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THE MONTHLY ALBUM SELECTIONS

Listen to our Sonic Collective member explain the selection for the month. Be sure to follow up the next month to hear the reviews from the group.

Album Selection: The Fat of the Land, by The Prodigy

The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land

Alain's selection for April 2024 has us exploring the monumental impact of The Prodigy's 'The Fat of the Land' on the late '90s music landscape, and its lasting influence on electronic and rock genres. Join us for a deep dive into this iconic album's legacy.
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John Mayer – Continuum

Check out our album selection for March 2024. Continuum is Mayer’s third studio album, was released on September 12, 2006, and took about a year-and-a-half to record, which happened in New York, LA, and Memphis. It’s noted as making a departure from his pop side, transitioning into a more blues / soul vibe, and notably was produced by legendary drummer Steve Jordan, who is now the Rolling Stones’ drummer. Listen to this and get access to more episodes and content at https://thesoniccollective.com
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The Cure – The Head on the Door

"The Head on the Door" is not just an album; it's a testament to The Cure's versatility and their knack for pushing musical boundaries. As we embark on this exploration of "The Head on the Door," be prepared to be immersed in a world of sonic innovation, where every note is a brushstroke on the canvas of alternative rock history. So, join me as we unravel the layers of "The Head on the Door" by The Cure, an album that not only defined an era but continues to resonate with generations of music lovers. Stay tuned for a deep dive into the tracks that make this album a timeless masterpiece. Listen to this and get access to more episodes and content at https://thesoniccollective.com
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Oasis – Be Here Now

We’re going to rock out this December to Oasis’s third-best album: “Be Here Now”. You may remember it from the singles “D’you know what I mean?”, “Stand by Me”, “All around the world” or “Don’t Go Away.” You may also remember it as the last album that featured the original members. Listen along and see if this album stands the test of time, and what Sonic Collective members think of it. For more media, photos, videos and more reviews, please follow us on your favourite podcast platform and check out thesoniccollective.com
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Jay-Z – The Black Album

The Sonic Collective Podcast is back for their September 2023 pick. Darren Scott dives into why he chose this album for a full review. After completing our past four episodes based on 1-hit wonders, this is a great way to show an artist that was huge after one album but mainstream success never followed. Do you remember this album from 1988, or are you just hearing Luke Combs version and thinking that is a beautiful song. Listen along to the original and see if this entire album stands the test of time and what Sonic Collective members think of this.For more media, photos, videos and more reviews, please follow us on your favourite podcast platform and check out thesoniccollective.com
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MC5 – Kick Out the Jams

This month we’re tackling an album I’ve been aware of for a long time, never listened to, but the time has come. Kick Out the Jams by MC5 was released in February 1969 and has been classified as proto-punk. While the band formed in 1963, it took a few years for their debut album to come into form, and uniquely, it was recorded live over two nights at Detroit's Grande Ballroom in 1968. Typically bands release a live album well into their career but MC5 uniquely opted to do so out of the gates.
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Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman – Self Titled

The Sonic Collective Podcast is back for their September 2023 pick. Darren Scott dives into why he chose this album for a full review. After completing our past four episodes based on 1-hit wonders, this is a great way to show an artist that was huge after one album but mainstream success never followed. Do you remember this album from 1988, or are you just hearing Luke Combs version and thinking that is a beautiful song. Listen along to the original and see if this entire album stands the test of time and what Sonic Collective members think of this.For more media, photos, videos and more reviews, please follow us on your favourite podcast platform and check out thesoniccollective.com
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One Hit Wonders: The Wallflowers – Bringing Down the Horse

This is the last of our four podcast episodes reviewing what are considered to be one-hit wonders. Loosely meaning that the album had one or so big singles, then we likely never really heard from the band again. Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers had a monster second album based off the strength of One Headlight, a single that led to two Grammy wins for them. Is that all they had in the tank? Are we set yet on the measures we used to judge? Tune in and find out.
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Blu Cantrell - So Blu

