Saturday, October 30, 2010
Just in time for Halloween, top-notch Toronto punk vinyl vendor Hits and Misses have relocated their shop (formerly at 860 Bloor West) to 799 Queen West. And right above the new locale – which opens today at 12 noon – Tim Hanna has moved the 60s garage, R&B and psych records from Frantic City's Ossington head office to the vacant room on the 2nd Floor to create a swank new upstairs boutique for all your freakishly fuzzed-out needs.
As every record hound in town should know, that choice piece of real estate on which those two retailers now sit is right next door to the venerable Rotate This (801 Queen West) and just down the street from Cosmos and Neurotica, making for the highest concentration of cool records in the city. Right on!
Friday, October 29, 2010
In conjunction with the Seattle premiere of the new Feist documentary Look At What The Light Did Now, a video of Feist and Little Wings horizontally duetting on the title song has magically appeared. Those Feist fans who don't already have tickets for tonight's screening of Anthony Seck's feature-length chronicle (Super 8 & HDSR) of the making of Feist's 2007 album The Reminder at Seattle's Henry Art Gallery will have to be content with the laidback song clip and the film trailer below.
So far there are no scheduled Toronto screenings but if you happen to be anywhere near the lovely German resort town of Weissenhäuser Strand, you can see Look At What The Light Did Now during the Rolling Stone Weekender on November 13. Check the current list of dates following the clips.
Look At What The Light Did Now by Feist & Little Wings
Look At What The Light Did Now film trailer
Tuesday, November 9 - 7:15 pm PST - Pacific Film Archives Theatre - Berkeley, CA (LAWTLDN Screening + Q&A with director Anthony Seck and special guests)
Wednesday, November 10 - 6:20 pm GMT - Curzon Soho Cinema - London, UK (LAWTLDN Screening + live via Skype Q&A with director Anthony Seck - Curzon Soho, Screen 3)
Saturday, November 13 - 1 pm CET - Rolling Stone Weekender - Ferienpark Baltic Sea, Weissenhäuser Strand, DE
Tuesday, November 16 - 8:15 pm PST - Vancity Theatre - Vancouver, BC
Wednesday, November 17 - 8:30 pm GMT - Picture House at FACT - Liverpool, UK
Thursday, November 18 - 8:15 pm CET - Smart Cinema - Amsterdam, NLD
Wednesday, November 24 - 7:30 pm MST - Cantos Music Foundation - Calgary, AB
Friday, December 3 - 6:30 pm GMT - Institute of Contemporary Art - London, UK
Saturday, December 11 - 6:30 pm GMT - Arnolfini - Bristol, UK
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The highly anticipated self-titled Lazer Sword debut album from the electro-crunk duo of Antaeus Roy (aka Lando Kal) and Bryant Rutledge (aka Low Limit) will be officially released on November 2 by Innovative Leisure, a new boutique label launched by Stones Throw employee Nate Nelson. But thanks to the FACT music and art magazine, you won't have to wait any longer to hear what future blap is all about.
FACT – who circulated Lando Kal's enjoyable Lazer Sword drank sippin' mixtape a few months back (see below) – is currently streaming the entire 15-track Lazer Sword album that Roy and Rutledge recorded in the land of the Giants, San Francisco where they both once lived before moving to Berlin and Los Angeles respectively.
Unfortunately there are no crazy cameos by any of the now infamous Bad News Beards but it does feature some stoopid wild contributions from Anti-Pop Consortium’s M. Sayyid, Freestyle Fellowship’s Myka 9, Zackey Force Funk and Bay Area hyphy holdout Turf Talk.
Check out the Lazer Sword album for yourself right here and then head over to the Stones Throw site and grab a copy of the limited-run double vinyl edition.
