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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, 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 […]

Posted on 23 March 2017 and filed under music, outbound, small

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).

Posted on 31 December 2016 and filed under articles, main, music


“You want it darker/ We kill the flame”

Posted on 12 November 2016 and filed under main, music

The Best of the Tragically Hip Mixtape

The Tragically Hip taught me the difference between being from Canada, and *being Canadian*.

Posted on 24 May 2016 and filed under articles, Canada, main, music

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.

Posted on 14 May 2016 and filed under articles, Canada, main, music


A good album is more than a collection of good songs and a good discography is more than a bunch of good albums.

Posted on 30 April 2016 and filed under articles, main, music

“electric word, life, it means forever and that’s a mighty long time”

nothing compares 2 u

Posted on 21 April 2016 and filed under articles, main, music

Almost Mainstream: The 2015 Mixtape

My favourite music of 2015.

Posted on 24 December 2015 and filed under main, music

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.”

Posted on 21 August 2015 and filed under links, music, outbound

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.

Posted on 1 July 2015 and filed under articles, comments, main, music, reviews

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