music review

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra Follow My Lead, Lead Me To Follow (2012) Produced by David Travers-Smith Reviewed by Noah Cebuliak The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is a dynamic folk-roots outfit hailing from Victoria, whose latest release, Follow My Lead, Lead Me To Follow, spans multiple genres and moods, delighting those who may have grown weary of […]

Blackout Beach Blues Trip (2013) Produced by Dante DeCaro and Carey Mercer Reviewed by Johnnie Regalado Carey Mercer is just one of many rock gods this isolated island has managed to nurture. Really, we’ve watched so many of these greats grow–consider Japandroids or Wolf Parade. We may have always known in the back of our […]

Spaceport Union Flirting With the Queen (2012) Produced by Michael Jack Reviewed by Yasuko Thanh Seventies art rock, 80s synthesisers, and a neo-psychedelic–sometimes even world-beat!–groove. Spaceport Union delivers variety in its most artful, hybridized form. Here’s something truly eclectic. Caroline Spence, from Victoria, BC, sings music with an experimental and innovative edge. She has this […]

Man Made Lake a bit murky

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March 21, 2013

Man Made Lake Murky Waters (2012) Produced by Eric Hogg at Soma Studios  Reviewed by Noah Cebuliak Victoria alternative rock band Man Made Lake is up for a Vancouver Island Music Award this April in the Rock/Pop album of the year category for their debut LP, Murky Waters. The album is a collection of 10 […]

Dr. Alexander Dunn, classical guitar Faculty Concert Series, University of Victoria Philip T. Young Recital Hall March 15, 2013 Reviewed by Konstantin R. Bozhinov Despite the professional rendition of four contemporary works in Canadian premiere, I did not leave humming any of the tunes I had heard. All four compositions displayed impressive effects, and I […]

Solipsis Twilight Horizon (2012) Written, recorded, and produced by Eric Hogg at Soma Sound. Reviewed by Chris Ho After releasing his debut full-length album, ‘Twilight Horizon,’ this January, Solipsis, a.k.a. Eric Hogg, is now up for two well deserved Vancouver Island Music Award nominations: one for Island Producer of The Year, and one for Island […]

North Americana Leif Vollebekk Released by Outside Music Produced by Howard Bilerman and Tom Gloady Reviewed by Noah Cebuliak Montréal poet-crooner Leif Vollebekk’s sophomore offering North Americana is a strong evolution from his 2010 debut Inland. Recorded to tape in a variety of locations and with the ideal of capturing the perfect take, the album showcases Vollebekk […]

By Julian Gunn My plan was to see the exhibition of Leonard Cohen’s prints at a leisurely hour on Saturday morning, after some strong coffee and a wander up Oak Bay avenue. I knew that the Avenue Gallery resided there, theoretically stuffed with the evidence of Cohen’s vision, tucked between a Starbucks and Ivy’s Bookshop. […]

Ghost Lights Saltwater EP (2012) Produced by James Finnerty Reviewed by Jennifer Louise Taylor Ghost Lights is the debut musical project of a former west-coaster now living in Montreal, Noah Cebuliak, who sings and plays most of the parts on the EP.  He’s supported by a wide cast of equally talented folks, including producer James […]

It Might Take Long Mindil Beach Markets (2013) Produced and engineered by Sean McLean Carrie Reviewed by Yasuko Thanh Five guys.  Energetic, solid, toe-tapping rhythms. This music swaggers. If this CD were a person, he’d be the “bad boy.” Shock of hair covering one eye. Tough guy. But with something else about him, too. In […]