Featured Reviews

  • 63 Monroe NFG
    Format: 12"
    Labels: Nardem Records 005
    Year: 1980
    Release Type: 12"
    "The bastard offspring of the early punk scene in London Ontario were everywhere. Fans were forming bands that would take the music in new directions. The musicians who had already been part of the local alternative scene and those who wanted to stick around a while, were plotting their next move. Such was the case of '63 Monroe, one of London's hardest working bands. A blend of musical influences and a desire to incorporate image into their vision of a great band quickly set '63 Monroe apart from all other local bands."

    Here's the skinny on '63 Monroe. The band originally started out as NFG back in late 1978, early 1979 playing mostly covers, and opening up for their hero's local giants the Demics. The man that started that band is still the driving force behind them, Steven R Stunning.

    Soon they were writing and recording their own material, to date the band has officially released three vinyl albums, two singles, and two CD packages. There have been numerous...
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  • 63 Monroe Stinkin' Out The Joint
    Format: LP
    Labels: Savvy Records 8505L
    Year: 1985
    Release Type: Albums
    '63 Monroe is a story all by itself. Success, tragedy... it was all there. I'd write a book if I had the time. They were more than just another sex drugs and rock n roll story. To their credit they never gave in to the music industry.

    The band's name derived from the obvious; that being the beginning of a new legend. It is also a statement showing the member's feelings towards the insanity, excesses and stupidity of the jet set celebrities and of their own demise. Although influences on the band had included the New York Dolls, The Ramones as well as early London (Canada) bands such as the Demics, they were aware of the importance of finding their own niche. The sound was raw, but enjoyable to the punk/metal crossover generation...and for those who understood that the band was approaching alternative music from a different angle, they were a breath of fresh air.
    -Danny Napalm

    In 1985, the band released their second album, the highly praised Stinkin’ Out the...
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  • A Brief Moment of Glory The New Foundation
    Format: CD
    Labels: bmog
    Year: 2011
    Release Type: Albums
    A Brief Moment of Glory are an indie rock outfit based out of Montreal, Quebec. Give them a listen. I think you will agree that they have a great sound and the album is definitely a worthwhile listen.

    Jordey Tucker: guitars, vocals
    Michael Thomas: drums, vocals
    Frank C-Gain: lead vocals, guitars, keys

    buy the physical copy from the band here: http://abriefmomentofglory.com/

    join their mailing list and receive three tracks for free..
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  • A Joint Effort Final Effort
    Format: LP
    Labels: Little Records LR 101
    Year: 1975
    Release Type: Albums
    A Joint Effort is a very rare psych folk album which was released out of Fredericton, New Brunswick. It was released on Little Records Ltd. and Red Rock Hotel Productions out of the University of New Brunswick. Side one is a more light folk rock side and relies on decent cover tunes; side 2 sounds like a few local browns and some smoke were added to the equation, a bit more rock and garage sound with some fuzz guitar. Only 200 copies were pressed. It is a very rare and sought-after album in the collector market. Interesting take on Oh! Canada. Came with an insert with lyrics. copies have sold for as high as $600, depending on condition.

    "There were at least two American bands of this name (see 'Fuzz, Acid And Flowers' for details) but this was a different Canadian outfit of whom little is known. Musically very diverse, the live album ranges from acapella (Battle Of New Orleans) through country rock (Molly And The Tenbrooks, Hitchhikers Dream, Champagne Junction) and even ps...
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  • A Neon Rome A Neon Rome
    Format: CD
    Labels: Cousin Jeb Records
    Year: 2009
    Release Type: Albums
    Out of the crutches of castles, the rags of civilization, came A Neon Rome. Formed in early 1984 they were born into a post punk, cold war world that was artistically void and ripe for the taking.

    By the time the Magical Summer of ‘85' rolled around they were the resident band for the popular Elvis Monday's at The Beverly Tavern in Toronto, recording their first album and about to pack the premier Larry's Hideaway for their first truly headlining show. They soon had a solid following in Toronto and other towns along the 401.

    Their live shows were wild, provocative and unpredictable. Singer Neal Arbick was the perfect blend of Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Jim Morrison filtered through his own unique persona. Neal would stay up for days cutting hundreds of gig posters into the shape of a cross and hand painting each one. He would spray paint the band name in strategic locations around town and cover the city with posters advertising nothing but the band itself through...
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  • A Passing Fancy I'm Losing Tonight b/w A Passing Fancy (re-issue) (picture sleeve)
    Format: 45
    Labels: Ugly Pop Records UP 030
    Year: 2012
    Release Type: Singles
    One of the all-time great Toronto singles, this actually had decent local chart success in early '67. The hit's a high-energy slice of quick-paced freakbeat elevated to greatness by an absolutely stinging lead guitar attack, while the eponymous flipside delivers an insistent mid-tempo jangle built around a haunting chorus. Utterly essential for those who dig classic mid '60s garage sounds. Remastered with a brand new picture sleeve and insert. pressed in a quantity of 300.

    buy it here: http://uglypop.bigcartel.com/product/a-passing-fancy-i-m-losing-tonight-45
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  • Abraham's Children Time
    Format: LP
    Labels: Gas GLP 2001
    Year: 1973
    Release Type: Albums
    Guitarist Ron Bartley, bassist Jimi Bertucci , drummer Brian Cotterill and keyboard player Bob McPherson got their start in the late 1960's with the Toronto-based Just Us. That outfit subsequently morphed into Captain Midnight's Dirty Feet (great name), but ran into a problem with Captain Midnight's publishers. The threat of legal action was enough to see the quartet opt for another name switch - this time around Abraham's Children.

    Signed to the small Toronto-based G.A.S. Records, the band enjoyed a Canadian top-40 hit with their debut 45 'Goodbye-Farewell'. Their 1973 follow-up 'Gypsy' went top-10, leading G.A.S. to finance an LP. Unfortunately, by the time the group started recording the album, musical tensions had begun to flare. G.A.S. executes demanded the band continue to work in a commercial pop vein, while the band members were interested in a harder-rock sound. Guess which side won the fight?

    Produced by Paul Gross (who contributed a couple of tracks ...
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  • Adams, D.G. Feminine Endings
    Format: CD
    Labels: private
    Year: 2011
    Release Type: Albums
    It may surprise more than a few listeners to learn that "Feminine Endings", the title of D.G. Adams debut album, is a Shakespearean reference. Those who know that Adams has spent the past thirty-three years as a classically-trained actor and Shakespeare teacher will not be surprised. (For the curious: a feminine ending refers to the eleventh, unstressed syllable in a line of iambic pentameter! In poetic terms, the presence of the feminine ending indicates that there is too much emotion in the line to be contained in ten syllables.) In the acting world, D.G is known as Donald Adams, and he now plays leads in films and television.

