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Matthew Good’s First World Problems

Posted by cristóvão On November - 10 - 2011

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the latest internet meme, “First World Problems”. If not, it’s basically a collection of trivial complaints like “My parking spot is too far from the door” or “I’m bored of all the food from the restaurants close to my work” or “My smartphone changes “lol” to “LOL” making me sound overexcited.”

First World Problems are everywhere; I’ve been hearing it referenced on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, it’s a popular hashtag on Twitter and there’s even a dedicated web site called White Whine.

But how did this all start? Where did it come from. Well, my wife and I were wondering that just the other day and when we did a quick Google search, we found an interesting bit of information, and timely to boot. According to Know Your Meme, the term First World Problems first emerged as a lyric in a Matthew Good Band bonus track titled “Omissions of the Omen”, found on the 1995 album Last of the Ghetto Astronauts. Listen below;

Pretty interesting that we found this out so close to seeing Matt in concert here in Calgary this weekend. Wouldn’t it be great if he actually played this track? I’ll tell you one thing for sure though, I really hope he plays “While We Were Hunting Rabbits” or I’ll be really, really upset.

See what I did there?

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Yes, you read that correctly! The Off the Dial podcast is back after a lenghty hiatus. If you’ve been following us for a while, thank you for waiting so patiently for me to resurrect this and if you’re new to the fold, welcome to our little podcast.

You can click below to listen to the podcast, you can subscribe through iTunes, you can download it directly or subscribe to our RSS feed. Plenty of ways to check it out. Here’s the details of the artists on this episode;

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Video of the Day: Mastodon ~ the Hunter, Visualizer

Posted by cristóvão On September - 20 - 2011

This isn’t like any other Video of the Day, this is 53 minutes of Mastodon‘s new album, the Hunter, in it’s entirety. A full week ahead of it’s release!

Now, online streaming the week before a new album’s release isn’t new, it’s pretty much the norm these days. However, Mastodon have kicked it up a notch by posting it as a YouTube video with visual accompanyment which really matches each song to a tee. I especially love how the firs track, “Black Tongue” shows the artist creating the physical statue of the demonized looking horse’s head that appears on the album cover out of wood. It’s fucking rad!

This will be the fifth full-length studio release from the Atlanta pr0g-metal outfit and first since 2009′s critically acclaimed Crack the Skye. the Hunter wil be available through Reprise Records on September 26th in the U.K. and the 27th here in the U.S. and Canada.

Pre-order Maston‘s the Hunter here!

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Song of the Day: Childish Gambino ~ “Bonfire”

Posted by cristóvão On September - 20 - 2011

Following the cast of Community on twitter has paid off for me today.

Danny Pudi (who plays Abed on the show) posted a tweet and a photo that he was “Bumpin to Childish Gambino‘s “Bonfire”".

Now, if you don’t know, Childish Gambino is also known as  Community cast member Donald Glover (who plays Troy). Glover is a man of many talents. He’s not only an actor and (if you haven’t gathered by now) a rapper, but he’s also a writer (who started out working with Tina Fey on 30 Rock, as you’ll hear him referene in some of his tracks) and a stand-up comic.

Childish Gambino has put out five releases including an EP earlier this year featuring the track “Freaks and Geeks”, which is fantiastic. So, hearing that there’s a new CG track made me run over quickly to his SoundCloud site to give it a listen and it was SO worth it. Click below to hear for yourself.

Bonfire by Childish Gambino

Community, which also stars Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown and Ken Jeong, returns for it’s third season this Thursday on NBC.

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Song of the Day: Gallows ~ “True Colours”

Posted by cristóvão On August - 30 - 2011

August is just about done. The European festival circuit is winding down. Kids are getting ready to go back to school. Hurricane season is in full swing and in some parts, summer is singing it’s swan song.

So, what’s next then (and what the hell was that all about)? The departure of Frank Carter from Watford, England’s Gallows was a blow to many fans but the fact that the remaining members vowed to carry on gave us some hope. Then news came that St. Catherines, ON post-hardcore act Alexisonfire split with Dallas Green focusing exclusively on his solo project City and Colour. There was also rumours that guitarist Wade MacNeil was set to take this new-found free time to become the new singer for Gallows.

