Saturday, October 31, 2015

Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives @ Royal Theatre, November 5

Influential NYC hip hop radio personalities Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia will be at the T.O. screening.
During the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie Smalls, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun, as well as an unknown Jay Z, Eminem, and the Fugees from WKCR's Studio B. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their show exceed 300 million. The late-night program had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population as well. All would loyally tune in for the offbeat humor just as much for the exclusive tunes. Stretch and Bobbito brought a unique audience together, and created a platform that changed music forever.

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives screens at the Royal Theatre (608 College) on November 5 at 7 pm with an after party at Tattoo (567 Queen West) at 10 pm.  Get advance tickets for the film screening right here.  Listen to Stretch & Bobbito's 25th Anniversary broadcast on Shade 45. Watch the trailer for the documentary followed by Stretch & Bobbito's chat for Red Bull Academy in San Francisco 2012. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Benjamin Hermann CD release @ The Burdock, Thursday

Check out "Crown Of Flies" off Ben Hermann's Windows Wide Open CD out Oct 30 on Roaring Girl Records.

Benjamin Hermann – Windows Wide Open 

01. Silent Celebrations
02. The Way You Cried
03. Crown Of Flies
04. Snapdragon
05. Stars Upon
06. Calling Me
07. Blooming Insides
08. Dance Me Home
09. Halfway Up The Stairs
10. Windows Wide Open
11. Running For A Living

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

One For The Weekend: Oliver Nelson

Skull Session was cut a few months before Oliver Nelson died of a heart attack on October 28, 1975. He was 43.

Happy Birthday Andy Bey!

Celebrating the birthday of one the all-time great jazz vocalists with a solo performance at Zinc in 2014.

Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch's current road trip doesn't run through Toronto

The Dave Rawlings Machine hits Buffalo's Asbury Hall Nov 5.  Watch the "The Weekend" clip and their HSB set.

The new Dave Rawlings Machine album Nashville Obsolete is out now. Check their complete tour schedule below.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nots @ Smiling Buddha, Wednesday

Watch Memphis punk crew Nots, who just signed with Heavenly UK, tear it up on Local Memphis Live. 

Instro-metal rippers Zombi rock Hard Luck Bar w/ Pinkish Black, November 7

Watch the TNUC clip for Zombi's Diffraction Zone off their new Shape Shift 2LP out now. Read a Q&A here.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ork Records: New York, New York box set due from Numero Group on Orktober 30

As a follow-up to the Ork singles box, Numero's New York, New York set boasts a 190-page hardback book.

In August of 1975, the world’s first punk record label was born. Ork Records: New York, New York is a tale of Terry Ork, a film-obsessed fugitive of Warhol’s Factory set. Ork would pull damaged, literate new rock music from the pregnant Bowery grime of CBGB, resulting in debut 45s by Television and Richard Hell, as well as landmark recordings by The Feelies and Lester Bangs.

It’s a tale of Charles Ball, who’d steer Ork Records through solo exploits by Big Star’s Alex Chilton and the dBs’ Chris Stamey. And it’s a tale told across 2 CD or 4 LPs s in scorching sides by Richard Lloyd, Marbles, Prix, Mick Farren, Cheetah Chrome, the Idols, the Erasers, the Revelons, Student Teachers, and Kenneth Higney's brilliantly off-kilter disco cash-in attempt "Funky Kinky" (listen below) which really deserves to be reissued as a 12" with remixes by say DFA and/or François K. Numero Group's deluxe 190-page hardback book features evocative, unseen imagery, a portal opened by on-the-scene photojournalists as crucial to documenting punk’s conception in the squalid Lower East Side as the walls of CBGB itself.

Ork Records: New York, New York is a visionary glimpse of punk and new wave as invented, nurtured, feted, and forgotten by the street-level artisans who attended the genres’ arrival. Have a look at the Ork Records box unbundled below. You can order a copy directly from the Numero Group right here.

A limited-edition version of New York, New York includes a bonus Feelies 45 featuring two previously unreleased tracks. "The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness" is an unreleased studio cut from 1978, while the flip is a cover of the Bacharach and David classic "My Little Red Book,” recorded live at CBGB December 14, 1976.

