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City Sounds 2/22: Vancouver by krkuchta

Listen to WERW's sounds of the Vancouver Winter Olympics

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City Sounds is hitting all the marks this month. First it was Paris, The City of Love before Valentine’s Day.  Then we went to New Orleans for a Mardi Gras with some Superbowl celebration on the side.  And now we’re going to Vancouver for some Olympics and great music!

The Winter Olympics have put Vancouver in the headlines for the last week or so, but that’s not all the world is watching there. Vancouver has had a thriving indie rock scene since the early 2000s with bands like The New Pornographers and DestroyerLadyhawk and Black Mountain/Pink Mountaintops have kept the scene going, while creating a diverse style all their own.

That isn’t all Vancouver has, of course.  A large number of singer/songwriters have come from the area. From the poppy Michael Buble to the folky Veda Hille to members of the New Pornographers who have gone on solo, like Neko Case. And let’s not forget industrial wizards Skinny Puppy or pop-punk greats Hot Hot Heat from Victoria (which close enough for now).

City Sounds will be the soundtrack to the Winter Olympics this Monday night from 11pm-1am. Listen in on WERW.

-Kyle Kuchta

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Editor’s Pick #207: Michael Bublé by kabenn03
November 11, 2009, 8:08 pm
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Michael Bublé's "Haven't Met You Yet" is the epitome of a girly love song

PREVIEW: STREAM Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet

It’s been sort of a rough week for me, and I was in desperate need for some really girly, melt-your-heart kind of music. And when I feel like that, there is really only one person I can turn to: Michael Bublé.

His smooth, sexy voice and adorably sappy music videos make me want to get up and dance on even the worse days. He’s kind of a male Sara Bareilles with his melodic lyrics about love that you just can’t help but sing along to.

I’ve probably listened to his song “Haven’t Met You Yet” off of his new album Crazy Love (released in October) about 100 times in the past two days alone. And while I’m almost ashamed to admit it, I love his cheesy everything-is-going-to-work-out attitude, and I find it a hard to listen to him without becoming a bit more hopeful. So if you’re feeling crappy, go ahead and have a listen. I promise I won’t tell.

— Kelsey Bennett, Copy Editor

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News of Note: Michael Buble’s Crazy Love Beats New Moon, Grizzly Bear and Beach House Play Together in L.A., Epitaph Will Re-Release Most of The Blood Brothers Catalogue, and MORE! by jluposello
Michael Buble's record sales skyrocketed past New Moon's this week after an appearance on Oprah

Michael Buble's Crazy Love's record sales skyrocketed past New Moon's this week after an appearance on Oprah

Not even the New Moon crew could use their vampire powers to outdo Michael Buble’s release of Crazy Love, reports Rolling Stone. The crooner appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, causing album sales to skyrocket to over 55% more than during the record’s first week on shelves, outdoing the new Twilight soundtrack by a score of 203,000 to 115,000, respectively, according to the Nielsen SounScan. Oh, the power of Oprah.

Stereogum gives us a look at last night’s Grizzly Bear gig at the Hollywood Palladium in L.A. with some pretty sweet pictures courtesy of Andrew Youssef. Beach House, the opening act, played a few tracks that will appear on their new release, Teen Dream, due out from Sub Pop Records on January 26th.

Seattle’s post-hardcore pioneers The Blood Brothers practiced one of the 2000s’ most unique forms of punk, and after their breakup in 2007, fans were left with little to cling to other than their old Blood Brother’s records. Until now, that is. Epitaph Records is planning to re-release the entire The Blood Brothers‘ catalogue, minus their 2000 debut, This Adultery Is Ripe, reports Pitchfork. Look for it to the reissues, which will come stocked by B-sides, videos and live performance videos, when they drop on November 17.

Canada’s Kid Koala, Dynomite D and Wolfmother’s ex-rhythm section Chris Ross and Myles Heskett make up the psych group Slew. Their debut release, 100%, is set to be reissued by Ninja Tune, the label responsible for the likes of Amon Tobin, Blockhead, Bonobo and The Bug, just to name a few, reports Pitchfork. Look for the turntable-heavy sounds of Slew when the record drops on November 24th.

— John Luposello

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