2012

Friday Fun:: New Jenn Grant

Friday Fun:: New Jenn Grant

That’s right, people. Jenn Grant is one of Halifax’s most prized possessions – ranking order varies, but should also include Donairs, Propeller beer, Joel Plaskett, Ghettosocks’ glasses and the surprising amount of dude that wear jorts to work – so any talk of new music is cause for a Festivus. Grant’s new record, The Beautiful(…)

Favorites-of ’12:: Dusted Total Dust

Favorites-of ’12:: Dusted Total Dust

After seeing the promo picture for Brian Borcherdt’s latest release, it was easy to assume he replaced his stripped down, death obsessed intensity for washed out sounds and a softer focus. Dusted – a collaboration with Leon Taheny – may showcase blown out sounds forced through broken amps, but instead of sun-kissed warmth, you are(…)

Contest:: Win a digital copy of Constellation Records Musique Fragile 02 box set + limited edition posters

Contest:: Win a digital copy of Constellation Records Musique Fragile 02 box set + limited edition posters

Over the last couple of days, the internet has lit torches and picked up pitchforks as they hunt for the young NPR intern that admits she will never buy records. I’d love to dismiss this as typical Internet over reaction, but as a life long collector, the whole change in culture is sad to me.(…)

Quick Hitters:: Stella Ella Ola

Quick Hitters:: Stella Ella Ola

Somewhere along the way, life stopped being about embracing the simple things without judgment. Pop songs used to be built on melody and choruses; did the song make you want to dance or sing along? Yes? Well, that was enough. Now, it’s more about how many strings and horns you can shoe horn into the(…)

News:: Mardeen is still a thing, er band

News:: Mardeen is still a thing, er band

The last time we talked about Cape Breton band, Mardeen, it was to celebrate the release of a much delayed album. The band was a scrappy combination of anthems and bar rock, but kind of like Keyser Söze, they just disappeared into the sunset (or, at least from a regular slot at The Seahorse). In(…)

Quick Hitters:: David Simard

Quick Hitters:: David Simard

It’s no secret that having kids, a full time job and being older than most of the re-issues that today’s passionate music fans haven’t even heard of makes for infrequent excursions to see live music. Jesus, The Heavy Blinkers have played more shows than I’ve seen in the last two months! In an ideal world,(…)

Review:: Brasstronaut Mean Sun

Review:: Brasstronaut Mean Sun

Technical proficiency usually comes with a hefty price tag attached. For every artist like Yngwie Johann Malmsteen or Jaco Pastorius that can drop jaws with digit dexterity forged into their work, there is a slew of skilled players that can’t find the balance between engaging the listener and showing off technique. For Brasstonaut – a(…)