|Remembering Gulf Coast guitar slinger Frankie Lee Sims with a couple of rockin' blues classics.|
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
|Here are the Dolls performing Personality Crisis and Trash at the Long Beach Auditorium on July 24, 1974.|
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
|Writing On The Wall cut a whumpin' version of Mort Garson's psychsploitation curio Aries: The Fire-Fighter.|
Monday, April 25, 2016
|Celebrate Lee Perry's 80th birthday with Scratch and his pals in Toronto. Get tickets right here.|
Born in Jamaica in 1936, Lee Perry began in the music business in the 1950’s and by the 1960’s became known for his innovative production techniques as well as his eccentric character. His breakthrough single "People Funny Boy" – a shot at Joe Gibbs following his 1967 Coxsone Dodd diss "Run For Cover" – was notable in 1968 for its innovative use of sampling as well as a chugging beat that would soon become known as reggae. It also sold an estimated 60,000 copies in Jamaica alone. Concurrent with his own releases with the Upsetters, Perry produced numerous reggae artists at his Black Ark studio, including some of the finest work by Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Heptones, and Max Romeo.
After his famed Black Ark Studio was consumed by fire, Perry took refuge in England and the U.S., performing live and making records with collaborators from a wide range of musical genres, all artists who had been inspired by his innovative work: British dub producers Adrian Sherwood and Mad Professor, punk legends The Clash and Public Image, rap innovators the Beastie Boys, and in recent years the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, Funkadelic's George Clinton, rocker Andrew W.K., electronic artists like The Orb, and of course NYC bass music specialists Subatomic Sound System who back in 2007 collaborated with Dubblestandart on Scratch's first dubstep remixes.
For over six years in the USA, Subatomic Sound System has been Scratch's go to band for bringing his Black Ark Studio sound live to the stage, a unique hybrid configuration that brings together a handful of live musicians like veteran Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald with computers and live dub mixing of classic recordings as well as brand new sounds Scratch hears from outer space. Lee “Scratch” Perry, now into his sixth decade as a pop-provocateur, remains one of the world’s most imaginative sonic architects.
Watch Perry's 80th birthday tour performance in Paris (below) followed by the trailer for Volker Schaner's new film Lee Perry's Vision of Paradise.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
|Here's a clip of Leroy performing Equal Rights with the Tamlins. The Sunday Jam starts at 5 pm sharp.|
|Being a DJ himself, you'd think that Matthew Halsall would've had his On The Go album on wax much quicker.|
Hailed as the "Best Jazz Album of the Year" at the 2012 Worldwide Awards, Halsall's third set on Gondwana label – featuring the stellar line-up of saxophonist Nat Birchall, pianist Adam Fairhall, bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Gaz Hughes with Rachael Gladwin on harp – has been specially remixed and remastered by Matt with George Atkins at 80 Hertz boasting three previously unissued bonus tracks.
Hopefully Matthew will have the good sense to re-press that Alice Coltrane tribute 12" he recorded with his Gondwana Orchestra (featuring the aforementioned harpist Rachel Gladwin) at the BBC's Maida Vale Studio released in a tiny edition last year. You can pre-order On The Go (Special Edition) right here.
Matthew Halsall - On The Go
1. Music For A Dancing Mind
2. Song For Charlie
3. The End Of Dukkha
5. The Journey Home
6. The Move
7. Only You*
8. Singing Everyday*
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
|"La Chute" is off the Essaie Pas album Demain est une autre nuit on DFA. Kaspar'89 directed the clip.|
Essaie Pas on tour:
April 21 – Paris, FR – Le Point Éphémère
April 22 – Bordeaux, FR – Café Pompier
April 28 – Namur, BE – Le Belvédère
April 29 – Brussels, BE – Homeplugged
April 30 – Arlon, BE – Les Aralunaires Festival
May 2 – Lille, FR – La Péniche
May 3 – Amsterdam, NL – De School
May 11 – Rennes, FR – Bar’Hic
May 12 – Brest, FR – Le Vauban
May 13 – Leipzig, DE – Institut für Zukunft #
May 14 – Metz, FR – Les Trinitaires
May 17 – Paris, FR – Le Silencio
May 18 – London, UK – The Waiting Room
May 19 – Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
May 21 – Brighton, UK – The Great Escape
# w/ O/H (Orphx + Huren)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
|Check out Erin's powerful performance of Low off her just-released Down Below, The Status Quo album.|
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
|Badass blues busters Daddy Long Legs top an explosive triple bill w/ Catl & Hamilton's Noble Savages – kaboom!|
Catch Daddy Long Legs & Catl in London and Montreal this weekend...
