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Zachary Houle
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PopMatters Associate Music Editor

Zachary Houle is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has been a Pushcart Prize nominee for his short fiction, and the recipient of a writing arts grant from the City of Ottawa. He has had journalism published in SPIN magazine, The National Post (Canada), Canadian Business, and more.


Features

Sunday, September 8 2013

Now Hear This!: Tommy Keene - 'Excitement at Your Feet' (album premiere)

PopMatters premieres a collection of covers by underground power pop hero Tommy Keene, Excitement at Your Feet.


Sunday, May 5 2013

Now Hear This!: The Orange Peels - 'Sun Moon' (album and video premiere)

PopMatters premieres Sun Moon, the latest from Bay Area indie-pop vets the Orange Peels.


Thursday, February 14 2013

More Cowbell: Looking Back at Blue Öyster Cult’s 'Career of Evil'

So, sure, young people really don’t get or know the real Blue Öyster Cult it seems. Which is a bit of a shame, as the band delivered a number of solid, consistent albums that rank up there in the metal and hard rock/classic rock pantheon.


Tuesday, November 8 2011

The Olivia Tremor Control Reissues 'Dusk at Cubist Castle' and 'Black Foliage'

Overall, there is much to admire and frown upon in equal measure when it comes to Dusk at Cubist Castle and, more especially, Black Foliage.


Tuesday, September 13 2011

The Cavedogs' Joyrides for Shut-Ins

During the summer of 1995, my life working in a lumber mill was a living hell. The little-known debut album from the Cavedogs, Joyrides for Shut-Ins, was the life jacket that got me through it.


Columns

Tuesday, January 11 2011

'The Sentimentalists' Is a Novel That Lives Up to Its Title

The Sentimentalists has all of the hallmarks of a book published in Canada circa 1972, full of purple prose, a seemingly anti-American tract, and a classic rural setting, aka: Can-Lit.


Thursday, November 11 2010

Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock

What the world really needs is a straight-up account of one of the most important rock groups of all time. Now we have it in the form of music scribe Andrew Earles.


Thursday, September 9 2010

Ironically Facebook and Its 500 Million Friends Remain Largely a Mystery

In the beginning, Mark Zuckerberg was a socially-awkward teenager, a computer science major at Harvard University, who arrived toting an eight-foot-long whiteboard as a brainstorming tool...


Reviews

Monday, July 21 2014

Unicycle Loves You: The Dead Age

This is a pretty dull record that doesn’t excite the listener – you’ve heard this all done before on Psychocandy or Darklands or elsewhere.


Monday, July 21 2014

Johanna Samuels: Double Bind

At times reminiscent of the ‘70s singer-songwriter songbook of Laura Nyro, Double Bind is an affecting listen, even at its poppiest and even when there’s a bare rendition of the title track in almost a cappella format.


Sunday, July 20 2014

Carly-Jo: Carly-Jo

Carly-Jo is a magnificent addition to New Country sounds, and represents the very best of what country-pop, country-rock or whatever you want to call it has to offer.


Friday, July 18 2014

Nona: Through the Head

For longer term fans of Nona, well, it all boils down to this: do you want to pay all over again for a record you already bought last year?


Thursday, July 17 2014

The Clean: Anthology

If you love crisp, jangly, guitar rock, the Clean's Anthology is quite the collection.


GusGus: Mexico [22.Jun.14]
BADBADNOTGOOD: III [12.May.14]
Msa Ysa: Worth EP [20.Mar.14]
Lo-Fang: Blue Film [11.Mar.14]
Dosh: Milk Money [1.Dec.13]
Blondes: Swisher [9.Sep.13]
!!!: THR!!!ER [28.Apr.13]
Cloud Cult: Love [10.Mar.13]
Hayden: Us Alone [25.Feb.13]
On An On: Give In [29.Jan.13]
U.S. Girls: GEM [22.Oct.12]
Menomena: Moms [1.Oct.12]
Beach House: Bloom [13.May.12]
Young Magic: Melt [16.Feb.12]
Bry Webb: Provider [30.Nov.11]
Weekend: Red EP [27.Oct.11]
Real Estate: Days [17.Oct.11]
Das Racist: Relax [29.Sep.11]
The Gift: Explode [28.Sep.11]
Witches: Forever [28.Jun.11]
Buffalo Tom: Skins [16.Jun.11]
Skeletons: People [15.Jun.11]
Bilal: Levels EP [2.Feb.11]
Exile: AM / FM [27.Oct.10]
Fatal Distraction [29.Dec.04]
Artesia Afire [21.Jul.04]
Nufonia Must Fall [14.Sep.03]

Blogs

Tuesday, August 7 2012

The Gigolo Aunts - "Where I Find My Heaven" (1993)

“Where I Find My Heaven” is a sheer (power) pop masterpiece.


Monday, September 19 2011

The Fireweed Company - "The Philosophical Song" (video)

It’s taken nearly 20 years, but the small town Canadian roots-rock band the Fireweed Company have finally, finally, gotten around to making a video. And a not bad one at that.


Friday, October 8 2010

Exploring Chicago: 'Chicago X'

If it were possible to both love a song for its beauty and hate it for its oversaturation and slushiness at the same time, “If You Leave Me Now” would be Exhibit A.


Friday, October 1 2010

Exploring Chicago: 'Chicago Transit Authority'

In 1969, 'Chicago Transit Authority' was a cutting edge album and, in some ways, Chicago, the band, would never be so unpredictable, so vibrant, and so passionate than they are here.


Friday, September 17 2010

Exploring Chicago: 'Chicago VII'

Chicago VII is a crucial addition to Chicago's catalogue, despite its commercial overture. It was the sound of a band exploring their origins through the inclusion of jazz-like pieces, while simultaneously refining their pop sound to a polished sheen.


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