Album Review: K.Flay – Everywhere is Somewhere

I do not say this lightly – this woman is a modern heroine. 

 

She is at once combative and playful, fiesty and vulnerable – her lyrics contain such boundless multitudes. She clearly loves the music she makes, her joy of expression exudes from her work, and she pours a wealth of talent into every last bassline and verse. If this is your first encounter with her name, for the love of all that is art, go back through her catalogue of mixtapes, EPs and collaborations and consume everything!

Her new album Everywhere is Somewhere landed April 7th – read the full review on The Spill Magazine or below:

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Album Review: This Morn’ Omina – Kundalini Rising

In the obscure and bewitching realm of rhythmic noise, This Morn’ Omina is among the most celebrated catalogue entries. Nothing even begins to compare to the experience of this Belgian troupe’s acoustic production – they are visionary musicians on the cutting edge of the style.

It’s been six long years since L’Unification Des Forces Opposantes on Ant-Zen, yet This Morn’ Omina’s reputation among lovers of the genre has not faltered in the slightest. Their productions are heroic in scope and size, the Gilgamesh opus of obscure electronica.

After meeting this wonderful group at Terminus Festival two years ago, I couldn’t be more excited to hear this new album

Read the full review on The Spill Magazine or below and download Kundalini Rising from the record label dependent.de

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DOS Game Mini Canvas Collection 2.0

Looks like the nostalgia force is strong in the DOS gaming generation – the last batch of DOS Game tiny canvases sold out in the first half of the day at the last Bazaar of the Bizarre.

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The Spring edition of the Bazaar of the Bizarre: Circus Sideshow 2017 takes place on
Sunday, April 16 in its established home at the Pia Bouman School of Ballet and I’m back with a whole new set of itty-bitty-pixely-screens, featuring beloved characters like DopeFish, Stan S. Stanman and Purple Tentacle.


Check out a preview of the new collection here:

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MS DOS Gamer Nostalgia Series

Some of the greatest adventures of my childhood started with the C drive prompt impatiently blinking for input.

The 90s were the golden age of graphic adventures for LucasArts, Westwood Studios, Sierra and many more. These were games written by playful geeks for geeks – entertainment for the emergent technocracy that was daring, quirky and intelligent.

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To commemorate early PC gaming heroes and heroines, I’ve created this series of tiny paintings of some of my favourite DOS games.

All these will be available at the upcoming Plastik Wrap Frost Bite: Bazaar of the Bizarre on December 14th at the Pia Bouman School of Ballet and Creative Movement – 6 Noble Street, Toronto.

Preview the collection here!

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Recipe: Thai Green Curry Soup

Home cooked dinners have been a challenge lately. Between working fiendishly on paintings for the Winter Bazaar of the Bizarre, writing reviews for all the awesome shows and albums I’ve enjoyed this fall, a new found love of jogging AND my full time job, I just don’t have enough hours in the day.

I still try to indulge in home made food simply because I like knowing what’s in my meals – even when they’re bacon wrapped nonsense or booze filled milkshakes – and because it’s economical for both my financial and nutritional budgets.

My solution has thus been big batch cooking. I make enormous pots of chillies, soups and stews which I can get 3-4 meals out of with minimal effort towards tossing a side salad or cooking a cup of rice. Since I’ve been craving Thai food all month I decided to experiment with green curry.

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This soup came out delicious!

It’s hot and creamy, a quick serving is all it takes to defrost me after a chilly run, and a big bowl fills me for the whole evening. Plus the ingredients are no surprise – simple things you can get at your corner store, and you can toss in more fresh veggies while reheating it to make each meal more substantial.

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Give it a try!

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Album Review: Dismantled – The Hero EP

Dismantled holds a very special place in my music library. His early work contains three of my favourite tracks of all time by virtue of being my gateway into noise music.

I’ve loved many more artists since those early years, but Dismantled is the one who opened my mind towards this obscure niche of electronica and it changed my life forever.

No two Dismantled albums have been the same.

His self-titled album in 2002 had a grimy, white-label rhythmic noise vibe that was unforgettable. The distorted and compressed vocals, abrasive mechanical grinding samples, and erratic beats in “On Your Knees” made this track the epitome of dystopian music, a ballad commemorating the globally historical moment of agony and fear. The subsequent Post-Nuclear and Standard Issue albums were a clear evolutionary path for Dismantled – Zon’s vocals got cleaner, the song structure more defined, clear patterns so familiar to EBM listeners emerging from the chaos. By 2007, When I Am Dead took a danceable approach, focusing on lyrics and choral effects, while the last full album released in 2011, The War Inside Me, took a detour into fist-pumping rage-spewing Aggrotech territory akin to FGFC820 and prodigious mentors Suicide Commando.

And here we are, after a four year break, with a fresh new sound that is more polished than ever and shows how much Gary has learned in his career.

Read my full review on Spill Magazine.

And stay tuned for The Hero full release!

 

 

 

Album review: Rational Youth – Future Past Tense 

If you’re part of the Alternative Electronic music community in Canada today, know well that you owe your scene’s existence to pioneers like Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn.
Rational Youth were proudly baffling stage managers with their 808 and MS-20 setup in the early ‘80s, and telling the world to dance atop the infamous wall three years before Bowie started inciting riots in East Berlin. Howe’s relentless ambition to reclaim the synthesizer out of the hands of boring scholars and put it at the forefront of the concert stage produced a novel and visionary experience for listeners around the globe.
Read my full review on The Spill Magazine