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This is three minutes and thirty seconds of bombastic youth, all ramshackle and rambunctious, full of sweaty anxiety and shouted brashness, and I love it more than I should. Also: we should all admire the way lead singer Stefan Babcock pulls off his wordy, Craig Finn-like disregard of the rhythm/time signature. Also: more songs with words like ‘calamity’ in them please. Also: I am a sucker for hook-laden melodic punk that reminds me of when I was much younger/not so, so, so old.

“Kids,” the lead single from the Canadian punk outfit’s forthcoming album Morbid Stuff, careens in the background with their usual furious energy as PUP find themselves in Toronto in the year 2059. They’re not exactly where you’d expect. Bassist Nestor Chumak is dealing with a resentful daughter, Zack Mykula plays drums on the street for apathetic passersby, guitarist Steve Sladkowski clings onto his youth with an ageless head device and as for vocalist Stefan Babcock—well, you’ll have to watch to find out what happens to him.

We are so so stoked to let you know that our third album, MORBID STUFF, will be out on April 5th! We worked so hard on this thing and cannot wait to share it with ya!!! If you ordered our latest zine, you’ve probably already heard our new song “Kids”. New album ‘Morbid Stuff’ out April 5th

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Two albums in, Erin Costelo seems destined to establish herself alongside the top tier of today’s most expressive soulful singers. It’s a quick ascent to be sure, especially since her debut album Down Below, The Status Quo was released only two years ago. Nevertheless, given its flood of rave reviews and the anticipation for what would follow, this Canadian chanteuse clearly has the craft and charisma needed to sustain her momentum. For the most part, Sweet Marie maintains a more nocturnal ambiance, a sound that’s well in keeping with a jazzier inclination. Smooth and supple, her voice manages to create an emphatic impression simply by manipulating the mood, veering from sensual and suggestive one minute to playful the next.

The upbeat appeal of “All In Your Head,” with its bouncy rhythm, Stax-style organ and soaring brass, adds a decidedly dazzling appeal, while the bluesy inflection of “Hands on Fire” asserts Costelo’s confidence as a torch singer of creedence and conviction. Likewise, the pulsating piano framing “Epilogue” adds an emphatic energy to the proceedings. then there’s “My Love,” a song which emerges from a slow build to a triumphant refrain to become one of the standouts of the set overall.

Musicians: Erin Costelo – vocals/keyboard/Producer Clive MacNutt – guitar Leith Fleming-Smith – organ Anna Ruddick – bass Glenn Milchem – drums Andrew MacKelvie – saxophone Andrew Jackson – trombone Leanne Hoffman – background vocals Kwento – background vocals

Taken from the documentary film based on the making of Erin Costelo’s 5th album, “Sweet Marie”.


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Jasamine White-Gluz of Canadian shoegaze band No Joy had something different in mind when she began emailing Sonic Boom, a.k.a. Pete Kember from the band Spacemen 3, in the fall of 2015. The other members of her band stayed within the confines of rock, the more White-Gluz wanted change. So No Joy decided to release three EPs that departed from the band’s shoegaze and noise-pop past, starting with 2016’s Drool Sucker and 2017’s Creep. The final installment in this series, No Joy / Sonic Boom, sees White-Gluz venturing into unfamiliar electronic territory with Kember.

Throughout No Joy / Sonic Boom, you can hear White-Gluz finding the borders of her comfort zone and looking for guidance when she makes it to the other side. The trouble seems to be that Kember does little to develop her ideas once she gets there, settling instead for familiar deadpan loops. There’s not nearly enough give and take to make the collaboration work.

No Joy / Sonic Boom“Triangle Probably” off their self-titled EP on Joyful Noise Recordings.

