Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Preview Jim White's great new album Waffles, Triangles & Jesus

You can get a copy of Jim White's latest epic Waffles, Triangles & Jesus right here

Monday, December 11, 2017

That time Captain Beefheart sang Upon The My-O-My on Van Oekel's Discohoek

Here's a clip of Don Van Vliet on wacky Dutch television show Van Oekel's Discohoek back in 1974.

B-Side Wins Again: Lou Rawls

Thank David Axelrod for "Christmas Will Really Be Christmas" – the funky flip of "Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho!"

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

RIP Sunny Murray, 1936-2017

Remembering powerhouse free jazz drummer Sunny Murray with a live performance from 1968.

Electro Keyboard Orchestra vs. The Quincy Jones Orchestra

Hideo Ichikawa, Hiromasa Suzuki, Kentaro Haneda, Masahiko Sato, Masao Yagi, Sadayasu Fujii, Shigeto O'Hara and Yuji Ohno take on the  Ironside theme. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Celebrate Dan Burke's 60th Birthday w/ The Highest Order, Comet Control, Hooded Fang and special guests @ Lee's Palace, Friday

DJs Davy Love and Chico will be spinning with guest appearances by Andre Ethier, Dallas Good, Jennifer Castle and others.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lindi Ortega @ The Mod Club, May 9 – tickets on sale Friday

Tickets for Lindi's Mod Club show in Toronto on May 9 go on sale to the public on December 8 at 10 am.

Tour Dates
FRI 19 JANUARY The Bassment – Saskatoon, SK
SAT 20 JANUARY The Exchange – Regina, SK
SUN 4 – SUN 11 FEBRUARY Cayamo 2018 – New Orleans, LA
THU 15 FEBRUARY South on Main – Little Rock, AR
THU 15 MARCH The Lyric Theatre – Swift Current, SK
FRI 16 MARCH Arden Theatre – St. Albert, AB
SAT 17 MARCH Empress Theatre – Fort Macleod, AB
SAT 24 MARCH The Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
SUN 25 MARCH Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
THU 29 MARCH Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
FRI 30 MARCH Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
SUN 1 APRIL Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, AZ
TUE 3 APRIL Stubb's BBQ (Indoors) – Austin, TX
WED 4 APRIL Club Dada – Dallas, TX
THU 5 APRIL McGonigel's Mucky Duck – Houston, TX
THU 12 APRIL Festival Hall – Calgary, AB
SAT 14 APRIL West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB
SUN 15 APRIL Dakota Jazz Club – Minneapolis, MN
TUE 17 APRIL Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
THU 19 APRIL Old Rock House – St Louis, MO
FRI 20 APRIL 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN
SAT 21 APRIL Eddie's Attic – Decatur, GA
SUN 22 APRIL The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC
TUE 24 APRIL Union Stage – Washington, DC
WED 25 APRIL Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
THU 26 APRIL Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
FRI 4 MAY L'Escogriffe – Montreal, QC
SAT 5 MAY The 27 Club – Ottawa, ON
SUN 6 MAY Neat Coffee Shop – Burnstown, ON
MON 7 MAY Centre in the Square – Kitchener, ON
WED 9 MAY Mod Club Theatre – Toronto, ON
THU 10 MAY Aeolian Hall – London, ON
FRI 11 MAY Mills Hardware – Hamilton, ON
SAT 12 MAY Queen’s Grad Club, Queen's University – Kingston, ON

Monty Alexander (solo piano) @ London's Aeolian Hall, Friday

Tickets for Monty's Aeolian Hall show in London, Ontario are $40 advance, $45 at the door.

Francis Faye vs. Sylvie Vartan

Two equally swingin' versions of Ben Tucker and Bob Dorough's classic "Comin' Home Baby."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Happy 70th Birthday Miroslav Vitous

Celebrating Miroslav's birthday with Weather Report on Beat Club in '71 along with a few choice jams. 

JD Wilkes enlists Bo-Keys & Jimbo Mathus for "Fire Dream" solo debut

"Walk Between The Raindrops" is off the Shack Shaker's Fire Dream album due February 16 on Big Legal Mess. 

