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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.

This Album Influenced That Album – The Rolling Stones Influenced The Black Crowes

In the upcoming episodes, we explore how one album influenced another, starting with Darren Scott's picks of the Foo Fighters’ debut and Bad Brains’ Rock for Light. Now it's my
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This Album Influenced That Album – Bad Brains Influenced Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters' self-titled debut album, released in 1995, bears noticeable influences from Bad Brains' "Rock for Light," a seminal hardcore punk album released in 1983. Dave Grohl, the driving
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Fiona Apple - Tidal

Fiona Apple – Tidal

Scott's selection for May 2024 is Fiona Apple's 1996 debut album Tidal. Easily recognized by her unique vocal sound. Fiona's vibe bridges rock and grunge perfectly, giving us a darker
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

How Bad Brains Influenced The Foo Fighters

Join Darren Scott, Scott Coates, Alain Dupuis, and Scott Gregory on the Sonic Collective, a podcast where each month they dive deep into a different album or musical concept. This
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Review of Fiona Apple: Tidal

It's the end of the month and we come back together to discuss this month's pick: Fiona Apple's debut album, Tidal. Our differing musical tastes show through as we explore
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The Prodigy: Fat of the Land

Review of The Prodigy: Fat of the Land

Throughout the month of April, 2024, The Sonic Collective did a deep dive into The Prodigy's third, and most impactful album, Fat of the Land. Tune into this episode and
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Sonic Collective Members

Meet our team of music lovers.


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.


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.


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.


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.