State of mind

Eight days before I found myself in the underground parking garage of the Drop-In Centre listening to a social worker practice his bagpipes, I drove downtown with Gauntlet photographer Chris Pedersen, an audio recorder and vague notions of the insidious link between mental illness and homelessness. In mid-September, I had explored homelessness for a piece… Continue reading State of mind

Guy Gerber

Dancing has become passe for music geeks. The old cliche of a bearded dude dressed in vintage clothing, cabbie hat on his head, arms crossed, head imperceptibly moving to the beat is a woeful truth. Every now and then, though, the lights get low, the disco ball comes out and a bunch of idiots start… Continue reading Guy Gerber

Spun: Buck 65

What would hip-hop be like in 1957? What would it be like for a rap artist to sing about Che Guevara, Chavez Ravine and the Kerouac era of beat poetry? One needn’t take heavy drugs to imagine such lunacy, but must instead crank up east coast hip hop artist Buck 65’s Situation. A conceptual look… Continue reading Spun: Buck 65

Spun: Dave Gahan

Newcomer Dave Gahan’s eponymous release, Hourglass, combines dark, gritty electro synths with house beats to create an interesting sea of sonic textures, leaving one wondering exactly what the hell they’re listening to–in a good way. While the album describes itself as “synthpop,” it sounds more like acid house at times, bouncing to industrial techno and… Continue reading Spun: Dave Gahan

Spun: Most Serene Republic

The opening moments of Ontario-based band Most Serene Republic’s latest, Populations, is a slow-building concerto tuning, fading into the delightfully complex instrumental pop tune “Humble Peasants.” Of note within the song, also emblematic of the album itself, is a delicacy not otherwise heard in Most Serene’s previous work: ethereal piano, proud horns and a driving… Continue reading Spun: Most Serene Republic

Stringent standards subvert superfluous squandering

The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association launched an ad campaign at the end of Oct., calling on the government to increase the availability of bio fuels and to expand programs to get older vehicles off the road. Though both would help to reduce greenhouse gases and smog, their recommendations are ultimately flawed and approach the problem… Continue reading Stringent standards subvert superfluous squandering

Dancing prancing wizards

The Harry Potter juggernaut has steamrolled through 2007 with no signs of stopping anytime soon. Children’s novel writers cower in fear of the glasses-wearing, wand-toting wizard-messiah-in-waiting. With a blockbuster fifth movie, an enormously popular end to the series and a devoted fanbase trying to interpret every little details throughout the book, Harry Potter will piledrive… Continue reading Dancing prancing wizards