We caught up with DJ Nu-Mark and posed 20 questions, which he answered with aplomb.
The Mohawk Lodge’s fourth LP is their most hard rocking and also their shortest. At ten songs and clocking in at 30 minutes, Damaged Goods was released in October after a year of anticipation. The album was conceived in a remote cabin by mastermind Ryder Havdale and later recorded in Toronto and features Eamon McGrath, Clay Jones (Huddle), Danny Miles and Peter Dreimanis (July Talk).
Full of anthemic hooks and epic solos Damaged Goods sure sounds good on vinyl. Head to our Facebook and like it on our page to be entered to win a copy of the album on wax!
Contest now closed! Congrats to the winner: Adam C.!
I’m about this close to getting my ass to vibrate. And it’s not getting any easier. Ladies have been shaking what they got in rap videos since the the beginning of MTV. The Pussycat Dolls showed us that crumping can be performed by strippers. And now every underage white girl and her over-excited friend is tweeting Diplo a photo of her “Expressing herself” where ever she deems appropriate. Twerking has been a thing for decades but youtube has taken it outta the clubs and into your little sisters middle school Frosty Delight dance.
The Group Hug Tour feat. Kreayshawn, Rye Rye, and Chippy Nonstop is in full effect and you can stop by in store to say HI. She’ll be at Community 54 (Toronto) November 18, Group Seven (Calgary) December 8, Foosh (Edmonton) December 9, & LiveStock (Vancouver) December 11.
Kreayshawn will be instore from 3pm – 5pm and make sure to bring a copy of Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay to get signed.
DJ’s come and go much like pop-stars and it’s rare that any have a shelf-life of more than 2 years. Tiga is an exception to the rule, starting as one of the most instrumental forces in the Montreal rave scene in the early 90′s and releasing classics like Sunglasses at Night and collaborating with electronic legends like James Murphy and the XX. He’s currently embarking on the Sonar Tour, along with Azari & III and Die Antwoord and more, and is set to release, Tiga Non-Stop, a 28 track mix LP on November 13th. He’ll be in Toronto tomorrow at the Sound Academy, get your tickets here.
Having just released a critically acclaimed third album, Hope in A Dirt City, and on the verge of an epic North American tour, Cadence Weapon is going strong. Touted as Canada’s ‘most creative rapper’ – his new album is a slight departure from his previous material, but still incorporates the experimental sounds that helped him make a name for himself. He kicks off his tour here in Toronto on October 12th at Wrongbar – get tickets here.
I caught up with Smoke DZA, nee Sean Pompey, as he was en route to his show in Ottawa at Ritual tonight. Yesterday he released his highly anticipated mixtape, K.O.N.Y 2012, featuring Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Twelvy, among others – download here. Make sure to see him at Wrong Bar tomorrow night where is performing with Flat Bush Zombies – get your tickets here.
Hot new bands are a dime a dozen, and few make it past the Top 50 list on Hypem. These bands, however, are ones we see going far and will make a welcome addition to your Fall playlist. New leaf, new beats.
Even with it’s expansive geography there is some magical component to life in Canada that means no matter where you go there will always be someone you know waiting to meet you. Tim Chaisson knows this to be true. The PEI born and based musician has relentlessly toured this country, sharing his original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. His fifth album was released this past Tuesday at an intimate show with Nick Rose at the Dakota Tavern. I caught up with Tim before he took the stage and asked him a few questions about making the album here in Toronto, how strange it is to have a friend no matter where you go, and why he’s toured Australia so many times.
For something so prevalent in our daily lives, it’s a wonder that a novel hasn’t been written about it before. Hype Machine, Soundcloud, Pandora, Spotify, the list goes on: companies which harnessed the demand for music at our fingertips – for free and without the trip to HMV – whilst propelling the careers of musicians who typically never had a chance in hell to ‘make it’.