Archives for ‘music’

    • Sónar 2010 – Barcelona, Spain

      by Jon Freer

      The festival attracts a lot of outsiders, but the Mediterranean, Spanish and more specifically Catalan nature of the people makes the festival what it is. Catalan people are passionate and this passion is infectious. The atmosphere is electric in Barcelona as a city and heightened by music and intoxicants at Sónar.

    • Runnin The Poirier Riddim

      by Kimberley Jev

      If you can’t handle hard hitting, body jerking, up tempo beats and heavy bass fused together with dancehall, kuduru, soca, afrobeat and blaring horn sounds, then you are in no way ready for the riddims Poirier has to deliver.

    • R4NT Radio August 2009

      by David Gluzman

      R4NT Radio August 2009 dammit summers over edition, featuring: Love Gernades, Hipp-e, Aaron Jerome, The Disco Builders, Two Fingers, Saukrates, Asheru, Juice Aleem, Flowering Inferno, Speech Debelle, Geggy Tah and Trentmøller.

    • Anthony Collins – Doubts & Shouts

      by Jon Freer

      Wholeheartedly rejecting the proposition that ‘machine music’ should be opposed all that is ‘live’ and ‘organic’, this long player delves into both worlds and emerges with a pulse racing opus.

    • The Bucketheads – The Bomb!

      by Jon Freer

      Back in 1995, The Bucketheads, released an incredibly powerful House record, which was called The Bomb! From the first time I heard it, the track fascinated me, even though I didn’t know much about house music at the time.

    • R4NT Radio January 2009

      by David Gluzman

      R4NT Radio Numero Undici, featuring: Joy Denalane, Cottonbelly, Rae & Christian, ISoul8, Swamburger, Lupe Fiasco, Thunderheist, Price Fatty, and the Outerlectuals.

    • Artist Profile: Glass Candy

      by Jon Freer

      They make the sort of music that cuts through the hot air and has you thankful for owning ears and having the ability to listen to GC's magical and mysterious concoctions.

    • Woolfy Vs Projections

      by Jon Freer

      The resulting album is a truly magical collection of organic beauties, where live percussion, heavenly guitars and angelic vocals feature heavily.

    • The Source feat. Candi Staton – You Got The Love

      by Jon Freer

      This record, a commercial success and a club floor filler, was my first introduction to electronic music, back in the late 80s. At the time, I was very young, but the track struck an important chord with me and showed me the emotional power of music.

    • The Best Of Mr. Bongo

      by Jon Freer

      Mr. Bongo is a goliath in the compilation market and celebrates 20 years of pushing exciting music from South America and other continents with this Best Of Mr. Bongo two disc set.

    • Artist Profile: Calm

      by Jon Freer

      His tracks embody the beauty of life and the world that surrounds us. Stylistically, he produces material that can be placed in categories such as downtempo, nu-jazz and house, but like all musical greats, some of productions defy easy categorization.

    • Influences: DJ Marky

      by Jon Freer

      Influences: DJ Marky is actually an incredible body of music, featuring everything from sweet guitar driven cuts sourced from his home country, to soulful grooves, fantastic house efforts and buoyant disco, before finishing at breakneck D&B.

    • Mr. Scruff – Ninja Tuna

      by Jon Freer

      The Scruffy one’s Tuna is finally on the menu, a few years after waving his jazzy trousers around, keeping it incredibly surreal and getting dubby on his debut. There are only a few silly track titles on this album and Ninja Tuna features a host of major musical players.

    • R4NT Radio November 2008

      by David Gluzman

      R4NT Radio Emotional Rollercoast Edition featuring: Yoshida Brothers, Cat Power, Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Sia, J Dilla, Ave.To, The Long Lost, Sufjan Stevens, and Natalie Walker!

    • Sloppy fun: An interview with Jason Collett

      by Gen Handley

      The soon-to-be father of four is once again making his way across Canada, serenading a solid legion of fans and creating new ones along the way. He was one of the founding fathers of Broken Social Scene but has since taken his own route, one that isn’t as flashy, but is still heading in the right direction.

    • Still feisty and still charming

      by Gen Handley

      Feist was as playful and entertaining as ever, swooning through a long list of songs from her two albums including a jazzy version of Inside and Out, which was introduced as a cover of Guns and Roses’ November Rain to invoke a sea of waving lighters and cell phones.

    • Against Me! interview with Tom Gabel

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Preceding their latest tour stop in Calgary, I had a chance to sit down with Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel to talk about the tour, the past, the present and the future and also had a chance to spin a few miscellaneous questions in as well.

    • Chris Gheran & The Graveyard Gang

      by Crom

      A rainbow sprang forth from the speakers, and made it possible for me to again believe that solid tunes can be produced not only in our day and age, but in our area code as well.

    • Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson

      by David Gluzman

      I originally sat down on the couch to read the latest issue of WIRED magazine and decided to plop in some new music.. While dodging the overwhelming amount of ads presented to me in the magazine I was suddenly completely unable to stay focused on what I was looking at and was completely absorbed by the music being played.

