Listen Up:: Chris Velan The Long Goodbye

Listen Up:: Chris Velan The Long Goodbye

It’s amazing how quickly we give up who we are. For work, for family, for hate and for love. The lies we tell ourselves to justify what we’ve become. The sacrifices we’ve made just because we are afraid to be alone. Montreal’s Chris Velan encapsulates that journey on “The Long Goodbye.” A piano confessional, Velan(…)

Reviews:: Hermetic Heartbreakology

Reviews:: Hermetic Heartbreakology

The other day I found myself in the incredibly music nerdy debate over whether or not an artist simply writing good songs in a tried and true style is of value. I reside firmly in the “aye” camp. I’m always happy to hear bands crush new songs that easily fit in the nostalgic golden ages(…)

Listen Up: Esmerine Translator’s Clos II

Listen Up: Esmerine Translator’s Clos II

Last night, Belle & Sebastian made my heart explode with warmth and joy. There’s been a cloud hovering over me for months, the type of blues that can’t ever be remedied by song, but for a few hours last night my mind was calm. I danced and laughed. I put things on hold. That’s probably(…)

Heaven For Real – WANTON

Heaven For Real – WANTON

In the immortal words of the legendary Belinda Carlisle, Heaven is a Place On Earth. When the sun is burning bright here in Halifax, I believe her. I say that because I imagine that Heaven, were it to be an actual thing, is very nice, and downtown Halifax, in the sunshine, is extremely nice. Hey,(…)

Reviews:: CFCF Objects

Reviews:: CFCF Objects

To see the world through a new set of eyes. To experience color in only the most vivid form. To see motion in the inanimate. These are the gifts we get from talented writers, painters and sculptures. Michael Silver – a.k.a. CFCF – has never been at a loss for inspiration, but his new EP(…)

File Under Awesome:: TURF takes over Toronto

File Under Awesome:: TURF takes over Toronto

Yeah, this post is late, but hot damn kilogram, the Toronto Urban Roots Festival starts today and the lineup makes The Murderers’ Row look like the 7/8/9 slot the Jays are throwing out there lately. This four day festival isn’t littered with buzzy bands playing stages too big for their own songs; no, the days(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: Kobo Town Jumbie in the Jukebox

Favorites-of ’13:: Kobo Town Jumbie in the Jukebox

“That’s why we play the game.” That forced sports metaphor is probably the best lede I can come up with for Drew Gonsalves’ modern take on an art form that most agree reached it’s high water mark in the ’50s. Kobo Town is an underdog story, not because of talent, but as a result of(…)

Listen Up:: The Russian Futurists Cochineal Red ft. Jeremy Greenspan

Listen Up:: The Russian Futurists Cochineal Red ft. Jeremy Greenspan

It’s probably fitting that after penning one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time (just for your old memory box, the top choices are “Christmas in Hollis“, “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” and “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis“), Matt Hart teamed up with Junior Boy Jeremy Greenspan to deliver(…)