Lazer Sword (Innovative Leisure)
3. Surf News
4. I’m Gone ft. Turf Talk
6. Topflights ft. M Sayyid
8. Machine ft. Zackey Force Funk
9. Web Swag
11. Def Work
13. Owl Tats
14. Cosmic Ride ft. Myka Nyne
15. Beast’s Reprise
Lazer Sword FACT mix
Stones Throw Records http://www.stonesthrow.com/news/2010/10/lazer-sword
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
If you've always dreamed of owning the denim jumpsuit that Johnny Cash wore during rehearsals for his concert at San Quentin – immortalized in Jim Marshall's famous bird-flipping photograph – now's your chance! On Sunday, December 5, Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills is auctioning off many of Johnny Cash's custom tailored suits, boots, shirts, song lyrics written on the back of his personalized stationery, acoustic guitars along with various personal effects and related show biz memorabilia including concert and film posters, programs and promotional items.
So if you go to Julien's Auction site and check through the Johnny Cash: Property From His Life and Career catalog and come across that snazzy San Quentin rehearsal jumpsuit estimated to go for around $3,000 to $5,000, a cool abstract crayon doodle Johnny drew (left) listed at between $1,500 and $2,000 or the intriguing handwritten list "Things To Do Today!" priced at $300 to $500, keep in mind they'll likely end up selling for much more – especially if someone like Joaquin Phoenix, Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan is after the same Johnny Cash item to spruce up their den.
Julien's Auctions http://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2010/johnny-cash/index.html
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Sure, Sony's "back to mono" campaign might seem like a crazy scheme, particularly after touting the advantage of wider frequency and dynamic range which comes with the high-resolution Super Audio technology that Sony helped develop. And then there's the unfortunate fact that, unlike Beatles releases of the era where sometimes mono and stereo versions can vary significantly, alternate takes weren't used for Bob Dylan's mono versions.
But even though The Original Mono Recordings may appear to be a product nobody needs, that hasn't stopped Sony from selling eight Our Lady Peace albums along with two "best of" collections. Also, there's nothing quite like the promise of huge holiday gift-giving season profits to inspire real marketing creativity. Sony Legacy's clever retro-style promotional clip may not shift many units but it's at least entertaining.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Comprehensively covering Johnson's productive first 15 years of recording (prior to signing with the Memphis-based Hi Records label in 1971 for a nine-year stint), the meticulously researched companion to the Numero Group's Eccentric Soul: Twinight's Lunar Rotation set includes tracks from 25 of his frequently sampled singles cut for various labels including the aforementioned Twinight, Federal, Shama, Cha-Cha, Special Agent, Zachron and others, along with his two albums for Twinight, 1968's Dresses Too Short and 1970's Is It Because I'm Black The 10 additional unreleased tracks which date from the same era doesn't make for a huge percentage of "new discoveries" by typical Numero standards but the set seems to be more directly aimed at soul music fans and hip hop headz seeking a one-stop introduction to Syl Johnson's early work rather than hardcore collectors who'll already be familiar with nearly everything here.
Those quick to place their orders for the reasonably priced Complete Mythology box through the Numero Group site also get a bonus covers seven-inch (while supplies last) with the only two recordings in the massive compendium not performed by Johnson. Evidently after the Numero crew diligently dug up every last worthwhile Syl Johnson track they could find for the box, they realized they didn't have anything left for a giveaway single so they decided to go with covers instead.
There's no shortage of great versions of Is It Because I'm Black? so they had their pick between Ken Boothe's popular reggae take, the lesser-known rendition by Lloyd Williams that inspired Boothe's one-drop revision or even Larry "T-Bird" Gordon & The Soul Blenders crack at it for the Movin' label (which now goes for c-note) but for some reason they went with the creaky one The Royal Revue cut for the Texas Garu label.
Personally, I'd take the clavinet-enhanced groover Oscar Toney Jr. put out on Contempo over the entire lot but then again it's understandable why the Numero boys made the choice they did. You can't blame them for not wanting to show up Syl on his own retrospective salute by throwing in a more powerful interpretation of one of his best loved tunes. You can compare the versions by The Royal Revue and Oscar Toney Jr. with Syl's original below.
For the flip, they decided against doubling up on Is It Because I'm Black? and chose an instrumental rip through Come On Sock It To Me by The Deacons from 1968. The connection being that the Deacons' party joint was originally released on Syl's own Shama label and the Deacons featured his guitar-playing older brother Jimmy Johnson. Sweet.
