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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, wyattrecords.com 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, doughnutrecords.weebly.com 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, prairieshag.tumblr.com 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, telephoneexplosion.com 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 […]

Music Reviews: Cool Ghouls, The Magic, The Seams

Cool Ghouls Animal Races Empty Cellar Records emptycellarrecords.com This is the third full-length release from San Francisco’s Cool Ghouls, and in their own estimation, they’re “doing what they’ve always done, but in more ways and better.” The quartet has been compared to everyone from Crosby, Stills & Nash to the Grateful Dead, and this time […]

Stefan Christoff – Duets for Abdelrazik

  Stefan Christoff Duets for Abdelrazik howlarts.net Sudanese-born Canadian citizen Abousfian Abdelrazik was arrested and tortured in Sudan after being erroneously labeled a terrorist by the United States. After multiple stints of imprisonment and interrogation, he was finally cleared by Sudan, only to have Canada refuse to issue him travel documents or otherwise facilitate his […]