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DiSC of the WEEK: The Rural Alberta Advantage, Mended With Gold

DiSC of the WEEK: The Rural Alberta Advantage, Mended With Gold

In my March 2011 review of The Rural Alberta Advantage‘s Departing, I told the story of how, after listening to that record all the way through the first time, my instinct ...

Polaris Music Prize and the Banff Centre presents Holy Shad “The Legend of Cy Borg” Pts 1 & 2

Polaris Music Prize and the Banff Centre presents Holy Shad “The Legend of Cy Borg” Pts 1 & 2

On Monday, the ninth Polaris Music Prize will be awarded to one of this year’s 10 shortlisted records: Arcade Fire‘s Reflektor; Basia Bulat‘s Tall Tall Shadow; ...

DiSC of the WEEK: Jenny Berkel, Here on a Wire

DiSC of the WEEK: Jenny Berkel, Here on a Wire

The spectral “haunt folk” sound of Jenny Berkel‘s Here on a Wire offered me respite from the storm of modern life back in 2012 when it first appeared as a digit...

The Label Makers: Headless Owl Records

The Label Makers: Headless Owl Records

Based in one-of-a-kind Whitehorse, Yukon, Headless Owl Records is a one-of-a-kind label whose mission statement reflects the distinctiveness of their hometown.  Founders/musicia...


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PREMiERE

PREMiERE: Das Rad “Land of Nod”
PREMiERE: Das Rad “Land of Nod”

“Like a nuclear poison,” reads Das Rad‘s press release for their debut album Radiation, in reference to their acerbic and punk and heavy metal mash up sound. Th...

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NEW MUSiC

NEW MUSiC: Elrichman “Your Ancient Evenings”
NEW MUSiC: Elrichman “Your Ancient Evenings”

Gay‘s Paul Erlichman causes some confusion naming his solo project Elrichman, but not even the deliberate misspelling is enough to obscure his eccentric songwriting style....

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LiSTEN

LiSTEN: Familiars “Fire in the Sky”
LiSTEN: Familiars “Fire in the Sky”

Familiars by Familiars I ask artists using the Quick Before It Melts submission page to keep their bio info brief, but Familiars‘ has been the briefest, most succinct subm...

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iNTRODUCING

iNTRODUCiNG: Persian Rugs
iNTRODUCiNG: Persian Rugs

Their first ‘demo’ single, “Always All”, caught the ear of Pitchfork in 2011, who said “[The song's] melody shines through the tape hiss enjoyably.&#...

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ViDEO

ViDEO: Pony Girl “Golden Children”
ViDEO: Pony Girl “Golden Children”

I inexcusably dropped the ball on blogging about Pony Girl when they released their debut album, Show Me Your Fears a year ago. It’s a kaleidoscopic art-rock revelation, e...

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