The Boiling Point, Feb 16
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The Boiling Point, Feb 16

First off, let me apologize for not airing an audio show last night.

Lots of topics were covered in this week’s episode, and some of them were covered in a Facebook Live stream.  From the handshake felt around the world to the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration, there was no shortage of compelling material from this past week to cover.  Not only were there hot headlines, but there were historic events as well: Prime Minister Trudeau was officially received in Strasbourg for the passing of CETA by the European Parliament- the first of its kind- as an alternative to protectionist politics.  The PM had strong words for critics of the deal and a message of encouragement for supporters: “We can’t understate how important it was to get this deal right,” and “The anxiety people have towards the economy and trade — the worry that our kids won’t have access to the same jobs and opportunities that we had — can be addressed only if we ensure that trade is inclusive, so that everyone benefits.  This agreement … delivers just that.”

As well, the topic of autonomous weapons was looked at, and one Harvard student’s efforts to work with like-minded people to ban them altogether.  For any further updates, tweet to @BoilingPointRL.

Next show will be back to normal, regular audio, and most likely live stream.  Apologies for the mixup!

The Brinks ‘Temporary Love’ Review
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The Brinks ‘Temporary Love’ Review

While their EP came out in December, you may not have heard of the two man duo, The Brinks. Consisting of the Australian singer Scott Mellis and a New York producer, Mark Friedman, the pair are fairly new to the scene and are deserving of some more recognition.

Their title track ‘Temporary Love’ is just one of the 6 that is featured on the EP, but is instantly a favourite offering a chill, smooth listen. With its skillfully put together beats, the songs ebb and flow like a good pop song, but Melli’s longing voice offers an almost melancholy sound that will pull you in for an urban indie feel. ‘Temporary Love’, ‘Stoned’, and ‘Hide Your Love’ give off some early Neighbourhood Vides, and are ultimately the drivers of the EP. Despite being out a while now, it is surprising that they haven’t gained more recognition than they have gotten. (You’ll be hitting the replay button quite a bit.)

Their sound is cool and effortless similar to the likes of Flume, but a more chilled vibe thats almost hypnotic. Stoned has a creep like feel in it’s verus’ followed by a cotagious outcry for a chorus that will undoubetdly replay over in your head well after it ends. It finishes with a modern bluesy collection of sounds strung together to leave a lasting finish. Limit of Deadline is one track of the album that strays from the slow, whispy sounds of the other songs instead offering a high-speed dance track.

Overall, with only six songs, The Brinks provide some good tunes that are an easy listen and are definitely worth checking out. Here is their music video for Hide Your Love it’s cool and looks like you dipped it in a trendy Instagram filter.

If this isn’t a enough to convince you to check them out, a notable advocate for the new indie duo is Pharrell Williams, who featured their single “Hide Your Love’ on his Beats1 show. So give them a chance and you might just be adding them to your next playlist

Album Review: Sound Vs. Lyrics
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Album Review: Sound Vs. Lyrics

Wild Nothing released “Life of Pause” on February 16th, 2016 and has gotten a lot of positive feedback. Jack Tatum, the leader of the band has now released three studio albums along with two EPs. The band formed in 2009 from Blacksburg, Virginia and is now followed by a large indie/dream pop fan base. Four tracks that we believe stand out the most include “Alien” (6), “Adore” (8), “Whenever I” (10) and “Love Underneath My Thumb” (11). The album as a whole seems to tell the story of a romantic lovesick sucker and puts listeners into a complete dream state with the coming together of many melodies that will have you in a trance. It is quite evident that Tatum favors sound over lyrics, as the album isn’t quite relatable at all which is a failing point of the album. The lyrics that are present do the job, however they don’t stick, there is nothing risky about them and therefore there’s isn’t much that jumps out at listeners or has them repeating the album for the next couple days. The sound of the music within the background definitely helps to boost the album, and those who are more into background sound when listening to music like myself, will definitely have more appreciation for this work. The album along with the band itself is comparable to the band Tame Impala in that it allows listeners to submerge their minds, and drown in the sound. I would also relate this album to the style of The 1975 in terms of sound, but the lyrics are not on par. Some criticize that the album is too messy, and least consistent with the band’s former releases. This album is definitely targeted at a niche market of those who really appreciate indie/dream pop music. If you’re someone who enjoy relaxing by immersing your mind into a sea of musical togetherness, we suggest you give “Life of Pause” a listen.