JD Wilkes - Fire Dream

Imagine a sideshow blowing in on a Caribbean gale, only to land smack dab in a Kentucky junkyard. Then, and only then, might a listener begin to picture a suitable setting for Fire Dream, the latest solo album by musician/novelist J.D. Wilkes slated for release February 16th on Big Legal Mess via Fat Possum.

Backed by an all-star cast of the South's most eclectic musicians – including members of The Bo-Keys, Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Drive-By Truckers – Wilkes crafts a soundscape of his homeland's varied voices with the assistance of session producers Jimbo Mathus and Bruce Watson.

From the old-time music of Appalachia to the Cajun, jazz and island music of the Creole nether-glades, Fire Dream charters the listener on a journey... a journey, as it turns out, that has led only deeper into J.D.'s storied psyche.

Midweek Mixdown: Arthur Russell

Here's a sweet mix of Arthur Russell's work courtesy of the Copenhagen-based Kim Koch aka Beat and Melody.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Happy 85th Birthday Little Richard!

Here's a revealing interview with Richard conducted by Three Angels Broadcasting Network's Danny Shelton and Yvonne Lewis. 

Whaddya mean you don't know Ralph Thomas & Joel Ector

The mysterious duo cut the Eastern Standard Time LP and the Restless Natives single for Zebra.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy Birthday Jim Hall

Raising a glass to guitar great Jim Hall on his day with a Paul Desmond collaboration from 1965's Bossa Antigua. 

Watch DâM-FunK perform his new Glydezone jam Hittin'

Although the studio version of Hittin' just dropped (listen below), DâM-FunK has been performing it for years.

Horton's Holiday Hayride hits Buffalo on Thursday

Rev. Horton Heat is playing the Tralf Music Hall with Junior Brown, Big Sandy & The Blasters – time for a road trip?

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Ozzy Osbourne

Cheers to Ozzy on his 69th birthday. Here's Black Sabbath performing Paranoid.

Link Wray vs. Ray Charles

Ray Charles is always tough to top but Link Wray may have done it with his rippin' run through "Mary Ann."

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Happy Birthday Michael Stuart!

Toasting Toronto saxophone titan Michael Stuart on his day with his performance on "Earth" from Doug Riley's Dreams. 

Watch the reunited Slow play Victoria's Capital Ballroom

Here's Slow performing "Have Not Been The Same," "Against The Glass" and "In Deep" on November 30. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Neil Young releases The Visitor with secret show December 1

 Watch the video for Neil's "Already Great" off The Visitor which you can get from his site.

Happy Birthday Carlos Garnett

Celebrating the 79th birthday of saxophone great Carlos Garnett with "Mother of the Future." 

Watch DZ Deathrays' animated video for "Total Meltdown"

"Total Meltdown" is off DZ Deathrays third album Bloody Lovely out February 2 on I Oh You. 

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 is out December 1

Genius jams from Achim Reichel, Michael Bundt & Klaus Weiss top the dazzling third Krautrock set from Soul Jazz.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3
01. Klauss Weiss – Wide Open Space Motion
02. A.R. & Machines – I'll Be Your Singer, You'll Be My Song
03. Deutsche Wertarbeit – Deutscher Wald
04. Dzyan – Khali
05. Missus Beastly – Geisha
06. Alex – Derulé
07. Agitation Free – In The Silence Of the Morning Sunrise
08. Georg Deuter – Pearls
09. Michael Bundt – The Brain Of Oskar Panizza
10. Popol Vuh – Ja, Deine Liebe Ist Sußer Als Wein
11. Novalis – Dronsz
12. Bröselmaschine – Schmetterling
13. Neu! – Neuschnee
14. Between – And The Waters Opened
15. La Düsseldorf – White Overalls
16. Klauss Weiss – Constellation
17. Achim Reichel – Tanz Der Vögel In Den Winden
18. Roedelius – Lustwandel
19. Pyrolator – Die Haut Der Frau
20. Cluster – Hollywood
21. Streetmark – Passage
22. Niagara – Rhythm Go
23. Michael Bundt – Neon

One For The Weekend: De Frank Jr.