Is It Because I'm Black? by Syl Johnson
Is It Because I'm Black? by Oscar Toney, Jr.
Is It Because I'm Black? by The Royal Revue
“For decades I’ve regarded Syl Johnson as the absolute uppermost among the soul voices whose names wouldn’t be recognized except by cognoscenti—the “lost” voice that cut the deepest, burned the hardest, and kept the best pace with the hall-of-famers (Green, Gaye, Hathaway, et al). Now, not only has he been given belated sonic justice, but I’m amazed to learn that the aggrieved outsider passion of his voice is matched by the absurd ferocity of the life lived by the man himself, inside and outside the verifiable histories of our time.”
Syl Johnson's first look at Complete Mythology
Numero Group http://www.numerogroup.com/catalog_detail.php?uid=01178
Numero blog http://numerogroup.wordpress.com/category/syl-johnson/
Monday, October 18, 2010
Although it wasn't widely reported at the time of Buena Vista Social Club's phenomenal success, the original concept that Ry Cooder and World Circuit founder Nick Gold had for the Havana recording was supposed to be an Africa-meets-Cuba cultural collision putting Malian guitar shaman Ali Farka Toure in the company of old-school Cuban son musicians.
However, a funny thing happened on the way to the famed Egrem Studio – Ali Farka Toure missed his flight from Bamako for reasons which remain unclear to this day. Some say that as spiritual leader of his Niafunke village, he had to remain at home because of the looming threat of civil war spilling over into the region while others claim that Toure simply decided instead to accept a lucrative request to perform at a ceremonial function for one of his wealthy patrons. There's also a completely different narrative involving some mysterious visa mix-up but in any case, Toure was a no-show in Cuba.
With studio time already booked at Egrem, Cooder and Gold needed to come up with a back-up plan on the double which meant rooting around Havana for surviving stars of Cuba's pre-Castro golden era who still had their chops. Fortunately the flame keeper of Cuban son, Eliades Ochoa, had already tracked down the great Compay Segundo 10 years earlier and was regularly showcasing the cigar-puffing octogenarian in his Cuarteto Patria shows where his crowd-pleasing tune Chan Chan was a surefire showstopper. Right there, in Chan Chan's gently rolling Afro-Caribbean syncopation, you've got Buena Vista Social Club's sonic blueprint. While Cooder happily accepted the Buena Vista glory, the bit about the scrapped initial plan involving Toure was largely overlooked by the media much like the crucial role played by Ochoa in salvaging the project.
Considering the serious string-bending talent involved, the decision to downplay the role of percussion makes perfect sense but as a consequence of having Cuarteto Patria's Jose Martinez, Jorge Maturell and Eglis Ochoa laying down the rhythms (bolstered by balafon boss Lassana Diabaté and Baba Sissoko on talking drums), the resulting self-titled AfroCubism (World CIrcuit) album is naturally going to sound more like a rootsy Cuban son recording than anything associated with Toumani Diabate or Bassekou Kouyate. Of course, if someone hears a familiar echo of the multi-million selling Buena Vista Social Club album in the new 14-track AfroCubism release, that isn't really such a bad thing, particularly from a marketing standpoint.
The typical challenge with these all-star sessions – particularly when the musicians involved have never seen each other before, much less played together – is creating a band-like vibe with a group of stellar soloists. No such problem here. Listening to the way everything on the AfroCubism album seems to seamlessly fit in place while effortlessly swinging so hard, you'd think these guys have been knocking around together in clubs for years. Luckily everyone participating in AfroCubism has been a dependable sideman during their career and well understands the value of working as a sympathetic accompanist when called upon. So the fact that the the sessions were cut live with the whole cast getting down together in one big room didn't pose a problem.
That they were able to record 17 songs complete in just five days at that first session in Madrid back in 2008, with another nine finished at a second session, is a good indication of just how well they connected. You'll have a rare chance to see AfroCubism in action when they make their Canadian debut at Montreal's Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine East) on Friday, November 5 at 8 pm. Advance tickets are $34.50 and will likely sell out quickly since it's AfroCubism's only scheduled date in Canada.
