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Favorites-of ’13:: The Weather Station Duets

Favorites-of ’13:: The Weather Station Duets

Tamara Lindeman‘s evolution as a song writer is nothing short of staggering. Her first songs were recorded to help her grieve; she learned chords, new instruments and how recording works in almost real-time, needing all to document her most personal thoughts. She was rough around the edges, although truthfully, her songs did their best to(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: Hayden Us Alone

Favorites-of ’13:: Hayden Us Alone

“And some kids who heard, saw me in them, at a time when music was everything.” On the autobiographical “Almost Everything”, Hayden Desser sings of kids putting themselves into his mopey, heartfelt songs. Hayden sung what he knew, whether it was confusion or a love burning as bright and fast as a shooting star. The(…)

Tor - Drum Therapy

Tor – Drum Therapy

It’s really quite pleasing when an album you’ve been anticipating for a while ends up exceeding your expectations. Vancouver producer Tor makes really good instrumental, downtempo/hip hop-influenced music, and I’d been supremely impressed each and every time we were sent some of his work. But I’d been waiting a while (a couple years maybe) for(…)

The Starting Five:: Paper Bag Records

The Starting Five:: Paper Bag Records

As I was watching Dwight Howard’s corpse limp lifelessly around the key last night in search of braaaaaaaaaaains, I was hit by an idea to help promote great labels we love. It probably didn’t hurt the naming process watching twitter explode over Pau’s benching, but the phrase I kept coming back to was “the starting(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: nick everett & everybody elsethings

Favorites-of ’13:: nick everett & everybody elsethings

It’s almost too easy to fall inline when it comes to crafting a sonic tapestry in today’s folk scene. The same chords and metaphors are shared freely in the public domain, with artists afraid that any deviation is at best a risk, and more often than not, a death sentence. For Halifax based noise folker(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: Minotaurs New Believers

Favorites-of ’13:: Minotaurs New Believers

Nathan Lawr is no stranger to political subject matter, but his output under the Minotaurs moniker is his most inspired to date. It might also be the most important. Using the pace, rhythms and triumphant horns of afrobeat, the idea of New Believers is more than just the title of a record. It’s a necessity.(…)

Favorites-of 12:: The list

Favorites-of 12:: The list

I wish I had more interest in prioritizing the records I love from the last calendar year. Normally it’s one of my favorite posts of the year, one I debate internally for hours. This year, I realized that when you write daily, documenting an arbitrary time period truly becomes (at best) vain or (at worst)(…)