Showing posts with label Matt Mays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matt Mays. Show all posts

Monday, May 31, 2010

Going Acoustic

In the past week, we've received a few videos of some of our artists doing the acoustic thing. I would like to share:

Wintersleep - Preservation. A take away performance at Truck America

Wintersleep: Preservation from Foglight Films on Vimeo.

Mick Davis (Novaks) - I'd Wait for Anyone Who Would Wait for Me. Live at The Verge

Matt Mays - new song. Live at The Carleton

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Top 8 of 2008

Alrighty. It's the end of the year, so if I want to call myself a 'blogger', it's about time I submit the obligatory best albums of the year list. As I sit down to write this, I have NO idea what is about to pour out. I don't think I've listened to THAT many new releases this year. I meant to, but didn't really get around to it. For instance I still haven't listened to the new Mogwai record. Which is ridiculous. So, I'm not sure how exactly I will work this out....

While I'm thinking, I shall distract myself from the task for a little while longer and give you various other 2008 JB favourites lists to look over....

Best 8 Shows, 2008
1 - Leonard Cohen. May. Rebecca Cohn, Halifax (1st night). Best show of the year. and tied for my very favourite show ever. A-MAZING
2 - Neil Young. November. Metro Centre, Halifax. Wilco opened. prettay pretttayyy good. nay, great.
3 - Wintersleep. January. Phoenix, Toronto. Technically, they walked off stage at midnight Feb 1st, which made it Tim's birthday also. I've seen many a Wintersleep show, but they KILLED it this night like i'd never seen before. Runner up Wintersleep show(s): February. Cyclone, Tokyo.
4 - Daniel Lanois. October. Marquee, Halifax.
5 - Boxer The Horse. June. Baba's, Charlottetown. My first time seeing Boxer. I walked in hoping and praying that they were as good as I hoped they'd be. They were better.
6 - The Sadies. May. Marquee, Halifax. Ah, The Sadies. Just so good.
7 - Steve Poltz. July. The Carlton, Halifax. I wasn't even going to go to this night #3 of 3 show, but am I ever glad I did. this dude knows how to entertain. Go for the tunes, stay for the insane stories. including the one that goes with this:
8 - Inbreds. October. Marquee, Halifax. Inbreds. live.

There are a bunch of other good ones... Runners up include Black Keys at Summersonic, MMET at the q104 show and NG Jubilee, Boxer's first Seahorse show, Ryan Cook at NSMW, Hayden at the Metro Centre, David Myles CD release in the casino ballroom, Bloodsport and the Lodge on some wharf in the country, um... oh yeah, and Bob Dylan at the Metro Centre. i didn't really love that show, but I do love Dylan.

Best Trip of 2008.
Most definitely Japan.
"What are you going to do tonight?" "go to karaoke with you..."

Runner up: Junos in Calgary. Just because I liked being there to see the boys win. I jumped up and yelled with arms raised high in the air if I remember correctly. Then came lots of champaign and beer.

Favourite Songs of 2008.
These weren't all necessarily released this year, but they are likely the ones I've listened to the most this year. Or rather, 8 of the ones I've listened to the most this year.

1- Fleet Foxes - Mykonos. From the Sun Giant EP. So very good. see #12 on their myspace
2- Boxer The Horse - Rock n' Roll Band. Smart. catchy. cute. Just like the band. AND it's my ringtone. hear it on sonicbids.
3- The Replacements - Alex Chilton. Honestly, I've been on a HUGE Replacements kick in the past 6 months or so. I have all 8 albums on my ipod (or HAD.. now they are just on my iTunes as i managed to lose my ipod), and listen to 7 of them all of the time. I chose "Alex Chilton" here, but I could have also listed "Seen Your Video", "If Only You Were Lonely", "Buck Hill", "You Lose", "Can't Hardly Wait", "Anywhere's Better Than Here"... you get it. Love the 'Mats. everyone should listen to them WAY more.
4- MGMT - Electric Feel. My summer dance party song.
5-Neil Young - White Line. From Ragged Glory. An oldie but a real goodie.
6-Beyonce - Single Ladies. I became a little obessed with this song. I don't know how it happened, but I don't think I'm really over it yet.
7- Snailhouse - Salvation Army. mmmmm.
8- L'il Wayne - Got Money. I only just started listening to this two days ago. but i like it. i like it a lot.

Others: Black Mountain's "Stormy High", Mays' "Stand and Deliver" (it do), "Oh My Darling" by Basia Bulat, Superfriendz' "Come Clean", "Sometimes" by Lanois...

