Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Auras EP2 Release Party @ The Horseshoe, tonight

Join Brampton psych swingers The Auras in celebrating the release of EP2 at the 'Shoe.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nikki Yanofsky with Quincy Jones @ Capitol Studio A

"Something New" is the first single off Nikki Yanofsky's new Little Secret album due this fall.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Remembering Ron Splinter on his birthday

The Outsiders enjoying a spot of tea at the Amsterdam abode of the Splinters in 1963.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Whaddya mean you don't know Lord Invader

The Replacements live @ Riot Fest T.O.

Takin' A Ride

Favorite Thing

Color Me Impressed

Left Of The Dial

Alex Chilton

Bastards Of Young

Takin’ A Ride
I’m in Trouble
Favorite Thing
Hangin’ Downtown
Color Me Impressed
Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
Kiss Me on the Bus
Achin’ to Be
I Will Dare
Love You Till Friday
Merry Go Round
Wake Up
Borstal Breakout
Little Mascara
Left of the Dial
Alex Chilton
Swinging Party
Can’t Hardly Wait
Bastards of Young

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Westernerds discuss Replacements "reunion" @ Riot Fest, Sunday

Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson will be joined by Josh Freese and Dave Minehan at Riot Fest

SPOILER ALERT: Scott Hudson predicts Replacements' Riot Fest setlist

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Iggy & The Stooges @ Riot Fest, Sunday

Iggy & The Stooges are the warm-up act for Paul Westerberg's band at Fort York Sunday evening.

Riot Fest Sunday Set Times

Single Mothers: 2:20 – 2:50 pm

The Flatliners
: 3:00 – 3:30 pm

Best Coast
: 3:40 – 4:10 pm

Dinosaur Jr
: 4:25 – 4:55 pm

Rocket From The Crypt
: 5:10 – 5:50 pm

The Weakerthans
: 6:10 – 6:55 pm

Iggy And The Stooges
: 7:15 – 8:15 pm

The Replacements
: 8:45 – 10:00 pm

Happy Birthday Fred Rose

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain is just one of many tunes credited to song publisher Fred Rose.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Daniel Romano w/Old Crow Medicine Show @ Danforth Music Hall Friday

Don't miss Canuck country upstart Daniel Romano open for Old Crow Medicine Show Friday 

Black Flower Vintage – a boutique for men!

Black Flower Vintage  – opening today (Thursday, August 22) at 2 Lakeview Avenue near Ossington and Dundas – offers an impressive selection of exceptionally cool menswear, jewellery, and accessories to discerning gentlemen and hoodlums alike.

Join owner Sacha Laberge in celebrating the grand opening of Black Flower Vintage with an in-store party this evening from 7pm to 11pm. Here's the link.

There will be drinks, food, music and lots of great deals on our fantastic selection of one-of-a-kind menswear, jewelry and accessories. There will also be some choice items available for the ladies as well. Tunes come courtesy of Grump (aka James Hewitt) and David Coppafeel (aka Dave Setrakian).

Black Flower Vintage is located just beside Churchill, a block west of Ossington at Dundas. Also, FB likers get 15% off! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Midweek Mixdown: Victor Kiswell

Here's a dope mix of jazz swingers put together by deep digging collector, dealer and club DJ Victor Kiswell which features soulful faves by Lorez Alexandria, Andy Bey along with some funky fresh Fender Rhodes 'n' flute jams off exceedingly rare French sound library records you likely haven't come across before. Check out the "shop" page on his site and you'll get a better idea of where he's coming from.

A Walk in the Jazz Forest by Victor Kiswell

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Soul Singled Out: James Dockery

My Faith In You Is All Gone was penned by Memphis great Earl Randle and produced by Arthur Monday.

One For The Weekend: The Sadies

"Another Tomorrow Again" is taken from The Sadies' new Internal Sounds album due Sept. 17

Lalo Schifrin's horror-disco scare of 1979

The Amityville Horror OST credits Alan Douglas as "disco boogie consultant"on Amityville Frenzy.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Black Sabbath @ The ACC, Wednesday

Check out the documentary about the making of Black Sabbath 13 with Rick Rubin below.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vintage rippers by Esma Redžepova reissued by Paradise Bangkok!

Don't miss Timmy Vulgar's Human Eye @ Parts & Labour, Wednesday

Whaddya mean you don't know the South Georgia Highballers

Hard-hollerin' old-timey fiddler and noted 78 rpm record collector Frank Fairfield curates another reissue culled from his vast shellac stockpile (and those of his wax hound buddies), this time avoiding the more popular artists and titles  of the era to focus on the rarer wrinkles in the fabric of Anglo-American vernacular music. That means you'll hear unusual performers, uncommon instrumentation and hotshot pickers from small towns across the States like Willard Hodgin who offers some sage advice in "Don't Get One Woman On Your Mind," Blind Joe Mangrum & Fred Shriver's ode to home cooking "Bacon & Cabbage," Mustard & Gravy's revelatory "The Whale Did, I Know He Did," The Tweedy Brothers' high steppin' "Chicken Reel."and the Ernest Rogers head-scratcher "Mythological Blues" among other uncomped faves you won't come across anywhere else.

Forget that "Americana" baloney, Turn Me Loose spotlights Anglo-American down-home music as it actually was and in many cases still is – albeit largely overlooked. With painstaking audio restoration by Michael Kieffer (of Origin Jazz Library notoriety), Turn Me Loose is Frank's impressive follow-up to his prior set of oddball 78s issued by Tompkins Square back in 2010 called Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts, specifically concerning the recording of vernacular music from around the world. Taken together, they offer an intriguing alternate perspective of the music made during the so-called "Gramophone era." But enough about that, the real stars of Turn Me Loose are the singers and players you've never heard. Check out those South Georgia Highballers who gave this fine collection its title.

