Zachary Houle
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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. He also reviews books for

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Now Hear This!: Tommy Keene - 'Excitement at Your Feet' (album premiere) | 8 Sep 2013 // 10:00 PM

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

Now Hear This!: The Orange Peels - 'Sun Moon' (album and video premiere) | 5 May 2013 // 5:20 PM

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


'The Sentimentalists' Is a Novel That Lives Up to Its Title | 11 Jan 2011 // 3:00 PM

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.

Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock | 11 Nov 2010 // 3:00 PM

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.


Those Gulls: Forevermore | 19 Dec 2014 // 7:30 AM

Music worth hearing forevermore? Perhaps, perhaps.

The Gallop: Tall Tale Tellers EP | 19 Dec 2014 // 6:30 AM

The alliterative Tall Tale Tellers EP is wall to wall with catchy, hummable songs.


The Gigolo Aunts - "Where I Find My Heaven" (1993) | 7 Aug 2012 // 3:00 AM

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

The Fireweed Company - "The Philosophical Song" (video) | 19 Sep 2011 // 1:35 AM

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.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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