Best 8 Albums of 2008
1- Boxer The Horse - The Late Show EP (Like you didn't know I was going to say that...)
2- Snailhouse - Lies On The Prize (Love. love love)
3- Contrived - ___,___,___. (Contrived!)
**the other 5 in no particular order**
- The Roots - Rising Down
- Black Mountain - In The Future
- The Streets - Everything is Borrowed
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (Mostly because i don't want to be the only blogger not picking this as a top record of the year. Just kidding. sort of. "White Winter Hymnal" makes it worth it.)
- Smothered In Hugs - The Healing Power of Injury

Others: Matt Mays & El Torpedo - Terminal Romance, Hayden - In Field & In Town, Lay Low - Farewell Good Night's Sleep (mellow and pretty), Portishead's Third...

Right on. Done. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Preview The New Matt Mays & El Torpedo Album

Terminal Romance, due out next Tuesday, is streaming in its entirety on the MuchMusic site. If you're curious...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"Tall Trees Hangin' Over The Road..."

New Matt Mays & El Torpedo song is up at
New tour dates coming up as well. With Kid Rock. No lie.

Friday, April 11, 2008

SONIC CONCERTS Announcement: MM&ET Return

So I heard some songs off of the new record coming from Mike's office. There's some good stuff about to come out from these guys... Debuting songs from the new album, Terminal Romance... Matt Mays & El Torpedo. Marquee. June 6. Tix at

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wintersleep Board! New MMET! Danny G Video!

Three things that make me happy:
1) The return of the Wintersleep message board. Come talk to me / us / them / others:

2) Dan Griffin - She's a Drug (LIVE)! Thank you stephanie. This will be played a lot...

2.5)Dan Griffin - The Kings (Live)

3) Matty Mays listening to some roughskies in jolly 'ol England. Updates still coming in from Matt at

Thursday, November 15, 2007

MMET Recording updates / Dan Griffin - The Day After

Incase you're interested, Matty Mays has been posting little blurbs about the recording on Myspace. See either the comments section or the blog at My favourite quote from this week's post is:

"I'm getting ready to start singing soon. I'm ready. I have a tendency to loose my voice, so I'm going to really try to sing right. I have a DVD called 'The Zen Of Screaming'. This women teaches all the hardchore guys how to scream, and not loose their voice. If she's good enough for the guy that sings in ' Lamb Of God' she's good enough for me. "

Aaaaaaaaaaand, yesterday was what from now on will be known as "Dan Giffin Day". I finally saw him play live. And at Tribeca no less, which is like watching a show from the comfort of my own home. And it was amazing. I was a big fan of the record. Now i'm an all around uber fan. Is there something more discriptive and bigger than "uber"? because if so, i'm that fan. Honestly. Please. Check him out Saturday at The Seahorse. 10PM. Opening for The Superfantastics and Shotgun Jimmie. Think of it as an early christmas present to yourself. Don't you owe yourself something nice?

Thursday, November 08, 2007

MM&ET Photos / Dan Griffin is Coming!

If you've been reading this blog for more than a few weeks, or if you know me at all, then you've heard about Dan Griffin. I gush about this kid as much as I gush to people about David Myles, the new Wintersleep record, Mike O'Neil and / or Snailhouse (which, put together equals a hell of a lot of gushing these days). Well, i'm happy... nay, ecstatic, to report that Dan will be IN HALIFAX NEXT WEEK! He's at Tribeca on Wed., November 14 and at the Seahorse on Sat., Novemeber 17th for Shotgun Jimmie's CD release show. I've been waiting to see him play live for a year, and am litterally counting down the days, so I thought it best that I let you know he's on his way.

There are a few other dates around the Maritimes, which you can find on the Dan Griffin myspace page, along with songs. go now. you might also want to check out Shotgun Jimmie (site also contains a receipe for Blueberry pancakes), and The Superfantastics while you're at it.

In other news, I just got some cool pics of the Matt Mays & El Torpedo show at Cunard Centre from a few weeks ago (Halifax Pop Explosion weekend). Thank you Chris Smith of! More photos from the weekend can be found on his website.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Let's Get Baked / News

While searching for the "Welcome to the night pie" episode of the indie radio show "Let's Get Baked With Matt and Dave"; and thought about what news updates I should blog about on this long birthday weekend (yeah, I stretch it out over 4 whole days, so what? I'm allowed... it's my birthday). In the end, I decided to run artist news and include a link to their individual LGBWMAD episodes for your perusal. This show has had everyone on from Alicia Silverstone to Buck 65, Joel Plaskett, The Golden Dogs, Holy Fuck, Camouflage Nights, Ok Go and so on. Good music and good receipes by some favourite local / Canadian (and beyond) artists. What else do you want!?

