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Alt-rock legend J Mascis.


Alt-rock legend J Mascis.

Vice Sports

Just in time for the World Cup and the ensuing web traffic it will create, former Montreal-based new media giant Vice has continued to expand its footprint and brand by launching a new web portal focusing on sports.

Now based in Brooklyn and with a worldwide presence, thanks to bureaus scattered around the globe, this is the first new portal (the music-themed Noisey and Thump, along with a news-centric site, launched in the last two years) where Vice doesn't have a lot of previous experience. While it has the MMA-focused Fightland, Vice doesn't have an extensive history of sports journalism in its 20-year long evolution from a free street paper to media conglomerate. That doesn't mean they will be playing catch-up for too long, but they may have to work a bit harder to attract sports fans who don't fall into their current demographic.


Tyler Florence's Test Kitchen

One of the Food Network's go-to guys for putting his cooking style into simple terms and applying it to the classics, it's hard to imagine where Tyler Florence would find the time to develop and record a new podcast series. Already putting in double-duty as the host of Tyler's Ultimate and The Great Food Truck Race on the network, along with developing his own food lines and now wines, Florence is very active on social media and has done a good job of transferring his skills on TV into the digital world.

If you aren't following his Instragram feed or haven't heard that the talented celebrity chef has launched a new podcast series, it may be time to see what Florence and his team of sous chefs have been up to in his test kitchen.


Video of the Week: John Smith -- Ol' Man Winter

It's been nearly a year-and-a half since the release of veteran M.C. John Smith's (a.k.a. Joseph Winter) Minor League MVP on Foultone Records, which came on the heels of his Mcenroe-produced album and video, Ol' Man Winter. Busy holding down the stage at three of the city's hottest parties -- Grippin' Grain, Devotion and Together -- the skilled wordsmith and hype man has been tirelessly prepping for a new album called Schadenfreude that is being produced by Rob Crooks and is set to drop this summer.

Catch him opening for Killer Mike on Friday, June 20, as part of Jazz Winnipeg Festival's club series at Union Sound Hall in the Exchange. He'll be joined onstage at various points by Yy, Greezy, Nestor Wynrush, Ismaila, Pip Skid and Harry Nilsson's Ghost, while Kutdown will handle the turntable duties..


Stream of the Week: J Mascis -- Every Morning

Fresh off fronting Nirvana for a few songs at its unannounced gig following the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dinosaur Jr.'s guitar god J. Mascis has been busy in the studio working on the followup to 2011's Several Shades of Why. Guests on the mellower, laid-back solo effort include Black Heart Procession's Pall Jenkins, Cat Power's Chan Marshall, and Mark Mulcahy and Ken Maiuri from Young@Heart Chorus. Tied to a Star is set for release on Seattle's Sub Pop Records on Aug. 26. Every Morning is the first single from the album.


Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 19, 2014 ??65520

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