Below is the writing I’ve done about music on this blog. You may also want to check out my music blog/podcast Almost Mainstream, follow me on Rdio and This Is My Jam, listen to my mixtapes and check out my year end lists for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. I’m on lots of music discovery services, too, including last.fm, Hype Machine, Soundcloud, Mixcloud and CBC Music.
For three years I was part of a site called “This Is My Jam.” The premise was pretty simple: you choose one song, and only one, you are truly passionate and set it on your profile, along with a few words about it. The beauty of this versus, say, Spotify is that it was a […]
Almost Mainstream: The 2016 Two-Disc Mix
A mix of some of my favourite tracks and artists of 2016. 45 songs designed to fit onto two 80 minute CD-Rs, just like the old days (plus a bonus track).
“You want it darker/ We kill the flame”
The Best of the Tragically Hip Mixtape
The Tragically Hip taught me the difference between being from Canada, and *being Canadian*.
what happened to vancouver hip-hop?
As Toronto becomes a global player in the hip-hop world, Vancouver no longer holds its status as the second centre of the Canadian scene.
A good album is more than a collection of good songs and a good discography is more than a bunch of good albums.
Stereogum’s Review of Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Album is Pretty Much Perfect
“There’s this new narrative in which would-be pop stars find their voices by venturing outside the studio system, working with indie auteurs and finding themselves whole new audiences on the festival circuit. And that setup has produced some truly great music, like Solange’s True and Sky Ferreira’s Night Time, My Time. But E•MO•TION isn’t that. From a distance, it seems like it should be that. Jepsen worked with Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid on the shimmery, quick-dissolve ballad “All That” and with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij on the burbling “Warm Blood.” But E•MO•TION doesn’t play like critic-bait — or, for that matter, like festival-bait. Instead, it plays like gleaming mall-pop turned way up past 11.”
Yeah, um, Apple Music is way too complicated. I’m sticking with Rdio
Apple Music hasn’t decided if it’s a stream or a store, if it’s online or software, and it’s a mess.