Saw them last weekend: Yukon Blonde

Nothing ups expectations like a well-placed wave of buzz, and Yukon Blonde’s sets at CMW generated just that. So, naturally, a decent crowd assembled at the Palomino on Saturday night to check out CMW’s highest-ranked band. And, man, it’s not hard to see how they earned that title. There’s nothing particularly progressive about Yukon Blonde’s … Continue reading

Frightened Rabbit — The Winter of Mixed Drinks (Fat Cat)

The leap between Frightened Rabbit’s debut, Sing the Greys, and the sophomore Midnight Organ Fight was like the difference between grayscale and full colour — the songwriting was more grand, the heartache more vivid. Now,with The Winter of Mixed Drinks, the band seems poised on the brink of mainstream success. Give or take singer Scott … Continue reading

Hot Tub Time Machine

The premise of Hot Tub Time Machine is straightforward and dumb as dirt — it’s all right there in the title, give or take the finer details. Three old friends (and a young hanger-on) head to a ski resort to recapture past glories and forget about their mediocre lives. Exactly one shit-load of booze, one … Continue reading

The Oscars Project: Week 4 – West Side Story

For 82 years, the Academy Awards have purported to choose the year’s best film. For the next year, I’ll be watching one best picture winner per week, starting 52 years ago and working up to tonight’s winner. Some of the films are rightly regarded as classics. Others, decidedly less so. But each of them must … Continue reading

Ghost Writer nails the zeitgeist

For the resident of a glass house, Roman Polanski is remarkably unafraid to throw stones. His latest, The Ghost Writer, isn’t exactly a masterpiece, but it is one of the most timely political thrillers in recent memory, taking on the war on terror in general and former British prime minister Tony Blair in particular with … Continue reading

The Oscars Project – Week 3: The Apartment

For 82 years, the Academy Awards have purported to choose the year’s best film. For the next year, I’ll be watching one best picture winner per week, starting 52 years ago and working up to tonight’s winner. Some of the films are rightly regarded as classics. Others, decidedly less so. But each of them must … Continue reading

Full interview with John K. Samson

I’ve been a huge fan of John K. Samson (and, by extension, The Weakerthans) ever since I heard “Anchorless” on Propagandhi’s Less Talk, More Rock back in elementary school, so I have to admit that interviewing him was a bit of a thrill. He was jet-lagged from a trip to Australia, but was still polite, … Continue reading

The Oscars Project: Week Two – Ben-Hur

For 82 years, the Academy Awards have purported to choose the year’s best film. For the next year, I’ll be watching one best picture winner per week, starting 52 years ago and working up to tonight’s winner. Some of the films are rightly regarded as classics. Others, decidedly less so. But each of them must … Continue reading

Elevating Alberta’s music scene

Luka Symons ups the ambition at Epcor series Boosterism has become taboo these days. Somehow, cynicism is now synonymous with sophistication, and wholehearted support for anything — a band, a city, a system of government — is seen not as a sign of open-mindedness, but of naiveté. Either no one has told Luka Symons about … Continue reading

Gorillaz

Plastic Beach Parlophone For all the considerable goodwill engendered by Blur’s reunion last summer, it’s hard to knock Damon Albarn’s decision to leave the Britpop heroes behind in the first place. As expansive as Blur could be, there’s no way that band could’ve given a sufficient outlet to the pan-global pop that the singer has … Continue reading