Thom Wong writes regularly about music for The Tyee. He has also been a teacher and contract specialist. With eight years of education and three bachelor degree, Thom focuses mostly on marketing writing.
Reporting beat: Music
Connection to B.C.: Thom's favourite place in BC is the giant tree in Vancouver's Stanley Park that gets decorated during winter. He thinks the biggest issue facing British Columbians is trying to avoid growing complacent.
Personal website: thesundaybest.org
Stories by Thom Wong
It went home for a rest, now it's back.
See what we did there? Canada's song search goes on.
The Canadian song debate is just getting weird at this point.
His Early Mornin' Rain puts out Wolf Parade's Fire.
Now with added bitching, moaning and eating our own. Plus Dan Hill. And BTO.
Feist, Mangan, SNFU and Joni Mitchell, plus the bitter truth about Gordon Lightfoot.
Tragically Hip, McLachlan, Fresh Wes, Metric, Buffy Saint-Marie -- let battle commence.
And Stompin' Thom Wong dumps on a few more of your favourites.
We'll tell you straight up it isn't 'Snowbird.'
Your lyrics are terrible. But at least they led the way to TNGHT.
Grimes gave us 'Visions' of the future.
When bubblegum monotony rules, one weird little man cuts through.
Or your acoustic hop, or whatever. It'll warm you either way.
Everything old is new again, just jazzed up with computers.
The garrulous UK songsmith demands your attention.
Forget that Muse atrocity, we've got a way better anthem
Think The National meets Joy Division, but way harder to find.
Johnny Flynn and Jake Bugg spearhead the next British Invasion.
Tunes from old school games still charm, but Jim Guthrie's new soundtrack is next level.
Holcombe Waller's voice is a holy instrument.
Julia Holter's "Marienbad" inspires a resolution.
In fact, Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds is giving it away -- all of it.
Indie vets like Jim Guthrie are creating beautiful music for the button-mashers.
Sigur Ros misses the mark but Andrew Bird: Fever Year hits a bullseye.
Great music is everywhere. Here's how you find it.
The Inbreds were predicting the future while you were still jumping around to Ace of Base.
Pearl and the Beard help keep your summer afloat, just.
Florence and the Machine, the big winner on new Buddy Holly tribute.
If this little-known cut from '67 doesn't do it for you, nothing will.
Russian literature meets Ricky Nelson in this week's Seattle buzz band.
But still great! Behold "Otis" by Vancouver's The Oh Wells.
You'd be amazed how good it sounds after a month of Rebecca Black.
Except when rising remix stars The Knocks take on Motown and Stax.
The Dodos turn off the amps and come up trumps.
Sonya Cotton grieves out loud on her sublime tribute to her mother, and asks for a little help from you.
As lovely as it is, her "Clementine" is no campfire singalong.
Janelle Monáe's 'TheArchAndroid' amazes. But so do Thom Wong's two other picks.
Here comes the EMI cash grab... er... sun.
Skrillex remixes a club smash into dimensions unknown.
Her bedroom recording is better than your bedroom recording.
But at least The Naked and Famous don't sound like Barry Manilow.
More free musical awesomeness, this time from Karen Boekbinder.
You've nothing to lose but your chainstores, says Padma
The music industry doesn't know its ass from its elbow. Guess who benefits?
Two indie rock giants, two albums, one victor!
He's the Tallest Man on Earth, and possibly the most well-spoken.
In which our correspondent witnesses a miniature indie rock miracle.
Isn't selling the most albums its own reward?
The Olympics demonstrated how little we know about our own music.
But Sarah, Alanis, Shania? Maybe not so much.
Some thoughts on Will Ferrell, Stereogum, and a new trend in music.
Neko Case and the Best of 2000-2009.
Yes, it's a column about Christmas music.
Meet three ladies in full posterior-kicking effect.
His new concert album tells us he won't go gently.
Bell Orchestre releases a remix project that actually works.
Karen O's Magical Mystery Tour
...Or how the Internet eats pop
And Shiina Ringo doesn't look too bad, either. Not that it matters.
"Japanese banjos and Star Trek flutes" only sounds horrible on paper, trust us!
Intimate concerts remind why music still matters.
For bands like Loney, Dear, MP3s leave us both richer and poorer.
From theatrically inclined fake Newfies, no less.
Music to soothe the savage pop landscape.
Melissa Endean's tunes are simple, nourishing and grown locally.
Peter Fox's German reggae is full of surprises.
Its work is cut out.
Commercially unviable advertising star.
Vancouver collective preaches danceable indie power pop.
What kind of mixing makes audio gold?
Captivating, accessible, Icelandic music that defies its unwieldy title.
Why Beck is one of the only ones to make it work.
What to listen to when love, vacations and jobs hit the wall.
Escape with some sing-along, filth and a good beat.
Songs for the beginning, middle and end of your journey.
Why I checked in to their post-grunge haven.
Good Valentine's music from Bird, Buckley and Magnetic Fields.
Blue Hearts' 'Linda Linda.'
From Radiohead and Andrew Bird to bad grammar.
Can random be contrived?
Where stars get it right and wrong.
And three ways to celebrate it.
You can't get Hifana on iTunes. Get it here.
Three recent top finds.
Music to help create a fictional life.
Three chords, two guys and the truth.
Music to fall in love, be young and take poison to.
Thom Wong's current must-reads.
This will get the girl. Or your money back.
Note the patterns. I say hip hop is next.
'Might fold your paper heart into a crown.'
German duo gives Swedish 'twee-pop' a run for its money.
'Books' is the best song I've ever heard.
Loveninjas kungfus cynical hearts this Valentine's week.
The ultimate bLink!
My love hate for the Interweb.
Optical illusion anarchy.
Online advertising: more than talking frogs?
Online comics that bring bananas to your dawgs.
Lite Brite online.
How do you feel in blog?
A tug on the blog heart strings.
The 'beests' are out there.
When movies collide with advertising.
The ultimate blogger: blog, scheme, win!
How do you worship your favourite city?
Unleash your inner Van Halen
You have questions? Ask for Cents has answers.
Celebrating the worst writing winners.
What's your guerilla art fantasy?
Video killed the radio star? Well, it's back.
Virtual trash, real treasure.
What's a geograph?
A serial story that'll curl your toes.
15000 photos say more than 15000 words
Form and function. But can it cook dinner?
Let the children dance.
My House Is Your House.
Connect the dots.
Who's in the ruling class? Gimme names!
One hundred words.
The music bloggosphere
Tricks, hacks and organizational heaven.
Wanna change something?
Think it, make it.
Can you Digg it?
Got modest needs?
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