Mister Johnson Turn Me Aloose by The South Georgia Highballers

Monday, August 12, 2013

Crime @ Mabuhay Gardens, SF 1977

1. Introduction by Dirk Dirksen -- 0:00
2. Rockabilly Drugstore -- 0:55
3. Piss On Your Dog -- 2:42
4. San Francisco's Doomed -- 5:18
5. Instrumental -- 7:30
6. Baby, You're So Repulsive -- 9:55
7. Murder By Guitar (cuts out) -- 12:00

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Polanie does The Artwoods

Somebody caaaaall the poe-leeese: Oblivians rock the new Hi-Tone!

Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of the Oblivians whumpin' new album Desperation.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Remembering Country Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Jack Clement

Jack Clement dies at 82 obit

Ghanaian highlife star Jewel Ackah rocks Lula Lounge August 29

Batuki Music Society presents a special double bill featuring Ghanaian highlife legend Jewel Ackah and Adam Solomon's African Blues & Jazz Trio at the Lula Lounge on Thursday, August 29. Backing stellar vocalist Jewel Ackah will be members of Toronto's own highlife heavy-hitters, Afrafranto, including Jewel's son, Kofi Ackah.

Jewel Ackah, born in Ghana’s western Nzima region in 1945, initially had aspirations of being a professional soccer player but  found his true calling as a singer, starting with a cover band called The Pick-Ups in 1965 before finding fame in 1967 with C.K Mann’s Carousel 7
He then moved on to a succession of groups, namely Ebo Taylor and the Railway Band, the El Dorados (of the Aboso Glass Factory) and the Medican Lantics, the resident band of the Atlantic Hotel in Takoradi.  In 1973, Jewel joined A.B. Crentsil’s Sweet Talks, in Tema and continued to perform with them regularly during the mid to late 70s. In 1979 he fronted a new Sweet Talks line-up, and recorded Hallelujah! Amen! with the S.T. Express followed by the release of the solo set Asomdwee Henee. During a brief stint with The Great Pilsner’s Band, a brewery-sponsored outfit led by Jimmy Kwapps, he took time out for a 1980 session with guitarist Kwame Nkrumah to revisit their favourite highlife hits of the 50s that resulted in the lovely Yeridi A Wu album.
After a couple of ill-fated attempts at reaching a younger audience with the soca-inspired Super Pawa and funk-highlife hybrid London Connection albums, he returned to a more conventional modern highlife concept with his own  Butterfly Six in 1985 with which he performed through the early 90s. However, he did reunite with A.B. Crentsil and Pat Thomas for the 1986 album Electric Hi-Life.  Ever since, Jewel has issued a steady stream of gospel albums such as Me Su Fre Wo in 1994 and ‘Ahwereshow’ in 1995. Hopefully the upcoming Lula Lounge show is an indication that Ackah is now aware of the incredible resurgence of interest in West African highlife from the 60s and 70s and he'll once again return to the classic sound for which he's best loved.   

Opening the show is the African Blues & Jazz Trio featuring Adam Solomon on guitar and vocals, bassist Conrad Henderson and Phil Caffery on drums.  Affectionately known as "The Professor," Adam Solomon performs as a blues soloist as well as with his band Tikisa, creating a unique sound that combines traditional and modern coastal East African rhythms, fiesta, rumba, soukous, makossa and highlife music.  He has released three three albums, Safari, Mti Wa Maisha and Rocket Express II: African Renaissance Blues.  Adam Solomon is also a member of the Juno award-winning super group African Guitar Summit.

Event:    Jewel Ackah / Adam Solomon's African Blues & Jazz Trio
Date:     Thursday, August 29
Venue:   Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. West. Toronto)
               Dinner reservations guarantee seating  (416) 588-0307
Time:     Doors 7:00 pm  /  Show 8:30 pm
Tickets: $10 advance online at  /  $15 door

Whaddya mean you don't know Cesar Ascarrunz

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Before They Were Famous: Prince Nelson

Bryant Junior High, Minneapolis – 7th grade class of 1972.

Happy Birthday Bassekou Kouyate!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Death rockumentary hits T.O. August 16

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early 1970s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now rightly considered pioneers. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic and was issued by the Drag City label nearly thirty years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression. A Band Called Death opens Friday (August 16) at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King West at John) and runs until Thursday (August 22). Call 416-399-TIFF for tickets or visit the TIFF site right here.

NOTE: Producer Scott Mosier will be present for a Q&A following the 7:15pm screening on Friday, August 16th to field queries better answered by the film's directors Jeff Howlett & Mark Covino and/or the members of Death.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Jay Douglas @ Harbourfront, Saturday

Jamaica To Toronto star Jay Douglas kicks off Harbourfront's Island Soul fest tonight at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Giallo hommage Berberian Sound Studio opens @ TIFF Bell Lightbox Friday

Equal parts paranoid thriller and loving tribute to the disappearing art of analog sound recording, Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio takes us on a nightmarish voyage behind the scenes of 1970s Italian giallo cinema. Summoned to an Italian studio to record the audio effects for a bloody horror opus, meek British sound engineer Gilderoy (Toby Jones) quickly finds his genteel disposition clashing with that of his alternately boisterous, genial and hostile Italian hosts. As Gilderoy becomes unhealthily submerged in his work, the simulated aural violence (snapping celery stalks standing in for cracking bones, pulverized watermelons for squishing craniums) starts to take on a cruel edge — and as tension in the claustrophobic studio mounts, it becomes clear that the film is corrupting Gilderoy's fragile psyche. A Kafkaesque meta-horror tale set in the lost annals of cinematic history, Berberian Sound Studio plunges us into the blurry meeting point between waking life and nightmares. For information about tickets and screen times click here.