A Perfect Circle, “The Doomed”
Recommended If You Like: The irony of APC releasing a new album before Tool
The last album from Tool was released in the spring of 2006. The last APC album came out two years before that. Fourteen years after releasing eMOTIVe, Maynard and his buddy Billy Howerdel (with help from people like ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitar dude, James Iha), APC is back because—and I’m quoting Maynard here—”In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.” This is loud. Although the still-untitled album won’t be out until next year, APC will be at the Air Canada Centre November 15.
The Weather Station, “Thirty”
The Weather Station (Outside Music)
RIYL: Folky goodness in the mode of Joni Mitchell cross with Mark Knopfler
Tamara Lindeman has been trading under the name “The Weather Station” since 2006 with a mostly-rotating cast of bandmembers. There have been a series of EPs and three previous albums, all of which have been lauded by critics and music industry types. Will this be the big breakthrough? The band is in Europe and the US for the next month, but they’ll be at the Great Hall for a show on November 24. Maybe time for a look?
Hamilton Leithauser ft. Angel Olsen, “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)”
RIYL: Strings, strings and more strings
After last year’s collaboration with Rostam from Vampire Weekend, American singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Hamilton Leithauser (ex of The Walkmen, a well-regarded indie band) is back with a new solo single featuring Angel Olsen, another singer-songwriter type of the indie folk persuasion who has many releases of her own. Call this baroque pop in waltz time.
Kasador, “Come Get Yer Money”
RIYL: Kings of Leon, Matt Good, The Stills
Two last names jump out from the lineup of this Kingston band: Bass player Boris Baker and drummer Angus Fay. And before you ask, yes, they are offspring of two members of the Tragically Hip. Once known as the Will Hunter Band (Will is the and lead guitar player), the band would obviously like to be recognized for their own work and not that of a couple of famous fathers. If they keep putting out stuff like this, that won’t be a problem.
The Franklin Electric, “I Know the Feeling”
Blue Ceilings (Independent)
RIYL: Montreal-style folk rock
The debut album, This Is How I Let You Down, did this Montreal band much good. Now after a couple of tours around the planet (including some time in Australia looking at the ocean and poisonous spiders), they’re back with a second record that they hope will take them to the next level.