    Since the age of fifteen, Adams has quietly been writing music and lyrics, but only sharing his work with a handful of friends. Fast forward to the year 2000 when he met his best friend Torquil Campbell (of the Montreal band Stars) at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival in Vancouver, where both were working as actors. Campbell listened to one of...
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  • Allies Night In The City b/w Talkin' About My Girl
    Format: 45
    Labels: E.N.D. Records, World Records Corp. WRC3-1074
    Year: 1979
    Release Type: Singles
    First, Frank Manley's interest in Canadian punk drew the allies' story out of obscurity. Frank compiled the book "Smash the State, A Discography of Canadian Punk, 1977-92" as well as several compilation albums. Thank you Frank.

    Doug Webster decided to create a band to perform his songs in 1979. The band was called The Allies.

    Ed Goodine joined Doug right away. He was the first drummer that Doug talked to. The bass player was Rick. Guitarist Nick Mah showed up as a result of a posting at the Conservatory. His friends thought he should get involved in a new musical genre because it was so different than his classical guitar work.

    In order to get gigs the band needed a tape. So the allies recorded one within a month of forming. The "Night in the City" single was released from this session.

    Doug took the tape around and was able to get a weeknight show at The Edge. At the time, The Edge was one of Toronto's most well-known clubs. This was a bi...
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  • Amos the Transparent Everything I've Forgotten To Forget
    Format: CD
    Labels: Pop Culture Records
    Year: 2007
    Release Type: Albums
    Amos The Transparent's Debut Release Aug 2007. Named number 1 Album of the 00's by iHEART Music, Everything I've Forgotten To Forget is no mere collection of singles (assuming bands even record albums of singles anymore). It's also a very good album. It flows from one song to the next; it creates and sustains a mood from beginning to end; it just sounds great as a singular, cohesive whole. http://www.iheartmusic.net

    Jonathan Chandler: guitar, vocals
    Christopher Wilson: drums
    Mark Hyne: guitar, Keys, vocals
    James Nicol: bass, vocals
    Dan Hay: guitar
    Kate Cooke: vocals
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  • Amos the Transparent My, What Big Teeth You Have...
    Format: CD
    Labels: Sunday School Music SSM001-2
    Year: 2009
    Release Type: Albums
    For any long time reader of herohill, you'll know are quite smitten with Ottawa's Amos the Transparent. We gave them the distinction of #2 on the 2007 Canadian album of the Year list and asked them to open up for The Inbreds reunion show at the herohill Pop Explosion last year. The way Chandler and Wilson melded bedroom pop with anthem ready classic rock was pretty breathtaking, but the thing that made Everything I've Forgotten to Forget stick in my brain was quickly the got to the point and how powerful their statements were.

    "The songs are tight, the arrangements crisp and succinct. In most cases, too many cooks spoil the broth and too many guitars spoil the sounds. Huge crescendos are all well and good, but endless meandering that is all too common in today's indie scene is another thing. AtT never wastes a note."

    So when Jonathan sent over the songs from the new Amos EP, I was a wee bit excited. My, What Big Teeth You Have is the first new material to surface...
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  • Appleyard, Peter Peter Appleyard Presents
    Format: LP
    Labels: Salisbury SALS D2D 001
    Year: 1977
    Release Type: Albums
    Salisbury Laboritories Presents a gatefold Direct-To-Disc album on white virgin vinyl with a who`s who of Canadian jazz musicians:

    Peter Appleyard: vibes, bass marimba, typani, bongos, conga drum, percussion
    Rick Wilkins: arrangements, conductor, ARP synthesizer
    Dorothy White: harp
    Jerry Toth: musical and audio consultant
    Guido Basso: solo flugle horn, trumpet
    Arnie Chycoski: lead trumpet
    Rob McConnell: trombone
    Moe Koffman: alta sax, soprano sax, baritone sax, piccolo, flute
    Eugene Amaro: tenor sax, soprano sax, flute
    Bernie Senensky: electric and acoustic piano and organ
    Jerry Fuller: drums
    Ed Bickert: solo guitar
    Andy Krehm: guitar
    Pete Magadini: timbales, percussion
    Gary Gross: electric piano
    David Young: electric and acoustic bass
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  • Appleyard, Peter Sophisticated Ladies
    Format: CD
    Labels: Linus Entertainment 270151
    Year: 2012
    Release Type: Albums
    Vibraphonist Peter Appleyard's Sophisticated Ladies is a feature for ten Canadian female vocalists, many of whom aren't widely known outside of their homeland. The rhythm section includes pianist John Sherwood and guitarist Reg Schwager, plus two veterans who add spark to any date, bassist Neil Swainson (who long worked with George Shearing) and drummer Terry Clarke (who has worked with countless greats). There are no liner notes to give background on the vocalists, each of whom is featured on an individual standard or pop song of yesteryear, arranged by Rich Wilkins. As a result, there isn't a lot of risk-taking and the music tends toward the predictable, though Jill Barber's seductive vocal in the funky treatment of "Love for Sale" breaks the mold. The up-and-coming vocalist Sophie Milman has gotten quite a publicity push with her first three CDs; she tackles Tadd Dameron's longing ballad "If You Could See Me Now," occasionally getting overdramatic but capturing the song's essence. ...
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  • Appleyard, Peter and the Jazz Giants The Lost 1974 Sessions
    Format: CD
    Labels: Linus Entertainment 270135
    Year: 2012
    Release Type: Albums
    The Lost 1974 Sessions is a reflection of a moment in time. It is an album inspired by the artists that created it and an album born from the serendipitous circumstances that brought together an extraordinary group of jazz musicians.

    Complete with session outtakes, the album takes the listener into the studio, almost experiencing the recording as it happens. Each musician’s brilliance is showcased on specific tracks chosen to highlight their individual talents. The album achieves what it set out to do; capture a moment in time, exquisitely conveying the mood and feel of that night.

