Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lost Lou Reed recordings from 1975 uncovered

A cassette containing "dozens" of unreleased Lou Reed songs was found at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. 

Read all about it...
Variety Lost Lou Reed songs for Andy Warhol discovered
New York Post Long lost Lou Reed songs from Andy Warhol era discovered

Happy Halloween!

Have a spooky good night with Louis Armstrong, Kay Starr, Cab Calloway and Chick Webb's Orchestra. 

Jenny Lewis @ Danforth Music Hall, Thursday

Why not spend Halloween with Jenny Lewis. Check out her new video for "Rabbit Hole" and her appearance in the Archie comic Jughead's Time Police #5.  

Do Funk! Halloween w/ Skratch Bastid, Soul Motivators, DJ John Kong @ Supermarket, Thursday

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Toronto fiddler Tony Allen's 50th birthday @ Cameron House, Wednesday

Expect to see Col. Tom Parker along with many of Tony Allen's musician friends joining in tonight's celebration which starts at 8 pm and runs till closing. 

"Ghost Rider" EP from L'Épée comes with Frank Kozik sleeve

"Ghost Rider" from the Anton Newcombe + Limiñanas collabo L'Épée comes b/w "Lou" and the unissued "Shiny Shiny". Pre-order it here

Watch Emily Jane White's haunting "Washed Away" video

"Washed Away" – filmed by Kristin Cofer – is off Emily Jane White's forthcoming album Immanent Fire out November 15th on Talitres. 

"Washed Away" is about how we are severed from our natural world, how pervasive communication through technology dominates so much of our lives. This song speaks to the creative importance of spending time in nature and how it must be seen and valued. It's a relationship. I feel this disconnect is directly linked to the climate crisis and ongoing destruction of the planet.” – Emily Jane White

Emily Jane White – Immanent Fire
Sometimes called "folk noir" or "dark folk," critics have been drawn to Emily Jane White’s “Big Sur goth” since her debut in 2007. Over her last five albums Emily has moved in  darker and more political direction culminating in her new album, “Immanent Fire”.

Written over a two year period,  “Immanent Fire” recognizes our moment at the precipice of species annihilation, as she guides her listener through the feeling of life on a planet at the brink of destruction. In this work, addressing our shared condition, White honors the sacred, the earthly, and all that is deemed feminine, even as these very elements are threatened with the violence of contemporary systems of power: patriarchy, colonialism, and capitalism together conspire to ravage and to exploit natural world and its sacred beings, to subordinate women and other gendered people--the vanquishing of both the feminine and nature in and of itself. This is the dominant paradigm of modernity that feminist spiritual philosopher and witch Starhawk has named the “war on immanence.” Speaking directly from the fires incinerating California, White laments the destruction of the sacred feminine and the earth at once: “And she a holy vessel breathes/And you sit and watch her bleed/And you, torched a hole in the sky/And you, watched your earnings fly/And you, sit there as she lies/In blood, right before our eyes.”

Ten songs, all written in minor keys, present a deepening storm of melody that offers the hopeful ray of Emily’s voice as the waves of rhythm crash and dance around her. Just before—or perhaps after—the despair seems to overwhelm, her vocals open up and bloom like a lens flare, creating an ecstatically painful emotional brilliance that the listener clings onto with pleasure. Her voice is the listener’s guide, a steady and reassuring presence as they march through eerie landscapes, caverns of reverb, church organs and synthetic arpeggios. The occasional samples of birds, insects, and thunder mix with the blend of electronic and acoustic instruments, a subtle reminder of the necessary link between the fate of our ecology and the moral use of technology. White's new album juxtaposes a heavy melancholy with an intimate touching lightness through her singular alto voice backed by orchestral percussion, soaring strings, heavy guitars, a choir of voices, and an overall cinematic presentation of dynamic songwriting.

The album is co-produced by Anton Patzner and Emily Jane White. Anton Patzner also engineered and arranged the songs. All of the songs were written by Emily Jane White, and recorded in Emeryville, California. You can pre-order a copy of Immanent Fire right here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Mavericks @ The Danforth Music Hall, Wednesday

Expect to hear Raul Malo and company performing many of their favourites from The Mavericks Play The Hits out now. 

Happy Birthday Omara Portuondo!