One Hit Wonders: Blu Cantrell – So Blu

For the next four podcast episodes we will be reviewing what are considered to be one-hit wonders. Here we are on our second of four picks with our One Hit Wonders series, looking at artists and albums that were One Hit Wonders - loosely meaning that the album had one or so big singles, then we likely never really heard from the band again. I’ve always liked the song You Get What You Give by New Radicals, bought the album when it came out, but don’t remember listening to it beyond the single, and have been listening to that single a lot recently. Then the Foo Fighters announced Josh Freese as their new drummer in May 2023, and while reading about him, I noticed he drummed on two songs from Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too by New Radicals, and decided to make this my pick for the month. - Scott Coates @ The Sonic Collective
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The Monthly Reviews

Each month our members rotate picking the artists or theme to be reviewed, dissected and discussed. Join us!

Review of John Mayer – Continuum

Our pick for March 2024 was John Mayer’s third studio album, Continuum, which was released on September 12, 2006. As sometimes happen when we share post-listening thoughts, we differed a bit on this one, with one TSC member really not liking the album, but most of us aligned on it sort of just being hhmm. Not great, not bad, just there, and potentially a great album to cut vegetables to.
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Review of The Cure – The Head on the Door

The Cure – The Head on the Door Step into the captivating world of timeless music with our podcast, where we delve deep into the iconic albums that have shaped the landscape of rock and alternative music. This month, we turn our spotlight on "The Head on the Door" by The Cure, a seminal album that has left an indelible mark on generations of music lovers. Join us as we dissect each track, exploring the album's innovative soundscapes, poignant lyrics, and enduring influence on the music industry.
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Review of Oasis: Be Here Now

ell, another year in the bag and we go out on an Oasis bang. I wasn't quite sure how everyone would land on this one. It's still one of the greatest British rock bands ever, but they were full of themselves and drugs during recording. Check out our thoughts and post your comments.
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Jay-Z's The Black Album

Review of Jay-Z: The Black Album

We dove into Jay-Z's 2003 classic, the Black Album, which was hyped up to be his mic-drop. A magnum opus. His final release before he sailed off into the sunset. As history has shown, Jay-Z did not retire. But was this album worthy of his swan-song? Was this a worthy farewell to the rap game? And how does it sound now, over 20 years later in an era of mumble rap, trap beats, and blending of styles? Find out the answer to these questions and more as we reveal our thoughts and opinions on this one. Spoiler alert: We didn't all agree!
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Review of MC5: Kick out the Jams

Get ready for a thrilling ride through music history! In the last four episodes, we've been grooving to the catchy tunes of one-hit wonders. But now, hold on to your seats because we're shifting gears. Our very own music aficionado and Sonic Collective member, Darren Scott, has taken us on a journey back to the world of influential albums. This time, we're diving headfirst into the debut album of the incomparable Tracy Chapman. Picture this: soul-stirring lyrics, mesmerizing melodies, and a voice that'll give you goosebumps. We've gathered around to dissect this musical masterpiece and explore how it still holds up today. October 2023 saw us dive into the very first punk album of all time. It’s so the first that it wasn't even classified as punk at the time. MC5 recorded this, their first album live and we all felt the sound recording and quality was pretty darn good considering how long ago this was done. It stands up. But when we really got into the music, things took a bit of a turn. We enjoyed a few of the sounds, notably the title track, but found overall this album just became noisy after a couple of tracks and started to down-right irritate some of us. Scott G enjoyed it the most but the rest of us found getting through in one listen a bit of work. That said, we’re glad we had the experience, as this was really the beginnings of punk and an entirely new sound to the world. We’ve widened our musical knowledge and scope.
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Tracy Chapman Album Review

