Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Oh, Canada

Chad Vangaalen is a Canadian musician from Calgary, Alberta. Following a few scattered independent releases, done mostly on homemade CDs with hand-drawn art, VanGaalen released Infiniheart (2004) on Canadian independent label Flemish Eye. He does most of his recordings from his basement, and is known for being an extreme homebody. On August 22, 2006, VanGaalen's second album, Skelliconnection, was released in the U.S. on Sub Pop and in Canada on Flemish Eye. The album is composed of new songs as well as tracks previously released on his earlier independent recordings and features exclusive artwork and videos made by VanGaalen. In 2008, he released Soft Airplane. "Willow Tree" has been added to the playlist, and is one of the prettiest songs I've heard. I was introduced to it by a buddy at an extremely late "late night" party.

The Rural Alberta Advantage is a Canadian indie, folk rock band that formed in 2005, and are based out of Toronto. The band released a demo tape and EP independently in 2005, and their first full-length album, Hometowns, in early 2008. As of now, they are somehow unsigned. I can only assume they are waiting for the right fit. They were selcted eMusic's featured artist of the month for November 2008. I've been talking with friends of the blog, Clyde and Clayton, about them today, and they've convinced me to take a closer look. I'm glad I did. Clyde posted about this band back in mid December on his blog, RadioCure. "Frank, AB" has been added to the playlist.

1 comment:

Hunter Carpenter said...

Kent Austin is now the first thing that pops in my head whenever i hear or read the word Canadian.