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Rob Caldwell

Rob Caldwell is a writer and librarian living near Toronto. He has written for various online publications, including The Allmusic Guide, All About Jazz, and No Depression music magazine.


Features

Tuesday, September 23 2014

A Soundtrack for Me and You: An Interview with Swan Dive

It's been a life-changing five years for Bill DeMain and Molly Felder since the last Swan Dive album, but their new music is still warm and enveloping, often wistful and nostalgic, and always memorable.


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

Wednesday, April 15 2015

James Blackshaw: Summoning Suns

Summoning Suns is a perfect entry point into James Blackshaw's eclectic musical journey.


Thursday, April 2 2015

Cannabis Cowboys, Guitar-slinging Musicians, and Desert Landscapes

Homegrown captures the weirdness of Austin, as depicted in music poster art from the hippie days to the punk days.


Monday, March 9 2015

Various Artists: Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities From the Second Decade

If the importance of a label can be judged by its talent, then Signature has done pretty good in its 20-plus year existence.


Monday, February 23 2015

Jorma Kaukonen: Ain't in No Hurry

This is feel-good music, played by a seasoned and assured troubadour equally at home on a spotlit stage or a front porch.


Wednesday, February 11 2015

Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries

Letter to a Future Lover tries to make sense of the world through the flotsam and jetsam of things left in books.


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