Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

Alright, forget everything you know about hip-hop for a second – and especially forget Childish Gambino’s 2011 record Camp and 2013’s Because the Internet. This is by no means a follow-up to either of his previous releases; even his handful of mixtapes and releases in-between have no real connection to Awaken, My Love!. Instead, Awaken, My Love! is an experimentation from Donald Glover as he explores the ’70s, and their legacy of funk and psychedelic music. And for many Gambino fans, it is an extremely polarizing release. Some find it bland and disorientating, others creative and progressive.…

In No Particular Order: December 2, 2016

Have you started Christmas shopping? I haven’t started Christmas shopping… I’ll do it tomorrow…there’s still 19 days until Christmas…. Check out the full list of new releases here, and follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more crazy fun in your life…or less, depending on how you look at it. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love! Alright, forget everything you know about hip-hop for a second – and especially forget Childish Gambino’s 2011 record Camp and 2013’s Because the Internet. This is by no means a follow-up to either of his previous releases;…

In No Particular Order: September 23, 2016

Alright. It’s already Wednesday and the next edition of In No Particular Order is almost upon us, so I’m going to keep this week short and sweet (unlike last week) – just like the parting small talk of passing acquaintances. “Hey, how are you?” “Good, thanks. You?” “Good”. “Great! See you around!” (Fin) Check out more of the new releases here and follow me on Instagram and Twitter because I said so. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine You might recognize both names…

In No Particular Order – September 9, 2016

Although our calendars point out the official first day of fall, there are more tangible tell-tale signs of the changing of the seasons. Some people decide summer is over based on the colour of the leaves, or the scent of pumpkin spice lattes, or even the early-sent Halloween decorations littering stores, and some might even play weatherman and decide the dropping temperatures signal the commencement of autumn. However, the true marker of the end of summer is that my iTunes library doubles in size. June, July, and August are skinny…

Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being

Although titled as such, the new album from U.K. indie synth-pop group Glass Animals is not an instruction manual. Instead, How To Be A Human Being is a paradigm shift of sorts, re-telling stories and interviews into music through the eyes of the characters – in this case, frontman and producer Dave Bayley. While on tour in support of their 2014 debut ZABA, Bayley recorded countless conversations and stories from strangers: “I tr[ied] to sneakily record people, and I have hours and hours of these amazing rants from taxi drivers, people we met outside…

Album Releases: Week of June 24, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie The Avett Brothers – True Sadness (Alternative folk rock) Deerhoof – The Magic (Indie rock/Alternative) Hot Hot Heat – Hot Hot Heat (Indie pop/Alternative)   Electronic Cash Cash – Blood, Sweat, and 3 Years (Electro-soul pop) Cassius – Ibifornia (Electronica) DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall (Electronic) Kayo Dot – Plastic House On Base Of Sky (Synth-rock) Puro Instinct – Autodrama (Indie dream-pop/Synth-pop) Rational Youth – Future Past Tense (Bedroom synth-pop) River Tiber – Indigo (Nu-R&B/Electronica)   Hip – hop / Rap / R&B / Soul Birdman – Ms.Gladys (Hip-hop) Ugly Heroes – Everything In…

Weaves – Weaves

The concept of synergy is when the creation of a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and if you think about it, the idea is a fascinating phenomenon. You’d expect 1 and 1 to make 2, but with synergy, that’s not always true; what if instead of adding together, they realize they are more valuable as two “ones” together, and decide to fuse into “11”. Of course, it is more complex than just pushing two numbers together, but in any case, let’s take Toronto noise-pop band Weaves for example.…

Album Releases: Week of June 3, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Amber Arcades – Fading Lines (Indie rock) Cat’s Eyes – Treasure House (Indie dream pop) The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Monolith of Phobos (Experimental pop) Fear of Men – Fall Forever (Alternative/Dream pop) Steve Gunn – Eyes On the Lines (Alternative rock/Americana) The Joy Formidable – Hitch (Alternative rock) The Kills  – Ash & Ice (Alternative rock) Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate (Soul/Alt-rock/Singer-songwriter) Ladyhawke – Wild Things (Synth-pop) Minor Victories – Minor Victories (Post-rock/Shoegaze) Moonface & Siinai – My Best Human Face (Alternative rock) Mourn – Ha, Ha, He! (Experimental/Dream-rock) Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger…

In No Particular Order: May 27, 2016

One of the best feelings in life? Finding a new album that you know you’ll be listening to and enjoying for years. That first spark, ignited from the mysterious and nervously excited first listen, is not lost over time; if anything you become more and more attached, as the album becomes apart of your life and you debate naming your future children after the band’s lead singer… Honestly, if you could, you’d probably marry it. …or maybe that’s just me? This week saw some of the best releases in 2016…

Album Releases: Week of May 6, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Chris Cohen – As If Apart (Indie rock/Singer-songwriter/Dream pop) Thomas Cohen – Bloom Forever (Alternative rock) Dieterich & Barnes – The Coral Casino (Experimental pop/Indie rock) Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes (Pop rock) Little Scream – Cult Following (Experimental indie rock/Electr0-pop) Royal Tusk – DealBreaker (Alternative/Indie rock) Seratones – Get Gone (Rock n’ Roll/Soul) Used Cassettes – Rock N’ Rills (Post-punk/surf-rock)   Country / Folk Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Things That We Are Made Of (Country/Singer-songwriter) Gloaming – 2 (Alternative celtic rock) Sweet Alibi – Walking in the Dark (Folk/Singer-songwriter) Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here…