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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 last.fm, Hype Machine, Soundcloud, Mixcloud and CBC Music.

Is 2015 a bad year for music, or am I just getting old?

Compared to past years, I’m finding very little in the way of new tunes that I unequivocally love.

Posted on 8 June 2015 and filed under articles, comments, main, music, personal

What are the greatest “Prince George” songs of all time?

Cast yer votes.

Posted on 19 March 2015 and filed under main, music, Prince George

How CBC Radio 3 changed my life

As CBC Radio 3 changes formats, I reflect on how it changed my life.

Posted on 14 March 2015 and filed under articles, CBC, main, music

Life After Death (of Your iPod)

Hazel Cills: “Beyond just people moving towards streaming rather than buying music (old news), the discontinuation of the iPod Classic and future mp3 devices presents a whole other problem: a lack of devices and applications that are for music listening only. There is no right or wrong way to listen to music, but there is […]

Posted on 14 January 2015 and filed under links, music, outbound, small

The Future Of Meat Is Plant-Based Burgers

Rowan Jacobson: “Considering the speed of change, the money and smarts being thrown at the problem, and the desperate need, it seems likely that sometime in the next decade, Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods or another rival will perfect vegetarian beef, chicken, and pork that is tastier, healthier, and cheaper than the fast-food versions of […]

Posted on 7 January 2015 and filed under music, outbound, small

Three great songs from previous years I discovered in 2014

Great songs that I missed the first time around.

Posted on 4 January 2015 and filed under music

Almost Mainstream: The Best of 2014 Mixtape

A premium, 45-minute-a-side cassette mixtape of some of my favourite tracks of 2014.

Posted on 2 January 2015 and filed under articles, big, comments, main, music

Said the Gramophone: BEST SONGS OF 2014

“Said the Gramophone is one of the oldest musicblogs. We try to do just two things, well: finding good songs, and writing about them. We don’t mess about with tour-dates, videos or advertising. We post new songs and old songs, write clumsy dreams of what we hear. If this is your first time here, I […]

Posted on 18 December 2014 and filed under links, music, outbound, small

Best Songs of 2014 Long Lists

For the past few years I’ve been putting together a list of my favourite songs of 2014. The first time I did it I had over forty tracks, but I’ve been whittling it down to less every year. I try to do less because I feel like seven hours is too much for most people […]

Posted on 12 December 2014 and filed under articles, comments, main, music

Music Flow 2014

2014 was the year I gave up on “hearing everything.” I used to diligently go through new album releases, music blogs, playlists, and charts to hear as much of what was being made as I could. An impossible task, obviously, but one I set for myself. This year, I completely gave up on that. Instead, […]

Posted on 9 December 2014 and filed under articles, main, music

Why do British singers sing with American accents?

The Globe and Mail: “In his blog entry, the linguist David Crystal explains that key identifying features of a regional accent tend to disappear when singing: the intonation (as a melody replaces it), vowel length (for many syllables are elongated) and the vocal cadence. Crystal goes on to say that vowel quality is also often affected, “especially […]

Posted on 20 November 2014 and filed under links, music, outbound, small

Ghost Mix

A collection of songs with “ghost” in the title, but also better than that.

Posted on 31 October 2014 and filed under links, main, music

Almost Mainstream: The 2013 Mixtape

A sampling of my favourite albums, songs and artists of 2013.

Posted on 1 January 2014 and filed under articles, music

Where are musicians going online?

Facebook and YouTube are huge, Twitter is up, MySpace is down, and Last.fm is just sort of there.

Posted on 2 November 2013 and filed under articles, comments, main, music, social media

The music of Breaking Bad

Some mixtapes featuring music and dialogue from Breaking Bad.

Posted on 30 September 2013 and filed under main, music

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