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Interview: The Long Dark Road

Heya Jeremy!  It’s so good to touch base with you about your highly anticipated self-titled album which arrives April 7th.  It’s your debut record as The Long Dark Road and you mix a potent blend of musical genres on your songs.  Before we go into that, can you please list who is in the band and what instruments you play?…   

Mike’s Musical Memoirs, Springtime Edition : My Favourite Canadian Records of 1994

I’ve had a typically uncreative winter. No gigs, nor even a rehearsal to speak of since early December. No solid ideas or themes popping up to write about. Just lots of grey. This past January was record breaking in its greyness, officially. But now, the sun is starting to fight its way back into the everyday and the summer festival…   

Diggers Delight: The Sound Garden, Syracuse, NY

Earlier last month, my wife asked me to go on a road trip with her to Ottawa, ON. I thought it would be the perfect time to do a Digger’s Delight column on an Ottawa-area record store, but my wife needed to pick up some supplies for the conference she was going to in the US on the way, so…   

More Than Just Burton, Slurpees and Murder: An Incomplete History of Winnipeg’s Indie Music Scene

Winnipeg, a city where many band’s third show is also their last (and an EP release show). Winnipeg, a place as known for Chantal Kreviazuk as it is for her brother going around to record stores, telling people how he is her brother while asking about Van Halen records. Winnipeg, a bargain hungry town raised on Slurpees and cable access,…   

Track These Down – The Pastels and The Unintended

The Pastels – Up For A Bit With The Pastels Last week marked 30 years since the debut album by these Scottish indie darlings hit the shelves. Up For A Bit With The Pastels is a honed pop parade of melody and style. Lead by Stephen Pastel (McRobbie) to the top of the 1980’s UK music scene, their first offering…   

Track These Down – Eiyn Sof and Fiver

Eiyn Sof – Meadow Thrum (Arachnidiscs Recordings) Eiyn Sof is the softly spellbinding acid-folk project of Ontario’s Melissa Boraski. She may be best known for her 2011 album Bloodstreams, released on Brian Taylor and Rick White’s Blue Fog Recordings, but has continued to quietly slip out releases on her own Springskull label and UR Audio Visual. Boraski’s latest effort for…   

Track These Down – Post Death Soundtrack

Post Death Soundtrack – Let Your Colors Run – The Remixes Canadian experimental industrial/metal/electronic trio Post Death Soundtrack has carved out a niche for itself by creating a hybrid sound that’s heavy and exploratory and also engages the brain as well as the ears. Steve Moore, Kenneth Buck, and Jon Ireson combine their minds, talents, and veteran musical status as…   

The Story Behind Every Plumtree LP

When Amanda Braden (now Bidnall), Lynette Gillis, Nina Martin, and Carla Gillis formed Plumtree in 1993, they were teenagers living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Braden and Martin had taken lessons together on electric and bass guitar respectively when they were around 15 years old and decided they needed to form a band within about three months of learning how to…   

Track These Down – The Fall and Throbbing Gristle

The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour Superior Viaduct continues to roll on through their re-issue campaign of everyone’s favorite pissed-up, post-punk, poster-children… The Fall. The latest full length to once again be available is 1982’s Hex Enduction Hour. Mark E. Smith and company’s fourth studio effort, was although sonically prettier than previous efforts, still retained the groups trademark snarl. Never…   

Get To Know Your Local Label : You’ve Changed Records

Let’s start with the very basic – what inspired you to start the label? Riding in the van with Attack In Black after the 3rd Sappyfest there was a certain amount of discussion about how to get the amount of music they were making out into the world, music that didn’t fit into marketing plans, or regular, slow, release schedules….   

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