Album Reviews

Drop the Needle on Thee Oh Sees’ New Vinyl

Drop the Needle on Thee Oh Sees’ New Vinyl

After Thee Oh Sees’ “indefinite hiatus,” which was announced this past December, was revealed to be more spring break than school expulsion, the band is back with their eighth studio album, Drop. Drop opens with some robotic triads, sliding riff-heavy and hard into “Penetrating Eye”. John Dwyer tackles six instruments on the album, including synthesizer, […]

Lovers of Dub: HTRK’s ‘Psychic 9–5 Club’

Lovers of Dub: HTRK’s ‘Psychic 9–5 Club’

Unpacking the title of an album is a lot more fun when it has meaning that goes beyond provocation or aesthetic appeal. HTRK’s (pronounced “Hate Rock”) first full-length record without founding member, bassist Sean Stewart, is called Psychic 9-5 Club, and its title, seemingly full of attitude without meaning, melds New Age ideas with dub […]

Just a Season Springs Ahead with Solo Debut

Just a Season Springs Ahead with Solo Debut

Karma brings Vancouver musician Scott Smith from the sidelines to the forefront. Having long supported many of the city’s finest bands (including Rich Hope and His Blue Rich Rangers), most often on guitar or pedal steel, Smith finally steps into centre stage himself. Under the moniker Just a Season, he has released his first solo […]

Angel Olsen Burns Her Creative Fire Brightly on New Album

Angel Olsen Burns Her Creative Fire Brightly on New Album

A year of travelling, and all the heartbreak that comes from sacrificing a sedentary lifestyle, changes any empathetic person. Although usually muted in her physical expressions, lyrically, Angel Olsen has always registered highly on the emotional scale. Such is no different on her second album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, her first on Jagjaguwar […]

Best Metal Albums of 2013

Best Metal Albums of 2013

My selection process when making the Best Metal Albums list is pretty organic. Sure, the way the album was created, where it fits in the artist’s catalogue, and other such peripheral factors influence my decision, but the main factor is pretty simple – How does this music make me feel? If it makes me feel […]

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