Ork Records: New York, New York tracklist
01 TELEVISION Little Johnny Jewel
03 RICHARD HELL (I Belong To The) Blank Generation
04 THE REVELONS The Way (You Tough My Hand)
05 ERASERS I Won't Give Up
06 ALEX CHILTON All Of The Time
07 CHRIS STAMEY & THE DBS (I Thought) You Wanted To Know
08 PRIX Zero
09 MARBLES Red Lights
10 ALEX CHILTON Take Me Home & Make Me Like It
11 PRIX Girl
12 THE IDOLS Girl That I Love
14 CHEETAH CHROME Still Wanna Die
16 THE STUDENT TEACHERS Christmas Weather
17 ERASERS It Was So Funny (The Song That They Sung)
18 RICHARD HELL (I Could Live With You) (In) Another World
19 CHRIS STAMEY The Summer Sun
20 ALEX CHILTON Free Again
21 RICHARD LLOYD (I Thought) You Wanted To Know
23 CHRIS STAMEY Where The Fun Is
24 PRIX Everytime I Close My Eyes
25 FEELIES Forces At Work
26 MARBLES Fire And Smoke
27 THE REVELONS 97 Tears
29 RICHARD HELL You Gotta Lose
32 RICHARD LLOYD Get Off My Cloud
33 ALEX CHILTON The Singer Not The Song
34 RICHARD LLOYD Connection
35 ALEX CHILTON Summertime Blues
36 MICK FARREN & THE NEW WAVE To Know Him Is To Love Him
37 LINK CROMWELL Crazy Like A Fox
39 KENNETH HIGNEY I Wanna Be The King
40 LESTER BANGS Let It Blurt
42 PETER HOLSAPPLE Big Black Truck
43 PRIX She Might Look My Way
44 ALEX CHILTON Can't Seem To Make You Mine
45 PRIX Love You All Day Long
46 ALEX CHILTON Shakin' The World
47 PRIX Love You Tonight

Do The Right Thing 2: Do The White Thing

Aye Nako opening for Joanna Gruesome @ The Silver Dollar, Monday

In spite of being named 2015's Best Garage Band the Village Voice, Aye Nako are still worth seeing tonight.

Whaddya mean you don't know the Carsten Meinart Kvartet

The Carsten Meinart Kvartet's Danish jazz gem "To You" has been reissued by Fredericksberg Records.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

One For The Weekend: Nick Ayoub Sextet

Here's Montreal saxophone great Nick Ayoub and crew performing Perception for the CBC in Sepetember 1973.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

RIP Don Rendell, 1926-2015

Remembering UK jazz saxophone great Don Rendell with a couple of performances featuring Ian Carr.

Emeline Michel opening for Jane Bunnett & Maqueque @ Koerner Hall, Saturday

If you're going to see Jane Bunnett's Juno-winning Maqueque crew, don't miss the fab Emeline Michel at 8 pm. 

Happy Birthday Odean Pope!

Celebrating saxophonist Odean Pope's birthday with a James Carter throwdown and Misled Children collabo. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Shannon & The Clams @ The Horseshoe, Thursday

The swell new Sonny Smith-produced Shannon and the Clams album Gone By Dawn is out now on Hardly Art.
The American West. America’s America. It was here in three very different worlds that Shannon and the Clams were spawned. From the dark redwood forests of Oregon emerged Cody Blanchard: singer and guitarist. The dusty walnut orchards and vineyards of northern California gave us Shannon Shaw: singer and bassist. Out of the lonely dunes of California’s central coast shambled Nate Mayhem: drummer and keys. These three talented visual artists were drawn separately to Oakland, California and it was there that the Clams began playing house parties and grimy clubs.

The band was forged in the anachronistic remote communities of the west, in some strange mixture of computer show and country fair; their music is some odd alloy of The Last Picture Show and The Decline of Western Civilization. The pioneer spirit of western life is all over this band: pushing into the unknown, blazing their own trail, creating their own destiny, with the accompanying canyon-esque loneliness and untamed joy only truly known by those with the courage to pull up stakes and head off into the big empty sunset.