Here's the whumpin' "Dankasa" from De Frank Jr. and the Professional Diggit Ways.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Midweek Mixdown: Piero Umiliani

Here's a sweet selection of the composer's soundtrack and sound library recordings assembled by Mike Wallace. 
Inspired by a recent whirlwind Italo-adventure to meet legendary Italian composer Piero Umiliani's family and friends, record collector Mike Wallace immediately got to work compiling Grazie! for Nature SoundsA unique introduction to the work of the maestro, the resulting 18-track anthology is a fitting tribute and sonic treat for the senses: a gatefold double-LP compilation album and bonus mix CD consisting of a prime selection of Umiliani’s soundtrack and library work, meticulously sourced off iconic rarities. Check out the mix below.

Grazie!  Piero Umiliani
1. Le Ore Che Contano
2. Coast To Coast
3. Viaggio Nel Tempo
4. Blue Lagoon
5. Easy Rhythm
6. Goodmorning Sun
7. Railroad
8. Chaser
9. Il Micione E La Gattina
10. Lady Magnolia
11. Tanto Tempo Fa
12. Nostalgia
13. Tropical River
14. Protesta Giovanile
15. Open Space
16. L’uomo E La Citta
17. Nostalgia
18. Tanto Lontano

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cover Cop: Paul Kelly vs. Thundercat

Paul Kelly's relaxed up-to-my-eyeballs sleeve shot works quite nicely as a rejoinder to Thundercat's agitated look. 

Happy Birthday Randy Newman

Raising a glass to Randy Newman on his day with his shining moment from the Performance soundtrack. 

Tami Neilson launches live Bootleg Series with Songs Of Sinners LP

Tami's 9-track Songs of Sinners album – available here – focuses on covers, including Otis Rush's Reap What You Sow.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Jazz chanteuse Diana Panton stays in season with Solstice/Equinox

Diana Panton's gorgeous rendition of September In The Rain would likely enhance your impression of any sound system.

Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Septet @ Flato Markham Theatre, December 1

Watch Eddie Palmieri and crew perform "Cuerdas y Tumbao" with legendary Cuban violinist Alfredo de la Fe.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Little Giants vs. The Mankunku Quartet

Cape Town teen jazz crew Little Giants take on Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi's South African classic Yahkal' Inkomo. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics @ Cherry Cola's, Saturday

Don't miss guitar slinger deluxe Deke Dickerson and crew with The Greasemarks at Cherry Cola's tonight. 

One For The Weekend: Winston "King" Cole

No relation to Nat but Winston proves he's got soul to burn on the Errol T-produced "I Wonder Why" from 1974. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

R.I.P. Tommy Keene, 1958-2017

Remembering power pop kingpin Tommy Keene with a stop at Som Records in Washington back in 2015. 

B-Side Wins Again: Tintern Abbey

This pre-Velvet Opera outing for David MacTavish is among the finest examples of British psych ever recorded.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Birthday RL Burnside

Remembering Mississippi hill country blues great RL Burnside with a couple of stellar performance clips. 

Fascinating documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story screens at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema November 24-30

Hollywood actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr secretly developed torpedo guidance systems during WWII. 
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
As a Hollywood starlet, Hedy Lamarr was better known for her tabloid scandals than her performances—but behind the scenes she was a secret genius inventor changing the course of history. In the 1940s she starred alongside legends like Clark Gable and James Stewart, and infamously had affairs with the likes of Howard Hughes and JFK. Today Lamarr has re-entered public consciousness as a Hall of Fame-inducted inventor for developing a secret radio system during WWII that paved the way for modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. Bombshell – opening Friday at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – tells her whole incredible story for the first time.

