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I Like This: Mallory

Published on November 12th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

It’s called “The History of Apple Pie.”  How much more wholesome can you get? The History Of Apple Pie – “Mallory” from stereogum on Vimeo... Read More


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I Like This: Drowning Susan

Published on November 11th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Extremely cool darkwave with a touch of electro-goth.  They’re based in Las Vegas but they have some interesting connections back to CFNY in Brampton and then Toronto.  Spend some time with this album which is available ... Read More


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This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 11 November 2011

Published on November 11th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Every Friday (with the help of Mediazoic), I provide a stream of the Top 11 songs that caught my ear over the previous week.  You can listen to all of them (and any of the Top 11's I've posted) by clicking on the player on the right side of the screen.

Here's what you'll find this week:

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The Recommendation Project Part 18: Metal

Published on November 11th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

As I write this on 11-11-11, Black Sabbath is being rousted from their hotel rooms in LA to appear at a press conference where they will announce a reunion of the classic line-up.  

Today has also been declared Metal Day around the world.  I mean, what better day to turn things up to 11, right?

So here's this week's assignment:  give me your best metal song, old or new. Period.

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Five Songs for Remembrance Day

Published on November 11th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

[This is my column in today's Metro newspapers. - AC]

The solemnity of November 11 should never be forgotten.  Our thoughts turn to the fallen and to the families they left behind.  Here’s a playlist of songs that commemorate this day beyond the traditional playing of “The Last Post.”

 “Sky Pilot” by Eric Burdon and the Animals:  With the Viet Nam War at its peak 1968, the Animals released this seven-and-a-half minute, three-movement song about a chaplain who blesses the troops before they leave on a mission.  Although it doesn’t feature any obvious anti-war lyrics, the imagery and the era in which it was released have caused it to be categorized as a protest song. 

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I Like This: HiFi Phantom

Published on November 10th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

My mysterious friend, the Lonely Vagabond, passes along this one.  HiFi Phantom features members from both of Canada’s coasts but coalesced in Toronto. All at Sea by HiFi Phantom... Read More


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More Music from the Inbox

Published on November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

There is more music out there than anyone possibly has time to sift through.

That's why this site provides the public services of doing some of the heavy lifting for you.  

Here's the latest filtered results from the inbox, courtesy of Gilles LeBlanc.

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More Reissued Pink Floyd You Need to Buy. Now.

Published on November 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Floyd is carefully reissuing their entire catalogue in new box sets.  Last month, it was Dark Side of the Moon. Today, it's their planetarium-laser-show-riffic 1975 release.

Looking through my library this morning, I see that I have no fewer than five different editions of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here on various formats.  

I will happily make room for the sixth.

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Celldweller Mashes Up Sabbath and Metallica

Published on November 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Good Christ, I love this.  I wonder if Lars knows?  And if ‘Tallica is thinking about another kind of collaboration, dump Lou Reed and call Ozzy.  Now. Disposable War Pigs (Celldweller Klash-Up) [Free Download] by Celldweller... Read More


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I Like This: Zenith Myth

Published on November 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

New material from a Canadian dude who obviously has lots and lots of cool friends.  Give this a good, good listen. Zenith Myth – Zenith Myth by ZENITH ... Read More


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I Like This: Guilty About Girls

Published on November 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I’ve been a fan of these guys ever since I heard their first demos more than two years ago.  Jordy Birch (ex-Pure) sings for a group that sounds modern while conjuring some kind of 80s vibe. ... Read More


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Music from the Inbox

Published on November 7th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I don't know about where you are, but the weather around here has been glorious.  This means more walks with the dog and more yardwork.  

Thankfully, there are people like Lisa Sookraj who can help filter through all the music submissions.

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I Like This: Hedvig Mollestad

Published on November 7th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

She’s a Norwegian guitarist who can veer from riff-rock to jazzy improvisations to even a little doom metal.   If this sounds interesting, spend some time with her, especially if you appreciate what Hendrix tried to ... Read More


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I Like This: The Famines

Published on November 6th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Like thrashy two-piece bands?  Think that the Black Keys and White Stripes are too tame?  Then take a listen to these guys from Edmonton.   More on The Famines here and listen to “Faux Famous” here... Read More


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The Recommendation Project Part 17: Songs to Have Sex To

Published on November 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

If you check here, you'll find a The Wife Says column about how Nickelback is the biggest musical turn-off as far as sex goes.  

Bottom line is that if you ever hope to have sex with someone other than yourself, never, ever admit that you like Nickelback.

Fine.  But what songs are acceptable for boinking?  We could be doing a big public service here, people.

Here are the rules for The Recommendation Project:

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