#NowPlaying: TIME BOY’S – HOLY MEDICINE PLAYLIST

 

TIME BOY’S – HOLY MEDICINE PLAYLIST

[WARNING: DO NOT CHEW OR CRUSH, SWALLOW WHOLE]

Time Boy has smashed our heads together once again to create a divine playlist experience that may cause euphoric, delusional, emotional, or otherwise obscure RL symptoms. Upon listening to this particular playlist you may find yourself experiencing the following on your commute through life: 

  1. You are driving 50 under the speed limit while several other drivers flip you the bird and pass you, spitting unforgivable things at you like, “I’d tell you to go back to driving school, but it’s obvious you’ve never been there!” However, you are deaf to their petty remarks and have ascended to a higher dimension of knowledge and peace, overtaken in the awe of something far more beautiful than they could ever imagine. The beat frequencies of their violent horns interlock so harmoniously with the music that your whole body reclines into a slow and somewhat sexual shudder and you feel your lips curl into a weak, almost childlike smile. 
  2. You are out for a casual stroll on your day off. You breathe in the fresh air of the morning, and feel well rested from a deep and blissful sleep the night before. You sip the rich and full-bodied coffee from your thermos, and begin to think about how beautiful the sun looks as its soft orange rays gently pet the hill in front of you. Suddenly you are hit directly in the face by the crashing bus of a realization that you have definitely seen this colour before you have definitely seen this colour before you have definitely seen this colour before you have definitely see 
  3. You may walk through a dusty warehouse, harsh halogen bulbs bask the vast expanse in blue white light. Giving new life to the acrid actors that occupy top shelf stages. Staging weird ways to view the few musty crates that time’s eyes forgot. Scored with the wild proclamations of a fiend in the throws of musical madness. 
  4. You may be a studious university graduate with a bitter disposition, wandering aimlessly through the hollow insides of a popular boutique head shop, sneering dispassionately at the wares. Utter disbelief as your vision blurs and the ghosts of this old building come to life in vivid detail. Waltzing merrily around what once was a ballroom. Your muscles tense and shudder and before you know it you’re caught in this ghastly display.

It is advised to lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling with headphones on during your first dose of Time Boy’s – Holy Medicine Playlist, but be prepared to run out of your front door immediately at the first sign of tension or discomfort. All songs are selected by Eric Jessee, Laura Hickli, Hayden Dallison, and Danny Fisher of Time Boy based on the profound impact each song carved into our bodies, physically and/or emotionally.

Auto Rock – Mogwai
This was one of the first post rock songs I listened to. To me it epitomizes much of what I like about the genre. A strong yet accessible melody, tons of atmospheric textures, and a slow crescendo building consistently throughout the song. It is a build that lasts for the length of the track, and then leads perfectly into the next song on the album. -EJ

Song of the Sad Assassin – Why?
Why has always been a huge influence for me. The lyricism is insanely interesting; he paints such a rich and colourful picture of his own depravity and uniqueness of thought. The music seems to compliment each line perfectly with its own ebb and flow. The creative choices are like something I’ve not seen before in any other artist. -EJ

Cold Weather Heart- The Ashley Hundred
The Ashley Hundred has always been a local favourite of mine. I’ve been transiently mixing sound for them at different shows for the last four and a bit years. Their instrumentation paints a psychedelic and serene image which serves as a perfect backdrop for their perfectly crafted harmonies and lyrics. Always one of my first choices when it comes to recommending a Calgary artist. -EJ

Crocodile – Rabino
Just recently discovered Rabino last year when I was working a small event outside of blank page studio. Their tight musicality with some electronic elements were refreshing to hear, and Colin’s smooth r&b vocals tied it all together as a great experience. -EJ

Waiting – Copperhead
Copperhead is another one of my local favourites. Their dreamy and soulful instrumentation is both inviting and compelling. Liz’s voice is striking. It sits perfectly amongst the musical landscape and carries a true weight In its words. -EJ

Disco – Windigo
Windigo was one of the first local bands that got me really excited about the music scene. The music has a great upbeat energy to it, while remaining earnest and interesting. The vocal melodies are unique and fit excellently with the composition. I always get this song stuck in my head when I know I’ll be seeing them. -EJ

Valences – Chin up, White Leaf
I first heard Chin Up, White Leaf when I first became involved with Market Collective several years ago. I was totally blown away by the power and sensitivity of her voice.
The tender guitar melodies paired perfectly and I was captivated by the honesty and presence of her songwriting. -EJ

The Weight – Laura Stevenson
Laura Stevenson is another huge songwriting influence for me. I have always been drawn to the imagery of her lyrics – at face value, there doesn’t seem to be much going on, but upon further listening you realize that they are ripe with symbolism pertaining to stories about her own life and experiences. I’ve also always found the instrumentation to be rather unique, making melodic choices that I wouldn’t think to do otherwise. -EJ

Olsen Olsen – Sigur Rós
Sigur Rós is another quintessential post rock artist that I adore. Their songs always seem to sweep me away to another place and take me on an inter-dimensional journey, each movement bringing the experience of being in a different and foreign place while feeling oddly familiar. -EJ

Hourglass – Eric Jessee
This song was mostly written as a stream of consciousness. I was experimenting with layering multiple vocal parts on top of each other, and the instrumental eventually ended up stemming into a part where I stood back from the mic and just shouted whatever came to mind. The train of thought stems from a realization I had one day when I realized that everything in my life is constantly in decay, which led to me comparing myself to an hourglass. -EJ