The Canadian combo known as The Deep Dark Woods have been putting out superb albums for several years, all of consistent quality and well worth the notice. Their latest, Yarrow, is no exception. Cloaked in an even deeper and darker ambiance, this multi-talented sextet creates a furtive folk noir that evokes the sound of wind blown prairies, far-flung environs and a craggy wilderness milieu. It’s all atmosphere to an extent, and indeed preoccupied with circumspect, but the occasional moments of upbeat energy suggest the Band in all their archival glory. Mostly, the music moves at a deliberate pace, a stoic sound that keeps a deliberate focus and cohesive embrace. These reverential tones can be both hypnotic and harrowing, all the better to seize on the senses and make an indelible impression. Take time to listen… Yarrow demands full attention.

“Fallen Leaves,” from The Deep Dark Woods’ forthcoming album Yarrow, gushes acetone and saline, burning and cleansing the memory of lovely Annie, dead and gone. The song is a sideways pass at recreating the sound of country keyboard legend Augie Meyers.

“Drifting On A Summer’s Night”, performed by The Deep Dark Woods. Video footage from “Not So Easy: A Motorcycle Safety Film (1973)”

Brill Bruisers

Some bands aim for a grand, widescreen sound when they go into the studio, but the New Pornographers refuse to be satisfied with anything short of 3-D IMAX, with their songs accompanied by thundering drums, massive cascades of keyboards, towering vocal choruses, and chugging, percussive melodies that power it all. It would be easy for this band to sound absurdly ostentatious if it weren’t for the fact there’s a fiercely beating heart in the midst of their music, and at their best, this indie supergroup seems to be having a grand time constructing their walls of sound.

Brill Bruisers is the sixth studio album from Canadian indie rock band  The New Pornographers. It was released in August 26th, 2014 . In describing the album, A.C Newman called it “a celebration record… After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that.”

The first single from the album was “Brill Bruisers”,  with the second single, “War on the East Coast”, The album was a shortlisted nominee for the Polaris Music Prize. A special “Paint Splattered” limited edition of the album on vinyl was made available inclusing a 3d Poster and 3d Glasses .

The Title track from the new album on Matador Records from the collective band known as the New Pornographers, featuring Neko Case and Kathryn Calder ,”Brill Bruisers” is the bands album,  they performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman.  A really joyous tune with harmonies and handclaps and a great synth refrain.

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The Velveteins have released their new single ‘Don’t Yah Feel Better’. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut LP ‘Slow Wave’

Speaking of the single, the Canadian trio explained: “The music for ‘Don’t Yah Feel Better’ came to us pretty easily. Around the same time we penned the song, we were listening to a lot of traditional Indian music which inspired the guitar melody. We wanted to make the lyrics feel lighthearted and wrote them about how everything you need is around you, you just have to stop and listen for it.” The Velveteins’ full-length debut LP will be released via Fierce Panda in 2017.


“Don’t Yah Feel Better” is the first single off The Velveteins forthcoming LP “Slow Wave”, set to be released on Fierce Panda Canada in 2017. Hailing from sunny Edmonton, Canadian trio The Velveteins are a rock n’ roll band dealing in raucous, heavyweight guitar pop that takes its cues from surf-pop and garage rock.

Have you ever been to a party and wondered what all the other insecure and troubled souls are feeling around you? Standing in a corner wishing you had stayed at home or reflecting that the big spot on your nose is pulsating like a simmering volcano? This is the theme of Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf’s third album “The Party” which seeks to articulate the perspective of different attendees to such a gathering in the form of individually dedicated songs. Shauf clearly leans to that era of seventies soft rock and is often viewed as the “Saskatchewan heir to Elliott Smith”. After listening to this fine album over the past days the nearest comparison is probably Josh Rouse. He also is a singer who can pen a fine melody that after repeated listens seem like they have always been part of your musical upbringing.

It came as no surprise when Andy Shauf’s new album The Party was released that it would be so much more than just a group of songs put out to be listened to. As the genius songwriter that he is, he created each song as a character at The Party. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; this album is a masterpiece that will ring out for years to come as we all come to realize we are dealing with one of the next true greats of song writing in Canada.