    As a member of Benny Goodman’s jazz sextet, Appleyard had the opportunity to play with members of Goodman’s band at Ontario Place Forum in 1974. Assembling Slam Stewart on bass, Hank Jones on Piano, Zoot Sims on Tenor, Urbie Green on trombone, Bobby Hackett on cornet and Mel Lewis on drums, under the name “The Jazz Giants,” Appleyard had the foresight to record this group of incredib...
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  • Armistice ST (EP)
    Format: CD
    Labels: Dare to Care Records DTCCD 6425
    Year: 2011
    Release Type: Albums
    Western spaghetti meets swingjazz and doowop inflected voices, Armistice is a keeper. The EP's first single, "Mission Bells" (available on 45tours.ca), showcases the undeniable magic between Martin and Malinowski's voices. Michael Maxxis directed the video, aptly filmed in the California desert in December (available soon). "City Lights Cry", which begins with Martin's wispy melancholy vocals is driven by El Bronx's fast getaway in the middle of the night percussion beat. "Neon Lights" brings the harmonies in flashback to Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra fashion. The album also includes Armistice's version of "Jeb Rand", a song originally recorded by Bedouin Soundclash. It finishes off with the haunting strings and piano driven tale of "God Will Get His Man".

    Armistice Featuring Mariachi El Bronx

    Joby J. Ford - Vihuela, guitar, ukulele, percussions, back ground vox
    Jorma Vik - drums, percussions
    Ray Suen - Violin
    Brad Magers - Horns
    Karla T...
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  • Arson White Folks (re-issue) (picture sleeve)
    Format: 45
    Labels: Ugly Pop Records UP 025
    Year: 2012
    Release Type: Singles
    This is the ep originally released by the band back in 1979 on their own Glamatron label. The Ugly Pop re-issue sees the songs flipped so the title track is the B-Side and “Coho Coho” starts out the record. It is a smart idea given the energy to “Coho Coho” is a faster song and as a result stands out because of the energy. But this is the first time I have noticed this crazy effect layered over the entire song. It is like a live wire which is fitting for a band named ARSON. I love the effect.

    The song has a particular importance to the band who wrote it after observing an anti-disco rally in Chicago. The crowd was chanting something that sounded like “Coho” and so the band wrote a song about it replicating the chanting part at the beginning of the song.

    The title track is a 33 player. It is a longer song and played slower. It reminds me of the DEMICS “New York City” in terms of pace. Rude’s vocals exude an IGGY POP snarl who I have come to learn was an inspirat...
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  • Arson White Folks
    Format: 7"
    Labels: Motor Records Inc MO 0001, World Record Corp. WRC3-962
    Year: 1979
    Release Type: Singles
    Mike Anderson:drums, backup vocals
    Spyke Bandito: bass
    Marcel Lafleur: guitar, vocals
    Chic Parker: guitar
    Tuesdai: lead, backup, vocals, tape treatments

    Music Arrangements: Tuesdai & Lafleur

    Recorded at Cottingham Sound, Toronto, Ontario
    Engineered by Tom Atom
    Produced by Tuesdai
    Graphics. etc by Tuesdai

    Photography by Patti Meade (back); Brian Smale (front)
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  • Arthur, Marie-Pierre ST
    Format: CD
    Labels: Bonsound Records BONCD 006
    Year: 2009
    Release Type: Albums
    Marie-Pierre Arthur was probably my favorite straight-up (albiet in French) rock act of the whole weekend. [...] a very good songwriter and a skilled musician. I left humming more than a few of her songs.
    Bill Pearis, November 2009, Brooklyn Vegan, M for Montreal review

    Whatever the style, her vocals are sincere and passionate, her melodies are strong and her songs are tastefully and simply arranged.
    Darryl Sterdan, November 2009, Sun Media, M for Montreal review

    LA révélation de l'année au Québec, peu importe ce que l'ADISQ en pense.
    Olivier Boisvert, décembre 2009, 33mag

    Chansons rondelettes et airs caressants, paroles à déguster et mélodies à rêver la tête en l’air, production pointilliste et voix acrobate, Marie-Pierre Arthur est sans doute, tout le monde l’affirme au Québec, l’une des têtes à suivre de plus près ces tous prochains mois. Et l’une des têtes d’affiche les plus évidentes de M Pour Montréal.
    Thomas Burgel, 17 novemb...
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  • Arthur, Marie-Pierre Aux alentours
    Format: CD
    Labels: Bonsound Records BONCD 006
    Year: 2012
    Release Type: Albums
    On Monday, February 6 at La Tulipe, Marie-Pierre Arthur will present songs off her second album to be released via Bonsound Records. The album launch will be open to the public!

    Aux alentours is the awaited follow-up to her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led the singer to France. Until then, she offers radio stations a first single, titled Si tu savais, while they patiently wait for the rest.

    Si tu savais tackles the subject of relationships: how much of our own selves can we sacrifice on the alter of love without betraying ourselves? Co-written with Gaële, the song finds Marie-Pierre Arthur renewing with the allusive and fascinating songwriting style that made her previous album so wonderful. Produced by François Lafontaine (Karkwa), this first single reveals an album infused with a current indie-folk sound. Promising, indeed!

    buy the album here: http://bonsound.com/en/artists/marie-pierre-arthur-54
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  • Arthur's Dilemma Up To You b/w Kicks
    Format: 45
    Labels: Cuntagious Curious CR92878
    Year: 1979
    Release Type: Singles
    Arthur's Dilemma: The Canadian Punk Band

    RW: hi Arthur, can you please tell me how Arthur's Dilemma got started, where were the band members from, what was the Canadian connection, did you tour in Canada, did you live in Canada, if so when; how did you guys meet, etc.

    AM: It was my intention to go from the UK straight to NYC but they wouldn't give me a visa as the CIA had a file on me as a suspected lefty. I wanted to get out of London and make a fresh start so I went to Montreal, it was closest and cheapest. I went with only the name of an actor that a girl friend from Montreal who lived in London gave me.

    When I arrived I met him and he introduced me to Tony Roman and his girlfriend Annette something (she was a film star.) He had a music promo set up and introduced me to New Wave Productions who were a group of preppies funded by the arts council there.

    I wrote all the first material in a few days and they introduced me to Dug Dyer and Ri...
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  • Arthur's Dilemma Raver b/w Throwin' It
    Format: casssette
    Labels: unreleased
    Year: 1978
    Release Type: Singles
    never heard before rare Canadian punk!

    here's the only two studio recorded tracks I have managed to save, there were three alltogether.

    The tracks were taken from a 33 year old cassette tape that was full of breaks and drop out. I have stuck it all back together so there are a few snips here and there and remastered it a little to try and restore some of the it's elements. It's very rough. The tracks were recorded in a 4 track studio in almost real time.
    -Arthur May
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  • Artok ST (EP)
    Format: 12"
    Labels: Kanvas JM 8359
    Year: 1983
    Release Type: 12"
    Artok were a Waterloo, Ontario, Canada rock prog metal trio who recorded this three track 12" EP, pressed privately on Kanvas Records JM 8359, in a pressing of 1000 copies.

    The band featured Rob Taylor on drums, percussion, vocals; Robi Banerji on guitar, bass pedal Synthesizer, keyboards, vocals; and Chris Tristram on bass.

