Archive for the ‘Record Reviews’ Category

BNL’s indie-rock triumph – The Grid (10.7.11)

January 1, 2012

1991: The year Barenaked Ladies defined Toronto indie-rock.

Nevermind wasn’t the only game-changing album that made its ascent in the fall of 1991. It’s not even the only one that helped bust open the door for the next two decades of alternative- and indie-rock. Right here in Toronto, an independently released cassette (remember those?) by a jokey-folky group faux-offensively named The Barenaked Ladies was making the rounds. Nevermind may have marked the birth of popular indie-rock, but The Yellow Tape might just be Toronto’s greatest indie-rock record.

Read the full story at The Grid.

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Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs – Eye Weekly (7.29.10)

July 29, 2010

A sprawling 16 tracks about suburbia: welcome to album number three for Arcade Fire. Here’s my review of The Suburbs.

The National – High Violet review – EYE (5.11.10)

July 6, 2010

Yes, The National’s greatly anticipated follow up to Boxer is really as good as everyone says it is. Here’s my review of High Violet.

Flaming Lips: Embryonic review – EYE (10.7.09)

October 13, 2009

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“Finally, the punk rockers are taking acid… again!” At least that’s what The Flaming Lips’ double disc worth of epic weirdness Embryonic sounds like to this critic.

Fiery Furnaces review – Eye Weekly (7.30.09)

July 30, 2009

The Friedberger siblings are at it again; but this time they’re creating songs that could maybe make it onto FM radio. Make no mistake though, I’m Going Away is still a Fiery Furnaces record.

St. Vincent review – Eye Weekly (4.29.09)

May 12, 2009

We loved Annie Clark and her wedding demands, but St. Vincent‘s Actor is a role we can definitely get with.

Dark Was the Night review – EYE (2.19.09)

February 27, 2009

A “Pitchforgiastic” roster of indie acts contribute to the Red Hot Organization’s latest benefit comp, Dark Was the Night (aka No Alternative 2009).

Final Fantasy review – Eye Weekly (1.29.09)

January 31, 2009

Owen Pallett covering the music of Alex Lukashevsky on Final Fantasy Plays to Please = pure gold.

Record Guide – Eye Weekly (11.27.08)

December 14, 2008

Highlights from this year’s holiday record guide:
The Flaming Lips – Christmas on Mars
Belle and Sebastian – BBC Sessions
The Pitchfork 500

Chinese Democracy – Eye Weekly (11.24.08)

November 26, 2008

d5dec0a398a02638bebcd110_aa240_l“Don’t damn me when I speak a piece of mind, cuz silence isn’t golden when I’m holding it inside.” Time to eat your words Axl, because the entire planet has an opinion on the return of Guns N’ Roses. Here’s my take on Chinese Democracy.