Monday, October 31, 2016

Haunting Halloween treats from J.R. Williams

Here are two terrifying mixes of haunting instros assembled by J.R. Williams you can download  here & there.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy 25th Anniversary Rotate This!

Celebrate 25 great years of vinyl recirculation with 25% off most items today from 12 noon to 6:30 pm.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Catl's 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular @ Dakota Tavern, Saturday

Catl will be joined by Snowheel Slim with DJ Living Eye (me) spinning creepy cool tunes between sets. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Public Animal's Palace Arms Release Party / Halloween Bash @ The Horseshoe, Friday

Public Animal unveils Palace Arms at 9:45pm and plays the Dazed and Confused soundtrack at 12:30am. 
Here's the scoop...

Toronto's own Public Animal launches their incredible second album Palace Arms, with a mind-roasting Halloween blow-out at The Horseshoe this Friday (October 28). The celebrated Sir Ian Blurton and fellow Animals will play the entire album followed by sets from Diemonds and Pow Wows, culminating in a live performance of the soundtrack to Richard Linklater's 1993 stoner classic Dazed and Confused with an all-star support cast.

Yes, you will see your favourite tunes by Foghat, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, KISS and Black Sabbath sung by members of Mokomokai, Cross Dog, Volur, Controller Controller, Sheepdogs, Diemonds, Bella Clava, Midnight Towers, Battery Heart, The Old Salts, Catl, Sect/Cursed, By Divine Right, The Shanks along with Moe Berg, Dani Nash, Thom D'Arcy, Sam Cash, Gregory MacDonald, Samantha Martin and... Heino? Uh huh. In between acts you'll hear some vintage vinyl curios from the 70s starting when the doors open at 9 pm.

Set times
Public Animal plays Palace Arms @ 9:45 pm

Pow Wows @ 10:40 pm

Diemonds @ 11:30 pm

Public Animal plays Dazed and Confused @ 12:30 pm

Advance tickets are $10 at The Horseshoe front bar, Rotate This, Soundscapes. $12 at the door.

Happy Birthday Weldon Irvine

Remembering keyboardist/composer Weldon Irvine on his day with a couple of typically brilliant performances. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds announce Massey Hall shows

Check out Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' upcoming tour dates and the new video for Girl in Amber. 

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - 2017 North American Tour 
Friday, May 26 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
Monday, May 29  - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
Wednesday, May 31 - Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall 
Thursday, June 1 - Toronto, Ontario -  Massey Hall 
Saturday, June 3 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
Monday, June 5 -  Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Wednesday, June 7 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Thursday, June 8 -  Pittsburgh, PA - The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall
Saturday, June 10 -  Boston, MA - Boch Center Wang Theatre
Tuesday, June 13 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Wednesday, June 14 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Friday, June 16 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre
Sunday, June 18 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
Monday, June 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
Wednesday, June 21 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Thursday, June 22 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Saturday, June 24 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
Monday, June 26 - San Diego, CA - Civic Theatre
Thursday, June 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Terumasa Hino!

Raising a glass to the trumpet titan with rare surf number accompanying Takeshi Terauchi & The Blue Jeans.

Mujeres vs. Los Saicos

Los Saicos' version of Come On is tough to top but Barcelona's bad boys Mujeres gave it a shot anyway.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Harrow Fair release party @ Dakota Tavern, Tuesday 7-9 pm

Miranda Mulholland & Andrew Penner launch their Harrow Fair debut Call To Arms out now on Roaring Girl.

Rumoured RSD 2016 Black Friday Releases

Here's a leaked list of Black Friday releases for November 25 as yet unconfirmed...

Afghan Whigs Black Love CD CD Expanded Edition
Afghan Whigs Black Love LP 3x LP 180 gram Vinyl Expanded Edition
Alice in Chains Live : Facelift LP 150 gram
Anthrax Monsters at the End LP
Beach Boys Becoming the Beach Boys : Complete Hite LP Red, Blue or Yellow Vinyl
Betts, Hall, Leavell and Trucks Live at the Coffee Pot 1983 LP 2x LP
Big Star Complete Third Vol 1 : Demos to Session 2x LP with Download Card
Blue Man Group Three LP Splatter Vinyl
Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal LP
Butterfield, Paul Blues Band Got a Mind to Give Up Living : Live 2xLP Yellow / Blue Vinyl
Callahan, Bill Apocalypse : Bill Callahan Tour LP LP + DVD
Cars  Just What I Needed 7" Picture Disc
Clark Jr, Gary Healing Live/Church Live LP 10"
Coleman, Ornette Evening With Ornette Coleman Part 1 LP 180 gram Clear Pink Vinyl
Connection A Christmas Gift For LP Random Green or Red Vinyl
Dengue Fever Ganadaramaba   LP
Dylan, Bob Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert LP 2x LP 140 gram
Electric Wizard Witchcult Today LP

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Noel Gallagher discusses writing and recording Be Here Now

Jessica Stuart launches The Passage @ The Supermarket, October 27

The Jessica Stuart Few's third album The Passage features Elizabeth Shepherd, Michelle Willis and Mia Sheard. 
Jessica Stuart writes...

