http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NbFaZcWI4Q). Both artists have since released solo albums. McEnroe has a new EP coming out this year and you can follow them both at http://www.peanutsandcorn.com/. You can purchase the album, Nothing Is Cool, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
http://careywest.com/. Her husband, Jeff Wilson, is very involved in world music and is a member of the Juno nominated bands, Jaffa Road (http://www.jaffaroad.com/) and Maza Meze (http://www.mazameze.com/). Unfortunately, The Jeremiahs' discography is a very hard find these days. I couldn't find any copies of the album, You And I, for sale at the time of this blog. Carey has posted some MP3's on her website for download but this particular track isn't included. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, July 9, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPoOgxQ5o7g. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
http://www.myspace.com/montrealchocolat. The band received their fair share of critical acclaim and played shows across the country as well as notable music festivals like NXNE and Pop Montreal. In 2010, Jimmy decided to re-visit his solo roots as an artist and released his self titled debut on Grosse Boite Records (http://www.grosseboite.com/). The same label that Chocolat was signed to and home to Juno nominated artists like Coeur de Pirate and Jean Leloup (see blog 3/19/11). He is more of a troubadour these days as opposed to his former rocker persona. He has also collaborated frequently with french chanteuse, Coeur de Pirate, as well as being the supporting act for many of her live shows. You can follow Jimmy at http://www.jimmyhunt.ca/. One very cool tune from Jimmy's self titled debut is the song, Everything Crash. You can check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHng3kejsQA. Jimmy has just released a new EP and will be playing shows in Canada and Belgium over the next couple of months. You can purchase his album from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S02bqXuntE0. They also like to offer free pre-release material on their website. The EP that followed this album was so popular that the amount of traffic it generated crashed the band's website. They are at it one more time though with an acoustic EP that is a precursor to their next full length release sometime in the fall of 2012. You can follow them at http://paperlions.com/. Their new album is being produced by Howard Redekopp, formerly of the band, Veal (see blog 4/24/11). The Paper Lions have shared stages with everyone from Cake ("No Phone", "Short Skirt/Long Jacket", "Shadow Stabbing", "Never There") to Hot Hot Heat. They are currently playing shows in Toronto as part of the NXNE festival. You can purchase their self titled debut album on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMgIBhX1F4M. I loved this track when I heard it back in the day and unfortunately it has become a real rarity. At the time of this blog there were copies trading on Ebay and Amazon between $40 and $50. Kardinal has gone on to collaborate with some big names in the music industry like Rihanna, Akon and Sean Paul. He is currently set to release two albums this year. One is a collaboration with producer, Nottz Raw called, A.M.T.R.I.M., as well as his own upcoming solo release. You can follow him at http://www.facebook.com/kardinaloffishall. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgmo9elqHeg. The album was well received and actually achieved gold status sales in Canada. The band was nominated for two Junos as a result. New Group Of The Year which they lost to The Stills (see blog 3/1/12) as well as Video Of The Year for their song, Mr. Hurricane, which they lost to Serena Ryder's Little Bit Of Red. Sadly though, this album seems to be a one shot deal for the band as the two artists have yet to confirm whether or not they will record again. Jean-Phi Goncalves and his band, Plaster, released a new album last month and you can follow them at http://soundcloud.com/plaster-band. You can follow Bonifassi at http://www.bettybonifassi.com/. Lastly, you can read about Beast at http://www.beastsound.net/. You can purchase the self titled debut on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
http://themusicbox.bandcamp.com/album/vampire-songs). The Music Box were due to release their sophomore album sometime this year but ended up splitting. Both Tyler and Kyle are in a new band called, Love Banshee. You can hear some of their music at http://lovebanshee.bandcamp.com/. You can follow them at http://www.facebook.com/lovebansheemusic. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Artist: The Jimmy Swift Band, Album: Onward Through The Fog, Song: Astronauts Attempting To Take Off Their Space Suits So That They May Copulate
