Today our resident critic digs (up) the new entry from The Black Keys. It’s a fetching disc; indeed, Snorri fetched it from our door — after a bit of tentative barking — moments after its arrival Monday.
So, pup, mind if I tear you away from the new Keys album long enough for a comment? Continue reading
Our resident reviewer has been maintaining a low profile of late. Perhaps, like many music critics his age, he is not interested in learning new tricks. Or maybe he’s not willing to devote his full attention to anything until someone retrieves whatever it is that he insists is behind that chair in the basement.
Ah, but this week our friends Drive-By Truckers released a country-rocking new album. Let’s see if that offers reason enough for Snorri to perk those ears up and sniff some new sounds, shall we? Continue reading
Today, Snorri checks out the love letter to the Everly Brothers’ timeless Songs Our Daddy Taught Us that combines the talents of Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones. Winter lies ahead, but roving gamblers Billie Joe and Norah are looking back. So who’s gonna shoe your pretty little paws, Snorrs? Continue reading
Today is the day. Today, the anxiously awaited Arcade Fire’s Reflektor hits stores and the virtual world alike. And hits it hard. Snorri’s been maintaining a low profile lately, granted, but the Giorgio-Moroder-in-Haiti grooves of the band sometimes known as The Reflektors’ advance single laid a few new tricks on our old dog. So how’s the full album sounding so far, Snorrs? Continue reading
April is shaping up to be a good month to invest in vinyl. Tomorrow, April 7, the Ottawa Community Record Show returns for its eighth edition, at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 523 Anthony St. It’s another opportunity for collectors to shore up embarrassing gaps in their Kix and Hawkwind sections. A good thing, indeed. Later this month, vinyl geeks the world over will again rejoice with the arrival of Record Store Day: Saturday, April 20. In honour of this year’s edition, a number of nifty limited-edition reissues are set to come our way, including a four-LP edition of Flaming Lips’ impenetrable Zaireeka (alas, to hear it properly you will have to invest in an additional three turntables), a symphonic Calexico release and a cool 10th-anniversary edition of White Stripes’ Elephant — on red, white and black vinyl, no less.
Wow, Elephant turns 10! Excuse enough, perhaps, to head out to the yard and dig up that original vinyl copy, eh, Snorrs? How’s it feel to crank up some White Stripes? Continue reading