Ex is Ritchie Hawtin's first release under his Plastikman alias since his underachieving Closer album way back in 2003. The seven tracks here, all beginning with the capitalized letters "EX", were recorded live in 2013 at the annual fundraiser at New York's Guggenheim Museum. Those looking to judge Hawtin's recent work against the groundbreaking minimalist masterpieces he produced twenty years ago as Plastikman, starting with the whimsical sonic textures of Sheet One in...more
The Way I Walk / Midgie - 7"
Dave Marsh called Jack Scott "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time". Though considered by many to be Detroit's first white rock and roller, Scott actually grew up on the Canadian side of things, in Windsor, Ontario. Born one Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr. to a large Italian family, Scott moved to the working-class Detroit suburb of Hazel Park when he was just ten years old. It was there - in a place rife with car factories and auto workers - that he developed a lo...more
Right from Real - Part I EP
Lydia Ainsworth may be the latest signee to Montreal's uber-hip Arbutus label, but the Toronto-based electronic composer sure took a roundabout way of getting there. As a precocious child, Ainsworth got her start in the classical world at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. "They sent me home with a cello when I was ten," she told Noisey, "(but) I learned how to play myself, so my technique is all wrong." She would spend four years in New York, and it was there that her music career really s...more
TOPS released their first full-length record in February 2012 to kudos on both sides of the Atlantic. The Montreal foursome of singer/keyboardist Jane Penny, guitarist David Carriere, bassist Thomas Gillies and drummer Riley Fleck trade in a nifty blend of indie pop that channels silky seventies soft rock, eighties MTV fluff and nineties twee pop a la Saint Etienne. But, like Ariel Pink, to whom the band are sometimes compared, they take those references and warp them into an oddly beguil...more
Baby Send for Me / Shake Yourself Down - 7"
In their brief existence, the Checkerlads released just three singles, the best of which has got to be this scorching piece of garage punk. The Regina quintet of Arnold Rippliner, Robert Frei, Robert Bucholtz, Harvey Frasz and Larry Reich issued the first of those records on the Thunder Bay-based Gaiety imprint in 1966. And though the band's self-penned Rolling Stones clone on the a-side seemed the better of the two tunes, it was the frantic flipside that managed to tweak the charts...more