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Canuck tween heartthrob Justin Bieber and Iowa’s favourite douche-metal band Slipknot have more in common than you’d think. With Lady Gaga famously having Christened her fans her “little monsters,” you could be forgiven for thinking the phenomenon began with her. In actuality, musicians have been giving pet names to their followers for decades, long before […]


I struggled for awhile with the second part to this little discourse. The struggle was that, to be in full disclosure, I had no idea really where I was going with the argument. I simply knew that my first part was not enough and as a failsafe I put that “Part 1” at the end […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 05, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. 2562 – Fever (When In Doubt) 3:33 – EP 1 (Parallel Thought) Ambrose Akinmusire – When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note Records) Artillery – […]


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Regular readers of the blog will know that we’re big fans of BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge – not just because they invite artists to cover a diverse array of songs, but also because they invite guests from right across the spectrum of artists instead of just sticking to rock acts. This afternoon, it was […]


Some cover versions don’t make a lot of sense. Witness Exhibit A: Almost everything on Youtube. Or Exhibit B: Any of the thousands of extreme metal covers of Britney Spears songs, none of which have ever been anything other than turgid shit and an affront to the Princess of Pop. UK orchestral metal band Xerath’s […]


Meet Alexandra Wallace. Anybody who’s attended a reasonably high-profile university (or maybe even a crappy one) knows Alexandra’s type: pretty, rich and pig ignorant of the world beyond her gated lifestyle. Earlier this month, the UCLA student and part-time swimsuit model posted a video on Youtube complaining about Asians at college. About how they have […]


When you have over 60 international bands touring Australia at the same time, a number of things can occur… The Poms frequently get sunburnt, the yanks usually get arrested & the kiwis just never end up going back. But there’s one thing that can always be counted on… Photo shots with koalas and kangaroos. Here’s […]


Hosted by Drake, who in spite of his show-leading six nominations left empty handed, this past weekend’s Juno awards were somehow pretty entertaining. Sure they made Canada’s music scene seem like little more than a conglomeration of ageing hippies and filthy hipsters, but…actually, that’s pretty much what the Canadian music scene is. One of the […]


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The Users’ Top Albums of 2010 feature has finally run its course. If you missed it, feel free to check out 100 – 51 and the finish the journey here: top 10 EPs. Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 29, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the […]


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In the hours following my blog post on Black Robot vs. Bl_ck R_b_ts, I received an email from the former’s PR person, Jenn. She’s given me permission to publish our correspondence verbatim. Hi Dave, As someone who works for the band in the US, I just wanted to clarify a few things that your story […]


A couple weeks back, after a bit of an absence, I wrote a review. See, I just wanted an excuse to post a South Park clip, although everybody knows that Randy Marsh has convincingly overtaken Cartman as being the funniest character on the show. All tangents aside, the review covered Digital Daggers’ debut EP, entitled […]


I miss big ideas. I lament their loss, in fact. I miss the sweeping gestures once made that attempted to understand oneself, a body of people, humanity as a whole, the very world entire. I was not around for these grand ideas (or, at least not in the intellectual capacity I possess now), yet I […]


“Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Jonathan Brightman from Buckcherry.” “Jonathan Brightman from Buckcherry who?” “Jonathan Brightman from Buckcherry and I’m suing you.” “No, seriously, who the fuck are you?” I wasn’t there for the first email exchange between Jonathan Brightman – ex- of sentimental LA hard rockers Buckcherry and, since 2008, of sentimental LA hard rockers Black […]


White people. In a culmination of all that is funny about “Average Homeboy,” “The Renewed Mind is the Key,” Jon Lajoie, cults, children, epilepsy, urine, old men dressed as God, and ponytailed Aryans, comes “Pee Pee.” I think I’ve said all that needs to be said here.


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