http://www.facebook.com/thejimmyswiftband. Mercer and Collier have formed a new band called, The Scientists Of Sound (http://www.scientistsofsound.com/). You can purchase the album, Onward Through The Fog, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBr_zMctqRA&feature=related). The band also tipped their hats to some music of the past by covering Barry McGuire's hit, Eve Of Destruction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt5IEGYaBds) as well as The Drifters classic, Save The Last Dance For Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLP2UoPiqj8&feature=related). Much like punk itself, the band's career was hardly predictable or stable. The band signed with Capital Records during the late eighties but have gone through numerous line up and label changes over the last 35 years. To their credit (or perhaps to Mickey's), they have continued to release some great music. Nobodys Hero's was their last studio album of new material which was released in 2000. This is a really good album with some strong tunes like Hockeynite and this beauty, Dickwart. The band played shows in Europe as well as the U.S. in support of this release. The Forgotten Rebels are arguably one of the finest punk outfits to ever record in Canada and they are responsible for building the foundation of the genre here at home. Mickey's production work with bands like The Wet Spots (see blog 5/13/11) as well as his overall support for younger bands such as The Problem Children (see blog 11/24/11), helped build a scene that still exists today. Their music is timeless as well and hopefully we'll see some more re-issued material that will keep their legacy alive for a great many more years. The band today includes Mickey along with Jeffrey Campbell, Dan Cassale and former Sven Gali (see blog 10/31/10) bassist, Shawn Maher. They have 13 releases to date and have shared stages with bands like The Clash, Iggy Pop as well as The Ramones. You can keep tabs on them at http://www.forgottenrebels.com/. You can hear a sample of the song, Dickwart, as well as purchase the album, Nobodys Hero's, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Artist: Maestro Fresh-Wes, Album: Naaah, Dis Kid Can't Be From Canada?!!, Song: Certs Wid Out Da Retsyn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG1xk4Fu7nE. The album was nominated for the Juno for Best Rap Recording in 1995 along with The Freaks Of Reality (see blog 1/11/11), The Rascalz as well as The Dream Warriors (see blog 7/27/10) but lost out to The Ghetto Concept (see blog 11/12/10). You can catch Maestro on the CBC show, Mr.D, every week and you can follow him at http://wesmaestrowilliams.com/. You can purchase the album, Naaah, Dis Kid Can't Be From Canada?!!, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, June 8, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROEb5ZbQ9Ow). Unfortunately, the band had a really difficult time getting these same radio stations that had showered them with awards a few years earlier, to play their music. Once their label, Risque Disque, folded in 1991, the band followed shortly thereafter. Armour and Davis have continued to record with a number of other bands. Messiah Inc., Gran Torino and Train Wreck are all bands that they have formed and recorded material with over the last 20 years. They've actually reunited as Basic English and are currently signed to Sugar Moon Music (http://biz.sugarmoonmusic.com/). You can follow them at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Basic-English/. Sweet Panic! is a difficult album to find these days. At the time of this blog there were copies trading on Amazon and Ebay between $5 and $10 . Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
"Damn, damn the circumstance. Well my heart is achin' and my room is spinnin'. It's grey without you in it. My bad luck's just beginning, don't let me bleed again tonight." The Lowest Of The Low were a rock band from Toronto, Ontario. They were Stephen Stanley, Ron Hawkins, John Arnott and David Alexander. They formed out of the ashes of a previous band called, Popular Front, in 1991. Later that same year, they released their debut album, Shakespeare My Butt. The band toured relentlessly and they were beloved by their hometown audience. Their song lyrics often included familiar names of places and things within the city of Toronto which seemed to further their connection with their fans. The album had a number of songs that received airplay during the early nineties. Salesmen, Cheats and Liars, Eternal Fatalist, Henry Needs A New Pair Of Shoes as well as this great tune, Bleed A Little While Tonight. The album apparently came close to achieving gold sales status which is very rare for an independently released album. You can check out the song, Bleed A Little While Tonight, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inzoL0NDsm0). The band toured the country and were eventually signed to A&M Records for their sophomore release in 1994. The constant touring and differences with their label would slow the band's recording output in later years. Vocalist and primary lyricist, Ron Hawkins, would begin to release albums as a solo artist during this time as well. The band has released 4 albums to date and recently had their debut album re-released in advance of it's 20th anniversary. The band also reformed last year to play some shows to commemorate the occasion. You can check out some footage of the band playing one of those shows at Lee's Palace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZSNXyeLdSg). You