music

How to survive the sleazy beast

For 32 years Victoria jazz-punks NoMeansNo have lived apart from the sleazy beast known as the music industry. Now that the rest of the world…


Liptonians get serious

The Liptonians, a Winnipeg-based indie-rock quintet, are poised for more mainstream success with the release of their second album, Let’s All March Back Into the…



Essentially a playlist

So it turns out the editor-in-chief of this here publication has created an “Essentially A Playlist” YouTube account with videos to accompany my selections for…


H.I.T.S parade

It is Tuesday evening at the Toad in the Hole on Osborne and everything is as it should be — that is, nothing is out…


Classical Rock

The south-facing exterior wall of the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautel faculty of music bears the words, “DEMOLISH SERIOUS CULTURE.” Attempts to remove this…


Music of the world, but not world music

The Manitoban Musical Atlas of Popular Music is a sporadically-published guide to the export-friendly pop music of the world outside England and North America. Society…


Hot Panda action

They started making panda porn to show male pandas,” explains Chris Connelly of Edmonton’s Hot Panda, “because they find that in captivity they can’t get…


Coffee music: The guide

There was a time when even Starbucks, now fast becoming the exclusive domain of sugar-crazed teenagers, was filled with safe but tasteful music. When I…


A record of how I felt then

Middle-class suburbia is not the stuff of legend. As far as its depiction in art is concerned, it is stucco sprawl, vapid and neatly fenced,…