One year of #MVOD (Music Video of the Day)

Today marks one year of the feature I do on Twitter (@tmmblog), Music Video of the Day, so far, they are all from artists I like (a few were new discoveries, but I liked what I heard). We shall see what the future brings. this of course just something I do on Twitter, since I like music videos (of the music I like anyway), this blog is the main focus. Here is all of them in one list. Posting this now, however I will post something with links a little later (I will update this post).

Comments are welcome, as are requests for future #MVOD’s.

#365 Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
#364 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Love Rollercoaster
#363 Nicola Roberts – Beat Of My Drum
#362 Sevendust – Waffle
#361 Mos Def – History ft. Talib Kweli
#360 The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – The Golden Age
#359 Ladytron – White Elephant
#358 Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
#357 Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At?
#356 Aqua – Turn Back Time
#355 Minnie Riperton – Loving You
#354 Sheryl Crow – A Change Would Do You Good
#353 Snapcase – Typecast Modulator
#352 Kathleen Edwards – Back To Me
#351 Katie Melua – Nine Million Bicycles
#350 Coldplay – Yellow
#349 Ellie Goulding – Lights
#348 Imelda May – Inside Out
#347 Blondie – Rapture
#346 Elvis Costello – 45
#345 Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
#344 Sia – Clap Your Hands
#343 Janelle Monáe – Tightrope feat. Big Boi
#342 Sick of Sarah – Kick Back
#341 White Lies – Bigger Than Us
#340 Dolly Parton – Together You And I
#339 Rancid – Bloodclot
#338 The Black Eyed Peas – Weekend ft. Esthero
#337 Garbage – Queer
#336 Republica – Ready To Go
#335 The Fiery Furnaces – Tropical Iceland
#334 Beastie Boys – Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win
#333 Eagles of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard
#332 The Aggrolites – Complicated Girl
#331 The Planet Smashers – My Decision
#330 Paramore – Brick By Boring Brick
#329 The Corrs – Summer Sunshine
#328 Saul Williams – List Of Demands
#327 The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
#326 I Blame Coco – Selfmachine
#325 Chiddy Bang – Truth
#324 Daft Punk – Around The World
#323 All Saints – Chick Fit
#322 Primus – My Name Is Mud
#321 Caitlin Rose – Own Side
#320 Yeasayer – Ambling Alp
#319 The B52’s – Rock Lobster
#318 Dropkick Murphys – Sunshine Highway
#317 Soul Coughing – Circles
#316 Unwritten Law – California Sky
#315 Jully Black – Running
#314 Flogging Molly – Dont Shut ‘Em Down
#313 Tara MacLean – If I Fall
#312 The Vincent Black Shadow – Metro
#311 Klaxons – Echoes
#310 Young MC – Bust A Move
#309 Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
#308 Anna Calvi – Desire [Brand new week #7]
#307 Britney Spears – I Wanna Go [Brand new week #6]
#306 Lady Gaga – The Edge Of Glory [Brand new week #5]
#305 Melanie C – Rock Me [Brand new week #4]
#304 Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend [Brand new week #3]
#303 Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights & Early Mornings [Brand new week #2]
#302 Rye Rye – Never Will Be Mine ft. Robyn [Brand new week]
#301 Doc Gyneco & Bernard Tapie feat Assia – C’est Beau La Vie [French week #7]
#300 Cœur de pirate – Comme des enfants [French week #6]
#299 Diam’s – Jeune Demoiselle [French week #5]
#298 Zebda – Y’A Pas D’Arrangement [French week #4]
#297 Ariane Moffatt – Point de mire [French week #3]
#296 IAM – La Saga [French week #2]
#295 Ophélie Winter – Je Marche à l’Envers [French week]
#294 Fefe Dobson – Everything
#293 Magnetic Man – I Need Air feat. Angela Hunte
#292 The Bird and the Bee – Again & Again
#291 Laura Barrett – Robot Ponies
#290 Del tha Funkee Homosapien – Mistadobalina
#289 Sophie Ellis Bextor – Bittersweet
#288 Lissie – Cuckoo
#287 Tegan and Sara – Walking With A Ghost [Duos Week #7]
#286 The Veronicas – 4ever 2009 [Duos Week #6]
#285 Meg & Dia – Monster [Duos Week #5]