need only to listen to the crowd singing every word of this song along with the band, to understand how special they are and how great a song this was. You can purchase, Shakespeare My Butt, on Itunes. You can also follow the band as well as it's members at http://www.lowestofthelow.com/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTpo2eYNwKo. The band has released 6 albums but this was the last with Michelle Rumball as a vocalist. They don't play much anymore as a result of Chuck's new political career but they have released some great music worth seeking out. Another spectacular release from the band is their album, Waiting For The Cage, which was about life in a mining town. You can purchase most of their albums including, One Job Town, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
http://www.robszabo.com/. Rob has just returned from playing some shows in British Columbia and appears to be playing in the Ontario region this month. The Groove Daddys' discography is a difficult find today. At the time of this blog, there were no copies that I could find available on-line. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, June 1, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbgvfS0mMRo. 1978 turned out to be a very good year for the band. They got tons of FM radio support, toured the country in support of bands like Styx and The Tubes. They were even nominated for the Juno for Most Promising Group in 1979 along with Max Webster, Teaze (see blog 12/9/11) and Streetheart but lost out to Doucette in the end. The popularity of the band led to the release of their sophomore album in 1979 and the chance to headline live shows across the country. Sadly though, their label, CBS, went through some changes and the band lost their contract. They would release one more album in 1981 with A&M Records before calling it quits. Many of the members of this band have gone on to play with other Canadian acts like Moxy (see blog 5/9/11). Keyboardist, Howard Helm, joined the band Refugee (see blog 3/17/11) for a brief time during the 80's but had toured with Ian Hunter ("Once Bitten Twice Shy") prior to that. They certainly don't get the press today that some other bands from that era do and their discography is somewhat rare. You can purchase a 2003 re-release that includes both Astral Projector as well as their second album, Back Down To Earth, for $20 from Maplemusic.com. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
http://grantlawrence.ca/. Guitarist, David Carswell, produced the album and runs his own studio called, JC/DC (http://jcdc.ca/), in Vancouver. He has worked on some very successful releases by The New Pornographers as well as Tegan and Sara (see blog 9/15/10). He also played guitar with another popular Vancouver punk band called, The Evaporators, which included Nardwuar The Human Serviette. You can purchase the album, Mutiny In Stereo, from Itunes and you can hear a song sample of Shock The Shanker! there as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfeEcCLMtxk). Touring would eventually take it's toll on the couple. They turned down an opportunity to play on the Ed Sullivan Show and in 1973, divorced and dissolved the band. They did continue to record as solo artists on their jointly owned label, Goldfish Records. Terry would have a monster hit in 1973 with the song, Seasons In The Sun, and in 1974, recorded under the name, The Hood (see blog 6/25/11). In 1996, their discography was given the re-mastered treatment and a nice compilation of their work entitled, A Good Thing Lost, was released. You can find the song, Where Evil Grows, on this compilation and it is available for download from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
http://www.myspace.com/ameliacurran/. Amelia would follow up this album with two more releases in 2006 and 2009. Her 2009 release, Hunter Hunter, won the Juno award for Roots And Traditional Album Of The Year: Solo Artist, in 2010. She beat out the likes of Corb Lund (see blog 7/31/11) and Bahamas (see blog 1/22/11) to win the award that year. You can check out a promotional video of her talking about the making of her Juno award winning album as well as her home province of Newfoundland (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79PLAfD-bqk&feature=related). Amelia is going to be embarking on a European tour within the coming month and has just posted some new material on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU38ujw1Sis&feature=youtu.be). Perhaps a new release isn't far off. You can follow her at http://www.ameliacurran.com/. You can purchase the album, Lullabies For Barflies, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, May 28, 2012
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shallow-End/). Milky is a very difficult release to find these days. At the time of this blog, there was one copy trading on Ebay for $30. You can listen to this track along with some of the other songs from the album, Milky, on their MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/zenbungalow). Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, May 25, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7ANzqBWfso). The band is still playing today and is currently playing shows in the U.S.. You can follow them at http://clumsylovers.com/. You can purchase, Under The Covers, from their website. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
