Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Joy of Indie Record Stores: Criminal Records

by Michael As there are only so many reviews that can be done, I decided for a change of pace for today in the form of a short article about indie record stores. In particular, my favourite store in toronto … Continue reading

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Review- “Public Strain”- Women

reviewed by Michael When your album has additional vocals and instruments and is recorded and mixed all by Chad VanGaalen, then you know your album is going to be pretty sweet. And this couldn’t be truer for Women (the band, … Continue reading

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Review- “Velvet Hideout”- Violent Kin

reviewed by Michael It’s awesome that, for once, I can talk about an album that doesn’t pay tribute to the sixties and seventies. Nope, Velvet Hideout from Saskatoon’s Violent Kin is bringing out the eighties in full force. At some … Continue reading

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Bri-Anne Swan honours Leonard Cohen at the Trane Studio

by Michael This Wednesday night (September 22nd) I had the pleasure of seeing Bri-Anne Swan, a Toronto singer-writer (you can read our review of her album here), begin her Birthday Series of concerts with a tribute to Leonard Cohen. To … Continue reading

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Review- “The Tempest Line”- Jay Sparrow

reviewed by Michael Jay Sparrow is very much a curiosity to me. While his voice may suggest that he sings country or some variation of it, his music seems more like folk mixed with rock. And with this in mind … Continue reading

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Review- “The Jazz Age”- The City Streets

reviewed by Michael The main hook in this album’s epic closer, “Slothrop’s Ghost” perfectly describes their sound: “Fuck the war, we’re in love.” The City Streets, currently based in Montreal, are back with their third album. It is an album … Continue reading

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And the winner of the 2010 Polaris Prize is…

by Michael After a night of fantastic and unforgettable performances, arguably Canada’s most prestigious music award, the Polaris Prize, was awarded to Montreal’s Karkwa for Les Chemins de Verre. The Gala evening sparkled with the likes of Owen Pallett, Dan … Continue reading

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Review- “All the Things We’ve Been Told”- Modern Superstitions

reviewed by Michael Not in a long while have I heard an album bursting with this much youth. That is the best way to describe how I felt when listening to this debut EP from Toronto’s Modern Superstitions. The six-song … Continue reading

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Why Shad should win the Polaris Prize

By Allyssia Imma let ya’ll finish, but Shad had the best Canadian indie record of this year. The whole year! Now, I’m not going to continue hyping London-raised rapper Shad with Kanye-like zealousness because it’s not necessary. Anyone who has followed Shad’s … Continue reading

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Audible Hoots: Violent Kin

Today’s Audible Hoot is from Violent Kin, who are releasing their Velvet Hideout EP on October 12th. The collection of just four songs is very impressive, and sounds like a somewhat modern take on the sound of the eighties. The … Continue reading

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