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Back To The Trees Mix

November 26th, 2014 | The Mix | 0 Comments

Sometimes, living in New York, I miss forests and mountains and greenery. Here are some songs (that aren’t too new agey or hippie or anything) that remind me of the natural world.

Music From Far Off Places

September 13th, 2014 | The Mix | 0 Comments

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When you’re a young person in North America, you think the world is very small. Movies and music and everything ‘good’ comes from here, or England. And maybe Sweden too. But if you’re curious, as you get older you start to wonder about the books they write in Uzbekistan, the music they listen to in Turkey, and the movies they watch in Poland. And as you continue to explore, the world opens up, and you realize what a wealth of art exists out there just waiting to be consumed and appreciated. And with the internet, we actually can appreciate all these amazing things from all the places that seem most remote from us.

Lately I’ve been trying to really explore the music from the countries we don’t really hear much from, at least in relatively mainstream culture. This is a little mix with music from the past and relative present, from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Japan, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Russia, Finland and India. I made it for others who are curious.

New York Mix

August 23rd, 2014 | The Mix, This Is New York | 0 Comments

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So Gold Soundz has moved to New York. I’m a little sad that I’m not in my beloved Toronto anymore, with its Canadian charm and all, but there’s no place like New York, and I’ve dreamed of moving here for many, many years.

So what’s the story? I decided that I wanted to go to law school in New York and luckily I was accepted by a couple. I decided to enrol in The Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, which is part of Yeshiva University. I start classes officially on Monday, though last Thursday (not this one that just passed) we started orientation, so I’ve been getting familiar with the school and the students and so far so good.

The blog will continue – if it made it through the IDF it can make it through law school…hopefully – and the only change will be that the Torontopia feature, that focused on notable releases by local Toronto bands, will now be This Is New York, and it will focus on notable New York band releases.

To celebrate the move I’ve put together a little New York mix, with bands either from the city or singing about it (btw, I’m including Brooklyn as part of New York). I know there’s a million bands that omg had had had to be on a New York mix (LCD Soundsystem, The National, Television, Ramones, etc.) but this what I came up with for this time. I think it’s a pretty deece selection in any case.

Environmentalism Mix

July 17th, 2014 | The Mix | 0 Comments

I’ve done a lot of travelling over the last couple months. I was on a business trip that took me to Edmonton, Vancouver, LA and New York, and then my two-month road trip that I just got back from, during which I went to a ton of cool places, most notably Asheville, Austin, San Fran and the bay area, Portland, and Olympia. In about two weeks I’ll be back on the road on my way to Sackville, New Brunswick, as discussed in the last post. From there I’ll be heading down the East coast to my soon-to-be-new home, New York City :)

I’ve always been environmentally-inclined, but lately I’ve been on an extra strong green-trip, probably because I’ve been seeing such beautiful natural sites and visiting so many ‘hippie’ type places with strong local green movements. So to tie in with this, here’s a little compilation of environmental-oriented songs – and if it encourages you to be more environmentally conscious or friendly, that would be good too :)

 

 

East Coast Canada Mix

July 5th, 2014 | The Mix | 0 Comments

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Even though I just got back from a long road trip across the states, I’m excited for one last road trip before I’m off to law school in the fall. First weekend of August I’ll be heading to Sackville, New Brunswick for the annual Sappyfest music festival, which I will covering. It will be my first trip to the Eastern part of our great country since I moved back to Toronto after finishing my first year at the University of King’s College in Halifax. I’m excited – the East coast is a little too quiet for me to live in, but it’s got a lot of charm, and it’s beautiful.

Sappyfest this year has a great lineup. Unsurprisingly it’s got a couple East coast bands and artists (Julie Doiron, Cousins), a couple from other places around the country (Montreal’s Freelove Fenner, Kingston’s PS I Love You, Vancouver’s Rose Melberg (of The Softies, Tiger Trap)), and of course The Constantines. I think it’s gonna be a party, plus I’ve heard or read good things about the fest for a while, and Colin Medley‘s wonderful short doc This Is Now Here, about the Stereophonic Festival and the music scene in Sackville, made me feel like it was about time I went back East after all this time.

When I lived in Halifax it had a pretty cool music scene, but I feel like it’s only gotten better since I’ve left, or at least that’s what I hear online seems to suggest. There’s also been some cool stuff coming out of places around the region. Most people don’t really know about the sounds they’re making there if they don’t live there, and definitely not if they live outside of Canada, but yeah, it’s good. I made this little mix of some of my favourite bands from the East coast. Some of it’s older, some of it’s newer, a lot of it is obscure, but all of it is great, or at least I think so.

(BTW – if you live in Sackville and want to host the writer of this blog you love so much while he is in your city, let me know, cuz I need somewhere to stay while I’m there…)