    The album was produced by Bill Mather & Artok at Elora Sound in January, 1983.

    The cover artwork was by Rob Taylor.

    The band is still selling sealed copies of this album for $55 on their website:
    http://www.artok.org/#/vinyl-records/4524819370

    The band has recently re-grouped and are working on a new recording 'Above Ground'.
    -Robert Williston
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  • Asani Rattle & Drum
    Format: CD
    Labels: Arbor Records, Arbor Records AR 12282
    Year: 2004
    Release Type: Albums
    Asani ("rock" in the Cree language) is a First Nation and Métis women's trio whose members are steeped in their musical, cultural and linguistic traditions.

    Debbie Houle (Cree Métis) comes from one of the founding families of the Elizabeth Métis Settlement, a family whose musical roots go back generations. Her mosom (grandfather) is renowned Métis fiddler Albert Collins and her mother, Violet, played bass for the well known Métis band "Halfbreed" for almost 20 years.

    Sarah Pocklington's (Cree Métis) deep interest in Cree Métis culture, musical/vocal styles, and political traditions was nurtured within a family grounded in arts and politics. She was raised in the thriving urban Aboriginal community in Edmonton. Her family attended urban powwows and community gatherings within the city and in many of the surrounding Métis and First Nations communities.

    Sherryl Sewepagaham (Cree), originally from the Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta, was b...
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  • Asani Listen
    Format: CD
    Labels: Outside Music MM 1001
    Year: 2009
    Release Type: Albums
    They’ve performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre; they’ve been nominated for 11 music awards, including a Juno; and now Aboriginal Canada’s answer to Sweet Honey in the Rock has teamed up with Frank Zappa’s long-time percussionist, Ed Mann, to create an unforgettable sophomore album.

    Asani (pronounced “US-sun-nee”), the angelic-sounding three-woman chorus from Edmonton, will be touring next month to promote the release of Listen, a stunning collaboration with Mann and Cape Breton Drum Festival founder Bruce Aitken.

    Possessed of Sweet Honey’s ability to lift spirits, celebrate their culture, confront racism, press for change and unite people of all backgrounds with their joyful energy and breathtaking harmonies, Asani smashes stereotypes about “Aboriginal music” and makes music that is just plain moving by any measure. Their sophisticated quasi-a cappella arrangements feature soaring crescendos, intricate harmonies, and their own take on traditional-style...
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  • Axis of Conversation Delusions of Safety
    Format: CD
    Labels: private AX001
    Year: 2007
    Release Type: Albums
    It ain’t easy to put raw, heartfelt, broken-hearted vocals into a moving, vital union with sophisticated architectures of string arrangements, found sounds and electronic wizardry; still less easy to deliver the whole as a pyrotechnic and cohesive pop package in live performance. But Axis of Conversation, an experimental sextet who have been steadily building their reputation for several years as one of Calgary’s strongest bands, make it all look easy.

    A band that takes clear joy in performing – and in performing with each other – their pleasure in the music is infectious, and ensures that experimental flights of fancy are always fresh and always in the truest sense of the word, never deteriorating into mere exercise or cerebral posturing. They deliver their songs as ethereal, frenetic, controlled whirls of sound and energy, walking a tightrope of tension between wistful neo-Romantic sensibility and ballsy dance-funk swagger with aplomb worthy of a veteran act.
    -from 2...
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  • Axis of Conversation All We Make Is Enemies b/w The Pull (Morgan Greenwood Mix)/ Ladders and Snakes
    Format: 7"
    Labels: private AX002
    Year: 2010
    Release Type: Singles
    Axis of Conversation are a unique experimental pop band from Calgary, Alberta. They are one of Calgary's best emerging acts. "Enemies is a quick snippet of what the band does best. Side A, the title track, is a three-minute burst of sound that recalls anything and everything from The Talking Heads to The Strokes. Lead singer Chris dela Torre’s hushed, high-pitched voice is the perfect complement to the frantic energy that swirls around him, singing conspiratorially, “We did it all for the failure of love.” Side B is a clever remix of one of the band’s earlier songs, “The Pull.” Originally a quiet acoustic piece, Morgan Greenwood’s remix inserts a fractured electronic beat and some spacey strings that lend the song a brand new personality. Enemies is a notch in the belt of another promising local band and Axis of Conversation have proven themselves worthy of the early attention."
    -from Fastfoward Weekly by Nathan Atnikov
    http://www.ffwdweekly.com

    You can download "...
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  • Baggs, Katie Home Again, Home Again
    Format: CD
    Labels: private
    Year: 2012
    Release Type: Albums
    Anyone that has seen Katie Baggs perform live will know what I mean when I say that she has a funny way of being utterly guileless and completely wise at the same time. More than anything, that’s what comes through on Home Again, Home Again.

    Whether with Dead Language, All The Wiles or all by her lonesome, Baggs has a remarkable ability to write songs that lend the simplest observations a kind of profound weight that you don’t hear nearly enough these days.

    Songs like “How Small” or album-opener “All I Know”, almost religious anthems for the secularly-inclined, are full of love for the simplicity of home and humble wonder at the beauty of the world. The subtlety of the arrangements brings the power of the words to the foreground here, and the gorgeous minimalism of engineer and producer James Anderson’s aesthetic means that Baggs’ roomy voice rides on top of everything and makes you want to join her church of the natural world, if only to hear her sing.
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  • Baker, Dave A Portrait of the Westcoast in Song
    Format: CD
    Labels: Capcan CMD519
    Year: 2006
    Release Type: Albums
    Take a look at this album. No one before has accomplished such a feat as telling the history of the Westcoast in song in such a exciting and thrilling way. Stories in song about Emily Carr, ships and trains and a small touch of the First Nation's history. You wont' want to miss adding this timeless album to your collection.

    For nearly forty years Dave Baker has been writing and singing songs about his native Westcoast. Raised on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo and Duncan, Dave is eminently qualified to write about the characters, places, and icons that are a part of the history of Canada’s Westcoast. Along the way, Dave has lived in Port Alberni, Squamish, and Sechelt, and now resides in Maple Ridge.

    A "Portrait of the Westcoast in Song" is a fitting conclusion to Dave’s long career in music production and song writing. Always keeping his activities in music as an avid hobby, Dave has produced, over a span of thirty years, four CDs and three vinyl albums from which...
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  • Baker, Dave Kettle Valley Line
    Format: LP
    Labels: Stamp ST 34
    Year: 1973
    Release Type: Albums
    Dave Baker, born and raised in Nanaimo and Duncan, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, recorded this, his first album of West Coast folk, in 1973 on Stamp Records.

