Author Archives: Michael Thomas

About Michael Thomas

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

Review – “Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls” – Dinah Thorpe

reviewed by Michael Thomas Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls is a very apt name for this album. And the album kicks as much ass as the superhero with whom Toronto-based musician Dinah Thorpe shares a first name. As the album title might … Continue reading

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Review – “Samuel the Phoenix” – Dark Mean

reviewed by Michael Thomas Dark Mean is hardly rising from the ashes, but Samuel the Phoenix is definitely the band rising up after their excellent self-titled LP back in 2011. Those years ago, the Hamilton trio was the talk of the town, … Continue reading

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Christian Hansen walks us through ‘Small Fry’

by Michael Thomas Very soon, Christian Hansen will be releasing a new EP called Small Fry (you can listen to the EP here). The EP is a bit of a departure from his utterly danceable albums, but is easily recognizable as something … Continue reading

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Review – “Catalysts Mixtape” – Bosveld

reviewed by Michael Thomas Music is always a work in progress. There’s no guarantee that the music you hear on record will sound the same hearing it live, and artists tend to move on past a lot of their older … Continue reading

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Review – “Hot Dreams” – Timber Timbre

by Michael Thomas When Timber Timbre released Creep On Creepin’ On, the band reached a whole new level. Sparse, minimalistic folk became atmospheric (read: creepy), lush, cinematic music that very few bands do well (Del Bel and TAIWAN are two more … Continue reading

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Peter Demakos of Blimp Rock answers our Grayowl Questionnaire

1. Where’d you get your name? We got the name from our previous agent, who said the band was less likely to succeed than a blimp full of rocks. 2. When did you start making music seriously? I started taking … Continue reading

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Review – “Fairground: Future Circus Remixed” – Saxsyndrum

reviewed by Michael Thomas It has come: a rarity among remix albums, Fairground: Future Circus Remixed is a monstrously huge collection that twists and bends the original seven songs of Future Circus into something entirely new and even more exciting. Remix albums are often … Continue reading

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One-on-One with Gregory Pepper

by Michael Thomas “Maybe it was La Bamba that started it all.” Gregory Pepper, the Guelph-based indie-pop extraordinaire, is talking about what first got him into music. Is he serious? Who knows, maybe the Ritchie Valens biopic was what sparked … Continue reading

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Review – “Make Your Own Culture” – Tower of Dudes

reviewed by Michael Thomas Let’s face it, among the myriad genres Canadian bands tackle, very few tackle the area of klezmer and gypsy punk. There are a few names established in the scene, like Geoff Berner and Lemon Bucket Orkestra, … Continue reading

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Review – “Being Elastic” – Each Other

reviewed by Michael Thomas I’ve listened to this record multiple times, and I still don’t feel like I’ve even scratched the surface of what Being Elastic is all about. This isn’t to say that the album is impenetrable—far from it. It just … Continue reading

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