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Record Store Day Reading: The Last Sam the Record Man Standing

Once upon a time, Sam the Record Man stores dotted the Canadian landscape.  Growing up in Winnipeg, there were no fewer than four stores, one at each point on the compass.  I spent untold hours browsing the location in the Garden City Shopping Centre, a place to park me when my mom took my sister [&hellip.. more

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How to Celebrate Kim Il-Sung’s Birthday? By Breakdancing!

I’m fascinating by North Korea, hence by subscription to NKNews.org, a daily aggregation of stories coming out of that weird little country.  One of this week’s dispatches dealt with how the country celebrates the birthday of long-dead Kim Il-Sung, the Great Leader. It’s a bit long-ish, but stick around until the dancing starts. When you [&hellip.. more

8 Mile

An Oral History of the Real 8 Mile Rap Battles

If you’re at all familiar with Eminem, you’ll know all about 8 Mile, the movie that follows Em through the twists and turns of the rap battles he fought while growing up in Detroit. Grantland–which has been doing some great work lately–has this oral history of those battles. When 8 Mile hit theaters in the fall of [&hellip.. more

No Place for Hate

Anti-Defamation League Lists 13 Canadian “Hate Bands”

FYI Music reports on a post by Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker frontman David Lowery on his Trichordist site which calls for YouTube to stop automatically adding advertising onto hate videos. The post leads you to a list of hate bands compiled by the Anti-Defamation League.  Thirteen Canadian bands are on this list. There are always going [&hellip.. more

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Random Music News for Saturday, April 19, 2014

If you’re not Record Store Daying it, here’s some stuff to surf. The South Korean ferry disaster has the country’s music industry toning it down by cancelling festivals, album releases and liquor commercials. Should record labels start mailing out physical catalogues to customers? It’s not that far-fetched an idea. Here’s why. Here are details of [&hellip.. more

Record Store Day 2014

Heading Out to Record Store Day? Here’s Where You Can Go in Canada

Unlike last year when friends from The Zone 91.3 in Victoria took me shopping (and spending), I will have to sit out this year’s Record Store Day because I’m in a country that’s yet to recognize the event.  The closest participating store to me is 3,000 kilometres away in Pretoria, South Africa.  So that would [&hellip.. more

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This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 18 Friday 2014

Happy (Merry?) Good Friday to all.  And only one more sleep until Record Store Day.  Hopefully there’s something on this week’s list that will float your boat in a brand new way. Thanks to Mediazoic for the hosting.. more

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Got Time? The Darcys Release 22-Minute Epic Song

It’s an instrumental piece entitled “Hymn for a Missing Girl.”  From the press release: Originally inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s Cities Of The Plain, the piece was produced by The Darcys, mixed by Warring producer Tom McFall (Bloc Party, Stars) and described by the band as “an experiment in creating sound that reflects emotion.” Hymn For A Missing Girl was recorde.. more


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