Tuesday, July 31, 2007


From the trip: nothing as lovely as a rainbow over the Atlantic Ocean, as widescreen as it gets.

As promised, the Top 5 CDs for 2007 (so far):
1. The Field, From Here We Go Sublime
2. Feist, The Reminder
3. Dinosaur Jr., Beyond
4. Young Galaxy, Young Galaxy
5. The White Stripes, Icky Thump

And a belated Honorable Mention: Fucked Up, Hidden World (from 2006 but just heard. Amazing hardcore from Toronto, with Owen Pallett on violin, of course)

Revised playlists coming in a week or so, still putting stuff together and getting ready for going on the road yet again (me and Sheila's annual trip to Stratford), Talk soon....

Thursday, July 26, 2007

more HMs

Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Map of Africa, Map of Africa
Prefab Sprout, Steve McQueen (bonus disc)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Testing the laptop down in Myrtle Beach (had one for a while but could never get the wireless working). Seems to be doing nicely. The family and I are having a loverly time, wish you all were here, really. I feel like I'm in Vegas, everything is pretty much larger-than-life, hyperbolic, so much food and eateries and gaudy, Best of the Beach, Best Buffet on the Beach, Best Mini-golf in the World, etc. I prefer Toronto, but the ocean is pretty cool.

Next Monday, the annual Best of the Year Mid-Year Report on the Review. The top five will be posted then, but in the meantime, I'll trickle out some honorable mentions:
Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
Do Make Say Think, You, You're a History in Rust
Apostle of Hustle, National Anthem of Nowhere
Kathy Diamond, Miss Diamond to You
Barbara Manning, Super Scissors (enough "new" stuff on here to qualify as a new album)
New Pornographers, Challengers

More later in the week....

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


--James has some summer mixtapes up that are among his finest yet.
--local DJ Jon Herbert with some downloadable pleasure.
--nothing like French pop and summer from Filles Sourires (links tend to go down fast over there so hurry).
--Go, read: your homework for next Monday night: Barbara Manning.