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Priors: Montreal Punk’s New Pleasure Seekers

  With the release of LP1 eminent, Label Obscura will get you up to speed and go in depth to unveil all past mistakes that have lead to Priors. Being no stranger to the landscape tread on this record, it’s matriarchal protagonist Chance Hutchison, a member of Montreal’s Sonic Avenues and captain of Brain Gum records, set out to beat…   

Mike’s Musical Memoirs – Three Records I Loved When I Was Four or Five.

This July, I’m going to become a father for the first time. My beautiful partner and I will be welcoming our happy little surprise into the world with open arms, hearts all aflutter and we can’t wait! We’re taking note of the albums we’ve had on high rotation over these past seven months, building a playlist that will remind us…   

Get To Know Your Local Label: War On Music Records

June 1st will mark the tenth anniversary for Canadian metal reissue label War On Music Records. Originally started back in 2007 as an extension of the War On Music Collective record store in Winnipeg MB, these days War On Music is an online mailorder, indie wholesale distributor and record label now based in scenic Victoria, BC. On the eve of…   

Track These Down: Peter Perrett and The Afghan Whigs

PETER PERRETT – How The West Was Won (Domino) Best known as the frontman for the 70s UK power pop/punk outfit The Only Ones, it has been more than twenty years since Peter Perrett has been involved in the release of anything new. All of that is about to change, as Perrett will release How The West Was Won, his…   

Interview: Ghost Twin

Ghost Twin – Photo Credit: Karen Asher Hello Karen and Jaimz!  It’s so good to touch base with you and find out more about your music.  You recently released the stunning “Saturn Swallows the Sun” single ahead of your upcoming debut album, Plastic Heart, which comes out May 19th via Head In The Sand.  Before we get into the details,…   

Digger’s Delight: Forch’s Record Store, Cambridge, ON

Located in the beautiful downtown Galt section of Cambridge, Forch’s Record Store is the kind of old school feeling record shop that is a pleasure to visit. It is spacious and its contents are not crowded whatsoever. It is clean, the people working there are courteous and helpful, willing to answer any questions you may have. Inside the front door,…   

Track These Down – Sarah Davachi and Special Costello

  Sarah Davachi – All My Circles Run (Students of Decay) Since 2013, electroacoustic sound-sculptor Sarah Davachi has amassed a dense and impressive discography. All My Circles Run is considered the fourth full-length release from the Calgary-born, Vancouver-based composer but it joins several EPs and limited edition cassettes in a steady stream of drone poems drifting outwards like a thick…   

Not You: Halifax’s new dark punk pioneers cast a slippergazed haze

A flock of four, Nancy Urich (Dog Day), Stephanie Johns (The Stolen Minks), Rebecca Young (Soaking Up Jagged) and Meg Yoshida (Bad Vibrations) hold court near the ocean and perfect their sound. Slippergaze being the adjective given to describe their muffin fueled melodies. You could say that if the chip is Not You’s darkened alternative rock, then the guacamole would…   

Track These Down – Joseph of Mercury

Toronto-based alternative pop artist Joseph of Mercury is making a big-time impact with his first two magnificent singles.  Add his name to the elite list of golden-tone vocalists who are of the swooningly romantic crooner/balladeer mold.  Joseph of Mercury’s first two singles radiate an intensely vintage, yet classic vibe that evokes the musical glory of the UK in the 1980s…   

Track These Down – Record Store Day 2017

The argument that the day itself is just a ploy to unload unasked for slop on the masses all the while log-jamming every pressing plant, is not without its merit. On the other hand, it’s never a bad idea to celebrate the cultural importance of the mom and pop record shop, buy records in a show of support, and maybe…   

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