Category: Music

  • The Big Short plays the underdog while betting on The House

    The Big Short spends most of its running time trying to occupy a moral high ground none of its characters have earned. It talks a good game about challenging assumptions, but ultimately reinforces what we think we already know.

  • Friday Music: EMA, Boris, Nothing, Mogwai

    Erika M Andersons’ previous album, Past Life Martyred Saints, was one of those albums I liked & admired, but didn’t love. It was dark, moody, and emotional, and something I should have adored, but it just didn’t click for reasons I can’t fully explain. There are no such problems with Future Void*, which is one of the […]

  • Spooky Songs for Ghouls & Ghosts: A Hallowe’en Playlist

    It’s almost Hallowe’en. Truthfully, I listen to weird and spooky music for most of the year, but only occasionally does this become socially acceptable. Yes, there are two Nick Cave songs. Normally, I would consider this to be cheating, but he has an entire album about murder, so I think it’s fair game. Many of these, […]

  • The Weight Of Gold by Forest Swords

    Spooky, moody soundscape from The Forest Swords‘ new album Engravings, out August 26th.

  • The Corin Tucker Band: Neskowin

    Hearing Corin Tucker sing is one of those religious rock & roll experiences like no other.

  • Godspeed You Black Emperor: Mladic

    For the first time in ten years, there is a new album by Godspeed You Black Emperor. This is a pretty big deal.

  • Stars: Through the Mines

    The North is the best Stars album in years, and Through the Mines is its best track.

  • February Music: Not Radiohead

    I’m not going to write about Radiohead. I like Radiohead, you might like Radiohead. So far, I really like King of Limbs; there’s some good stuff there. But everyone’s talking about Radiohead. And, truth be told, I was excited about some recent music before I even knew there was a new Radiohead album. If we’re […]

  • Singing Other People’s Songs

    As a general rule, I don’t like covers. Too often, it’s just lazy musicians trying to get attention by playing songs people already know. But sometimes, it’s just really great to hear a familiar song played by someone who was pretty awesome anyway. St. Vincent is generally pretty awesome. Her albums are very good, and […]

  • May Music: BSS, Land of Talk, Mono, Lucky Soul

    Sometimes, I worry that I’m not Canadian enough. I don’t like a lot of things that Canadians are supposed to like, like Rush, Hockey, or Paul Gross. So I hate to be judgemental about this sort of thing, but I’m going to do it anyway: If you don’t like Broken Social Scene, you are a […]