Why bother? A response to a question

For the last few months, I’ve been helping to organize a project as a tribute to Chris Reimer, a friend of mine who passed away in 2012. It’s officially taking place through the not-for-profit where I work, the Quickdraw Animation Society, but most of the organizing has happened outside of office hours, and with help … Continue reading

So Good playlist: October 9

Some really solid stuff in this week’s show. New tracks from locals Joanna Borromeo and Dragon Fli Empire were both great, and the SonReal and Rich Kidd track sounds like a potential crossover hit to me. I’ll try to talk about all of those in more detail on here in the next few days. But … Continue reading

Some Hot Little Rocket-based nostalgia

Hot Little Rocket is doing a reunion show at Broken City tomorrow. That’s kind of a big deal for me. Those guys were the third(ish?) band I ever interviewed as an aspiring music writer at The Gauntlet, and I have some pretty great memories of seeing them at the Night Gallery and other long-defunct places … Continue reading

Month of New Music 2011, Day One: The Style Council’s My Ever Changing Moods

As part of my ever-weakening commitment to keeping this blog alive, I’m happy to announce my second annual Month of New Music, starting today. As with last year, that means I’ll be listening to an album per day that I have never before listened to in its entirety – new as in new to me, … Continue reading

Roger Daltry: Re-Creating Tommy

“On the record, there’s plenty of overdubs. There’s overlays of vocals, harmonies that The Who couldn’t do at the time. There were songs that The Who never played. But to make up for that, we were young, we were over-testosteroned and we made it into much more of a physical, rock-and-roll-circus type event.”

Full interview: Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

In 2006, Alex Ebert was the frontman of L.A. brat-punks Ima Robot., with a record deal from Virgin and a knack for pop hooks and instantly hateable hairstyles. Four years later, he’s the mastermind behind Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, a 10-piece art-rock “family” that combines the folk-influenced songwriting of the ’60s with the … Continue reading

Folk Fest announces lineup

The Calgary Folk Music Festival, the one weekend when the city’s hoola-hoopers, hipsters and suburban soccer moms come together as equals, has announced its 2010 lineup — and it’s a bit of an odd one. Soul legend Roberta Flack, indie-pop darlings Stars and protest-rock mainstay Michael Franti are nothing to turn up your nose at, … Continue reading

Interview with Yukon Blonde

Barely three months after releasing its self-titled debut, Vancouver’s Yukon Blonde is already making waves across Canada. The album finds the band indulging in classically minded folk-rock, purveying a mix of jangling guitars, immaculate harmonies and an abundance of perfectly crafted pop hooks. Its live show, meanwhile, is considerably more raw — the harmonies still … Continue reading