Reviews

Sherman Downey & the Ambiguous Case — The Sun In Your Eyes

Sherman Downey & the Ambiguous Case – The Sun In Your Eyes
Sherman Downey & the Ambiguous Case The Sun In Your Eyes
Release Date: November 6, 2013
Independent label; 10 Tracks

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

 

Sherman Downey & the Ambiguous Case give fans of their live show a gift of enhanced arrangements and inspired instrumentation.

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Doug Paisley - Strong Feelings

Doug Paisley - Strong Feelings
Doug PaisleyStrong Feelings
Release Date: January 21, 2014
No Quarter Records; 10 Tracks; CD, MP3

 

Review by: Colton Eddy

If there's one thing that Canadians do very well, its crafting a finely tuned piece of Americana.

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Pixies - EP-2

Pixies - EP-2
Pixies — EP-2
Release Date: January 10, 2014
Self released; 4 tracks

 

Review by: Laura Molinaro

It has only been four months since Pixies decided that, deal or no deal, they would continue to put out new music and tour.

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Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
Capitol Records; 12 Tracks; CD, MP3
 


Review by: Laura Molinaro

Night Time, My Time, the debut album from upcoming starlet Sky Ferreira, has been a long time coming.

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Young Benjamins - Less Argue

Young Benjamins - Less Argue
Young BenjaminsLess Argue
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Dollartone Records; 11 Tracks

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

 

Young Benjamins release the perfect summer record.

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Al Tuck - Stranger At The Wake

Al Tuck - Stranger At The Wake
Al TuckStranger At The Wake
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Cameron House Records; 15 Tracks

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

 

Al Tuck, the inimitable story-teller, releases seventh album on Cameron House Records

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Hollerado - White Paint

Hollerado - White Paint
Hollerado — White Paint
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Royal Mountain Records; 11 Tracks; CD, Digital, Vinyl

 

Review by: Melissa Adamson

White Paint is the second full length album from Hollerado, released today through the band's own Royal Mountain Records.

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Matthew Hornell - Have It All

Matthew Hornell - Have It All
Matthew HornellHave It All
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Independent; 10 Tracks; Digital, CD, Vinyl

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

The latest release from Matthew Hornell marks his transition to a new home town, a new backing band and a shift toward a new genre.

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Two Hours Traffic — Foolish Blood

Two Hour Traffic - Foolish Blood
Two Hours TrafficFoolish Blood
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Bumstead Records; CD, MP3

 

Review by: Bianca Marcus

Pop records can be hit or miss, but Foolish Blood is adult-friendly pop at its best; you can’t possibly feel bad while listening to this.

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The Joy Formidable — Wolf's Law

The Joy Formidable - Wolfs Law
The Joy FormidableWolf's Law
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Canvasback Music / Atlantic Records; 11 Tracks

 

Review by: Bianca Marcus

Wolf's Law is the second full-length release from the London-based Welsh trio, formed in 2007*.

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The Years — Red Wine and Clarity

The Years - Red Wine and Clarity
The YearsRed Wine and Clarity EP
Release Date: March 2012
5 Tracks; 320 kbps MP3

 

Review by: Bianca Marcus

St. Catharines-based The Years' debut EP Red Wine and Clarity puts to music the frailty of young adulthood, of love, loss, and moving on.

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Matt & Kim - Lightning

Matt & Kim - Lightning
Matt & KimLightning
Release Date: October 2, 2012
FADER Label; CD, MP3

 

Review by: Laura Eley

A look at the indie dance rockers' October release.

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Whitney Rose - Whitney Rose

Whitney Rose- Whitney Rose
Whitney Rose Whitney Rose
Release Date: November 3, 2012
Cameron House Records; 10 Tracks

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

Whitney Rose might be telling us that “Chivalry Is Dead”, but top quality original country music is alive and well.

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John Antoniuk - Always With You

John Antoniuk - Always With You
John Antoniuk Always With You
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Rebeltone Ranch; 11 Tracks

Review by: Lee Fraser

Everyone needs a musical hug now and then and John Antoniuk's new record is the big, warm kind.

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The Devin Cuddy Band - Volume One

The Devin Cuddy Band - Volume One
The Devin Cuddy Band Volume One
Release Date: October 20, 2012
Cameron House Records; 12 Tracks

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

The Devin Cuddy Band is releasing their debut album so you better get your dancing shoes and throw on an old cowboy hat if you've got one. It's a buffet of country-related musical styles and every song has a story to tell.

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Whitehorse - The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss

Whitehorse - The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss
Whitehorse The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Six Shooter Records; 12 Tracks

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

A full-length release by Whitehorse kicks off Six Shooter’s autumn of awesome.

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Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
Release Date: April 23, 2012
Third Man Records; 13 Tracks

 

Review by: Colton Eddy

 

Jack White shows his colours as the peacock of modern rock.

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Tarantuela - Good Luck-Black Cat-Bad Luck

Tarantuela - Good Luck-Black Cat-Bad Luck
Tarantuela Good Luck-Black Cat-Bad Luck
Release Date: May 18, 2012
Secret City Records; 11 Tracks

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

Peterborough band, Tarantuela, release rocking debut album.

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Plants and Animals — The End Of That

Plants and Animals - The End Of That
Plants and AnimalsThe End of That
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Secret City Records; 11 Tracks

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

Talent, skill and fun on latest release from Plants and Animals.

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The Darcys — The Darcys

The Darcys - The Darcys
The DarcysThe Darcys
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Arts & Crafts; 10 Tracks

 

Review by: Pete Nema

The Darcys self-titled release is an intricate, cohesive, and innovative piece of work. It is probably one of the best Canadian releases this year, and to make it all that more appealing, the band is currently offering the album for free.

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Cuff the Duke — Morning Comes

Cuff The Duke - Morning Comes
Cuff The DukeMorning Comes
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Paper Bag Records; 10 Tracks; CD, LP, DD

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

If this new album from Cuff the Duke is the low side of a two-album release, the high side is going to blow us away.

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Dan Mangan — Oh Fortune

Dan Mangan - Oh Fortune
Dan ManganOh Fortune
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Arts & Crafts; 11 Tracks; CD, LP, DD

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

Three months ago, the title track of Oh Fortune was released as a preview of Dan Mangan's third and latest full length release. Like the single, the album features a distinctive guitar sound, bold percussion, and more prominent horns and strings.

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The Barr Brothers — The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers - The Barr Brothers
The Barr Brothers — The Barr Brothers
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Secret City Records; 10 tracks

 

Review by: Lucas Samuels

The Barr Brothers debut LP is a true testament to the "do it yourself" artistic style that is so deeply embedded in Montreal's current independent music scene.

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The Little Stevies — Attention Shoppers

The Little Stevies - Attention Shoppers
The Little SteviesThe Place I Left Behind
Release Date: July 5, 2011
45 Records; 12 Tracks

 

Review by: Natalia Buia

The Little Stevies from down under rely on simplicity and optimism to lure in listeners with their sunny, sophomore effort Attention Shoppers.

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The Deep Dark Woods — The Place I Left Behind

The Deep Dark Woods - The Place I Left Behind
The Deep Dark WoodsThe Place I Left Behind
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Six Shooter Records; 13 Tracks

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

Songs of lament and regret fill the latest CD from The Deep Dark Woods.

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