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!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
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!