If there’s a recent example of an album title that struck a chord with me the second I laid eyes on it, it has to be Pip Skid’s People Are The Worst. I’ve said this exact phrase a number of times, and the frequency of its usage seems to have increased in the last few [...]
Here is an uptempo gem from John K. Samson’s upcoming solo album Provincial (Jan. 24th). Like anything Samson does, this is great, and the album will be great, so it would be great if you bought it.
Here’s a rather lovely, roots-rockish new song from Winnipeg’s The Details, from their upcoming album Lost Art.
MP3:: The Details - Weightless In The Dark
Considering the direction hip hop has taken - going from a place where “being a biter” was the most heinous of crimes, to a climate now where anyone who makes an impact at all will likely have an army of internet-mixtape wielding clones overnight - there’s certainly no shame in overtly acknowledging your influences, as [...]
Someone recently referred to us as “get off my lawn/rap grandpa’s” or some such, and to be honest, I have no issue with that characterization. In fact I’ll wear that label proudly, and if need be I’ll rock some suspenders to keep my Cross Colors jeans hitched up to mid-chest level. I’ll never stop re-visiting, [...]
It’s almost too easy to overlook The Wailin’ Jennys. Everyone wants to find the new buzz band in the hottest made up genre, and as a result, we let timeless melodies and stop-you-in-your-tracks vocal work slip through our fingers like handfuls of sand. With seemingly limitless talent, a musical appreciation that can make a music [...]
Three Things:: Nestor Wynrush Ensemble
Although they are usually a better idea in theory then in execution, I’ll always have a soft spot for live hip hop albums, and that’s due to one album: BDP’s Live Hardcore Worldwide. If you’re only familiar with KRS-One in his current form, then you’d be wise to give this one a listen - he’s [...]
You can go ahead and call me Hannibal, because I love it when a plan comes together. Or rather, I love it when we get sent an album, and some random detail about the album makes me want to like it, then upon first listen, the album turns out to be a good one. In [...]
When you take a quick scan of the mostly flat reviews of the CD/DVD live recording that marked a decade of music from Winnipeg’s blue collar heroes, The Weakerthans, you find more than a few harsh and hurtful dismissals. Unnecessary. Uneven. Uninspired. The one word I never read was celebration. What people missed about [...]
Reviews:: Greg MacPherson Mr. Invitation
For artists like Marc Morrisette, travel tales are often delivered in a hushed fashion, heavy on introspective analysis as they try to figure out what their place in the world really is. The free time and solitude that makes up a denizen’s day often dictates the end result of their art. Winnipeg native Greg MacPherson [...]