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  • An Interview with IAN THORNLEY

    Posted on February 13, 2017 by Jimmy Ruddock

    By Jimmy Ruddock
    All of us at Cosmo Music are big fans of BIG WRECK and any time IAN THORNLEY drops by the store, it is a real treat. We were thrilled to have them headline CosmoFEST 2016, where they put on an incredible show. I was delighted to ask Ian a few questions about his band's NEW album - Grace Street, songwriting, and vinyl.
    Note: A full review of BIG WRECK's Grace Street is forthcoming. Stay tuned for that blog post. 

    Q. Is the new album a continuation of the themes that were explored on Albatross and Ghosts, or is it [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News and was tagged with Big Wreck, Ian Thornley, Interview, Vinyl

  • Jimmy's Album Review: What We Were Listening To In 2016

    Posted on December 20, 2016 by Neil Shukla

    A Recap of 2016 By Jimmy Ruddock
    2016 was a difficult year for music. Bookended by the deaths of two of the most influential musicians of the last 50 years - David Bowie at the beginning of the year, and the recent passing of Leonard Cohen - it's been a year marked by loss. We also lost Prince, Sharon Jones, Merle Haggard, A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg, and Beatles' producer George Martin, among others. Meanwhile, Canadian heroes The Tragically Hip released what could possibly be their last album, and embarked on a farewell tour, following the brain cancer diagnosis [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News and was tagged with 2016, Vinyl

  • Jimmy's 'Classic' Album Review: 'Pinkerton', Weezer's Cult Classic

    Posted on November 28, 2016 by Neil Shukla

    A Review By Jimmy Ruddock
    "What's your favourite album of all time?"
    That's a question that I've been asked countless times over the years. As difficult a question as that is to answer, there has only been one album that I have been comfortable with calling my all time favourite: Weezer's 'Pinkerton'.
    As a young kid, The Beatles introduced me to the beauty and endless creative possibilities of pop music. Hearing their music for the first time as a 9 year old was much as a 9 year old's mind can be blown. At home, I continuously played their cassette tapes and [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News and was tagged with Album Review, Pinkerton, Vinyl, Weezer

  • A Memory of Leonard Cohen, 1934-2016

    Posted on November 11, 2016 by Neil Shukla

    By Jimmy Ruddock
    I was on a road trip with a few of my friends around this time of the year about 6 or 7 years ago. We decided to stop for a few days in Montreal to see a concert, and to do some sightseeing around the city. We arrived on a Saturday, and that night was a particularly late and debauched one, in the most respectful of ways of course. So when I awoke at around 7:00 AM the following Sunday morning (I've never been able to sleep well in hotel beds), I knew that my friends would most [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News and was tagged with Leonard Cohen

  • Jimmy's Album Review: Green Day's Back To Basics Revolution

    Posted on October 13, 2016 by Cosmo Music

    Green Day: Revolution Radio
    A Review By Jimmy Ruddock
    The date was November 2, 2004, and I was part of the sold out crowd at Green Day's Air Canada Centre Toronto concert. The band were promoting their newly released album 'American Idiot', an album which would prove to be incredibly important in the band's career. This night was also particularly significant because it was the night of the George Bush vs John Kerry US Presidential Election. This fact was not lost on the audience, as front man Billie Joe Armstrong had been quite outspoken about his distaste for the Bush Administration, at [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News and was tagged with Album Review, American Idiot, Dookie, Green Day, Revolution Radio, Vinyl

  • Pearl Jam Delights Collectors With Vinyl Reissues of 'No Code' and 'Yield'

    Posted on October 11, 2016 by Cosmo Music

    A Vinyl Review by Jimmy Ruddock
    There are many bands who have devoted fan bases. Those fans who eagerly await each new album, purchase concert tickets every time their band comes to town, and proudly wear the t-shirt with the tour dates on the back of that aforementioned concert. Then there are those few bands who transcend all of that: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, and Pearl Jam, amongst a few select others. For fans of these bands simply owning the albums and the t-shirt is not enough. These are the kind of fans who spend far too much [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News and was tagged with Pearl Jam, Vinyl

  • Jimmy's 'Classic' Album Review: The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds: Mono vs Stereo

    Posted on August 29, 2016 by Neil Shukla

    The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
    A Review By Jimmy Ruddock
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' classic 1966 album 'Pet Sounds'. The album is a genuine masterpiece, universally considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time. It features some of the greatest moments in the history of pop music, including the thrilling opener 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', and my personal all-time favourite song, the absolutely beautiful 'God Only Knows'.
    Since forming in late 1961, The Beach Boys enjoyed enormous success with their surf rock sound, including such classic singles as 'I Get Around', 'Surfin' USA [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News and was tagged with Brian Wilson, Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys, Vinyl

  • Exciting NEW Piano Books Series - The Lang Lang Piano Method Books

    Posted on August 10, 2016 by Cosmo Music

    "I loved making my new series for complete beginners and presenting a new way of learning the piano that 21st Century children can relate to." Lang Lang 
    Join the super hero world of Lang Lang and come on a piano adventure with The Lang Lang Piano Method Series.

    Level 1
    Level 1 introduces complete beginners to different five-finger positions, note reading, moving around the keyboard, and developing both hands equally right from the start. The five progressive books in The Lang Lang Piano Method provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world's most successful concert [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News, Pianos and was tagged with Lang Lang, Piano Books

  • Jimmy's Album Review - The Avalanches Triumphantly Return With 'Wildflower'

    Posted on July 27, 2016 by Cosmo Music

    The Avalanches - Wildflower
    A Review by Jimmy Ruddock
    Before I begin this review I think it's important to start with a few definitions.
    1. Plunderphonics: Any music made by taking one or more existing audio recordings and altering them in some way to make a new composition.
    2. Crate Digger: A person who habitually looks through crates of vinyl records at music shops, especially in pursuit of rare or interesting albums.
    3. Sampling: The technique of digitally encoding music or sound and reusing it as part of a composition or recording.
    It's been 16 years since Australian band The Avalanches released their classic album 'Since [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News and was tagged with Vinyl

  • Advance Stream of 'Loud Hailer', Jeff Beck's Latest Musical Statement

    Posted on July 8, 2016 by Cosmo Music

    Jeff Beck: Loud Hailer
    Jeff Beck,the legendary Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame guitarist, is often referred to as the "guitarist's guitarist". So, whenever he releases a new album, guitarists, in particular take note. Throughout his illustrious career Beck has always been a forward thinking musician, always thinking outside of the box, developing innovative guitar techniques. Starting with the British Invasion garage rock of The Yardbirds, to the pre Led Zeppelin bluesy hard rock of the Jeff Beck Group, to the landmark jazz fusion albums "Blow By Blow" and "Wired", and most recently his electronic influenced albums, he has never been [...]  Read more   

    This post was posted in Corner Books, News and was tagged with Beck, Blow by Blow, Bogert & Appice, Jeff Beck, Live+, Loud Hailer, Truth, Vinyl, Wired

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