Ottawa’s Hip-hop Hippie, Alex Silas, just released a fresh new video for the lead single of his upcoming album. The track is called “This Town,” and is an awesome combination of hip-hop and folk. It is a little more on the folk-country side than some of his other stuff, but it still has that hip-hop and harmonica combo that drew me to Silas. There is definitely a lot of room for some harmonica and acoustic guitar in the hip-hop world and I truly dig it.
Anyone from Ottawa or living in the capital can certainly find familiar landmarks in this video, which is something I like to find in local releases. I love the opening line, “I want to make a record about, where I come from, where I am and where I am going. I want to make a record about growth.” If “This Town,” is a sign of things to come on his upcoming album, Roots, which is scheduled to be released this summer, I am pretty excited. Check out the track below and if you like it, he will be performing at Babylon this Thursday, January 8th during Back to Basics – January Edition with Philly Moves, Alex Silas and the Subterraneans and Eddie Quotez.
We don’t tend to write much about hip hop, which is a fault of ours since Ottawa’s got some pretty talented MCs and producers within the confines of its borders. While this is something we’re hoping to change in 2014, I can start by sharing some new material from one of the city’s most promising and talented MCs, G.Grand. Coincidentally, he also happens to be from my hometown of London, Ontario, where I grew up. Oh yeah, and some guy called Shad is from there too. No big deal.
But, like Shad and myself, G.Grand has moved onto bigger and better things.
Ottawa’s folk extraordinaire Kalle Mattson have just released a video for their new song ”Darkness.” I really like the eerie video for this great track. It has a lo-fi DIY feel that is complimented by the fact that the video is in black and white. “Darkness” will appear on the band’s 7-inch coming out October 1st on Parliament of Trees record. Check out the video below.
WARNING: This video may be offensive to people with a fear of clowns.
This year, we here at Ottawa Showbox are proud to be media partners with the best new up-and-coming boutique arts festival in Canada, Arboretum. Before we deliver full coverage of the festivities, we’re also really happy to collaborate with Jackpine, a new digital media agency chock-full incredibly talented and inspirational individuals, to bring a series of short video features. The first instalment features the co-owner of N-Product, Dominic Coballe, co-owner of Victoire Boutique, Regine Paquette, and artist Drew Mosely. If you’re wondering what that really great song is in the video, it’s called “Thailand” by Ottawa’s own Boyhood.
There will be more videos to come, and the festival is coming up very, very soon. So get ready! Watch the first video below.
Last weekend a bunch of us gathered at Fall Down Gallery for what was to be a hot, smoky music video shoot for The Love Machine‘s new song “Sorry My Dear”. The video is being made with a string of Vine videos, each 6 seconds in length. I have certainly never seen anything like this before, so the end result will be pretty interesting. With lots of confetti and dancing, I think the shoot was a pretty huge success overall. But wait, The fun isn’t over yet!
The Love Machine, along with Dan Rascal Productions, are allowing fans to get involved by submitting a Vine video of their own to be included in the final cut of the video. Here’s how it works:
1. Follow The Love Machine on Vine (handle: thelovemachine)
2. Fans can then download the song segments from the Dropbox link provided
3. Fans can make their own segment(s) and upload it and hashtag it with #TLMvine
4. The segment submitted is eligible to be in the final product!
Now check out the video teaser that The Love Machine just released!
Here’s TLM’s video description:
“We want YOU to create your own vines for The Love Machine’s newest video – Sorry My Dear.
The first thing you need to do is follow this link to a special Dropbox Folder. Inside are all the goodies you will need to create your own segments which we will review. If we like…then there is a good chance it will make the final cut of the video!
In the Dropbox folder you will find 33 Segmented clips of the entire song. We broke the song down into 6 second partitions and filmed each one. Now we want you to pick your favorite segment and re-create it any way you want. We also included the mastered song so you can think about the video as a whole and well….it makes for a nice gift too!
You’ll also notice that each clip has 3 seconds of quiet and 6 seconds of loudness! We wanted to make sure you recorded on the loud part but we also wanted to give you some time to cue yourself up. Make sure you practice and try to get it as rock solid as possible!
