Zachary Houle

Zachary Houle is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His journalism has appeared in SPIN magazine, The National Post (Canada), Canadian Business, The Ottawa Citizen. OttawaShowbox.com and countless others. His short fiction has been published in Girls With Insurance, Word Riot, Pindeldyboz, Thieves Jargon, Broken Pencil and more. He has been a Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of a writing arts grant from the City of Ottawa.
Those Gulls: Forevermore

Those Gulls: Forevermore

Music worth hearing forevermore? Perhaps, perhaps.
The Gallop: Tall Tale Tellers EP

The Gallop: Tall Tale Tellers EP

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

STANDARDS: KID EP

You're not going to believe this, but a group of Canadian teenagers just made a confident and mature EP of '80s style alterna punk rock.
The Dirty Sheep: Sleep Under the Lights

The Dirty Sheep: Sleep Under the Lights

While Sleep Under the Lights may not be the end all and be all of roots music, fans of this sort of thing should like it immensely.
Homewrecker: Circle of Death

Homewrecker: Circle of Death

Circle of Death works best when things become subtle and a big part of that is slowing stuff down.
The BCASA: ‘Tis the Season to Praise Satan EP

The BCASA: ‘Tis the Season to Praise Satan EP

I’ll bet you’ve never heard a Christmas album quite like this.
Blake Bliss: Friend, Enemy, Stranger

Blake Bliss: Friend, Enemy, Stranger

This album is so distraught and, I hate to say it, silly in its studied seriousness, that it’s what people might kick around as the punchline to a perverse joke.
wotts: a EP

wotts: a EP

This EP is perfect for anyone who wants to hear the style of ‘80s rap mixed with the thematic concerns of the present.
Cretin: Stranger

Cretin: Stranger

If you're looking for a pretty sick and twisted metal record, here you go.
Flying Fortress: Dirty Rain

Flying Fortress: Dirty Rain

If you like Japandroids but wish they played louder, harder and faster, Flying Fortress will certainly be the kind of thing to fix you up.
Abysmal Dawn: Obsolescence

Abysmal Dawn: Obsolescence

If you bemoan the fact that the metal genre is getting more and more unlistenable due to groups trying to push beyond music into something else entirely, then this will fit the bill.
Ghoulgotha: The Deathmass Cloak

Ghoulgotha: The Deathmass Cloak

This metal album is the sound of a few people just entertaining themselves without regard to what it takes to satisfy an audience.