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New Scotland Records:: 45s Series is complete

New Scotland Records:: 45s Series is complete

Anyone that’s ever had the chance to talk music with Dartmouth’s patron saint of rock n’ roll knows how much music - the process, the creation, the curation, and the collection - means to Joel. It was with that in mind that Plaskett launched a series of 45s recorded at Scotland Yard with a collection [...]

Contest:: Win 2tix to see Cuff the Duke in Halifax

Contest:: Win 2tix to see Cuff the Duke in Halifax

Cuff the Duke is like the energizer bunny. The band refuses to stop. This year has seen the Oshawa band roll the odometer, be nominated for a Juno (sadly, they didn’t mention the Holiday season so things didn’t go their way), release Morning Comes in the US and offer up a covers EP that showed [...]

Introducing:: Wand

Introducing:: Wand

When we last heard from Derek Janzen, he was creating kick drum heavy anthems disguised as bedroom compositions. His billowy guitars and dime stores synths invited you in, but the programmed beats inspired marching and purpose. I favorably compared his output to Cyrus’ monumental call to action (one of the few posts I’m proud to [...]

Reviews:: Baby Eagle & The Proud Mothers Bone Soldiers

Reviews:: Baby Eagle & The Proud Mothers Bone Soldiers

In an era of cynicism and snark, Lambke is shockingly honest and straight forward. He refuses to hide behind cliches, opting to forge a connection with the listener on equal footing. That clarity help Lambke deliver his metaphors with the impact of Thor’s hammer. Sonically, Bone Soldiers is of the moment, but lyrically, these songs [...]

Apollo Ghosts cover Shotgun Jimmie

* photo courtesy of Kate Robin Henderson. Remember a few months back when Shotgun Jimmers did the world a frickin’ service and covered herohill’s favorite cape wearing band? Well, last night Apollo Ghosts returned the favor. Diving deep into Jimmers catalog, the Vancouver band put an energetic, fuzzed out spin on “One Trick Pony” from [...]

Favorites-of ’12:: Eric Chenaux Guitar & Voice

Favorites-of ’12:: Eric Chenaux Guitar & Voice

There aren’t enough words in my vocabulary to define my affection for the new Eric Chenaux record, Guitar & Voice. It’s not a passionate love that will burn out suddenly and be forgotten, it’s a scar or birthmark I’ll carry forever. The back story is not shared casually over drinks, displayed on a wall or [...]

Bleating Hearts:: Bleating Hearts

There are a few easy ways to get me to pay attention to your band, including: Feature Rose Melberg on vocals Throw in heavy doses of the singing saw Casually drop an Apollo Ghosts connection in your intro email To be fair, Vancouver’s Bleating Heart isn’t defined by any of the items on said list, [...]

KRS-One - I Can’t Wake Up

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What say we wrap up this Monday in Old School style, shall we? I mentioned KRS-One’s excellent-yet-odd “I Can’t Wake Up” last week in my review of mikedecline’s new album/mixtape. This Preemo-produced cut appeared on KRS’ 1993 debut solo album, and featured the Blastmaster telling a tale of a nightmare which revolved around a dream of being a blunt getting smoked by various rappers. Odd territory for Kris, but it was always a favorite of mine. Enjoy.

MP3:: KRS-One - I Can’t Wake Up

Sneak Peak:: Zachary Lucky Back in the Fall

Zachary Lucky sounds like man that had love break his heart and the road break his spirit. Words fall from his lips, heavy and heartfelt, and you wonder how a man so young became saddled with such weight. Lucky’s anguish is the listener’s reward. “Back in the fall”, the first single from his new Saskatchewan [...]

Octoberman - Dressed Up

Marc Morrissette has seen the world as a tourist, as a foreigner. Years ago, his solo work was a collection of observations and memories from his travels, held close and shared openly like sepia toned photos. The songs were stripped down, which made complete sense considering they were born in new countries and lonely hostels. [...]