There are as many definitions of a ‘good life’ as there are lives in the world. Self-proclaimed “sludge-folk wonders” WHOOP-Szo have put their own idea of living a healthy, spiritual life to tape with “Bmaadiziwin” (an Ojibwa word representing a spiritual way of life), a new cassette single that finds their ever-evolving sound rolling across […]
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PHOTO: Alessio Boni Preoccupations by Preoccupations I get it. Preoccupations’ previous name sucked, in a pretty big way. It made people angry, made them call for action, and demanded some kind of recognition of wrong. I can also get how fraught the prospect of starting over can be, and how destructive that process can be on […]
What can I say, I was a snob. In some ways I still am. But come on. It couldn’t be poetry if Teva sandals-and-socks wearing frat boys were into it, could it? What would they know about real art when they don’t even know what real shoes are? And he’s so ‘Canadian’. What’s revolutionary about that? Could a […]
PHOTO: Colin Medley Personal Weekend by Partner This weekend, Monday is my Sunday, Sunday is my Fun Day, Saturday is like Friday Pt. 2, and Tuesday is a storm cloud waaaaaay off in the distance. Canada’s unofficial summer kick-off is here, and so is the season’s first unofficial anthem, Partner‘s “Personal Weekend”. When life is nothing […]
Saskatoon’s Shirley & The Pyramids wear their musical influences on the arm of their long-sleeved tee-shirts, but before you’re quick to group them in with other neo-shoegazers, give a good listen to “All The Time”, one of two advance singles from their recently released self-titled record. In it, you’ll hear a the broad strokes of someone who’s explored a range of sonic influencers–from 13th Floor Elevators to Ride, The Velvet Underground to Atlas Sound–and is now drilling down through the gauzy haze of guitar drone to find their essence, their truth.
Who hasn’t imagined their normal, daily existence–wake up, work/school, home, eat, sleep, repeat–as the stuff of reckless abandon, wild adventure, and celebrity excess? It’s the stuff daydreams are made of, but no one’s been able to bring those dreams to life quite the way Bad Channels have with “Stars”.
Winter’s over, so put away your neutral greys and wooly blacks. Slip into neon bright satins, pop your collar, and dawn those mirror aviators before you’re blinded by the sheer luminosity of Jason Couse and Wes Marskell’s musical return: “Miracle” is gonna take you far away from everything you thought Darcys were, are, or will ever be again. Two […]
Spooky Action at a Distance by Frederick Squire (2016) Listen to “Bike Thief” and you’ll hear the way Frederick Squire build’s a song from the outside in, cracking a tough outer shell, exposing the tender fruit within in search of the seed, the essence at the core. It’s a song over ten years old, written […]