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video for Detroit '67 [07 Oct 2008|09:49pm]

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[23 Jul 2008|09:03pm]

xshilox
[ mood | blah ]

I've gotten two requests in the last week or so for Sam Roberts rarities, so here we go. Included are all the previous "oldies" I uploaded, and a few extras. Enjoy.

Download here.

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news [09 May 2008|06:05pm]

xshilox
[ mood | cheerful ]

Sam Roberts will be on The Hour, May 14th, 11pm, on CBC.

The new album, Love At The End Of The World, will be released on May 20th.

And just how brilliant is the new video? I quite like Sam with a pompadour.

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Episode 5 - Digging Thorugh The Vaults, Darkly [24 Feb 2007|09:26pm]

xshilox
[ mood | annoyed ]

Sam Roberts - Sunny Lemon Tina

The story of Sunny Lemon Tina is a tumultuous one, winding its way through the past twelve years, a song looking for both a home and an identity. In fact, I've never written a song that has had a tougher time establishing exactly what it wants to be. Even the ill-fated "Sweet Love" (see episode 3) was more assertive, despite its devastatingly soporific effect on the crowd. It was back in 1995... Ivan had been reading a "Toilet Seat Classics" book, based on commonly misheard song lyrics and suggested that "Sunny Lemon Tina" would become the Feminine Anti-Hero/Muse who would lead our band to great heights. But first, she needed a song, which seemed simple enough at the time. The words were the same as those you are listening to now, however, the melody, chords, everything else were different. According to our friend Dave, this first incarnation, now forgotten, sounded like a band we were into, called The Boo Radleys. He liked it so much that he offered to manage our band. We agreed, although we were suspicious of Dave's motives and therefore decided that we would completely change the song. If he stayed, despite the subversion, he must mean business. We kept the same words and set them to an entirely new tune. Dave stayed, but after a few months we decided the song had still not reached its fullest potential and scrapped it again. And so on... over the course of the next few years, this process was applied to poor Tina more times than was decent. You might be asking "Why not just start a new song? Why not just leave Tina be?" "Valid imaginary questions," I'd answer, "and ones to which I do not have a reasonable reply." The North Star EP version (the one your hearing today), is the form which has had the most staying power, although we recorded versions for both the Brother Down LP and We Were Born In A Flame (didn't make the cut). In 2002, we opened almost every show with Sunny Lemon Tina on our first tour with the Tragically Hip and we still pull it out of the bag once in a while. In a way, Ivan's prediction was right, she has been both a guide and a muse, her refusal to be defined a constant thorn in our side, but also a reason to keep looking for new ways. Talks are under way for another version. THE VERSION....

Previous weeks' oldies:
Sam Roberts - For The Ladies
Sam Roberts - Got Soul (But No Money)
Sam Roberts - Diagnosis Evil
Sam Roberts - Devil's Ends

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Episode 4 - Digging Through The Vaults, Darkly [18 Feb 2007|11:16am]

xshilox
[ mood | sleepy ]

Sam Roberts - For The Ladies

For this week's featured song from days of yore, I've elected to stay with the Brother Down LP and to play for you all, the ill-titled (but well-intentioned) track "For The Ladies." Now, this began as a working title, born out of our certainty that this song would have aphrodisiac powers over any female listener. As the record was finished and sent to manufacturing - by "manufacturing" I of course mean that we went and bought blank cd's, went to the photocopy store to print the album covers and then took over my brother Allister's computer to burn copy after copy - we never bothered to change the song title. And so it has stayed through the ages, a testament to our inexperience in the ways and thoughts of the fairer sex and a terrible name for a song all in one. I don't mean to always make light of everything that has to do with this period in our lives. It's just that it now seems like a comedy to me (a dark comedy that is) - mishap heaped upon mishap, hope tinged with a desperation brought on by the lurking spectre of total chaos leading to a final, unsung demise. At the time this was all deadly serious to us and I'm very glad for that. We were convinced that it was all worth pursuing, right to the bitter end and we did - still do, for that matter. One further note.... strangely enough, it has always been men who have said that it's their favourite song on the record...

Previous weeks' oldies:
Sam Roberts – Got Soul (But No Money)
Sam Roberts - Diagnosis Evil
Sam Roberts - Devil's Ends

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Episode 3 - Digging through the vaults, darkly [11 Feb 2007|09:59am]

xshilox
[ mood | awake ]

Sam Roberts – Got Soul (But No Money)