That rumour proved to be true as the news was made official shortly afterwards. Since the group were already working on new material for their next album, they made quick work of completing and releasing a track featuring MacNeil. Over this past weekend, they announced that “True Colours” would debut on Daniel Carter‘s BBC Radio 1 program Sunday night. Yesterday, they made it available on their web site as a free download. Click below to hear it right away while you follow that link to download it.

It’s badass and I can’t wait to hear more!

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Album Review: SPIN’s Tribute Album ~ Newermind

Posted by cristóvão On July - 19 - 2011

SPIN Celebrates Nirvana’s Nevermind With Free Tribute Album

Written by: Chris Andrade

On September 24, 1991 the release of Nirvana‘s Nevermind changed a generation. To think that that was twenty years ago is mind boggling. Yet whether you want to admit it or not, that album still holds true to this day and that’s proven when you speak to any number of artists who cite it’s influence, many who were mere thoughts in their parents mind, let alone toddlers.

That’s why it’s no surprise that someone decided to put together a tribute album to mark the 20th anniversary. Today, SPIN Magazine released Newermind, a track-by-track cover of the seminal album. Featuring artists like Meat Puppets, the Vaselines, Surfer Blood, Titus Andronicus, you can download it from SPINs facebook page for the low low price of free.

As I listened to the album today, I decided to do somewhat of an album review on our Twitter account, something I’ve never done before (and maybe I’ll make a new feature…maybe). All told, it’s an interesting listen. There are misses (really Midnight Juggernauts, what’s with the helium vocals on “Come As You Are”), head scratchers (I both hate and like Foxy Shazam‘s take on “Drain You”) and true-to-form recreations (including Titus Andronicus‘ “Breed”, Surfer Blood‘s “Territorial Pissings”, Telekinesis‘ “On a Plain”).

I was very happy to see that “Endless Nameless” was given a treatment (and it was done well by EMA), I still can’t put my finger on who Butch Walker _ the Black Widows sound like on the clap-happy version of “In Bloom” but the real story here is how blown away I was by Charles Bradley _ the Menahan Street Band. Sounding like two parts Black Keys, two parts James Brown and a hint of Cee-Lo Green, this total re-invention of “Stay Away” is the freshest cut on this tribute album. If nothing else, this track alone makes this tribute album is worth the bandwidth and time.

Universal (parent company of DGC who originally release Nevermind) are planning a deluxe anniversary edition which reportedly will feature a 4CD/1DVD set including B-Sides, a live concert and more, arriving on September 19th.

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Marc Maron Speaks With Henry Rollins

Posted by cristóvão On May - 11 - 2011

Recently, I started listening to some “comedy” podcasts including the Joe Rogan Experience and WTF with Marc Maron. (For the acronym deficient, that’s What the Fuck.) I put “comedy” in quotes because, although both Rogan and Maron are comics, their podcasts, although containing lots of funny stuff, are more about talking. Rogan’s, is really about discussing with his guests what’s going on, often while high as fuck while Maron is refreshingly an incredible interviewer.

Although this episode is a few months old (it originally appeared in January 2011), this one is particularily awesome. Maron speaks with Henry Rollins about how punk rock saved his life, his strained non-relationship with his father, the death of his friend Joe Cole, the sad state of society and much more. It’s a fantastic interview and well worth the hour-plus time. Click below to listen;

You can hear more great interviews on WTF. I recommend checking out the Louis C.K. and Kevin Smith, both interested listens! You can find WTF on iTunes, in both iPhone and Android apps or on his web site.

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Record Store Day, the Foos Edition

Posted by cristóvão On April - 16 - 2011

Written by: Chris Andrade

Today is record store day! If you haven’t gotten out already, you have missed out on some great opportunities but that’s the beauty of vinyl; you never know what you might come across that will make your day.

