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ImagineNATIVE Review: The Road Forward (Marie Clements, 2017)

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To varying degrees and on a spectrum of acceptance, we are all aware of the issues facing our First Nations communities. If our knee jerk reaction on being exposed to these painful, negative stories is denial, then we shouldn’t be surprised that this selective pressure pushed for the evolution of fighters: singers, songwriters and activists whose whole lives are built around being heard, being recognized to promote change. And thus, we come to this film. The Road Forward is a positive …

Song of the Day: Mogwai – Party in the Dark

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I’ve had some affinity to Mogwai for a little while now. I had thought them lacking in the vocal department, but that’s kind of an odd statement as they are usually an instrumental outfit. That’s like expecting Einstein to provide you with home-baked patisserie when you visit him in Princeton and take offense at the disappointment, but then profess that it’s his deep physical understanding of the universe that you admire so much. So here it is, a new single …

Song of the Day: The Rebel Light – Where Did All the Love Go

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  The Rebel Light isn’t a companion to Budweiser. The band has even beaten us to the punch, having directly printed a beer bottle on their album cover. Opening with an instrumental chorus that likens to the victory lap theme from a disco movie, “Where Did All The Love Go” is at once bright, warm, and yet very consciously tacky. Just like all summers in the arctics will be from now on, with a side of mosquitoes. Actually, more like …

Song of the Day: Joseph Shabason – Long Swim

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  I sometimes listen to random things. Take this one for example. Start with something that is immediately soothing but quickly runs repetitious to the point of being cold and suffocatingly mechanical. “Long Swim” directly reflects its name when it begins. However, as it evolves it becomes more of a city-scape. Wake up in any major city at 3:00 in the morning and you will hear some monotonous, droning noise. And you just crave some human interaction. Please, anything but …