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Deeper into Music:: Agnostic Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy Campfire Tales

Deeper into Music:: Agnostic Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy Campfire Tales

This record is special. A collaboration between members of the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir and legendary, underground swamp blues/garage man Jackson Phibes (Tom Bagley). These songs pay tribute to the chilling tales that have been shared for generations, but they go past “the killer was in the backseat” and “the call was coming from inside [...]

New songs from Cam Penner

New songs from Cam Penner

Cam Penner is an unknown talent, which is equally as shocking as it is disappointing considering the music blog world’s affinity for raising substandard acts to the rafters with championship like acclaim. It makes sense I guess, simply because the soft spoken Penner isn’t a flash in the pan or a Sportscentre highlight. He’s a [...]

No Family:: Songbird

No Family:: Songbird

It’s surreal to feel lost in a place you call home. The buildings, the people, the left turns; they’ve not changed but somehow everything feels foreign. In just under two-minutes, Amy Goldberg dissects the issue perfectly. A burning desire to leave, trumped only by a longing to return, only to find expectations and hope you [...]

Favorites-of ’12:: Cannon Bros. Firecracker/Cloudglow

I’m often tempted to think my generation missed out on adventure. My parents, two of the most sedimentary souls anyone will ever met, spent their honeymoon driving from Halifax to Vancouver, down the coast to California - amazingly enough, they got stopped by cops only one block from where Bobby Kennedy was killed to ensure [...]

Favorites-of ’12:: OUTTACONTROLLER Don’t Play Dumb

Favorites-of ’12:: OUTTACONTROLLER Don’t Play Dumb

Maybe it’s time to set the record straight. The “East Coast” sound that music reviewers use as a crutch, whether it’s some sort of post-Sloan/Thrush Hermit indie rock or folksy fiddle laced jam, is as outdated as quoting Chaz Sheen when it comes to the sound dominating Canada’s Ocean Playground. The best bands are lurking [...]

Deeper into Music:: Mike O’Neill Wild Lines + ticket giveaway

Deeper into Music:: Mike O’Neill Wild Lines + ticket giveaway

The concept is simple; when we fall in love with a record and cover it on herohill we reach out to the artist and ask for a song-by-song breakdown of their latest release, hoping to give the reader a window into the creative process. Whether it’s about the lyrics, the timing, the or finding the [...]

Quick Hitters:: The Cable-knits

It’s with a hint of sadness I bring you the frantic stylings of The Cable-knits. Technically, the Calgary duo - LeeJay Dunphy and Nate Waters - write pop songs; the infectious guitar melodies and harmonies are often hidden or obfuscated by fragmented blasts of noise and droning waves of sound, but they are the building [...]

Paradise Animals - Coastal Lines

Paradise Animals – Coastal Lines

It’s very rare that I pay attention to any project that adds the words “synth pop” to their bio, but over the last few years Guelph’s Green Go offered up some fantastic reworkings of the biggest names in the Canadian indie scene. The EPs were stellar; imaginative and well thought out remixes that helped the [...]

Sneak Peak:: Paper Beat Scissors Watch Me Go

Sneak Peak:: Paper Beat Scissors Watch Me Go

I’m not sure there’s ever been a band we’ve covered on herohill that I wanted to see succeed more than Paper Beat Scissors. Sure, Tim is a gracious guy, and he’s worked hard to become a resident of this country and a fixture in the local scene, but I truly believe his songs deserve a [...]