Wintersleep is out on the road, starting the western leg of their tour in support of Welcome To The Night Sky (now you get it, right? sky... pie...). They're in Edmonton on Sunday, Oct. 28 (ahem...BIRTHDAY!), and will be out until the show in Halifax on November 24th at the Cunard Centre. Can't wait for them to come home. Not only for the show, but with all of them out at once, 50% of my birthday party party is absent. I will make them celebrate again. All dates and complete ticket information is up at

Matty Mays: (Tamale Pie)
Matt Mays & El Torpedo has left the continent... The guys are currently in the UK working on new songs the producer responsible for The Tragically Hip's Fully Completely record. He also worked with Ozzy and Judas Preist. bam.

David Myles: (David Myles' Mega Chocolate Cheesecake)

David has a show tonight at Ginger's. He's so great. And funny. I'm listening this episode right now. I just learned a little about tubers. mmmmmmm... .tubers.

Mike Oneill: (Nanaimo Bars With Mike Oneill)

I don't have any news about Mike O. I was just really excited to find this episode. HUGE fan right here. HUGE. If you know me, you already know this, but it's always worth reiterating.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Pop Goes Halifax

Halifax Pop Explosion has returned and is now in full swing. Although I hadn't planned on running from place to place chasing bands around the town, I found myself doing just that last night (Meet and drink at Tribeca, Shotgun Jimmie at Gingers and Small Sins in Hell) and suddenly have plans lined up for the rest of the weekend which include Matt Mays & El Torpedo tonight at the Cunard Centre, The Two Minute Miracles at The Attic and Bob Mersereau's book party tomorrow at Tribeca. Eric's Trip is also in town. As is Tom Fun Orchestra. And the fantabulous David Myles is playing at St. Matt's church with Joel Plaskett. It's going to be a busy weekend which is kind of a scary thought considering I'm already tired and half hungover from night 1. In honour of (and to gear up for) night #2, I've found some goodies to share...

- Matty Mays' "top 5 things to do in Halifax" on the CBC Radio 3 site.
- The Two Minute Miracles songs! I recommend listening to "Stall Tactics" on this site or on one of my podcasts.

Also, in honour of my "The Clapper" T-shirt I purchased last night: The Clapper, The Video

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

When The Angels Make CBC Radio 3 Appearances

Matt and his jolly 9 piece band stopped in to record a CBC Radio 3 session while in Vancouver during the "When the Angels Make Contact Tour" in January.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Sonic Podcast: Is This Thing On? Ep. 03

I finally got around to getting another one of these finished. There were many in the works, but I threw this one together in record time. In honor of Summer driving, I give you, Is This Thing On, Episode 3. Featuring:

The Flaming Lips - Fight Test
Yo La Tengo - Little Eyes
The Got to Get Got - Blood Test
Matt Mays - Under My Senses
The Roots - Baby
Jay-Z - Encore
Rick White - Strange To Be Alive
Sloan - I Can Feel It
Nathan Wiley - Getaway

Thursday, June 14, 2007

New MMET Summer Dates

Here's looking at you, Alberta and Ontario (and Grand Falls, NL)...

21-Jun Bourbon St. North, Montreal QC (w/ Blue Rodeo)
1-Jul Fort Henry, Kingston ON
10-Jul Ice Tapps Bar and Grill, Lethbridge AB
11-Jul Coyotes, Calgary AB
12-Jul The Zoo, Brookes AB
13-Jul Cold Lake Agriplex, Cold Lake AB
14-Jul H.O.P.E Volleyball- Mooney's Bay, Ottawa ON
21-Jul Salmon Festival, Grand Falls NL
26-Jul Rock Island Festival - Mac Island Park, Fort McMurray AB
27-Jul Capitol Ex EdFest - Northlands Park, Edmonton AB

Ticket info and updates, as always, posted at

Monday, April 30, 2007

When the Angels Make Remixes

Matt's given up the tracks for "Midnight is the Time" so that YOU can download them and make your own mix of the song. After you've made your masterpiece, upload it to the message board because we want to hear them! I'm not promising prizes or anything, but I am really interested in seeing how new versions will sound. I've tried to do it myself, but realized that mixing is most definitely not my strong point. Check it out here.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Matt Mays & El Torpedo Graceland / Sun Pics

Robbie gave me permission to post some of his photos from the band's tour of Graceland and Sun Studio (info / virtual tour here) in Memphis. He also promised me stories to post along with the photos, but I've not gotten any. Instead of waiting, though, I'm posting the photos anyway. Check back for stories later....