#284 Uh Huh Her – Not A Love Song [Duos Week #4]
#283 The Pierces – Secret [Duos Week #3]
#282 Azure Ray – Don’t Leave My Mind [Duos Week #2]
#281 CocoRosie – Lemonade [Duos Week]
#280 Bloodhound Gang – Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss
#279 311 – Beautiful Disaster
#278 Dan Black – Symphonies ft. Kid Cudi
#277 Hafdís Huld – Action Man
#276 Queens Of The Stone Age – Sick, Sick, Sick
#275 System Of A Down – Sugar
#274 Clutch – Burning Beard
#273 Sahara Hotnights – Alright Alright (Here’s My Fist Where’s The Fight?)
#272 Foo Fighters – Big Me
#271 Alanis Morissette – Ironic
#270 Dance Hall Crashers – Go
#269 Magnetic Man – Getting Nowhere ft. John Legend
#268 Jenn Grant – You’ll Go Far
#267 Dizzee Rascal – Stand up Tall
#266 Mobb Deep – Hell On Earth (Front Lines)
#265 Ben Harper – Rock N’ Roll Is Free
#264 Sloan – The Other Man
#263 Sloan – Losing California
#262 Land Of Talk – Troubled
#261 Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead ft. Will.i.am
#260 Lily Allen – LDN
#259 Shania Twain – Any Man Of Mine
#258 Planningtorock – Changes
#257 Florrie – Begging Me
#256 Feist – My Moon My Man
#255 Faith Hill – The Way You Love Me
#254 Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
#253 Shaznay Lewis – Never Felt Like This Before
#252 Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes
#251 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside
#250 Rage Against The Machine – Bulls On Parade
#249 Solange – Sandcastle Disco
#248 Blondie – Heart of Glass
#247 Sierra Hull – Easy Come, Easy Go
#246 Rise Against – Ready To Fall
#245 The Mynabirds – Numbers Don’t Lie
#244 The Sounds – Song With A Mission
#243 The Cardigans – Your New Cuckoo
#242 Emma Bunton – What Took You so Long?
#241 Meaghan Smith – Heartbroken
#240 Buck 65 – Wicked and Weird
#239 The Cardigans – Lovefool [2 for 1]
#238 Crystal Castles – Courtship Dating
#237 Foo Fighters – Rope
#236 Sugar Jones – Days Like That
#235 Lil Mama – Lip Gloss
#234 Regina Spektor – Fidelity
#233 Imogen Heap – Lifeline
#232 Fefe Dobson – Can’t Breathe
#231 Rebekah Higgs – Parables [Girl singers you probably don’t know! #7]
#230 Maria Taylor – Time Lapse Lifeline [Girl singers you probably don’t know! #6]
#229 Orenda Fink – Bloodline [Girl singers you probably don’t know! #5]
#228 Lissy Trullie – Boy Boy [Girl singers you probably don’t know! #4]
#227 Yael Naïm – New Soul [Girl singers you probably don’t know! #3]
#226 Dawn Landes – Straight Lines [Girl singers you probably don’t know! #2]
#225 Miss Li – I Heard of a Girl [Girl singers you probably don’t know!]
#224 Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun
#223 Corinne Bailey Rae – Like A Star
#222 Feist – Mushaboom
#221 St. Vincent – Marrow
#220 Nicole Atkins – Vultures
#219 Jurassic 5 – The Influence
#218 Melissa McClelland – Passenger 24
#217 Sarah McLachlan – Building A Mystery
#216 Sarah McLachlan – Fallen
#215 P!nk – So What
#214 The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
#213 DJ Rap – I’m Ready
#212 Katy Perry – Firework
#211 H2O – One Life, One Chance
#210 Jamelia – Thank you [Contemporary R&B week #7]
#209 Estelle – Pretty Please (Love Me) feat. Cee Lo Green [Contemporary R&B week #6]
#208 Mary J. Blige – Be Without You [Contemporary R&B week #5]
#207 Toni Braxton – Please [Contemporary R&B week #4]
#206 Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart [Contemporary R&B week #3]
#205 Jazmine Sullivan – Dream Big [Contemporary R&B week #2]
#204 Marsha Ambrosius – Far Away [Contemporary R&B week]
#203 R.E.M. – ÜBerlin
#202 Róisín Murphy – Let Me Know
#201 Samantha Mumba – Baby Come On Over
#200 Sick of it All – Death Or Jail
#199 Brake – Melissa McClelland ft. Sarah McLachlan
#198 Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers
#197 Dropkick Murphys – Going Out In Style
#196 Misfits – Hybrid Moments [Punk week #7]
#195 Rancid – Let Me Go [Punk week #6]
#194 Down By Law – Question Marks And Periods [Punk week #5]
#193 Snuff – Iyhf Taidu Leikh [Punk week #4]
