Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
- 1. Never follow an artist who describes his or her work as ‘dark’.
- 2. The second-last song on every album is the weakest.
- 3. Great bands tend to look alike.
- 4. Being a rock star is a 24-hour-a-day job.
- 5. The band with the most tattoos has the worst songs.
- 6. No band does anything new on stage after the first 20 minutes.
- 7. The guitarist who changes guitars on stage after every third number is showing you his guitar collection.
- 8. Every great artist hides behind their manager.
- 9. Great bands don’t have members making solo albums.
- 10. The three-piece band is the purest form of rock and roll expression.
When singer/songwriter Simone Schmidt of Toronto's One Hundred Dollars decided she needed an outlet for her non-country tunes, Fiver was formed with her fellow bandmates, guitarist Paul Mortimer, bassist Kyle Porter along with Tropics drummer Simone TB. Check out the Colin Medley video clip for Oh Sienna (below), the A-side of Fiver's debut single which you can get right here
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Writer, thespian, performance artist and post-punk bon vivant Ann Magnuson is planning to release a musical homage to the late glam-rock enigma Jobriath and has set-up a Kickstarter pledge page to help fund the production of The Jobriath Medley: A Glam Rock Fairy Tale. The release is well-timed to coincide with the resurgence of interest in Jobriath following the release of Keiran Turner's new documentary Jobriath A.D. narrated by Henry Rollins and featuring interviews with Marc Almond, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters as well as Ann Magnuson and her musical director Kristian Hoffman.
As with all Kickstarer projects, there are a variety of gift incentives for the different pledge amounts which start at $3. However, this being an Ann Magnuson funding drive, the reward items available go above and way beyond your typical signed CDs as you'll see in the accompanying video (below). Thus far, 70 backers have pledged a total of $3,508 US towards the goal of $7,500 with 18 days left to go. For those who'd like to support Ann Magnuson's venture, just follow this link
Here's Ann's pitch...
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Sadies are pleased to announce that they will be touring Canada in November as support to Neil Young & Crazy Horse (see dates below). They'll be sharing the bill with Los Lobos from Vancouver to Toronto and Patti Smith in Ottawa and Montreal which hopefully means that Patti will be doing a Hogtown show of her own. The Juno-winning Toronto twang troop will be returning to the studio with producer Gary Louris in the fall to begin recording the follow-up to 2010's critically acclaimed Darker Circles album which was short-listed for a Polaris Music Prize. That might not seem like much but considering the prevailing indie-rock slant of the Polaris jury pool, a recording by the Sadies getting short-listed is a huge freaking achievement.
In 2010, the band saw their one-off Neil Young collabo on "This Wheel's On Fire" dispatched to obscurity on the Band tribute disc A Canadian Celebration of the Band (Sony) which became an instant cut-out bin classic largely due to the baffling list of contributors that included Raine Maida, Hawksley Workman, Great Big Sea, The Trews, Chantal Creviazuk, Ian Thornley and others who similarly had no business messing with songs by The Band. More recently, The Sadies received further accolades for their inspired studio throwdown with Andre Williams on the Jon Spencer-produced Night & Day (Yep Roc/Outside) album.
Consisting of brothers Dallas and Travis Good, drummer Mike Belitsky and upright bassist Sean Dean, The Sadies’ reputation as “musician’s musicians” and “a real working band” has been earned in roadhouses and bucket-of-blood bars as well as theaters and festivals all over the world where, for the last 14 years, they have astonished audiences with their earthy arsenal of traditional roots music, country, spaghetti western excursions, surf, garage rock, psychedelia, and the slippery beast known as alt rock, all with uncanny precision and passion.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse November Tour Dates
November 11th - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena with Los Lobos & The Sadies
November 13th - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome with Los Lobos & The Sadies
November 14th - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre with Los Lobos & The Sadies
November 16th - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre with Los Lobos & The Sadies
November 19th - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre with Los Lobos & The Sadies
November 23rd - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre with Patti Smith and Her Band & The Sadies
November 24th - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place with Patti Smith and Her Band & The Sadies
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
After Otto Preminger finished the 1965 psychological thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing – his creepy black & white rejoinder to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho – the notorious control freak was so concerned with filmgoers showing up late and missing essential plot development points that he enlisted the Zombies to help create a special promotional clip to warn people against being tardy.
So the Zombies, who were already contributing three songs to the film's soundtrack, came up with Come On Time – a crafty rewrite of Just Out Of Reach which namechecks the principle players and presses the importance of punctuality. Now largely forgotten, the Zombies' Come On Time promo clip (reportedly shot under Preminger's critical glare) is an early example of a celebrity tie-in now commonplace in the set-up of big budget Hollywood films.
Since Sony Pictures strangely left it off their 2005 release of the Bunny Lake Is Missing DVD and today happens to be the birthday of Zombies' frontman Colin Blunstone, here's Come On Time followed by Preminger's original trailer where you can see the Zombies performing Just Out Of Reach on a pub TV and hear Otto underscore his "iron rule" that no one will be admitted to the theatre after the movie has started.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Porter Records http://www.porterrecords.com/id113.html
Thursday, June 21, 2012
To coincide with the digital release of First Aid Kit's new single Blue taken from the Mike Mogis-produced album The Lion's Roar (Wichita), Swedish sibling harmony duo of Klara and Johanna Söderberg have just issued a superb video clip for the song.
Beautifully shot by Scandinavian filmmaker Daniel Wirtberg, best known for his short subject and video work – most notably Little Dragon's Crystalfilm – the Blue video is built around the performance of celebrated Swedish actress Ewa Fröling whom some will remember from her international breakout role as Emelie in Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander and more recently playing Harriet Vanger in Niels Arden Oplev's superior Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo from 2009.
