2012

Ritchcraft – Swaine

Ritchcraft – Swaine

Comparisons. These have been the lifeblood of music bloggers & writers for ages. This is especially true when an act comes out of a somewhat smaller, lesser known geographical area and makes a splash. Each subsequent act to emerge from said area with a sound even remotely similar sound gets tagged as the new so(…)

Muneshine – There Is Only Today

If you read my review of Toronto MC/producer Muneshine’s awesome last record, There is Only Today, you know the Mune is the man to see if you want that lush-sounding hip hop with honest and engaging lyrics. After checking his latest video for the title track, directed by Dan Jardine, I know he has what(…)

More Or Les – Big Sugar

January! A time for new beginnings, this month often finds many of us arbitrarily trying to leave behind those nagging vices & peccadilloes that start little campfires of regret or guilt in our collective guts. For example, I know many folks will be trying to cut back, or cut out entirely, a specific white powder(…)

Quick Hitters:: Ever Ending Kicks Notion Free

Quick Hitters:: Ever Ending Kicks Notion Free

It’s probably odd to kickoff the yearly coverage with an act than lives outside of our ten provinces and three territories, but the new EP from Ever Ending Kicks dominated my holiday listening. I’d never heard of Paul Benson before he sent over the record, but seeing he played with Mt. Eerie and Karl Blau(…)

Quick Hitters:: Balacade Malaise Era

Quick Hitters:: Balacade Malaise Era

Admittedly, I’m projecting my setting and situation onto this listen (especially since the West Coast is getting more earthquakes than dumps of snow these days), but the new LP from Victoria’s Balacade sounds like the holidays did to me not so long ago. Not the warm embrace of family and loved ones you typical associate(…)

Cleaning out the closet:: Aidan Knight and Lucas Hicks

Cleaning out the closet:: Aidan Knight and Lucas Hicks

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve mentally checked out for the remainder of ’12. I’ve listened to almost nothing but Tom Waits and Shotgun Jimmie for the last week or so, and the contentedness I get from listening to music for fun, not for content is liberating. That being said, two new records keep creeping(…)

By Divine Right – Mall Santa

By Divine Right – Mall Santa

Usually, at this time of year, we try and post up some of the Christmas/Holiday style jamz we’re sent or manage to come across in our cyber travels. This year though, we’ve both been so busy that the hill has remained festive-tune-free. Bit of a bummer, but so many folks seem to be carrying the(…)