Saturday, June 24, 2017

Catherine MacLellan honours her legendary father Gene MacLellan on new album

If It's Alright With You: The Songs Of Gene MacLellan is out June 30th. Listen to the title track and Snowbird.

Friday, June 23, 2017

One For The Weekend: Roy Richards

Can't think of a better way to kick off the first weekend of summer than with this Roy Richards gem from 1968. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Watch DJ Format & Abdominal's new video for We're Back

Check out Ludo Jaccard's  clip for "We're Back" off DJ Format & Abdominal's Still Hungry album.

Hear the epic title track for The Dream Syndicate's new album

The Dream Syndicate's How Did I Find Myself Here? is out Sept 8. Check the title track & Filter Me Through You.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Ray Davies!

Here's The Kinks performing two Village Green songs on the Julie Felix show in 1969. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ethiopian keyboard great Hailu Mergia @ Jam Factory, Wednesday

Here's a rare chance to see  ሀይሉ መርጊያ in Toronto with Fake Humans and DJ Dan Vila at 2 Matilda. $18. Show at 9 pm.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Nick Drake

Remembering Nick Drake on his day with a live version of River Man recorded for the John Peel show.

The Cookers Quintet @ The Rex, Monday

Tim Hamel, Alex Coleman, Ryan Oliver, Joel Haynes & Richard Whiteman hit the stage at 6:30 pm tonight.  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hear the Kyoto Jazz Sextet's Song For Unity

The swingin' new Kyoto Jazz Sextet 12" was issued in a limited edition by Blue Note Japan for Record Store Day.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Whaddya mean you don't know The Survival

Here's an overlooked Mexican psych gem from The Survival's 1971 album La Onda de The Survival on Rex. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

One For The Weekend: Shina Williams & His African Percussionists

Here's the 12-inch mix of Shina Williams' Nigerian disco destroyer Agb'oju L'ogun available here.

Public Animal @ Grace O'Malley's, Friday

Check out the clip for Public Animal's latest single 20th Century Strategies. They're on at 12 midnight. 

Friday, June 16th: 
9:00pm - DJ HUNX
11:00pm - Pkew Pkew Pkew
12:00am - Public Animal
1am-3am - DJ HUNX

Saturday, June 17th: 
9:00pm - DJ Fisher Pryce 
11:00pm - Billy Moon 
12:00am – Wildlife 
1am-3am - DJ Fisher Pryce

14 Duncan St. Doors at 9PM. $15 Cover. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mudhoney releases new song for AmRep's BASH 17 comp

Happy Birthday Eddie Hinton!

Remembering the great Eddie Hinton on his day with a track off Very Extremely Dangerous album.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Watch Jad Fair & Kramer's new video for I'll Give You The Moon

Jad Fair & Kramer's new album The History Of Crying is out now on Shimmy 500.

B-Side wins again: Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton's dope instro Marriage Is A State Of Vibes is out now on Colemine's Remined subsidiary. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hugh Masekela vs. Howard Tate

Listen to Hugh Masekela get down with Henry Franklin on Howard Tate's soul swinger "Stop" co-written by Jerry Ragovoy.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Watch The Fleshtones' wigged out video for "Ama Como Un Hombre"

Peter Zaremba directed the kooky new clip starring Jimmy García. See The Fleshtones across Europe in July. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

RIP Adam West, 1928-2017

Remembering Adam West in his iconic role as Batman dancing the Batusi with Jill St. John as Molly. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Watch the trailer for the Sweet Daddy Siki documentary

Check out the trailer for the new film about wrestling great and country crooner Sweet Daddy Siki below. 

One For The Weekend: Matt "Guitar" Murphy

Here's Matt "Guitar" Murphy's Sufferin' Soul (Part 2) originally issued on Billy "The Kid" Emerson's Tarpon label. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Jad Fair!

Cheers to singer/songwriter, guitarist and graphic artist deluxe Jad Fair who turns 63 today!

Jad's new album with Kramer The History Of Crying (out now on Shimmy 500) is limited to 500 copies on red vinyl. 

Watch Dan Auerbach play King Of A One Horse Town with Duane Eddy

Dan Auerbach's new album Waiting On A Song is out now.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lindi Ortega vs. Townes Van Zandt

Check out Lindi Ortega's version of Townes Van Zandt's Waiting 'Round To Die off her "Til The Goin' Gets Gone" EP

Tickets are on sale now for all of Lindi Ortega's upcoming tour dates right here.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ed Cherry Trio @ Lula Lounge, Thursday

Jazz guitar great Ed Cherry will be joined by bassist Roberto Occhipinti and drummer Mark Kelso from 7-9 pm.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Watch the MC5 tear up Wayne State University in July 1970

Here's the best quality footage you'll ever see of the MC5's memorable Tartar Field performance. 

