Album Reviews, Electronic, Music, Psychedelic, trip-hop

[Album Review] Dada Plan- A Dada Plan Is Free

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Label: Kingfisher Bluez

Dada was an art movement in the early 20th century that celebrated the absurd and the nonsensical. A data plan, on the other hand, is a mundane phrase from the early 21st century that is a reflection of our electronic media-obsessed society. Put the two together and you have … I dunno, a bunch of guys who think they’re clever? The good news is that, from a musical perspective, they are.

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Canadian, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen] Dean Drouillard – Return to the Start

No Comments 17 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Dean Drouillard’s ‘UFO Houses’ will be released at month’s end. This hazy, swirling instrumental, “Return to the Start”, is clearly channeling George Harrison. Works for me.

Canadian, Garage, Listen, lo-fi, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen] Skinny Kids – Strangers (EP)

No Comments 15 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
skinny kids

At RtT we are already fans of Vancouver’s Skinny Kids, so we’re pretty happy to see a new release, this one on 7″ vinyl. ‘Strangers’ is no disappointment, with four more cuts of garage psych fun.
The Good: “Around Your Mind”. The boys just go to town here, toying with the sounds of ’60’s psychedelic surf rock to their hearts’ content.
The Bad: There’s no forward momentum here, but is that what we were expecting?
The Skinny: I would buy this for the art work alone. Seriously though, there is only so much you can do with garage rock and you can’t continue to sound like you recorded your album in your brother-in-law’s basement forever (can you??), so how long can this all last? Yeah, I know, I’m repeating myself — I just asked the same question a few weeks ago. We’ll take it while it lasts.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Album Review] The Sky Lit Up- The Sky Lit Up

1 Comment 14 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: September 28th, 2014
Label: Independent

Comparisons to the Beatles are often lazy (how many bands don’t owe something to the Beatles, after all?) and can be a disservice (who wants to listen to a band that sounds like them when we all know and love the original?). So, I’ll limit my analogy to just two elements  – first, like the Beatles, The Sky Lit Up walks that fine line between being universally appealing and being artistically satisfying, and, second, “Shadow of a Vampire” does actually sound like a George Harrison number that they forgot to put on ‘Revolver’

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Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Classical, Country, Music, Psychedelic

[Album Review] The Slim City Pickers- The Slim City Pickers

1 Comment 01 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: Independent

Just so that we are clear at the outset, I am not a fan of modern country, not by a pre-metric rural mile. But, with the Slim City Pickers that is not what we are talking about. This is more of fun-filled trip back to the early ’70’s when rock and country music coexisted comfortably, when there was no stigma attach to being associated with a genre in which singing through your nose and having a video on CMT are considered more important than delivering an honest sound. The Pickers are like the Flying Burrito Brothers, early Eagles and the Allman Brothers all rolled into one, and those are guys who wouldn’t know just what to make of the likes of McGraw, Urban and Chesney, much less want to hang out with them. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] The Sky Lit Up – Avero

No Comments 30 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
sky lit up

Light up your Tuesday morning with Sky Lit Up. “Avero” is seductive psychedelic indie pop.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Album Review] Lab Coast- Walking on Ayr

No Comments 25 September 2014

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: February 18th, 2014
Label: Mammoth Cave Recordings

Lab Coast revolves around the talents of David Laing and Chris Dadge, who together put out guitar-based pop rock music with some nice hooks. With 16 songs, their latest album ‘Walking on Ayr’ is chock full of it, but you should keep in mind that the tracks average about 2 minutes in length and some of them are a lot shorter than that.

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Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music, Psychedelic

[Album Review] The Schomberg Fair- I Won’t Be Afraid

No Comments 25 September 2014

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Label: Independent

According to bassist Nathan Sidon, this is the record that The Stromberg Fair have been striving for all along. Not only that, it is so good that they may consider it their swansong. We all hope that isn’t true, but if it is then at least they went off on a high note because ‘I Won’t Be Afraid’ is truly an album to be reckoned with.

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Art rock, Canadian, Electronic, Garage, Listen, Music, Psychedelic


No Comments 25 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
marble pawns

It’s amazing what one guy can come up with in his parents’ basement. ‘Preconscious’ may be DIY but Marble Pawns’ ambitions are big, as they (well, Graeme Clarke, actually) explore the human consciousness and beyond with rich, multi-layered progressive synth rock.

Canadian, Folk, Garage, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Black Valley Gospel – Mean Old World (LP)

No Comments 21 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
black valley gospel

Black Valley Gospel is a band whose bark is worse than its bite. They have described their own music variously as “post-apocalyptic death rock”, “post-atomic spaghetti western music” and a cross between old blues and 80’s trash. As intriguing as all of that sounds, none of it’s really true. To give you a better idea, their latest album ‘Mean Old World’ features folk-rock (“The Haunted Sea”), gypsy rock (“The Lobotomist”), psychobilly (“Ain’t I Evil?”) and some Iron Butterfly-style psychedelia (“The Septic Winds of Commerce”). A predilection for heavy fuzzed-out guitar distortion and the occasional screamed lyric is about as metal as things get. So not as scary as they make it sound. That’s not to say that there isn’t a sinister edge or that there isn’t the odd disturbing passage (“wasps built a nest inside your heart”), but overall it’s just good clean carnival-style fun.

Canadian, Electropop, Psychedelic, Watch


No Comments 20 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

“Talk” is from the debut release by the Victoria/Montreal psych pop duo of Kees Dekker (The Besnard Lakes) and Aimee van Drimmelen (Key of K).

THE BACKHOMES – TALK (OFFICIAL) from The Backhomes on Vimeo.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Album Review] Smash Boom Pow- Do You Feel?

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: June 20th, 2014
Label: Independent

Vancouver’s Smash Boom Pow embrace a variety of styles – alternative power pop, psychedelic fuzz, hard rock and British glitter rock, to name just a few – but there is no uncertainty in their ambition. The trio (drums, bass, guitar/vocals) are clearly just having fun playing whatever they like, without concern for what may be trendy or marketable. This refreshing approach results in an album featuring a nice diversity of sounds, but at the same time establishes an overarching cohesion that is somewhat difficult to define but is clearly attributable to the band’s ethos.

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Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Absolutely Free – Vision’s

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
Ab free

Psychedelic popsters Absolutely Free release another song from their upcoming new album due out in October. “Vision’s” is a lively but loosely structured number with some interesting instrumentation. This is another band that is driving us nuts waiting for their album to finally arrive. Should be worth it, though.

Alternative, Canadian, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch


No Comments 15 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The video to “Belly Button” by Sherbrooke’s Orange O’Clock is a b/w 1960’s pastiche, which is fitting given the heavy ’60’s influence in the song itself. Love that hammond organ.

Alternative, Folk, News/Tours, Pop, Psychedelic


No Comments 06 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
This one will have you in seventh heaven:

dum dum girls

Rifflandia is primarily intended to showcase Canadian indie artists, so the festival is pretty selective when it comes to booking acts from other countries. Dum Dum Girls could not be a more inspired choice. There ARE an all-girl band, but they are far from dumb. They are, in fact, one of the brightness and most creative forces on the contemporary indie scene. Although I am stoked about the entire line-up (and disappointed that it is impossible for any one individual to see every performance) Dum Dum Girls are one of two acts that I was just over the moon about (I will reveal the other dead last).

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