Published Jun 01, 2012As always, there's been lots of insightful interviews and exciting performances over on Exclaim! TV. So if you're looking to catch some of recent highlights, here they are.
First up, Haligonian indie rockers Wintersleep (pictured) were here to perform some new songs from their upcoming album Hello Hum, out June 12 via Capital/EMI. The band filled Exclaim!'s back porch with equipment to serve up a rousing rendition of "Nothing Is Anything (Without You)."
Next we caught up with Sandro Perri at the Toronto Australia New Zealand Club right before he embarked on a European tour. He delivered an excellent version of "Impossible Spaces," the subdued title track from his 2011 album on Constellation Records.
Then there's Al Spx of Cold Specks, who stopped by the Exclaim! office before her debut I Predict a Graceful Expulsion had even been released. She performed that record's "Blank Maps" with impressive conviction and her sultry voice echoed off the walls of Exclaim!'s kitchen, leaving the small audience gathered eagerly awaiting the arrival of her Arts and Crafts debut, which is out now.
For our interview with Title Fight, we walked down Toronto's Bloor Street to Sonic Boom, located underneath the landmark Honest Ed's bargain store. The guys showed us some of their favourite records, including '90s indie and emo classics like Dinosaur Jr.'s You're Living All Over Me and Braid's Frame and Canvas.
While the Stepkids were in town to play a show at the Hoxton, they returned to Exclaim! TV for their second session since last fall. Their arrangement of "500 Miles High" by Chick Corea rang out from Exclaim's upper deck with remarkable vocal harmonies and jazzy inflections.
Every Monday, we've been posting a segment from Parental Advisory, our new collaborative project with the good people at AUX. Earlier this month, Katie Stelmanis of Austra talked about her love of opera and revealed the struggles she went through with her folks after dropping out of university. We also had Gavin Gardiner of the Wooden Sky. He discussed growing up in Manitoba and recounted how an early love for the Ritchie Valens movie La Bamba instilled a fear of flying in his father.
To wrap up, when Nick Ferrio was here recording with Baby Eagle and the Burning Hell, he played one song from his solo project, Nick Ferrio & His Feelings. "Night Garden" is a beautiful country number that manages to sound timeless and traditional without being twangy or hokey.
There's a whole lot more Exclaim! TV to come, so keep an eye for new videos to head your way shortly.