Sound Check

by Amber Goodwyn

Sound CheckI don’t know about you, of course, but I’m aiming to fill my summer days with as much cabin life and as many road trips as I can. Along with summer reads I’m planning on packing summer spins, and my listening list (so far) includes Paul McCartney’s Ram (1971), Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013), Emily Dickinson poems on tape and a few new releases from Montreal’s Fixture Records, including Mavo’s 7”. E-mail me your personal lists, please and thank you! More on finding music below.

HOW TO GATHER MUSHROOMS MUSIC IN THE FOREST ON THE INTERNET

WFMU’s Free Music Archive recently shared an article by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.FM called ‘How To Collect Music In Overwhelming Times’. Addressing the difficulty of navigating the endless and obscure Internet realms for good music, Van Buskirk recommends some strategies for collecting and keeping music. Worth a read (the comment section is too) if you’re feeling daunted by the gigantic supply of music out there these days.

CASUAL OBSERVATIONS ABOUT ZEITGEIST

Weird Canada — an online tribe of reviewers and musicians — received funding a little while back, which is great news for Canadian independent bands and creative musicians that fall outside the regular indie rock stream of things. I can’t help but get the feeling that the legitimacy the funding signifies comes at a moment when “weird music” (often low-fi, often noise-y rock-based recordings) is changing, giving birth to an increased interest in prog and stoner rock among new bands. Anyone with me on this? Interesting how the winds change/how the wheel turns/how I sound more and more like a grandma.

MY PICK FOR MUST-SEE SHOWS THESE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS…

…is Kacy & Clayton with Marshall Burns at the Creative City Centre on July 16th. Kacy & Clayton are a Wood Mountain, SK area duo who play uncluttered folk music with nuance and delicacy. The acoustic guitar is light and honest and the vocals sweet and true. Marshall Burns (Rah Rah, The Lonesome Weekends) opens the show. He was obviously chosen  for his tunefulness, which will crowbar open your heart so all three musicians can clamber in.  Doors at 7:30pm, $10

Want to get heavy? Lavagoat, Rehashed, the excellent Shooting Guns and Dystopian Wasteland play the German Club this Friday, July 12. Doors at 9 p.m., $10.

In my ears: Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love (on repeat)

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