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Tuesday March 13th, 2012

Posted at 2:15pm

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The Windsor Scene is a weekly program on Windsor’s local campus-community radio station, CJAM 99.1 FM. For an hour and a half every Wednesday, starting at 5 pm, the airwaves are taken over by local music. New releases and stuff from the archives, visiting groups and locals releasing albums, country, electronic, and metal, if it deals with Windsor’s musical entertainment, you’ll find it here.

In addition to recordings, listeners will have the chance to hear live performances, and interviews with artists, fans, and other people vital to the scene. In the past we’ve heard from metal group Weapon of Choice, pop-punk extraordinaires Shortcut to Last, the owner of Sound Foundry Studios, Brett Humber, and even a candid interview and bootleg performance from Vancouver’s Five Alarm Funk, the last time they cam to visit Phog Lounge.

Coming up this week, Wednesday March 14th, The Windsor Scene will be helping to debut a new album, Hate Letter, the first recording from Scott Warren’s solo project, This Is War.  Scott has years of experience touring and playing local venues, and is currently the man behind Rockerie Records. His current and past projects include Somatose and Vultures?, but in This is War Scott took creative control and created a collection of tunes that is as dynamic as it is enjoyable. Which is to say, very.  The album also features guest performances from numerous veterans of the scene, including members of Cellos, Under Ruins, Poughboy, and Grand Maris.

A description from the creator himself:

‘Hate Letter’ investigates the mind, and soul of a broken man; a concept album exploring the many facets of a shattered reality, while reaching for  hope when all appears lost. It’s dark music for dark times; facets of pain, anguish, anger, and misery manifested in song. All around me, new life, birth, joy, hope. This, in the hour of my greatest pain, all the while drowning in the wake of unforgivable deceit. ‘Hate Letter’ is a message. ‘Hate Letter’ is my stabbing attempt to crystalize an unfathomable betrayal. ‘Hate Letter’ is my conviction of character, and my sentencing of  grief.

Scott and I will be discussing his recording and mixing process for the album, the guests he chose to accompany him, whatever else we might feel like, and the upcoming CD release show, which is one I highly recommend music fans attend.  Scott will be accompanied by those that appeared on the album, for a total of nine musicians on stage. They will run through the album in succession, for likely the only live performance of Hate Letter likely to occur. And the wonderful acoustic talents of Tony Coates will open the show. All of this goes down on Friday, March 23rd at FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. W, Main Level).

So tune in this Wednesday, March 14th to CJAM 99.1 FM between 5 and 6:30 pm for the chance to hear This Is War’s Hate Letter played for the first time ever in it’s entirety for all to hear.

The Windsor Scene is also available as an iTunes podcast, so please, feel free to subscribe. 

 

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