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Jay Smith

Jay Smith

Regrets, I got plenty of ‘em. Fairly certain I’ll have plenty more by the time it’s all said and done. That’s part & parcel of being a human being, is it not? I can’t be sure, but I think having zero regrets about the life you’ve lived to date might make you a sociopath. No(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: Donovan Woods Don’t Get Too Grand

Favorites-of ’13:: Donovan Woods Don’t Get Too Grand

Donovan Woods is a refreshingly uncomplicated songwriter. Studio tricks, superfluous layers and cleverly turned phrases are left behind for scavengers to pick clean. Donovan’s most honest thoughts, purest emotions and best melodies are served without chasers or diluting mix. Simplicity and clarity are his two greatest gifts. Not surprisingly, Woods’ new record Don’t Get Too(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: The Shilohs So Wild

Favorites-of ’13:: The Shilohs So Wild

Wearing an influence on your sleeve can be a dangerous branding… just ask anyone with Chinese characters or a tribal armband. For The Shilohs, one of the most buzzed about Vancouver bands to hit the scene in years, their dedication to crafting shimmering pop nuggets worthy of the bands from ’60s and ’70s is more(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: Woodpigeon Thumbtacks and Glue

The comforts of habit and routine are a weighty albatross hung from almost every neck. For Mark Andrew Hamilton, front man of the orchestral folk outfit Woodpigeon, that weight became chains. Somehow, a man with a voice that soars freely became sedimentary and stagnate. Hamilton planned his escape. After bribing guards, picking locks and digging(…)