#192 Bad Religion – Sorrow [Punk week #3]
#191 Pennywise – Society [Punk week #2]
#190 Millencolin – Story Of My Life [Punk week]
#189 Jenn Grant – Getcha Good
#188 Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me
#187 Kanye West – All Of The Lights
#186 Keri Hilson – Pretty Girl Rock
#185 Orenda Fink – High Ground
#184 Jazmine Sullivan – 10 Seconds
#183 Metallica – St. Anger
#182 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
#181 Radiohead – Sit Down. Stand Up.
#180 Corinne Bailey Rae – I’d Do It All Again
#179 Erykah Badu – Didn’t Cha Know
#178 Emma’s Imagination – Brighter Greener
#177 Save Ferris – The World Is New
#176 The Wreckers – My, Oh My
#175 Tift Merritt – Virginia, No One Can Warn You [Country week #7]
#174 Shelby Lynne – Your Lies [Country week #6]
#173 Allison Moorer – Tumbling Down [Country week #5]
#172 Miranda Lambert – More Like Her [Country week #4]
#171 Jewel – Stronger Woman [Country week #3]
#170 The Wreckers – Leave The Pieces [Country week #2]
#169 The JaneDear Girls – Wildflower [Country week]
#168 Less Than Jake – Does the Lion City Still Roar? [Ska week #7]
#167 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get [Ska week #6]
#166 No Doubt – Spiderwebs [Ska week #5]
#165 Voodoo Glow Skulls – Left For Dead [Ska week #4]
#164 Save Ferris – Come on Eileen [Ska week #3]
#163 Goldfinger – Here in Your Bedroom [Ska week #2]
#162 Buck-O-Nine – My Town [Ska week]
#161 Spinnerette – Baptized By Fire
#160 Face to Face – I Won’t Lie Down
#159 She & Him – Don’t Look Back
#158 P!nk – Fuckin’ Perfect
#157 Tool – Schism
#156 Team Sleep – Ever (Foreign Flag)
#155 Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine
#154 Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi
#153 Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days
#152 Alanis Morissette – Eight Easy Steps
#151 Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Reflection Eternal – The Blast
#150 Bif Naked – Moment of Weakness
#149 Daft Punk – Robot Rock
#148 Karen Elson – The Truth Is In The Dirt
#147 Fiona Apple – Not About Love
#146 The 411 – Dumb
#145 Bloodhound Gang – Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
#144 Incubus – A Certain Shade Of Green
#143 Sevendust – Denial
#142 Robyn – Hang with Me
#141 The Cardigans – I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer
#140 Laura Marling – Devil’s Spoke [Modern British week #7]
#139 VV Brown – Game Over [Modern British week #6]
#138 Elbow – Grounds For Divorce [Modern British week #5]
#137 Charlotte Church – Logical World [Modern British week #4]
#136 Florence + The Machine – Drumming Song [Modern British week #3]
#135 Marina and the Diamonds – Hollywood [Modern British week #2]
#134 The Noisettes – Every Now And Then [Modern British week]
#133 Holly McNarland – Elmo
#132 Amy Winehouse – Fuck Me Pumps
#131 Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out
#130 Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two
#129 Imelda May – Psycho
#128 Faith Hill – Where are you Christmas?
#127 Deana Carter – Once Upon a December
#126 Sia – I’m In Here
#125 311 – Down
#124 The Urge – Jump Right In
#123 Hannah Georgas – Thick Skin
#122 Kathleen Edwards – I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory
#121 I Blame Coco – Caesar feat. Robyn
#120 Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk
#119 Eve – Give It To You ft. Sean Paul [Unreleased week #7]
#118 Olivia – Twist It [Unreleased week #6]
#117 Olivia – So Sexy [Unreleased week #5]
#116 Eve – Tambourine [Unreleased week #4]
#115 Nina Sky – On Some Bullshit [Unreleased week #3]
#114 Rah Digga – Party and Bullshit [Unreleased week #2]
#113 Fefe Dobson – Don’t Let It Go to Your Head [Unreleased week]
#112 The Explosion – Here I Am
#111 Coldplay – Violet Hill
#110 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Catch You
#109 Jamiroquai – Light Years
#108 Robbie Williams – Millennium
#107 Hesta Prynn – Can We Go Wrong
#106 One Day As A Lion – Wild International
#105 Shad – Yaa I Get It [Canadian week #7]
