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Music Review: Gremlins 3 by B.A. Johnston

Category: Issue 76, Listen Reviews, News, Scott Bryson

Gremlins 3 B.A. Johnston, Wyatt Records, Hamilton, Ontario’s “failed showman on the skids” is still writing about video games, TV and movies, but if this 2017 Polaris Prize-longlisted latest batch of songs is any indication, B.A. Johnston’s life currently revolves around fast food and alcohol (in substantial quantities). Instant classics like “I Need Donair […]

Music Review: Flashes of Quincy by Snowball II

  Snowball II Flashes of Quincy, Doughnut Records, Snowball II — yes, named after the cat from The Simpsons — is the recording project of L.A.’s Jackson Wargo, a prolific newcomer who’s on his third album in a year. A shoegaze label is habitually applied to Snowball II, but it definitely isn’t warranted — […]

Music Review: Record Attendance by Treebeard

Treebeard Record Attendance, Prairie Shag, Most of the tunes on Record Attendance would ably soundtrack the cliffhanger ending of an episode of a teen drama; there’s something malevolent and foreboding in these songs — an unrest lurking under the cover of surf-tinged, angular garage. This the second album of 2016 (and second overall) for […]

Music Review: More by New Fries

New Fries More, Telephone Explosion, This Toronto quartet is all over the map, and there’s no clear indication what the map is depicting. There’s definitely some Kills in New Fries, circa Keep on Your Mean Side, and also some of Calgary band Women’s fondness for throwing you off balance with out-of-left-field noise that sounds […]

Chapbook Review: Hanging Exhibits

Hanging Exhibits Chapbook, Phoebe Ka-Ir Wang, 24 pgs, The Emergency Response Unit,, $8 Each of the poems in Hanging Exhibits responds to a work of art (often, but not strictly, paintings), but this collection goes more than a step beyond traditional ekphrastic poetry. While Phoebe Wang often makes direct reference to details in the […]

Chapbook Review: Domestica

Domestica Chapbook, Sarah Swan, 24 pgs, above/ground press,, $4 Domestica is a title that manages to conjure elegance and tedium at the same time, and that dichotomy is mirrored in Sarah Swan’s verse. In subsequent breaths, she compares her children’s “clear and clean” faces to icebergs in a Lawren Harris painting, then finds herself […]

Poetry Journal Review: CV2

Chapbook Review: Taxicab Voice

Chapbook Review: String Practice

Chapbook Review: Sonnets on a Night Without Love

Chapbook Review: Poetry is Dead

Chapbook Review: I Wanted to Be the Knife