Bryan Borzykowski

Is Taylor Swift secretly an indie rocker?

When you say the word indie rock, a lot of different thoughts come to mind. There’s the newbie musician hoping to land a record deal; the popular band that’s been perfectly happy releasing music on a small independent label; or a style of music. No one, though, would put indie and Taylor Swift in...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 9:44 PM

Nobody watches music videos on TV, anyway

Justin Bieber’s Canadian fans have another reason to scream — they’ll keep seeing his videos on MuchMusic. The station’s parent company, CTV, had asked the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission to slash the amount of time it has to play videos on the channel in half, from 50...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 9:44 PM

Unexplainable celebrities and their terrible, terrible music

If Andy Warhol were alive today he would have probably added about one minute and twelve seconds to his quote that “Everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes.” The extra time is as long as Steven Slater — the ex-Jet Blue flight attendant who famously ended his career by swearing at passengers...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 9:44 PM

Kanye West may be a jerk, but he's my kind of jerk

There’s one thing Kanye West does better than create Grammy award-winning music: make himself look like a fool. The hip-hop star was at it again last week when he got angry with Matt Lauer during an interview on the Today show. He sat down with the host to discuss the “George Bush doesn’t care...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 9:44 PM

RIAA accomplished nothing by suing illegal downloaders

In 2007, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesotan mother of four, was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally downloading 24 songs. While the RIAA had threatened people with lawsuits before, her's was the first case that went to court. Three years later, it’s still going on....

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 9:44 PM

A home studio that fits in your pocket

In Jeremy Fisher’s music video for Shine a Light, a track off his new record Flood, the Montreal-based folk-pop singer plays the first few bars of his tune with an iPhone app instead of actual musical instruments. One day, he says, he may record an entire record using his phone. Fisher’s video, and...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 9:44 PM

Waxing nostalgia with vinyl may help bolster ailing music industry

It was a dark time for the music industry last week. It took only 71,000 copies of Toby Keith’s Bullets In a Gun to top the Billboard 200 chart — no other record, since Nielsen Soundscan bean tracking data in 1991, has debuted in the No. 11 spot with such low numbers. It’s proof, once again, the...

Monday, October 18, 2010, 9:44 PM

John Lennon's message of peace now seems quaint

If John Lennon were still alive, you can bet there would have been one hell of a party for the former Beatles’ 70th birthday last Friday. But instead, we have to read articles about what the peacenik would have been like 30 years after he was shot dead by Mark David Chapman. Lennon’s legacy is a...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 10:16 PM

Finger Eleven stays relevant by reinventing sound

When Finger Eleven first started playing music they’d have dreams of selling a million records. Now that the band has hit that mark — they’ve sold more than two million copies of their 2007 disc Them vs. You vs. Me — they don’t care how many albums go through the check out line. “At the beginning...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 10:16 PM

My Top Four Canadian singles of all time

Lists. They’re the articles everyone loves to hate. Every magazine, whether it’s business, entertainment or food makes top-10 lists that usually irk people to the core. That’s precisely why they’re so entertaining — you always have a better list in your head and can’t believe anyone else would...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 3:57 AM

Chromeo slips into Business Casual

If you’re wondering who to thank for all the attention soft rock icons Hall and Oates have been getting lately, talk to Montreal/New York duo Chromeo. The band has been espousing the greatness of the 80s pop group for years and they’re not about to stop. “When we started doing interviews we would...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 10:41 PM

The Polaris Music Prize isn't perfect

Next Monday night much of Canada’s indie music community will descend on Toronto’s Masonic Temple to celebrate some of this country’s top talent at the fifth annual Polaris Music Prize. While the ceremony will be a lot of fun, now’s a good time to ask if Polaris has lived up to its mandate. The...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 3:57 AM

My best ’90s tracks

Whatever you think of Pitchfork — the sometimes snooty indie music website — they put together some pretty great lists. They’ve recently tackled the ’90s, coming up with the top 50 music videos and best tracks of the decade. That got me thinking about the music I listened to when I was a teenager....

Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 5:30 AM

BTO get back into overdrive

When I was growing up in Winnipeg it was guaranteed that at least once a day you’d hear a Bachman Turner Overdrive song on the radio. Not only did the band produce some of the best drive-home music ever made, but when the city’s rock radio station was done playing 12 Led Zeppelin songs in a row,...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 7:30 PM

Dallas Green returns to the city he calls home

Dallas Green promises that sometime next year he will record another City and Colour album. For now, though, he’s on vacation. “I’ve got enough songs for the record,” he says on the phone from his Toronto home, “But if I recorded them now I’d have a nervous breakdown. I need some time to myself.”...

Friday, August 27, 2010, 12:30 PM

Cee-Lo's F-bomb barrage seizes summer's crown

There’s a quiet competition every July and August in the music world — which artist will have the song of the summer? Until last week there was one candidate: Katy Perry and her song California Gurls. But on Friday, the Internet felt like it nearly exploded with all the chatter around Cee-Lo Green’...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 7:30 PM

Albums to look forward to this fall

No one wants the summer to end, but at least there’s a bright side — a plethora of records get released between now and the end of the year. Here are a few discs to lookout for in the back half of 2010. Weezer — Hurley(Sept. 14)Even though Weezer’s last few records haven’t resonated much with long-...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 7:30 PM

Kathryn Calder's solo album a love letter to mother

When most musicians release an album they spend months touring in support of it. But not Vancouver musician Kathryn Calder — she’s has no intention of quitting her day job, as a singer in the New Pornographers, to play her debut solo album around the country. And you can’t blame her — when I called...

Thursday, August 12, 2010, 1:30 AM

Musicians as politicians

Considering how intertwined music and politics have been over the centuries, it’s not often you hear of a musician running for office. But it has happened. The latest example is Wyclef Jean, who announced his intention to run for the presidency of Haiti. Un­fortunately, singing well does not...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 9:30 AM

The best albums of 2010's first half

With just a few weeks to go until the music industry revs up for the fall -- and seven months into the year -- now’s a good time to look back at some of the great records you may have missed, or can’t stop listening to, in 2010. Here are my Top 5 records of the year so far:Black Keys — BrothersI...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 1:30 PM