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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

Thursday, July 24 2014

Kitten: Kitten

Kitten may be a young band, but it has an old style. That it partially misses the mark is just an example of music being way too regressive for its own good.


Wednesday, July 23 2014

Got a Girl: I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now

These are faithfully recreated jet-setting sounds from the golden age of air travel, and the highs hit quite high.


Wednesday, July 23 2014

Field Mouse: Hold Still Life

Hold Still Life is quite the slab of indie rock, and, with its agreeable female-led vocals, is very delectable.


Wednesday, July 23 2014

Rainbow Rowell's 'Landline' Is Part Magic, Part Soap Opera, and All PopCorn

This novel plays hopscotch with different genres, and that’s part of its appeal.


Tuesday, July 22 2014

PS I Love You: For Those Who Stay

Some might be enamoured by the nods to classic rock, and some might not, but what you get in the end is an album of little significance.


Carly-Jo: Carly-Jo [20.Jul.14]
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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