Battles - Essential Albums

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Battles’ Ian Williams on the 5 albums that make Battles make sense

Sep 18, 2015

From math rock to minimalism — the Battles guitarist puts the band's DNA under our microscope.

Slim Twig - Essential Albums

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Slim Twig takes us down the rabbit hole of homemade and private press records

Sep 3, 2015

The Toronto outsider-pop songwriter initiates us into the weird, gem-filled world of records that never reached the mass market.

Hudson Mohawke - Essential Albums

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Hudson Mohawke on the samples that sent him digging

Jul 22, 2015

The Scottish electronic musician dishes on competitive scratching, crate-digging, and how it led him to some of his favourite producers. Plus, why Drake and Kanye are visionaries.

socalled - Essential Albums

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Socalled talks five albums that exemplify “community”

May 15, 2015

In this boundary-expanding chat, Montreal-based musician/arranger/scene-uniter talks five albums that exemplify his rich cultural, musical and social circle.

Courtney Barnett - Essential Albums

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Courtney Barnett on the timeless records that shaped her

Apr 28, 2015

The Melbourne singer/songwriter talks about the personal relationships she has with five all-time great albums.

Dan Deacon - Essential Albums

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Dan Deacon on 5 albums that exemplify texture and lyrics

Mar 12, 2015

The Baltimore weirdo/party-starter takes apart five unstoppable records based on their different focuses — production and words — and a surprising choice that bridges the two.

Essential Albums - Bruce McCulloch

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: The Kids in the Hall’s Bruce McCulloch on growing up punk in suburban Calgary

Jan 21, 2015

At the premiere of his new TV show Young Drunk Punk, our favourite Kid remembers what it meant when punk broke in Cowtown.