Super-late post. I know, I know… mea culpa. But I went digging for a couple of songs I’ve had in the back on my head for a while.
Just a brief FYI/self-promo before the music: I’m playing a solo gig under the name From France at Aspetta Caffe in Kensington Market at 8pm this Saturday, Sept. 20. Just me, a guitar, and a microphone. Lord help us all…
Back to the regularly scheduled programming:
Demarest – Heart of Gold
This cover of the Neil Young classic first came to my attention in the trailer for last year’s Out of the Furnace, and it took a while to track down. I thought it was Sarah Barthel from Phantogram, but the official listing says the artist is Demarest. Whatever. Here it is, finally.
Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone
This is too weird to be pop in its purest sense, but it’s still pop. Except that it’s not. But it’s dressed up as pop. Is this making sense yet? No? Have a listen.
Serena Ryder & The Beauties – No Air
Another cover, this time of a song you might be more familiar with as originally performed by Jordin Sparks and woman-beater Chris Brown. This one’s slower. Side note: That’s not Serena Ryder in the video.
Bonus video: The Rural Alberta Advantage, Live at Massey Hall
On the one hand, the spacious stage looks awesome in this black and white video. On the other hand, I have a general dislike of seated concerts, feeling they rob any show of energy. Still, this looks great, and the RAA perform two songs previously featured on HTF; Tornado ’87 at 11:20, and Terrified at 18:31.
Have a great week, and maybe I’ll see you in Kensington on Saturday.