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Ep. #68: Bear Witness from A Tribe Called Red

Bear Witness is a co-founder of the inventive Ottawa-based trio A Tribe Called Red. Renowned for making a sophisticated kind of dance music dubbed “Electric Pow Wow,” A Tribe Called Red’s live show is a sensory overload, mixing powerful music with stunning visual imagery drawing from underground and aboriginal culture. Their infectious energy has translated well onto record too; their 2013 album Nation II Nation made the shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize, earning the group the high profile and platform they so richly deserve. A Tribe Called Red are touring across Canada with select U.S. dates in February, including a stop at Guelph’s Hillside Inside festival on Friday Feb. 7. Here, Bear and I discuss remembering Vish, the Polaris Music Prize gala, having to follow METZ, feeling like you belong, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s victory, the biggest challenges in gaining a broader audience, the level with which fans engage with what A Tribe Called Red addresses in their work, the surprising influx of conscientious, knowledgeable music fans, making music as a political act, #idlenomore and the significance of ‘the moment,’ the intersection between traditional rhythms and beat culture, the band’s plans for their new album, the song “Sisters,” and more.

Related links: atribecalledred.com hillsidefestival.ca vishkhanna.com


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Ep. #67: Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is a remarkable musician who hails from Barranquilla, Colombia but currently resides in Toronto. Known for making challenging electronic music with outspoken Spanish lyrics, Pimienta is putting the finishing touches on her new album La Papessa and she appears at Guelph’s Mitchell Hall for Hillside Inside on Feb. 7 with A Tribe Called Red. Here, Pimienta discusses how she eschews heteronormativity by asking males in her band to wear dresses, her time spent living in London and Toronto Ontario and her upbringing in Colombia, her fierce denial of tokenism, why she thinks love songs might not be what the world really needs now, her love of satire and confrontation, media manipulation, the explosion of music in Colombia, the latest on her next album, the song “Agua,” and more.

Related links: lidopepper.tumblr.com hillsidefestival.ca vishkhanna.com


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Ep. #66: Wes Marskell + Jason Couse of the Darcys

Wes Marskell and Jason Couse are childhood friends who play together in a Toronto band called the Darcys. Known for an enigmatic kind of powerful pop music, the Darcys’ latest album is 2013’s Warring (out via Arts & Crafts) and they’re playing a sold out show with July Talk at Hillside Inside in Guelph on Saturday Feb. 8. Here Wes, Jason, and I discuss their band house, the best apples, Toronto District School Board arts funding cuts, how kids ask the darndest, most astute things, being crazy kids who destroy golf carts in Toronto, the Muppet Babies version of the Darcys band called Bernice, going down on white girls, the insane saga of Wes’s amazing Breaking Bad-esque rise and fall as a student in Guelph, amazingly inspirational high school teachers, drugs, the history of the Darcys and a short list of places where its members are prohibited from frequenting because of past indiscretions, the criminal undertones of the Darcys, remixing everything, covering Steely Dan and not being some kind of gimmicky band, surprising people with new sounds and a new project involving the work of Cormac McCarthy, awkward intensity, the song “Horses Fell,” and more

Related links: thedarcys.ca hillsidefestival.ca vishkhanna.com


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