“The Magician” by Andy Shauf from the album ‘The Party,’ available now on Anti (World Excl. Canada) and Arts & Crafts (Canada)

This October, Rhino Records is celebrating one of the biggest albums of the 1990s: Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. To commemorate the album’s 20th anniversary, a newly remastered 4-CD Collector’s Edition and 2-CD Deluxe edition will be released on October 30th.

Alanis Morissette’s first two albums did not indicate the direction her music would take for her biggest smash record. Released on MCA in her native Canada, 1991’s Alanis and 1992’s Now is the Time had critics comparing her to Debbie Gibson or Tiffany. While Alanis was a hit, Now is the Time did not fare as well and MCA did not extend her two album contract. Undeterred, she graduated high school and moved to Toronto and began writing with producer Glen Ballard. The result would be Jagged Little Pill.

Morissette signed a deal with Maverick Records and on June 13th, 1995, Pill was released. Expectations may have been muted, but they were soon far exceeded. Morissette’s personal lyrics and songs about anger, love, loss and apathy struck a chord with audiences and came amid the alternative movement of the 1990s. Pill took off like a rocket and would eventually sell over 33 million copies. It was named the “Top Pop Album of the 1990s” by Billboard and hit the No. 1 spot in numerous countries around the world. Six singles were released, with the most successful being “Ironic,” which hit No. 4 in the U.S. The album also garnered much critical praise and Morissette and the album received four Grammy awards.

The new edition by Rhino Records features a fresh remastering of the original album overseen by Glen Ballard. The second disc contains ten previously unreleased demos personally chosen by Alanis Morissette. None are demos of songs from the album. While a few of those have surfaced over the years, all of these songs are cut material in consideration for the album, or songs written just after its release. Those two disc make up the Deluxe Edition. On the Collector’s Edition, you get those two discs and on the third disc, you’ll find Morissette’s 2005 acoustic re-recording of Jagged Little Pill. The set is rounded out by a previously unreleased 1995 show from London. B-sides from the various Pill singles and the live DVD released at the time have not been included in either edition.

If you’re a fan of Alanis and want to explore some of the unreleased material from her landmark album, with got the Amazon links below to order. We’ve also got the full tracklisting and the press release from Rhino which has some additional information.

Alanis – Jagged Little Pill Deluxe
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LOS ANGELES – Alanis Morissette was just a few months shy of her 20th birthday when she started recording Jagged Little Pill. This year, the legendary album has reached that same landmark. To celebrate the double-decade milestone, the multiple Grammy®-winning singer-songwriter has curated a special collector’s edition of her debut, an album that’s sold more than 33 million copies around the world and ranks as one of the best-selling albums of all time.

This new four-disc Jagged Little Pill: Collector’s Edition includes remastered audio of the original album plus an entire disc of 10 unreleased demos from the era handpicked by Morissette from her archives, offering a deeper and more personal look at the classic album. Also included is a previously unreleased concert from 1995 as well as 2005’s Jagged Little Pill Acoustic . Limited to 30,000 copies worldwide, Jagged Little Pill: Collector’s Edition will be available from Rhino on October 30 for a list price of $49.98. Also available on the same day is a two-disc Deluxe Edtion for $19.98 that includes the remastered original album and the second disc of unreleased demos. Both collections will also be available digitally.

“I’m super excited to share this music with a whole new generation of peeps, as well as people who have grown along with me over the last two decades,” says Morissette. “Thankfully, these songs have stood the test of time for me, and in their timelessness, I am thrilled to honor and reflect on them as well as the last twenty years of my life and career.”

In addition to selecting music for the set, Morissette dug into her personal collection to include never-before-seen photos and other ephemera from the time. She also contributes a new essay reflecting back on this time in her life along with stories behind the 10 demos she recorded between 1994-98, all of which are making their official debut here. The track “The Bottom Line” is possibly the most historically significant-it’s the first song Morissette and album producer Glen Ballard wrote together within an hour of their very first meeting in 1994. Other early tracks from those sessions include “Superstar Wonderful Weirdos” and “Closer Than You Might Believe.” Also featured are several tracks Morissette wrote while touring the world and ascending into a global phenomenon following the album’s release including “King Of Intimidation” and “Death Of Cinderella.”

