March 2012 Archives

Olivier Jarda - The Caravan - on Atlantic Airwaves Saturday March 31, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on Olivier Jarda and his new recording 'Good Luck Cartel' - and a concert featuring the the Caravan from our East Coast Sessions series.

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Olivier Jarda was born in Ottawa to Haitian immigrants, but spent most of his youth in New Brunswick where he played drums, bass and guitar for various ensembles, most notably the former Moncton-based group Turnstiles. He moved to Halifax for undergraduate studies, then with a Rhodes Scholarship in his pocket it was off to the University of Oxford in the UK for masters studies. Following that his path lead to Washington DC where he worked on climate policy at a think tank before returning to Canada to seriously pursue a career in music.

Jarda's debut solo LP, Diagrams (2008), which he supported with several UK dates and a cross-Canadian tour in 2009, has been described as "a confident and well-crafted release...Diagrams not only stands up to repeated listens, it demands them." -Wolves Hawks and Kites

His new album, Good Luck Cartel is better than the last. He recorded it in Halifax over the last two winters with Charles Austin at Echo Chamber, and with the help of some very talented friends. What came out was a decent representation of some decent songs. His new band consists of Nick Wombolt, former drummer for Jimmy Swift Band, Devin Ryan, former bass player for Krasnogorsk, a cellist, a keys player, and a backup singer. Jarda plays the guitars and sings. The album will be released independently in Canada in April and it will be released on the independent label Jam Jar Records in the UK in May.

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The Caravan is a refreshing east coast hiphop trio whose roots run the gamut of rock ,jazz ,soul and even Appalachian music. Their preference for 'jamming it live' and for using various instrumentalists versus samples creates an energy and chemistry that is infectious and catchy. Kyle Mckenna, Mike Ritchie and Mark Bachynski (Classified's drummer) are the nucleus of the Caravan. They're joined on this show by Phil MacKenzie , Matt Myer (Gypsophelia) and Mary-Grace Koile.

Halifax born and based, these musicians have put their own spin on a genre. "Hip Hop, done our way" says vocalist Kyle McKenna, "We're not from New York, or L.A., we're East Coasters, might as well show it."

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"We influence each other, always trying to improve our sound, while soaking in what Halifax is doing as a whole." - Mike Ritchie (Lead Guitar) The Caravan have never stopped exploring where they can take the music. "We put some Bassoon on our last album with huge violin solos, for Hip Hop, we're changing the norm. Mike's got a whole sound scape going in his head, and we're ready to see what we can produce!" - Mark Bachynski (Drums).
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Dale Murray - Modern Grass - Atlantic Airwaves for Saturday March 24, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on Dale Murray and his new recording Dream Mountain Dream - and a concert featuring the Modern Grass from our East Coast Sessions series.

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A lot of good things have happened to Dale Murray since his days back in the '90s with the legendary Halifax based, indie folk rockers, the Guthries. He's become a sought-after session musician, a solid songwriter, as well as a producer and recording engineer. He's toured and recorded with some of Canada's hardiest road warriors; Hayden, Joel Plaskett, Cuff the Duke, Buck 65, wife Christina Martin, Matt Mays and Blue Rodeo. After a seven-year silence since the release of his last solo album, Brighter Lives, Darker Side, he's finally back with a new one, Dream Mountain Dream. He recorded this one at his newly minted home studio

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The instrumentation is bluegrass, the music is newgrass. With influences ranging from jazz to bluegrass, gypsy to blues, classical and folk, this young group of musicians are melding styles and taking acoustic music into the future.The members of the Modern Grass are Tom Terrell - vocals ,acoustic guitar; Andrew Sneddon- dobro, backing vocals; Donald MacLellan - violin,backing vocals; Adam Pye- bass; and Dan MacCormack on banjo and mandolin. Although the Modern Grass is only a little over a year old, they have already done a cross Canada tour and are in the process of recording their second album.

Here's an interview with the Modern Grass with CBC's Shauntay Grant.


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Paper Beat Scissors - Ria Mae - Atlantic Airwaves for Saturday March 17, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on the debut self-titled album from Paper Beat Scissors - and a concert with Ria Mae from our East Coast Sessions series.
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The brains behind Paper Beat Scissors is Tim Crabtree. He's a musician and songwriter who arrived in Nova Scotia from Burnley, England in 2004 for a one year master's program and has yet to leave. After he completed his international development studies degree, he ventured into the Halifax music scene who quickly embraced him with open arms and it became apparent that Crabtree had a calling and had found the place to pursue it.

