http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz_QZua9XJk). Baba's strength is obviously in his word play. He is a fantastic MC and I guess you would have to be in order to tackle the subject matter he speaks about. Many of his albums are actual plays and one in particular is currently an off Broadway play about Darwin and his teachings from a hip hop perspective. One of his earlier plays was an interpretation of Chaucer's literary works. He has played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland where he has won an award and has toured through the U.K., Australia and the U.S.. His work has also been added to some select school curriculum's. Baba currently has 12 works released and has founded his own label called Lit Fuse Records. He has also recorded as part of the duo, Mud Sun. You can follow him at http://www.bababrinkman.com/. You can purchase the album, Swordplay, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqkv8c0yzcs&feature=channel_video_title). The band would release one more album with Sonic Unyon before landing a major label deal with EMI and releasing their final album, Chasing The Dragon, in 2001. Their sound was more pop oriented at this point and they had a major single with the song, East Side. The album would garner the band a Juno nomination for Best New Group in 2002 but they lost out to the band, Default. Smoother is no longer together but lead vocalist and songwriter, Andrew Franey is still active in music and you can follow him at http://www.andrewfraney.com/. He has a very cool cover of Madonna's Material Girl posted on his website right now which is worth a listen. Unfortunately, anything earlier than their 2001 release is difficult to track down today. However, you can purchase the album, Copycat, from the Sonic Unyon website (http://www.sonicunyonstore.com/). Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0RXL-90Lzw&feature=channel_video_title). Tim was nominated for the Most Promising Male Vocalist Juno as a result. Tim still writes and performs today and you can follow him at http://www.myspace.com/trblackirish. The album, On Purpose, is available from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYulyV5nU-M&feature=channel_video_title). Renald would leave the band after this release and now composes music for other artists (http://members.shaw.ca/mah.k/James.html). Siccote would carry on with different partners for two more releases before calling it quits in 2003. Siccote now is a chef and mixologist (http://www.lecuisinierrebelle.com/). You can purchase the album, Piece Of Paradise, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
http://paperbagrecords.com/); home to a number of cool artists like Elliot Brood, Matthew Barber (see blog 8/4/10) and Controller.Controller (see blog 7/17/11). The band actually played a number of gigs with the latter band. The label would eventually release the band's debut, Night Creatures, in 2006. The band received some strong radio support and garnered regional award nominations for the release. The band's music was also included in a number of video games as well as the movie, Superbad. Beautiful is a dance punk type tune from the Night Creatures' release and you can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9y4ujRws-Q). You can purchase the album on Itunes. The band doesn't appear to be recording or touring although I haven't seen an official break up notice. Simon Toye is involved in a new electronic project called, Stab City Nights (http://www.myspace.com/stabcitynights). You can follow Cities In Dust at http://www.myspace.com/citiesindust. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, October 24, 2011
http://www.cordovabay.com/), Wyckham continues to release stellar roots based albums. He is like a fine wine that keeps getting better with age. He is a wonderful story teller and I am certainly not doing the body of his work any justice by choosing a cover song here from his 2007 release, 3AM. However, I did read somewhere that he used to get fired from some of his earlier hotel lounge gigs because he refused to play covers. He apparently felt at the time, that he couldn't perform other people's work very well. Well in this case, I think he puts forward a very inventive cover of a classic Springsteen song, Hungry Heart. You can check out the song on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XDWzyHcp9I). You can purchase the album, 3AM, from Itunes. The album was produced by former Rolling Stone producer and manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. Wyckham released an album with Bill Bourne under the moniker, Bop Ensemble, in 2009. You can follow Wyckham at http://www.wyckhamporteous.org/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, October 21, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Asq8rUswOY). Sadly, the band split in 2006. Vocalist, Andre Ethier has gone on to release music as a solo artist and you can follow him at http://www.myspace.com/andreethier. Gunn and Ross formed the band, Quest For Fire, and you can follow them at http://www.myspace.com/questforfireband. You can purchase the album, Porcella, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0vMYYGjs2k). You can follow Sass Jordan at http://www.sassjordan.com/. The album, Tell Somebody, is available for download from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgbfkJQKw6Q). You can also hear the song, This Old House, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyCFjguz3eU). Unfortunately, Kris' first two releases are very difficult to find today but his more recent releases are available on Itunes. At the time of this blog, I couldn't find any copies of Lark available for sale online. You can follow Kris at http://www.krisdemeanor.com/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Artist: Richard Newell (aka King Biscuit Boy) Album: Richard Newell aka King Biscuit Boy, Song: Castin' My Spell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRQxzv2uAps&feature=channel_video_title). Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, October 17, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxHtfAN8FQc). Octoberman is signed with indie label, White Whale Records (http://whitewhale.ca/). He has just released a new EP entitled, The Sweater, this month and his forthcoming full length is scheduled for release in early 2012. He also appears to be working with Andy Magoffin of the Two Minute Miracles (see blog 12/19/10) currently. You can follow Octoberman at http://octobermanmusic.com/. You can purchase Octoberman's Fortresses release on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, October 14, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeOiqFHAGqw). There isn't much in the way of press on David's musical exploits up until this album. Today, David resides in Berlin and continues to release music under the name, Taylor Savvy. He is very eclectic and seems to be constantly pushing the boundaries of popular music. His recent work is definitely worth seeking out. As far as I know, this debut was his only album under the name Daddy Szigeti. The album can be purchased from Amazon for $10. You can follow David at http://www.myspace.com/taylorsavvy1. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fu1dv66P3g). Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUX-ns0u5Ws). Malcolm would go on to release one more album with A&M in 1979. The album, Coming Outta Nowhere, is a difficult find today. At the time of this blog, there were vinyl copies trading on Ebay and Amazon between $5 and $25. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
http://www.facebook.com/pages/ReggaeXclusive-Entertainment-News/). You can follow Donna at http://www.myspace.com/donnamakeda. You can check out the original video for the song, Jah Great Woman, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss-KDUCO8wY). The album, Who Can Endure, is a difficult find today. At the time of this blog, ebreggae.com had 1 copy for sale for $12.99. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, October 10, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvD8rJPhTKQ&feature=channel_video_title). You can read about the band at http://www.bgirls77.com/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, October 7, 2011
http://www.indiestructable.webngrafix.com/). The company also appears to represent former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul DiAnno. The Acid Test discography is difficult to track down these days. However, Indiestructable Records has limited copies of this EP for sale and you can contact them through their website. You can check out the song, Mr.Skin, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1IYZs61MIQ). Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYWeyl2qLIk&feature=fvst). I'm a sucker for songs with sports references and John is a supremely talented songwriter. If you enjoy this track, you should seek out the song, Tournament Of Hearts, by The Weakerthans. Both John K. Samson and his band, The Weakerthans, are currently signed with the Anti-Records label out of Los Angeles (http://www.anti.com/artists/). You can purchase the album, Provincial Road 222, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
http://www.valdy.com/. The 70's decade was a key period for Valdy's popularity and by 1976 he had amplified his stage presence with the addition of the Hometown Band (see blog 4/6/11). He was also signed to A&M Records for most of this period. In 1980, A&M released the first of many retrospective releases of Valdy's work. Streets Of Whitehorse was a track originally penned by Canadian folk singer, Bob Ruzicka, and recorded by Valdy in 1977 with the Hometown Band. Unfortunately, all of these early releases, including the retrospective release, are only available on vinyl and very hard to find. Some of his hit songs were re-mastered for a 20th Century Masters Millenium release which included this song and it is available on Itunes. You can hear the song, Streets of Whitehorse, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSSe7I5dFFk&feature=channel_video_title). Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
http://bluepeterband.com/. The song, Same Old Place, was their punk infused lead off track from their debut release and you can hear it on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSUZJ3xtWc&feature=channel_video_title). The song was also included on a remastered version of their second release, Radio Silence, which is available from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, October 3, 2011
http://www.thirstymusic.com/hero/. This particular Rap Essentials release is one of the best in the series. It features some great tracks from artists like Solitair (see blog 3/20/11), Checkmate (see blog 7/27/11) and Mood Ruff (see blog 3/6/11). At the time of this blog, there were vinyl and CD copies trading on Amazon and Discogs between $20 and $50. You can check out the song, Whatcha Want, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRVYO_PNZ2E&feature=channel_video_title). Thanks for reading and enjoy!