There are two problems with Christmas music: It's usually very sappy and you wind up hearing the same songs over and over again. If you like loud music, it's even harder to enjoy. Here are some metal and punk rock songs for your Christmas playlist.
These next two episodes were watched as part of a marathon of sorts. You know you're getting really invested in a show when you can watch for hours and hours on end and not really notice the time going by. Or maybe it's just because Netflix keeps auto playing the next episodes. We may never know.
When Warring came out, I thought it was going to be the record for us. How naïve I was. Warring doesn't have a conventional single: the songs are too complex, the choruses aren't big enough or well enough defined and the lyrics are too abstract for commercial rock radio. I even remember having that clichéd conversation where someone said "I don't hear a single."
Imagine a time where you couldn't check Facebook every 19 seconds or Instagram your lobster mac and cheese before you even took a bite. Dark times.
I would describe behaviour from several managers at CBC as emotionally abusive. The other day I got a call from a former colleague saying one of them harassed her and other coworkers I'd worked with. She wanted to know if I had anything to share. I was not harassed or assaulted. But throughout the years of my CBC contract work, I thought the clenched fists of anxiety and stomach fiery with acid reflux were my own fault for not being sufficiently confident or skilled enough to have secured a real job, real respect or acknowledgement. And now I read about these cover ups and lies. I can see, for the first time, the exploitation of power was all real.
Vinyl record sales are up a staggering amount in recent years. Sales have increased year-over-year since 2008 and show no real signs of letting up. Whether or not you buy into its staying power, vinyl offers a very different experience than buying digital.
How can we expect public figures such as Iggy Azalea to take a stance on black issues when their only connection to black communities is in profiting from appropriating their music? Azealia Banks' "Igloo Australia" tweet revealed the hollowness of music-industry creations like Azalea. Yet it also raises the greater question of who we are without the histories that make us.
Bassist/singer Kate Davis would be a multimillionaire if she had a dollar for every click on her collaboration with the online video project Postmodern Jukebox turning Meghan Trainor's megahit into a genre-bending stride-and-swing.
Being away from home for so long is by far the trickiest part of balancing my new reality. I try to be "on call" 24 hours a day, should my wife Jenny need me. However, at the end of the day, being "on call" is really just a phone call. In order to try and combat this difficult situation, we came up with a game plan and set some ground rules in place.
We were soon dubbed "Vancouver's most hated band" by Tom Harrison of the Georgia Straight. We played around Vancouver for awhile, then in October 1977 we all moved to Toronto to join the "scene" there. Gerry Hannah, looking for adventure, moved to Toronto with us and this is how the legend of "Wimpy" was born.
I feel that marijuana is great for tough decisions. Marijuana is a great medicine for anger and frustration. I believe marijuana makes you smart; maybe the government doesn't want you smoking marijuana because it educates and enhances your brain, enhances your thinking. Legalization takes away the extra tool a police officer would use to express his or her hate toward a cannabis consumer. Legalization also improves the atmosphere a cannabis consumer purchases in. You shouldn't have to jeopardize your life to get a little medication. Thanks to legalization things are safer for the vendor and the consumer.
I am gay, so I was required to worship La Streisand when I signed up for my Gay Card. But now that Sen. Inhofe has opened my eyes to her devilry, I am disappointed in my diva. I feel safer knowing that the senator may take over the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
For the past few years, my year-end music column has focused almost exclusively on lists of singles, from which I've tried my darndest to mine rubies in a slew of digital slush. Looking back on 2014, I was surprised to realize how many albums I fell in love with.
In my day, compared to today, it was a simpler form of bullying - not that I am condoning it in any way - but it was face to face, name calling, physical and mental hurts, you knew the name and the face of the bullies, you knew the familiar outlines as they came towards you so you could run in the opposite direction. Today not only do you have to contend with what I went through you also have to contend with the cyber bullying - the nameless and faceless who say the most disgusting things because they feel they have an anonymity and an autonomy to behave without repercussion.
Lead singer Haydain Neale was one of the most beautiful souls. He managed to be intellectual, funny, big-hearted and talented while staying humble. His love for his gorgeous wife was something out of a story book and a love that not many people have in a lifetime. He wrote many songs about her, which became Canadian hits. I know all of this because he was my dad.
It's difficult to talk about what bothers you. But it's those very things that can nag and fester over time. When you're finally able to bring it up, it can come out in blurts or gushes, in anger or tears. Let's talk about the elephant in the room: Jian Ghomeshi, former host of Q. A lot of people have been wondering what it's like to be inside the CBC right now. I want to share what it's been like for me. When the Jian debacle ripped through the Broadcast Centre, it was impossible to ignore. Q, the flagship program, was torn apart and tarnished. In the hallways and elevators, people are shell-shocked, uncertain of what to do or say or how to handle it.