Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pokey LaFarge @ Lee's Palace, Thursday

Don't miss Pokey LaFarge and crew tonight at Lee's Palace. Here's what you can expect.

RIP David Baker, 1931-2016

Remembering the Indiana-born jazz composer and educator with his 1976 classic Le Mirror Noir. 

Watch Doug Sahm in Stockholm, 1982

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

C.W. Stoneking @ The Drake Hotel, June 1

Tickets are now on sale for the Toronto debut of Australian guitar slinger deluxe C.W. Stoneking right here

Happy Birthday Harold Burrage

Remembering Windy City R&B great Harold Burrage (right) with a couple of club cookers.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Roots collision crew So Long Seven launches debut disc @ Hugh's Room, Thursday

T.O.'s Ravi Naimpally, William Lamoureux, Tim Posgate & Neil Hendry have hit on a unique blend.

Happy Birthday Johnny Dowd!

Here's "Poor, But Proud" off Johnny's latest That's Your Wife on the Back of My Horse available here.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Before They Were Famous: Steve Wynn & Kendra Smith

Prior to the Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and Kendra Smith were performing as The Suspects in 1979. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Renaldo Domino!

Celebrating Renaldo's birthday with clips of his classic Not To Cool To Cry and Curtis Mayfield's Move On Up. 

Re-introducing Brazil's Nomade Orquestra

The 10-piece Nomade Orquestra came together in São Paolo in 2012, though they could just as easily have emerged fully formed into our world from a mystical land where spaced out jazz soundtracks daily life and the passing of time is rhythm and groove… such is their elusive, ethereal yet highly accomplished and deeply funky otherness. On April 22, Nomade Orquestra’s self-titled debut album – originally issued in Brazil back in 2014 – will get much wider distribution via the UK-based Far Out label on heavyweight vinyl along with an extended 13-track digital release.

Effortlessly weaving through the disparate sounds of Brazil’s diverse musical diaspora, the group describe themselves and their shared project as ‘the point where different musical expressions and strands meet and interact in a unique way.’ From funk and soul to Afrobeat, Ethio-grooves, dub and hip hop, their sound remains firmly anchored in the world of jazz while taking off to the cosmic stratosphere and incorporating electronic elements, alongside traditional Brazilian styles along the way. If you're thinking 'São Paolo's answer to the Souljazz Orchestra,' you're not that far off.

In line with the bands’ musical and spiritual influences, adopted from age old lineages of the global east, the album’s opening track ‘Samurai’ kicks off the psychedelic party with the strike of a gong. Dreamlike synths, Marcos Mauricio’s arresting piano and André Calixto’s beautifully expressive tenor saxophone shed the first light on this enchanting incarnation of global roots music. ‘Sonhos de Tokyo’s hypnotic grooving bassline is complimented with psychedelic guitar riffs and ominous synth washes, building a sound both tranquil and unsettling. ‘Morning Birds’, features the talents of Otis Trio’s Beto Montag, who brings his deft Marimba playing to the party for an Afrobeat-bent banger that further highlights the varied and deep roots of Nomade’s musical influences. Here's a performance of Morning Birds.

Album closer ‘Garuda’ finds Nomade Orchestra in a more contemplative, mood. Bringing together soaring Chinese flutes, Hawaiian style fuzz guitar, snake charming saxophone and some world class Oud playing from guest musician Luciano Sallun, the track is a spiritual wonder.  It's a fitting conclusion to a highly sensory journey that recalls the spiritual jazz musings of Herbie Hancock and Pharoah Sanders while sounding like the Brazilian take on Taoism. Making music like none other in Brazil, or the rest of the world. Here they are playing Garuda below.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Lucius @ The Opera House, Saturday

Here's Jess & Holly hitting a sweet vocal blend on "Dusty Trails" from their new Lucius album Good Grief.  

Whaddya mean you don't know Jamal Khe

Here's the wicked 80s minimal synth gem "Ana Gharib" by Jamal Khe.

Happy Birthday James Moody

Remembering the great James Moody with a 1966 performance alongside Dizzy Gillespie on Jazz 625.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Trouble Boys author Bob Mehr talks Replacements

If you're in Nashville on April 2, drop by Bob's signing at Grimey's Too (1702 8th Avenue South). 

Rick McGinnis documents T.O. Hip Hop History

Check out Rick's amazing photos of Michie Mee, Maestro, Dream Warriors and the Bar B Q parties right here.

One For The Weekend: Xmal Deutschland

Die Wolken is the creepy B-side of Xmal Deutschland's Schwarze Welt debut 7" for the ZickZack label.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Holger Czukay!

 Here's Holger Czukay explaining the origin of CAN along with a couple of vintage performance clips. 

The DMA's @ The Silver Dollar, tonight

Here are Sydney's DMA's performing at Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green shop in Manchester and SXSW in Austin.

