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Have you ever thought how young we’d be if we never ever went to school? A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)

Cymbals Eat Guitars – LOSE

LOSE still finds Cymbals Eat Guitars at their explosive best.

Prawn – Kingfisher

Twinkling guitars, excellent weaving. You get an A+, Prawn.

The White Bicycles – The White Bicycles EP

A decent daydream, but you awake wanting something more.

Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust

The various sides of VanGaalen coalesce into a beautiful monster of an album.

The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Sprawling, stretching, shimmering.

Rewind Reviews 11

I really like driving, but not in the sense where I find cars to be a hobby, or that I like racing. I like contemplative, quiet driving, particular in the country. Southwestern Ontario is actually a pretty ideal place for the kind of driving I like to do: it’s far from difficult, with a complete […]

The Notwist – Close To The Glass

The Notwist haven’t really changed, but their brand of subdued, glitchy post-punk still resonates, if you’re patient.

Alcest – Shelter

Alcest have crafted something quite beautiful.

The New Mongrels – Raised Incorruptible

“A folk album that doesn’t assume beyond the happiness of reviving, maintaining, and re-working tradition.”

Stoney – More Than Animals

A little cliché never killed anyone.

Stoney – We Belonged

Familiar, but this is a good thing.

Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry

“Sepia-toned, honeyed, shimmery.”

Monks of Mellonwah – Afraid to Die

One serious identity crisis.

Rewind Reviews #10

Keelan takes a mechanically-inclined stroll through the (recent)past.

Summerfolk Festival, Part IV

Fill your lungs with the country air.

Summerfolk Festival, Part III

There’s more to Summerfolk than simply music.

Summerfolk Festival, Part II

In part two of our four-part Summerfolk coverage, Keelan becomes too immersed for mere words.

Summerfolk Festival, Part I

Keelan travels through the countryside on a lovely journey for folk.

Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…

Finding cracks in the wooden fence between here and there.

Rewind Reviews #9: A Very Long Year

Artwork: Christian Harrop, The Christmas Unicorn Lists that culminate a certain period of time (such as “best of” year-end lists) often engender a groaningly awful barrage of stupid comments from people feeling the need to bemoan the fact that obscure band x didn’t make Pitchfork’s, or Rolling Stone’s, or NME’s list, or that said band […]

Rewind Reviews #8

The theme for this week’s edition of Rewind Reviews is stated quite plainly in the title. The following three entries are all songs that I love in one capacity or another from band’s that I do not. Compared to the past few weeks this is certainly a more straightforward topic, which is great, really, because […]

Rewind Reviews #7

I’ve been thinking recently about rhythm and its various purposes and effects. In my academic (real?) life I’ve been thinking a lot about metaphor and metaphoric patterning and this is partly why I’ve been thinking about rhythm. That might seem like a strange or sideways leap, but in his study of the novel E.M. Forster […]

Rewind Reviews #6 – Get Un-Ironized!

I was walking to my seminar this morning thinking about my first time wandering the campus and the halls of my faculty’s building: the sense of excitement, of newness, of discovery. As I draw a close to my year in graduate studies, time has ebbed away at these feelings; the cement walls have antiquated, each […]

Lightning Dust – Fantasy

“The etymology of fantasy links it to illumination – but it’s not that illuminating” – Nice summary, Keelan.

Saltland – I Thought It Was Us But It Was All of Us

A magnificently atmospheric album with nothing to propel it forwards.

Rewind Reviews #5 – Memory

I have been reading a lot of Wallace Stevens recently, both academically and casually. If I were forced to answer such a question (gun to my head and whatnot), I think I would say Stevens is my favourite poet. I love the way he concretizes something that seems so abstract, but once you think you […]

Rewind Reviews #4 – Lyricists

This edition of Rewind Reviews focusses on three of my favourite lyricists. Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), and Leonard Cohen (Leonard Cohen) are not so vastly different — which is exactly why they’re the three. I do not have much in the way of an introduction other than to mention how strange I […]

Andrew Bird – Hands of Glory

I don’t really want to be friends with people who don’t like Andrew Bird anyway.

Rewind Reviews #3

Walking In The City

Mumford And Sons – Babel

Let’s get inspirational.

Menomena – Moms

Menomena’s humanity and innovation take centre-stage on the fabulous Moms.

Rewind Reviews #2

Keelan Harkin looks back on Ralph Vaughan-Williams, OMD, and… Sesame Street?

Rewind Reviews #1

Keelan Harkin looks back on Oscar Peterson, Elton John and Built to Spill.


The Walkmen - Heaven
Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
Bayside - Cult
Drake - Too Much
Sorrow - Dreamstone
Bloc Party - Four
Kalle Mattson - A Love Song To The City
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

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