Writing updates…Examiner.com

August 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm (Musings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I apologize right away for my lax writing in the past couple weeks, however, negotiations & arrangements were still in the process of being arranged at my new writing job – Examiner.com (Canada). They have yet to hire all the writers and get the site procedures down for the Canada version, but I am fully confirmed now as the 1st National Canadian Examiner (will have to live up to that title & write really good stuff and be an example for the website).

As you know, my position will be on National Canadian Music Examiner, and I will be following the Canadian music scene intensely in all forms. I will attempt to look at some broader issues/trends that are affecting Canadian music as a whole, and so on and so forth. It will be really exciting to have this opportunity to write about Canadian music period.

I don’t know exactly when I start, but will inform you of course as soon as I know. There are many entry processes that I have to go through before I’m ready to start with Examiner.com, from orientation, Q & A, and all the other details. So bear with me as I have to go through these hurdles before I get my column/Examiner spot on the website.

O.K. that’s it for now, but I will tell a.s.a.p. when things are set, and ready to go from my end. It is very exciting to have a new beginning (not really knowing what the future holds).

Talk to you soon,

Jason Chu

National Canadian Music Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/National (For now – till Canadian site is ready).

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Damon Alexander and the Ten Cent Rentals

May 15, 2009 at 12:56 am (Indie Artists, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Name: Damon Alexander and the Ten Cent Rentals

Genre: Punk/Pop/Metal

Origin: Canada

Major/indie/unsigned: I would hazard a guess they are Indie

Album: Champions of the Underground (2008), The Legendary Three Limbed Six (2008)

Released: New album expected sometime in 2009

Overall Rating (out of 4): 2.5

Musicality – Pretty good! They play like a tight band that has been together for awhile.

Singing – Pretty decent vocals, a calmer punk style of singing, not too much yelling.

Lyrics – Honestly, I couldn’t hear them too well because they were drowned out by the distortion in the guitars, however, in punk and metal bands that’s totally O.K.

Freshness – They sound like a grown up “Sum 41”, more mature and chill punk rock.

Technicality/Recording – Solid clear sound, no complaints.

Visuals – Nice graphic/brand that they have for their band, but having an actual picture of the band members on your Myspace page would be helpful for people who haven’t heard of you before to identify better with you.

Top 2 Songs:

1. Texas Chain Massacre (Catchy as hell, and love the sound effects of the chainsaws!)

2. The Bad Seed (It really rocks out!)

~ Jason Chu



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