Rewinding 2019 | The Wonderfully Weird

Some people like their music to drive straight down the middle of the road. I can dig that — but I can also get behind something that comes straight...

Rewinding 2019 | The Most Exotic Sounds

As Steven Wright says: 'It's a small world ... but I wouldn't want to paint it.' Fair enough. Though I might reconsider if it allowed me more time to...

Rewinding 2019 | The Scenic Trips

To borrow an old slogan from the anti-drug crowd: A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Perhaps. But if you burned through a few brain cells soaking up...

Rewinding 2019 | The Proudly Loud

You know what they say: If it's too loud, you're too old. But you know what they should say? If it's too loud, you should probably turn it down...

Rewinding 2019 | The Deepest Grooves

Doesn't matter if you're talking about funk, R&B, soul, blues, disco, swing or some weird combination of them all. It boils down to this: A great song is a...

Rewinding 2019 | The Livest Wires

Back when I was reviewing concerts and going to festivals as part of my job, I used to see up to 500 bands a year. These days, I would...

Rewinding 2019 | The CanCon Anthems

As always, our home and native land produced no shortage of great music over the year. And as always, even though I literally got through scores of Canadian albums,...

Rewinding 2019 | The Most Picturesque Soundtracks

I can't remember the last time I was in a movie theatre (or even wanted to be). But that doesn't stop me from checking out their soundtracks. The increasing...

Rewinding 2019 | The Fullest Box Sets

Between the streaming revolution, the resurgence of vinyl and the death of brick-and-mortar record stores, the CD may not be long for this world. But I can guarantee this:...

Rewinding 2019 | The Firmly Rooted Singer-Songwriters

I reviewed enough singer-songwriters this year that I decided to divide them into two groups. If you're looking for the rootsy kind — your folksingers, your acoustic troubadours, your...

Rewinding 2019 | The Rootless Singer-Songwriters

I reviewed enough singer-songwriter albums this year that I decided to divide them into two groups. If you're interested in the poppier kind — your piano balladeers, your heartland-rock...

Rewinding 2019 | The Country Rulers

Years ago, while I was driving down to SXSW, a U.S. border agent told me I had to answer one question before he'd let me into the country: Did...

Rewinding 2019 | The Coolest Jazz

Jazz is another one of those genres that I wish I had more time for. Thankfully, I found enough of it to listen to these albums in 2019: TINNITIST'S PICK The...

Rewinding 2019 | The Blues Masters

Years ago, I asked Johnny Winter what he would say to a person who thought all blues music sounded the same. "Listen to better blues," was his response. Well,...

Rewinding 2019 | The Electronic Elite

Honestly, I have no idea if the machines will save us all one day or kill us all. On the plus side, while we wait to find out, they're...

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