http://tomhooper.ca/ and The Grapes Of Wrath at http://grapesofwrath.ca/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKpV140x7HM. This is a really cool disc and it has everything you should expect from a Daniel Lanois recording. The production is wonderful and keyboardist/singer, Trixie Whitley, has a gritty soulful voice. She is actually the daughter of the late, American blues guitarist, Chris Whitley. Black Dub embarked on an international tour in support of this album and the album was nominated in 2011 for Adult Alternative Album Of The Year at the Junos. Interestingly enough, they lost out to the Daniel Lanois produced album, Le Noise, by Neil Young. Lanois has currently set up shop in Toronto with his new recording studio and you can follow his band at http://www.blackdub.net/. You can purchase Black Dub's album on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGuMDDu-r2M. The song was written and composed by Richard Kerr and Scott English who would go on to greater fame penning some major hits for Barry Manilow. The song was also recorded by a reggae band from the U.K. called, Greyhound, in 1972. You can hear their version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyKvxlMp89E. Unfortunately, there isn't much written about Lois Fletcher so a proper chronology of her career before and after this hit is hard to piece together. The song is also very difficult to come by these days. I found a copy on a worn out version of the K-tel compilation entitled, Canadian Mint. At the time of this blog, there were vinyl copies of the 45 single trading on Ebay for $20. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyxTPpvPZlc. Chris Murphy would depart following the recording of this album and start Sloan later that same year. The rest of Black Pool would soldier on for a third release in 1992 with Super Friendz (see blog 2/25/11) lead man, Matt Murphy, on guitar before breaking up. John Wesley Chisholm would go on to perform with the band, The Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra, before entering the world of film production. He is currently the president of Arcadia Entertainment (http://www.arcadiatv.com/) which has produced a number of documentary pieces. He is also still performing as a musician. He has a band called, The Jubilee Swing Orchestra (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jubilee-Swing-Orchestra/) but has also recorded some roots flavoured material which you can listen to on his Myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/johnwesleychisholm). The Black Pool discography isn't widely available today. At the time of this blog, there were no copies of the album, We The Living, available for sale on-line. There is a release entitled, Black Pool - Scraps From The Table, that is for sale on Arcadia Entertainment's website under the "Shop" link. It includes the song, Days And Days. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, May 14, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYxcEW3oRD0&feature=related. I came upon his music quite late. I happened to turn on the TV one day and saw this program called, Transit, which featured the band performing in an old streetcar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr5c0bkikAQ). He is definitely an artist deserving of much more recognition than he receives. You can follow Gentleman Reg at http://www.gentlemanreg.com/. You can purchase the album, Jet Black, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, May 11, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNcPTdCt4i8. Vilain Pingouin would go on to release four albums between 1990 and 2003. You can check them out at http://www.vilainpingouin.com/. You can purchase their self titled debut on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKuA4NDLQgU. The album also featured the talents of 54-40's Dave Genn and included an XTC cover entitled, Complicated Game. Unfortunately though, the band broke up after this release. You can purchase the album on Itunes though. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkJPKt6bzaM). Ellen would relocate to Canada permanently in 1987 and today, still lives in Calgary, Alberta and is still touring. She was nominated by the Toronto Blues Society in 2011 for a Lifetime Achievement Award but lost out to Paul James (see blog 12/2/11). You can follow her at http://www.ellenmcilwaine.com/. I discovered her music very late and was obviously blown away by what I heard. You can check out some blazing tunes from her first couple of releases on a compilation entitled, Up From The Skies, which is available on Itunes. Tunes like "We The People", "Sliding", "Can't Find My Way Home" and "Farther Along", will blow your mind. She has a number of covers in her song list but I can assure you that they are all very inventive. The album, The Real Ellen McIlwaine, was re-released as a combo with her 1982 album, Everybody Needs It, on Stony Plain Records. That album is available on Itunes as well and it includes the song, Higher Ground. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyw3yvC0rgo). Emma has just returned from a western tour supporting Luke Doucet's band, Whitehorse, and is currently playing shows in Eastern Canada. You can follow her at http://emma-lee.com/. You can purchase the album, Backseat Heroine, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, May 7, 2012
