"Buy or Cry"
New Young Pony Club - Jerk Me: This is an ace punk-funk jam in the spirit of ESG/Bush Tetras/Material, working some wonderfully sleazy guitar licks worthy of a Marc Bolan reference. And although I might think the NYPC is strongly influenced by certain artists from certain eras, they continually surpass those influences to produce very modern songs that are (so far) nothing short of bulletproof.
I wonder if the NYPC will continue to release only 7inch singles, or if they will work towards an album? I kind of hope for the former, preferring the current mysteriously exclusive access to their music through the small vinyl format. But maybe that's just me being selfish...
Click here to buy this 7 inch from Picadilly records while you still can. I honestly can't believe there's any left.
The Hot Springs - CacoDisco: I first fell in love with song when I found it on a Montreal Pop Sampler earlier this year up at the radio station. It became a staple of my show until the station started getting renovated and I couldn't find that particular pop sampler. Fairly frustrating, but whatever. Recently I was reminded of this song while I was re-logging my old playlists and I decided to check the old WWW for some news on the Hot Springs. They have an album out now and are planning to do lots of shows in the fall. Lucky for you if you live around the Montreal area.
Click here to buy the Hot Springs CD from Insound.
http://www.the-hot-springs.com/ - It's the official website!
Furthermore, about Montreal... On August 25-28 there will be a fundraiser for War Child at the Parc de Amerique with live painting and such, maybe music, some afterparty stuff. Not too clear really based on the intelligence I have received so far. Here's the original transpondence from my man in the field, Russ Morland, who will be in the fundraiser doing some paintings:
"Ok so the dates for Art in the park are august 25-28 @
Parc de amerique.
The event is a fundraiser for War Child, with after
parties and such. I guess they are sending the English
there to bail them out yet again, dig the trenches,
paint us up a real bullying of conflict, down with the Hun!
Oh... wait that was something else. So like yeah I'll be
there so it so it should get boozy.