Best-of ’11

Favorite-of ’11:: Wake! Owl Wild Country EP

Unfortunately, music blogging has evolved from promoting the bands we love to an analytical activity that makes standard cybermetrics feel like casual bar room conversation. Ratings, pageviews, hypem rankings; all of these things are all well and good, but music isn’t a scientific measure. EPs and LPs aren’t built on coefficients and derivatives. They are(…)

Best-‘of ’11:: Ox Tuco

This weekend, I read the internet from beginning to end (baby watch + the ebola virus will provide you endless hours to unearth every opinion out there). Much like music, there’s a lot of shit out there but I did stumble on an interesting post from LA based critic, David Greenwald. It’s nice to see(…)

Best-of ’11:: The Hidden Words Free Thyself from the Fetters of this World

The music of The Hidden Words is a spiritual awakening, but unlike most that read ancient texts and absorb the influence of great minds, these songs aren’t a call to action or a demand for change. These songs aren’t pontification from the pulpit or the fear inducing warming from a booming voice from the mountaintop.(…)

Best-of ’11:: Basketball Maw

If you’ve ever been to Vancouver and spent any time in Stanley Park or on any of the beaches, you’ve probably been forced to side step faux-rastafari, professional sack hackers and devil stick twirlers. God help you if you hang out too long after fireworks or any free concerts.   Thankfully, the tribal percussion and(…)