After 3 years, I am soo excited to finally announce the release of The Jessica Stuart Few's third full-length album, The Passage!  The release party is at The Supermarket (268 Augusta) with a first ever solo set by the incredible KC Roberts, (which is going to be ridiculous good). We've been so lucky to have been all over the globe since the last release, and these travels have inspired much of my writing on this album, so I can't wait to share it with you at our biggest Toronto show in ages! Not only will we be filming this performance, but The JSFew will be a special expanded band:

Jessica Stuart - kotos, guitar, lead vocals
Liam Smith - double bass, backing vocals
Tony Nesbitt-Larking - drums, backing vocals
Ryan Granville-Martin - percussion, backing vocals
Jocelyn Barth - backing vocals

Tickets are $10/advance (or $15/door):
Venue is wheelchair accessible and family friendly. :)

Without gushing too much, I just want to say how much I appreciate everyone's support over the years, and I'm so very proud of this new album, musically, lyrically, artistically. The truth is that life is a challenge for us all, even with roofs over our heads. We need to share experiences with each other, and celebrate when we have the chance. Let's make this night beautiful together, lovies. xoxo jessica

Did you see our new fab website? I kinda love it (teehee):

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Watch an entertaining fan-made video for Jeffrey Lewis's So What If I Couldn't Take It

The Zachary Weinstein-directed clip was animated by Sebastian Gatton, Stefan Blair and Alonzo Yanes.

Happy Birthday Shelby Lynne!

Here's Shelby singing Tragedy with Peter Wolf at Johnny D's Uptown in Somerville – now tragically closed.

Dex Romweber, One Trip Little @ Garagenoir Inc, Saturday

Dex is launching his Carrboro album at 1485 Dupont in Pelham Park – doors open at 7 pm.  
"Dex Romweber was and is a huge influence on my music. I owned all of his records as a teenager, and was thrilled at the fact that we were able to play together recently on tour. His attitude towards music is remarkable. His songwriting, along with his love of classic American music from the south, be it rockabilly, country or R&B, is one of the best kept secrets of the rock n roll underground."
Jack White (The Upholsterers, White Stripes, 2 Star Tabernacle)

Set times 
9pm    One Trip Little
10pm  Zak Miller
11pm  secret local act (rhymes with "Cattle")
12pm  Dex Romweber

Premier Guitar: Dex Romweber's Silvertone Soul
Label: Bloodshot Records

Friday, October 21, 2016

One For The Weekend: Kobza

Here's the Ukrainian bossa swinger "Прогулка" off Kobza's Волшебница album from 1972.   

Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band discovers dub on Planet Lam

Planet Lam is slated for release October 21.  Watch the Boiler Room performance followed by an album preview.

"The fact that Studio Lam has become a musical focal point for city of Bangkok, has inevitably had an impact on the band itself, and this is reflected in the presence of different vibes and styles of the LP. The sound of Planet Lam has been shaped by late night jamming gigs, home made ya-dong, run-ins with the police, and the swapping of ideas with like minded local musicians and artists."

Exit Planet Lam + Exit dub

Happy Birthday Dr. Isaiah Ross

Remembering the late great one-man band Dr. Ross on his day with "Cat Squirrel" and "Feel So Good"

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Happy Birthday Jessie Mae Hemphill

Remembering Mississippi blues great Jessie Mae Hemphill with her appearance on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

Monday, October 17, 2016

J-Zone readies debut instro-funk album by The Du-Rites

 The Du-Rites full-length will be available October 21 on their bandcamp page. Check out "Bug Juice" below. 

Happy Birthday Joseph Bowie!

Here are two rare 1973 performance clips of Joseph Bowie with Oliver Lake's Black Artists Group in France. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Happy Birthday Miriam Linna!

Cheers to singer, drummer, author and music historian extraordinaire Miriam Linna of Norton Records on her day! 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque CD release @ Hugh's Room, Saturday

Jane Bunnett launches her new Oddara disc with Maqueque at Hugh's tonight. Here's a recent Tiny Desk Concert. 

