Another sneak peek of what’s ahead with the Grammy award winning band’s forthcoming ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ album.
Archive for Layne Mitchell
Part 2 of our live-to-digital acoustic performance and interview with Death From Above 1979, plus highlights from the past week’s shows heard 3:00 – 7:00 weekday afternoons on SONiC
Highlights from the past week’s shows plus a special live-to-digital acoustic performance from Death From Above 1979.
Highlights from the past week’s shows, condensed for a more comfortable insertion into your listening device… it’s basically an instant-just-add-water-version of the Layne Mitchell Show.
One of my favourite new songs on SONiC right now is Long Way Down from Washington-based electronic musician Robert Delong. If this is the kind of magic he can bang out in a tour bus, just imagine what he can do on a stage!
10. Mother Mother – Very Good Bad Thing. While the album is amazing, the songs translated even BETTER live — evidenced by the stream of their concert at the Shaw (and their SONiC Session).
9. Bleachers – Strange Desire. Sounds like a modern soundtrack for an 80’s movie like The Breakfast Club. While I really enjoyed the album, I struggled to finesse that description into something vaguely resembling a compliment. A wordsmith, I am not.
8. Royal Blood – Royal Blood. I didn’t ever stop ‘liking’ rock, but this album got me excited about it all over again.
7. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways. It’s not their best album, but I enjoyed the series and experiencing the process behind the songs so much that I couldn’t help but really enjoy their most mediocre album to date (FUN FACT: a mediocre Foo Fighters record – still pretty damn good).
6. Hozier – (Eponymous). Many of the songs were recorded late at night in his attic studio, the perfect venue to capture the melancholic bluesy vibe of his music.
5. The Pizza Underground – Fresh to Your Door. No, not really. Not even Macaulay Culkin likes Macaulay Culkin’s band. I was just making sure you’re still paying attention.
4. Jack White – Lazaretto. I liked the album before, but seeing Jack White roll into SONiC BOOM in a mat black tour bus that looked like it belonged to the Punisher, and OWN the crowd took my enjoyment of Lazaretto to a whole new level.
3. Broken Bells – After the Disco. It wasn’t an album that hit great commercial heights, but it was a fun and interesting 70′s throwback, the sonic texture of which was a welcome change of pace.
2. Black Keys – Turn Blue. The make lots of good music. This year they made more. Rock isn’t about Autotune, or perfectly polished sounds, it’s about vibe. At the heart of every Black Keys song is a live performance. This is where it comes from.
1. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World. “Make me wait 10 years for another album… I WILL throat punch you Sebastian Grainger… uh, respectfully yours, Layne Mitchell.”
Dear Rouge pop by for an exclusive live-to-digital performance in SONiC’s Booster Juice Listener Lounge. Plus, highlights from the past week’s shows.