First days of Victoria Ska Fest 2013

The road to Ska Fest starts here: http://martlet.ca/2013/06/blond-dreads-and-blue-eyes-everywhere/ Before I say anything about my experience at the first two days of the 14th annual Victoria Ska Festival, props must be given to the Victoria Ska Society for their work...

Music rags: Rumours of Shambhala

My friendship with one of my favourite people in the world, all-around cool dude Hingle McCringleberry (alias), began with a shared love of music — hip hop and reggae to be exact. Almost no one else in my life dug these genres like I did at the time, and while there...

Blackberry Wood brings gipsy-circus style to Ska Fest

The road to Ska Fest part three, listening primer, here: http://martlet.ca/2013/06/ska-fest-2013-listening-primer/   Watching a Blackberry Wood show is an exhilarating, slightly jarring experience. You don’t know when or where they came from. You don’t know how...

Murray, Murray, Macy and me

Admittedly I don’t know a lot about jazz. I’ve listened to important records like Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and Sonny Rollins’ Saxophone Colossus; I’ve even seen a few fantastic jazz shows. The thing that has stood out most to me in my limited experience is the...

A way in to African music

I have a confession: I don’t know much about African music. Sure, I’m not completely in the dark — I know the obvious ones like Fela Kuti and Ladysmith Black Mambazo — but much of the genre is so foreign to me that I have been too intimidated to find a real entrance....