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CD Review: Liars “Sisterworld”

Nothing sounds quite like the haunting melodies emanating from Liars’ new album, “Sisterworld.” This three-piece band from Los Angeles includes Angus Andrews on vocals and guitar, Aaron Hemphill on percussion, guitar and synth, and Julian Gross on drums. “Sisterworld,” released in March 2010, raises impressions and feelings, invoking images of shaman rituals and underground punk caves.

The first song on the album, Scissor, is a delicious surprise. The first minute and forty-two seconds are filled with Angus Andrews’ smooth “death crooner” voice, reminiscent of Jim Morrison. Then, the guitar takes over; giving the impression of a final death rattle after an almost religious ceremony.

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Clothes Make The Man talk Mark Twain, being awesome and dressing (um, undressing) Ryan Reynolds

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Using this insightful comment from Mark Twain as their banner, Clothes Make The Man have taken Canada by storm. The Toronto-based band, which is comprised of vocalist Ryan McLennan, guitarist Scott Henry, drummer Phil Wilson and bassist Ross Machon, released a new EP on November 2 and has been touring through Ontario and Quebec to promote it. I caught up with Ryan McLennan and Ross Machon before their show at Montreal’s Absynthe to talk about music, movies, Canada and Ryan Reynolds.

Q: That’s a really interesting name. How did you come up with it?

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CD Review: Rusty Willoughby “Cobirds Unite”

Remember when listening to music turned into your own personal soundtrack? Well, Cobirds Unite, born from a collaboration between Rusty Willoughby and Rachel Flotard, would be the perfect soundtrack for a road movie. Fresh off of her album with Visqueen, Rachel Flotard is at it again. The union has spawned an album of clouds and imagination that is perfect for travelers, dreamers and all-around music lovers.

This album is chock-full of goodies. From the swampy guitar on “Cobirds Unite” to the melodic strumming on “Crown of Thorns,” there is something for every person and every mood. The folky melodies are perfectly complemented by Flotard’s harmonies, giving the whole album a float-y, dream-like quality.

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CD Review: Jon Lindsday “Escape From Plaza-Midwood”

Judging by his baby face and his preacher’s son background, quirky seems like the last thing you would expect from Jon Lindsay, but that’s exactly the impression you get. His latest album, Escape From Plaza-Midwood, was released August 17th by Chocolate Lab Records and is quirky and magical. The songs blend into each other while remaining distinct and original, making it one of those albums you just want to listen to uninterruptedly from beginning to end.

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Plastic, Queen and Musical Suits: An interview with Visqueen’s Rachel Flottard

Rachel Flottard, lead singer of Seattle-based rock band Visqueen, recently sat down to talk to R&RR about the band’s latest album, Message to Garcia, fighting bioterrorism, Bugs Bunny as inspiration and much more…

Q: As you probably know, Visqueen is a plastic material that was thought to be useful against a bioterrorist threat, so was there a particular message that you wanted to send by using that as a name? How did you come up with it?

 

A: Well, it had “Queen” in it. We are all Freddie Mercury addicts. Technically, the fabulous Kim Warnick, our bassist at the time, actually picked the name. It was a word she’d always liked as a kid and it resonated with the rest of us. Only by default did we turn out to be fighters of bioterrorism. It actually made me feel bad for Anthrax. Especially Scott Ian’s beard.