Music Reviews


So I'm sitting here with my headphones listening to what must be one of the most hyped projects of 2008/09. 5 years in the working, Sam Spiegel (related to Spike Jonze) and Ze Gonzalez (famous DJ) have rustled up the who's who of music, dead or alive: David Byrne, Seu Jorge, Karen O, ODB, Ghostface, Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Kanye, Lykke Li, Santogold, George Clinton, Z-Trip, etc. etc. etc. Basically, every conceivable niche represented by its respective master or artist-of-the-moment.


If anything, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine must be applauded for his workmanlike ethic. The rather eccentric frontman/guitarist lay down the 'deth moniker earlier on in the millenium, only to decide to reform with new members for a pair of highly satisfactory albums (2004's The System Has Failed and 2007's United Abominations). These albums found Mustaine abandoning his desire to come up with "monster anthems"/hyper-accessible songs and instead become a veritable Memorable Riff Machine (patent pending).

Corpus Christi

I'm sure at one point or another, everyone reading this has been swayed by an alluring sticker on the front of an album. It may be something simple like a highlight of the singles, or a description of what the band sounds like. In truth, I'm all for these stickers when they tell me what the band sounds like, because if I'm going to throw hard earned money at something, I want to know what I'm going to be getting.

Megadeth - Endgame

By Brian Hastie - Countdown To Armageddon - 09/15/2009

Roadrunner Records

HEAVEN AND HELL - The Devil You Know

By R. Brian Hastie - Drive Home: Countdown To Armageddon - 04/28/2009

THURSDAY - Common Existence

By R. Brian Hastie - Drive Home: Countdown To Armageddon - 02/17/2009

N.A.S.A. - The Spirit of Apollo

By Classi Assi - Go Funk Yourself - 02/17/2009

THE RUMBLE STRIPS - Girls and Weather

By DJ Solespin - Eclectricity - 07/22/2008

I am possibly the biggest Mark Ronson fan at CJLO, in Montreal and maybe in Quebec.  I admire his production, his albums and his own radio show has been influential on me this year.  His playlists are practically musical treasure maps.  One night while listening to his show, he mentioned a group and played one of their tracks.  Being a disciple, I paid attention to the group name and the track.  Months later, the "Girls & Weather" arrived at the station and it is fitting that I get to review The Rumble Strips' debut CD.

PSYCROPTIC - Ob(servant)

By Jess V. and Jake W. - The Incinerator - 09/26/2008

The Knux - Remind Me in 3 Days

By DJ Solespin - Eclectricity - 10/28/2008

KAIL - True Hollywood Squares

By Brian Joseph - Phantastiq Cypha - 04/21/2008


By Simon Howell - A Listening Ear - 06/03/2008

JEUNESSE APATRIDE - Larmes aux poings

By Jackie Hall - Bridge the Gap - 05/16/2008

I have a superstitious Irish granny. She believes that all bad things come in sets of three.  However, I think that her belief in the number three may also be the case for good things happening in sets of three. In the last month, I’ve been to three record release shows for three local acts and have been pleasantly surprised on all three occasions.