Song Of The Day: Living Hour – Feelings Meeting

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Winnipeg shoegazers Living Hour return with “Feelings Meeting”, the lead single off their upcoming album Someday Is Today, which comes out September 2nd on Kanine Records.

“Feelings Meeting” sees the band collaborating with Jay Som’s Melina Duterte, who not only appears on the track, but also co-produced the album. Check it out below.

Hot Docs Review: Handle with Care:The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew (Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, Kirk Thomas, 2021)

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The rise of basketball in Canada stemmed from a confluence of events in the mid to late ’90s. I always thought it was purely due to the introduction of two NBA teams in the form of the Raptors and the Grizzlies but what this document introduces is a 3rd group that had substantial influence in the culture as well

The Notic was a Vancouver-based streetball crew whose creativity in style helped to lay the seed for a streetball culture not only in Vancouver but worldwide

Handle with Care: The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew follows their rise and fall as a group, highlighting the different cultural conditions that led to the group’s formation. It’s an interesting origin story and shows a side of Vancouver you don’t often see

For me it was a great trip down memory lane as there were heavy callbacks to the AND1 mixtape culture that was burgeoning in the early 2000s. As someone who played basketball at the Y in Burnaby back in 2000-2001, it also brought back some nostalgia

Obviously with any documentary, there are conflicts and resolutions throughout the Notics journey which I won’t spoil but beyond basketball, it’s a story about triumphs, redemption and just going with it when you get that chance. An enjoyable time

Song Of The Day: Gentle Sinners – Landfill

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Last week saw the release of These Actions Cannot Be Undone, the debut album from Gentle Sinners. A new project from James Graham of The Twilight Sad and Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap, Gentle Sinners will likely appeal to fans of either group.

“Landfill” is the latest single off the album. Check it out below.

Song Of The Day: Richard Dawson & Circle – Methuselah

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Richard Dawson has always followed his artistic whims down whichever path it takes him and on his latest album Henki, a collaboration with Finnish rock band Circle, it takes him down some fascinating paths indeed, with the band adding a lot of prog and at times almost metal-ish sounds to the mix. It’s a heady musical journey.

Though each of the songs on Henki are named after plants, the tales Dawson spins are decidely human ones. “Methuselah” is one such track, with Dawson telling the story of Donald Rusk Curry, the man who discovered the oldest living tree, a fact which could only be confirmed once said tree was cut down. Oh the irony.