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Ep. 122: 2012-04-08 – Indie Love

iM: Episode #122 features 23 tracks including new music from JAPANDROIDS, PS I LOVE YOU, BANQUET, CHAMPION LOVER, and OLD ENGLISH.


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Featured Artist: PONY GIRL

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iM Video Premiere: CANARY MINE – Chips Cashed In

April 12, 2012

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Self-proclaimed Toronto folk-hop outfit CANARY MINE recently came up on our radar here at The iM, and it’s infectious songs like “Chips Cashed In” that keep us coming back for more. When the band approached us about the possibility of premiering the video for the track, we obviously jumped at the opportunity.

Now it’s your turn to check it out in the embed below; we’re pretty certain you’ll be impressed with what you hear. The clip features CANARY MINE guitarist James Lanbro (aka Jimi Maze) – he explains the idea behind the song in his own words:

“I wrote the bulk of ‘Chips Cashed In’ after a very bad work experience. My workload and hours and cost of living were increasing. My pay was decreasing. Negotiations for a new work contract ended in a stalemate. I spent a month in a farmhouse outside of London tending to the animals and songwriting – ‘Chips Cashed In’ was one of the songs from that session. Although the lyrics are very personal, it was written from the perspective of a protestor in the 1919 Winnipeg Worker’s Strike, which I was reading about at the time.”

“Chips Cashed In” will be included on the band’s seventh studio album Between A Rock And A Heartbreak which is set for release on April 20th at The Rivoli here in Toronto – event details can be found here. The quartet will also be playing dates in London on April 21st, Hamilton on April 27th and Waterloo on April 28th – a full Canadian tour will follow this summer.

About The Author
David Marskell is the co-host/producer and founding father of The Indie Machine. When he is not working at The iM, he books bands at "Baltic Avenue" in downtown Toronto. He has strong feelings for mixtapes and enjoys laying down a good DJ set now and again. One day he hopes to make a living from the music industry... he also hopes to meet Tom Selleck.
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