ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Odonis Odonis bandleader Dean Tzenos leads a crash course in industrial
Here’s a peek at how the Chart Attack sausage is made: This past February, I had the brilliant idea to send Tzenos to interview Skinny Puppy. I was half-joking, but I’ve rarely seen a musician so simultaneously nervous and excited. It’s no joke for him. Unfortunately, the timing didn’t work out. So I devised a Plan B: an Odonis Odonis Essential Albums that focuses solely on that “hard boiled” industrial side. And Dean more than obliged, devising a crash course in the genre from its proto-inception to commercial peak and beyond. He also made us an beginner’s guide playlist, which you can find here.

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Odonis Odonis bandleader Dean Tzenos leads a crash course in industrial

Here’s a peek at how the Chart Attack sausage is made: This past February, I had the brilliant idea to send Tzenos to interview Skinny Puppy. I was half-joking, but I’ve rarely seen a musician so simultaneously nervous and excited. It’s no joke for him. Unfortunately, the timing didn’t work out. So I devised a Plan B: an Odonis Odonis Essential Albums that focuses solely on that “hard boiled” industrial side. And Dean more than obliged, devising a crash course in the genre from its proto-inception to commercial peak and beyond. He also made us an beginner’s guide playlist, which you can find here.

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We’re so proud of these guys for how they changed the way that we listen to music. Nirvana’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is good for everyone. Photos by Charles Peterson, of course.

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We’re so proud of these guys for how they changed the way that we listen to music. Nirvana’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is good for everyone.

Photos by Charles Peterson, of course.

UNCHARTED: Solids: You can take the band out of the house party…
…but you can’t take the house party out of the band.

Uncharted is Chart Attack’s showcase of independent Canadian artists we think you should hear. This week, Montreal fuzz-punk band Solids talk the lack of a Francophone DIY circuit, noise complaints, the unnaturalness of a bar show and the non-existent “duo” genre.
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UNCHARTED: Solids: You can take the band out of the house party…

…but you can’t take the house party out of the band.

Uncharted is Chart Attack’s showcase of independent Canadian artists we think you should hear. This week, Montreal fuzz-punk band Solids talk the lack of a Francophone DIY circuit, noise complaints, the unnaturalness of a bar show and the non-existent “duo” genre.

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CHART TV LIVE: Each Other performs unreleased song “Buyer Be Brave” on a totally real beach
We invited Montreal-based trio Each Other to our green screen studio, and recorded them performing this unreleased psych-pop nugget, “Buyer Be Brave.” And through the magic of hasty video editing, we took them to the animated beach of our screen-sized dreams – a 2D utopia where every day is a beautiful day, even when there’s lightning or drowning.  Come with us for a few minutes, watch the band swim, sink, and float, and soak in that digital representation of a beautiful sunny day. You can almost smell the sunscreen.jpg.

CHART TV LIVE: Each Other performs unreleased song “Buyer Be Brave” on a totally real beach

We invited Montreal-based trio Each Other to our green screen studio, and recorded them performing this unreleased psych-pop nugget, “Buyer Be Brave.” And through the magic of hasty video editing, we took them to the animated beach of our screen-sized dreams – a 2D utopia where every day is a beautiful day, even when there’s lightning or drowning.  Come with us for a few minutes, watch the band swim, sink, and float, and soak in that digital representation of a beautiful sunny day. You can almost smell the sunscreen.jpg.

UNCHARTED: Hamilton’s WTCHS talk musical late-blooming, the DIY ethic, and premiere “Top Prize”
Uncharted is our showcase of independent artists we think you should hear. This week, Hamilton punks WTCHS explain how they shrugged their way into a multi-headed DIY art collective and a record deal.

UNCHARTED: Hamilton’s WTCHS talk musical late-blooming, the DIY ethic, and premiere “Top Prize”

Uncharted is our showcase of independent artists we think you should hear. This week, Hamilton punks WTCHS explain how they shrugged their way into a multi-headed DIY art collective and a record deal.

