Friday 17 May 2013
iNTRODUCiNG Miss Elizabeth
If you’re going to name your band after an 80s WWF wrestling star, I suppose choosing Macho Man Randy Savage’s femme fatale manager Miss Elizabeth is as good a choice as any, seeing as how the music of this electro-pop duo will seduce you rather than submit you to a suplex.
Tom Avis and Odie Ouderkirk are names not unfamiliar to QBiM although you may be more familiar with the names of their other projects: Ouderkirk was a member of Powers and The Ghost is Dancing, and Avis is essentially Farragoes. Together, they’ve been working on Miss Elizabeth’s brainy beats, a blending of youthful innocence and literate and pop, releasing their debut EP tomorrow, May 18, 2013.
Bandcamp: Miss Elizabeth
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Thursday 16 May 2013
QBiM SPiNS Oldfolks Home • Black & Blue
Billed as the “world’s first happy divorce record”, Oldfolks Home‘s Black & Blue is far from being an album borne out of a tiny blip in one man’s person struggles. Ricardo Lopez-Aguliar, the lone folk behind Oldfolks Home, went through a tumultuous four year period where he got married, got divorced, and got his private world shattered. His public world as Oldfolks Home suffered, having had to cancel a planned tour in 2010, but like his heart, a time of healing was needed to make sense of the new normal.
These things take time, don’t they? Happily for all concerned, these thing worked themselves out in time, bringing Lopez-Aguilar and Oldfolks Home to a good place where his ex-wife can contribute the artwork for Black & Blue, friends are joining him as he prepares to take to the road with a “three dimensional” live show. To top it all off, Black & Blue truly is a first-rate record that charts and graphs personal transformations through its musical metamorphosis. Effortlessly sliding along the scale from understated folk rock to sweetly purred indie pop, tracks like “Garland’s Moving to Vancouver” and “Cut the Seams Pt. 1″ are delivered with a tension and sincerity that communicates to the listener the roller coaster ride of emotions Lopez-Aguilar has been on these past few years. With highs come lows, and with sorrow comes the softening of the heart, and he has been honest and true to the music as he has to the experience.
Joining Lopez-Aguilar on Black & Blue are a number of friends from his hometown of Winnipeg, including Shaun Gibson of The Details, Michael P. Falk of Les Jupe, and Keri Latimer of Nathan. Black & Blue is available now from Head In The Sand Records. Oldfolks Home head out on the road this month and next, with stops in the U.S. alongside the following Canadian dates:
May 21 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
May 22 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Music House
May 23 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar
May 25 – Montreal, QC – One Man Band Fest
May 29 – Halifax, NS – Gus’ Pub
May 30 – Moncton, NB – Plan B
June 1 – Fredericton, NB – Lava Vodka Bar
June 17 – Vancouver, BC – The Railway Club
June 18 – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s
June 21 – Edmonton, AB – Wunderbar
June 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
CBC Music: Oldfolks Home
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