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Music featured this week:

Gianna Lauren, Disappear (from Vanity Metrics)

When we reviewed Jennah Barry’s album Holiday, we sensed (and, consequently, hoped) that other Nova Scotian talents would visit this blog in a near future. As usual, patience didn’t disappoint.

On Gianna’s Bandcamp page, one promise: Lush arrangements and measured vocals creating a haunting ambiance

Featuring the empowering fragility of Regina Spektor’s debut and St. Vincent’s admirable self-affirmation, Gianna delivered tracks resurrecting grunge in a charming, aerial, intimate dimension.

Listen to the full album and order via Bandcamp.

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BBsitters Club, BBsitters Club & Party – ALBUM REVIEW #29

Chicagoans BBsitters Club released BBsitters Club & Party in October 2020, and limited by time, we’re only bringing the good news in the middle of December. Because the album delivers borderless energy and borderline maturity, this release caught our attention and took care of our many moods at first listen....

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Susan Uehara Rakstang, Cooking for Her Eyes – BOOK REVIEW #13

Susan Uehara Rakstang’s Cooking for Her Eyes was released in October 2020, seven years after Julian Barnes’ critically-acclaimed Levels of Life, a title of a similar nature. In Cooking for Her Eyes, Susan Uehara Rakstang contemplates the different emotional levels of her own past. The book succeeds where most authors...

Album Review of Takuya Kuroda's Fly Moon Die Soon by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture Magazine

Takuya Kuroda, Fly Moon Die Soon – ALBUM REVIEW #28

Excellent news from (and for) the jazz microcosm: trumpeter and Berklee graduate Takuya Kuroda is back with Fly Moon Die Soon, his fifth album.  Piri Piri (from his album The Rising Son) was our first encounter with Takuya Kuroda’s musical expression. This was already six years ago. As his album...

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Fast Preacher (for Figure It Out, out now) – ITW #27

Glamorous enlightened people of all kinds, rejoice! Daniel Hanson and his Fast Preacher project just released Figure It Out, or in other words, what you dreamed of hearing after typing “alternative” on your favorite search engine. Remember TALsounds, Stuck and NIIKA? As demonstrated on Slow Culture more than once, Chicago...

Album Review of Cathlene Pineda's Rainbow Baby by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Cathlene Pineda, Rainbow Baby – ALBUM REVIEW #27

The first notes of Rainbow Baby instantly let us believe that keeping quiet about this album for long was an impossible mission. To be honest, at that time we didn’t know much about Cathlene Pineda despite her indisputable talent and extensive curriculum. We first heard Cathlene’s music the exact same way...

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Dan Drohan (for You’re a Crusher / drocan! out on June 26) – ITW #26

On June 26, drummer Dan Drohan releases You’re a Crusher / drocan!, his not-so-solo project in the form of a double album. This forthcoming album is the kind of creative work made to be enjoyed from A to Z without interruption. Not because the tracks are inaccessible, but because tasting them...

Review of the album Remember Fun by Be Afraid, by Marc Louis-Boyard

Be Afraid, Remember Fun – ALBUM REVIEW #26

Coming from Vancouver and signed on Hidden Bay Records, the band Be Afraid released  Remember Fun on May 8th. For the record (no pun intended),  these six tracks were engineered through the summer of 2019, but not in any case does the music sound outdated. Remember Fun is a memorable party...

Leni Stern (‘4’ album, out June 19th) – ITW #25

Legendary guitarist Leni Stern releases her forthcoming album ‘4’  on June 19th. ‘4’ is an album recorded with three other musicians and featuring an appearance of her husband Mike Stern. As our readers know, we love jazz! Beyond our love for this genre, this album and this interview demonstrate once...

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Habib Oualidi is Kayak Communication’s CEO and Creative Director. After two books and a lifetime of personal challenges, he’s releasing “Kayak Mon Amour” (Kayak, My Love), his memoirs. He launches today his  publishing house, Pomdam. We met this innovating brain of advertising who has an undisputed talent for touching storytelling.

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Bonjour, Hola, Howdy y’all! I’m Shelly Simon – a busybody babe thriving and suriving one of the world’s most famous concrete jungles: New York City. I lay my head in Brooklyn specifically and do work across the five boroughs of this beehive.