Ear balm

 

I’ve been very busy lately ; moving back to my dear hometown, starting a new-old job, hanging out with friends I had not seen since forever (4 months pretty much feels like forever)…Well, if anyone other than Marie-Michelle noticed that I haven’t been writting here, I appologize! Now, I’m back!

I simply want to tell you about a few songs I can’t get enough of.

1- The Gaslight Anthem – 45
The Gaslight Anthem’s brand new song, 45, is totally delicious! I think that I could have listened to it for my whole 13 hour ride back home. It sounds a lot more like the songs we heard on the “59′ Sound” album.

2- Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out
I discovered Florence + the Machine a couple of months ago. Yes, I am very late, but I do love her music.

3- The Vaccines – If You Wanna
I’ve had this song on my iPod for a while and I’ve started listening to it abusively lately. You should try too.

4- Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
Thanks to my dear friend Karine, this band rocks! They’re gonna play at Osheaga festival this summer, can’t wait!

5 – Feist – The Bad In Each Other
“Metals”, get it. That’s it!

 

I also listen to The National a lot. Dave Hause never disapoints me. The Black Keys every morning on my way to work. Jimmy Eat World in every playlist I make. If you ever want to share what you listen to with me, feel free to email me at r@coloursandbeyond.com, I’d love to discover new bands/songs/artists/whatever. Talk soon!

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Ear balm

So here it is ; my review of Charlotte Cornfield’s show!

Last Friday, I went to the Company House with high expectations… and they have been satisfied. Willie Stratton was the first band to play that night. Banjo, drums, a strong and amazing voice, this band has a lot of potential. However, I have to say that, in my opinion, the sound was way too loud for a little venue like The Company House. I wish to see them again, in an outdoor festival or something – somewhere where they would be able to exploit their full potential. As soon as they finished playing, I started being very excited to hear Charlotte. She was so great! She started with the song “Big volcano, small town” and she did a cover (or 2, my memory can’t get any worse) of Sam Cooke’s songs. She is talented, funny & smart, and I am glad I discovered her and her music! She also explained that Halifax is special for her since her parents met while working there, for the CBC.

Highlight of the night : when she said “Get your poop in a group”.

If you have a chance to get her new album Two Horses, don’t hesitate, you won’t be disappointed.

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Yesterday, I discovered a lovely Canadian artist : Charlotte Cornfield

It’s kind of surprising that I’ve never heard of her since she has had a number of shows in and around Montreal. I was looking for exciting things to do in Halifax this weekend – on thecoast.ca – and I found this : “Fri. April 27, 8:30 PM, Charlotte Cornfield w/ Willie Stratton : Folk lovers unite, these guys have got stories to tell and hearts to melt.” Try to find something that isn’t appealing in that? I listened to a couple of her songs and I can easily say it made my day! I can’t wait to hear her tonight at The Company House. Next week, don’t miss my review of the show! For now, check her out, she’s great.

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Album review

Feist – Metals

Since I’m still stuck in Nova Scotia for the next 3 weeks, I figured I would do my first album review on an artist who comes from here. Yes, amazingly talented – and good looking – Leslie Feist comes from Amherst, Nova Scotia.

I’ve always been a big fan of Let it die and The Reminder, but I have to say that Feist’s new album, Metals, didn’t disappoint me at all. In my opinion, it’s a little less pop than what we are used to hearing from Feist but her main themes are still the same : love&life. I particularly love the album’s first song : The bad in each other. As much as I thought that Feist’s music was made for sunny days – think about Mushaboom or 1234 –Metals is made for rainy days, which is perfect for the Maritimes, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

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New column: ear balm

 

Hi there, my name is Roxane Gagnon and I’m proud to collaborate on this amazing blog. I’ll write a music column – as often as Marie-Michelle wants me to – and I decided to name it “Ear Balm”.

Why “Ear Balm”?! It’s quite simple. There are two things that are absolutely essential to my well-being ; music and lip balm. Then, I started thinking and I thought ; music is like ear balm! I have to say that it took me 1 minute-ish to come up with that name, so don’t hate, I like it. Good music is also kind of a head/heart balm too but eh, I could only choose one name so there it is! Now that you know why I chose this name, I hope you’ll read my column, and if I’m lucky, you’ll also enjoy reading it.

 

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Mixtape morning

 

1. Laura Marling – What he wrote
2. Maria Mena – Nevermind me
3. Joshua Radin – One of those days
4. Matt Costa – Astair
5. Regina Spektor – Hero
6. The Decemberists – Dear Avery
7. Rachel Yamagata – Be be your love
8. The Damnwells – Heartbreaklist
9. Maria Mena – Just hold me

 

Looking by the window, these might be perfect for today’s playlist. They would be even better wrapped up in my blanket all day. I don’t feel like going out in that windy rain.

 

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Mixtape morning

 

1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The stable song
2. Iron & Wine – 16, maybe less
3. Ray Lamontagne – Let it be me
4. Band of Horses – Boat to Row
5. Anchor & Braille – Introspect
6. Angus and Julia Stone – Paper Aeroplane
7. City & Colour – Waiting
8. Bon Iver – Flume
9. James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the morning, I’ll come calling

 

 

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Mixtape morning / 1

 

1. Nikola Sarcevic – Vila Rada
2. Anna Charon – Run & hide
3. Michael Stipe – In the sun
4. Counting Crows – Waiting for you
5. The weepies – World spins Madly on
6. Anna Nalick – Wreck of the day
7. Great Lake Swimmers – Where in the world are you
8. Angus & Julia Stone – Silver coin
9. Pink Floyd – Wish you were here (of course.)

 

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Well, Hello!

You’ve now reached the end of my blog.
I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I loved filling it with lovely things from my life.

Come back soon,
There’s plenty more to come !

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