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Herewith the second of two issues in the calendar year in which we review stuff. This time around we’ve included some book reviews. These books aren’t necessarily BC-oriented or BC-based, but they are interesting to musically-inclined people no matter where you live. Here’s a recap of the process: If you look through the following pages and don’t see your band and are sure you sent us your CD, you aren’t here for one of these reasons: 1. We gave your CD away. We used to do that, since we couldn’t keep up with the volume of incoming discs and felt wrong about hoarding the music. 2. You sent your CD directly to a fellow musician hoping for a review. 3. Your CD was published prior to 2010. 4. We received it after August 1, 2011. 5. It never actually reached us. How did we conduct these reviews? With some difficulty. It was a group process, some drinking was involved, but mostly it was honest work, listening through entire discs, researching the musicians, and keeping an open mind. Wondering how you can be included next time? Send us your CD plus bio and background information. Don’t bother with cellophane. Don’t send EPKs via email or disc; we actually like paper. Do send trinkets. PO Box 1150, Peachland, BC V0H 1X0. That said, we’ve heard some noises recently that undertaking a review of everything that we receive is generous to a fault, but ultimately foolhardy. Sadly, we agree. Therefore, we’ll make every effort to review up to 50 CDs next time around (March/ April 2012) but will not promise print space for everyone. It may be first past the post, it may not, but nevertheless send your material before January 31, 2012. And the listings are, as always, alphabetical (because just about all of them fit into one enormous “Alt-Country, Indie-Roots, Folk-Roots, Singer-Songwriter” category, except for the metal and rock dudes).

Abstrakt Sonance Forest Crunk: Birth of the Womp Rat LOCATION :

Salmon Arm


West Ave Productions

A DJ and a lover of all music, Abstrakt Sonance is the operator of West Ave Productions. He acts as producer and mixer for everything coming from the studio. With nine albums recorded, and an arsenal of three hundred beats, he can throw down. Forest Crunk: The Birth Of A Womp Rat is his debut dubstep album. Abstrakt has thrown more than twenty shows, and performed in over fifty in the two years he has been working. Abstrakt Sonance has his own career but he is also one half of the group E-Centrix with his MC counterpart, Zanzibar7. They recently completed a West Coast tour and expect to follow with a second tour.

Leslie Alexander - Nobody’s Baby LOCATION : Ashcroft DATE OF CD: 2011 LABEL: Independent Just so you know, Leslie Alexander writes for us and we love her. Originally a farm kid from Alberta this is her fourth release and she is backed by her full band. Her songs often turn on life’s small revelations, moving you in one direction and then shifting perspective leaving you questioning what happened. How did she do that? In general she has subsumed her influences. You can hear country swing, second line, honky-tonk, but her music is entirely her own and she is a unique voice. Although she subverts that on the track NOLA and links the blues standard Baby Please Don’t Go with the Kink’s Lola. The track Supergirl has been getting quite a bit of play on the CBC. She was a founding member of Barney Bentall’s Grand Cariboo Opry and has been touring the province this year with Jenny Allen, who also appears on this CD. Give her everything she wants.

Jenny Allen - Blanket LOCATION : Calgary DATE OF CD: 2011 LABEL: Independent This ten song CD is Jenny Allen’s third solo release and her first since leaving the Calgary based trio the Fates. She is a favourite on the festival circuit and brandishes a mean washboard. She has been touring recently with Leslie Alexander as Allen & Alexander and this recording is produced by John Ellis who also produced Alexander’s album. They share many of the same musicians and both women appear on each other’s CD. All the songs are original with the exception of one co-written with Alexander. Allen’s sound is based in traditional country/roots. She’s smart and has the cynicism that comes from one too many bad decisions or relationships. It gives her songs an edge and makes her interesting. Her experience has been hard won and her songs are expressed honestly without flinching.

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