Gone by the Dawn, the newest Shannon and the Clams album, is their best work to date. The music is complex, the lyrical content is emotionally raw and honest, and the production is the strangest it’s ever been. The album was written as one member was recovering from a serious breakup and another was deep in one. The lyrics reflect it, and the entire album is dripping with sadness, pain, and introspection. Shannon and Cody have not written generic songs about love or the lack of it. Instead they have written about their very own specific heartbreak, mistreatment, and mental trials. The emotion is palpable. On Gone by the Dawn the Clams have DARED TO BE REAL. They’ve exposed their true emotions, which is what's most moving about the album. People are scared to be so real. Society does not encourage it. Folks remain guarded to protect themselves from being mocked, punished, and becoming outcast . The Clams have opted to forgo the potential tongue-clucking finger-waggers, and have instead had the artistic courage and audacity to splay their pain and struggles out for all to hear. We are lucky to hear them get so damn real.

For Gone by the Dawn, the Oakland trio hooked up with studio wizard and renaissance man Sonny Smith to record the album at Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco. Best known as the driving force behind San Francisco’s beloved Sonny and the Sunsets, Smith uses his refreshing production techniques to create an engaging sonic landscape without compromising the Clams’ signature Lou Christie-meets-The Circle Jerks sound. The Clams have evolved: their skills are sharper, their chops are tighter and weirder and they’ve added new instruments to to the mix. A whole new dimension of the Clams has emerged.

In the West everything is big. The mountains are towering, the rivers broad, the deserts vast, the canyons deep, and the emotions huge. The Clams have painted themselves into a massive landscape of sound and desolation. Gone by the Dawn is monumental; immense, magnificent, and unforgettable. Shannon and the Clams have pioneered their way into a lonesome land where the past still lives in the long shadows of a hot afternoon, where whispering spirits follow high along canyon walls, and if you sink your fingers into the dusty hard-packed earth you pull out hands smeared with blood. – Dan Shaw

Lindi Ortega @ The Mod Club, Saturday

Watch Lindi and New Country Rehab guitarist Champagne James Robertson tear it up in Toronto back in May. 

Robertson is also in C&C Surf Factory. Here's their salute to Takeshi Terauchi off Garage City out now.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Texas Ruby vs. Tampa Red

It's hard to top Tampa Red's 1940 version of Don't You Lie To Me but Texas Ruby gave it a good shot in 1945. 

Slim Twig @ The Horseshoe, tonight

Watch Slim and his crew get down at the House of Gods in Los Angeles on September 28. 

Midweek Mixdown: Todd M. Simon

Fela Kuti, Mahmoud Ahmed & Tommy McCook appear on Todd M. Simon's stellar mix Jazz on 45: Vol 2.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday Norman Blake!

Toasting super-duper Scots songsmith Norman Blake on his day with an overlooked 1996 gem. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kinky Friedman unveils "The Loneliest Man I Ever Met" @ Hugh's Room, Monday

The songs of Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Warren Zevon and others get Kinky-fied on the Texas raconteur's new disc

John Oliver's crazy Canuck election update

With the help of Mike Myers, John Oliver tries to prevent Canadians from making a horrible mistake at the polls.  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chance The Rapper @ Sound Academy, Monday

Watch Chance The Rapper get his mind blown by Nardwuar's questions and gift giving. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Cozy Cole!

Remembering legendary drummer William Randolph "Cozy" Cole on his day with a 1963 swinger.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Celebrate five years of Pleasence Records @ Smiling Buddha, Friday

New Fries, ZONES & Blonde Elvis join the Soupcans in a salute to Deirdre O'Sullivan & James Lindsay's label.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Fela Kuti!

Toasting Afrobeat innovator Fela Kuti on his day with the ripping Alu Jon Jonki Jon.

Lucero @ Lee's Palace, Thursday & Friday

Watch Ben Nichols and his Memphis crew perform "Young Outlaws" off their new album, All A Man Should Do. 

One For The Weekend: Julia Young

The Jules Kamga-arranged "Ngon Assak" is off Julia Young's Dekendi A Paradis album on Tamwo.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Leon Bridges @ Danforth Music Hall, October 23

Didn't get tickets for Leon Bridges' Toronto show next Friday? He's coming back to play Massey Hall on March 10.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

RIP John Berg, 1932-2015

During John Berg's tenure as art director at Columbia Records, he helped create more than 5,000 album sleeves. 
The big-budget 1968 concept cover for Thelonious Monk's Underground album earned Berg a Grammy.  

Luna @ Danforth Music Hall, Tuesday

Dean Wareham has been known to revisit the Galaxie 500 fave "Tugboat" with Luna when the mood takes him.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Patti Smith reads from M Train @ Design Exchange, Tuesday

Here's Patti's interesting 2010 chat with fellow former used bookstore clerk, author Jonathan Lethem. 

