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September 05, 2013
  Spun: BA JohnstonPDF files may take a moment to load

You’re not in the mood for Tim Hortons but there you are, debating the merits of adding a hashbrown to your daily double-double-and-a-sausage-breakfast-sandwich routine. It’s a mundane aspect of Canadian life that doesn’t seem fit for songcraft, but no unremarkable topic is off limits for goofy Hamilton folk-rocker BA Johnston.

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August 07, 2013
  Spun: Pistol George WarrenPDF files may take a moment to load

Hoots Deuce is a cross section of the last half century of music wrapped up in a motown medley backed by R&B soul sisters. The EP constantly defies expectations as it swerves from one genre to another from one minute to the next.

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August 07, 2013
  Spun: SkydiggersPDF files may take a moment to load

The picture of the grain elevator on the album art drew me in and the nine tracks of Skydiggers’s new album No.1 Northern did not disappoint.

I had never heard of Skydiggers before, but their latest album celebrates 25 years together and pays tribute to great Canadian songwriters like Ron Sexsmith, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot. A roots rock band from Toronto founded in the 1980s, the band has lived through a number of different influences on their music, including the coming and going of certain band members.

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July 24, 2013
  Spun: Dustin Bentall and the SmokesPDF files may take a moment to load

My first reaction to this album was “meh.” It didn’t grab me.


But I kept listening to it and while I’m not about to proclaim You Are An Island as my next favourite album, it did grow on me and I soon found myself humming along with the songs.


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June 12, 2013
  Album Review: Queens of the Stone AgePDF files may take a moment to load

It’s clear while listening to …Like Clockwork that singer and guitarist Josh Homme is not the same person he was when Era Vulgaris was released six years ago.


Homme experienced severe complications during surgery in 2010 and was bedridden for three months. He slipped into a deep depression and questioned whether or not he would ever be all right again.


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May 29, 2013
  Spun: Belle StarPDF files may take a moment to load

While listening to country radio last weekend I was generally disenchanted with the new, repetitive music I was hearing. However, one song, “New Girl Now,” kept coming on and I began to enjoy it more and more every time I heard it. The DJ said it was by Belle Starr, whom I had never heard of. I looked them up on YouTube and found a number of songs with strong, haunting fiddles, and moving, three-part harmonies. They have a folksy, root vibe to them, while still being modern.


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April 10, 2013
  Spun: Lions in the StreetPDF files may take a moment to load

After a long road filled with hills and potholes, Lions in the Street have released their follow-up to their 2010 self-released debut album. Their initial debut with TVT Records in 2008 was pulled under by legal battles over rights. The On the Lam EP is filled with gritty rock and roll tracks that hark back to The Rolling Stones. Because Chris Kinnon’s vocals remind me of The Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach, even though Chris has a much deeper voice, there’s a lot of resemblance to modern rock.

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April 10, 2013
  Spun: Bitter FictionsPDF files may take a moment to load





While I love ambient electronic, I am not an expert nor even an amateur enthusiast of ambient guitar drone. That being said, I was excited to unravel Bitter Fictions’s self-titled sixth album.


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March 27, 2013
  Spun: Pigeon HolePDF files may take a moment to load

Vancouver MCs Dusty Melo and Marmalade, who are best known as members of the band Sweatshop Union, began their own hip-hop group in 2010. Called Pigeon Hole, this group’s debut album, Age Like Astronauts, was a difficult to classify cavalcade of experimental sound.


Pigeon Hole’s second album, Chimp Blood, is similarly intriguing. Sweatshop Union generally trends towards music where the vocals are the focus, while Pigeon Hole subjugates them to the distant background.


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March 27, 2013
  Spun: Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd FolkPDF files may take a moment to load

At this time of year there are plenty of reasons to be stressed out — there is an essay you haven’t started and finals you haven’t studied for, both in a class you skipped for months. It’s hard to relax and put your mind at ease. If you are looking for a welcome tonic to help escape from drudgery, Calgary’s own Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk’s debut album Over Land and Sea is a wonderfully relaxing and comforting listen.

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