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Lou Reed for Kids: pretty sure Laurie knew his sweet side

Bunch Guide to Lou Reed

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This is a tricky one, no question. 24 hours later, I’m still processing that Lou Reed died Sunday morning. He was 71 years old and 30 years clean. He was recovering from a liver transplant. He was doing tai chi. It’s an interesting exercise to make a list of songs by Lou Reed for kids because… Read More »

New Shad video celebrates family, immigration, love

New Shad Video Celebrates Family

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So, this may be the most Canadian song of 2013. It’s called ‘Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins) and it’s the brand-new single and video from Canadian rapper Shad, in anticipation of his new record Flying Colours. In it, he impersonates his ‘uncle’ rapping, crashes a domino game, references the Fugees, calls for reparations to First Nations, relates the family… Read More »

I CAN'T GET NO

I Can’t Get … ‘Satisfaction’

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“Dad, did you know one of the Beatles was killed?” asked my five-year-old son during dinner one day. “Yes, I did know that,” I replied. 

WORLD'S FIRST DOUBLE-SIDED FISHER-PRICE RECORD

World’s First Double-Sided Fisher-Price Record

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Record nerds and baby-record nerdlings of the world, unite and rejoice! Thanks to an unlikely collaboration between a hand-milling enthusiast in the UK, the synth-pop/new wave band Hilotrons and their Ottawa-based label Kelp Records, the world’s first double-sided Fisher-Price record single is about to hit the shelves. Kids across the land are freaking out — or, at least their… Read More »

Simon Panrucker

Simon Says Drum Faster!

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Cambridge, UK-based video-maker and doting uncle Simon Panrucker was excited to discover his niece got a nice, new drum kit. Having made a similar musical instrument-inspired video, he thought it’d be a hoot to make his niece appear to be an instantly incredible virtuoso drummer, bashing out punishing drum ‘n’ bass beats. Putting his tolerance for hours… Read More »

Maylee Todd’s Version of Pinball Count!

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I remember digging through the stacks in the bowels of the CBC (the music library) about five years ago and happening upon a musical artefact I had long conveted, the Sesame Street BOXED SET: Songs from the Street. A shiver went through me as I read the track list. Why? Because it held the only version on… Read More »

DAPHNI

Dan Snaith’s new dancefloor project Daphni

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 Images courtesy Analog Africa and Merge Records. By Helen Spitzer Dan Snaith’s musical project Caribou was part of the soundtrack to my son’s world months before he was born, so I probably have Snaith to thank for my baby’s love of beats. Dancefloor babies and lovers of delicious analog synths will go crazy for Snaith’s club-friendly… Read More »

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