Jane Bunnett & Maquque on tour...
Oct 15  Hugh’s Room (CD Launch) - Toronto
  Oct 19  Shenkman Arts Centre - Ottawa
  Oct 20  Burlington Performing Arts Centre - Burlington
  Oct 21  Flato Markham Theatre - Markham
  Oct 25  Birdland - New York, NY
  Oct 26  The Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
  Oct 28  Deer Head Inn - Delaware Water Gap, PA
  Oct 30  The Woodstock Lodge - Woodstock, NY
  Nov 1  The Reggata Bar - Cambridge, MA
  Nov 3  BLU Jazz+ - Akron, OH
  Nov 4  Nighttown - Cleveland, OH
  Nov 5  Kerrytown Concert House - Ann Arbor, MI
  Nov 7  The Sanctuary - Troy, NY
  Nov 9  The Falcon - Marlboro, NY
  Nov 10  The Mainstay - Rock Hall, MD
  Nov 12  Exit Zero Jazz Festival - Cape May, NJ
  Nov 18  Sunfest @Aoelian Hall - London, ON
  Nov 10  Upstairs Club - Montreal, QC

Friday, October 14, 2016

B-Side Wins Again: The Human Switchboard

Listen to "No!" the flip of The Human Switchboard's "I Gotta Know" single from '78.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Happy Birthday Pharoah Sanders!

Toasting the tenor titan on his 76th birthday with a typically stellar 2011 performance at London's Jazz Café.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Teenage Fanclub @ Lee's Palace, Wednesday

Here's a cover of Gram Parsons' Older Guys from 1993 followed by a recent performance of Everything Flows.

Watch a 1993 interview with Norman Blake and Gerard Love with live footage right here

Classie Ballou, Carol Fran & Lazy Lester together again

Watch the Excello Records legends perform "Jambalya On The Bayou" at the Crescent City Blues Fest.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Shovels & Rope launch Little Seeds @ The Phoenix, Tuesday

Little Seeds is Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst's most personal album yet.     Photo by Curtis Wayne Millard

Here's the New West Records press release for Shovels & Rope's Little Seeds...

The 12-song Little Seeds, produced by Michael Trent at the South Carolina couple’s home studio in Charleston, follows 2014’s Swimmin’ Time and 2012’s O’ Be Joyful; the latter earned Shovels & Rope the AMA Song of the Year (for “Birmingham”) and Emerging Artist of the Year. Last year’s Busted Jukebox, Volume 1 was a collaborative collection of covers featuring such top talents as the Milk Carton Kids, Lucius, JD McPherson and Butch Walker.

On the new release, Michael Trent and partner Cary Ann Hearst play all the instruments and penned the material, which range from stomping rockers to delicate acoustic-based numbers. Many of Little Seeds’ finely crafted and reflective new songs – completed in the late summer of 2015 – are drawn from tumultuous events experienced by the couple over the course of the last two years.

“There were two major changes that happened at the same time,” Hearst says. “We found out we were pregnant, and at the same time Michael’s parents had been living with us, because his father is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Those two things, having the baby and facing the reality that our parents were aging, made this weird, awesome circle of humanity that really just took us out. I guess we were in the crosshairs of human existence.” Trent continues, “We started putting this record together right after the baby was born. Every spare moment I had I was in the studio doing my best to work around the cries, and Cary would have to sneak up and do her parts when the baby was asleep. It’s a funny thing trying to make a rock n roll record with a sleeping baby in the house.”

Hearst adds, “As we were finishing the record and making the final decisions about what to include in

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Quantic (w/ band), Footprints DJs @ Adelaide Hall, Sunday

Here's "Chambacu" feat. Nidia Gongora off 1000 Watts by Quantic's Flowering Inferno.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

One For The Weekend: Chico Magnetic Band

Here's a vintage clip of the Chico Magnetic Band playing in Lyon circa late 1970. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Conan O'Brien & Wiz Khalifa play Gears Of War 4

Gears of War 4 is available on October 11 for Xbox One and Windows 10. Here's a preview.

DJ Shadow @ The Phoenix, Saturday

Following the smashing success of The Mountain Will Fall, DJ Shadow (returning to Toronto to spin at The Phoenix on Saturday) has announced the release of a 20th Anniversary re-release of Entroducing in a special ENDTROSPECTIVE Edition, due October 28. You can pre-order the 6LP vinyl box, 3CD digipak versions and limited edition 12" remixes directly from DJ Shadow's site right here.

