All posts filed under: Op-Ed

Electronic Jungle – CC Magazine

The musical ecosystem is a close and co-dependent world. Its biodiversity depends on very disparate species, mechanisms, and players all working together. There are a lot of ways to become part of this system; a person who interacts with music, whether on a professional or consumption basis, is part of that ecosystem. As a music journalist, I am a professional consumer of music. I make a living and spend most of my free time enjoying, writing about, listening to, and critiquing music in its many forms. But I also spend a lot of time just listening to it because I love it… click image to read full story

Take it From Me – Oh, Comely

I am a professional listener of music. Years of practice in self-isolation, my headphones lost beneath a mass of curls; hidden – during class, on walks, in the locker room at swim practice. Before technology had caught up with my sleuth listening capabilities, I carried a disc-man around in a knit turquoise bag. I could fit three jewel cases inside with it. Each day, three different CDs. One morning, a classmate nicked it off a bench and hid it. When I realised it was gone I burst into tears in front of our entire middle school. Sobbing, I searched for my homeroom teacher to fix this egregious trespass. Only when the disc-man was safely in my hands did the crying stop. I was 12. I should have been embarrassed, I was embarrassed by nearly everything – but I wasn’t this time. Music was everything. Read more…

The Sound of Empathy: Finding Oneself in Songs – Louder Than War

There is pure rhapsody when we find a bit of ourselves floating in the universe. That moment when, upon completing a Buzzfeed quiz entitled ‘which Game of Thrones Character Are You’ that the answer confirms what we have always known. When our horoscope aligns perfectly. When the vague, haphazard ‘what ifs’ of the universe become specific details to which we go aha, that is me. We seek to find ourselves everywhere but within our own skin. And music is no different. We seek, in each rhyming verse, a kernel of truth about ourselves that makes us feel that we’re not alone. We search for catharsis. Understanding. Empathy. And we find it, by whatever means necessary. At sixteen, I remember clinging to the pole of the M101 bus, hurling itself up first avenue. I always stood. I had my headphones shoved into my ears and Martha and the Vandellas belted out ‘Dancing In The Streets’ and before I knew it, I was crying. It would be more eleven years before I looked back at this moment …

NME’s Best Tracks of 2014 as Voted by You

The votes are in! Last week NME published its Top 50 Tracks and Albums of 2014 – and then we asked you to have your say. You re-ordered the Top 20, starting with Shamir’s ‘I Know It’s a Good Thing ‘ at number 20. From his debut EP ‘Northtown’, this track showcased Shamir’s addictive countertenor voice and his refreshing blend of disco, funk, soul and house. Read more…

Music For: [Mal]Adjusting to the Single Life – Guestlist

There’s plenty of great breakup songs, songs for smashing windscreens, for crying so hard your mascara dribbles down your chin, for the feeling of your throat being torn apart by wire wool after hours of shouting. No matter what kind of breakup you go through, there is undoubtedly fallout, text messages you wish you hadn’t sent, and drunken phone calls that you can’t take back. After some time has passed, and the serenity of resignation has taken over, these songs will help as you readjust into your new life, whether you see the light and feel refreshed, or wish you could jump in the tardis and do it all again. Read more…

Music For: Starting a Debate About Feminism – Guestlist

2014 has given rise to a new F-word – feminism. Not that the notion of feminism doesn’t predate 2014, but more and more it’s becoming a hot-button issue in the media. With artists either wearing it as a badge of honour, or running from it like a house on fire, there’s no doubt women’s issues have been at the forefront of pop culture media. These five songs are guaranteed to get someone on a soapbox. No matter what your views, it is the very act of debating that keeps music relevent. Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines’ This might be beating a dead horse, but there’s still merit in discussing the misogynistic overtones of this song and video. Whether you like or dislike the song, it’s clear that its popularity has caused a stir in the world of feminism. Not only do the lyrics perpetuate rape culture, but the video reinforces the idea that to be sexy, one has to be easy. Of course, the flipside of the vitriol against this video becomes slut shaming. There …

Songs That Go Bump in the Night – The Metropolist

There’s no getting it around it, today is Halloween. Whether you buy into it or not, seeing people dressed up as ghosts and stuff is pretty cool. So is listening to music that makes you shit yourself or wanna’ vomit. So we’ve compiled exactly that, music as selected by some of our writers that gives them the heebie jeebies (there’s some 18+ stuff in here, as a heads up). Read more…

Balance and Composure, The Band You Need to Know – Music Vita

Sometimes it feels as if we are running out of names for genres. Indie, shoe-gaze, dream pop, screamo – they all begin to fade into the ether, into a haze of amorphous sound. One such genre that has been steadily taking off is post-hardcore. A genre that sounds like emo grew up, came to terms with itself, began to listen to punk, and suddenly started to produce master artists – post-hardcore has a slew of bands that have taken off into the stratosphere of fame. After all, those teens who supported the emo genre in the early 2000s are grown up themselves. Despite the proliferation of the genre, there are several bands within it that can’t seem to crack the ice – perhaps a pitfall of supply vs. demand. Whatever the reason, the inimitable five-piece Balance and Composure are one such band. Read more…

Stickin’ it to the Man: Top 5 Politically Bad-Ass Bands

Poets, musicians, and artists are the chroniclers of time, not historians. They shape our collective cultural nostalgia. These artists are often the bane of politicians’ existences. They don’t take bribes, aren’t worried about re-election or how they will look in 10th grade history books. Instead, they look at the world around them without rose-colored glasses, and dare to voice (and strum and beat) their opinions. Read more…