Review of Tracy Chapman: Self-titled

Get ready for a thrilling ride through music history! In the last four episodes, we've been grooving to the catchy tunes of one-hit wonders. But now, hold on to your seats because we're shifting gears. Our very own music aficionado and Sonic Collective member, Darren Scott, has taken us on a journey back to the world of influential albums. This time, we're diving headfirst into the debut album of the incomparable Tracy Chapman. Picture this: soul-stirring lyrics, mesmerizing melodies, and a voice that'll give you goosebumps. We've gathered around to dissect this musical masterpiece and explore how it still holds up today. But here's the twist – while we found ourselves nodding in agreement on some aspects, our opinions and passion for this album couldn't be more diverse. Is Tracy Chapman an artist worth your precious listening time? Well, there's only one way to find out: tune in and join the conversation with Darren at The Sonic Collective! 🎵🔊
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One Hit Wonder or Not? The Wallflowers – Bringing Down the Horse

In last round of our "One Hit Wonder" series, we gave a listen to Bringing Down the Horse by The Wallflowers. Overall the album was generally liked with some differences of opinion on some of the positives and negatives of the album. We also mature and share our reasoning of what qualifies as a one hit wonder and decide if this band qualifies based off the performance of "One Headlight" and the rest of the slbum. Tune in to the episode to see what we thought of it.
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Album review: Blu Cantrell - So Blu

One Hit Wonder or Not? Blu Cantrell – So Blu

In the third installment of our One Hit Wonders round, we listened to Blu Cantrell's debut album, So Blu. The album was released in 2001 and featured the very famous and very awesome song "Hit em' up Style (Oops!)". But what about the rest of the album? Equally awesome? Well, that's what we endeavored to find out this month as we dissected So Blu. Does Blu Cantrell deserve to be better known for her body of work? Was she done dirty? We seemed to be aligned for the most part. Tune in to the episode to see what we thought of it.
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New Radicals

One Hit Wonder or Not? New Radicals’ Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too

So here, it is, the second review of our One Hit Wonders round, this time listening to New Radicals’ Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too. If you haven’t listened to/read about why we picked it, check that out first. The album was released October 16, 1998, and is essentially an album by lead singer, Gregg Alexander, who is the only person to play on all the album’s tracks. He enlisted a swath of session musicians (28) to play instruments while recording, really making this an album of hired guns. The very successful You Get What You Give charted high on most Top 40 lists around the world, then the band broke up in 1999. A second single, Someday We’ll Know, was released shortly after the band called it quits and the rest is history.
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Musical Musings

Sometimes we just find cool music stuff on the Interwebs that we just have to share.

We reveal our choices

Choosing 10 albums to listen to for the rest of our lives | Our desert island thought experiment

If you could only choose 10 albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what would those be and why? Tune in to hear Alain tee up the preposterous scenario behind this month's episode. This isn't your average The Sonic Collective episode. Come and play along!
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Desert Island Selections - Choose 10 albums!

Our Desert Island albums: Teeing up a thought experiment. Wanna play along?

If you could only choose 10 albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what would those be and why? Tune in to hear Alain tee up the preposterous scenario behind this month's episode. This isn't your average The Sonic Collective episode. Come and play along!
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4 Bands People Love to Hate

Four bands people love to hate

For April 2021, The Sonic Collective member Darren Scott has chosen the Sleaford Mods, Divide and Exit album. This new and edgy working class electronic punk music is minimalist, raw as hell and has a distinctly new sound. With our world is so much chaos, we need more voices like this, telling it like it is. Enjoy Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn as the Sleaford Mods.
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A Conversation with Danko Jones

For 25 years, Danko Jones has kept rock n’ roll alive and strong. Over the course of 10 studio albums, from 2001s’ I’m Alive and on Fire’ to 2021’s upcoming ‘Power Trio’, the sound has remained solid, he’s continued to push boundaries, and consistently rocked. On this special episode of The Sonic Collective we chat with band founder Danko Jones about the history of the band, look to the future, and learn what he loves about music and performing.
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WiL

Getting to Know WiL

Welcome to the Sonic Collective. On this special episode we’ll get to know a very talented musician from western Canada. From early days in the Calgary bar scene, building his name as a solo artist, to playing with two supporting players, singer-songwriter WiL has built a loyal following many musicians would love to have. In this fickle business, what’s kept him going for so many years, what does he still love about music, and what’s next?
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A Chat with Sam Roberts - All of Us