Surprise! Prince @ Sony Centre, Friday

Here's the Sony Centre's announcement...

Prince: Piano & A Microphone

ON SALE TODAY AT 10 A.M.Every ticket purchased to Prince’s Piano & A Microphone concert includes a CD copy of his new album HITNRUN – Phase II, which will be distributed to ticket holders upon exiting the venue.
Prince will bring his Piano & A Microphone tour to Toronto this Friday, March 25th, for two exclusive and intimate shows at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
For those blessed enough to attend, everything about these exclusive performances has been carefully considered to deliver special once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The repertoire will be culled from Prince’s vast 39-album catalogue and each performance will have a unique set-list that evolves in real time, song-to-song. Fans should expect to witness special interpretations of well-known hits alongside rarely performed B-sides and new, never-before-heard material.

Prince’s Piano & A Microphone tour commenced on January 21 at his US recording studio, Paisley Park, where he stunned fans who travelled from all over the world to see him perform two very personal shows. According to a Rolling Stone review of these shows, Prince performed on a stage decorated sparsely with candles and shrouded in smoke. The show was framed by the story of how he mastered the piano and emerged from the shadow of his father, jazz pianist John L. Nelson. “The set moved chronologically (with a few exceptions) through the first decade of Prince’s career,” Rolling Stone reports, “including at least one song from each of his first 10 albums.”

In addition to classic songs from albums including 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign o’ the Times, the set-lists have also featured covers by Joni Mitchell, Paul Robeson and Ray Charles; songs Prince has written for other acts including The Time, Sheila E. and Vanity 6; and even a Thelonious Monk-style version of the theme to Batman.


To address ticket scalping concerns, the following procedures will be put in place to ensure that Prince fans and NOT resellers, are able to purchase tickets to these performances:

Ticket limit per customer: There is a strict limit of four (4) tickets per customer, per show. Please adhere to published ticket limits. Persons who exceed the ticket limit may have any or all of their orders and tickets cancelled without notice by Ticketmaster in its discretion. This includes orders associated with the same name, e-mail address, billing address, credit card number or other information.

Ticket dispatch / will-call / entry: Tickets will not be distributed in advance. At the time of purchase, the purchaser’s name will be recorded and a corresponding receipt issued. The purchaser must attend the concert (with their guest if they have purchased two or more tickets).

Entry to the theatre will commence one hour before showtime The purchaser and his/her guests must attend together to obtain entry. Photo ID, booking account number and the credit card used for purchase, will be required to match the name and information used for the booking process and all of these must be available to obtain entry. 

Reserved Seats: $325, $225, $175, $125 (taxes included / $3.39 CIF and service charge extra). Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-855-872-SONY (7669) or online at starting 10am today, Thursday, March 24. Accessible seats may be purchased via the Sony Centre Box Office (416-368-6161 x7117). Voice mails regarding accessible seating will be returned in order of which they were received.
Sony Centre Box Office will be open at 12 noon for in-person sales.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Made To Break @ The Burdock, March 31

Here's what you can expect when Ken Vandermark's fearsome foursome present Before The Code in Toronto.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Just another night in Austin for Jon Langford

Here's the shirtless finale of Bad Luck Jonathan's whimsically chaotic set at the Saxon Pub Saturday night. 

Happy Birthday Moe Berg!

Toasting Moe Berg with an 80s flashback to his Modern Minds days including a Lister Hall show from 1981.  

Whaddya mean you don't know The Tiaras

Toronto's own Jackie Richardson, Brenda Russell, Colina Phillips & Arlene Trotman in '68. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Watch the new Ben Up video from The Posterz

"Ben Up" is off the Junga EP from the Montreal crew of Kris The $pirit, Husser and Joey Sherrett.

Happy Birthday Gord Cumming!

Raising a glass to Gord Cumming of The Lawn – playing the Horseshoe May 15 – with a tribute from The Dickens. 

Jackie Richardson salutes Abbey Lincoln @ Old Mill Inn, Monday

Jackie pays homage to the great Abbey Lincoln as part of Sound Of Jazz Concert Series tonight.  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Sister Rosetta Tharpe!

Remembering house rockin' Sister Rosetta on her day with a performance clip and documentary.

Don't miss Bombino @ The Horseshoe, Tuesday

The Tuareg guitar ace is showcasing his new Azel album produced by Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors).

Bombino site
Partisan Records label
Horseshoe Tavern ticket info

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Whaddya mean you don't know Ronno

Ronno's one-off Vertigo 45 was cut by Mick Ronson, Tony Visconti, Woody Woodmansey & Benny Marshall.

Friday, March 18, 2016

PJ Harvey finds inspiration in Southeast DC

Washington drive-by in a Mazda led to PJ Harvey's new recording. Can't wait to see the composer credits.

