Soundscapes

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

Check Your Head- 1992

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”.

Check Your Head was not one of the Beastie Boys biggest albums but this record solidified the Boys into a musical force to be reckoned with.

Magnolia Electric Co- 2003

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.

3 Comments

  1. Daniella! I like how your blog ventures into album showcases, but also discusses the whole notion of the vinyl sub-culture. Exited to see what else is in store.

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