Tim had a lot of help on this album, his first full length, recording the bed tracks in Riverport Nova Scotia's Confidence Lodge by Chilean audio wizard Diego Medina, added to at the Montreal homes of Mike Feuerstack of Snailhouse, and mixed by the hands and ears of, Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara. Some other notables appearing on the recording were Rose Cousins, Tanya Davis, Pietro Amato (of the Luyas, and Bell Orchestre) and Sebastian Chow (of Islands)


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Ria Mae's East Coast Session - full audio concert

Brassy and bold, Ria Mae's got what it takes to brave the storm, as she ventures into the depths of her own vulnerability to resurface with strength and clarity. Moody, melancholic and melodic, Mae creates slick pop songs with universal themes of longing, love lost and hearts found.

Mae's natural approach captures the emotive, sonic essence of the 8-track album, with vocals, guitar, bass and drums recorded live off-the-floor. Part confession, part ballad, "Stop. Rewind. Begin." softly swells with memory and Mae pulls listeners, from the dark, into the light with the title track "Under Your Skin".

Immediately following the ECMA nominated album's release, She went on tour across the US, opening for Boston-based singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick. Mae performed as a duo with Margot Durling (harmonies, percussion) for 17 dates, from Buffalo, New York to Nashville, Tennesse, with one Canadian date at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. In October, Mae travelled to New York City for the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and won the International Finalist title, and a showcase at CMJ.


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After the release of her Between The Bad EP in 2009, Mae was coined Best New Artist by The Coast and was nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Award for Best New Artist in 2010. She has shared the stage with Melissa Ferrick, Amelia Curran, Jenn Grant, and Rose Cousins, and showcased at Nova Scotia Music Week, Canadian Music Week and CMJ.

A versatile artist, Mae performed the lead role "Emily," a renegade homeless musician, in Snow, an award-winning film written and directed by Rohan Fernando. Mae's on-screen performance in Snow premiered at California's Cinequest Film Festival and at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2011. Mae's song "Between the Bad" is featured in the movie's soundtrack, scored by Asif Illyas, which won the Atlantic Film Festival Award for Outstanding Music.

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Mike O'Neill - Andy Brown - Atlantic Airwaves , Saturday March 3, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weekends' edition of the program - A feature on Mike O'Neill and his new release 'Wild Lines' - and - A concert from Andy Brown from our East Coast Sessions.
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Mike O'Neill's music career began with the seminal indie-rock act The Inbreds. The duo, Mike on bass and Dave Ullrich on drums, rose to prominence in the early '90s, drawing the attention of the legendary Seattle label Sub Pop as well as the Atlantic Records' imprint Tag Recordings. The Inbreds eventually signed with Tag, toured the world, and made two more records before calling it quits in 1998. In their time together they garnered two Juno Nominations and reached number one on the Canadian national university charts. The bass and drums format helped set the band apart, but O'Neill's songwriting was what made the band relevant to this day. In 1999, O'Neill switched to guitar and set out to make his first solo record, 'What Happens Now' - That record was instantly added to commercial alternative radio stations as soon as it was released - As a result of this exposure, he won the first annual Canadian Music Week INDIE Award for Best Alternative Album. In 2004, Mike returned with 'The Owl' recorded at his home in Halifax. 'The Owl' was unanimously acclaimed and cemented his reputation as one of the country's most respected songwriters. Eight years later, Mike O'Neill has finaly released his pop masterpiece 'Wild Lines'. Each song is approached differently, having sounds that range from the explosion of the noon gun on the Halifax Citadel to the intimacy of a phone call between friends - It has hip hop drums and doo-wop harmonies, but because the production reflects O'Neill's tastes, the songs bear a familial resemblance - they make sense together.

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There are a more than a few great rock acts coming out of Atlantic Canada these days, and Fredericton New Brunswick's Andy Brown is emerging as one of them. Touted as a performer that 'gets into your head and heart', the Galaxie Rising Star winner has a contemporary folk-rock style all his own, taking you on a lyrical journey that transcends a realm torn between love, happiness, and sorrow. His hit song 'Ashes' was featured in season 2 of ABC's 'Rookie Blue', and only a couple of hours after the episode, his song and album landed at #1 on iTunes Canada's singer-songwriter chart and the melancholy love song reached #2 on the chart in the United States. Andy's honesty as a song writer, expressive showmanship, and soaring vocals has made him a fan-favourite wherever he performs, from a quaint theatre in North Carolina to the sprawling hall of Montreal's Corona Theatre. In early February we invited Andy Brown into our CBC Halifax Studio One to record an East Coast Session, and this week on Atlantic Airwaves you'll hear the results of that performance.