Here are a few typically stellar performances from the great Omara Portuondo. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Watch Mikal Cronin's video for "I've Got Reason"

"I've Got Reason" is off Mikal Cronin's new album Seeker which he'll be launching at The Horseshoe November 17th. Get tickets right here

Long lost Lyres live set from 1980 uncovered by Crypt

The early Lyres live recording was discovered on a reel-to-reel tape in Erik Lindgren's studio vault. 
Here's the scoop...
Crypt continues its delve into the BOSS-TOWN LOW-DOWN with this shit-hot 39 minute BLASTIN’ MUTHA (don’t ya know!) of LYRES at their most ferocious and in top rip-roaring fidelity thanks to a reel to reel tape discovered in August 2017 in the vaults at Erik Lindgren’s studio! Erik set one line direct into the board and one mic suspended above the audience and the result is a BEAST of a set! Jeff Conolly (natch!) on organ and vocal and tambourine, DMZ cats Peter Greenberg (guit) and Mike Lewis (bass), plus ex-Real Kid Howie Ferguson on drums. Gatefold sleeve with unseen photos plus liner notes by Peter Greenberg, Mike Lewis and longtime Boss-town fanatic/scribe Bill Tupper. the MUSIC? ripping, absolutely ripping ROCK and ROLL music. Order a copy of The Lyres – Live At The Rat, September 3, 1980 directly from Crypt right here.

1. Mighty Idy
2. Long Gone
3. 100 CCs
4. Dirty Robber
5. Beat Guitar
6. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
7. High On Yourself
8. Don’t Tread On Me
9. Out Of Our Tree
10. Louie Louie
11. Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
12. Nobody But Me
13. How Do You Know
14. Don’t Give It Up Now

Peter Hook and the Light @ Danforth Music Hall, Monday

Here's Peter Hook performing the Joy Division classic "These Days" and New Order's "Blue Monday" 

Watch The Orielles' video for "Come Down On Jupiter"

"Come Down On Jupiter" is off the Disco Volador album by The Orielles due in February from Heavenly Recordings. Pre-order it here

Happy 80th Birthday Andy Bey!

Celebrating Andy Bey's birthday with Dr. Bop's informative 1991 interview – with rare performance clips – covering the years 1962-1974. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Whaddya mean you don't know The Wolfmanhattan Project

Bob Bert, Mick Collins and Kid Congo present their Wolfmanhattan Project at Brooklyn's Market Hotel tonight. 

Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Three-Brained Robot, Boy Wonder @ Monarch Tavern, Tuesday

You can get tickets for Quintron & Miss Pussycat's much-anticipated Toronto return with Three-Brained Robot & Boy Wonder right here

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Sandro Perri's Soft Landing launch party @ Tranzac Club, Sunday

Sandro Perri will be joined by openers Sing Leaf and Robin Dann starting at 8 pm. Check out "Wrong About The Rain" below. 

Happy Birthday Bootsy Collins!

Celebrating Bootsy's birthday with a clip from Mike Judge's Tales From The Tour Bus and his recent update of "Monster Mash" 

One For The Weekend: Danko Jones

Danko Jones returns to Toronto for a Lee's Palace show December 6th. Check out "Fists Up High" off their latest album A Rock Supreme. 

October 22, 2019 — Having just completed the first leg of an extensive European arena tour with Volbeat, Danko Jones has announced several shows in California that will take place in February – following three Ontario club dates at Lee's Palace in Toronto December 6, at The Brass Monkey in Ottawa December 12 and at Maxwell's in Waterloo on December 13 – the acclaimed Canadian trio's first American concerts since the release of their latest album, A Rock Supreme. Support at each of the U.S. performances will be provided by the long-running L.A. hard rock act Junkyard. See below for a complete list of the group's upcoming dates.

Since the April release of A Rock Supreme, which was produced by Garth “Gggarth” Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Danko Jones has toured extensively around the globe, but the February dates with Junkyard represent the first leg of what is expected to be the group's most extensive American tour in several years. Stay tuned to for additional show announcements.

The band recently released a music video for the album's latest single, “Fists Up High,” which can be seen below.