Happy Birthday Bob Hocko

Remembering Swamp Rats frontman Bob Hocko on his day with his proto-punk gem Hey, Freak from 1967.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

RIP saxophonist Steve Mackay, 1949-2015

Steve Mackay was best known for playing on The Stooges' Fun House – here's his first single from 1966. 

Happy Birthday Al Gorgoni

Cheers to Al Gorgoni (right) who, along with playing guitar on Brown-Eyed Girl and The Sound of Silence, cut a couple of gems with Evie Sands.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Protomartyr @ The Horseshoe Sunday

We can all be thankful that Protomartyr will be joined by The Dirty Nil at the Horseshoe on Sunday. 

Tom Wieland & Niko Schabel launch new Sound Voyage starting in Thailand

Following in the footsteps of German World Jazz visionary Joachim-Ernst Berendt and his acclaimed "Jazz Meets The World" series on the collectible SABA Records label, Niko Schabel (Radio Citizen, Express Brass Band & part time member of the world jazz pioneers Embryo) and Tom Wieland (7 Samurai, Panoptikum Arkestra etc.) travel the world in search of new rhythm and sound inspirations. First Sound Voyage stop: SE Asia. Thailand. Imagine Kraftwerk jammin' with the locals in a Thai temple with Moritz von Oswald at the controls and you´re almost there. Have a listen.

"During the 1960´s German jazz pope, journalist, writer & producer Joachim-Ernst Bernendt stepped across the Jazz border to extend European post bop jazz. A festival series in Berlin and nowadays highly in demand vinyl LP releases under the "Jazz meets the world" series name on the mythical black forrest label SABA records marked the arrival of proto-world music: Japan, Tunisia, Bali, Spain, Brazil, Africa, Switzerland went jazz ala Kraut.

"The testing ground for Berendt was a project involving German jazz trombonist Albert Mangesdorff who went on tour to Asia in 1964 and recorded the landmark modal album Now Jazz Ramwong based on Asian folk songs.

"Searching for new sounds arround the world (and working together with musicians from all arround the globe) almost became a mantra for the more open minded German musicians in the following decades from Krautrock to new wave and this is what Sound Voyage, my new project with Niko Schabel, is all about.

"So what happened to Berendt? In the late 80´s he donated his heavy weight jazz collection to the Jazz Institute Darmstadt and relocated to the island of Gomera where he went esoteric and became one of the most prolific writers of the scene with his book Nada Brama - The World Is Sound. He died tragically in February 2000 on the way to a new book presentation in Hamburg while crossing a red light."  Tom Wieland

Check out Tom Weiland's new 7 Samurai mix Spirits High Above IV: Jazz Meets The World

Friday, October 9, 2015

Gearhead Gallery: Mick Jagger

We're kicking off our new feature focusing on artists and their rides with Rolling Stones' singer Mick Jagger. 

Why do Blitzen Trapper's contest winners all look like they could be in Blitzen Trapper?

Apparently, these are all different winners of a special version of Blitzen Trapper's All Across This Land album.
To coincide with the October 2 release of Blitzen Trapper's new album All Across This Land, the band had 100 copies of a special signed edition of the LP distributed for sale in various indie record shops. The lucky Blitzen Trapper fans who found them were asked to post a photo of themselves with the album in the store where the record was discovered.

As can be seen from the random sampling of the proud new owners of the limited-edition version of All Across This Land, you have to wonder whether Blitzen Trapper has any followers who don't look like they could be band members. Find out for yourself when Blitzen Trapper play The Horseshoe tonight with The Domestics opening the show at 9 pm.

The Pines @ The Garrison, October 25

Bo Ramsey's sons Benson & Alex play a rare T.O. show to preview songs from the new Pines album.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

RIP James Cruickshank, 1962-2015

Sadly, it has been reported that James Cruickshank, guitarist of The Cruel Sea, has passed away. 

Whaddya mean you don't know Czerwone Gitary

Poland's Czerwone Gitary discovered analog synths in '74 judging by Seweryn Krajewski's wicked b-boy funk jam. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Zombies perform "Odessey & Oracle" for the first time

Here's the entire 56-minute long 40th anniversary performance of The Zombies' Odessey and Oracle. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015