Watch the dark short film made for Juana Molina's new Halo album

Check out Mariano Ramis' unsettling video for Juana Molina's Lentísimo Halo off her new Halo album out now.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cabaret Voltaire vs. The Seeds

Back in 1979, Sheffield electro whumpers Cabaret Voltaire put their synthetic spin on "No Escape" by The Seeds. 

Garage Sale Gold!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Moonchild, Jill Peacock, Lazula @ The Drake Underground, Sunday

L.A. soul jazz trio Moonchild present their just-released Voyager (Tru Thoughts) album tonight at The Drake. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Whaddya mean you don't know Babe Wallace

Singer, composer and actor, Emmett "Babe" Wallace was known to knock out a swingin' Yiddish tune now and again. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Watch recently uncovered MC5 footage from Paris Gibus Club, 1972

Check out the rare performance clip of the mighty MC5 with guitarist Fred Smith (right) in his "Sonic Suit"

One For The Weekend: Unsane

Unsane launch their new AmRep single "Fix It"  at Grumpy's in Minneapolis on July 21 as part of Bash 17.  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Can singles anthology The Singles 3 LP set due June 16

The Singles  – available on triple vinyl, CD, digital download and via streaming services on June 16th – is a collection of all of CAN's single releases presented together for the first time including such well-loved tracks as “Halleluwah,” “Vitamin C” and “I Want More” to more obscure singles such as “Silent Night” and "Turtles Have Short Legs." The anthology also includes the non-LP track “Shikako Maru Ten” (listen below), originally issued as the B-side of CAN's “Spoon” single which was a Top 10 hit in Germany in 1972. The songs on this compilation are all presented in their original 7-inch edits.

CAN, founded in 1967, released their debut album Monster Movie (1969) which set them apart from the mainstream, carving out a sound that transcended the boundaries of experimental electronic, jazz and modern classical music. CAN’s influence extends from post-punk musicians such as Joy Division and Primal Scream, through avant-garde composers including Bernhard Lang and Radiohead. CAN mainman Irmin Schmidt began his musical career as a pupil of Stockhausen and Ligeti, and conducted numerous high-profile orchestras in his native Germany and abroad. Hearing the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa in the ‘60s led to the formation of CAN, yet Schmidt never lost touch with his avant-garde classical upbringing.

The Barbican in London recently hosted a very special event to mark CAN’s 50th anniversary year: Irmin Schmidt conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, presenting the world premiere of an original orchestral work composed by Schmidt and Gregor Schwellenbach called CAN Dialog while a specially curated supergroup brought together by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and featuring CAN’s first singer Malcolm Mooney performed a set of CAN tracks, including “She Brings The Rain,” “Yoo Doo Right” and “Mother Sky.”

In spring 2018, Faber & Faber will publish a new book devoted to CAN titled All Gates Open. The special edition will come in two volumes: one will be the first complete, authorized biography of the band written by Wire contributor Rob Young (who wrote a Wire cover story on CAN in April 1997 and recalled his time spent with drummer Jaki Liebezeit here) and the second, CAN Kiosk by Irmin Schmidt, is a collage of thoughts, visuals and interviews collated by Max Dax and Robert Defcon.

1. Soul Desert
2. She Brings The Rain
3. Spoon
4. Shikako Maru Ten
5. Turtles Have Short Legs
6. Halleluwah (Edit)
7. Vitamin C
8. I’m So Green
9. Mushroom
10. Moonshake
11. Future Days (Edit)
12. Dizzy Dizzy (Edit)
13. Splash (Edit)
14. Hunters And Collectors (Edit)
15. Vernal Equinox (Edit)
16. I Want More
17. ...And More
18. Silent Night
19. Cascade Waltz
20. Don’t Say No (Edit)
21. Return
22. Can Can
23. Hoolah Hoolah (Edit)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Massey Hall, Thursday

Here's a performance of Jubilee Street from the King's Theatre show in Brooklyn last Saturday.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

H09909 w/ Injury Reserve @ Velvet Underground, Tuesday

Check out H09909's version of "Attitude" by The Bad Brains followed by their video for War Is Hell.

Happy Birthday Harry Beckett!

Remembering Barbados-born British jazz scene kingpin Harry Beckett on his day with Rolly's Tune. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Circuit des Yeux opens for Animal Collective @ Danforth Music Hall, Sunday

Haley Fohr aka "Jackie Lynn" plays a solo Circuit des Yeux set opening for Animal Collective tonight. Doors open at 7 pm.  

