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!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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!