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Monthly Archives: June 2012

R.E.M.-Collapse Into Now

R.E.M.-Collapse Into Now

Album: Collapse into Now Label: Warner Bros. Rating: 4/5   It’s been nearly thirty years since R.E.M. released their debut album, and with their fifteenth LP they have finally come full circle. After a series of lower profile releases over the past few years, R.E.M’s Collapse into Me arrives with forceful intent. A relatively short [...]

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The Joy Formidable-The Big Roar

The Joy Formidable-The Big Roar

Album: The Big Roar Label: Canvasback Music, Atlantic, Black Bell Rating: 4.5/5   Simply put, The Joy Formidable’s The Big Roar is a monumental odyssey into the realm of musical ecstasy. Juxtaposing ambitiously loud and monstrous sounds with powerful and eerily hypnotic vocals, the album is an embodiment of a wondrous imagination at work. From [...]

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White Lightning – See It All

White Lightning – See It All

Album: See It All Label: None Rating: 2.5/5   There is something to be said about a debut album that contains 17 tracks and lasts over 66 minutes. Unfortunately, everything that can be said is not always positive. Now, there is no denying that White Lightning’s See It All is ambitious in its pursuits. It [...]

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Kinley-Fair Hero

Kinley-Fair Hero

Album: Fair Hero Label: Ironside Productions Rating:  4/5   There is no doubt that Kinley is a name foreign to many ears. An Acoustic Folk singer from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Kinley (alias for Josh Docksteader) humbly introduces himself by weaving a web of simplistic pleasure on his debut album Fair Hero.  Clearly faith-based (Religious-wise) [...]

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The Rebel Spell – It’s a Beautiful Future

The Rebel Spell – It’s a Beautiful Future

Album: It’s a Beautiful Future Label:  Rebel Time Records, Clandestine DIY Collective, G7 Welcoming Committee Records, Out of Tune Records Rating: 4/5   The Rebel Spell’s It’s a Beautiful Future is an embodiment of what punk rock is supposed to resemble; an uncompromising lyrical molestation of the senses that is fearless in its onslaught of [...]

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Foxtails Brigade – The Bread and the Bait

Foxtails Brigade – The Bread and the Bait

Album: The Bread and the Bait Label: Antenna Farm Rating: 3.5/5   A highly deceiving album, Foxtails Brigade’s The Bread and the Bait revels in its trickery. This is an LP that commences in a very simplistic way but quickly becomes a highly diverse piece of transcendent beauty.  Through the use of guitar, cello, and [...]

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Malachai-Return To The Ugly Side

Malachai-Return To The Ugly Side

Album: Return To The Ugly Side Label: Domino Recording Co. Rating:  4/5 A slow and tragic atmospheric journey into the psychedelic landscapes of Trip hop that is enunciated, at times, by fierce and powerful beats: This is how it is best to describe Return To The Ugly Side, Malachai’s sophomore follow-up to their 2009 debut [...]

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Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding

Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding

Album: Different Gear, Still Speeding Label: MapleMusic Recordings/Dangerbird Records LLC Rating: 3.5/5   Just as Oasis’ “Rock n’ Roll Star” (the first song off of their debut album Definitely Maybe)provokingly slapped you across the face with that ‘pay attention to me’ audacious sneer, Beady Eye’s introductory album Different Gear, Still Speeding brazenly confronts the listener [...]

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Jeff Martin 777-The Ground Cries Out

Jeff Martin 777-The Ground Cries Out

Album: The Ground Cries Out Label: Riverland Records Rating:   4/5   With over 20 years of experience in the music business, many of those years highlighted as frontman for The Tea Party, one would assume that Jeff Martin understands what he wants when constructing an album.  With his latest endeavour, a three-piece band entitled Jeff [...]

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Fear the Night

Fear the Night

…As I lay cowering beneath the window sill of my bedroom, my mind races relentlessly. Did IT see me? No…it’s impossible…but then suddenly it arises. An unearthly howl so terrifying that, like wind through a keyhole, it penetrates my very sanity. IT is coming for me…it is only a matter of time. I remain as [...]

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