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What A Mlada Fronta Review Means

A review turned up online this week that makes us proud to run a record label and excited for the artist involved. Mlada Fronta's career retrospective "Every Thing" 10CD boxset was reviewed by Canada's Exclaim! Magazine. What this means and why it should even be the subject of a rant is as important as the [...]

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It's Our Birthday, Stop By & Say Hi

Earlier this week Storming the Base celebrated 10 years of business operations. The name of the business and in fact the business itself are a bit older, but the current Storming the Base, the mailorder, Canadian distributor, and operator of record label Artoffact, turned 10 on September 1st. It was a quiet anniversary, not much happened [...]

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Us & Them & The In-Between

Aside from the clever and amusing Sh*t People Say at Record Stores video that made the rounds endlessly this week, the I Die: You Die piece on Deconstructing the Indie vs. Industrial Hype was the viral winner, at least on our FB feed. Sometimes I look at IDUD and I'm saddened by the "Comments (0)" [...]

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Anxiety and Influence: Youth Code

For those who have been paying attention the last year or so, it's really no surprise that YOUTH CODE is everywhere all of a sudden. First of all, let's face it, their label Dais has a way with press and a knack for finding seriously amazing artists. Their records are beautiful, people care about their [...]

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Is Kite's V an Album or an EP?

The latest EP by Swedish synth group Kite is having us rethink the entire concept of the EP. We raised the question recently about whether EPs could be considered on best of the year album lists, in other words can an EP be an album, and what is an album anyway? It's hard to disentangle [...]

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The Top 9 Artists We're Hyped About at Terminus

One week from today, Canada will feel itself lucky all over again as the second annual Terminus Festival will launch in Calgary. And what can we---or anyone---say to convince our American friends, as well as goth/industrial fans from across our own land, to come out? For a few years now we've been publishing similar lists [...]

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It's Over: Industrial Music Peaked in 1946, folks!

We enjoy reading blog articles and Facebook debates as much as the next guy, but sometimes the empiricists in us pine for a bit of good ol' numbers and facts. Not everything boils down to numbers, I know, but numbers help. And so this won't be the first time we broke out our favourite linguaphile [...]

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The Artoffact Records Showcase: Why We're Doing It

Near the end of the month on June 27th, we're hosting the first ever Artoffact Showcase in Toronto, and we'd like you to come. The idea for doing a showcase came about rather accidentally one night over a couple beers with some band friends, and before we knew what we were into, it was happening. [...]

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The Great Hipster Trend Kill

I don't know what a hipster is, but I know one when I see one. Or so the expression goes. Which is only to say that in the popular imagination, hipsterdome seems to be one of those ubiquitous contagions that paradoxically are everywhere but also no where. Indeed, there seems to be as many definitions [...]

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The Top 10 Reasons to attend Kinetik 5.5

10. This year's festival is a short walk from Schwartz's, probably the best deli restaurant in the world. 9. The Kinetik Festival compilation will be on sale for only five bucks. 8. A smaller festival is a more intimate festival. Think Prince small shows, but with Suicide Commando. 7. Kinetik side-event! Our friends at Plastic Wrap have organized [...]

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