Blow Away – Astral Swans
It’s hard to pick only one from local artist Matt Swann’s incredible album, ‘Strange Prison.’ So, I went with the song that takes me back to when I first heard Astral Swans. It is the dead of night, I’m lying in my bunk bed alone and lost, a stranger in my own head. I put my headphones on and am instantly taken outside of myself at the opening synth patch with the gentle timbre of his voice. His brutally honest lyrics plow fearlessly to the point with an explicit understanding of the terrible spaces our heads can travel. Thanks for making me feel a little less alone, Matt. -LH

Take Me To The River – The Talking Heads
This is the catchiest song in the entire universe (followed closely by ‘I Hear You Knockin’ – Ernest Monias.) There is nothing that elevates my mood more than impersonating David Byrne’s dramatic vocals, ‘TAKE me to the riverrrrr…. DROP me in the waterrrr’ very loudly in every possibly social scenario. I will continue to change people’s ringtones to my incredibly exaggerated vocal rendition of this flawless angel of a song, written by the God’s that are The Talking Heads. -LH

Cloud Chaser – 36?
Sonically, ‘Cloud Chaser’ written by one of my favourite local bands, 36? reminds me of the sweetest days of our lives; being teenagers without a care in the world. Walking through ally’s drinking brews and spreading dandelion’s with your best friends. The evening air smells like adventure, and laughter seems to carry for miles. Taylor Cochrane just played this song live for me in our room and spoke to me the lyrics like poetry. They allude to me the importance of continuously moving forward in life and not waiting for outside forces to determine how far, or when we should embark on a new journey of personal awakening and growth. -LH

Love Ridden – Fiona Apple
Yes, Fiona. What a queen of a songwriter. Not only is she an incredibly skilled instrumentalist and timeless singer, she is in touch with her emotions and concisely articulates her message lyrically. She uses the coolest chord progressions, and is SO FIERCE. This song in particular is one of my favorite musical paragraphs, with perfect uses of crescendos, space, transitions, and dissonance to add drama and intensity to the overall story. I love this song. -LH

Hide Away – Laura Hickli
I thought I’d throw in one of my favorite compositions from my debut solo record, “Flowstate.” This songs about isolating oneself during deep states of depression, and pushing the ones you love far away emotionally, even if they walk right beside you. I enjoy the power, and vulnerability in this song. -LH

We Did What We Had To – Lisa Anderson
Lisa is a gem in the Calgary music scene, a skilled vocalist and pianist, and an all around lovely, helpful, and inspiring woman.This song is my favorite off her album, ‘A Hundred Lives.’ Her use of horns and strings not only add unexpected thrills and elevate the tensions in the song, but also amplify her thoughtful keyboard, and captivating vocals. When she performs live, sometimes she jumps up in the air and lands on her pedal.‘ Enjoy this lovely song from Calgary’s pixie cut rockstar. -LH

Can I Get the Real Stuff – Guerilla Toss
Guerilla Toss knows how to hold a rowdy zoo party and pump everyone up around them with their bizzare and captivating tunes. They are bold in their musical choices and entirely brilliant in their execution and stage energy. I chose them because I believe they are related to Time Boy in a future universe, and because I have a huge crush on their singer, Kassie Carlson. They seem like the type of person who’d call you in the middle of the night and convince you to go trespassing abandoned buildings for fun. -LH

Better – Time Boy
No doubt our most beloved song to play live, Better, which we still call 7/4 in respect to it’s conception, is the fan-favorite that typically closes our sets and leaves all four of us in melted puddles of blood and skin on the stage. This song is about a drunken vagrant longing to switch lives and bodies with a bridge that towers above him. -LH

Modern Dance – Pere Ubu
A few years ago I was living in a basement apartment with my brother. It was a dingey little hole in the ground where we were packed to our elbows in bizarre ephemera of all sorts. I was just finishing up my BFA and my brother had taken to collecting odd VHS tapes and paintings of deserts, the walls were a sickening combination of ketchup red and canary yellow. It was quite a scene. The whole place was brought to life by the music we’d play for each other and “Modern Dance” by Pere Ubu was one of the gems he was kind enough to show me. I’ll always be in love with the shrill belting of Dave Thomas but this song in particular is forever rooted in one specific space and time. Cooking eggs on our private planet. -HKD

Cut – Minutemen
Minutemen had been on my radar for a large part of my young adult life but it wasn’t until recently that I really started to appreciate the poetry of the lyrics. Strange, disjointed phrases woven together with colloquial terms from the armpit of California. It could just be me but something makes me go slack-jawed when I hear D Boon yell “Hay Ice machine!” From out of nowhere. -HKD

Arrow Pierced Egg Man – Mike Watt
This brief little guy is the opening song off “Hyphenated Man” one of the most interesting albums I know. Mike Watt decided to write a series of very short audio interpretations of Hieronymus Bosch paintings. Hearing about this album was a real “you can do that!?” Sort of moment for me. -HKD

Neon God – Foonyap
It seems that as time goes on I can’t avoid being in the crowd at a Foonyap show, not that I’m complaining! Seems almost inevitable that if you’re in a space where weird art is happening you’re going to hear some Foonyap, and with good reason. The number of people I’ve observed who have been moved to tears could fill a list as long as my arm, that list includes myself, naturally.-HKD

Bells On … – Andrew’s Pale Horses
There’s an electricity in the melancholic energy watching Andrew’s Pale Horses play. I’ve only been fortunate enough to see them a small handful of times but when I have It’s been very enchanting, ghostly even. Poetic and honest compositions that get lost deep in my head, a good feeling to say the least. -HKD

Image Craft by Crack Cloud
Stay anxious while getting down to this dancy/unnerving jam (check the music video too). -DF

Faces Lit by Chad VanGaalen
A silly-short-sad-song that sounds like it was recorded in a tin can #goals. -DF

Cyber Insekt by The Fall
A driving cacophony of elation complete with a nearly incomprehensible Mark E. Smith. The Fall at their best. -DF