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PUP >> The Dream Is Over

June 2nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on PUP >> The Dream Is Over

PUP >> The Dream Is Over

There are very few instances where I’ve been blown away by a band live while having little-to-no expectation going into a gig. This story is about one of those memorable times.  I’d known of Topanga and found their early releases catchy, and I also knew the band had recently changed their name to PUP – but that was about it. Immediately […]

BY DIVINE RIGHT >> Speak & Spell U.S.

May 31st, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on BY DIVINE RIGHT >> Speak & Spell U.S.

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Vince Clarke punctuates songs with infectious and unforgettable melodies about as often as he does their titles with exclamation points. Arguably his best collection of examples of both is Speak & Spell, Depeche Mode’s debut album, and the only one Clarke had a hand in creating. He wrote nine of its 11 songs (“Big Muff” […]

KATE MAKI >> Head In The Sand

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on KATE MAKI >> Head In The Sand

KATE MAKI >> Head In The Sand

Kate Maki may wrestle with love, relationships and the human condition, but the candid and eloquent music those battles inspire comes naturally to her. Head In The Sand bravely looks Maki’s tempestuous past in the eye, and sets course for a calmer future.

HOODED FANG >> Venus On Edge

May 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on HOODED FANG >> Venus On Edge

HOODED FANG >> Venus On Edge

Listening to Hooded Fang’s Venus On Edge is akin to sucking on sour candy while riding The Gravitron blindfolded: pure sensory overload. Moving at the speed of light and as intense, Venus On Edge finds the Toronto-based foursome filling their musical canvas with reckless abandon. They dive head first into song and only stop to survey […]

WILD RIVERS >> Wild Rivers

May 10th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on WILD RIVERS >> Wild Rivers

WILD RIVERS >> Wild Rivers

I shouldn’t like Wild Rivers. For the most part, I do my best to avoid acoustic guitar-based earnestness in favour of freakier, noisier, louder, darker sounds sprinkled with self-hatred, regret and a bit of tongue-in-cheek. Wild Rivers self titled debut lacks just about all of those elements but, much to my surprise, I found a […]

JENNY BERKEL >> Pale Moon Kid

April 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on JENNY BERKEL >> Pale Moon Kid

JENNY BERKEL >> Pale Moon Kid

There’s an undeniable charm to Jenny Berkel, and her new album, Pale Moon Kid is a finely spun spell of storytelling and songwriting. Her writing is rhapsodic and evocative; when she sings “It’s the Third of November / and winter rattles doorways,” on opener “Half Dream”, you can practically feel the chill run up her […]

TIM HECKER >> Love Streams

April 12th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on TIM HECKER >> Love Streams

TIM HECKER >> Love Streams

I was reading some recent interviews with Tim Hecker about the way he makes records, specifically his latest, Love Streams. If I’m getting this right, Hecker used computer software to re-score 15th century choral motifs, shifting its tone, stretching it out, and digitally deleting notes he decided were extraneous in order to come up with […]

Peace Be Still >> Dumb Dads

March 29th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on Peace Be Still >> Dumb Dads

Peace Be Still >> Dumb Dads

Peace Be Still could be one of the most underrated bands in the GTA. They’ve been a band for almost ten years, albeit with a rotating cast of drummers, are noted road dogs and have played countless shows in and around their hometown of Mississauga. Yet, they seem to remain a well-kept secret. With the […]

WARMER >> Peak Health

March 22nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on WARMER >> Peak Health

WARMER >> Peak Health

Calling themselves an “evolving experiment in rock and roll” may sound clichéd, but make no mistake: Kingston, ON based trio Warmer have applied an almost academic attention to detail to music making. Springing between dour melancholy and downright jollity, Peak Health is the kind of album The New Pornographers might make if Dan Bejar were in total control instead of […]

AA WALLACE >> In Alpha Zones

March 15th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Album Reviews | Comments Off on AA WALLACE >> In Alpha Zones

AA WALLACE >> In Alpha Zones

I swear In Alpha Zones was in my record collection long before AA Wallace conceived and recorded it in his home studio. His latest full length of synth-laden, danceable dirges reaches back to the futuristic sounds of the early 80s to create a weirdly reverential and forward-looking music. Regardless of its title, “The Optimist” is […]


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