Category Music

Best of 2017

Film (watched though not necessarily released in 2017) 01. Lion 02. Silence 03. La La Land 04. Dunkirk 05. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King 06. Wind River 07. The 13th 08. The Salesman 09. The Light Between Oceans 10. The Big Sick 11. Logan 12. Chasing Coral 13. Jerry Before Seinfeld 14. Gaga: Five Foot Two […]

Best of 2016

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Mark Kozelek Live at the West End Cultural Centre

Being an avid fan of Sun Kil Moon, I had heard much about Mark Kozelek’s on and offstage antics. With regard to the former, I heard that he often publicly disparaged people if he thought they were inattentive (aka talking or slouching) while he was playing, that cell phone usage of any kind was prohibited, […]

James Blake, Minneapolis

I was very spoiled when I lived in Chicago as any and every band that I wanted to see came through. My first and second years of university, especially, were little else than a musical bonanza. My friends and I (cloistered in the suburbs west of Chicago) took virtually opportunity those two years to take […]

Best of 2012

Though I’m just as much a sucker as the next guy when it comes to end-of-the-year lists (see below), I would like to engage in a few moments of reflection as a means of taking stock of the past year.  After all, Socrates said that “The unexamined life is not worth living” and seeing as […]

Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man

Have you heard the (stunning, perfect) new Bat for Lashes album “The Haunted Man?”  I have decided to attempt a review but before I begin, I thought it prudent to spend a few moments talking about the album artwork, which features perhaps the most compelling cover (warning: NSFW) I’ve seen in quite some time: Natasha Khan (aka […]

Propagandhi at the WECC

I’ve already written in rather gushing terms about my favourite band, Propagandhi, here.  So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that they were going to be playing a show at the West End Cultural Centre on the 19th of October (last month). My friend Amanda and I share a deep love for these […]

Getting Parental Advice from Big Shot Rappers

I’m ashamed to admit that when I was younger, I used to say that I liked virtually all kinds of music except rap, claiming that it could hardly be called “music.”  I thought I was so clever in pointing out that “r,” “a”, and “p” were the last three letters in a popular excremental word […]

“Confess” and other Compact Disc Compulsions

Ever since I was about fifteen or so and bought my first CD (it was either Yanni’s “Live at the Acropolis” or the Speed OST), I have been rather attached to this silvery, circular medium. Back in those days – when none of us had cell phones and we were on 56k dial up modems […]

Olympic Gold Record 2012

Although I can’t for the life of me imagine why you would think this piece is about the Olympics or anything to do with them, I thought I’d go the extra mile and disabuse you of all misconceptions with an additional sentence, you know, just in case.  This piece is not about the Olympics. Years […]