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Darryl G. Wright
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Darryl Wright has been writing fiction and critiquing pop culture and music since the 80’s. He was the two time winner of the Step Up! Slam Poetry event in Ottawa, Canada and now divides his time between developing software for major video game titles and writing. He’s promoted shows, directed music festivals and even DJ’ed The Fringe Festival. Today he’s a father, software developer, and critic who makes his home in Vancouver, Canada.


Reviews

Sunday, October 13 2013

Sub Focus: Torus

It’s not for the hardcore heads, but it might sound nice to have some of that underground sound showing up on daytime radio.


Monday, September 16 2013

Bomb the Bass: In the Sun

Trying to adopt a more consistent sound throughout the record is a double-edged sword. It means that you can concentrate on what you do best, but, at the end of the day, it also means that’s all you have to play with.


Tuesday, August 27 2013

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs: Get Lost VI

Overall it’s a mildly paced mix but one of the more consistent and enjoyable to come out this year.


Thursday, August 22 2013

Earl Sweatshirt: Doris

Beats that are so ridiculously slow that at times they feel like they might collapse under their own lethargy form a murky foundation for lines so deep and dense you’ll need a team of archaeologists to unearth their meaning.


Monday, August 5 2013

Bass Drum of Death: Bass Drum of Death

The generous reverb endows every riff with a neon glow and the smell of cheeseburgers and fries served on an open car windowsill.


Flume: Flume [21.Feb.13]
Tosca: Odeon [10.Feb.13]
Kreidler: Den [22.Jan.13]
Placebo: B3 EP [13.Jan.13]
Deadbeat: Eight [19.Nov.12]
Brian Eno: LUX [11.Nov.12]

Blogs

Wednesday, April 24 2013

Sunny Day Metal from Torche, "Snakes Are Charmed"

When I talk about metal music I don't typically make reference to terms like "optimism", "hope" or "sunny afternoons". But just as other genres have their emotional orientations, metal too can offer a spectrum of perspectives -- even if not as often.


Wednesday, April 3 2013

Move Aside and Let the Man Go Through

Former Soul Coughing front-man and solo artist Mike Doughty crowd-funds a re-imagining of his former band's material.


Wednesday, February 6 2013

Auxcast Goes out with a Whimper -- A Beautiful One (MP3)

Something new is emerging. I'm standing at the top of a well listening into the darkness to echos of drum and bass, ambient electronica and shuffling dubstep abstraction. It runs very, very deep.


Wednesday, August 8 2012

J. Mascis and Me

But of all the ways J. has ever been there when I needed him, nothing comes close to the song he wrote for me: “Over It” from 2009’s Farm.


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