Saturday, May 27, 2017

One For The Weekend: The Heliocentrics

"The Uncertainty Principle" is off The Heliocentrics' new album A World Of Masks out now digitally on Soundway.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Buy six not-so-great Nick Lowe albums and get a lunchbox free!

For years now, you've probably seen Nick Lowe's mediocre 80s albums cluttering used bins in record shops across the continent but now Yep Roc has decided to reissue them so you can get Nick the Knife (1982),  The Abominable Showman (1983), Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit (1984), The Rose of England (1985), Pinker and Prouder Than Previous (1988), and Party of One (1990) on CD and LP all in one place.

Considering the second-hand availability of the albums at a significantly lower price, Yep Roc has cleverly come up with an enticing sales pitch – for a limited time only, if you buy a bundle of all six reissues together, they'll throw in a Nick Lowe lunchbox gratis!

If purchasing the vinyl versions of the reissues, the LPs come with a bonus 45 of live tracks, demos, and rarities, as well as a digital download card. For those getting the CD versions, the 45 tracks are included as bonus tracks. Sorry lunchbox collectors, the snazzy tin sandwich carrier is not sold separately.

Listen to that horribly dated drum sound on "My Heart Hurts" from Nick The Knife (below).

Fiver presents Audible Songs From Rockwood @ St. Matthew's United Church on Friday; Array Space on Saturday

Simone Schmidt performs songs inspired by the stories of women inmates at Kingston's Rockwood Asylum. 

Simone Schmidt, aka Fiver, is a Toronto-based musician working within the frame of traditional North American folk music. Her latest album Audible Songs From Rockwood is a series of eleven fictional field recordings, gathered from case files of patients at the Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane between 1854-1881.

The rigour of Schmidt’s writing process is shown through the work: Over the course of two years, Schmidt researched the asylum's primary documents – patient files, architectural diagrams, superintendents' diaries –  spinning her findings into historical fiction and, from there, into song. The voices on the record are crafty, witty, evasive, despondent, and lucid. Audible Songs From Rockwood shapes its subject matter with wit, optimism, sadness, and even joy. Using an acoustic sonic pallet and working with some local heavies in the old time folk tradition – John Showman, Max Heineman, Chris Coole, Kristine Schmidt – and highly skilled instrumentalists – cellist Cris Derksen and Blood Ceremony's Alia O’Brien  – the performances gives voice to  people living in the margins of history.

The album is accompanied by a book created by fictional ethnomusicologist, Simone Carver, written in the style of the liner notes of Smithsonian Folkways compilations.  It includes lyrics and supplemental information about the historical context of the inmates and their songs along with original artwork by Darby Milbraith, Geneva Hailey, Jennifer Castle, Jeff Bierk and Julianna Neufeld. The package carries questions about the archive as an apparatus of colonial power, definitions of sanity and criminality, and the early settler-colonial agenda foundational to those modes of thought still operating in today’s carceral system. Watch the mini-documentary shot by Colin Medley followed by Meg Remy's video for the song Mouser. Audible Songs From Rockwood is available in various formats from idée fixe records which you can get right here.

Fiver is at St. Matthew's United Church (729 St. Clair West) Friday at 7:30pm (now sold out);
also at Array Space (155 Walnut Ave) Saturday at 9:30pm, $15.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Aesop Rock remembers Camu Tao with "Get Out Of The Car" video

Aesop Rock's friend and collaborator Camu Tao passed away on May 25,  2008 after a battle with lung cancer.
"This May 25th marks 9 years since the death of my friend Camu Tao, an event that serves as an emotional and narrative anchor in both this song and my life. I wanted to reflect on things that had changed since, and try to connect some events I hadn't realized were potentially related.

I asked my long-time friend and collaborator Coro to create some drawings that would accent parts of the lyrics, and director Rob Shaw was able to guide and weave the video into what it is here.

Camu was entirely singular as an artist and human.  You may notice those who knew him speak of him often still - his presence and humor and imagination and energy and impact.  It's all still right there.  I hope some of you that may not be familiar go check out his music.  This man was something special.

Unrelated factoid: This song was originally called "The Impossible Kid," titled after the line in the song that employs the phrase.  I ended up liking the name and moving it up the ladder.  I then settled on "Get Out of the Car" borrowed from the last line - which, while a somewhat clunky title, felt like it got to the point nicely."  – Aesop Rock

"Get Out of the Car" is off Aesop Rock's latest album The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers) out now.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy 80th Birthday Archie Shepp!

In honour of Archie Shepp's 80th birthday, here's the explosive Attica Blues recorded with Jo Armstead in January 1972.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017