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September 11, 2008
  Spun: Winter Gloves PDF files may take a moment to load

Apparently, not using bass is the new mini piano of the music world. Winter Gloves, the latest act out of Montreal, has utilized this new sound with ease, producing a fresh yet poppy effort with About A Girl. Taking some of the remaining lo-fi grittiness from founder Charles F.'s self-produced EP, the full-length works well by replacing all the bass parts with an understated Wulitzer.

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September 11, 2008
  Spun: Jay J. FreshPDF files may take a moment to load

Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, look out Calgary it's Jay J. time. Jay J. Fresh is the sickest, dopest, most illin' Cow-tizzown rapper arizzound. He's the baddest gee on the mean streets of the C-dot. His beats are mind blowing-- they're so hot they sound like default FruityLoops samples. Jay J.'s flow is a fresh face in the over-produced world of rap. It sounds like it's been through some computer beat-sampling program! Usually producers at least try to toss a few more samples and beat loops on a track, but not our gee Jay J.

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September 11, 2008
  Spun: ArchipelagosPDF files may take a moment to load

Montreal has produced some well put together bands featuring beautiful vocal talent. Unfortunately, like most valuable resources, it eventually ran out. The aptly named Tour EP serves as a promotion for Archipelagos' summer tour and as a bridge between the band's 2007 album Battles and Scars and their forthcoming effort expected next year. Weighing in at just over 24 minutes, Tour EP is built on a solid instrumental foundation, but features flawed vocals.

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September 11, 2008
  Spun: MantrakidPDF files may take a moment to load

On the track "Ability to Rap," Calgary-based emcee Mantrakid asks an important question: how did he get his unusual talent to rap? If he went the usual route, the best bet is that he got smacked in the face by a radioactive microphone.

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September 11, 2008
  Mistress proves misguided in focusPDF files may take a moment to load

Period films have a knack for focusing a little too heavily on the aesthetics of the period which they are portraying and a little too lightly on the drama that should be taking place, often offering audiences barely more than visual entertainment. The Last Mistress doesn't bend these rules, making for an overwrought piece that doesn't deliver on plot.

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September 11, 2008
  Getting to know youPDF files may take a moment to load

Getting a job isn't so much what you know, but what you know about getting to know people. It's all about networking, printing up some business cards and putting your face out there. Curtis Santiago knows all that, especially after spending a few years in Vancouver paying his dues. When asked how Van-city's been treating him since his emigration from Alberta, he's effusive about the small burgh on the shore.

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September 11, 2008
  Soul-devouring rock and roll bearsPDF files may take a moment to load

Don't get between a mother bear and her cub-- she might eat your soul. Put this scenario to music and you have the new project from a quartet of Calgary music scene veterans.

Cody Coates and Andrew Woods-- from Lions and Tigers and Bears-- and Ian and Paul Baker-- of the Silent Auction-- channeled the Who's Tommy, creating their own rock opera under the moniker Story Time: Bear Attack. Coates admits that he initially tricked his band mates into working with him on this project.

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September 11, 2008
  It's like deja vuPDF files may take a moment to load

Fact: the world, at a population of about 6.7 billion, has a relatively even ratio of males to females. This reality seems to be completely unnoticable in The Women, which exaggerates the miniscule female advantage by excluding the male sex from the movie altogether. Not only do you never see their faces or hear their voices, but they're even suspiciously absent from crowd scenes. It makes for an unsettling experience-- two full hours of just women is a bit much for anybody.

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September 11, 2008
  Some prefer Winter Gloves to mittensPDF files may take a moment to load

Montreal outfit Winter Gloves works a lot like their moniker. While all connected by their overarching fibres, each member is given a lot of room to move around. Though the band started as Charles F.'s side project, it has morphed into a fully-inclusive group, something that the once-lone musician thought was a necessity.

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September 11, 2008
  Perspectives on 9/11PDF files may take a moment to load

Ashur

You'll have to excuse the pun, but the post-⁄ era of Hollywood has been boom-times for people like myself, a native Syrian character actor. Those twin towers might as well been encircled by a green S, and when they fell, they collapsed towers of money onto my brethren and me. To think that Hollywood is so unoriginal, they would take America's perceived enemies and transform them into stereotypical goons for every single action movie that has come out in the last seven years… well.

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