Ballard also oversaw mixing and mastering for this collector’s edition. “Twenty years has not diminished the energy and excitement we captured on these recordings from 1994,” says Ballard. “It’s been a joy to sit with these tracks after two decades and to find them in such good shape. The power of digital recording gives us this time machine and, although we are twenty years older, this music still sounds fresh!”

The third disc of Jagged Little Pill: Collector’s Edition features Jagged Little Pill Acoustic . Released in 2005 to celebrate the album’s 10th Anniversary, this collection finds Morissette delivering “unplugged” and alternate interpretations of every song from the original album.

The set concludes with an unreleased complete concert from the Jagged Little Pill tour. Recorded in London at Subterranea on September 28th, 1995, the show captures Morissette at the peak of her success as she makes her highly anticipated UK concert debut. For this powerhouse performance, she was backed by her touring band (dubbed Sexual Chocolate), which featured a stellar rhythm section with bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and drummer Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters).

You can pre-order both editions below!

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill: Collector’s Edition (Rhino, 2015) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

CD 1 (Jagged Little Pill 2015 Remaster – Original album released on Maverick CD 9 45901-2, 1995)
1.All I Really Want
2.You Oughta Know
4.Hand In My Pocket
5.Right Through You
7.You Learn
8.Head Over Feet
9.Mary Jane
11.Not The Doctor
12.Wake Up
13.You Oughta Know (Jimmy The Saint Blend) / Your House (A Capella)

CD 2 (Demos – Previously Unreleased)
1.The Bottom Line
2.Superstar Wonderful Weirdos
3.Closer Than You Might Believe
4.No Avalon
7.King Of Intimidation
8.Death Of Cinderella
10.These Are The Thoughts

CD 3 (Jagged Little Pill Acoustic – Originally released on Maverick CD 49345-2, 2005)
1.All I Really Want
2.You Oughta Know
4.Hand In My Pocket
5.Right Through You
7.You Learn
8.Head Over Feet
9.Mary Jane
11.Not The Doctor
12.Wake Up / Your House

CD 4 (Live at Subterranea, London 09/28/95 – Previously Unreleased)
1.All I Really Want
2.Right Through You
3.Not The Doctor
4.Hand In My Pocket
5.Mary Jane
7.You Learn
9.You Oughta Know
10.Wake Up
11.Head Over Feet


“Lawren Harris” is truly a magical tune. I don’t know how he isn’t a bigger artist yet. The power of “Lawren Harris” alone should be enough to propel this man to huge fame and glory. Meet Donovan Woods. Get ready to be moved to your emotional core. Donovan Woods is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Sarnia, Ontario. He sings tender folk songs that are hauntingly beautiful, brought together by the purest human emotions. One listen to “Lawren Harris” is all it takes. It’s already too late, you’re now his newest fan. It’s just honest and endearing in every way. We really do need more music like this.

I just came across this breathtaking version he did for Southern Souls. He sings it live at an empty theater, giving his voice the necessary space to haunt and grow. If this doesn’t convince you that this song is one of the best than I give up.




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With a voice as notable as his lyrics, Donovan Woods is a critically acclaimed and in-demand Canadian recording artist, performer and songwriter. His third record, “Don’t Get Too Grand”, featuring the hit single “Put On Cologne” garnered radio airplay around the world, and was nominated for “Roots & Traditional Album of the Year” at the 2014 Juno Awards. Splitting his time between Nashville and Toronto, Woods’ versatile songs have been recorded by everyone from Canadian indie artists to established stars like Tim McGraw or Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), and been featured in television shows, major motion pictures and commercials. Piercingly honest and quietly anthemic, Woods sings with a striking sense of the world that produced him – the unsung towns of Canada’s industrial heartland. The result is music that’s transporting, but never loses the dry, self-deprecating humour that has endeared Woods to audiences from the start.