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(He Makes Me) Feel So Pretty / Is He Really Mine? - 7
Shirley Matthews
(He Makes Me) Feel So Pretty / Is He Really Mine? - 7"

After the success of her floor-stomping 'Big Town Boy' - a top-ten single in Canada around Christmas 1963 - Shirley Matthews certainly must have felt like a big town girl herself. The native of tiny Harrow, Ontario was working in a Bell Telephone office in Toronto and singing nights at Club Bluenote when she was discovered by the budding songwriter/producer (and future girl-watcher) Bob Crewe, who whisked her off to New York City to record a coupl...more

All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling - Godspeed You Black Emperor!
Godspeed You Black Emperor!
All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling

The first thing to know about Godspeed You Black Emperor!'s All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling is that no one of any authority out there in cyberland has actually ever heard the damn thing. What's more, the trio of musicians responsible for the music therein - that would be Efrim Menuck, Mauro Pezzente, and Mike Moya - are but a fraction of the post-rock gods that many of us so dutifully worship. That said, there probably isn't a recording in all of Canuckistan with so grea...more

Mauka EP - Vogue Dots
Vogue Dots
Mauka EP

Babette Hayward and Tynan Dunfield spend their working days as sound technicians, so the plush electro sounds on their two EPs as Vogue Dots should hardly come as a shock. But what may surprise you is that the twenty-something New Brunswick natives (who now call Halifax home) have been at it for barely a year and they have already rifled off a couple of EPs. The seeds of their prolific partnership actually started to germinate during a spell out a Babette's parents' cottage in the picturesq...more

Witch Doctor b/w Mister Fantasy - 7
The Valhallla
Witch Doctor b/w Mister Fantasy - 7"

The Valhalla got their start in Toronto back in 1967 and issued this hyper-rare single the following year for Merv Buchanan's now-sought-after Trend label. The band were a five-piece consisting of singer John Conroy, guitarist Mike Boyd, keyboardist John Carr, and a backfield of Peter Paul on bass and Rick Williams on the skins (though allegedly future Fullerton Dam member Brad MacDonald filled in on bass here for an AWOL Paul). The a-side is a pretty frantic version of John Mayall's 1965 c...more

Seasons - Locomotive Ghost
Locomotive Ghost

This Calgary quartet has been kicking around since the late noughts, when Mike Buckley and Ben Nixon met up in the picturesque BC interior as students in Selkirk College's music program. As Locomotive Ghost, the pair rifled off a couple of discs, a self-titled album in 2010 and Close Your Eyes and Listen a year later, before quitting the left coast for the big skies of Alberta, where they added multi-instrumentalists Laura Schoenberg and Matthew Howell to the fold.


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