Author Archives: Michael Thomas

About Michael Thomas

Hey, I'm Michael Thomas and I am the founder of Grayowl Point.

Review – “The Park Avenue Sobriety Test” – Joel Plaskett

reviewed by Michael Thomas What is the Park Avenue Sobriety Test? It’s actually two things—a metal guardrail that several drunk drivers have crashed into in Darmouth, Nova Scotia; it also is an acronym for “the past.” Both of these definitions … Continue reading

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Review – “Little Mourning” – Milk & Bone

reviewed by Michael Thomas With a minimal approach, Milk & Bone have somehow created one of the most piercing albums in quite some time. Little Mourning is a collection of little heartaches: pining for someone you’ll never have; a lover departing; the realization … Continue reading

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Premiere: 5 videos from Valued Customer

Toronto’s lovable weirdos Valued Customer have been a little quiet lately, but with good reason. They’ve been working on a new album, Hugecup, set for a release late this year. But in the meantime, they’ve come out with not one, or … Continue reading

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One-on-One with Benjamin Hackman of the Holy Gasp

by Michael Thomas In the beginning, there were congas. The Holy Gasp is one of the wilder bands Toronto has to offer, and just last month they released their excellent debut album, The Last Generation of Love. Combining elements of Afro-Cuban … Continue reading

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Canadian Premiere: Marker Starling – “Uphill Battle”

In many ways, the video for “Uphill Battle” is representative of the entire attitude behind the new album from Marker Starling (aka Chris A Cummings), Rosy Maze. Cummings has been a mainstay in Toronto for a decade-and-a-half but his sound has … Continue reading

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Review – “Like the Sun” – Programm

reviewed by Michael Thomas Is it possible to call Like the Sun suffocating in a good way? Programm’s specialty seems to be creating pressurized musical atmospheres that never feel oppressive. It’s emphasized by the huge production and layers of sound that make … Continue reading

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Review – “VOX” – Alissa Vox Raw

reviewed by Michael Thomas Though the album hinted at a few years ago hasn’t seen the light of day yet, the very busy Alissa Klug has finally unleashed her a cappella goodness as Alissa Vox Raw with an EP. Vox sees the … Continue reading

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Review – “Shit Sucks” – B.A. Johnston

reviewed by Michael Thomas As put more eloquently previously, B.A. Johnston is a Canadian icon. His vast discography attests to the Canada we all know and can relate to, but never hear about in song form. Sure, we all know … Continue reading

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Review – “The Last Generation of Love” – The Holy Gasp

reviewed by Michael Thomas There is nothing holy about The Holy Gasp—they’re unholy in almost every sense of the word. And that’s why The Last Generation of Love is undoubtedly one of the best Canadian albums of the year. The album sets … Continue reading

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Review – “Splenda Thief EP” – The Lonely Parade

reviewed by Michael Thomas After releasing an album that was a blog favourite last year, Peterborough’s dynamic trio The Lonely Parade are back with an equally excellent EP that further cements this band’s innate awesomeness. The Lonely Parade, lyrically, are … Continue reading

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