Author Archives: IV | VI

About IV | VI

A Canadian University student. Music critic, and editor of Sound and Noise Magazine. Co-host of an alternative & underground hip-hop radio show on CJSR

Plugged in – Desensitization and morality in the Internet Age

The human being is elastic and therefore society is elastic. It is not simply a law of inanimate physics that action will always be met by an equal and opposite reaction. The complete overload of stimulus we get from day … Continue reading

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June: Month 6 of the 1000 Album Challenge

The 1000 Album Challenge – Plugging into the ever-drifting musical universe I heard so many amazing albums this month, and many five album days. I want to spend my whole summer this way. To stay connected with my journey, you … Continue reading

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May: Month 5 of the 1000 Album Challenge

The 1000 Album Challenge – Plugging into the ever-drifting musical universe Ah, Summer. I’ve been caught in a whirlwind since the university year ended. One filled with sun, and friends and nature, and emotion, and music. I went to the … Continue reading

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April: Month 4 of the 1000 Album Challenge

The 1000 Album Challenge – Plugging into the ever-drifting musical universe School’s out! Now begins my summer of complete music immersion and I cannot be more excited. On a personal note, I got a new job (M-F, 9-5, office type) … Continue reading

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West In Dust 2012

Oakland California’s rising electro label West In Dust has recently released their first compilation as a label. The whole album is available for free download here and features some catchy small scale club beats as well as some homegrown sample based … Continue reading

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Transcend Coffee’s Elevation Room: What Edmonton Music Didn’t Know It Needed

What is to be said about taste, when the forces behind Edmonton’s Transcend café open their basement to host every Friday and Saturday an intimate array of folk, pop, electronic, singer-songwriter elements (and more!) from within our local independent circuit?

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Album Review: of Montreal – Paralytic Stalks

Kevin Barnes, the musical ganglion for Elephant 6 counterpart of Montreal, manipulates and often dismantles nearly every parameter of conventional music with such skill in Paralytic Stalks that I was left not confused but awestruck. Rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, dynamic, and even … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

A melodramatic pop/alt-country record that blends just enough genres to appear unique and original. However, most of the chord progressions and harmonic lines I found to be bland, overused, and unexciting. In the group’s defense, they get great, full tones using … Continue reading

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March: Month 3 of the 1000 Album Challenge

The 1000 Album Challenge – Plugging into the ever-drifting musical universe I had more time to listen to records this month than I had anticipated, and was fairly satisfied with the mark of 61 albums. The weather is getting gradually … Continue reading

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Album Review: Sinéad O’Connor – How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?

“Gonna put my pink dress on, And do my hair up tight. I’m gonna put some eyeliner on. I’m gonna look real nice.” Yes. This is a quote from the new Sinead O’Connor album. I had to double check to … Continue reading

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