Slightly out of the prescribed order, appropriately enough, are Toronto's The Hidden Cameras, after whose "High Performance Rodeo" show in Calgary I picked up 2004's "The Arms of His 'Ill'", a 10" EP consisting of seven 4-track demo versions of songs that ended up on their acclaimed album Mississauga Goddam. The Hidden Cameras sure seem to enjoy releasing their demos. Most of the demos here are similar in style to the album versions, but it's nice to hear them in a slightly more intimate and stripped down form. And yes, this is in fact one of the few records I've bought this millenium. My wife and I nearly saw the band a second time in Montreal, but we opted to stay at the very comfortable venue "Casa Del Popolo" to drink Cheval Blanc and Coup de Grisou and hear Carrigan, As The Poets Affirm, The Acorn, and Kiss Me Deadly for a mere $5. We had a damn good time. Here is the lovely "no strings attached" version of "Builds the Bone".
Side B - The Hidden Cameras - Builds the Bone [4 stars mp3]