Allow me, if you will, to vault ahead to the year 2000. We have spent the past two weeks wallowing in the 90's and I feel like it's time for a break. Now, this sudden move away from the Northstar Ep before its completion is inspired, in part, by Bob Dylan's book Chronicles Volume 1. In it, you imagine he is just about to get into the nitty gritty of his rise to stardom - his first few classic albums, what was he thinking when he wrote Highway 61 Revisited, Freewheelin'... before you know it, you're in New Orleans in the mid 80's hearing about how Oh Mercy! came into being. So here we are, the year 1999 and the demise of Northstar following one of the worst gigs I hope to ever play. The venue - "Vox" - in downtown Toronto. The crowd - unsympathetic, uninterested, unimpressed. The band - completely lost, dragging-on a version of a song called "Sweet Love" (in my top five worst attempts of all time) for a very uncomfortable amount of time. The result - ten years of music-making and comraderie disintergrates. It was a blow unlike any other I had ever experienced. It was more than just a band breaking up, it was a loss of identity. But maybe it was what needed to happen, maybe it was the catalyst for a shift in our creative direction and a better future. After four months or so, I couldn't take it anymore... I called up Eric Fares and asked if he thought we could start something new, something different. "It would make my heart full of joy," he responded, and we decided to see if George Donoso would sit in on drums. He recorded 17 tracks in a couple of hours, laying the rhythmic foundation for what would become the album "Brother Down." For the next few months, Eric and I went in every day to work on it, recording on the ever-popular 12 track Beta machine. As for the sound quality, our mantra was "it is what it is." It was more about trying things with songs I'd never tried before. This week's song, "Got Soul (But No Money)" was, for me anyway, a big departure from my usual approach to writing. A drum machine for the love of god... We never performed it, in fact, outside of a few close friends, no one had ever heard it. Years later, however, my compadre K-os asked me collaborate on song with him. He came up to Montreal on a cold winter's day and we headed to the studio with no particular plan. I played him a few odds and ends and he latched on to this song. I spent the day recording vocals and guitars, remodelling the original, all the while K-os slept on the sofa. Eight or nine hours later, it was done. My collaborator woke up, looking very refreshed and said "don't worry, I'm going to flip that shit..." Nothing I'd ever done had been flipped before, so I waited with great interest and some fear for his take on it. The finished product is a song I love, but never expected, called "Dirty Water," on K-os 2nd album Joyful Rebellion. See you next week when we dig up another dirty little secret together...

You know, sometimes I wish Sam would consider using paragraphs in his reminisces.

And here's last week's oldie if you missed it: Sam Roberts - Diagnosis Evil
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songs from the vaults [06 Feb 2007|06:08pm]

xshilox
[ mood | enthralled ]

If you weren't already aware, the guys are posting "oldies" on their myspace. Last week's oldie was Devil's Ends, which I adored but failed to download. I was wondering if anyone happens to have it and would be willing to upload it for me.

In return, I give you this week's oldie, Diagnosis: Evil (which everyone can download, of course).

Please leave a comment if you download (I plan on uploading each week's new song, but only if people are going to download them).

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Valhalla Lyrics? [13 Dec 2006|08:19pm]

riku_tsuyoi
[ mood | Curious. ]

Well, since this does include Sam Roberts, I was wondering if anyone had the lyrics to the song, "Valhalla" by K-OS featuring Sam Roberts? I, personally, really like this song - it has a different feel then Sam's songs, but it's just as great, plus Sam's voice is <3.

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[05 Nov 2006|05:37pm]

jaune
33 - Wimbledon
12- Sam Roberts Band
16 - The Prestige
16 - Hugh Jackman



Comment and credit jaune, no hotlinking, do not customize. Textless icons aren't bases.

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Sam Roberts...movie star??? [26 Oct 2006|07:57pm]

pursequeen
Not only is Sam Roberts a great singer but he is now an actor too. His good friend Matt Mays has made a movie called "When the angels make contact", and Sam Roberts has a role in it. He plays a dude with an Australian accent. Check out teh trailer at www.whentheangelsmakecontact.com.

Hope to see the movie soon!!!
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Virgin Festival anyone? [11 Sep 2006|06:17pm]

pursequeen
The Virgin Festival was yesterday, and for those of you that were there, know that it was great. Sam played right after wolfmother(awesome band!). His performance was awesome, but not nearly long enough.

While watching Matt Mays and El Torpedo I noticed that there was a guy who looked just like James Hall standing right in front of me. After Matt Mays was done I approached him and said hi and asked if he was who I thought he was. (It was him!) So we chatted it up a bit,a dn then my boyfriend took a picture of us. I was really surprsied that no one else had recognized him. I also saw Dave, but he was being attacked by girls. Since I saw the two of them just walking around, I thought I would see Eric and Sam too, but sadly I did not.

Did anyone else meet any of them at V-fest???
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[28 Aug 2006|07:28pm]
embryo_spark
sam roberts & mattmays+el torpedo played for free in my homecity of thunder bay, ontario.

it was really fun and my friends and i were front and almost centre.



more pictures from my journal.
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[18 Aug 2006|06:04pm]

pursequeen
McMaster Univsersity. Sat September 9th. Those are all the details I know. I think its for a kind of welcoming. He was there last year for the beginning of September and it was a lotta fun!!! It was free last year so I am assuming it will also be free this year. And all ages too I think. Just thought I'd let you guys know!!!!
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fall before you finish [07 Aug 2006|08:30am]

pursequeen
Has anyone heard sam's "fall before you finish"? its not on chemical city, but i just found it on itunes. It's a great song. Everyone should have a listen.
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Pictures galore! [19 Jul 2006|11:08am]

canadian_girl09
[ mood | cheerful ]

Hey I just thought I'd share with you a bunch of pictures my friend took when we went to see Sam Roberts back in May here in Victoria (Sugar Nightclub). We were first-row, which was amazing. Best Sam cocert I've ever been to. We also just saw him play at ICA Folk Fest here in Victoria as well.

A good friend of mine was the coordinator for Folk Fest, and got to hang out with Sam and the boys on their tour bus for about an hour after the show ... and word on the street is he's going to be playing a few arena shows in the near future, so keep an eye out for concert listings!

My friend sent the pictures from the concert to Sam's crew via www.samrobertsband.com, and Sam PERSONALLY replied back and asked if he could use them on his website! So now about 20 of my friends' pictures are on the official Sam Roberts site. I thought that was pretty cool.

If any of you guys were at the concert, my friend was the one who was asked to go up on stage during Ben Lee's set to help hold the keyboard. :)

SAM ROBERTS PICTURES

Did anyone catch the half-hour concert on CTV a few nights ago?

p.s. this community needs to become way more active!

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