AfroCubism (World Circuit)
Al vaivén de mi carreta
Eliades Tumbao 27
A la luna yo me voy
Para los Pinares se va Montoro
An introduction to AfroCubism
AfroCubism's first day in the studio
Nick Gold discusses AfroCubism on the BBC
Sunday, October 17, 2010
For as long as rock 'n' roll has existed, there have been improvisationally inclined musicians trying to jazz things up. Over the years the have been a few promising one-off experiments usually relegated to the B-sides of singles but they've been overshadowed by the grand-scale failures.
Because rock music at it's best is meant to be a simple and direct expression of the most primal human instincts, any attempt to raise the level of complexity – whether by introducing unusual rhythms, oddball chord progressions, elaborate orchestrations or protracted exhibitions of instrumental virtuosity – removes you from the core essence of the form. If you aren't careful, you'll soon have all sorts of pejorative qualifiers applied like "abstract", "avant" and "progressive" at which point it's only a matter of time before someone drops the dreaded "F" bomb.
Brooklyn-based keyboardist Marco Benevento, who studied at Berklee with jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen and looks to Brad Mehldau as a mentor, has been using his hot-rodded 1927 Wurlitzer upright (outfitted with guitar pickups and various effects) to explore the dangerous territory between jazz and rock with some success, albeit more artistic than commercial.
It should be interesting to see how Benevento uses his 61-key Wurlitzer and grab bag of gizmos in real time with his ripping rhythm section tonight (Sunday, October 17) at the El Mocambo to render what he's wrought in post-production. Don't miss Elizabeth Shepherd who kicks off the evening at 8 pm.
Friends and Greenpoint by the Marco Benevento Trio
Friday, October 15, 2010
Getting decked out in spandex and acid wash denim like some unholy spawn of Vanilla Ice and La Roux's Elly Jackson to sing quirky tunes solo while thrashing a guitar over archaic 808 claps may not seem like an obvious formula for global pop success but adopting the Diamond Rings alter ego now looks like the sharpest career move Toronto's John O'Regan has ever made.
Certainly, those tastemaking writers at Pitchfork, Stereogum and NME who are now gushing about Diamond Rings weren't hyping anything Johnny O recorded with fellow University of Guelph pals in his band The D'Urbervilles "the best thing we've heard all year." Although the growing interest in all things Diamond Rings will likely soon have The D'Urbs' We Are The Hunters (Out Of This Spark) from 2008 and their self-titled 2006 debut EP hailed as "indie-rock classics" while their gag rap joints Worst Case Ontario and Mad As Hell (see links) are destined to be bootleged and sold as pricey hip-hop white labels. And just watch the market value of those Friends In Bellwoods comps go through the roof.
To get you up to speed with Diamond Rings' doings in advance of next week's full-on CMJ blitz and subsequent album release, here are a few revealing interview bits and some entertaining video clips... just in time for Halloween.
