Walking with Yama Warashi

Your body attunes itself to music. The attraction of music is physical, which can lead your conscious mind into what seem like puzzles when the physical overrides the intellectual or emotional. A piece of music can be good by tuning your body to it. This is an obvious statement when one thinks of dance music, but where else does this phenomenon occur?

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We subscribed to Spotify early in 2016. It reignited my love of discovering new music. What a year of music this has been! My ears have been opened to so many new and wonderful sounds.

In honour of this delightful year of music, I made a playlist on Spotify of 20 tracks released in 2016. I’ve been tinkering with it for a while and could keep on tinkering for several whiles more, but I will stop.

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Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: The Commandments According to SCAC

That this album is excellent pleases me no end.

See, I’ve loved Slim Cessna’s Auto Club since I first saw them at Ottawa BluesFest almost 15 years ago. They’ve been one of my favourite bands that whole time, a delightful mix of country, gospel and rock with a theatrical, gothic flavour and lyrics that tell funny, surreal stories. Not only are the Auto Club one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live, but their albums are of the highest quality. That is, they were until their last one, Unentitled (2011). Unentitled is fine, but uninspired, “A Smashing Indictment of Character” excepted. It feels like a blend of old elements that’d worked before melted down and hammered into familiar shapes. I feared the well had gone dry, and five years passed without a new album.

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