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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 [...]

Reviews:: Matthew Barber Songs for the Haunted Hillbilly

It’s not easy to transition from standard songwriting to songs for written for the stage, but if anyone not named Wainright is equipped to handle the challenge, it would be Matthew Barber. A seasoned professional, Barber fine tunes his craft each and every time he hits record, considering his complete body of work instead of [...]

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 [...]

Favorites-of ’12:: CFCF Exercises

Favorites-of ’12:: CFCF Exercises

Over the years, we’ve seen Mike Silver explore endless styles under the name CFCF. The meticulous compositions he builds have explored rave-y escapes, hip hop inspired collages, and transformational remakes. Exercises, his latest EP, is perhaps his most rewarding experiment and easily his most personal work to date. The 8-songs leave Silver exposed and exploring [...]