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SLED ISLAND 2014: PUBLIC ANIMAL

Lemme tell you why I love this band.

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Public-Animal-,SPACE TRUCKIN’ WITH THE WALT WHITMAN OF CANADIAN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

There’s no denying it: fame is a public animal. Coming to terms with the crux of his mid-life meets mid-career crossroads, Canadian rock icon Ian Blurton is determined to take his music to the next level. Coming off of the 2011 dissolution of his incendiary hard-rock outfit C’mon, Blurton was itching to forge a new group that would share songwriting work and accolades equally. Bella Clava’s dauntless keyboardist, Caitlin Dacey was amongst the first to ascend the ranks of Blurton’s private party of four. Swiftly joined by Tricky Woo’s Eric Larock on bass and The Lying Cheats’ Ryan Gassi on drums, Dacey surmises that, “You’d have to be a blind fool to pass up a chance to collaborate with an artistic workhorse like Blurton!”

“When Ian mentioned that he was interested in putting band together based on friendship and…

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SLED ISLAND COMEDY 2014: HARI KONDABOLU

A Sunday afternoon chat I had with Brooklyn comedian and podcaster Hari Kondabolu.

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AB-CITY-Hari-Kondabolu---Photo-Credit-Karsten-MoranHULLABALOOZA! KONDABOLU BRINGS HIS BIG APPLE BANTER TO THE PRAIRIES

Contentedly situated amidst the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, New York, stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu is heard around the world, thanks to his mercurial podcasts. A cunning linguist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Politics and a Master’s degree in Human Rights, the erudite Kondabolu has broken down racial and geographic barriers in finding new ways to disappoint his parents. More often than not, his accomplice of choice is his brother, Ashok, who routinely accompanies Hari on his conversational misadventures. Discussing everything from having one’s wallet stolen to the hot-button of cultural appropriation, “The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast” has introduced an international audience to the candid, fraternal side of his rather astute comedic demeanour.

“When it comes to podcasts, my brother and I have been strangely productive, professionally-speaking, despite of the weaknesses of our technical abilities,” says Kondabolu…

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SLED ISLAND 2014: SHOOTING GUNS

An interview I did with Saskatchewan doom rockers Shooting Guns!

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Shooting-GunsSASKATOON’S ANSWER TO SONIC DISMEMBERMENT

Anything but a shot in the dark, the straight-from-the-hip firepower of Saskatoon’s Shooting Guns gives them free reign to put a positive spin on the task of being harbingers of doom. Muted in their pursuit of concordant mayhem, the instrumental outfit excels at laying down heavy harmonies and gut-wrenching riffs that plunder the vaults of heavy metal history for molten riches and gritty glory.

“In short, we are Saskatchewan’s answer to sonic dismemberment,” says Shooting Gun’s bassist Jay Loos.

Plying his “instru-metal” trade in cahoots with coconspirators drummer Jim Ginther, guitarist Keith “Keef” Doepker, bassist Zach Low and guitarist Chris Laramee, synth-player Loos was thrilled to commit Shooting Guns’ heavy-psych railings to vinyl with the release of their towering sophomore LP, Brotherhood of the Ram, in October of 2013.

“Basically, as the name implies, we create somewhat deafening distortions that will leave you either…

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RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

My write-up of a fantastic modern-traditional album!

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Rodrigo y Gabriela 9 Dead Alive

9 DEAD ALIVE, RUBYWORKS RECORDS

It’s been five years since we have heard original material from the freakishly talented Mexican guitar duo known simply as Rodrigo y Gabriela. Amalgamating classical and flamenco guitar styles with rock and heavy-metal influences, the long-awaited 9 Dead Alive finds the two-piece powerhouse paying tribute to noteworthy individuals of the past.

Wire and wood generate instrumental magic, as the fulsome acoustics and intricate fretwork on opening track “The Soundmaker” taps into the muse of guitarist/luthier Antonio de Torres Jurado. All the while, the fragile vistas of “Megalopolis” and the doggedly optimistic “Misty Moses (inspired by Harriet Tubman) set the historic scene for the Trans-Siberian juggernaut “The Russian Messenger” (inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky). Organic, intuitive and brilliantly emotive, the stirring sonic portraits that comprise 9 Dead Alive are deeply reverential and yet completely invigorating. Class, consider yourselves schooled!

By Christine Leonard

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How Did They Create That Cover? Western Living

#ADL310

Magazine Awards

The finalists for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards have been announced — including ten nominations in the Magazine Covers category.

In a new blog series titled How Did They Create That Cover? the NMAF chats with the creative directors of the Magazine Covers finalists about how their covers were made. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at things we may or may not think about when we pick up a magazine and devour its pages.

Today we chat with Paul Roelofs, art director at Western Living and creator of this nominated cover:

NMAF: Was this cover always what the magazine had in mind to depict the story, or were there other ideas? 

Paul: Not at all what we had in mind. The September issue is a landmark issue for us each year and features a large editorial package called Designers of the Year. It is a competition that WL hosts in…

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BROKEN CITY 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Classic Calgary! #YYC #ADL301

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Thee Oh Sees' 2012 performance is one of Broken City talent booker Alan Lindsay's top ten memories. Broken City begins its week-long 10-year anniversary party next week. Thee Oh Sees’ 2012 performance is one of Broken City talent booker Alan Lindsay’s top ten memories. Broken City begins its week-long 10-year anniversary party next week.

TALENT BOOKER LOOKS BACK ON SOME OF THE BLURRIEST MEMORIES

Since I was still in high school when Broken City first opened, I don’t know too much about the first couple of years. But, I can tell you that, for the past six years that I have been coming/working here, there have been some amazing nights. Here are top ten favourite moments and memories of Broken City.

1) The first ever time I came to Broken City, I was 17 and 3 Inches of Blood were playing here. Before the show, they played an all ages show at a community centre. My friends and I all went to that show and then were planning to come to Broken City and try to sneak…

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