First Aid Kit will begin the North American leg of their current world tour in late July, hitting the Town Ballroom in Buffalo on July 30 on their way to Toronto for a show with hugely promising Shreveport singer/songwriter Dylan LeBlanc at the Danforth Music Hall on September 26. In the meantime, have a look at Blue:
Blue by First Aid Kit
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
After a lengthy break between Cat Power studio sets, Matador has slated September 4 for the new SUN album recorded, performed and produced by Chan Marshall primarily at the home studio she built in Malibu. From the upbeat tone of the lead off track Ruin (see the Austin Conroy-directed video clip below), it sounds like SUN could do very well for Marshall and Matador both. Watch for details of a limited-run vinyl editon to be announced soon. If you like the song Ruin, you can momentarily download it for free right here.
SUN track listing:
Always On My Own
Nothin But Time
Peace And Love
Ruin by Cat Power
From the fab Sofrito site comes this funky fresh mix of Island heat put together by Andy Westbury – the man behind Hackney's well-stocked Eldica Vinyl and Retro shop (8 Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN) – which you can download right here.
Caribbean Boogie Selection
The Troubedours – Gimme Some More
Sylvania East Side Symphony – Hot Pants Road
Charlies Roots – Pastime Paradise
Embryo – Wanjang Woman
Robert Bailey – Trinidad
Last Supper – Black Bull
Lunar 7 – African Bump
The Fantastics – You Don't Love Me
The Outfit – Dr Spougenstein
Johnny Limbo – A Little Bit Of Everything
Carol Addison – I'm Tricked, I'm Trapped
Brothers – Thoughts
Eldica Vinyl and Retro http://www.eldica.co.uk/
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Although some misinformed journalists have characterized Down and Out In Upalong – Gordon Pinsent's recent recording collaboration with Travis Good of the Sadies and Greg Keelor – as the Canadian screen icon's "musical debut", Pinsent actually had a brief career as an East Coast singer/songwriter during the mid-60s folk scare. None of the other Canadian stars of the time felt particularly threatened. Never once did Gordon Lightfoot think about changing his name in deference. But then. considering Gord's middle name, performing as Meredith Lightfoot probably wasn't an option.
Check out Pinsent's sensitive reading of the old Newfoundland folk tune She's Like The Swallow from the album (below) which I'm guessing you probably won't hear him perform tonight with pals Good and Keelor at the Glenn Gould Studio. Show time is 8 pm. Tickets range from $19.50 through $39.50 and are momentarily still available at the Massey Hall / Roy Thomson Hall online ticket office. Better grab 'em quick.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
On the A-side Fredrick Clarke’s alter-ego Chombo turns his attention to a belting calypso-soul-funk cut with ‘Soul Chombo’ from his extremely scarce 1972 LP Chombo’s Show. The B-side boasts two more tough-to-catch cuts originally released as 45s in Panama back in the day and rarely seen since.
Ralph Weeks was one of the stars of Panama! Vol. 3 – along with Fredrick Clarke – is perhaps best known for singing with the famous Exciters combo. With his soul cut We’re Still Strong you’d be forgiven for thinking he was based in Miami, New York or Chicago rather than Panama City. Lastly the enigmatic Jungle Rat USA comes up with a smokin' slice of Latin-flavoured dancefloor soul with Just Love One Another recorded at the studio of top Panamanian producer Eduardo ‘Balito’ Chan and released on the Discos Niño label.
Have a listen:
Panama Soul 12" Medley by Soundway
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
It's that time of year when the fine folks at Vortex Records (2309 Yonge) clear out their store stock to make room for all the new stuff that's been piling up. So the already reasonable prices of Vortex's new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays will be slashed accordingly for their annual five-day Summer Sale event.
Starting with a 30% across the board markdown on Tuesday, June 19 (from 10am to 8pm), the discount will rise to 35% off the remaining stock on Wednesday, June 20 (from 10am to 8pm) then 40% on Thursday, June 21 (10am to 10pm), 45% on Friday, June 22 (10am to 10pm) with 50% off the remaining Matthew Good discs, Erroll Garner LPs and whatever else is left on Saturday, June 23 (10 am to 10 pm).
Vortex Summer Sale
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Here's the delightful new video reverie from Alex Pangman singing "Thanks" – popularized by Bing Crosby – from her latest album "33" which she just released on vinyl. In the black & white clip, Alex is wearing Stop Staring! while her tasteful accompanist, guitarist Jesse Barksdale, is sporting a period-appropriate ensemble from the Tom Parker collection. The studio version of Pangman's sweet rendition of Thanks is available digitally on iTunes and now on vinyl as well at www.alexpangman.com
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Toronto-based photographer and music journalist Beth Lesser has recently followed up her three excellent books Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture, “The Legend of Sugar Minott & Youth Production,” and King Jammy (co-authored with Steve Barrow) with a fourth historical perspective Rub-a-Dub Style: The Roots of Modern Dancehall.
Always on the cutting edge of contemporary culture, Lesser – who founded the important 80s zine Reggae Quarterly with her partner David Kingston aka Lord Selector, host of CKLN's Reggae Showcase program – is making her insightful new study of the largely misunderstood phase in modern reggae music's evolution available for free download on her site in advance of it's print publication. If the names Tenor Saw, Half Pint, Barrington Levy, Wayne Smith, Yellowman and/or Triston Palma mean anything to you, I'd suggest you stop reading this and check out Rub-A-Dub Style on the double, And pick up a back issue of Reggae Quarterly while you're at it.