Reviews

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use as a crutch, whether it’s some sort of post-Sloan/Thrush Hermit indie rock or folksy fiddle laced jam, is as outdated as quoting Chaz Sheen when it comes to the sound dominating Canada’s Ocean Playground.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 [...]

Quick Hitters:: The Cable-knits

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 [...]

mikedecline - Calmmunicate

mikedecline – Calmmunicate

Let me say this, if there’s a Juno for “Best Instrumental Hip Hop Album with a Name That Kind of Sounds Like a Word But Isn’t Actually a Word, I Don’t Think”, Vancouver-based producer mikedecline would be a two-time winner by now. I loved his last album, Umbrellatons and after being through it a few [...]

Reviews:: K. Stebner’s Cold Water

Reviews:: K. Stebner’s Cold Water

It’s no secret that making money from music is a failed venture. Even the biggest bands in the world are stuck grinding from city to city, dreading the inevitable ding from an increasingly fickle 15-minute timer. For artists like Kevin Stebner, a man making music for an incredibly small subset of the few people left [...]

Reuben Bullock - Man Made Lakes

Reuben Bullock – Man Made Lakes

It’s fitting that Calgary’s Reuben Bullock describes his state of mind, and musical perspective, as simply going where the river takes him. In a time when most folk/roots acts feel as natural as salmon fishing in the Yemen, Bullock lets go of any expectations and floats with the current. Bullock is a self-admitted work in [...]

Favorites-of ’12:: The Just Barelys Mad Bits

Favorites-of ’12:: The Just Barelys Mad Bits

A few years ago, I tried to pressure The Just Barelys to put out a new record with an incessant amount of myspace queries (when that was actually still a thing) and blog posts. Jesus, if Twitter was half as popular as it is today or kickstarter existed, #justbarelyspleaserecord would have been trending daily and [...]