Blue Playlist

BluePlaylist

June 14, 2016 – Two days after a man in Orlando killed 49 people in a gay-friendly nightclub called Pulse in Orlando. Like everyone I was shocked that an event like this could happen, but for some reason it didn’t hit me until that day. I don’t know if it was the eight hours of Fox News coverage that was three feet away from me at my job at the time or my choice of music on my drive home, “All Apologies” by Nirvana and Ninja Sex Party’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” but on my drive home I nearly broke down and felt such anguish for all those people after hearing these songs. That inspired me to make this playlist of songs that have had an emotional effect on me whether it be the song itself, or my own state when I listened to the song. Read more »

Molly Warburton – Not Your Enemy

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It is rare to see a positive break-up song. After all, the term “break-up” has a bitter taste, conjoined with images depicting people who stalk an ex’s Facebook page and wish suffering upon them. I realize there are many bad splits, but I also know some couples can civilly end a relationship. The two realize they’re not right together and decide they would be better off on separate paths, hoping only for the best regarding their past partner’s love life. So why aren’t there more songs about people encouraging their exes, instead of spouting nothing but sheer hatred? Read more »

Three Dimensional Tanx – Attack

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While the origins of the band itself date back to 16 years ago, the origins of the sound it subscribes to date back to more than 40 years ago. Three Dimensional Tanx is a psychedelic rock act from Lancaster, U.K. that has drawn comparisons to The Stooges, and MC5.  The new album, Attack, will be released on August 29th and Three Dimensional Tanx have released Son of Go as the first single. Read more »

DreamVacation

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When a band drops an EP that was produced by the man responsible for albums from bands like Florence and the Machine, your hopes are obviously pretty high right from the get-go. Aside from that, DreamVacation has a lineup of musicians that have performed with acts like Foster the People, The War on Drugs and Matt & Kim – three majorly talented groups. Read more »

City and Colour Live

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I used to refer to Dallas Green as kind of whiny. His music always seemed so full of angst and kind of sad – as if he constantly had a broken heart. After seeing him and his all-star band, City and Colour, on the Halifax Waterfront during Jazz Fest though, my opinion has changed…slightly. Read more »

Cecil Otter – Dead Echo EP

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Calling a genre indie-hip-hop feels like a bit of an oxymoron, but that’s the best way to describe Minnesotan rapper/producer Cecil Otter and his EP “Dear Echo.” Read more »

Highland Kites – Let Me Run EP

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There is nothing new about putting our struggles to music. After all, the blues genre alone held this as its main purpose. When it comes to inspiration, the darkest times can often jump start a writer’s career. Happy moments can also break through Writer’s Block, but it doesn’t always reach the audience. Sure, everyone has their times of joy, but there’s something about songs regarding darkness that touch the listeners’ hearts.

However, what happens when you write songs about the dark times, but put a positive spin on them? You get Highland Kites’ latest EP, “Let Me Run.” Read more »

Butcher Knives – American Dream

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I’ve never really thought of the phrase “American Dream” as a completely definable saying. It’s always been something that I heard politicians and the like use to describe how great they think things are here (or were at one time). I think of it as being based on perception or as something used to motivate people.   Read more »

Joyous Wolf – Not an OC Band

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Joyous Wolf took a break from band practice and talked with Creative Control about the band’s upcoming album, the scene in Orange County, California, and how far the group has progressed since forming less than two years ago. Read more »

Coleman Hell – A New Life

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If you’ve turned a radio on in the last year, you’ve probably heard the catchy, electronic sounds of Thunder Bay, Ontario’s Coleman Hell. His song 2 Heads was released in April of 2015 and has reached crazy levels of popularity, sending the 27 year old on tour with artists such as Robert DeLong, Twenty One Pilots, and to perform at multiple festivals this summer.

With festival season well underway, I was lucky to catch Coleman over the phone to chat while he was in Toronto prepping for WayHome. After waking him up (oops), we chatted about his hit single, the Olympics and upcoming festivals.

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