Nico Jeffrey On October 25, Kanye West delivered his long-awaited Album, Jesus Is King. Many longtime listeners of Kanye West were left confused as a result of Jesus Is King not resonating with the braggadocious […]
Adair Simpson I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – The Beatles Everyone knows this photo. It’s probably the most famous album cover of all time, and for good reason (for what it’s worth, this bad […]
Ryan O’Shea Back in May 2014, Hopsin was in the middle of his Knock Madness tour. At that point, he was promoting his album of the same name; Hopsin visited Toronto, bringing his sinister style […]
Logan Ye TBAW is back! We are very excited to be welcoming a host of new staff, and also to be teaming up with College Film and Blazer this year. To kick off this year, Logan Ye (with his […]
Blazer Editor’s Note: We are not responsible for anything said or done by Blazer Staff on our website. . Since all TBAW staff does nowadays is post “articles” on music and the like, we here […]
Will Holtforster Author’s Note: Listen multiple times before making up your mind . . The Zac Brown Band released their fourth studio album Tuesday with Jekyll & Hyde. The album named after the 1886 novella […]
Jack Van Nostrand The Chemical Workers’ Song (Process Man) is a song preformed by Great Big Sea, originally written by the Teesside Fettlers, one of the premier English folk bands. The song condemns the harsh working conditions […]
It’s time again for the Senior Jazz Band’s Annual Jazz Night. Jazz Night, which will be taking place on the 24th of April, is a musical showcase featuring UCC’s senior most musical ensemble. […]
Ryan O’Shea Rap is poetry. Lyrics are quintessential. This should be obvious to those who love the art form, but more often than not those who write them neglect these truths. When I first listened to rap, […]
Shahmurad Lodhi For all of their popularity and success, Bombay Bicycle Club seems to be ridiculously difficult to follow. This is due mostly to the fact that each individual album that the band releases falls into a different […]
Will Holtforster In light of mental health awareness week at UCC, here comes a playlist from people who have suffered from mental illness and their creative works that have come out of it. Day 1 Fallin’ – Macklemore (from […]
Shahmurad Lodhi Vampire Weekend is just about my favourite band of all time. With the release of their first Studio Album. “Vampire Weekend“ in 2007, VW forced their way into the center of the American indie rock […]
Ryan O’Shea Rae Srummund – No Flex Zone There is nothing wrong with kids getting into hip-hop. If anything, the new generation is the one truly tasked with carrying hip-hops torch, rather than the aging originals. It […]
Shahmurad Lodhi In 2011, the duo You Won’t, comprised of Josh Arnousdse and Raky Sastri, released their debut studio album, Skeptic Goodbye, and it is just about my favourite mid winter pop album of ever. With Arnoudse’s pubescent-ish voice (think […]
Ryan O’Shea U-God – Skyscraper Firstly, let me preface this review by saying Wu-Tang Clan is one of my favourite collaborations, easily on the level of N.W.A, Jedi Mind Tricks, Terror Squad (in it’s prime), etc. That […]
Ali Haydaroglu Bringing back a TBAW classic, it’s about time I put my IB word-cutting skills to good use. I haven’t heard anything like this song before – it blends First Nation sounds and rhythms with […]
Ryan O’Shea This week see’s Ryan O’Shea’s inaugural edition of Three. In each edition of the series, Ryan will review three songs: one that he really likes, one that he’s neutral about, and one that he really doesn’t […]
Adair Simpson invisible text The Background: This album really is a great one. Released in 1965, this was a time when the Beach Boys were headed straight for the moon. No longer a simple surf […]
By Jack van Nostrand The Zombies are often overlooked as an innovative British Invasion band in favour of their more popular contemporaries (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, and the Kinks), but Odessey and […]
Shahmurad Lodhi The release of An Awesome Wave in 2012 saw Alt-J shoved into the spotlight of indie folk/rock music, winning them the less-than-coveted yet merit marking Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Soon after, the four Britons […]
By Akeil Zarudny I wrote this song to try to increase awareness of certain problems that I saw in our society that really bothered me. The first verse focusses on relationships between people here in […]
By Matthew Bu “Back in the days when I was a teenager.” That lyric is the opening line to ‘Excursions’, the first track on the seminal A Tribe Called Quest album, ‘The Low End Theory’. […]
By Sam Hodgkins-Sumner This song is a gem. It is the epitome of tragic beauty. Who the hell know what words are being sung, but it doesn’t matter. Justin Vernon’s mournful falsetto and the quiet […]
By Matthew Bu
Has there ever been any hesitation that Pusha T is a standout rapper? As one half of the acclaimed rap duo Clipse, Pusha T has always been putting out solid albums for over a decade. Recently, though, he has been exploring past the boundaries of Clipse and in 2010, he signed to Kanye West’s label, GOOD Music. Ever since, he has made countless features and has been the highlight of many tracks such as Runaway, Mercy, and New God Flow. So, how does Pusha T’s major label debut fare?
By Andrew Burton
Nick Cave’s 40-year career trajectory is a textbook example of a rock star aging gracefully. Instead of resting on his laurels or continuing to make some rehashed version of Prayers on Fire ad infinitum, Cave and his group The Bad Seeds have undergone consistent evolution over the course of their fifteen studio albums. Beginning as a menacing gothic post-punk outfit, they eventually morphed into an equally menacing blues (not blooze) rock band, then into a piano/choral/gospel inspired art rock band, then back to a skuzzy (albeit self-aware) punk band. Now they sound like Prince. Deal with it. Cave’s far too smart to dig himself into the hole of an ex-punk forty-something that still screams “RELEASE THE BATS” like it’s 1982 (not unlike the strategy many of his peers have adopted).
By Andrew Burton
Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and when popular YouTube music video channel VEVO decided to interview Drake, his number was called. Whether he meant it or not (he didn’t), Drake managed to say something true about hip hop that I have been feeling for some time. When asked what he thinks the difference between Old School and New School MC’s is, he replied that “wordy, fast rap is not that appealing right now”, and that “the rapper now a days has to come with something more than just “I can rap””. Drake’s first point isn’t anything new; “wordy, fast rap” hasn’t been in the vogue in hip hop since Biggie died (if not earlier), but his second point actually got me thinking.
By Jake Taber
A couple weekends ago, three TBAW editors, including myself, attended Young Voices’ annual ‘young writers’ conference up at the York Mills Public Library, a day of writing workshops led by professionals from various corners of the business. While I was ditched after the morning session, and though my writing skill suffered some not-insignificant shame at the hands of a few uncannily eloquent 11-year-olds, I got quite a bit out of my time there. Successful authors, filmmakers, and artists were open to questions about technique or getting noticed and published, and it was interesting to see just how many tracks one can take to a full-time career in the arts. There was also an open mic; not as enjoyable, in my personal opinion, and a little extraneous. We writers are already quite aware of the uniqueness of our inner snowflakes, and showing everyone’s off wasn’t really necessary.
Welcome to the newest feature of TBAW called 5 albums. From time to time I will post a list of five great albums that fit a particular theme or genre with a short description of […]