Alt/Indie on Wednesday’s Morning Show

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Alt/Indie on Wednesday’s Morning Show

Good Evening everyone, to all those looking to start their days right tomorrow morning be sure to tune in to Radio Laurier at 9 am. It will be my second show of the year where I will be mixing it up with some great Alternative and Indie hits for the first hour of the show. Also, I will be discussing the Cold War Kids tour, as they just did an amazing show in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall.

taken from anchorshoppresents.com

Taken from anchorshoppresents.com

During the second half of the show I will be taking requests via twitter, so be sure to send your tweets in with your favourite songs that you would like to hear to get you through the morning and that midterm grind, as we all know most of you Laurier students are in the heart of midterm season.

Cheers!

Richard Garvey ‘Where Fools Gather’ Review
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Richard Garvey ‘Where Fools Gather’ Review

Making a wave in Canadian music with his new album ‘Where Fools Gather’ released on June7th, Richard Garvey is one to look out for. Originally from Kitchener, Ontario Garvey is giving Canada someone to root for, offering musical serenity with his soulful voice.

His latest collection of work, is an easy listen, something to play with your windows down driving as the summer breeze ripples in time with the soulful smooth sound of his voice and eclectic use of instruments. At times his voice slips into an almost whisper, as if he is singing these lyrics directly to you, unleashing his deepest thoughts in an almost dream like manner. In particular the track titled, ‘Abagail’ does just this, the variety of instruments in unison with voices provides an almost lackadaisical listening experience.

A specific standout on the album is ‘ Right or Wrong’, whether your directly connect to what he is singing in the song or not, his deliverance make you feel as though you have. His gentle voice and careful articulation of lyrics, provide the song with a haunting feeling of the regrets we make in life that many can connect to. This song is undoubtedly one of the best on the album.

Although, Garvey does not limit his range to be just that of songs to close your eyes to but also ones to tap your feet to. With specific tracks like ‘Wagon Wheel’, and ‘Run the River’ he provides listeners with a satisfying variety of sound. His sound is similar to the likes of Mumford and sons and Ben Howard, and has even been compared to Pete Seegar and David Francey.

‘Where Fools Gather’ successfully accomplishes everything it sets out to deliver with its 14 track list. Richard Garvey proves Canadian music is full of depth, and worthy of recognition. If you haven’t already, check out his stuff and any tour dates he has coming up on his Canadian tour!

Death Valley Yacht Club ‘Live Off The Floor’ Review
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Death Valley Yacht Club ‘Live Off The Floor’ Review

What began as an almost spontaneous decision in 2011 between two Toronto natives, Kevin Mac and Dan Slater, to start a two man rock duo, a la the Black Keys, would eventually escalate to a four piece band now known as The Death Valley Yacht Club with their very own EP, Live Off The Floor, released on May 15th 2015. After a series of name changes, and craigslist postings the group now includes the original members Kevin Mac and Dan Slater with the newest additions of Vik Makker and Chris Prendergast. Despite being a relatively new band they have garnered attention among Canadian music lovers after touring several Ontario cities and venues even playing at the same headlining festival as The Arkells.

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While in the beginning the band appeared to go through various identity challenges in discovering who they were or how they wanted to be known, they finally settled on a sound that they say is similar to the likes of Jack White, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers or the White Stripes. It’s clear in their latest EP ‘Live Off The Floor’ their own musical tastes have dripped into their own sound. In some songs it’s clear the bands attempt to produce similar sounding music, however in some tracks it does appear to come off as trying to emulate their artistic influences rather than demonstrate their own individual sound.

One song in particular of the EP, titled ‘Pheonix’ has a rather awkward moment when the lyrics call for a repetitive and almost random verse of the word “Say” continuously until finally going back to the regular beat of the song, rather than achieving an attempt at a unique and quirky moment, it actually comes off as a little disruptive and awkward.

Another notable song on the EP is the track “Good Time”, rather than a Arcade Fire vibe, the lead vocals by Kevin and the drum series combined with guitar produces a sound very Panic at the Disco esque vibe. Nonetheless it is a very catchy song and is something many people would love to crank up and jam to, it is definitely something to tap your feet to or even play to have a dance party for one in your bedroom.

The track ‘Drop In The Ocean’ offers an opening that one would assume is the beginning to KT Tunstalls ‘Black Horse and The Cherry Tree’ with the burst of “wahoo” at the beginning. However, it quickly turns into the bands own original song that is equally as enjoyable and fun as the previously mentioned ‘Good Time’. Throughout the album the tracks give a variety of interesting and admirable base and guitar solos and even a head banging drum set.

Overall, Death Valley Yacht Club’s ‘Live Off The Floor’ while a little too similar sounding to some of their musical influences, is definitely worth checking out for a fun pop-rock/indie jam. While only being a relatively new band, DVYC with more self discovery in their own sound is on their way to becoming a Canadian favourite and hopefully with more support can expand tour dates across Canada. Check them out!

Also Check out their twitter for all their latest updates! https://twitter.com/thedvyc