Diamond Rings - Special Affections (Secret City)
01. Play By Heart
02. Wait & See
03. On Our Own
04. You And Me
05. Give It Up
06. Pre-Owned Heart
07. Something Else
08. You Oughta Know
09. It’s Not My Party
10. All Yr Songs
Johnny O interviewed with The D'Urbervilles
Diamond Rings on Tunnelvision
Diamond Rings on AUX TV
All Yr Songs
Wait & See
Show Me Your Stuff
Johnny O shows off his hoop skills
Diamond Rings tour dates:
10/20 CMJ (Stereo★Gun Party) Santos Party House (96 Lafayette) downstairs, New York (10:30 pm)
10/21 CMJ (Knitting Factory Party), Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan), Brooklyn (1 pm)
10/21 CMJ (NYC Taper Party) Cake Shop (152 Ludlow), New York (5 pm)
10/22 CMJ (Distiller Party), Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan), Brooklyn (3:30 pm)
10/23 CMJ (Bowery Presents Party), Pianos (158 Ludlow), New York (1:30 pm)
10/23 CMJ (Pitchfork #Offline) Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe), Brooklyn (3:30 pm)
10/26 The Garrison, Toronto*
10/27 Alex P. Keaton, London*
10/28 This Ain't Hollywood, Hamilton*
10/29 Raw Sugar Café, Ottawa*
10/30 The Mansion, Kingston*
10/31 Il Motore, Montreal*
11/01 Ebar, Guelph*
11/04 Mojo, Liverpool, UK
11/05 Inside Out, Darlington, UK
11/06 Barfly, Cardiff, UK
11/08 The Forum, Sheffield, UK
11/09 Roadmender, Northampton, UK
11/10 The Lexington, London, UK
11/11 The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK
11/12 The Adelphi Club, Hull, UK
11/13 Cockpit, Leeds, UK
11/18 The Pawn Shop, Edmonton
11/19 Broken City, Calgary
11/20 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver
11/23 Echo, Los Angeles
11/25 330 Ritch, San Francisco
11/28 Lucky Bar, Victoria
12/01 Empty Bottle, Chicago
12/03 DC9, Washington
12/04 Glasslands, Brooklyn
* with PS I Love You
Diamond Rings http://www.myspace.com/diamondrings
Worst Case Ontario
Mad As Hell
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
True enough, the last couple of Nick Lowe performances in town have "left socks decidedly unrocked off" in the man's own parlance. Although a sudden return to the breakneck boogie of his reckless Rockpile days is probably out of the question at this point, at least on the current tour, "The Basher" will be accompanied by more than an acoustic guitar. Yes, that's right, Nick Lowe will be joined by a full band for his appearance at the Mod Club tonight (Wednesday, October 13) which means that at the very least, you can expect the gloomy tunes to be delivered with a little more gusto.
In honour of Lowe's much-anticipated Toronto return, here's a revealing exchange between Dave Edmunds and Lowe from the brilliant but rarely screened BBC documentary Born Fighters that originally aired in 1979.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Like many people, I became enamoured with First Aid Kit after stumbling onto Johanna and Klara Söderberg's entrancingly harmonized version of Fleet Foxes' Tiger Mountain Peasant Song which went viral on YouTube soon after appearing in 2008 (see below).
Over the past two years, that charming clip of those teenage Swedish sisters from the Stockholm suburb of Enskede singing alone in the woods has been viewed well over a million times which no doubt prompted the UK-based Wichita label to re-release First Aid Kit's Drunken Trees debut EP appended with their sweetly sung take of the Fleet Foxes number as a bonus. Three more songs were also included, similarly recorded in a Swedish forest, closely adhering to the oft-repeated Scandinavian adage "Om det inte är trasigt, laga det inte!" which means, "if it is not broken, do not fix it!"
Yes it's true. On their way to New York to play some CMJ showcases, First Aid Kit will make a rare local appearance Friday (October 15) at the El Mocambo to present the spellbinding songs from their debut full-length The Big Black & Blue (Wichita). As they say in Sweden, don't miss it!
When I Grow Up (Fever Ray) by First Aid Kit
Ghost Town by First Aid Kit (Black Cab version)
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Fleet Foxes) by First Aid Kit
Tiger Mountain Pleasant Song MP3
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Orange Float Petals by My Indole Ring
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Consequently, the resulting list of 100 singles that Merserau has compiled with the best of intentions is skewed towards commercial radio staples in the 60s 70s and 80s. Anything that isn't easily categorized as pop or rock gets the short shrift so don't expect to see any metal, punk, hardcore, jazz, blues, disco, R&B, electronic, funk, reggae (no, Bruce Cockburn's Wondering Where The Lions Are doesn't count), soca, calypso, polka or even much country or folk. And sorry Wes Dakus, Sadies and Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet – there's no twangy instrumental stuff either. But even popular music styles since the 90s like rap, techno, house music doesn't fare much better.
On the upside, Mersereau and company collectively managed to fight back their inclination to fill the enitre list with their fave tunes by Neil Young, Guess Who and Leonard Cohen, however, they found it difficult to not to big up The Band, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Bryan Adams. Here are the Top 100 Singles compiled by Mersereau, who will be participating in interactive Facebook interview staged by Roch Parisien on his Rocon Communications page on Sunday (October 10) from 2 pm to 4 pm.
