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Toronto's Mad Ones talk guitar amps, bass players, and NBA Jam

Posted by Greg / December 11, 2013

Mad OnesToronto's Mad Ones are not your average guitar/drums duo. They have no schtick going on like The White Stripes and hit way harder than Japandroids. Instead, Phil Wilson (drums) and Andrew DeVillers (vocals, guitar) user their instrumentation and best-buds dynamic to throw down pop-meets-hardcore riffs that recall the small, sweaty basement shows of punk past. They're also damn loud: DeVillers rounds out his guitar tone by playing through multiple amps at the same time, while Wilson pounds the hell out of his drums to propel things forward. Their debut album, Behaviour, and followup EP, Burning Window, offer one blistering and fun song after another, like the soundtrack for the best rowdy party ever.

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Weekend Playlist Podcast

The Midnight Poutine Podcast - Dec. 5-12, 2013

Posted by Greg / December 6, 2013

Smiley faceWe're entering the final stretch of 2013 but not letting up one bit. This week, we say goodbye to Montreal scene fixtures Sweet Mother Logic. We also talk about the beautiful sounds of Erik Lind & The Orchard, Emma Frank, Lindi Ortega, and Sean Nicholas Savage, then get rowdy with Hiroshima Shadows and Canadian grindcore legends Fuck the Facts. As always, it's a mixed bag -- the delicious kind.



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Weekend Playlist Podcast

The Midnight Poutine Podcast - Nov. 28-Oct. 4, 2013

Posted by Greg / November 28, 2013

Smiley faceThe year is coming to a close, but the Montreal music scene is in full swing. This week we're thrilled to play brand new, unreleased music from Sunfields' hotly anticipated second LP, as well as another track from the sumptuous MORI. We also offer a recap of M for Montreal and talk about some of the festivals loudest and latest moments. This is a podcast to remember - especially since we tease a big surprise coming in a few weeks. Curious? Tune in.



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Weekend Playlist Podcast

The Midnight Poutine Podcast - Nov. 21-27, 2013

Posted by Greg / November 21, 2013

CTZNSHP on the Midnight Poutine podcastWe're back with more on the twin festivals, M for Montreal and Mundial, happening at the same time this weekend and featuring local indie and world music, respectively. Both are industry events but offer some very unique an exciting opportunities for the public to see big bands in small venues. Listen for some tips. You'll hear music from our local faves, CTZNSHP, who are playing the premiere of Come Worry With Us! (a film about Thee Silver Mt. Zion), as well as Franco pop disco-sleaze artist Jimmy Hunt, the virtuosic Black Atlass, and the legendary Slayer.



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Film

Fim Review: "Our Man In Tehran" tells the true story behind "Argo"

Posted by Greg / November 18, 2013

Smiley faceOur Man In Tehran is Argo sans Hollywood; a retelling of the story that carried Ben Affleck to Oscar-winning glory in 2012. Some might argue that it's also a redressing of the factual injustices perpetrated along the way. More than either of these, however, Our Man In Tehran is a modest tribute to the eponymous individual in question - ambassador Ken Taylor - and the extraordinary part he played in helping six Americans get back home.

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Film

Film Review: Harry Potter Kills Darlings at the Phi Centre

Posted by Greg / November 14, 2013

Smiley faceKill your Darlings, John Krokidas's feature-length debut, takes a dreamy look at the Beats when they were but a circle of libertines formed around Lucien "Lou" Carr. The film features Burroughs and Kerouac and much of Manhattan's seedier corners, but it focuses on the relationship between Carr and Allen Ginsberg during their time at Columbia University. It is also bookended by Lou's claimed "honor slaying" of David Kammerer, an older writer and longtime friend of Burroughs who, obsessed and, to a degree, involved with the young Lucien, followed him from school to school to be with him. All of it stitched together, it's unclear whether it actually sticks.

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