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Rob Caldwell
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Rob Caldwell is a writer and librarian living near Toronto. He has written for various online publications, including The Allmusic Guide and No Depression music magazine, and has a music blog called Music To Eat.


Features

Wednesday, August 13 2014

Bruce Cockburn's 1968: Electrocution to Revolution

Being in the orbit of a group of eccentric artists helped to create a transformative year for Cockburn that would further his path toward becoming a world renowned solo artist.


Sunday, June 1 2014

Spindizzy Jangle: The Reivers' "In Your Eyes"

Over 25 years after its release, the band and the video’s director reflect back on a song full of promise.


Sunday, March 2 2014

The Slow Samba Escapism of Michael Franks' "Tiger in the Rain"

There’s something to be said for escapism, for the armchair-travelling Michael Franks’ music offers.


Monday, November 18 2013

The Heavenly Reverberations of the Church's "Under the Milky Way"

Into 1988's pop music climate came “Under the Milky Way”, a moody, jangly song that didn’t fit in. Its closest contemporaries were R.E.M. and the local “paisley underground” scene of Los Angeles, which included bands like the Bangles and Rain Parade.


Reviews

Sunday, September 14 2014

Stefano Bollani: Joy in Spite of Everything

There are different ways to experience and to express joy. It can be celebratory, or quiet and introspective. Joy in Spite of Everything balances those poles of sound and style on what is one of the most successful jazz releases of the year.


Wednesday, August 20 2014

Chris Smither: Still on the Levee

It all comes down to the songs, and that weathered 'n' warm voice and guitar.


Wednesday, June 25 2014

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80: A Long Way to the Beginning

This is a well-oiled, veteran operation, with a fiery leader capable of carrying the torch of Afrobeat to far borders and bringing the music to new heights.


Sunday, June 8 2014

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cambodia

The first high profile compilation to spotlight the blending that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s when traditional Cambodian music began to be filtered through the lens of garage rock, surf rock, and psychedelia.


Wednesday, June 4 2014

Chris Schlarb: Making the Saint

An unrushed, introspective album -- perfect for a Sunday during a meditation retreat in a haunted monastery.


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