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by Archives February 9, 2005

New York Dolls

New York Dolls

These guys are so raw and so great. Pills is one of the greatest punk rock songs of all time. Listen to the band The Strokes are ripping off.

The Pixies

Bossanova

One of the most influential bands of the 80s, they broke up mere months before they would have been huge. Kurt Cobain’s fave band, and it shows. Rock Music is a perfect heavy song, and the album’s great all around. Pretty impressive, considering everyone agrees it was their worst.

– Ernest Hoffman

Green Day

American Idiot

I hadn’t listened to Green Day much since Nimrod but this album was just awesome. There are some great songs on the album and it deserves the Grammy nomination.

Any Album by Our Lady Peace

These Canadian rockers are just pure musical bliss, and with talk that they’re coming out with another album at some point this year is great news to OLP fans.

– Jared Book

Tegan and Sara

So Jealous

This record has been named one of the top 50 albums of 2004 by Rolling Stone. The young Canadian duo’s sound has grown over the past couple of albums. The band is currently touring the country and will be stopping in Monteral on February 19th.

Straylight Run

Straylight Run

This Long-Island based quartet showcases their songwriting abilities in their debut record. Album highlights include “Existentialism On Prom Night”, “Mistakes We Knew We Were Making” and “Tool Sheds and Hot Tubs”.

-Melissa Hetu

The Garden State Soundtrack

Zach Braff is a genius, not only did he direct the movie, he produced the soundtrack as well. Every song on this album is good. It includes songs from Simon and Garfunkle, Zone 7 and The Shins. If you like the movie you will definitely love the soundtrack.

The Constantines

Shine a Light

The first thing that needs to be said about The Cons is that they put on an amazing live show. However, since they only come to Montreal a few times a year, the next best alternative is to check out their latest cd. It’s loud yet harmonious at the same time.

PJ Harvey

Dry

This album is by far PJ Harvey’s best one. It’s raw, real and filled with angst. Dry is all about great song writing and electric guitars. -Melanie McDonald

Bad Religion

The Empire Strikes FirstI’ve been rockin’ out to this band since I knew what punk rock was. The new album shows a clear evolution in their music but still stays true to the BR sound. Lovin’ it.

Franz Ferdinand

Self Titled Debut

Possibly one of the few perfect albums ever created. Every single track on this album is good. Good for partying, driving, even doing the dishes. Its infectious sound and upbeat songs will get you doing your silliest dances in your living room. If you don’t have it, go buy it.

-Maggie Scott

Dr. Draw

The City

Dr. Draw is a child prodigy turned brilliant electronic club act. Trained in classical violin, he used to busk on the streets of T.O. for money. Now, teamed up with a dj and a band, he performs at the likes of Newtown, getting the crowd jumping and dancing to an electronic version “Ave Maria”. I fully recommend this debut album to anyone who loves electronica, classical violin or both.

-Jennifer Squires

The Streets

A Grand Don’t Come For Free

An interesting mix of Brit-pop and Hip Hop, these tracks come together to tell a narrative about Mike, his girlfriend, and a case of “stolen” cash. I love the mix of sounds, as well as the various British expressions that come up here and there in the lyrics.

– Jean Nicolai

Stay tuned for more wonderful suggestions from your infinitely cool editors here in the production room.

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