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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. He also reviews books for bookwookie.ca.


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

Wednesday, August 27 2014

Tinnarose: Tinnarose

Tinnarose is a singer-songwriter showcase of the highest order, and there’s plenty of material to keep coming back to.


Tuesday, August 26 2014

SoHo Ghetto: Thou Or I Or Both

Thou Or I Or Both is a thrilling start to what looks to be a promising career.


Tuesday, August 26 2014

Drew Nelson: The Other Side

Pick this up if you like some blues with a sense of adventure.


Monday, August 25 2014

Cymbals Eat Guitars: Lose

For its themes of loss and longing, its wide-eyed sense of wistfulness, for all of its hopefulness in misfortune, Lose ends up being a win.


Monday, August 25 2014

Elephant Stone: Three Poisons

With just some minor tweaks and refinements, Elephant Stone could very well just be a band that is going to go places far and wide.


Shines: Shines EP [14.Aug.14]
Is Sex Evil? [14.Aug.14]
Prawn: Kingfisher [10.Aug.14]
New God: Firework [31.Jul.14]
Kitten: Kitten [24.Jul.14]
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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