    “It is the ambition of every songwriter to put into words and music his emotions, his experiences, and his way of life. Dave Edmund Baker, a native of Vancouver Island, reveals, in this his first album, a personal sensitivity towards life itself yet at the same time captures the spirit of the West Coast. From the haunting melody of “Kettle Valley Line” to the uptempo strains of “Now and Then”; from the reflective mood of “The Pain Lingers On For Awhile” to the driving rhythm of West Coast Logger Saga – this is Dave Baker…And it is my pleasure to introduce him to you.”
    -Gerry Massop, Country Music News

    Dave has lived in Port Alberni, Squamish, and Sechelt, and currently resides in Maple Ridge. He continues to record music about the West Coast and Railways.

    Recorded at Studio 3, Vanc...
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  • Baker, Dave Songs & Sounds of Canadian Steam
    Format: CD
    Labels: Capcan CMD520
    Year: 1998
    Release Type: Albums
    This album in music industry terminology is a concept album featuring some of the best known and loved Canadian railway songs from the pens of several great Canadian songwriters. It has been created for the 'railway buff', the enthusiast who is emotionally moved by the haunting wail of a steam locomotive whistle.

    For nearly thirty years, West Coast songwriter and recording artist Dave Baker has been writing and singing songs about his homeland, and many of the characters who played a role in it's history.

    His Kettle Valley Line song, recounts a childhood experience that occurred in 1952, when a double headed steam passenger train stopped to take on water late one summer evening, and turned a wide eyed seven year old boy into a lifetime rail buff.

    An album for 'rail buffs', history enthusiasts, and great listening.
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  • Bardic Form In the Water EP
    Format: CD
    Labels: Lindsell Music
    Year: 2011
    Release Type: Albums
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  • Barlow, Emile-Claire Haven't We Met
    Format: CD
    Labels: Empress Music Group
    Year: 2009
    Release Type: Albums
    Emilie-Claire Barlow’s 7th vocal jazz CD the positively stylish “Haven’t We Met?” is an engaging collection of songs. Self produced in Toronto at Doane Leblanc Studios, the 13 track album which was released on March 10 2009 (via her own Empress Music Group imprint and KOCH distribution) is filled to the brim with musical conversations; some reflective, some intimate and some cheeky. Joined by a vibrant cast of Canadian musicians, the disc features Reg Schwager on guitar Ross MacIntyre on bass, Dave Restivo on piano and Davide DiRenzo on drums. What makes “Haven’t We Met?” a record of prominence is its simple beauty. Songs of lust and longing sit side by side songs rushing with pure exhilarated joie de vivre. It’s a collection that snapshots spontaneous dreamers who yearn to fall desperately in love. Emilie-Claire’s dexterity in her pitch perfect rollercoaster vocalese is at its height, surely inspired by an unlocked stream of consciousness that is almost apologetic in its truth. There...
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  • Barlow, Emile-Claire Like a Lover
    Format: CD
    Labels: Empress Music Group
    Year: 2005
    Release Type: Albums
    When one is analyzing jazz or jazz-influenced pop, it is important to know the difference between sweet and saccharine. Lester Young, Jo Stafford, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, the Ink Spots, and Glenn Miller were quite capable of sweetness; Kenny G, Najee, and Dave Koz, on the other hand, have often epitomized saccharine -- they are masters of artificial sweetness. So where does Emilie-Claire Barlow fit in? The Canadian jazz vocalist is definitely sweet -- very sweet -- but there isn't a trace of saccharine on Like a Lover. Barlow brings an enjoyably girlish charm to this self-produced bop CD, although she isn't a girl.

    Born in 1976, she was in her late twenties when Like a Lover came out in 2005 -- and for Barlow, girlish doesn't mean wimpy, thin-voiced, or unswinging. Barlow has an impressive vocal range, and she definitely swings -- she swings whether she is favoring high-speed exuberance on Bob Dorough's "(I've Got) Just About Everything I Need" or getting into...
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  • Barlow, Emile-Claire The Very Thought of You
    Format: CD
    Labels: Empress Music Group
    Year: 2007
    Release Type: Albums
    Emilie-Claire Barlow - Canada's incomparable vocal-jazz jewel - is dazzling the world! Her energetic live performances and exquisite recordings thrill sold-out audiences from Tokyo to Montreal! Emilie-Claire leads her stellar band through innovative arrangements of American-Songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas and elegant ballads. Emilie-Claire continues to endear herself to critics, peers and audiences everywhere with her relaxed, polished demeanour, her charming humour, and A VOICE OF UNFORGETTABLE BEAUTY!

    The stunning new release, The Very Thought Of You may be Emilie-Claire's most personal album to date. There is an up-close and intimate tone that starts with the gorgeous cover art, and continues throughout this entire recording. The arrangements are fresh and focused, and all her own. Joined by an all-star band (Reg Schwager, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Mark Kelso) and some fabulous guest soloists (Kelly Jefferson, Kevin Turcotte, Bill McBirnie, Alan Hetherington) ...
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  • Barlow, Emile-Claire Winter Wonderland
    Format: CD
    Labels: Empress Music Group
    Year: 2006
    Release Type: Albums
    This is Emilie-Claire Barlow's fifth album and her tone is just gorgeous. Clear diction, impeccable tuning, great scatting; this is my kind of jazz singer. Highlights include her great up-tempo bossa take on "Sleigh Ride". Barlow delivers a killer vocalese lyric on that one. Marc Jordan guests on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and her "Christmas Time Is Here" is lovely. A winner!
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  • Barlow, Emile-Claire The Beat Goes On
    Format: CD
    Labels: Empress Music Group
    Year: 2010
    Release Type: Albums
    You could say that The Beat Goes On finds Emilie-Claire Barlow going back to the future. You see, the Toronto jazz chanteuse’s acclaimed previous two albums, 2007’s The Very Thought of You and 2009’s Haven’t We Met? (both nominated for Juno Awards) drew upon the Great American Songbook and tunes from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Here, she looks forward to the ‘60s for her repertoire, and the result is a charming album that does real musical justice to that most colorful of decades.

    The Beat Goes On is the eighth album in a recording career that now spans 12 years, and it is a record of which she is justifiably proud.

    The Beat Goes On, Emilie-Claire Barlow’s 8th studio album, finds Barlow diving into new territory as she draws inspiration from one of the most inspired and colourful decades – the 1960’s. The result is a wonderfully varied collection of classic songs given new life by Barlow’s inventive arrangements and signature vocal style. The Beat Goes On is set for relea...
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  • Barlow, Emile-Claire Seule ce soir
    Format: CD
    Labels: private
    Year: 2012
    Release Type: Albums
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  • Barry, Mary Legendary
    Format: CD
    Labels: Aurora Music AURORA 1004
    Year: 2013
    Release Type: Albums
    Award-winning singer/songwriter Mary Barry returns with ‘Legendary,’ her fifth full-length recording. Mary Barry has had the idea to name an album “Legendary” in her head for years, although she didn’t know which album or when it would be.