    • Quasimode – The Land Of Freedom

      by David Gluzman

      Growing up I was heavily influenced by the sounds of classical music, and then later on by Jazz. I fondly recall listening to lots of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and more recently Herbie Hancock in his crazy new-age crazy style jazz. I guess you can say I like Jazz. I’ve also …

    • MSTRKRFT with the Small Town DJ’s

      by Adrian Bryksa

      These two chaps are technicians as evidenced by their ripping through their superbly crafted eclectic set. My toes were tapping and feet moving the whole time. They had some sound troubles but worked through them with ease.

    • First Time Festival Goers..

      by Jaymi Newington

      This festival is so amazing I am not entirely sure that if a written description of our experience can do this event justice. It is merely something that needs to be seen and experienced for oneself in order to gain its full appreciation!! But.. here goes nothing!

    • R4NT vs Ours To Destroy

      by Gordon McDowell

      Interview and live performance captured back in December. Ours To Destroy consists of Steve Dodd, Eric Ewin, Roland Griffith and David Morely. Camerawork was performed by D4V, Gord and multiple beer.

    • FAT Wreck Chords tour featuring NOFX

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Easily the highlight of the set was the tour de force rendition of "The Decline", which is one of the best punk songs ever recorded in this writers opinion. The rest of the set was sonically outstanding, until one jackass from the crowd fired a full water bottle at the lead singer..

    • Jon Freers Winter ’08 Selection

      by Jon Freer

      Kicking off the reviews in 2008 include: A selection from Sonar Kollektiv, Joey Negro, Sven Vath, Kelley Polar, The Glimmers, DJ Dolores, Sascha Funke, Benny Sings, Spoonface, Miss Kitten, The Rurals, Seiji and various others!

    • Jon Freer’s Autumn Selection (Part 2)

      by Jon Freer

      Part 2 includes: Kenny Dope, Keb Darge, Gilles Peterson, Tiger Stripes, Mayra Andrade, Nancy Elizabeth, Ethipiques, Wildstyle, Shawn Lee, Federico Aubele, Karizma, Electric Conversation, Circle Research, Pig & Dan, The Glimmers, Bob Marley and various other artists…

    • Jon Freer’s Autumn Selection (Part 1)

      by Jon Freer

      So much music we’ve had to split the feature! Part 1 includes: José Padilla, Prince Fatty, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Jazzanova, Karizma, Miguel Migs, Ananda Project, Waajeed, Eddy Meets Yannah, Tweek, The Broken Family Band, The Spirals, and various other artists…

    • Interview: Fink

      by David Gluzman

      Fink has been touring around the world playing some of the most prestigious venues and regularly selling out where ever he goes. Having also toured with Zero 7 only after their fourth ever booked gig!! To add to Fink’s ever growing fame, he has recently had a track showcased as the soundtrack to a new MasterCard commercial.

    • Calgary Folk Music Festival 2007

      by Adrian Bryksa

      Artists typically perform more than once as they may have a main stage presentation followed up by one or more side stages. It is here that many festival goers think the best performances occur, as most artists group together to jam to create something more wonderful than the sum of its parts.

    • springseven: shaking confinements

      by Pamela Hruska

      It is amazing that this sphere of electonica is constantly changing, coming up with reinvented ways of naming conventions applied to new sounds. One year later we noticed a big change in the styles and sounds we heard. It had evolved.

    • Jon Freer’s Early Summer Picks

      by Jon Freer

      Featuring 25 pimpin’ albums from the likes of: Louie Vega, Lust, Joey Negro, Dimitri From Paris, Sally Shapiro, Âme, Adam Freeland, Kitsune, Simian Mobile Disco, Slam, DJ Kicks, International DJ Gigolos, Lefties Soul Connection, Shady Bard, and various other artists…

    • Super Spring Sonic Selections

      by Jon Freer

      Featuring: Mistical, Makossa & Megablast, Freshly Composted Vol 2, Deerhoof, Ame…Mixing, Spirit Catcher, Arnold Jarvis, Secret Love 3, Luz Mob, Frank N Dank, Miguel Migs, Ron Trent, Sister Funk 2, Simian Mobile, The Rurals, Ben Mono, The Mitchell & Dewbury Band, GusGus, Thomas Mapfumo.

    • R4NT Radio March 2007

      by David Gluzman

      R4NT Radio 7th Year Edition, featuring: Big Muff, Sneaker Pimps, Amon Tobin, Cut Chemist, Agave Nectar, Ame…Mixing, Nick Holder, Up, Bustle & Out, and The Cinematic Orchestra.

    • Top-Drawer Musical Picks

      by Jon Freer

      Jon Freer is back at it again, this time with even more aural delicacies to serve. Hot on the plate this month we’ve got a mix of some South Port Classics, Wunmi, Kerri Chandler, Pulp Fusion, OM Winter Sessions, 4hero, Clara Hill and Lucky Pierre. Jump inside and take a listen!

    • R4NT Radio December 2006

      by David Gluzman

      R4NT Radio Super-Winter-Edition, featuring: Koop, Up, Bustle & Out, Eliot Lipp, International Deejay Gigolos, Florian Keller, TY, Jean-Paul Bondy, Jazzanova, and Solo Andata.

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