"I'm Goin' to Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee"

(Elvis' house)

SUN, "The birthplace of Rock N' Roll"

Phil, in all of his classy glory, making us sound good and look even better...

Friday, March 23, 2007

SONIC PODCAST: "Is This Thing On" Ep. 01

I've made a new podcast featuring songs that I have been listening to in anticipation of Spring. The volume issues are somewhat better, but not totally resolved. Other than that, I'm feeling good about it. Here it is...enjoy!

The Songs:
Songs:Ohia* - I've Been Riding With A Ghost
The Constantines - Thieves
Rocky Votolato - White Daisy Passing
Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running
Nathan Wiley - Fist Full of Throttle (demo)
Mike O'Neill - We Live Happily
Led Zeppelin - Boogie With Stu
Matt Mays - Wasn't Meant To Be (unreleased)
Rilo Kiley - A Man / Me / Then Jim
Loose Fur - The Ruling Class
Evan Dando - It Looks Like You
Sun Kil Moon - Carry Me Ohio

*"Right off the bat we need to get one thing straight; it’s pronounced ... be Oheea for those who are more phonetically inclined) and not Songs:Ohia" (source)


Thursday, March 22, 2007

MMET Back in the US

Matt Mays & El Torpedo are heading back across the border to do some shows with Deadstring Brothers (and a few with Will Hoge also). All dates are added to the website as they are confirmed. So far the guys are scheduled to visit cities and towns such as Grand Rapids, MI; St. Louis, MO; Lexington, KY; Chicago, Minneapolis, MN; Vienna, Va; Milwaukee, WI, Philly, New York, Buffalo and more. Keep checking back for updates at...

I personally enter all dates into the calendar, and after the dozenth time writing out "Deadstring Brothers", I decided that it was time to finally check them out. So I went on over to their Myspace, and was pleasantly surprised. Reminds me of country Rolling Stones.

Monday, March 19, 2007

When the Angels Make a Movie

I was searching for a file on my computer and stumbled upon a folder containing Matt's original movie storyboards for the When the Angels Make Contact movie, so I thought I'd share a few compare them to what was actually filmed (well, to the video, anyway) - just for the hell of it.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Mays Tour Wrap Up

After spending from Jan. 17th to Feb. 3rd on the road with the When the Angels Make Contact tour, and then from Feb. 7th - 24th on tour with El Torpedo in the US, Matt and the guys are officially off the road for a well deserved mini-vacation.

The "Angels" Tour went off without a hitch with all 9 band members returning home in one piece, AND they all still like each other. Some fans have been posting photos from the shows (and what a show it was - i saw it 3 times), which I will share with you now, along with a video of "When the Angels Make Contact", shot at The Mod Club in Toronto. Before posting the good stuff though, let me just send a shout out to Matty who not only pulled off his vision, which came together only DAYS before the band started performing, but who also earned a JUNO nomination for the record in the Adult Album of the Year category alongside Neil Young, Jim Cuddy, Ron Sexsmith and Sarah Harmer! God job, bud.


(Matt & Tyler, Alanna by Marie)

(IMac's light show by Wenda Atkin)

(The gang by Wenda Atkin)

(A very small portion of the gear by "davethenewfie")

(Matt by "davethenewfie")

(Matt by "Dan")

(Matt & Alanna by Sean Camp)

(Tyler by Sean Camp)

(Dale by ?)


As mentioned above, Matt Mays & El Torpedo just completed a bunch of US dates as support for Will Hoge, and they performed a few dates with The Lemonheads as well. Andy has promised me some photos, which I will post when they arrive in my inbox. In the meantime, here’s an excerpt from little tour wrap-up message from Mr. Patil (originally posted on the message board), and a video of one of the new live tunes they’ve been playing called “Building a Boat”.

"right now we're taking a bit of time off and it's 'some nice'. you know i've really noticed the maritime accent a lot more since we got back and i love it--afterall it's our accent too. however, we get exposed to so many accents in our travels that our's becomes an amalgamation of many different ones by default. after being home for a few days our true accents surface again but no matter what we make sure to represent our maritimer ways in some fashion or another when we travel. here's an example:

louisville, kentucky

me: ah yes, can we buy a 2-4 from the bar please?
bartender: a tewww-fooar, what's that?
lighting guy (politely interjects): he means 'a case'. back home we call it a 2-4. (he was originally from cape breton, nova scotia)
bartender: ooooh! sorry my friend. what kind would y'all like?
me: got any schooner?

it's great to be home!"

MM&ET Live at Pianos Bar, New York, NY.
“I’m gonna leave you for her baby, it’s just a matter of tiiiiiiiime…”