Another wonderful find: Patrick Watson performing outside

Montrealer Patrick Watson was originally trained as a classical pianist. I hear that at the age of 7, he sang in local choirs. Later, he played the keyboard with ska-jazz band “Gangster Politics”. However, he is best known for his recent work with his band (called “Patrick Watson”, as it seems they couldn’t agree on any other name), which won critical acclaim. Personnally, I bought the CDs “Close to Paradise” and “Adventures in your own backyard”, and they’re both great. Smooth and easy listening, especially in the fall or winter seasons.

If you’ve never heard of him/them, I invite you to click on the links below. Youtubers can post such great stuff!

1- The first video is a live performance of “Into Giants”, in some backyard on a sunny day (as a reminder of the album’s title). Great, now I want to have an afternoon drink with friends in my or their backyard. Better get a sweater though this time of year. Jeez… fine, I’ll have some herbal tea instead and put on wollen socks, but somehow it doesn’t sounds as cool or as tempting now.

2- The second video is a live performance of “Man under the sea” in a dark alley in Paris. It sounds creepy but it’s not, it’s a classy dark alley. 😉


La Llorona from Lhasa makes a great gift for music lovers

Lhasa de Sela is an american-mexican artist, who spent part of her life in Montréal’s famous Plateau district. Her folk-gypsy-mexican-soul-“chanson française” inspired music is a wonderful discovery for music lovers. BBC Radio 3 named her best world music artist of the americas in 2005.

“La Llorona”, Lhasa’s first album, is a must. This, and my favorite Nina Simone’s greatest hits album are my two “safe bets” whenever I want to buy CDs to people who ask for a nice musical discovery. When my son was a baby, he’d actually stop crying every single time I put on that album.

I found a live version of “La celestina” for your (and my) enjoyment, and the beautiful “Con Toda Palabra” video.

This artist who left us in 2010 is sorely missed.


We are wolves’ new album is out

This wonderful indie Montréal-based trio has been totally rocking it since they got together in 2000. Their music has been critically acclaimed both locally and internationally (Pitchfork, Spin, and Rolling Stones magazine even mentioned them – not bad for a canadian indie band!). Their music has been described as “electronic-rock”, “post-punk”, and “post-modern rock”, but that doesn’t really tell us anything so I suggest you listen for yourself.  They really do have a cool and somewhat unique sound, even though the guy sings like Ozzy Osbourne (which is fine by me!).

Two of the band members come from the world of visual arts, which is quite obvious from some of their videos, such as the cool “Blue” video (available below). So few choose to film their video in winter, but the light effects are great!

We are wolves’ new CD “La mort pop club” was released last February, so let me start by a live performance of “As the moon sets”, the first song on that album.


A new album for Arcade Fire, so how about going back to…

…Funeral! Since everyone is talking about their new songs, I will gladly take you back to this beautiful debut CD which was like a drug to me. In the early 2000s, I had a radio show at the university and everyone was putting that record on the air. I liked it right away, but apparently, it can grow on you too (my punk/rock/ska/metal loving spouse is really into it now).

By the way, if you buy one or two songs online, you will unfortunately not get the awesome experience of listening to this CD all the way through (artists put in a lot of effort to create an ambiance for their album you know).

Here’s the Neighbourhood 1 – Tunnels video.