Doug Hoyer – Walks with the Tender and Growing Night

Now, I realize that I, Doug Hoyer, am guest posting on Argue Job for the rest of the week. And I realize that it’s a bit lame to be posting my own record, but so it goes!  This album has been in the cooker for well over 2 years, and I’m so proud that it’s finally seeing the light of day.  It was recorded with Calvin McElroy (Gobble Gobble, Kuhrye-oo), that sage mage, along with the help of many many friends.  I really hope that you all enjoy it.

PS: Mr. Argue Job would be posting about it anyways, I know I know I know.

GHIBLI – Pythia

Last night I got to watch Thomas Michael Mamos under his new GHIBLI moniker, and he only pulled out his classic “Mamos Move” a few times. The “Mamos Move” is when he either A) soaks the massive amount of sweat from his brow with his shirt, or B) rips his hair out.

It seems that Thomas is more comfortable on stage with his new project, and he should be: it’s an awesome and natural progression from what he’s been working on in the past, influenced by his choral interests.  Basically, the show was great. I’ll let Mr. Argue Job take it from here:

“Six months ago the project formerly known as Jaded Hipster Choir transformed radically. OLD UGLY is proud to present to you Ghibli. In these recent months Thomas Michael has been hell-bent on creating this debut full length, Pythia, a pulsing pop experiment honoring and evincing the oracle of Delphi. Ripe with mysticism and classicism, Pythia is a coursing quick river of sounds that, as an album, prove to be his most cohesive work to date.” – Mr. Argue Job.

Slates – Prairie Fires

Edmonton’s own SLATES are sneaky. They might try to appear as a regular loud rock band at first listen, but then you realize that you’ve totally been hit by the emotional weight of the yearning guitars on ‘Heart Attack Scare’.  After the breakdown in ‘Broken Parts’, you find yourself face to face with an unabashedly vicious & confident solo.  The voices are large and angry, but it’s filtered through a somber eye, which I find so captivating.  Recorded in Vancouver with the seemingly popular Jesse Gander at the legendary Hive, the band’s epic live sound is kept in tact while embracing the studio shine.  On ‘The Baker’ they call out “Yeah, it’s a real thing”,  and it seems like an apt self description.

Catch these jams on vinyl & listen online below on their bandcamp!

Blanket Truth / Dana Jewell Split Cassette

Alright, I realize that this is the second lo-fi post in a row, but I just stumbled upon this release and gotta share.  I first heard of Blanket Truth in 2008 when I was all up on buying tapes from some killer Seattle/California bands like Iji, Red Pony Clock, etc, and the Now Hereness Records scene.  I kinda grabbed Blanket Truth’s cd on a while while ordering, and was surprised to find the lo-fi ukulele focused band to use a beat boxer for percussion! On this latest release, the cassette hiss blends the sounds together nicely, allowing the vocal drumming to sound more like a bizzare drum machine. Sweet.  Classic Blanket Truth, uber-cute tunes here, with some seriously positive vibes: check “Do You Realize?”.  Sometimes you need to remind yourself to take care of yourself, ya?

I know nothing about Dana Jewell to be honest.  No word of a lie, Dana is Elliot Smith singing over Jonathan Richman’s faux-flamenco guitar. RE: “Love’s Bow/Arrow”.  His lyrics are at times absurd, at times meditative. Wherever the wind may blow, I suppose. Dana’s side of the tape is a little crisper; take note!

Dave Tough – Bedroom Tapes 1992

If you’re looking for lo-fi cassette recorded “speak n’ sing” acoustic songs ala Bob Wiseman and Daniel Johnston, then Dave Tough’s 1992 Basement Tape sessions will suit you just fine.  Confessional songs with political undertones that don’t get in your face.  At the time, he was living in Peterborough, and had recently flunked out of Trent Uni, and in turn took to writing self depreciating songs. I can relate, re: Doug in 2007.
Check “I Don’t Even Like Myself” and “Your World Now”. Plus this whole thing is free to download.