Thursday, December 11, 2008

another Canadian musician you should know

One of the great things about this internetz thingy is that people can find you. Granted, that can also be one of the ungreat things about the internetz, but the following is an example of it being used for the purposes of good rather than evil.

Recently I was contacted by Dean Marino, a producer/engineer and self-described studiohead who has done a lot of work with bands like Tokyo Police Club, Born Ruffians, Ruby Coast, C'MON, Amy Milan and such. He also writes and performs his own music under the name EX~PO and has a new album out, called Central Meaner Street, that he thought I might like to hear.

Naturally I agreed. Too much good Canadian music goes virtually unheard, and anyone with a hands-on attitude like Dean, who takes the effort to send out his music into the ether, deserves a listen.

And I'm glad that I did. Central Meaner Street is a good solid album, featuring a really nice mixture of sunny tunes with a slightly Belle and Sebastianesque feel offset by rather more experimental offerings rich with mixed up beats and fuzzy guitars.

The appeal of the catchy tunes on this album grows with repeated listens, and I am happy to share one of them with you. Constant Commuter.mp3 has a delightfully fuzzy and hypnotic feel to it. Think a rather more accessible My Bloody Valentine.

Ruh over at Vintage has also reviewed Central Meaner Street. As an accomplished musician herself, she gives a more knowledgeable and indepth assessment of the album than I ever could. Plus she offers up the song Burn, Burn, Burn, which has a tasty slightly reggae feel to it, for your listening pleasure. Check it out yo.

further info at:
EX~PO MySpace
Film House Recordings


justacoolcat said...

I can't even believe all of the good Canadian music. What are you canucks smoking up there?

mister anchovy said...

I think it's always good to listen to music I've never heard and know nothing about. Thanks for sharing this.

bloody awful poetry said...

You're totally stealing creative juices from every other country in existence, aren't you?

Sean Wraight said...

Isn't it great when terrific music literally lands in your lap? This is really good stuff Barb. And kudos to musicians who realize the power of grass roots support, particularly within the blogging community. Times have-a-changed in the music industry and this is a good example of how the new world should and will work.

Thank you very much for this tip. Amazing potential here!


Allison said...

My word, this new music Friday, my mind is being blown today (email to you shortly).

Thanks for posting this, its great to give the perhaps unknown a shout out.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's not the weed, JustA, it's the crappy weather and mosquitoes. If you can't ever go out, you have to create something instead.

I agree, Mister A. I think it builds new neural synapses or something.

It's our plot to take over the world, BAP, one song at a time.

This is an impressive album, isn't it, Sean? And I love the DIY attitude that is emerging with musicians. It's very inclusive and I think empowering to everybody.

Huzzah for new music, Al! The more we can shout out, the better the world sounds.

Gifted Typist said...

my knowledge of Cdn indie music has flower since happening upon this blog. And here is another bloom

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a lovely thing to say, Gifted! I am pleased that I am doing my minor part to spread the gospel.

Bridget Jones said...

Loved the review! Thanks Barbara!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Glad you enjoyed the music, Bridget.

Karen's Mouth said...

Barb hope it's ok with you - I am going to steal the pic of the album cover and put it on my little blog and link appropriately etc. I just loves me an artisitic rendering of a brain. Can't help it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Kees, I think that's a lovely idea. It is quite a brilliant rendering, isn't it? And I am sure that Dean will be honoured.

Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for the props! I appreciate the link. Tunes from this album come up on my shuffle now and again, and they are a pleasant addition to the daily playlist.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Me too, Ruh. They always make me sit up and take notice.