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Quick Hitters:: David Simard

Quick Hitters:: David Simard

It’s no secret that having kids, a full time job and being older than most of the re-issues that today’s passionate music fans haven’t even heard of makes for infrequent excursions to see live music. Jesus, The Heavy Blinkers have played more shows than I’ve seen in the last two months! In an ideal world,(…)

Review:: Brasstronaut Mean Sun

Review:: Brasstronaut Mean Sun

Technical proficiency usually comes with a hefty price tag attached. For every artist like Yngwie Johann Malmsteen or Jaco Pastorius that can drop jaws with digit dexterity forged into their work, there is a slew of skilled players that can’t find the balance between engaging the listener and showing off technique. For Brasstonaut – a(…)

Polaris Possibilities:: Part 3 Polaris of Darkness

Polaris Possibilities:: Part 3 Polaris of Darkness

As we get close to June, it means that I’ve got to start eliminating the pretenders from the contenders for the 2012 Polaris Prize. There are countless records that deserve to be on my ballot and won’t get included, and like any subjective vote, there will be adoration showered on records I can’t stand. So(…)

Polaris Possibilities for 2012:: Part 2 Polaris Harder

Polaris Possibilities for 2012:: Part 2 Polaris Harder

As we get close to June, it means that I’ve got to start eliminating the pretenders from the contenders for the 2012 Polaris Prize. There are countless records that deserve to be on my ballot and won’t get included, and like any subjective vote, there will be adoration showered on records I can’t stand. So(…)

Cleaning out the Inbox:: Digits

Cleaning out the Inbox:: Digits

Jesus. I don’t know why I feel the constant need to justify not writing about acts quickly enough (god knows most don’t care about even throwing us an advertising bone and treat us like interns), but I can’t help it. Every time I get a follow up email, it makes me realize I wish the(…)

Shop Local:: Heather Green Your Last War

Shop Local:: Heather Green Your Last War

Heather Green is a transplant, having left the sweet smells of the Pacific to find a home here in Canada’s Ocean playground. That being said, she’s engrained herself into the musical community, and the saltwater air is now a part of her sound. Well, that and maybe working with producer Daniel Ledwell and getting contributions(…)

Quick Hitters:: Mode Moderne Strange Bruises

Quick Hitters:: Mode Moderne Strange Bruises

It’s almost impossible to talk about Vancouver mope poppers Mode Moderne without citing tried and true influences. The easy sounds like – Joy Division, The Smiths, New Order – all fit, but that’s more about how MM delights the listener with the same blissful melancholy those bands created so well than potential legacy. There’s a(…)