#104 D-Sisive – First Winter [Canadian week #6]
#103 Sarah McLachlan – Loving You Is Easy [Canadian week #5]
#102 Tegan and Sara – Monday Monday Monday [Canadian week #4]
#101 Sloan – Money City Maniacs [Canadian week #3]
#100 Sandbox – Curious [Canadian week #2]
#99 Rush – Closer to the Heart [Canadian week]
#98 KT Tunstall – Hold On
#97 Miranda Lambert – Kerosene
#96 Sade – Soldier of Love
#95 Fefe Dobson – Stuttering
#94 Hole – Celebrity Skin
#93 Pennywise – Homesick
#92 The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me
#91 Britney Spears – Radar
#90 Client – Can You Feel
#89 Dixie Chicks – Not Ready to Make Nice
#88 Laura Marling – My Manic and I
#87 Kathleen Edwards – The Cheapest Key
#86 Simon Wilcox – Mommies & Daddies
#85 Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl
#84 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – The Message [Hip Hop week #7]
#83 Afrika Bambaataa – Looking for the Perfect Beat [Hip Hop week #6]
#82 Gang Starr – Positivity [Hip Hop week #5]
#81 Slick Rick – Children’s Story [Hip Hop week #4]
#80 Eric B and Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique [Hip Hop week #3]
#79 Public Enemy – Can’t Truss It [Hip Hop week #2]
#78 De La Soul – Buddy [Hip Hop week]
#77 Mýa – Fallen
#76 Melissa Auf der Maur – Follow the Waves
#75 The Cardigans – Erase/Rewind
#74 All Saints – I Know Where It’s At
#73 Misfits – Scream
#72 The O’Jays – Love Train
#71 Kid Cudi – Make Her Say
#70 Charlotte Church – Crazy Chick
#69 Beyoncé – Halo
#68 At the Drive-In – One Armed Scissor
#67 Transplants – Diamonds and Gun
#66 Coldplay – Viva la Vida
#65 Sloan – Believe in Me
#64 Jem – They
#63 Olivia – Bizounce
#62 Verucal Salt – Seether
#61 Lissie – Little Lovin’
#60 Rick Ross – Hustlin’
#59 Headstones – Unsound
#58 Ben Harper – Ground on Down
#57 Gardening, Not Architecture – Stop, I Get It
#56 Nightwood – Cave of the Spleen
#55 Eagles of Death Metal – I Only Want You
#54 A Camp – I Can Buy You
#53 Jully Black – Until I Stay
#52 Regina Spector – Us
#51 Public Enemy – Harder Than You Think
#50 Sarah McLachlan – Adia
#49 KT Tunstall – Fade Like A Shadow
#48 Herbie Hancock – Rockit
#47 Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
#46 Alanis Morissette – Hands Clean
#45 Maylee Todd – Aerobics in Space
#44 Thunderheist – Little Booty Girl
#43 Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins – Rise Up With Fists
#42 Laura Veirs – Galaxies
#41 Solange – I Decided
#40 Bad Religion – American Jesus
#39 Sarah Harmer – Pendulums
#38 Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
#37 Annie – Heartbeat
#36 Robyn – Konichiwa Bitches
#35 Social Distortion – When The Angels Sing
#34 OK Go – White Knuckles
#33 M.I.A. – Sunshowers
#32 Rye Rye – Bang ft. M.I.A.
#31 Sick of it All – Step Down
#30 Foo Fighters – Times Like These
#29 Kylie Minogue – Get Outta My Way
#28 Jay-Jay Johanson – Believe in Us
#27 Beastie Boys – Alive
#26 Janelle Monáe – Many Moons
#25 Marina and the Diamonds – Shampain
#24 Sloan – The Good in Everyone
#23 Tegan and Sara – Northshore
#22 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
#21 Metric – Combat Baby
#20 The Be Good Tanyas – The Littlest Birds
#19 Elastica – Line Up
#18 The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die
#17 KT Tunstall – (Still A) Weirdo
#16 Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
#15 Jazmine Sullivan – Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles)
#14 Fefe Dobson – Ghost
#13 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Road Trippin’
#12 Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister
#11 Dixie Chicks – Long Time Gone
#10 Audioslave – Your Time Has Come
#9 Alien Ant Farm – Movies
#8 The Presidents of the United States of America – Volcano
#7 Emilíana Torrini – Jungle Drum
#6 Coheed and Cambria – Welcome Home
#5 Marina and the Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road
#4 Janelle Monáe – Cold War
#3 M.I.A. – XXXO
#2 Urban Dance Squad – Deeper Shade of Soul
#1 Sia – Soon We’ll Be Found