STAFF PICKS: Mac DeMarco, Salad Days, and the tears of a clown
Twenty minutes late, a tired Mac DeMarco slouches in from stage right. He scratches his impressive beer belly, leaving streaks of dirt from his fingernails. Tonight is his 40th birthday, but the crowd doesn’t know that. They just want the classics. They want “Eddie’s Dream.” They want the covers medley. They want, most of all, some kind of outrageous story they can share with their friends. Maybe another drumstick vid?
I’m certain Mac DeMarco has been running this scene in his head. He knows that if his career ended today, the credibility of his catalogue would be debated. His previous album 2 was certainly a sequel in spirit to his breakout Rock and Roll Night Club EP. It thinned the mucky layer of broken crooning swagger, and opened DeMarco up like never before: cooking meth in Alberta, accepting his outsider status, and falling in love.
The funky, beer koozied melodies made us smile, but was it with him or at him? Would his legacy be defined within his gap-toothed smirk, or the impressive power of his low-slung, loosely tuned rock?
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STAFF PICKS: Mac DeMarco, Salad Days, and the tears of a clown

Twenty minutes late, a tired Mac DeMarco slouches in from stage right. He scratches his impressive beer belly, leaving streaks of dirt from his fingernails. Tonight is his 40th birthday, but the crowd doesn’t know that. They just want the classics. They want “Eddie’s Dream.” They want the covers medley. They want, most of all, some kind of outrageous story they can share with their friends. Maybe another drumstick vid?

I’m certain Mac DeMarco has been running this scene in his head. He knows that if his career ended today, the credibility of his catalogue would be debated. His previous album 2 was certainly a sequel in spirit to his breakout Rock and Roll Night Club EP. It thinned the mucky layer of broken crooning swagger, and opened DeMarco up like never before: cooking meth in Alberta, accepting his outsider status, and falling in love.

The funky, beer koozied melodies made us smile, but was it with him or at him? Would his legacy be defined within his gap-toothed smirk, or the impressive power of his low-slung, loosely tuned rock?

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LIVE REVIEW: Kraftwerk remain prophetic in Toronto victory lap
I have no idea if Kraftwerk, explicitly or not, ever suggested that electronic music would one day find itself in such a fortress of old guard entertainment as the Sony Centre in Toronto. Such is the endless frontier of the Dusseldorf group’s influence, looming larger by their secrecy: it casts a layer of tantalizing plausibility over every credible interpretation. I assumed their legacy would be the only thing on display Saturday night, but that severely underestimated their music’s reach. The 3D concert tour, brought to the Sony Centre for their first Toronto show in decade, could not be more apt.
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LIVE REVIEW: Kraftwerk remain prophetic in Toronto victory lap

I have no idea if Kraftwerk, explicitly or not, ever suggested that electronic music would one day find itself in such a fortress of old guard entertainment as the Sony Centre in Toronto. Such is the endless frontier of the Dusseldorf group’s influence, looming larger by their secrecy: it casts a layer of tantalizing plausibility over every credible interpretation. I assumed their legacy would be the only thing on display Saturday night, but that severely underestimated their music’s reach. The 3D concert tour, brought to the Sony Centre for their first Toronto show in decade, could not be more apt.

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The Great White North: A Tribe Called Red, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and the myth of Canadian multiculturalism
As the Junos approach this weekend, the time has come for the “Canadian music” conversation to change — or, perhaps more specifically, to begin anew.

The Great White North: A Tribe Called Red, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and the myth of Canadian multiculturalism

As the Junos approach this weekend, the time has come for the “Canadian music” conversation to change — or, perhaps more specifically, to begin anew.

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Young Cee-Lo via Cee-Lo.

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Young Cee-Lo via Cee-Lo.

A Challenge from Tokyo Police Club’s Graham Wright: Try To Love The Music You Hate
To celebrate the release of Tokyo Police Club’s fourth studio album Forcefield, we asked Graham Wright to write about an experience that contributed to the making of the record. He took a page out of critic Carl Wilson’s book and wrote about learning to love the bands you’ve been told to hate. You’ll see who he means.

A Challenge from Tokyo Police Club’s Graham Wright: Try To Love The Music You Hate

To celebrate the release of Tokyo Police Club’s fourth studio album Forcefield, we asked Graham Wright to write about an experience that contributed to the making of the record. He took a page out of critic Carl Wilson’s book and wrote about learning to love the bands you’ve been told to hate. You’ll see who he means.

Fucked Up’s Glass Boys is on its way but in the meantime, let their latest zodiac single "Year of the Dragon" tide you over

Fucked Up’s Glass Boys is on its way but in the meantime, let their latest zodiac single "Year of the Dragon" tide you over