Now I know the Ack has already posted a fine review of Afie Jurvanen’s sophomore record Barchords, but I’d been looking for a reason to post his hat-based video for “Caught Me Thinking.” Well after work today I got caught in a downpour/monsoon that left me in a sour mood, but when I got back [...]
When we got an email pertaining to this new video from TO duo Mad Ones, I have to admit that my brain automatically pictured them as an early 90′s hip hop group signed to Loud Records or some such. No such luck as it turns out, but I wasn’t disappointed, as this geetar & drums [...]
Wednesdays are made for cover songs. At least this is what I’ve heard, or rather, this is the premise I’m concocting to suit the needs of this post. But have a listen to Dan Griffin’s rather solemn, acoustic take on Wolf Parade’s tragic Cosmonaut opus Yulia and you’ll agree it deserved a posting. Griffin, also known as a member of current CDN rock radio faves Arkells, released a rather lovely 5 song solo EP late last year, which you can, and should, grab pour gratis via his website. If you like what you hear, and are in Ontario, you can catch Griffin at a number of dates around the province later this month.
MP3:: Dan Griffin - Yulia (Wolf Parade Cover)
If you haven’t heard The Slakadeliqs debut album The Other Side of Tomorrow, perhaps you should. This incredibly soulful and genre-bending effort is helmed by Slakah the Beatchild and features an interesting group of folks assisting him. Of all the albums I’ve heard bandied about for Polaris consideration thus far, this is one of the [...]
What’s that, your new single is produced by DITC legend Buckwild and features mad scratched-in Chuck D vocal samples? Well that’s an auto-post around these parts, so have yourself a listen below to “Lower Level”, the first single from TO-based MC/Producer Muneshine’s long-awaited new album There Is Only Today. As I mentioned, it has a [...]
It’s an odd thing to say, but my affection for a particular album can result in a review or post dedicated to said album going up much, much later than it should. Seems odd to essentially punish a record I like, but this happens because I want to find the time to write something half-coherent [...]
If I ain’t better than Sauks, I’m the closest one. -D-Sisive Which legendary T.O. rapper would have Derek Christoff aping Jay-Z in order to pay tribute to him? Why it’s Saukrates of course. If you’ve ever read anything about hip hop on the ol’ internet, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the phrase “your favourite [...]
Here’s a good one for your Wednesday afternoon. It’s kind of a subtle one, but a good one nonetheless. We Changed is a collaboration between DJ Catalist (aka Alister Johnson, also known as a member of Grand Analog) and soulful Ghanaian-Canadian singer/songwriter Kae Sun. I was very impressed with Kae’s lasting outing, the acoustic EP [...]
Clearly, if our traffic stats are any indication, we are not experts in deciphering what it is the kids like. But I’m fairly certain they enjoy ‘splosions and I know they enjoy a good mashup every now and again. All of that seems to indicate that the kids might fancy a listen to Shit Computer, the new release from TO’s Kids & Explosions (aka Josh Raskin). It’s available as a pay-what-you-can d/l, and it features all kinds of jammy-jams that you know and love. This one features bits from the Big Baby Jesus and L-Boogie, so I enjoy it. You might too.
MP3:: Kids & Explosions - Use Your Words
If you told me to find one song that captures the zeitgeist in regards to how the hill feels about current hip hop, it would be impossible to do any better than “Just Not Cool Anymore” off of Toronto MC Modulok’s new album You Look So Tragic. Not that we’ve ever been as cool as [...]