It's hard to believe, but there's more to Canada than Rick Moranis. Take the band Wintersleep for example, who have been churning out infectious indie rock for the better part of six years or so. The Nova Scotia natives' latest Hello Hum has garnered them their usual critical acclaim from their homeland (they won a Juno Award) but also the states (they appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and opened for such acts as Pearl Jam and Sir Paul McCartney). Last week, the Nova Scotians (I'm making that a term if it isn't already) stopped by the Music Conservatory of Westchester for a stripped-down performance of single "Nothing is Anything (Without You)" and informal interview on A-Sides. Watch. Listen. Love.
Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.