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"It remains to be confirmed how much of Goat's backstory is truthful or what all the assimilated cultural imagery means, but in Goat's case, the meaning is in the music itself, the medium is the message and the... mystery is icing on the cake. Regardless, Goat would hurt themselves if they rocked any harder, and that is powerful enough in itself to steal the fire of the gods in the name of humanity."
#livereview via +Exclaim! / +Exclaim Magazine
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Better educate yourself and vote accordingly, Canada. The Conservative gov't is doing everything it can to undermine your democracy. #stopharper #cdnpoli  
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appointing return officers? A NEW policing, also gov't appointed?
 new regs on who has the right stuff?
 arguing facts, law, procedures; person property and behaviors.

 cheap, legal and harmless this isn't.

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Man, this is something else!
It’s opening week of "50 Shades of Black" here at the studio. Get excited for the #art, box sets, record store installation, and musical performances by Z-trip and other special guests.

Box sets will be available in limited quantity for in-person purchases only during the opening on Wednesday, April 16; no phone orders, and credit card only please. Limit 1 per person/household/credit card.

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Great artwork.
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My mind is clogged with guesses as to what is in this man's record collection.
A record store installation with customized vintage turntables and a portion of Fairey’s own record collection will be on view at Subliminal Projects during the "50 Shades of Black" show. Viewers can participate in the exhibition by selecting records from Fairey’s collection and playing them on the provided record player. #ObeyGiant #art #vinyl

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76's or 78's records my Grandad use to teach us Czech Language with as we Laughed our guts Out! Wished I had it Now!! ♥
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I can see all the conspiracy theory fundamentalists foaming at the mouth already. Expect an onslaught of poor spelling, bad grammar, and confusing punctuation to logjam the comment section of this video. Unfortunately for them, Sole hits the mark on all counts, as usual. #perspective
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Like 'em or not, the Trudeau's get shit done.
On this day in 1982, Canada's Constitution made its long journey home after receiving endorsement from the British Parliament. Watch coverage of the patriation ceremony with Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
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It's been a long time coming, but I'm happy to see Evy Jane have finally announced that they have officially signed to +Ninja Tune. They're one of the most interesting acts in #VancouverBC . Time to share it with the world!
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Austin via Oakland experimental pop artist Bill Baird makes his Moon Glyph debut with a mini-album of balanced absurdity.

ARTIST: +Bill Baird 
ALBUM: 'Diamond Eyepatch'
LABEL: +Moon Glyph 
#albumreview via +PopMatters #bestalbumsof2014  
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Thanks for the tunes, Wired!
From De La Soul & J Dilla to Elbow, there's room for everyone on this great ship we call the Weekend Playlist:
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This music is visionary.

ALBUM: 'Live on Planet Earth'
LABEL: Alien Transistor

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the  Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.
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