RIP Steve Young, 1942-2016

"Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" songwriter Steve Young passed away Thursday night at the age of 73.

Happy Birthday Tõnu Naissoo!

Here's the Estonian jazz piano great's performance at Tallinn '67 and his full-length debut from 1970.

Dave Liebman w/the Mike Murley Quartet @ The Rex, Saturday

Here's a stellar clip of saxophonist Dave Liebman tearing it up in Hamburg, Germany on June 8, 1975.

One For The Weekend: Prince Conley

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Preview Fumaça Preta's heavy new whumper

Ressaca da Glória & La Trampa are off Fumaça Preta's second album Impuros Fanáticos out April 8. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Winnipeg's Lytics get busy @ SXSW

The Lytics rocked the Canadian Blast party as a warm-up for tonight's Friends  (208 E. 6th St) showcase at 1 am.

Wednesday March 16 @ FRIENDS

8:00PM SHI 360

8:40PM Humble Giants

9:20PM Wasiu

10:00PM Lucas DiPasquale

10:40PM Wordburglar

11:20PM Horsepowar

12:10AM The Posterz

1:00AM The Lytics

Fiona Smyth's CHEEZ 2 opens @ Gallery 50, Wednesday

at Gallery 50 (50 Gladstone Ave. at Peel).
Opening Wednesday, March 16 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Fiona Smyth’s CHEEZ was originally a monthly comic/drawing published in Canada's Exclaim Magazine over a ten year period from 1992 to 2002. There were no editorial restrictions on the work apart from the monthly deadline and the colour restrictions of the paper (the art work had to be black and white). Each strip was created shortly before the deadline and numbered in chronological order. The second incarnation of CHEEZ, running online since 2009 to currently, is a weekly offering continuing with the same numbering sequence and restrictive palette.

Visual artist Smyth’s creative process is unrestrained in the CHEEZ series. Recurring motifs and icons inform a non-linear narrative that spans nearly twenty-four years. Feminist imaginings of female bodies are central to this drawing world. Smyth’s stream of conscious approach connects to a long lineage of drawers, cartoonists, and imaginers like Moebius, Giles, Gary Panter, Saul Steinberg, George Grosz, John Scott, Frida Kahlo, and Louise Bourgeois.

A collection of the first one hundred strips was published as CHEEZ 100 by Pedlar Press in 2001
Gallery 50 is offering the sale of individual inkjet prints of the exhibited CHEEZ drawings upon request.

CHEEZ 2 runs from March 15 through to April 3, 2016.
Gallery 50 is open Wednesday to Sunday (1 pm to 5 pm).

Whaddya mean you don't know Butch Cornell

Here's the swingin' Goose Pimples by Butch Cornell's Trio on Rufus Mitchell's Baltimore-based Ru-Jac label. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Greg Dulli @ The Great Hall, tonight

Greg tried covering David Bowie's Modern Love with the Afghan Whigs but never felt it sounded right. 

Greg Dulli on the road
Mar. 15 - Toronto, ON – Great Hall
Mar. 16 - Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
Mar. 17 - Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theatre
Mar. 18 - Chicago, IL – Old Town School Of Folk
Mar. 19 - Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
Mar. 21 - Seattle, WA – Triple Door
Mar. 22 - Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Mar. 23 - Portland, OR – Doug Fir
Mar. 25 - San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Mar. 26 - Los Angeles, CA – Teregram Ballroom
Mar. 29 - Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
Mar. 30 - Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church
Apr. 01 - New Orleans, LA – Preservation Hall
Apr. 02 - New Orleans, LA – Preservation Hall

Whaddya mean you don't know Marva Broome

Marva cut Mystifying Mama with the Art Ensemble of Chicago in Paris back in 1972.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Quantic's Tropical Elevation Tour 2016

Expect a career-spanning Quantic selection including new tracks Curuba & Creation (below).

Quantic Mixes 
Caja y Guacharacha: Cumbia, Puya & Porro link
Cali Cartel: Smokin' Colombian tipica joints link
Lost and Longing: Cape Verdian Mornas & Coladeras link
Vacilon: Boogaloo vs Guajira link

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tortoise @ Lee's Palace, Saturday

Tortoise have been tearing it up in Europe (see below) en route to tonight's triumphant Toronto return.

Here's a mix Jeff Parker put together for FACT Mag

Tortoise on the road
03/12 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
03/13 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount
03/14 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
03/15 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03/16 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
03/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
03/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
03/19 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
03/20 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
03/22 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
03/23 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
03/24 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio

No Flash, Please! book launch w/The Dundrells & The Lawn @ The Horseshoe, May 15

The Dundrells (below) and The Lawn are reuniting for the launch of Derek Von Essen & Phil Saunders' new book.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Happy Birthday Sonny Boy Williamson

Remembering the blues harp master on what might be his birthday with some rare performance footage.