Reviews

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Reviews:: Twin River Rough Gold

Reviews:: Twin River Rough Gold

Appropriately named, the debut EP from Vancouver’s Twin River is a shimmering nugget nestled deep in the river bank, waiting for a prospector’s discovery and jeweler’s loving touch. The four songs have rough edges (not to get all Randy Jackson, but Courtney Ewan’s vocals are a bit pitchy at times and Andy Bishop’s guitar dominates(…)

Reviews:: No Sinner Boo Hoo Hoo

Reviews:: No Sinner Boo Hoo Hoo

Colleen Rennison has the type of voice that makes you speak in cliches or reference artists usually identified by one name. Whiskey soaked. The Mississippi. Janis. Etta. Those are the easy and overused terms you get any time a big voiced female howls over bluesy riffs, but Colleen’s case, they fit like skinny jeans… or(…)