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New Music and upcoming music

Been a while since I have posted a new music post, it is about time! On with the list.

Rebekah Higgs – Odd Fellowship – August 16 (Canadian!)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You August 26

Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter IV August 29

The Kooks – Junk of the Heart September 12

Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know September 12

Primus – Green Naugahyde September 12

Anthrax – Worship Music September 13

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy September 13

The Pack A.D. – Unpersons September 20 (Canadian!)

Tori Amos – Night of Hunters September 20

Blink-182 – Neighrborhoods September 27

Ohbijou – Metal Meets September 27 (Canadian!)

Evanescence – Evanescence October 11

Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto October 24

Miranda Lambert – Four the Record November 1

Release date to be determined:

Michelle Branch – West Coast Time September?

Dido – yet to be titled

Queens of the Stone Age – yet to be titled

Esthero – yet to be titled

Florrie – Introduction EP (EP of the Week!)

“I’m a woman. Not a siren calling.” Indeed!

Florrie has managed crafting quite a pop record, and this is for the most part all by herself! Florrie’s vocals are very distinct, and the all the instrumentation and arrangements just seem to work in her favour. Being a singer-songwriter/drummer, I am not sure if she had any assistance in the songwriting, however she manages to write some very catchy lyrics. And it is worth mentioning that she is without a record label, by choice!

I have been listening to Florrie’s aptly titled debut EP for about a half-year now, and it only keeps on getting better. Each and every track is unique in its own way. From the very start it keeps the listener listening. “Call of the Wild” sounds like one may expect after hearing it, and especially with the lyrics starting: “Want you, need you. It’s the call of the wild. Something animal, more than physical. Satisfy me cos I’m falling apart.” And some howls in there too! It makes for an up-tempo pop song with nicely placed tempo changes. It also has an ingenious bridge with her almost scatting (okay, not really) before naming off times “tick, tock, ten to one”, “tick, tock, ten to two”, etc.