http://unionlabelgroup.com/). Rude City Riot's sound is a mix of punk and ska. Imposter Man, is a polished ska tune from their 2011 release. You can check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E2HYUJNt7M. The band has toured North America in support of their music and has recently completed a Canadian tour with The Planet Smashers and The Real McKenzies (see blog 4/21/11). You can follow them at http://www.rudecityriot.com/. You can purchase the album, Nothin' But Time, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, May 4, 2012
http://www.iamplex.com/#!the-way-it-should-be. You can follow Plex at http://www.iamplex.com/. You can purchase the album, Brain Storm, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
http://www.breakpattern.com/) and has toured nationally in support of his music. He also won a national song contest put on by the CBC in 2009. I just love this guy's music and this particular release has some great tunes on it. Lily, is a lyrical masterpiece that sounds a lot like the work of Conor Oberst ("Sausalito") and frankly, should garner the same sort of critical acclaim as him. But the world just doesn't work that way. Here's hoping more people discover his great music. You can hear a song sample on Itunes and purchase it there as well. You can follow Sparrow at http://www.facebook.com/jaysparrowmusic. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
http://www.susanaglukark.com/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, April 30, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j88zsWjmB-A&feature=related). Their shows were violent and chaotic, often leaving Leckie wounded. There isn't a band in Canadian history that could be as closely compared to the Sex Pistols as these guys. The band released their first single, Screaming Fist, in 1977 and in 1978, their one and only release entitled, Look Back In Anger. Look Back In Anger was produced by legendary Toronto musician, Roger Mayne, of the Ugly Ducklings (see blog 6/26/11). That same year, Pompeii, Haight and Motor X all left the band and started The Secrets with former Diode, John Hamilton. In 1983, a live full length album was released before this retrospective of the band's work entitled, A Taste Of Honey, in 1994. According to the liner notes, all the tunes were recorded on a 2 track in 2 hours during the spring of 1977. Never Feel Sad, is one of many cool tracks on this disc and you can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHwDc53A19k). Leckie has released some solo material and has also resurrected the band on occasion over the past decade. You can read about The Viletones at http://www.viletonesofficial.com/. A Taste Of Honey, is a rare find today. At the time of this blog, there was one copy trading on Discogs for $10. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, April 27, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R6Eek56pzU). This album was massive for a genre of music in decline. Metal was on the outs and it would prove to be the band's fatal blow in the end. However, they still were nominated for two Junos in 1993 for this release. They won Hard Rock Album Of The Year but lost the award for Most Promising Group that year to The Skydiggers (see blog 9/13/11). The band would sever ties with their label and release their sophomore album independently in 1994 before breaking up shortly thereafter. This band's career would have been longer if the timing were better. They were Nick Walsh, Kevin Gale, Patric Howarth, Rob Bruce and Neal Busby. Walsh and Bruce would go on to form the band, Raised On Mars, for one release. You can check out some of their work at http://raisedonmars.tripod.com/. Following that, Walsh would form the band, Revolver, and more currently, Famous Underground. The latter released their debut album last year and you can follow them at http://www.famousunderground.tv/. As for Slik Toxik, their albums are very rare today. At the time of this blog, there were copies trading on Ebay between $10 and $40. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shameless-self-promoters-like-donovan-lee-gopaul-become-a-fan/. He is into a lot of different stuff now including a really cool band called, The Thuggees (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Thuggees/). If you like early glam rock like T.Rex, you will really dig their sound and you can link to their Reverbnation page and download some tracks for free. As well, you can check out some of Donovan's electronic music at http://www.myspace.com/donovanleegopaul. As for his earlier work with Fountain Of Vermouth; these tunes are very rare and likely out of print. At the time of this blog, there were no copies available on-line for sale. Thanks for reading and enjoy!