    As it turns out, her latest record was begging for the title, for so many different reasons.

    Her fifth full-length album, the record — featuring a stunning portrait of the chanteuse by artist Gerry Squires — is a collection of iconic Newfoundland songs and contemporary music, many of them inspired by Barry’s father, Pat Barry, a balladeer who died when Barry was a young girl.

    It’s also a dedication to Barry’s mom, Teresa Fitzgibbon Barry, who died earlier this year after an illness.

    Barry had just begun the recording process of the album when her mother was brought into palliative care, and she brought a photo of her parents into the studio with her and sang directly to them as she recorded the CD.
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  • Barry, Mary Red Eye Tonight
    Format: CD
    Labels: Mary Barry 775020807228
    Year: 2007
    Release Type: Albums
    Newfoundland's Jazz Chanteuse Mary Barry is an award-winning singer, composer and a graduate of Vancouver Community College's Jazz Program. She is a bilingual artist whose music has been described as “…a gold mine of nuggets for collectors of original jazz and blues” and “New Orleans jazz spiced up with a Maritime sauce”.

    Barry's third independent recording entitled Red Eye Tonight, which features musical giants Brian Way, Patrick Boyle, Bill Brennan, Gary Davis, Rick Hollett, Mark Peddle, and Gary Tilley, was released to rave reviews and won her both Female Artist of the Year and Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year at the 2007 Music Industry Awards of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Throughout her career, Mary has performed and recorded with stellar musicians such as Elmer Gill, Jeff Johnston, Jim Vivian, John Nugent, Rick Kilburn, Graham Ord, Miles Black, Craig Scott, Jean Pierre Zanella and Jesse Zubot. Barry's performances include the Vancouver, Victoria, Halifax, Mont...
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  • Barry, Yank The Diary of Mr. Gray
    Format: 3LP
    Labels: McConnell Record Limited 2-001 MG-1
    Year: 1971
    Release Type: Albums
    Yank Barry was the lead singer for the Kingsmen from 1968 to 1970. In 1969 while performing with The Footprints, he shared the stage at a concert in Long Island, NY with Jimmy Hendrix. In 1970, he produced the first quadraphonic album at Regent Sound Studios in New York. A year later, he recorded his own rock opera “The Diary of Mr. Gray” to raise money for drug awareness, prevention, and rehabilitation. Known as a rock play set in the 1920's, the story revolves around a psychiatrist who is reading the diary of Mr. Gray, presumably his patient. Mr. Gray had gone mad as a result of drug use. Through the diary, we see the world through the eyes of a madman. The album covered 50 years of nostalgia in the recording industry, including a 78 rpm, a stereo recording, and a quadraphonic recording. The album is now a cult classic.

    Yank Barry went on to become one of the world's leading philanthropists, along with his friend and partner Muhammad Ali. Together they have fed over 330,...
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  • Basketball Maw
    Format: 12"
    Labels: Broadway to Boundary BDY 010
    Year: 2011
    Release Type: 12"
    If you’ve ever been to Vancouver and spent any time in Stanley Park or on any of the beaches, you’ve probably been forced to side step faux-rastafari, professional sack hackers and devil stick twirlers. God help you if you hang out too long after fireworks or any free concerts.

    Thankfully, the tribal percussion and pulsating electronics of Basketball more than make up for all the drum circles and the psychedelic tracers, chanting vocals and Indian influence make the band’s 12″ debut — Maw — a much more spiritual occurrence than the Ras Trent inspired bongo sessions can ever hope to be.

    Maw isn’t weed and wasted days; no, the debut 12″ miraculously manages to replicate the band’s underground live sets and capture a moment in time fueled by MDMA, but the songs connect with and inspire the people. This isn’t just about carefree movement, Maw wants to fuel a movement. “Andika” is gritty and the low end is perfect for any of the dank, sweat soaked caves Basketball...
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  • Baumber, Ron China Doll
    Format: LP
    Labels: Ixtlan ILN-1001
    Year: 1976
    Release Type: Albums
    Here is one of the best singer-songwriter albums ever released in Canada. The album is outstanding from start to finish and should be listened to in it's entirety. To do so though, you will have to find a copy and once a collector has this album in his or her paws, they seldom will let it go without a fight. Also, be sure to check out Ron's website - he has new music in the works to be released in the near future......

    Ron Baumber: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
    Kerry Crawford: acoustic guitar, electric guitar
    Jonathan Goldsmith: piano- Rhodes, Arp and Elka Synthesizers
    Bob Disalle: percussion
    Dave Nichol: bass
    Richard (Hips) Horbatiuk: bass on "Falling Sparrow" and "Lullaby"
    Lance Bennett: harmonica
    Ben Mink: mandolin, violin
    Bruce Pennycook: baritone, alto, soprano saxophone
    Sandra Pim, Joanne McKay, Carol Hansen, Tony Kosinec, Kerry Crawford, Ron Baumber: background vocals

    Recorded at Thunder Sou...
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  • Baumber, Ron Duncan and the Devil b/w Keep it On the Tracks
    Format: 45
    Labels: Ixtlan ILN-1005
    Year: 1976
    Release Type: Singles
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  • Baumber, Ron I Know It's Right b/w Lullaby
    Format: 45
    Labels: Ixtlan ILN-1003
    Year: 1976
    Release Type: Singles
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  • Baumber, Ron Side One
    Format: CD
    Labels: private
    Year: 2013
    Release Type: Albums
    free download by Ron Baumber at the link above.

