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PREMIERE >> LUKA “Death of the Ogre”

November 3rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in New Music, Premieres | Leave A Comment »

PREMIERE >> LUKA “Death of the Ogre”

“Death of the Ogre” is a new collaboration between Toronto-based artist LUKA and Marine Dreams‘ Ian Kehoe, “… a recording that captures the ease and spontaneity” of the two musicians’ style. LUKA says the song, recorded on a whim in Kehoe’s home studio of the course of a few hours, “…resurrects an old demo that displaces the […]


January 26th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Singles | Leave A Comment »


Much to my chagrin, Marine Dreams‘ Lemon Tree limited edition cassette release went without a proper mention and acknowledgment in these pages last year, so I’m making sure that Producer’s Wonderland, his latest cassette–released tomorrow!–doesn’t get away from me in the same way. Written, Performed, Recorded, Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Ian “Marine Dreams” Kehoe himself, Producer’s Wonderland features […]

SONGS: 2014 Volume 5 (and 6!)

December 19th, 2014  |  by  |  published in 2014 in Review, Lists | Leave A Comment »

SONGS: 2014 Volume 5 (and 6!)

**If you had technical difficulties downloading or playing back Volume 1, please delete the files from your computer and re-download the .zip file here.** **If you had technical difficulties downloading Volume 5 (i.e. there was nothing in the zip folder), please re-download the .zip file here. All music should now be added.**   2014 was […]

QBiM COVER STORY: If I Picked the Polaris Music Prize 2014

June 13th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cover Story, Lists | Leave A Comment »

QBiM COVER STORY: If I Picked the Polaris Music Prize 2014

Six days from now 40 albums, determined by votes from over 200 jurors, will get to call themselves Polaris Music Prize long listers. I extend my congratulations in advance to all the long listers, and thank them fro another year of outstanding artistic achievement in Canadian music.  The difficult decisions in weighing my final ballot continues […]


May 19th, 2014  |  by  |  published in The Label Makers | Leave A Comment »


Barely out of short pants, Welland, ON-based You’ve Changed Records hasn’t, as its name suggests, undergone any massive transformation in its short history, aside from amassing a growing catalogue of records that challenge you to change how you define folk, rock, and roots music. Founded in 2009 by Steve Lambke (of Constantines and Baby Eagle), Daniel Romano, and Ian Kehoe […]

Songs: 2013 Part 1

December 17th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Lists, MiXTAPE | Leave A Comment »

Songs: 2013 Part 1

Did you think I would stop with Quick Before It Melts’ 10 favourite albums of 2103? Though there was much work and deliberation in making that list (as there is every year), the task of making a similar list of favourite songs of the year would probably make my head explode. In 2012 and 2011, I […]

Albums: 2013

December 16th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Lists | 2 Comments »

40% of Quick Before It Melts’ Favourite Albums of 2013 list looks very similar to 2011’s list, which is a coincidence not lost on me as I compiled this year’s compendium of preferred personal records. While I am very fond of the four repeat honourees on this year’s list, it wasn’t a forgone conclusion that their new […]

DiSC of the WEEK: Marine Dreams • Corner of the Eye

October 7th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Discs of the Week | Leave A Comment »

There’s this phenomenon that I’ve experienced while de-cluttering, packing and moving, but I don’t have an official name for it.  It goes something like this: you’re sorting through artifacts in a particular box, from a particular part of your life; most no longer carry any value or meaning, so they are easily let go as […]

THE WEATHER STATION • Duets single series

February 11th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Discs of the Week | Leave A Comment »

Okay, so maybe a collection of singles isn’t exactly the same thing as a record, but how could this not be something I’d highly recommend anyone who’ll listen to me? Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station has embarked on an open-ended series of two song singles being billed as The Weather Station Duets Series from […]

Possible, probable

May 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | Leave A Comment »

Trying to determine “the best” album of the year is always going to be an exercise in subjectivity, and well it should be.  You can assign points for technical proficiency, and set all kinds of arbitrary criteria as if this was a figure skating competition, but even at the Olympics, they’re looking at artistic impression.  […]

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