In No Particular Order: November 18, 2016

Hello, snow! Fall is essentially over, and with winter suddenly sliding its way into our lives, that means it’s getting close to the busiest time of the year: album of the year picks. For all those wondering, I’ve started compiling my favourite records from 2016 into a nice, organized list. I’ve got a few in mind to take over the top spot… As always, you can check out the full list of new releases from the past week here, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to…

Album Releases: Week of November 18, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Blackfield – Blackfield V (Progressive rock) Justin Carter – Know It All (Indie singer-songwriter/Baroque pop) DIANA – Familiar Touch (Indie synth-pop/post-punk) Cory Hanson – The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo (Singer-songwriter) Highly Suspect – The Boy Who Died Wolf (Indie experimental alternative rock) Julia Holter – Bleed for This OST (Score/Singer-songwriter) Omar Rodríguez-López – Zapopan (Experimental alternative rock) Lower Plenty – Sister Sister (Indie lo-fi rock) Our Girl – Normally EP (Indie lo-fi rock) Split Single – Metal Frames (Alternative rock) Tasseomancy – Do Easy (Indie experimental pop-rock) Thee Oh Sees – An Odd Entrances (Indie rock/Psych-garage) Title Tracks –  Long…

Album Releases: Week of November 11, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Blue Rodeo – 1000 Arms (Rock) Chocolat – Rencontrer Looloo (Indie rock pop) Forth Wanderers – Slop EP (Indie rock) The Men – Devil Music (Experimental/Garage rock) Pavo Pavo – Young Narrator in the Breakers (Indie pop) Radkey – Delicious Rock Noise (Hard rock) Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit (Alternative rock/Electro-punk) Sting – 57th & 9th (Rock) Luke Temple – A Hand Through the Cellar Door (Singer-songwriter/Indie rock) Wolf People – Ruins (Alternative rock/Classic rock/folk) Yama Warashi – Moon Egg (Japanese lo-fi pop) Country / Folk / Blues Daniel Bachman – Daniel Bachman (Slide guitar/Blues) Ronnie Dunn – Tattooed Heart (Country) Kristin…

Album Releases: Week of November 4, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie American Wrestlers – Goodbye Terrible Youth (Indie lo-fi rock) Birds of Tokyo – BRACE (Alternative rock) Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale (Rock/Pop) Cameron AG – Homeward Bound EP (Indie/Bedroom dream pop) Client Liaison – Diplomatic Immunity (Nu-disco/indie dance-pop) The Darcys – Centerfold (Indie electro-pop) Dante Decaro – Kill Your Boyfriend EP (Singer-songwriter/Indie rock) Pixie Geldof – I’m Yours (Singer-songwriter/Pop) gobbinjr – Vom Night EP (Singer-songwriter/Indie bedroom pop) Slow Hollows – Romantic (Dream pop/Post-punk) Honeyblood – Babes Never Die (Indie fuzz-rock) Jim James – Eternally Even (Singer-songwriter/Indie rock) Jaws – Simplicity (Indie rock/Alternative electro-rock) Monomyth –…

The Flatliners – Nerves EP

Toronto punk band The Flatliners have been around for quite some time, making loud, melodic, punk rock since for the past decade – and they’re barely in their mid-20’s. Their ska-beginnings with their 2005 debut Destory to Create eventually shifted into melodic punk rock, and since then they’ve released a handful of hard-hitting, repeat-button smashing records. Adding to their continued success, the four friends have recently signed to Dine Alone Records and have now put out a two-track EP / 7″ Nerves. “Hang My Head” and “Mud” show the band have not changed much over…

In No Particular Order: October 28, 2016

Happy Halloween, everyone! Annnnnnnd wait for it…. Merry Christmas (Happy Holidays, etc.)! – Sincerely, Your local shopping centre   Get spooked and then switch to holiday cheer with the new In No Particular Order! It’s like Trick or Treating and Christmas morning in one exciting post! Catch up on all the new releases with our complete list, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more blended holiday cheer. And here we go! Allen Tate – Sleepwalker Have you ever been to Copenhagen? I haven’t – but from what I’ve…

Album Releases: Week of October 28, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Lori Cullen – Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs (Singer-songwriter/Jazz) CRX – New Skin (Indie rock/Alt-pop) The Pop Group – Honeymoon On Mars (Post-punk/New wave) Soft Hair – Soft Hair (Indie bedroom pop) Sam Roberts Band – TerraForm (Alternative rock) Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears (Indie rock/Singer-songwriter) Allen Tate – Sleepwalker (Indie rock/Singer-sonwriter) TOY – Clear Shot (Indie psych-rock/post-punk)   Country / Folk Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah (Country) The Hidden Cameras – Home On Native Land (Indie folk) Kip Moore – Underground EP (Country) Jasmine Rodgers – Blood Red Sun (Folk/Singer-songwriter)   Electronic Empire of the Sun – Two Vines…

In No Particular Order: October 21, 2016

Have you ever started walking one way, and then suddenly realize you’re going the wrong way? Of course you have…But do you take out your phone and pretend you just received a text, and then turn around, or do you just walk the other way? I personally like to swing my leg around and rotate dramatically and continue walking. Speaking of new directions, this week’s In No Particular Order has nothing to do with changing orientation, and instead has three standout albums from artists who are continuing to find success in their…

Album Releases: Week of October 21, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie American Football – American Football (Indie emo-rock/Alternative rock) Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (Singer-songwriter) Crocodiles – Dreamless (Indie rock/Post-punk revival) David Crosby – Lighthouse (Singer-songwriter) Hooton Tennis Club – Big Box of Chocolates (Indie rock) Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues (Alternative rock/Emo-rock) The Pretenders – Alone (Alternative rock) The Radio Dept. – Running Out Of Love (Indie/Dream pop) John K. Samson – Winter Wheat (Singer-songwriter/Indie rock) Savoy Motel – Savoy Motel (Indie funk rock) Spirit Club – Slouch (Indie lo-fi pop) Streets of Laredo – Wild (Indie alt-rock) Syd Arthur – Apricity (Indie rock/Psychedelic jazz)  …

Jim Guthrie & JJ Ipsen – Aspect Imaginarium

The music of singer-songwriter/composer Jim Guthrie is often described as optimistic, insightful, and charming; which definitely explains his continued work conjuring up encompassing music for film, commercial, and video game soundtracks. His latest endeavour is the soundtrack for roller coaster creation game Planet Coaster inspiringly titled You, Me, and Gravity: The Music of Planet Coaster. The 16-track collection has Guthrie joining forces with multi-instrumentalist JJ Ipsen, blending together their creativity and imagination through folk-rock tunes. Leading the way is the glowing, inspiring single “Aspect Imaginarium”. Warm guitar layers, an engaging piano track, a glowing…