1. The Guess Who — American Woman
2. Neil Young — Heart Of Gold
3. The Band — The Weight
4. Bryan Adams — Summer of '69
5. Leonard Cohen — Hallelujah
6. Steppenwolf — Born to Be Wild
7. Gordon Lightfoot — If You Could Read My Mind
8. Bachman Turner Overdrive — Takin' Care Of Business
9. Ian and Sylvia — Four Strong Winds
10. Anne Murray — Snowbird
11. Joni Mitchell — Big Yellow Taxi/Woodstock
12. Rush — Tom Sawyer
13. Blue Rodeo — Try
14. Tragically Hip — New Orleans Is Sinking
15. Gordon Lightfoot — The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
16. Leonard Cohen — Suzanne
17. Tom Cochrane — Life Is A Highway
18. Guess Who — These Eyes
19. Gordon Lightfoot — Sundown
20. Sloan — Underwhelmed
21. The Band — Up On Cripple Creek/The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
22. Maestro Fresh Wes — Let Your Backbone Slide
23. The Diodes — Tired of Waking Up Tired
24. Rush — The Spirit of Radio
25. Crowbar — Oh What A Feeling
26. Rough Trade — High School Confidential
27. Martha and the Muffins — Echo Beach
28. Stampeders — Sweet City Woman
29. Arcade Fire — Wake Up
30. Barenaked Ladies — If I Had $1,000,000
31. Robert Charlebois — Lindberg
32. The Pursuit Of Happiness — I'm an Adult Now
33. Ugly Ducklings — Nothin'
34. Sloan — Coax Me
35. Rush — Closer To The Heart
36. Teenage Head — Picture My Face
37. Guess Who — Shakin' All Over
38. Five Man Electrical Band — Signs
39. Blue Rodeo — Lost Together
40. Ron Hynes — Sonny's Dream
41. Men Without Hats — The Safety Dance
42. Rheostatics — Claire
43. Lighthouse — One Fine Morning
44. A Foot In Coldwater — (Make Me Do) Anything You Want
45. Corey Hart — Sunglasses At Night
46. Loverboy — Working For The Weekend
47. Trooper — Raise A Little Hell
48. Parachute Club — Rise Up
49. Alannah Myles — Black Velvet
50. Terry Jacks — Seasons In The Sun
51. Malajube — Montreal —40C
52. Neil Young — Cinnamon Girl
53. Alanis Morissette — You Oughta Know
54. Feist — 1234
55. Arcade Fire — Rebellion (Lies)
56. k.d. lang — Constant Craving
57. Neil Young — Rockin' In The Free World
58. Michel Pagliaro — Lovin' You Ain't Easy
59. Bruce Cockburn — Lovers In A Dangerous Time
60. Tragically Hip — Bobcaygeon
61. Joni Mitchell — A Case of You/California
62. The Demics — New York City
63. Bryan Adams — (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
64. Tragically Hip — Ahead By A Century
65. Blue Rodeo — Five Days In May
66. Hank Snow — I'm Moving On
67. Harmonium — Pour un instant
68. Steppenwolf — Magic Carpet Ride
69. Sloan — Money City Maniacs
70. Celine Dion — My Heart Will Go On
71. k—os — Crabbuckit
72. The Kings —This Beat Goes on/Switchin' To Glide
73. Neil Young — Old Man/Needle and the Damage Done
74. Jean Leloup — 1990
75. Payola$ — Eyes Of A Stranger
76. Blue Rodeo — Hasn't Hit Me Yet
77. Bachman Turner Overdrive — You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
78. Bruce Cockburn — Wondering Where The Lions Are
79. April Wine — You Could Have Been A Lady
80. Teenage Head — Let's Shake/Somethin' On My Mind
81. Joni Mitchell — Help Me
82. Trooper — We're Here For A Good Time
83. Lighthouse — Sunny Days
84. Jean—Pierre Ferland — Le petit roi
85. Bryan Adams — Cuts Like A Knife
86. Stompin' Tom Connors — The Hockey Song
87. Tragically Hip — Wheat Kings
88. Gilles Vigneault — Mon pays
89. Spirit of The West — Home For A Rest