    recorded after a 30 plus year absence from the music biz. Encouraged by a couple of old friend Brenn Johnson( Oakville, Ontario)and John Chesher( Sydney, Australia ).. worked in special needs 30 years and inspired by the folks I met. This would not have happened without the help of alot of people. My sis Susann Ranger who did the artwork, Brian Gagnon my brilliant producer and friend, my buddy Dermot Walshe who pushed me on, John Cottle who gave me the idea, Leslie Hudson for lending me her amazing talent and vocals, Rob Birmingham for writting great songs with me, Jim Hardy for a millions things, John Marlatt and Jane. Dave Toms, Chantelle Okel, Ronnie Jay, My family east and west, Martin Rouleau, Phil Kane, Mark Manteye, Victor Mogado, Sandy Noble Yates, Monique Woods, KrisTonkins, Mike and Lianne Gravitis, The Macleans and a host of others thanks from the bottom of my heart..you mean the world to me....and Drake my Puppy Read More »
  • Bent Wind Sussex
    Format: LP
    Labels: Trend T-1015
    Year: 1969
    Release Type: Albums
    Phenomenally rare, with those surviving near mint copies fetching upwards of 5000 bucks a pop, the 1969 acid rock raver Sussex had its origins in a drug-addled house in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood. As guitarist Marty Roth "recalls" on his blog, "Myself and another friend from schooldays were running a boutique/headshop at the corner of Sussex and Robert. And, every so often...I'd hear a faint blur of something, close to what some might consider music. It was emanating from the basement of one of the houses beside the lane at 57 Sussex Avenue, almost a block away. As it turned out, the guitarist was Gerry Gibas, a close friend who I'd been jamming with while writing original tunes any chance we could. He dropped by the shop during their break and told me to drop over. That's where I met Eddie Thomas Majchrowski, the drummer. His mother owned the house at 57 Sussex Avenue and all the rooms on all three floors were rented out to a mix of students, freaks, druggies and musicians. To my ...
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  • Bentall, Barney, Shari Ulrich & Tom Taylor Live' at Cates Hill
    Format: CD
    Labels: Esther Records ER 0809
    Year: 2009
    Release Type: Albums
    During the 1990s, Barney Bentall's music was a staple on popular radio stations nationwide. With two platinum and four gold albums, a Juno Award and a string of top ten singles to his credit, Barney Bentall and his band The Legendary Hearts were renowned for their standing-room-only live shows. By 1997, seeking a change in perspective, he bought a cattle ranch and walked away. He continued performing, but felt the pull back to a simpler, stripped-down acoustic approach to songwriting. 2007 brought the solo release of Gift Horse, followed by The Inside Passage in 2008. Barney also formed The Grand Cariboo Opry with a variety of musicians as a way to help raise funds for needy residents in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. He is known for his intimate, warm and entertaining performances and storytelling.

    In all, Shari Ulrich has released 17 albums – as a solo artist and as part of various groups – which have garnered her two Juno Awards, several award nominations and an ind...
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  • Berube, Mark Russian Dolls
    Format: CD
    Labels: Bonsound Records BONAL 027
    Year: 2013
    Release Type: Albums
    To be released November 5th, 2013.

    With one foot rooted in the folk music tradition of story-telling, the poetry of spoken-word, and the other planted in a childhood love of South African music, psychedelic folk pop and a smattering of jazz, Mark Berube has a broad and eclectic base from which to build his albums, all bound together by his warmly potent voice. And this is exactly what we get with his new album titled Russian Dolls, out November 5th on Bonsound! Kristina Koropecki, Berube’s shadowy co-conspirator, adds layers of cello, autoharp, saw and a classical music vocabulary to the mix, resulting in rich, lush and adventurous sonic landscapes. Russian Dolls weds the epic to the intimate, the acoustic to the synthetic, the past to the future in delightful ways, always leaving the listener to wonder what will be revealed behind the next door.
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  • Besnard Lakes Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
    Format: LP, CD
    Labels: Outside Music, Jagiaguwar JAG 207
    Year: 2013
    Release Type: Albums
    due for release April 2, 2013:

    This album had its humble beginnings in mid-2011 and was completed over the course of a year. Ever mindful and attentive to the most subtle and nuanced details, founding band members Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas produced, recorded and mixed at the stalwart Breakglass Studios in Montreal with long time band mates Kevin Laing and Richard White. Eventually mastered by the renowned Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, this fourth album by The Besnard Lakes’ features heavyweight additions by Moonface’s Spencer Krug and Mike Bigelow, The Barr Brothers’ Sarah Page, the always-enchanting Monica Guenter and the return of Fifth String Liberation Singers’ Choir. The story of the album unfolds its introspection on the endurance of the human spirit during prophetic times as told by a spy or two, maybe more. Each of the eight tracks on the album takes off, coasts, and lands smoothly, with a jubilant slowburn of its own momentum for the benefit of the larger picture....
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  • Big Hank Lionhart and a Fistful of Blues Lightning Strike Boogie
    Format: CD
    Labels: Crowtown Productions CRD 005
    Year: 2008
    Release Type: Albums
    Big Hank Lionhart and the other members of A Fist Full of Blues, Duane Smith, Ken Kirkwood, Barrie Nighswander, Bill Hobson, and Dennis Meneely have a relationship that goes back to their roots in Stettler, Alberta, having all grown up there in the 60's and 70's.

    The members of the band also have been and continue to be members of the legendary Edmonton band Tacoy Ryde. They slip into the Blues and R&B as easy as you please and bring along an edge and special sound that make A Fist Full of Blues much more than your average blues band. The combination of their exceptional musicianship and Big Hank's powerful blues voice provide for a collection of tunes that have you up and dancing from the get go. Big Hank's roots go way back, having cut his teeth on the blues with Hot Cottage back in the seventies and with RCA recoding artists Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band from the West Coast in the 80's.

    The opportunity to work together as a band is the fulfillment of...
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  • Big Hank Lionhart and a Fistful of Blues Bluesville
    Format: CD
    Labels: Crowtown Productions
    Year: 2010
    Release Type: Albums
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  • Bim (Roy Forbes) Minemeat Tart (split with Connie Kaldor)
    Format: 45
    Labels: Aural Tradition ATR 110
    Year: 1986
    Release Type: Singles
    MINCE MEAT TART - a history.

    In the mid to late 70s, CBC Radio had a Vancouver based national music show called The Great Canadian Goldrush. The show was good to me, taping studio sessions (one of which became the demos for my first album), many of my live concerts and even giving me my first pre Snap Crackle Pop stint playing records on the radio. (It was a rockabilly record show. During the taping, I suggested that the host, Terry David Mulligan, was a ‘turd’ for suggesting that women couldn’t play/sing rockabilly. Terry was joking, of course, seeing what reaction he would get out of me. The producers left that part in.).

