5 musical wishes for 2014

After looking backward at the year that just ended, I’d like to look forward to 2014, and list out 5 things I hope will come to pass in the musical world. They’re not predictions, just my silly wishful thinking. I hope a few rock bands that have been working their asses off for years will…

My 10 favourite musical events of 2013

Best of lists are by definition pretentious, so I thought I’d avoid the whole argument and just go with my ten favourite moments of 2013. It’s really the same thing in the end, and it just feels more honest! So without further ado, here are my 10 favourite musical moments of 2013:

Halford’s Winter Songs: Was that really necessary?

Every holidays since its 2009 release, I play Rob Halford‘s 3rd solo album, Winter Songs, hoping to “get it”. And I don’t. Really, I don’t see the point. Don’t get me wrong, I have huge amounts of respect for Rob Halford, one of the greatest voices of metal and a flag bearer for the genre…

The 10 best AC/DC songs you never hear

  You all know the joke: AC/DC’s been making the same album over and over again for 40 years. While a gross exaggeration, it is true that the band has mostly stuck to one successful recipe since pretty much their formation. You’ll never get an unplugged album from them, or a collection of big band…

Happy 10th Anniversary iTunes!

On April 28 2003, Apple launched its iTunes Music Store (now known solely as iTunes Store), named after (and integrated with) their music player that was released 2 years earlier. Initially offering 200,000 songs at 99 cents each, the store offered piece meal purchases of albums beyond what the single format ever offered. During its…

The cassette revival is underway and… WAIT, WHAT???

I read an article in the Montreal Gazette yesterday about a cassette revival. I’ll admit I did a double take reading the title, and my first thought was “I thought April’s Fool was tomorrow!”. But no, a quick Google search confirmed that it is a real trend, and has been going on for a few…