90. New Pornographers — Letter From An Occupant
91. Guess Who — No Time
92. Mashmakhan — As The Years Go By
93. Neil Young — Hey Hey My My
94. Paul Anka — Diana
95. Daniel Lanois — The Maker
96. The Spoons — Nova Heart
97. Beau Dommage — La complainte du phoque en Alaska
98. Ron Sexsmith — Secret Heart
99. Bryan Adams — Run To You
100. Wintersleep — Weighty Ghost
Disheartening as Mersereau's Top 100 Canadian Singles list may be, I can't say that I was shocked after seeing his equally cringe-inducing Top 100 Canadian Albums. No doubt most fans of Canadian music will have their own "I can't believe they left off..." moment. There's probably another book in compiling all the great Canadian singles that were missed by Mersereau's list. I'd have no problem coming up with an alternate 100 but here's the first 50 which immediately came to mind in no particular order:
The Haunted - 1-2-5
Painted Ship - Frustration b/w Little White Lies
Ronnie Hawkins - Forty Days
Ian & Sylvia - You Were On My Mind
Slow - Have Not Been The Same
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Having An Average Weekend
Poppy Family - Where Evil Grows
David Clayton Thomas and the Boss Men - Brainwashed
It's All Meat - Feel It
Oscar Peterson - Night Train
Klaatu - Calling Occupants
The Great Scots - That's My Girl (Rotten To The Core)
The Action - TV's On The Blink
Bonnie Dobson - Morning Dew
Eddie Spencer - If This Is Love (I'd Rather Be Lonely)
Hank Snow - Ninety Miles An Hour (Down At Dead End Street)
The SIdewinders - Put The Blame On Me
Martin Martin - Press Right Here
Luke & The Apostles - Been Burnt
Jackie Shane - Stand Up Straight and Tall
MG & The Escorts - Someday Fool
A Passing Fancy - I'm Losing Tonight
The Jury - Who Dat?
Eyes Of Dawn - Time To Be Going
Blue Shadows - Deliver Me
Gene MacLellan - The Call
Bonnie Dobson - I Got Stung
Marius Cultier - Coco Boogaloo
Les Lutins - Je Cherche
Don Norman and the Other Four - Low Man
R. Dean Taylor - There's A Ghost In My House
Ugly Ducklings - Just In Case You Wonder
Les Miserables - Vivre Avec Toi
Dream Warriors - My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style
Jackie Mittoo - Wishbone
Carla Whitney - It's You For Me
Rascalz (w/Kardinal Offishall, Checkmate, Thrust, Choclair) - Northern Touch
Esquires - It's A Dirty Shame
The Fringe - Plastic People
Subhumans - Death To The Sickoids
R. Dean Taylor - Indiana Wants Me
Skaliwags - Turn Him Down
The Free-For-All - Show Me The Way
Pointed Sticks - What Do You Want Me To Do?
The Quid - Crazy Things
Nick Ayoub - Perception
Underworld - Go Away
Satan & The D Men - She'll Lie
Jo-Jo & The Fugitives - Chips, Chicken, Banana Split
Patsy Gallant - From New York To L.A.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Back on July 14, Tristen and the Dexateens tore the place up and thankfully someone at the station had the good sense to film and post the proceedings so we can all enjoy Tuscaloosa's finest blasting Maker's Mound at wall shaking volume as well as Tristen's full-band performance of her brilliant Eager For Your Love. If everything goes according to plan, Tristen's Eager For Your Love will finally be released as a seven-inch in the next week or so, the first single from her forthcoming full-length debut Charlatans At The Garden Gate which the American Myth label has now slated for release on February 1, 2011.
