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Sloan: The Double Cross

The Double Cross, Sloan's 10th Studio Album

Mark those calendars Sloan fans as Canada’s favorite fab four from Halifax are releasing their 10th studio album The Double Cross May 10th 2011 from Yep Roc Records, distributed by the Outside Music Label in Canada.

As the post on their site goes on to tell, 2011 being the band’s 20th anniversary they plan to spend it touring North America.

They are offering a song off the forth coming album called Follow The Leader. If you don’t mind handing over your email to get the confirmation link it’s free. I’ve listened to it a few times and while it seems off the top classic Sloan, they have managed to weave even more classic rock vibes into their musical arsenal. That’s why we love them.

Sloan – Hit & Run

The new Sloan EP Hit & Run has dropped (as they say) and it’s pretty good.

If you’re unfamiliar with Sloan I’ll make the assumption that you don’t live in Canada but if you do… shame on you. And if you don’t live here you should move, I’ll wait.

Do yourself a favor and click play below and listen to the album as you read the rest of my review. 

Sloan – Hit & Run

The title of the EP is most probably in reference to band member Chris Murphy being injured in a hit & run accident this past summer. That caused the group to cancel shows while he recouped.

As a long time fan it hits all the Sloan standards with tracks like Take It Upon Yourself, hand claps and all. It would have fit in nicely on their 1999 album Between the Bridges. It Is Never is pure Sloan awesomeness, but I’m a sucker for layered songs that build up to distortion endings that reprise the main theme. Plus I’ve always had a man crush on Patrick Pentland and his songs.

One of Sloan’s strengths can also be a weakness on a five song EP like Hit & Run. With four distinctive song writers the variation can be jarring switching between them. Jay Ferguson’s Midnight Mass is a perfect example of this problem. It’s a good song but sandwiched between two up tempo ones brings down the energy. Which is a shame since Jay Ferguson has done some really great songs with excellent lyrics and melodies over the years.

That said it’s a good addition to the Sloan catalog of memorable songs.

Sloan is offering the EP in MP3 320kbs, Apple Lossless and Flac formats directly from their site in addition to other music stores.

This is unreladed to the Hit & Run EP, but Witch’s Wand was one of my favorite songs off their last album Parallel Play but the video that I just got around to watching is so weird I have no idea what’s going on.

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Entertainment: Music & Movies

the format is stolen, but the views expressed are mine 😉

.:What I'm Listening Too:.

Sloan: Parallel Play. What can I say, I've been a fan of Sloan since High School (which for some reason keeps getting farther and farther away) and they are pretty much the only band I'll buy an album sight unheard.

That said, it's not their best album but there are some stand out songs.

They funny thing I'm usually a Patrick Pentland kind of guy but with Parallel Play most of my favorites are Jay Ferguson's songs (Sloan fans will get it). Great songs like Witch's Wand, Cheap Champagne, Believe In Me and The Other Side make great additions to the Sloan set list.

Sloan is a band that evolves and changes and Parallel Play is no different. As apposed to their '70's rock heavy past few offerings Parallel Play leans to an almost light rock late '60's & '70's feeling and even Dylanesque on Down In The Basement. Though there are a few rock ones like I'm Not A Kid Anymore for the faithful.

One thing I have to say I completely hate about the album and this goes for all of my musical purchases is that I don't want no demo's, live versions or reprises. This ain't high school and I don't want no double or triple spaced albums. You only have 13 songs? Great put those on, it's okay if it's a short album. But please no padding.

All in all a good Sloan album and one that pushes them out their safety zone of musical creation.

Creature: No Sleep At All. It's always nice to rout for the home team.

Montreal's Creature released their first album a few months ago and I got a free track from either iTunes or music.download.com, I can't remember. Either way, I got it and have really been enjoying the album.

They've been compared to Blondie and Talking Heads, but never really listened to them so I can't tell if that's a good comparison.

Personally I think they've got a bit of Elastica, a pinch of Daft Punk's sound and '70's & '80's funk and rock. That's the closet I can get, you just have to listen to them yourself.

I'd like to point you where you could hear them, but unfortunately there is not many places to catch them. iTunes seems your best bet to at least get a sample of the entire album. Their MySpace page would be better to hear some full length songs.

Most of the album is up tempo dance / rock songs with the second half slowing things down a bit. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just personally I would have liked a few more fast songs. It's still all good.

One thing I totally love about them is that they don't take themselves too seriously and like to fool around. They have the first four steps of their 12 step program to get your inner freak on posted on YouTube (along with another half dozen video sites) . My personal favorites are step 1 and step 4.

I like seeing Canadian bands making great music like Sloan and Creature.

.:What I'm Watching:.

Wall•E. It must have been 10 years since I've seen a movie opening weekend.
 
I don't know who was looking forward to the latest Pixar film more, me or ET.

As usual a great film from Pixar. They did an excellent job telling a story when the main characters don't talk and can only emote though limited facial and body gestures.

The inclusion of live action footage was a little strange but certainly not the end of the world.

One little thing, if you've been watching the trailers you'll notice the catchy song used. Well, it's not on the soundtrack because it's not from Wall•E but Terry Gilliam's film Brazil. It's called Central Services / The Office.

Also check out Buy N Large's official site for more info on the Wall•E universe. And the free demo of the PC game.

Indiana Jones: Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. If it's been 10 years for me to see a film on opening weekend, then I have no idea the last time I saw two movies in two days.

The movie was okay and since it's been out for months I'm probably the last to see it .

What i did like, it gave Donna and I a chance to get out for a few hours alone. Now that's been a few years.

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Delivering Maybes

My happy song today. 🙂

What you did after what you said
Will never mean a thing to anyone
And what you wrote and then what I read
Could sugar free the oldest kids instead

But I'm alright
Whenever you get out
You'll be looking up to me
You're so uptight
Whenever you make out

Innocence is an accident
Even if it comes by two or three
And in a sense it's a consequence
Of everything you took away from me

But I'm alright
I said when I got out
Nothing ever came for free
I'm up all night
Pretending to make out

Remember the time when you called me
Out from my school
(My school, that day at my school)
And we got caught by the cops
But we'd never go to prison
Because we made the rules
Well alright
Whenever you get out
You'll be looking after me
And we'll be making it right
All right

On and on we roam around this world
On and on we roam around this world
Delivering babies
And maybe it's not that bad now
On and on we roam around this world
Delivering babies
And maybe it's not that bad now

What you did after what you said
(And what you say)
Will never mean a thing to anyone
And what you wrote and then what I read
(What I read)
Could sugar free the oldest kids instead

'Cause you remember the time when you saw me smiling at you
(At you, that day at my school)
And with December in mind we'll keep the pilots filing
Their rusty nails all around
And maybe it's not that bad now
On and on we roam around this world
Delivering babies
And maybe it's not that bad now
And maybe it's not that bad now
And maybe it's not that bad now

On and on we roam around this world
Delivering maybes
And baby it's not that bad now
And baby it's not that bad now
And baby it's not that bad now

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30 Days of Sloan

My fav band Sloan has a video podcast on iTunes that documents their latest release Never Hear the End of it. And it  leads up to the South by South West Music festival that they will be performing at.

If It Feels Good Do It 08 Someone I Can Be True With 18 Set in Motion

Here's some of their more stylish videos.

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