Artist Spotlight: Matthew Good

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I wrote a lengthy piece about Canadian rocker Matthew Good for the A.V. Club After Dark. Check it out!

40 Songs I Liked in 2015

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A couple of weeks ago, I ran down my favourite albums of 2015. Today, I’m going to talk about my 40 favourite songs of the year. Why 40? Because I did 35 last year, and I wanted to do more this year. Why did I do 35 last year? STOP ASKING QUESTIONS. More

My Favourite Albums of 2013

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The end of the year is approaching, which means it’s list-making time! Huzzah!

2013 was a great year for music. I listened to a lot albums, and while I didn’t hear any stone-cold classics, I heard a lot of great ones. So many, in fact, that instead of doing a top 5, which I did last year, I’m doing a top 20. More

Album Review: Matthew Good – Arrows of Desire

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Arrows of Desire kicks off with its title track, a slice of bright alternative rock that seems to be a deliberate contrast to the moody, minor-key pieces of his previous effort, Lights of Endangered Species. The rest of the album follows a similar template, resulting in Matthew Good’s most rocking record since White Light Rock & Roll Review. But that album is nearly a decade old now, and with nearly 10 more years under his belt, Good isn’t quite as energetic anymore. There’s less sneering condescension on Arrows, less unbridled anger, less tortured despair. But as it turns out, old age suits Good quite well. More

My Favourite Albums of 2011

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Being busy with real life, I haven’t had a chance to listen to much new music in 2011. Moreover, I was disappointed in a lot of new music right off the bat (e.g. Incubus’ If Not Now, When?; dredg’s Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy; Bon Iver’s self-titled), and I grew tired of other albums (e.g. The Sounds’ Something To Die For; Death Cab For Cutie’s Codes and Keys). That being said, I did want to single out the four albums that I really enjoyed this year. I’m not going to rank them all, but I will crown one of them “album of the year.” The list follows after the jump. More