Pop & Rock 2011: 30 Best Albums
While not directly responsible for turning 2011 into the "Year of Sax," Dan Bejar did help usher it in with Destroyer's Kaputt. Dropping the increasingly standard folk rock forays of previous releases, Bejar and his West coast bandmates reinvented the Destroyer songbook with this sprawling LP, lathering it with splashes of European sophisti-rock, coked-up soft rock, new romanticism, smooth jazz and, yes, saxophone. Sure, it was a change that likely threw some listeners off, but for those who spend way too much time obsessing over later-period Roxy Music and Godley & Creme records, it was a godsend, as well as validation that the discount bins hide just as much treasure as trash. More importantly, it showed Bejar isn't afraid of reinvention ― something that sadly can't be said of most artists past the decade-in-rock mark. But do yourself a favour: pick this one up on vinyl. The exclusive side-long instrumental holds up as one of the year's best kosmische-influenced head trips, hands down.
StreamsFeb 25, 2015
Lagwagon and Swingin' Utterson Exclaim! TV Chatroom
West Coast punk legends Lagwagon and Swingin' Utters have been consistently inspiring bands since the late '80s/early '90s. So when Lagwagon...
FeaturesFeb 24, 2015
Most People"Lover's Spit" (Broken Social Scene cover) on Exclaim! TV
Until a month before performing a set of Broken Social Scene covers at the 15th edition of the Wavelength Music Festival, Paul McEachern of ...
StreamsFeb 23, 2015
Lisa LeBlanc"Katie Cruel" on Exclaim! TV
Acadian folk-rocker Lisa LeBlanc has been gaining overwhelmingly positive reviews for her 2014 EP (and debut English language recording) Hig...
FeaturesFeb 20, 2015
B. A. JohnstonPerforms Three New Songs (Exclaim! TV x Pinball Sessions)
Judging by the title of his upcoming album Shit Sucks, things may appear a bit down in the life of B.A. Johnston. However, the Hamilton-base...