DANKO JONES on tour 
10/29    Warsaw, PO – Torwar*
10/31    Prague, CZ – O2 Universum*
11/1    Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena*
11/2    Erlangen, DE – E-Werk
11/3    Stuttgart, DE – Schleyerhalle*
11/4    Antwerpen, BE – Sportpaleis*
11/5    Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion*
11/6    Karlsruhe, DE – Substage
11/7    Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle*
11/8    Munich, DE – Olympiahalle*
11/10    Leipzig, DE – Arena*
11/11    Hamburg, DE – BarclayCard Arena*
11/12    Hamburg, DE – BarclayCard Arena*
11/13    Lingen, DE – Alterschlachtof
11/14    Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena*
11/15    Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena*
11/17    Vienna, AT – Stadthalle*
11/19    Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome*
11/20    Bremen, DE – Modernes
11/21    Dresden, DE – Tante Ju
11/22    Kiel, DE – Max
11/23    Herning, DK – Jyske Bank Boxen*
11/25    Trondheim, NO – Spektrum*
11/27    Helsinki, FI -Hartwall Arena*
11/29    Stockholm, SE – Tele2 Arena*
12/1    Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena*
12/6    Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace
12/12    Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
12/13    Waterloo, ON – Maxwell's
1/25    Veghel, NL – Monsters of Mariahede
2/5    San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick #
2/6    Hollywood, CA – Viper Room #
2/7    San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill #
2/8    Huntington Beach, CA – Gallagher's #
* with Volbeat, Baroness
# with Junkyard

Friday, October 25, 2019

Catl's 5th Annual Halloween Spooktacular @ Dakota Tavern, Saturday

The mummy costumes were a good look for Catl although perhaps not the most practical for performance purposes. 

Biblical, Witchrot, Fake Humans @ Monarch Tavern, Friday

Since it's nearly Halloween, here's a clip from Sean Wainsteim's zombie flick Done To Death scored by Biblical. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Happy Birthday Odean Pope!

Celebrating saxophone great Odean Pope's birthday with a couple of typically stellar performances. 

Midweek Mixdown: Cape Verdean Mornas selected by Quantic

Here's a stellar mix of vintage vinyl Cape Verdean mornas & coladeras assembled by Quantic. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Happy Birthday Fats Sadi

Remembering Belgian vibes ace "Fats" Sadi Lallemand with two jams featuring Jimmy Deuchar and Django Reinhardt. 

90s Nostalgia: Gallon Drunk

Here's Nick Emery's video for Bedlam shot in the studio while Gallon Drunk was recording From The Heart of Town.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Happy Birthday Jane Bunnett

Celebrating the birthday of Toronto bandleader and flautist Jane Bunnett with a few songs from On Firm Ground, her new album with Maqueque. 

That time Harry Nilsson and Otto Preminger did Playboy After Dark

Here's Harry Nilsson trading quips with director Otto Preminger and Hugh Hefner with Carol Channing on the line back in 1968. 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Catherine MacLellan record release @ The Rivoli, Tuesday

Don't miss Catherine performing songs from her latest album Coyote with opening sets from Kerri Ough (The Good Lovelies) and Alyson McNamara. 

R.I.P. Nick Tosches, 1949-2019

Sadly, inflluential music journalist and novelist Nick Tosches passed away Sunday at his Manhattan home. He'll be greatly missed.

Whaddya mean you don't know Camizole

SouffleContinu have released Camizole's self-titled debut album from 1977 in a limited edition 2LP of 500 copies.

Is freedom worth more than mastery, construction and achievement? In replying yes, the utopians of Camizole clear show which side they are on. For them, musical creation must be as spontaneous as possible. To achieve this, it is better to put egos to one side to concentrate on collective experimentation, to be tried and tested in front of a live audience. Playing the card of unlimited and unhindered improvisation is Camizole's crédo, having decided to get a taste of the urgent game-playing already established by the Nihilist Spasm Band and the Living Theatre research of Julian Beck and Judith Malina.

At the time, that is to say when punk was exploding, this concept, itself inherited from the May 68 events, made an impact on Chris Cutler of Henry Cow, but also Lindsay Cooper, who invited Camizole member Françoise Crublé to join the Feminist Improvising Group. Also, the Tapioca label run by Jean Georgakarakos (co-founder of BYG Records), considered producing an album, from a live recording made at the Théâtre de Chartres in November 1977. Unfortunately the label rapidly ceased all activities and the recording was left in a drawer, which was a real shame.

