This week I took to the streets of Toronto to visit my first record store. Soundscapes, located at College St. in Little Italy. Soundscapes is a small but mighty shop that has been providing music to Torontonians for over a decade. Soundscapes has something for everyone. Whether you are looking to buy Vinyl and CD’s, listen to exclusive live performances, or, get tickets to a show at one of Toronto’s historical venues, Soundscapes has it all under one roof.
When talking to Greg Davis, owner of Soundscapes, he noted that times have been a little tougher. Mostly due to the fact that not as many people are purchasing albums as often. However, this has not deterred him from making his work a passion.
This Week’s Playlist
The third studio album of the Beastie Boys. Released on April 21, 1992, Check Your Head features well-known hits such as “So What’Cha Want” and “Jimmy James”. After giving this record a listen, you can hear the difference in musicality. Check Your Head is more of a punk jazz funk sound compared to the Boy’s usual old school rap. That said, my personal favourites from this album are: “Lighten Up”, “In 3’s” and “Live at Pj’s”.
Magnolia Electric Co. is actually Jason Molina, folk rock songwriter’s second band. Released in 2003, this record is most known for the opening track “Farwell Transmission”. This seven-minute song was recorded in a single take. This indie folk band from the Midwest was able to connect with music lovers because they sing about the struggles of real people with real problems. Overall I appreciate the artistry on this album, however, this genre is not necessarily my favourite.