Says our man Shadow...
“As a music lover, my favorite records always have some hallmarks of an era, but also sound as if they could have been made almost any time within a 20 year time span. I’ve always felt that as someone who buys a lot of records and sits there and studies them and kind of vibes off them, I also feel like once you put something out into the world, it can be discovered later. That happened so much with Endtroducing – 10 or 15 years down the road, people were discovering it.”

The deluxe CD/LP collection features the original album as well as demos, alternate takes, live versions, and expanded liner notes from an interview conducted by Eliot Wilder, the author of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing… (33 1/3), along with never-before-released photographs by Brian "B+" Cross and Phil Knott. In addition, the package features 12 exclusive remixes, produced by Prince Paul, Adrian  Younge Hudson MohawkeDaedelus and other forward looking artists, will also be available as the standalone digital album, Entroducing Re-Emagined. Check out the complete tracklisting after the Clams Casino remix of Stem / Long Stem and a snappy reworking of Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt from Paul Salva below.

1. Best Foot Forward
2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
3. The Number Song
4. Changeling
**Transmission 1
5. What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 4
6. Untitled
7. Stem / Long Stem
**Transmission 2
8. Mutual Slump
9. Organ Donor
10. Why Hip Hop Sucks in ‘96
11. Midnight In A Perfect World
12. Napalm Brain / Scatter Brain
13. What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 1 – Blue Sky Revisit
**Transmission 3

1. Best Foot Forward – Alternate Version
2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt – Alternate Take Without Overdubs
3. The Number Song – Cut Chemist Party Mix
4. Changeling – Original Demo Excerpt
5. Stem – Cops ‘N’ Robbers Mix
6. Soup
7. Red Bus Needs To Leave!
8. Mutual Slump – Alternate Take Without Overdubs
9. Organ Donor –Extended Overhaul
10. Why Hip Hop Sucks in ’96 – Alternate Take
11. Midnight In A Perfect World – Gab Mix
12. Napalm Brain – Original Demo Beat
13. What Does Your Soul Look Like – Peshay Remix
14. DJ Shadow Live In Oxford, England, Oct. 30, 1997

1. Best Foot Forward – Teeko Remix
2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt – Salva Remix
3. The Number Song – Lee Bannon Remix
4. Transmissions – Kuedo Remix
5. Changeling II – Adrian Younge Remix
6. What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 4 – DJ Spinn Teklife Remix
7. Stem / Long Stem – Clams Casino Remix
8. Mutual Slump – Daedelus Remix
9. Organ Donor – UZ Remix
10. Midnight In A Perfect World – Hudson Mohawke Remix
11. What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 1 – Prince Paul Remix
12. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt – Bondax & Karma Kid Remix

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Watch Disco Sausage: A Film About Johnny Dowd

Mark Lotterman filmed Johnny Dowd while on tour in Europe in 2015. Here's what he captured. 

Happy Birthday Alison O'Donnell

Raising a glass to Alison O'Donnell on her day with Mellow Candle's Messenger Birds from 1972.

Van Morrison chats about Woody Herman, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter and Chet Baker

Sir Van recalls the first blues record he ever heard and other big moments with the BBC's Clare Teal.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Happy Birthday Cut Chemist!

Cut Chemist takes you on a trip through his vast collection with some special guests along for the ride below.

For over 20 years, Cut Chemist has toured the globe searching for music. Now the time has come to share that collection to the public every 1st and 3rd Saturday. The show will feature different segments to tackle different genres such as cassette culture new wave and rap demos, deep funk 45s, world beats and even contemporary artists and live guests.
“I’ve been missing the ‘party in a box’ feel of mix shows that used to exist 20 and 30 years ago like NYCs Red Alert show or the LA and Bay Area’s Wake Up Show. This is my chance to bring it back and share all the great music and talent I’ve run across over the years.” – Cut Chemist

A Stable Sound Episode 1 is a celebration for the man of the hour, always sweet, never sour and YO! Cut Chemist sure knows how to throw himself a birthday party. Guest appearances on this one include Thes One (PUTS), Hymnal, Marvski, Gaslamp Killer, the Beat Junkies and a gang of Cut's favorite selectors plus an interview with Mark the 45 King! Enjoy.

Kaleidoscope vs. Dock Boggs

It's tough to top Dock Boggs singing "Oh Death" but David Lindley's Kaleidoscope crew give it a good shot.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Tokyo psych titans Kikagaku Moyo @ The Silver Dollar, Tuesday

Watch Tomo Katsurada & Ryu Kurosawa  tear into Ananda Shankar's Streets Of Calcutta below.