This being Foo Fighters week here at OtD, I thought it prudent to focus solely on their RSD specific release but if you’re going to head out and find some rarities, keep in mind there are releases from Pearl Jam, Manchester Orchestra and so many more to be had out there.

For this year’s RSD, the Foos have released a limited edition vinyl titled Medium Rare. It features thirteen cover tunes from the likes of Wings, Cream, Prince, Gary Numan, Gerry Rafferty, the Ramones, Pink Floyd (among others) that have been previously released plus two new covers of Thin Lizzy‘s “Bad Reputation” and the Zombies‘ “This Will Be Our Year”.

Surprisingly, one of Foo Fighters’ previously released cover tunes didn’t make the cut on this record; Killing Joke‘s “Requiem”. You’d think since Dave Grohl sat in on the drums for the British post-punk outfit’s twelfth (and second self-titled) album in 2003 that it would receive special consideration but obviously not.

No matter, check out this BBC performance of the song and if you think luck’s on your side, head out to your local indie record store to see if you can pick up a copy of Medium Rare today!

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Haven’t Heard the New Foo Fighters Yet?

Posted by cristóvão On April - 10 - 2011

Foo Fighters Week is officially here!

All week I’m posting something about the almighty Foos in celebration of their new album, Wasting Light, which hits stores on Tuesday (April 12, 2011).

For a couple of week already, the Foos have been streaming the entire album on their SoundCloud account and it’s great!

So, if you haven’t done so yet, click below to give it a listen. You won’t regret it!

Wasting Light by Foo Fighters

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Switch in style proves a success

Posted by rlatham On January - 31 - 2011

Written by: Rob Latham

A change in musical direction is never easy, but Toronto-based singer/songwriter Sara Giguere has made an impressive debut on the country pop genre with her new three-track EP 3P.

Having moved to Toronto from her hometown of Iroquois Falls, near Timmins, Ontario, in search of her dream of becoming a musician, the 26-year-old now looks to have found a style that fits. The EP shows off Giguere’s flexibility as a singer, ranging from lively, upbeat country pop to mellow, delicate love songs.

Giguere’s undoubted vocal talents are brought to the fore in her switch of styles, which is best portrayed in the EP’s powerful opening track “It’s Not You, It’s Me.” Think sultry, moving lyrics over the top of a lively, upbeat Shania Twain-esque country-style backing and this is a great, catchy get-up-and-dance pop song.

Giguere’s fantastic pop diva voice is shown off superbly in the lively singalong chorus, which can’t fail to have the listener tapping their foot and singing and dancing along.

And, as Giguere explains, the track’s honesty makes it all the more enjoyable. “It was a lot of fun because there are parts of the song that are true and actually are about me not really the person the song is supposed to be about,” she said. “My biggest influence behind this EP was real life incidents and the side of me that is unpredictable and fun.

“The music I’m creating right now is all about fun and being myself. This country/folk with an element of pop style is music that’s true to my heart. I didn’t really choose to go that way it actually just kind of felt natural. With every song I wrote the country part of me became more and more noticeable to the point where I was thinking ‘yeah, okay I’m country!’ and I found myself by writing my own material.”

Second track “Who Needs A Romeo” is lighter and more laid back, but shows off Giguere’s enjoyable, relaxing pop voice. The song is light and bouncy and brings the tenderness of Giguere’s vocals to the fore.

The final track of the EP “You Are” is a slow, warm beautifully moving love song. The light, tender lyrics are brilliantly offset by fast-paced finger-picked guitar lyrics through the verses, before leading into a passionate chorus. ‘You Are’ brilliantly flaunts the flexibility in Giguere’s voice, which deftly switches between delicate vocals in the verses and powerful pop diva choruses.

Giguere’s music is a joy to listen to, and the switch to country-focused style has seen a huge progression in her talents. She certainly has a knack for writing a catchy pop song and her voice, equally adept to beating out the power choruses as tackling tender love songs, naturally fits the country feel of the EP.

Giguere plans to get to work on a debut album later this year and has hopes of going on tour in the near future.

For further information visit the Sara Giguere website at check out more of her music visit

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