Monday, April 18, 2016
Created by Italian sound library kingpins Fabio Borgazzi (aka Fabio Fabor) and Armando Sciascia (aka H. Tical, Blue Phantom, Peter Hamilton, etc), Infini is a masterpiece of avant hauntological orchestration. Prepared pianos collide with subterranean VCS3 synthesis and mournful ornate strings, spectral choral arrangements ride menacing drones and eldritch bass rumbles in a phantasmic cinematic skin. Rod Serling would've been impressed.
– put out for Record Store Day by the Australian-based Omni Recording Corporation run by electronic music producer David Thrussell (see Soma, Snog, Black Lung) – has been remastered from the first generation analogue master tapes and comes with four additional tracks from the original sessions along with authoritative liner notes by Alvin Lucia and some snazzy inner sleeve graphics inspired by 70s vintage Musique Pour L'Image design.
While you're trying to track down a copy of Infini, check out Thrussell's delightfully dark Down mix of rare Italian sound library tracks – including a couple of gems from Borgazzi and Sciascia – he assembled for the excellent music blog A Sound Awareness back in 2013.
A few of Omni's other recent reissues worth investigating
Saturday, April 16, 2016
|The Fleshtones' fab new "End Of My Neighborhood" 7-inch on Yep Roc is limited to 750 copies.|
Lead vocalist Peter Zaremba came up with the flipside's blatantly ’60s track, “Cardboard Casanova”. Besides the beat, the song features the type of lyrical content you’d expect from that era. A punk lead singer, angrily denouncing some girl’s preference for the rich guy, who in actuality doesn’t ‘make it’ as a lover anyway. What will she decide? Strangely relevant today. Mike Mills of REM (remember them?) joins in on vocals, and Fleshtones founding member Jan Marek Pakulski might also be somewhere in the mix as well.
The swank sleeve was designed by Herve Peroncini of the rocking Italian band The Peawees. The photos were taken by Jacopo Benessi before a Fleshtones show in La Spezia, Italy. And the songs were recorded with longtime friend of The Fleshtones, Florent Barbier, at Cold Cut Productions Studios. This release is exclusive to Record Store Day 2016.
Friday, April 15, 2016
|T.O. photographer Rick McGinnis posted some fantastic early shots of both groups on his blog today.|
|Check out the tracks "Yemaya" and "Leviathan" off AJE's Oceanic Suite debut out today on Marlow Records.|
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
|Gary Louris and crew will unveil their new sound at Lee's Palace (June 10) & The Horseshoe (June 11).|
Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner. On May 6, the dynamic guitar/fiddle duo will release their debut 7" single – coupling I Will Be Your Man with a cover of Hank Williams’ I Told A Lie To My Heart – on Roaring Girl Records/Fontana North. Harrow Fair has a few dates coming up later in April, with more to be announced soon.
Now seasoned veterans of the Toronto music scene, Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Starr) and Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players) started writing music together while working in the Soulpepper Theatre Company over the last few years. Since then, they have built a musical framework that allows both of them the freedom to use their considerable strengths as both singers and players while collaborating on compelling new compositions enhanced by rootsy guitar and fiddle interplay.
Harrow Fair seems like the perfect platform to showcase Mulholland's exceptional talent as a vocal stylist which has thus far been overshadowed by her fearsome fiddling skills. Have a listen to Harrow Fair's inventive reworking of I Told A Lie To My Heart below.
Upcoming Tour Dates
April 21 – Toronto, ON – 2016 Waterkeeper Gala at CBC (25 John St.), 7-9pm
April 23 – Huntsville, ON – Hunstville House Concert
April 24 – Wakefield, QC – The Black Sheep Inn (early show)
Harrow Fair links
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
|The Lawn's Richard & Patrick Gregory aren't discussing the No Flash, Please! launch at The Horseshoe May 15.|