Saturday, August 27, 2005

No No No

Everywhere I go I am surrounded by musicians. The artist behind these next few songs is Astral is Annie, who is actually Tanya Coghlan; she happens to have something to do with publishing at what may or may not be a major label. I know how some of you feel about companies like Universal, EMI, and Warner, so let's not get into one of those discussions, OK?

From Tanya: "Overanalyzing was recorded and produced by Marty Kinack and Luke Doucet in my basement a couple years ago. Marty is my roommate and has produced records for Sarah Harmer, Matt Barber and Raising The Fawn. He is also the sound guy for Broken Social Scene, Sam Roberts and Sarah Harmer. The guy is never home! Luke Doucet is a solo artist and also plays with the band Veal."

For someone who claims she can't really play the guitar, these are remarkably good tunes, and as basement recordings, they sound great. A friend of Tanya's had this to say: "Astral is Annie's stark songs are uncomfortably-personal confessions and painful over-examinations of love-gone-wrong. But what else would we expect from the girl who spent too much time in her room with Leonard Cohen LPs." Funny that, she's always so nice in her cute summer dresses. Who would've known?

Astral is Annie - Overanalyzing
Astral is Annie - Obvious Perhaps


Let's flip the switch. Run-Roc Records is all about the electronics and the punk. Well established producers, the guys behind the label (D. McNany and DaveZero) were recording The Rapture's new demos, and have been releasing some excellent - progressive - music in the post-disco-punk-crash.

Jonathan Vance is one of the label's highlights. I posted an older track of his track a few weeks ago, and today I'm hosting a newer one. Through an artist promotions site, I found a one-sheet which documents Vance's history back to the 80's, where he sang in a "highly influential" hardcore band (Moss Icon); one that, evidently, set up the blueprint for what we know as emo-core.

Fuck those one-sheets, alright? Emo-core. Genrification. Anyway, perhaps someone can shed some light on whether it was Moss Icon or Fugazi who were the earliest stylistic example of emo. I was too busy listening to The Stone Roses to pay attention, and the interweb reports seem to be conflicting. [ I know this is a horrible over-simplification, so please, fans of emo, don't get upset at me. ]

Jonathan Vance - Sylvia The Eagle

When not releasing other people's music, the Run-Roc crew are collaborating on projects of their own:

Neutral Mute - Doo-Right
Neutral Mute - No No No

Let It Burn - No No Tremolo (a Run-Roc co-production)


Why do I like 20 Jazz Funk Greats so much? Because they drop shit like this:

Justice - Waters of Nazareth
Brooks - Roxxy (Hot Chip's Mix)


What's up with the gold-flecked, designer-punk styles in Toronto's chic-hop scene? Hehe. Chic-hop.


I am going to wait before posting my Broken Social Scene review. The album is very dense; it needs some time to sink in. My only complaint right now are the 10 seconds of Windsurfing Nation on which k-os appears (and actually says the words, "ghost," "in" and "the machine," in a row without pausing). I know he's friends with some of the guys in the band, but it seems so incongruous to the song; early-90's kitsch.


A good straggler:
Martin Peter - Psychoville