Spring is almost here, and kids in Montreal are slowly creeping out of their holes, emerging triumphant bearing mp3s that represent the fruits of their 6 months of Seasonal Affected Disorder. The Amethysts aren’t the only ones who decided to throw a new track into the ether this March. Friends (and members) of Adam & The Amethysts have recently released some amazing music on the interwebz. And I’ll be damned if I’m not going to BLOG THE SHIT OUT OF THEM.
Mozart’s Sister is dear friend Caila Thompson-Hannant, whom I used to play with in Miracle Fortress way back when, and whom you might recognize from Shapes & Sizes and Think About Life. She just released this free EP on bandcamp that evokes Prince and Dirty Projectors and great times.
Generalessa is Scott Johnson Gailey, who just so happens to play bass and drums in the Amethysts. He released these lo-fi bedroom pop songs that are sure to please your sensibilities.
Code Pie is Rebecca’s band, and their new album of feel-good pop tunes is killer. Be sure to listen to the single “Operator.”
And they also cover Justin Bieber’s “Baby” which is not to be missed by anyone, please:
You can spot former Amethyst Rory Seydel in this new video for this awesome Pat Jordache song. Pat is a great and talented man who makes filthy arty pop music that I, you, and everyone else rightfully loves, and his band is among Montreal’s current best and brightest.
James Irwin is another dear friend and this song is just fucking brilliant. Plus it was recorded by Pat. He used to play in My People Sleeping (RIP), one of the best MTL bands, with former Amethyst, Katherine Peacock.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to check out the PWYC album Odd City by Ancient Kids, the new band lead by occasional Amethyst drummer Jordan Robson-Cramer featuring me on guitar and keyboards. I’m not on this record though; it’s pretty much all JRC.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, whether or not you celebrate it, here is a love song by the singular and beautiful Ruby Attwood (Tears for the Year) of My People Sleeping. It’s about her boyfriend John who I know for a fact is a very handsome young man. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
The concept for the recording is rather interesting. Here’s some more info about the video/recording:
This video is the first in a new series from A Story Told Well called “Four In The Wild”.
The series will consist of audio recorded, on location, in the traditional 4 track arrangement, but with no post-processing or artificial reverbs/delays. The artist will be shot in 4 different location with 4 different acoustic environments to temper the sound. In the video, no b-roll will be used so that anything happening on screen in the edit will be a moment captured at the exact time of one of the layers.
This recording features Ruby Kato Attwood of My People Sleeping, Yamantaka Sonic Titan and Women With Kitchen Appliances. It was filmed in various locations in Montreal. Let us know if you recognize any of them.
Thanks to Nora Bouazzouni of La Blogotheque for location sound, co-art direction and propwork sanity.
Thanks to Jessie Stein for the wurly.
Thanks as well to Duff Smith for the camera assist.
Thanks to the nice folks at Meet You at the Show for these kind words and nice photos from the Dec 12 concert at La Sala Rossa in Montreal. The show went really well and all the bands were great. Pat from My People Sleeping was a real trooper and played drums on a few of our songs without any practicing, which went well and took things up a notch. Thanks to everyone who came out!
photos by Leanne Craigmyle
More photos at MYATS (scroll down to bottom of article for gallery).
Some live show announcements. Both are really soon!
Sat, Dec 5, 2009 Mew (Denmark) featuring Adam & The Amethysts Cabaret Juste Pour Rire (2111 St. Laurent)
This is going to be fun.
Fri, Dec 11, 2009 My People Sleeping Album Launch featuring My People Sleeping, Adam & The Amethysts, North My Love (Katherine Peacock & Friends), Mountain Man Pat Jordache (Patrick Gregoire) La Sala Rossa (4848 St. Laurent)
My good friends in MPS have come up with a beautiful record so you should definitely stop by to claim your copy and celebrate with all of us. Both Katherine and Patrick are showcasing their new music on the stage as well. It’s going to be a lovely evening me thinks.