Get creative! Do something zany! We accept parodies of your favorite vines, stop motion whatever whatever!
Once you have your segment finished, don’t forget to tag them so we can see them.
The following was posted by Ottawa pop-punk band The White Wires‘ Facebook page, and it’s awesome. Notice Caylie of Boyhood filling in for Allie Hanlon on drums?! The sound is totally muffled, but the party is all there.
After 4 days, and nearly 100 bands, this year, on the Saturday night of the Ottawa Explosion, at about 2am, some of Ottawa’s finest thought it would be a really good idea to have an after party in Phil’s house…and to get the White Wires to play. Obviously, we agreed. Even though Allie couldn’t make it from California, we got Caylie to fill in on the drums.
At 3am, about 200 people showed up to Phil’s house. and Phil’s house turned out to be an apartment. We did 2 song sets to make sure we could cram it all in. Robot’s Everywhere played 1, the Mandates played 2, and then the White Wires played 1.5 songs.
I’m not kidding, it was hilarious! So much fun. This one will be with me forever. Here’s an idea of how crazy it was!!!
Last night Ottawa indie folk-rock band Little Stella released their new video for their song “Bluff” at the Herd Magazine Issue 03 launch party. With the help of Jack Pine Studios, they got together a great cast of locals to bring this song to life. Little Stella is featured in the magazine’s third issue (written by yours truly) and played a short but sweet set at Mercury Lounge where the crowd was already warmed up from an explosive performance by hip hop madman Jesse Dangerously. They showed the new video before their set, and was greeted with warm praise from the full house upstairs. It’s really exciting to see guys like these make big leaps, and their hard work and dedication shows when they get up on stage. Once again, the Herd Mag release was a huge success! Check out the video below.
Ottawa synth-pop supergroup Silkken Laumann has released their third single from their upcoming album Not Forever Enough, due out this summer. The band, which consists of Acorn frontman Rolf Klausener, local music genius Adam Saikaley, and resident beatmaster Pat Johnson, has been slowly putting out new material and playing shows here in the underground dancenight and DJ scene over the last year. The new track is a great listen, as it pulls from some of Klausener’s creative forces inspired by elecro and dance music. He and his multitalented best friends in Silkken Laumann are building anticipation to their album release, as the three tracks released thus far experiment with different sounds and techniques. Check out the video for the track, which was mixed by Jarrett Bartlett.
Yes, more new music. Last month Ottawa’sRoberta Bondarreleased a teaser video for the first new single from their upcoming full-length release from Bruised Tongue. The song itself is filled with moments of hectic intensity from the band and bellows from frontwoman Lidija Rozitis that provide the perfect preview of what to expect from the new material soundwise. The video was shot on location at the Kichissippi Brewery, and it uses some pretty interesting techniques by Hard Science that I fully do not understand… hence why I’m not in video production. But it really works especially given the nature of RB’s music, which involves a lot of experimentation with sounds, effects and instrumentation. RB will be releasing the album digitally and on cassette March 22, and have planned a shindig to celebrate the release on that night at Cafe Alt on campus at Ottawa U. Cheap beer, good music. Sounds good to me.
Here’s the video and some details about it!
From Roberta Bondar’s upcoming release on
Bruised Tongue (bruisedtongue.com)
!!! AVAILABLE ON CASSETTE TAPE & DIGITALLY: MARCH 22, 2013 !!!
Filmed in one take on January 5, 2013. Performed live and featuring live CRT video feed manipulation.
Directed by Travis Boisvenue.
Concept by Arturo Brisindi (Hard Science) and Travis Boisvenue.
Live video manipulation performed by Hard Science.
Here’s the latest teaser from one of Ottawa’s most dynamic, talented and intense acts, Roberta Bondar. The video features drummer Tyler Goodman and a preview of Night Danger, but not much music to please our ears until new material from their upcoming album comes out in the near future. Roberta Bondar is coming off a huge opening performance for The Acorn at the Black Sheep Inn on January 25, where they blew the sold-out crowd away with permeating music that could be heard throughout all of Wakefield. The video is directed by Travis Boisvenue.