Broken Social Scene are back with their first song in seven years, the first since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record.
‘Halfway Home’ was performed by the band on Colbert last night and the band featured Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg, Ariel Engle, Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars’ Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, David French, and Dave Hodge.
Watch the performance and hear the song in full below.
The song has been added to the Nialler9 New Music Spotify playlist:
I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.
It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.
Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available.
Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album means to me and b) how often I’d listen to it. Each and every one of these albums blew me away repeatedly at some time between the ages of 18 and 27. Each one has something special going for it, something magical that brings me back to it. For that I can only thank the creators of each.
Without further ado, here are my favourite 50 albums from the decade. And remember, you can’t be wrong if they are your favourites.
Oh just Broken Social Scene back together, with Feist, to play ‘Almost Crimes’ and ‘7/4 Shoreline’ live on Jimmy Fallon. Just two of my favourite songs, no big deal. The reason for the break from the band’s hiatus is Arts & Crafts Records’ 10th anniversary bash called the Field Trip festival which will be celebrated on Saturday in Toronto and a compilation of A&C artists collaborating on a song each so there’s Chilly Gonzales x Stars, Amy Millan x Dan Mangan, Broken Social Scene x Years and more. Listen to the comp X below.
It was only last week when Broken Social Scene debuted a video for ‘Forced To Love’. Now, they’re at it again with a slo-mo slap-happy but ultimately happy clip for ‘All To All’
Sebastian Grainger also turned in a remix of the track which won’t be the last remix of ‘All To All’. Each Monday a new remix be made exclusively available for 24 hours through various sites, after which the track will be offered for stream and download at brokensocialscene.ca/alltoallremix.
Broken Social Scene – All to All (Sebastien Sex Legs Grainger Remix)
Oh, post-Bank Holiday blues – death on you. The new Broken Social Scene video helps ease us back into reality with its own distinct unreality 3D scanning technology. The video was directed by MAKAPOON (Adam Makarenko & Alan Poon). In case you missed the band’s other video recently – the fan-made clip for ‘Meet Me in the Basement’, it’s here. Both songs are from their recent album Forgiveness Rock Record.
A mammoth day in which I caught a lot of bands. Here are the highlights of the Friday from Austin.
Local Natives One of last year’s breakout hits of SXSW, this year the LA harmony-heavy indie band returned to the place where everyone knew who they were and wanted to see them again. In that year, as a band they’ve got tighter but if you were at their recent Dublin show you’ll know that already. North America has been slow to catch up on the Local Natives buzz but with their album now officially released Stateside, the audiences were a lot more appreciative of the material.
Mountain Man Three girls huddle around a trio of microphones and wonderful things happen. Amelia Meath, Molly Sarle, and Alex Sauser-Monnig are based in Vermont and their sound is rooted in the North American music of blues, country and folk. Singing all their songs acappella bar one with a guitar, their crystal-clear harmonies are what draw you in as their sweet voices chime in unison. Many of their songs could have been sung in 1920 but still sound fresh to these modern ears.
Memory Tapes Davye Hawk’s solo project is many things: electronic, wistful, nostalgic, Balearic, independent and lo-fi. Live, it’s a much more focused approach; a drummer, a minimal backing track and Hawk playing guitar and singing in a brittle timbre. I would have liked to see more of this show to be sure but I was impressed with what I caught.
I’m giddy like a Japanese schoolgirl about the imminent return of Broken Social Scene. A new as yet untitled album is due on May 1st on City Slang / Co-Op and they’ll be playing SXSW next month which I hope to catch. I’ve fond memories of all their Dublin shows particularly the Temple Bar Music Centre gig in 2006 and their two albums You Forgot in In People and Broken Social Scene are amongst my favourite albums ever. ‘7/4 (Shoreline)’ is one of my favourite tunes ever too.
The new album was produced by Tortoise’s John McEntire mainly in Toronto and Chicago and features the usual guests Feist, Amy Millan, Emily Haines, Jason Collett and loads more. The core group is now Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Sam Goldberg and Lisa Lobsinger. That’s four guitarists, a bassist a drummer and three vocalists. You can read more about the new album in a Kevin Drew interview with Pitchfork.
While Emily Haines is one of the most singular vocalists in indie thanks to her work with Broken Social Scene, her day job with Metric definitely furrows in a less polychromatic landscape to the point that a voice so sweet became so lost in the muddled mix of Live it Out and its occasionally dour rock arrangements. Her recent solo album Knives Don’t Have Your Back (About 20 in blog years – Watch Dr. Blind) was a substantial and ethereal release so it’ll be interesting to see if Metric can take themselves to the next level. Fantasies is released on 31st of March digitally and the 14th of April on CD.
I remember hearing about Broken Social Scene doing a soundtrack last year but never followed up on it. I have my hands on it now and It’s rather good. The film in question stars Ellen Page and concerns her character searching for her little brother (who thinks he’s a dog) in the dark underbelly of a city (Trailer here).