Being a drummer, it is a must to have a percussion heavy track, even though I am not sure if she played the drums on the EP. That song, “Give Me Your Love” was the first song I really started appreciating from the four track EP. The lyrics being very irresistible when sung by her, the song starts: “You’re playing with dangerous” which does not really make sense grammatically speaking, but sounds great! As does “Oh won’t be the one that got away.
You know it baby. Oh I’ve got you hooked this time and predator catches it prey!”

“Summer Nights” is probably the most ‘pop’ song in the more traditional sense of the word. And what makes it distinct is the very obvious kick/snare beat. There are other elements, guitar, synth, and bass starts up after a little while. My only complaint with the EP is maybe the bass could have been a little quieter in the mix. Despite that, the track, perhaps the kick/snare, along with the bass, and guitar snippets give it a small hint of a retro feel, albeit maybe unintentional. Although I did read on Wikipedia: “it’s going to be a big mixture: Kind of a sixties, organic feel merged with modern pop beats and electronics.” And that quote was from an interview with Florrie (see source below)!

“Left Too Late” is the definite throwback track, with synth and drum machine playing the pivotal roles. It actually reminds me a lot of the great old Bronski Beat track “Smalltown Boy.”

I mentioned above how she is without a label, by choice. The reason being she wants to artistically explore without any record label pressure, and find her sound/identity. This is what I remember reading. Read it in more detail at her website (I did not want to steal her words directly, hence not re-reading before writing this).

Florrie has been the in-house drummer for the Xenomania production team out of the United Kingdom, so she has drummer for the likes of Girls Aloud and Alesha Dixon.

And did I mention this EP is a free download!?! Her new EP, Experiments, can be heard for free online, and purchased from the iTunes.

Get it now, at the very least stream it a few times, at which point it will have to be downloaded!

Sources used:
Lyrics – Call of the Wild by Florrie
Lyrics – Give Me Your Love by Florrie
PonyStep: FLORRIE. She Bangs The Drum…

Osheaga Saturday (day 2) review (July 30, 2011)

I started off my Warped Tour review saying how I am a Warped Tour veteran, well, I can start this off saying I am an Osheaga newbie. This was my first time going.

Osheaga 2011 early on with The 222s starting the day on one of the main stages.

Similar to Warped Tour, there are always bands/artists to see at any given time, although not nearly as many as at Warped Tour. That is okay in this case, where quality over quantity rings true.

My friend and I entered a little late, but not late, as we were able to catch a fair amount of The 222s, veteran Montreal glam punks. I cannot say as I know them well, at all! However they sounded good, perhaps not as good as their heyday (since I do not know them that well).

Quite a number of people do enter late, since the schedule is made before hand. At Warped Tour one has to enter the grounds to see when bands are playing (the schedule is made early the day of the event). Toronto’s The Midway State played next to a decent crowd, many of whom were from Toronto!

The Midway State at Osheaga July 30, 2011

[Edit: It would seem I Forgot to hit update (had a duplicate of the first pic for a little shy of a day!)]

Next was Oh Land, the Danish chanteuse, now on her second release (Oh Land), also her North American breakthrough. We watched her entire set. She provided quite the stage presence with what she was wearing!

Oh Land at Osheaga July 30, 2011

And for the most part the show was quite enjoyable, although it felt lacking a little. I noticed during her rendition of “Son of a Gun”, it did not quite feel like it had the zest of the recorded version. I did like how it started, with the percussionist playing the electronic drum, slowly raising either the volume or pitch, till it was obvious as to the song about to be performed! Do not get me wrong, I still very much enjoyed her, as I have listened to her debut a few times, and it makes for a good listen. I think her career can certainly be a promising one. “White Nights” and “Voodoo” were a couple of other songs that were very enjoyable live! On a sidenote, prior to the set starting, as they were still finishing soundcheck (there is only so much time between acts on each stage), they really tested the woofers, we were close by, and it literally shaked our insides! Luckily they were not on full during the set, as more than earplugs would have been necessary!