Friday, Nov 24 7:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 25 4:00 PM & 8:15 PM
Sunday, Nov 26 6:30 PM*
Monday, Nov 27 4:15 PM & 8:30 PM
Tuesday, Nov 28 1:30 PM
Wednesday, Nov 29 5:30 PM
Thursday, Nov 30 3:30 PM & 9:15 PM

*Director Alexandra Dean will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A on Sunday, November 26, 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

R.I.P. Wayne Cochran, 1939-2017

Georgia-born R&B belter-turned-minister Wayne Cochran died yesterday at the age of 78. Here's the Miami Herald obit.  

Hailu Mergia's new album Lala Belu due in February

Ethiopian keyboardist/accordionist Hailu Mergia is releasing Lala Belu on February 16. Hear "Gum Gum" below.  

Happy Birthday Hoagy Carmichael

Here's Hoagy Carmichael's performance of "Am I Blue" with Lauren Bacall from 1944's To Have and Have Not.

Midweek Mixdown: The Dub Specialist

Here's a sweet selection of Studio One dub versions taken exclusively from single flipsides – no LP cuts. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Darlene Shrugg w/ Biblical @ Hamilton's This Ain't Hollywood, Tuesday

Watch the clip for "Inherit The Wind" off the self-titled debut from Slim Twig & Meg Remy's band Darlene Shrugg.

Overlooked 70s jams of Hamad Kalkaba and The Golden Sounds rescued from obscurity

The rare 7-inch recordings of Cameroon's Hamad Kalkaba are being reissued by Analog Africa on December 8. 

Hamad Kalkaba and The Golden Sounds, 1974-1975 
"I remember the day clearly. I was searching for treasures in a record shop in Yaoundé, the Capital city of Cameroon, when suddenly I came across a 7-inch record with a picture of a young man wearing a traditional hat and bearing the marks of several imposing vertical scars on the side of his face, carved when he was just a boy as a reminder of his heritage in the Musgum tribe of the northern part of the country.

"The record contained two songs – ‘Gandjal Kessoum’ and ‘Touflé’ – by an artist I had never heard of before named Hamad Kalkaba. Both cuts were raw classics of fuzzed-out bass, pin-sharp horns, built upon the unshakable foundation of Northern Cameroon’s mightiest rhythm: the Gandjal. The shop owner - who noticed that I was listening to the same record over and over again - mentioned that ‘There is another single with a green cover of the same artist’.

"Over the next six years I searched for that ‘green cover’ and finally found it in a record collection belonging to an old bar in Parakou in northern Benin. While most of the records had been beaten and worn by a life spent in the jukebox, this one had been sitting in its paper sleeve for forty years, untouched and unplayed, seemingly waiting for us to pick it up and rip the two soulful Gandjal tunes from it, the masterpieces ‘Fouh Sei Allah’ and ‘Tchakoulaté’.

"These two records, plus a third simply named ‘Nord Cameroon Rythms’ constitute the entire discography of Hamad Kalkaba. Neglected for decades by all but the most devoted collectors of Afro music, Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds at long last gathers together the body of work of one of Cameroon’s forgotten geniuses.

"But unlike many musicians who emerged from nowhere, recorded a few singles and vanished again, Kalkaba hadn’t disappeared. Far from it. He was a distinguished public figure, a retired Colonel in the army of Cameroon, and a former member of Cameroon’s Olympic Selection Committee. When we tracked him down he was serving as president of the Confederation of African Athletics. And Although Kalkaba’s job kept him busy, and he seemed initially dismissive of the music he’d made as a young man, he turned out to be an enthusiastic ally in this project. He arranged interviews, helped fill in the blanks and, when we finally met him in Yaoundé in 2016, provided us with photographs, lyric sheets and notes.

"During the interview Kalkaba explained how the songs recorded in the mid 1970s were part of a movement, a movement initiated by musicians from all around Cameroon who, with the help of keyboards, drum kits and electric guitars, had started to modernise the traditional rhythms of their regions. For Kalkaba it was no different and backed by his band the Golden Sounds, devoted himself to the promotion of the sounds of northern Cameroon."
Samy Ben Redjeb, Analog Africa