The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold Album Review

    The Rural Alberta Advantage (RAA) returns with the third and strongest addition to their impressive catalogue, Mended with Gold. Originally hailed as “Canada’s best unsigned band” on the now defunct music blog herohill.com (http://exclaim.ca/music/article/rip_herohill) after self-releasing their debut album Hometowns to great acclaim, they signed onto Saddle Creek Records (https://saddle-creek.com/). The band immediately…
MXR MC401 Review

MXR MC401 Review

Today we review the MXR MC401.  The MXR MC401 is a simple and responsive boost/line driver pedal that was created by Bob Bradshaw. This man is the artist behind the artists, and, in fact, it's not a secret that he designed entire pedalboards for bigger artists like Dinosaur Jr., The Black Keys, Queens of the…
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Why I Love Marc Bolan and T-Rex

Written by: Young Coconut Let me just start out by saying that I fucking love Marc Bolan, otherwise known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, AKA (and perhaps best known as) …T-Rex! Who Is Marc Bolan? For those who aren't familiar, Marc Bolan (né Marc Feld) is a rock 'n' roll and glam rock god from England who,…
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The Hawk & The Reed

The tenor saxophone was not generally considered a jazz instrument when Coleman Hawkins took it up at the age of nine. At that time, around 1915, swing music was a developing genre—jazz as a whole was a developing sound, for that matter. Coleman Hawkins is a figure who drifts through the history of jazz as…
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Art Tatum – Striding Through Life

Some artists are born for their craft. Perhaps the greatest among musicians—whose very name has become synonymous with virtuosity and genius—is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This towering, Classical era composer demonstrated a capacity for musical genius at an extremely young age, and in a radical, almost supernatural way. The legend regarding Mozart’s transcription of Allegri’s Miserere…