio 3/New Music Canada!

For more info about the band and the festival head over here.

Tell Me, Tell Me

April 14, 2009

I’ve got stories galore and a few moves in store

Doug Folkins

King Henry’s Good Times

New episode of The Alder Fork Podcast is available here, on iTunes or over there–>.

It features a fun interview with Amanda Putz of the CBC.  She has been a host on CBC Radio’s Bandwith and Fuse.  She can be heard hosting on CBC Radio 3, and is involved in B.C. Scene in Ottawa.  For more about Amanda check out her bio on the ever reliable Wikipedia.

Featured music is by Doug Folkins and The Mass Romantics.  You can read my review of Doug’s latest album here, and hear Max’s visit to the podcast here.

I asked Amanda for 5 Canadian indie bands we should be listening to right now, and she gave me 6. Here they are with links to their websites:

Said the Whale

Dan Mangan

Justin Rutledge

Meredith Luce

NQ Arbuckle

Jill Zmud

Jenn Grant

This is a great list. Take some time and check these acts out.

An Elephant Never Forgets

April 12, 2009

I didn’t know what a brute I was.

Neko Case

Vengeance is Sleeping

I’ve given a lot of attention to CBC Radio 2 concerts on this blog.  With a couple of CBC Radio 3 hosts coming on the podcast in the next few weeks I thought I would dip into their archive a few times this month.  I’m starting with a recent appearance by Neko Case.  She is playing 5 tunes from her new album Middle Cyclone. I, like most people came to love the decidely retro musical stylings of Neko with her previous effort, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, and her earlier work with The New Pornographers.  She has a classic voice, like the sound of a 1950’s songstress, and plays very rootsy songs.  I have another performance of hers on CD and I may look at it later.  She has been around the Canadian music scene for many years, and although she was born in America, she fits in here just fine. If you are unfamiliar with her work, go here.

This in session appearance is somewhat stripped down to guitar, lead and harmony vocal.  I have yet to hear all of her new album (more of a case of lacking disposable income than anything else) but I certainly hope to soon.  As seems to usually be the case with Case the songs are short and succinct with only one braving the territory beyond the 3 minute mark.  She is such an effortless singer, and to me it seems that she doesn’t need to try to sound incredible.  I greatly appreciate that Case seems to shine in live performance as much as in the studio.  Some musicians sacrafice the quality of their performance when playing life, either through inferior musicianship or being caught up in the moment. Neko Case brings a top quality effort everytime.

As with her previous album, these tracks invoke images of starry nights in the desert and coast to coast road trips.  I don’t think she intends this, but that’s what happens in my mind.  If I was to make a movie about farm life during the great depression I would use Neko Case for my soundtrack.  I’m not implying that her music is depressing, but that it sets the perfect mood for life on the land.

Interestingly, during That Teenage Feeling Case ventures into using chords I’ve never heard from her.  The song has moments of what Leonard Cohen once called “major lifts,” and the guitar travels towards more familiar acoustic indie songs, reminiscient of Joel Plaskett for example.  I comment on it only because it was a surprise to me.

Of the 5 songs in this performance I had only heard People Got A Lotta Nerve.  I was not impressed with it when I first heard it, but this version seems a bit more enjoyable.  I have a sense it might be a song that grows on me over time.  Sometimes I find whole albums are that way, see my review of the latest Verve effort for an example.  Hold On Hold On was my favourite followed by Vengeance Is Sleeping.  The overall performance is a short distraction for a rainy day.

A Sentimental Journey To The Banks Of A Battle That’s Done

April 5, 2009

And the people have gone, to another place.

The Alder Fork

A Slow Lake Before Us

I’ve done a lot of Alder Forkcentric posts in the last few days and I promise that tomorrow I will be back to the usual fare with a review of Doug Folkins new album. Today though I want to announce a new “push” to promote the band part of The Alder Fork. Although it was the catalyst for the blog and the podcast, the musical group has been vastly under-promoted.  Those of you who follow the podcast and podcast know I put a great deal of work into them. So,with the new disc approaching some form of completion I have decided to relaunch the band with a lot more fanfare and effort.  Step 1 is finally creating a CBC Radio 3 profile. Pinstripe Mystery had one, and it’s a great way for an indie band to get on the web, and potentially find their way onto the radio/podcast.  You can hear a couple of new tracks there now, and if you like the group please tell a friend!  I will have copies of the new disc, The Colour I Remember Most, ready to go in about a month.  I will likely be doing some mailings to press people and the like, so if you want to help with that let me know. For now you can hear Piling Snow, A Slow Lake Before Us, The Mountain, The Open Door, and Coast to Coast.

If you go back to the James Clark podcast you will find a brief discussion of the trials and tribulations of promoting a new record as an unsigned act.  It is something he is all too familiar with, despite the fact that his material should sell itself (it’s that good).  He told the story of a radio station that absolutely loved his previous album to the point that it lived on the charts.  But after a change in management he was told that his new album wasn’t going to be played at all.  Fortunately, some stations like Waterloo’s on campus CKMS picked up the slack. Pinstripe Mystery spent a couple of weeks on their charts with our raw disc, Muffin Parfait.

I have one last bit of incredibly exciting news that relates to CBC Radio 3.  In the next few weeks The Alder Fork Podcast will feature both Amanda Putz and Grant Lawrence. I am thrilled to have both of these promoters of indie music on my show.  Stay tuned for more details.