Today, after extracts and other live bits and pieces came out via Spalax at the end of the 1990s, an integral double-album is finally being released to do justice to the collective created by Jacky Dupéty, and which included, amongst others Dominique Grimaud (Vidéo-Aventures), Chris Chanet (Etron Fou Leloublan, Urban Sax), Xavier Jouvelet (notably heard alongside Lol Coxhill) and Bernard Filipetti (Art & Technique). Better late than never! First ever reissue of this french underground essential. Remastered from the original tapes and comes with an eight page booklet. Mail order a copy directly from SouffleContinu Records right here. Listen to Extrait N°8 from the album below.

Here's a recent live performance by Camizole

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Allah-Las vs. The Human Expression

L.A.'s Allah-Las – appearing at Lee's Palace November 24th – do a fine version of the Human Expression's "Calm Me Down"

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Beth B's documentary Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over due in November

The crowd-funded film includes recent and vintage Lydia Lunch live footage intercut with talking head commentary from Thurston Moore and others.

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over premieres on Saturday, November 9 as part of DOC NYC at the IFC Center (323 6th Ave @ 3rd St) – Theatre 1 at 7:05 pm. 
Get tickets right here.

Honeyboy Edwards talks about Robert Johnson & Tommy Johnson

Here's an enlightening interview Pete Welding conducted with Mississippi blues great David "Honeyboy" Edwards. 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Richard Thompson, Eliza Gilkyson @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Friday

Watch Richard Thompson perform two classics acoustically followed by another two with David Gilmour.  

One For The Weekend: André Ethier

André Ethier's new album Croak In The Weeds out now. He opens for The Sadies at Lee's Palace on October 26th. 
Here's the scoop from Telephone Explosion...
Croak In The Weeds, the second instalment in a planned trilogy from ex-Deadly Snakes frontman André Ethier, will be released in fall 2019 on Telephone Explosion Records. The nine-song album was created in collaboration with Sandro Perri (producer) at his Toronto studio in late 2018 / early 2019.

“I was imagining a pond at the swamp,” Ethier explains. “A pond gets murkier the deeper you dive. Frogs are amphibians. They’re in and out of the pond like it’s no big deal, but we stay mostly on the shore and only peer in. Then, when the weather is right, the pond rises in a mist and we can breathe it too. We can be in the pond but also on the shore.”

Croak In The Weeds continues Ethier and Perri’s musical relationship which was originally established on 2017’s Under Grape Leaves. Croak expands upon that album, deconstructing synthetic elements to a point of raw organic beauty. Lyrically, André’s approach has shifted to the natural world, focusing heavily on flora and fauna. Almost every track on the 34-minute album references animals, with central characters ranging from pigs to dragons.

You can mail order a copy of André's new album Croak In The Weeds right here. Listen to "Jenny The Blues" below.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Beast Music, Killer Wails, Yellow Magnolia @ The Horseshoe, Thursday

Toronto's Beast Music will be previewing songs from their forthcoming Darkness Only Knows album tonight at The Horseshoe starting at 9:40 pm sharp.

Listen to "Midnight Strikes Back" right here.

Beck shares two songs from his Hyperspace album out Nov 22

Check out the video for "Uneventful Days" and "Hyperlife" off Beck's forthcoming Hyperspace album produced in collaboration with Pharrell Williams. 

That time Lee Morgan sat in with the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1959

Here's trumpet titan Lee Morgan performing "Moanin'" with the Oscar Peterson Trio on the CBC in '59. So where's the rest of the footage?

Li'l Andy, The Layrite Boys @ The Burdock, Thursday

Montreal's Li'l Andy will be on stage at 9:30 pm tonight followed by Toronto's own Layrite Boys at 10:30 pm.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Happy Birthday John Casimir

Remembering New Orlieans clarinet great John Casimir with "Whoopin' Blues" by his Young Tuxedo Brass Band.

The Flat Five jazz up Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" for Halloween

Inspired by Blossom Dearie's vocal jazz group The Blue Stars, Chicago's Flat Five put their own swingin' spin on Poe's creepy classic. 

You can order a limited edition orange vinyl copy of The Flat Five's version of The Raven from Bloodshot Records right here

Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem, The Raven was first accepted for publication (under the pseudonym Quarles) in the American Review (Vol.1 No. 2) of February, 1845 which you can check out below.