    One of the yearly features of Goldrush was ‘Christmas Jam’, taped every December in good old Studio 2. A bunch of us would get together, sing Christmas tunes, tell stories and generally have a lot of fun. Studio 2 would be decorated with a nice Christmas tree with shiny boxes underneath, some munchy goodies and a bit of liquid Christmas cheer....
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  • Bissett, Bill & Pete Dako this is erth thees ar peopul
    Format: CD
    Labels: Red Deer Press
    Year: 2007
    Release Type: Albums
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  • Bissett, Bill & th Mandan Massacre Awake in th Red Desert
    Format: LP
    Labels: See Hear Productions ST-55850, 51
    Year: 1968
    Release Type: Albums
    Originally released circa 1968 in an edition of 500 copies, the lunacy contained within the grooves of this Canadian mindfuck is perched somewhere midway between the outwardly bound trajectories of their contemporaries in both The Nihilist Spasm Band and Intersystems, with intuitive and screw-loose outsider psych improv moves crashing headlong into lividly blurted sound poetry in a way that also calls to mind the touched-in-the-head maneuvers of Fire & Ice, Ltd (not to mention a raft of contempo freak folk practitioners...). Bissett is far better known as a poet (phonetische and otherwise) than musician and his spew here is what really tugs this in the direction of the aforementioned head cases in Intersystems.
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  • Blais, Matt Let It Out
    Format: CD
    Labels: private
    Year: 2010
    Release Type: Albums
    In the entertainment industry, it has become all too common to replace one’s given name with an alluring alias. One artist who is in no need of a sizzling pseudonym is Calgary native Matt Blais. Blais has one of those names that is tailor-made to be lit up on a rock ‘n’ roll marquee as it rolls smoothly off your tongue and sticks in your head, much like he anticipates his latest tunes will. As he gears up to release his first full-length album, this is one musician who is ready to set the local scene ablaze.

    “It’s going to be called Let It Out. I thought it was appropriate. I don’t know how other people write songs, but I try to hold in a song as long as I can and I won’t put it down on paper until it has to come out. I’m also a huge fan of Feist and hers is Let it Die. There is a lot of good ‘Let It…’ records and I hope this makes the rank or at least comes close.”

    Just how did Blais begin his musical career? It is a whale of a tale – a whale named Willy, to b...
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  • Blais, Matt The Heartbeat
    Format: CD
    Labels: private
    Year: 2013
    Release Type: Albums
    Calgary’s Matt Blais recently released the essential record to unwind throughout the day with, aptly titled, The HeartBeat, which effectively pulsates a balanced blend of blues and rock to temper the angst of life’s daily grind.

    His deep, raspy voice and mature sound sets him apart from the techno generation as a storyteller who bares his soul through music and lyrics for the love of his art rather than an entertainer seeking a shot for fame at any cost.

    The track, “Running,” illustrates with a lively tempo, the freedom a girl chooses to run with from the frustration of life that hold her down, while the mellower, “(Oh!) What Can I Do,” invites the listener to contemplate the adoption of reality that only so many things handed out in life are controllable, and the rest must just be accepted.

    Matt’s laidback style easily appeals to audiences of most genres, though his garbled annunciation through each track might drive anyone mad who prefer to immed...
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  • Blue Voodoo Back to the Shack
    Format: CD
    Labels: private
    Year: 2007
    Release Type: Albums
    One of our favorite bands from north of the border, Canada's The Blue Voodoo, are back with a solid slab of irresistible party blues with the release of "Back To The Shack." It's a cool amalgam of blues, roots-rock, and a little bit o'soul in the mix. These guys have a unique sound forged from playing together for quite some time, and writing all their own material. They consist of Ted Tosoff on guitar and vocals, brother Bryon on keys, Rick Dalgarno on slide, dobro, and vocals, Kelly Stodola on drums, Gerry Berg on bass, Dave Hoerl on harp, and horns courtesy of Paul Wainwright.

    Check out the rockabilly-ish tale we can all relate to, those "Monday Morning Blues." "Suitcase Blues" is a lowdown slice of life concerning a lover who's leaving, with a really cool slide break and a vocal reminiscent of vintage Johnny Winter. "Somewhere Else Instead" is driven by the funky horn section, giving it an old-school Stax feel. We had two favorites, too. More great slide work and solid ...
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  • Blue Voodoo Outside Looking In
    Format: CD
    Labels: private
    Year: 2011
    Release Type: Albums
    The latest album from the Blue Voodoo is "Outside Looking In" 12 smoking tracks of "Multi Genre" Blues/Rock.

    Recorded in the first half of 2011; the Blue Voodoo line up is:
    Rick Dalgarno: Songs, guitar, vocals
    Ted Tosoff Songs: guitar, vocals
    Gerry Berg: bass
    Mike Michalkow: drums

    Guests:
    Paul Wainwright: sax
    Dave Hoerl: harp
    Dan Ross: guitar, keys, strings
    Kelly Stodola: drums.

    The range of music goes from the Son House Style of "Hightailing" (track 6); The Gary Moore tribute of "Blame"(track 11); to the uptempo harp and horn fueled Chicago Blues of "Can't stay here no More". This CD has something for every music fan.
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  • Blue Warblers Birds
    Format: CD
    Labels: Borderbag Productions TBWCD-0002
    Year: 2013
    Release Type: Albums
    Accomplished, internationally - acclaimed Yukon singer songwriters Kim Beggs (Streetcar Heart, Wanderer’s Paean, Blue Bones) and Natalie Edelson (Mayfly Days) join forces to collaborate in an exciting new duo called The Blue Warblers - inspired by the love of the rough and ready sounds of Appalachia, and their own deep-rooted existence in a frozen place.

    Following up on the success of their first (2012) full-length recording “Pretty Good” The Blue Warblers deliver another heartfelt and intimate collection of original and traditional, sweet-and-savoury tunes with their signature silk-over-wool close harmonies. Infused with old-timey guitar, claw-hammer banjo, Skin ‘N’ Bone percussion and rich harmonies, The Blue Warblers duo is a celebration of the spirit of vocally-driven, old time music that highlights beautiful fractures in more than just the written word, but also in the vocal explorations of two campfire girls who have lived and grown in the Yukon for over twenty years....
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  • Blyan, Deon Turning to Wave
    Format: CD
    Labels: private
    Year: 2011
    Release Type: Albums
    Turning To Wave

    The new album, Turning to Wave, was recorded in Edmonton, Alberta once again and features some of the city’s best musicians: James Murdoch adds the ear candy; Nathan Carroll strums and plucks the catchiest of guitar hooks; and F&M lends some golden background vocals. Alberta native turned Nashville resident Chad Melchert plays solid yet emotive drums, and from Deon’s current home (Calgary), Jon Nordstrom adds his soft touch on bass.

    The way most romantic men fall in love with a girl after the first kiss, Deon seems to have fallen in love with cities over the past 3 years; while listening to this album you will find yourself yearning for a vacation “if for only two days”. His enthusiasm for New York, Vancouver, Toronto, and Sausalito is infectious, to say the least.

    Much of the album was co-written with James Murdoch (who also acted as producer) and when comparing Deon’s earlier albums to this one, it’s safe to say Murdoch’s presence a...
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