20 albums we loved in 2016 (that didn’t come out in 2016).
Categories: Albums, Features • Tags: Bob Moses, Bruce Cockburn, Buffy Sainte-Marie, CTZNSHP, Daniel Romano, Destroyer, Dralms, Klaatu, Last Ex, Majical Cloudz, Paint, Simone Denny, Teenage Head, The Autumn Stones, The Ballantynes, The Dears, U.S. Girls, We Are The City, Whitehorse, Young Galaxy
#2016sucksbutnotthemusic. DOMINIONATED’s Favourite 50 of 2016.
Categories: Albums, Features • Tags: A Tribe Called Red, Adrian Teacher and The Subs, Aidan Knight, Alcrete, Andy Shauf, Arkells, B-17, BADBADNOTGOOD, Bart, Basia Bulat, Bear Mountain, Black Mountain, Casey Mecija, Charlotte Day Wilson, Daniel Romano, DVSN, EONS, Eschaton, Gold and Shadow, Gord Downie, Hannah Georgas, Jean-Michel Blais, Jenny Berkel, Jessy Lanza, John K. Samson, Kaytranada, Kirsten Ludwig, Leonard Cohen, Lido Pimienta, Monomyth, Nap Eyes, Nennen, Operators, Orkestar Kriminal, Preoccupations, PUP, Royal Canoe, Sam Shalabi, Sam Weber, Scott Orr, Tanya Tagaq, The Cosmic Range, The Highest Order, The Weeknd, The Wet Secrets, Tim Hecker, TUNS, Un Blonde, White Lung, WTCHS
The Haiduks’ Christian Richer and his label, Kinnta Records, may never sell a million records, or make the holy grail of year-end best-of lists, but they make the indisputable argument that in 2016, making records is less about retail sales and more about relationship-building.
As fans, we get a lot from music. Solace. Sympathy. Support. Strength. It’s heartwarming to hear stories about fans being able to return the favour, or as in the case of Treeline Recordings’ Taking It To Heart compilation, paying that kindness forward.
Psychologists could write essays and volumes on opener “Paper Mask ‘16” alone. As a statement of intent, it lays all Alex Bent + the Emptiness’s cards on the table early while holding back the tricks (and treats) of Dead, In The Water, until later.
Every one of us has the wherewithal to join the Halluci Nation; there’s no entrance exam or oath that needs to be memorized. You just need to open your mind to the truth. You need to open your eyes to reality. And you need to open your heart to love.
If ever there were evidence of ‘the new normal’, Montreal based producer and DJ Kaytranada (Louis Kevin Celestin to his friends and family) is it. Count him among a small handful that instinctively knew how to harness the possibilities of SoundCloud, posting remixes and original beats up and courting attention of some heavy hitters who […]
The lyrics on Hejira are beautifully crafted and explore the ways in which loneliness and feminism can often intersect. Joni Mitchell is never didactic but always a storyteller, painting poignant pictures with her songs that still reflect our landscape.
Weird Lines’ self-titled debut album is the sound of summer. Guitars buzzing like pissed of cicadas, bass as heavy as the days are long, harmonies bright and effervescent the way sunshine would bubble and sparkle if you liquified it and sold it in bottles.
Dominions by Sarah Davachi My partner came into the living room as I played Sarah Davachi’s album Dominions, and asked: “What’s that noise?” “It’s… music,” I replied automatically, very aware that the answer once again opened up the unspoken chasm between his and my concepts of what ‘music’ means. That briefest of exchanges got me […]
SHITTY LOSER RIFFS by WORST GIFT Describing a band as ‘loud’ these days is a trendy and often misleading trope. Any band that features an electric guitar is susceptible to this label but not many truly deserve it. Toronto’s Worst Gift, however, is without a doubt loud. Shitty Loser Riffs is their first release and the four-song […]
Mosey by Daniel Romano The year: 2016. While many thousands are rewriting 20th century classics (blatantly or otherwise), some artists aspire to look forward. For an example of this underground breed of artist, we go deep into a home-recording studio in Fenwick, Ontario. Away from the bustling city and the ‘Music Man’ he grew tired […]
The Dream Is Over by PUP I’d known of Topanga and found their early releases catchy, and I also knew the band had recently changed their name to PUP – but that was about it. Immediately on the heels of the name change, PUP opened for The Dirty Nil one night in Hamilton. My friend Geoff and I […]
The Party by Andy Shauf We’ve all been to “the party”. A special occasion (or no occasion at all), with friends (or a bunch of strangers), mini ecosystems where anything and everything can happen. Any gathering where a gaggle of people Reach varying levels of intoxication has the potential for ugliness or beauty, but one […]
With the minimalist of beats, Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray make maximum impact on Find Safety, the latest release from their ongoing musical collaboration, LAL. Murray describes the album as a return to their roots to a sample based, two-bar loop aesthetic, stripping away music industry expectations and focussing on LAL’s strength and “…what we wanted […]
Though Doomsquad may have started life as a tongue-in-cheek, inside joke between the Blumas siblings, with their second full length, Total Time, the band has morphed into a mystical, semi-religious, multi-sensory experience that’s garnering devoted followers with every beat and note of music they produce. The soundbite story around Total Time is that Trevor, Jaclyn […]
Spooky Action at a Distance by Frederick Squire (2016) Physics was never my strong suit in secondary school. Mind you, secondary school in general wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for me either, but suffice to say my focus in those formative years was on the arts more than science. No surprise then, that […]