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Nominees for This Year’s Canadian Independent Music Awards

February 23rd, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The Indies are one of the big events of Canadian Music Week.  The date for the 12th annual awards is Saturday, March 24 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.  Here are your nominees:

Austra – Feel It Break (Paper Bag)
City and Colour – Little Hell (Dine Alone)
Feist – Metals (Arts & Crafts)
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador/Beggars Canada)
Mother Mother – Eureka (Last Gang)

Alyssa Reid – Alone Again (Wax)
Crystal Castles – Not In Love (feat. Robert Smith) (Last Gang)
Kristina Maria – Let’s Play (MapleMusic)
Raghav – Fire (Cordova Bay)
The Sheepdogs – I Don’t Know (Dine Alone)

Pink Floyd’s Immersion Edition of The Wall: Brilliant, Really

February 23rd, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Last month I wrote that I had no fewer than four editions of Pink Floyd's The Wall in my collection.  The fifth arrived this week.  And it sounds magnifcient.

Back when people still cared about high-fidelity sound (don't get me started on the audio quality of MP3s), Pink Floyd records were some kind of standard.  If one of their records sounded good on a stereo or through a set of headphones, then that was a piece of equipment worth buying.

While Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals all sounded very good, The Wall was recording technology at its best.  The various remasters that followed also sounded excellent.

However, listening to the newest edition--I have the seven-disc Immersion set--is a new experience entirely if you listen to it on a good stereo.

More Music from the Inbox

February 23rd, 2012 | by Alan Cross

My wife has been sick for nearly a week with some kind of cold/flu/infection issue, the poor thing.  She's been sleeping a lot in the spare bedroom next to my office, so I've had to keep the music low--not a good thing when you do what I do for a living.

Brent Chittenden has no such issues at his place, so he was able to blast through some recent music submissions that came through the inbox after I filtered through them.  He renders final judgement on this week's material.

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