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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n14 (04/07/2010) » Section: Left of the Dial

Basia Bulat - Heart of My Own

The tough part of listening to Basia Bulat’s mesmerizing music is deciding what the driving force is: What part is it that makes her music so enchanting? Is it the lyrics? If there’s a line that condenses the London, Ontario singer/songwriter’s sophomore effort, it just might be this beauty from the track “Run”: “If you’re looking for the moon/Is it ever when it’s new?” The layers to such a lyric are spine-tingling. On one hand, there’s the notion of a bluff being called. On another, it suggests that it takes a certain sort of guts to search for something that you know is not there.

The Small Faces - All or Nothing 1965-68 DVD

Beatles or Stones? I get so tired of that question that whenever it gets brought up, I like to counter it with another: Who or Small Faces? After all, there’s a lot more to discuss in there. As much as a Who fan as I am, I can admit they probably really hit their highest highs from 1969 to 1974. For pure mod raveups, an all-pervasive cool, and trend-setting Brit beat creativity, the Small Faces have it over the rest of the pack from 1965 to 1968.

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