Those attending CMJ 2010 later this month would be wise to check out Tristen who'll be playing the American Myth Showcase at Pianos (158 Ludlow) on Wednesday (October 20) at 7:30 pm, then joining a bill with Eli "Paperboy" Reed at La Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker) on Thursday (October 21) at 8 pm before lighting up the Paste Showcase on Friday (October 22) at the Living Room (154 Ludlow) at 10 pm.
Eager For Your Love by Tristen
Maker's Mound by The Dexateens
Music City Roots http://www.musiccityroots.com
In any case, both groups have come up with a previously unissued song for the limited-edition seven inch which have something in common – John McEntire's studio smarts. The BSS track is Curse Your Fail, boasting a special guest singer (relax, it ain't Tom Cochrane), is an outtake from the Forgiveness Rock Record sessions overseen by McEntire in Chicago while TSAC's Skies was also produced by McEntire at Soma Studios.
"We are very honoured to be touring with The Sea And Cake this fall and so in celebration of this fact, a split 7" limited edition single is here for you now," explains BSS co-founder Brendan Canning.
"Eric Claridge, bass player of TSAC, was gracious enough to let us use a couple of his paintings for the artwork. Also to note, "Curse your Fail" features Sebastien Grainger on the chorus vocals. Please enjoy and hope to see you somewhere on the North American continent this year."
The BSS/TSAC single is currently available for pre-order for $8 at the Gallery AC right here and you can catch BSS on tour, coming to a fancy ballroom or soft-seat theatre near you.
Broken Social Scene On Tour
10/06/10 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre *
10/07/10 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon Events Theatre *
10/08/10 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom *
10/09/10 - Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre *
10/10/10 - Kelowna, BC @ Community Theatre *
10/12/10 - Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall *
10/13/10 - Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom *
10/14/10 - Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom *
10/15/10 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre *
10/16/10 - Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom *
10/17/10 - San Fran, CA @ Treasure Island Music Fest
10/18/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre *
10/19/10 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
10/23/10 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Lunario Nacional
11/06/10 - Valladolid, Spain @ Two Days Fest
11/07/10 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Aula Magna
11/08/10 - Porto, Portugal @ Casa da Musica
11/10/10 - Marseille, France @ Cabaret Aleatoire
11/11/10 - Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali
11/12/10 - Vevey, Switzerland @ Heartlands Festival
11/13/10 - Leeds, UK @ Leeds University
11/15/10 - London, UK @ Koko
11/16/10 - London, UK @ Koko
11/17/10 - Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre
11/19/10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
11/20/10 - Berlin, Germany @ Admiralspalast
11/22/10 - Adhus, Denmark @ Voxhall
11/23/10 - Copenhagen, Demark @ Vega
11/25/10 - Utrecht, Netherlands @ La Guess Who? Fest
12/08/10 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
12/09/10 - Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
12/16/10 - Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
12/18/10 - Montreal, PQ @ Metropolis
12/19/10 - Quebec City, PQ @ Imperial Theatre
* with The Sea And Cake
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
It's not that unusual to see celebs in Austin during SXSW and this past March Bill Murray seemed to be popping up everywhere. In fact, he even appeared at Shangri-La on 6th with his pal Rza and got behind the bar to pour some tequila shots which might make a little more sense if you've watched The Razor's Edge.
Your favourite Ghostbuster probably won't be mixing Manhattans at Sneaky Dee's while the The Growlers twang out the tunes from their new Hot Tropics 12" EP on Thursday (October 7) but with Invasions and Youth Crime opening the show, it should still make for an entertaining night out.
Red Tide by The Growlers at Wave Rooftop with Bill Murray
Bill Murray pouring shots at Shangri-La
Monday, October 4, 2010
What better way to top off the tribute project than with a stop motion animation version of Carpenter's classic 1982 remake of The Thing scored by Zombie Zombie? Directed by Simon Gesrel and Xavier Ehretsmann, who evidently used their own G.I. Joe action figures, the six and a half minute clip is a mind-roasting epic of pure twisted genius as you'll see below.
Etienne Jaumet discusses John Carpenter's film soundtracks
The Thing by Simon Gesrel and Xavier Ehretsmann
Friday, October 1, 2010
Chinese Disco by Shonen Knife