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Shortwave Nights - Hiss Tracks
Hiss Tracks
Shortwave Nights

Hiss Tracks is a newish collaboration between David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire to Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). The pair have worked together for at least a decade, but the seeds of Shortwave Nights really started to germinate when Bryant was invited by filmmaker/projectionist Karl Lemieux to collaborate on a performance for the 2008 Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival. (GYBE obsessives will recognize Lemieux as the guy responsible for the...more

My Boy - Flat Top / In Love - 7
Dorothy Collins
My Boy - Flat Top / In Love - 7"

As a precocious pre-teen, Windsor-born Marjorie Chandler could be heard singing on local radio stations on both sides of the Detroit River. But her real date with destiny would come to her a few years later when she was a mere fourteen years old. It was then, on a trip to Chicago with her parents in 1940, that she had the good fortune to meet Raymond Scott. The great bandleader and composer took an obvious shine to the young Canadian (soon thereafter known as Dorothy Collins) acting as her ...more

(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

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