A Chat with Sam Roberts – All of Us

On this special episode of The Sonic Collective, we chat with Sam Roberts, of the Sam Roberts band, about their October 2020 release, All of Us. He goes deep about how the songs were written and sharing it with the world in a time of COVID. But we start by going back in time, with Sam sharing what it feels like to have been recording professionally for almost two decades, being the son of parents from South Africa who immigrated to Canada, what it means to be Canadian, and even some of his musical guilty pleasures. Get ready to hear a very candid Sam Roberts share on multiple levels. Enjoy the musical ride!
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Albums that changed our musical tastes

Albums that Changed Our Musical Tastes

Scientists say your musical tastes are formed by what you enjoyed in your teens. You hear a song, it resonates, and that style guides your musical tastes moving forward. There’s those monumental albums you can still remember hearing for the first time, all these years later. You likely remember where you were, the time of year, perhaps even what you were wearing, who you were with, and the smell in the air when you first heard it. Today we’re going to chat about just that - albums that influenced and changed our musical tastes.
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An Exploration of Musical Supergroups

Welcome to the Sonic Collective, and another one of our exploratory podcast episodes. In this episode, we’ll explore musical supergroups. So what is a supergroup? Well, for us, it’s a musical performing group of three or more persons, whose members have successful solo careers, are members of other groups, or are well known in other musical professions. They come together to form an epic alignment of mighty musical talents. For us, this isn’t a duo and they must have released at least one full-length album. These supergroups can also come from any genre. The term can sometimes also be applied to a group that has no specific preferred genre. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and today, we’ll touch on a few that fall in both categories and some in between.
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What Makes a Great Album? Featuring Broadcasting Legend Alan Cross

There’s been one common thread regardless of genre, time period, or concept, that’s run through each of our album selections. The search for a great album. The entire package. A group of songs that work together to create more than just a few good singles, rather an experience and journey for the listener. So what makes a great album? This is the question and discussion we had with Alan Cross, an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. Enjoy.
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The Sonic Collective Members

Meet our team of music lovers.

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Scott Coates

Bangkok, Thailand

Scott has lived in Southeast Asia since 1999, when he co-founded what became one of the region’s most respected luxury travel companies, Smiling Albino. There, he designed and led adventures throughout SE Asia and Nepal before selling out of the business in 2013 to try his hand at other pursuits. While working as a Team Building Consultant, he developed a keen interest in how people learn and grow which led him to serve as Director of People Development with one of the region's largest travel companies, EXO Travel. \An enthusiastic mountain biker, runner, and explorer, he also very much likes bobbing his head to AC/DC while sipping beers.

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Alain DuPuis

Calgary, Canada

Alain is a native Calgarian with a longstanding love of music. Groomed on post-grunge and 90s alternative, he seeks to expand his audio horizons ever further, exploring all the genres he once looked down upon. When he's not busy working six days a week like some sort of maniac, he enjoys gaming, obsessing about whisky, working out or frequenting seedy karaoke bars around town.

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Scott Gregory

Calgary, Canada

Scott Gregory is the newest dad of the group and brings his love of melody and music to the Sonic Collective. Scott is always full of facts and seems to have an uncanny love for the women in music. He likes to push the Collective into areas that we may otherwise overlook. Scott loves his new little family, the New York Rangers and all the music he can consume between diaper changes.

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Darren Scott

Calgary, Canada

Darren currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he can often be found in the best live music venues in town (Palamino, Commonwealth, King Eddy's, Broken City, Cafe Koi, etc.) and he is used to being "The old guy" at the young punk shows. Darren likes to know the stories behind the music he listens to and enjoys the musical journey of it all. A "say it like it is" guy in his own words, he tends to go a little off the cuff from time to time. Ok, all the time. He loves his family, friends and Flames and has a sense of humour he thinks is hilarious.

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