The day could not have been any nicer, sunny, with the sun hiding behind the clouds briefly now and then providing some well needed respite from the excess heat. And for those not familiar with Osheaga, one of the side stages is the “Tree Stage”, so literally it is among the trees, which provided a nice shaded venue to see performances!

Three Canadian acts were playing at almost the exact time slot, Montreal’s Braids, Newmarket’s Tokyo Police Club, and Vancouver’s Mother Mother. We saw a decent chunk of Braids, and then moved over to the Tree Stage to see Mother Mother.

Montreal's Braids at Osheaga July 30, 2011


Braids’ performance was very good, knowing them beforehand helps, otherwise their style is quite a switch from typical rock band music. They are labelled as art rock, or experimental rock on Wikipedia for the primary two genres. They seemed to be having a little technical difficulties with a monitor, and kept playing, or extending the song. At that moment we headed to see Mother Mother. They performed their big hit “O My Heart”, and ended with a nice song primarily featuring the two girl singers (Molly Guldemond and Jasmin Parkin) harmonising most of the song, with Ryan Guldemond jumping in here and there, quite nice!

Aside from hanging out, which I am sure many people do for most of the day, we saw the John Butler Trio before watching the entire Sia set, which was very impressive in every way! Musically very great, playing numerous songs from her latest, We Are Born, and other good ones, including “Breathe Me”, and “Soon We’ll Be Found”. The latter even had Sia doing hand mimicking similarly to the excellent music video (see picture below). Sia took the time to allow the crowd time to heckle her, of course it was good-natured, but very entertaining!

The awesome Sia at Osheaga July 30, 2011

Shirtless Lupe Fiasco way in the distance at Osheaga July 30, 2011!

On the main stage a nice long set (just shy of an hour) from Lupe Fiasco made way for Death From Above 1979. One of DFA1979’s reunion shows this year, and it did not disappoint! I did leave before the set was over to go see UK up and comer Anna Calvi.

Anna Calvi’s set started late due to a late running sound check, and a technical issue. The crowd was a bit sparse for her set. It was on the tree stage, and likely not too many people know her around here yet. And she ended her set a little early. Being that it was the first time I saw her, I cannot draw comparisons, yet I enjoyed what I heard. She plays fairly dark indie rock. She did not seem too thrilled, maybe because of the smaller crowd.

Anna Calvi and her band at Osheaga July 30, 2011


Yet, for acts like her, Osheaga is a good venue to introduce lesser known acts. On the other hand, I think Janelle Monae, who played Friday should have played a proper headlining show, as she does have a big cult fanbase. I cannot say as I know the numbers around here, but likely they are up there (when I first tried to purchase her debut disc it was sold out!).

My (Osheaga) day came to a close checking out Ratatat, Bright Eyes, and then Elvis Costello and the Imposters. Ratatat of course have collaborated with Kid Cudi, most notably on “Pursuit of Happiness”. Kid Cudi having cancelled his Friday Osheaga set with illness, apparently due to overworking. What I saw of Elvis Costello impressed. I was fairly tired by that point, but did enjoy him, despite now knowing his work too well.

I then headed over to La Ronde, Montreal’s amusement park, to see the last day of the fireworks, which were a Beatles tribute. It was a good display, featuring audio montages from each member’s song book, and a nice brief grand finale!

And for the first ever Too Much Music top tip (Top Gear ripoff), avoid the metro on a Saturday night post Osheaga! Likely true any day after Osheaga, however Saturday La Ronde and Osheaga leaving at the same time, equalled masses of people trying to leave the island on the metro! I took the shuttle bus back to La Ronde and took the pedestrian path on the Jacque Cartier bridge to get back to the city!