Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Elliott Sharp, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Soupcans @ Soybomb HQ, Friday

Adventurous guitarist Elliott Sharp plays a solo set and throws down with TENMC after a panel discussion at 9 pm.  

The Music Gallery – Departures Series w/ Elliott Sharp + TENMC + Soupcans
DownBeat Magazine: Elliott Sharp & Steve Buscemi team up for Burroughs tribute
Elliott Sharp site
New World Records site
Thin Edge New Music Collective site
Soupcans bandcamp

Whaddya mean you don't know Joe Morris

The hard-swingin' R&B orchestra led by trumpeter Joe Morris served as Atlantic's house band in the early 50s.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Allah-Las present Calico Review w/ TOPS @ Lee's Palace, September 22

The Allah-Las' third album Calico Review is out September 9 on Mexican Summer.  Read all about it. 

If you drive past the 200 block of South La Brea, there is a lamp shop, a pet shop, and a little glass door that says “Casting Agency” above it. Inside you’ll find one of LA’s most stereotypical rituals, where men & women from all walks of life vie for the attention and popularity of the Hollywood producer. It’s a dream factory for some of them. It’s also a place where Los Angeles outsiders learn what the city is really like, beyond the sun and surf and celebrities, where every brightly-lit surface eventually faces a cloud.

Indeed, the lessons learned by the Allah-Las – guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian, bassist Spencer Dunham, drummer Matthew Correia – since their auspicious formation in 2008 have been tempered with experience. Now, with their third album Calico Review (Mexican Summer), their experience transforms once more, this time into wisdom. The band’s trajectory, formed around mutual appreciation for the same kinds of music and a host of shared experiences, focuses on both the outer trappings of their home and surroundings, and the through line of darkness that suffuses life in LA county.

Where the Allah-Las display their insight, and what really shines across the 12 songs that comprise Calico Review, is the way that the group has pivoted from specific influences and nods to the music they love, to crafting the feelings of freedom, grit, and melancholy in their music. That feeling – the peerless capture of music long in the tradition and mood of California pop, the sound that’s captured the essence of the LA experience – aligns with their stylistic technique and their experience in the studio environment to create their strongest album to date, one which showcases their developments in songwriting and arrangements.

The process began with their self-titled debut, which captured the Allah-Las’ live set circa 2012 and continued onward with 2014’s Worship the Sun, where they began to experiment with overdubs and writing songs individually instead of as a band. Now, Calico Review showcases a band that’s grown confident in its own style to reflect the perspectives of each member, to craft an album that changes up the approach from song-to-song, while retaining their abilities as a cohesive unit.

Audiences familiar with the band will recognize the levels of nuance and steadiness the Allah-Las have grown into throughout Calico Review. It’s immediate, the first thing you recognize about the band in the opening moves of “Strange Heat,” in the amount of control and character burning off of the band’s knack for restraint. Songs like “Famous Phone Figure” cradle character sketches over delicate strains of violin, organ, and Mellotron, Correia’s drumming carefully underlining a three-note theme that casts a phantom sadness over the proceedings, the group exerting a touch both light and steady enough to bring your mood to theirs.

"Could Be You” works off a steady percussive gallop, guitarist Miles Michaud waxing reflexively on second chances while the band focuses on forward motion. “Roadside Memorial” applies the Bo Diddley beat to the open road, Pedrum Siadatian stepping up on vocals, and finding new ways to match his talents to propulsive musical ends. Elsewhere, “High & Dry,” featuring drummer Matthew Correia on lead vocals, focuses on the Allah-Las most quintessential and peerless quality: writing emotionally resonant pop, at once direct and detached, casual and knowing, and instantly memorable. The dream factory itself gets called out in the fun, surf-stung number “200 South La Brea,” its carnival-like atmosphere reflecting the excitement and anxiety of those who await their judgment.

In between releases, the Allah-Las have toured around the world – watch their recent Montreux Jazz Festival performance below – and will continue that journey in support of Calico Review at Lee's Palace on September 22 with TOPS. The experience of traveling and idle time on tour inspired the group in different ways, and provided the pathways by which the band transports its listeners to a different place, be that wherever they are, and where the band has been.

What the Allah-Las present is not necessarily crossing the L.A. River, coin in mouth, on the Riverboat Styx. It’s not Raymond Chandler and it’s not Raymond Carver. But the band’s four members are aware of the pitfalls that stack against the idyllic notion of southern California life that forms from outside of the city. It’s a siren call to the hopeful, and it’s a successful town for tempering dreams into wakeful reality. Even with over 8,000 people per square mile, there is room for everyone, and then some, to be completely alone, by choice or otherwise. Check out the video for "Could Be You" below followed by the pro-shot Montreux Jazz Fest clip.

Calico Review (Mexican Summer)
1 Strange Heat
2 Satisfied
3 Could Be You
4 High & Dry
5 Mausoleum
6 Roadside Memorial
7 Autumn Dawn
8 Famous Phone Figure PLAY
9 200 South La Brea
10 Warmed Kippers
11 Terra Ignota
12 Place In The Sun

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The ARC Sound @ Trinity Common, Sunday

Shake Some Action with Gord Cumming and his ARC Sound crew at 303 Augusta tonight at 9 pm.

Ausmuteants: Band Of The Future

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Whaddya mean you don't know Egisto Macchi

Here's Motovedette off Cinedelic's reissue of Egisto Macchi's Nucleo Centrale Investigativo soundtrack. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Robert Frank doc Don't Blink screens @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, August 26-31

Laura Israel's film about photographer Robert Frank opens Friday. Watch the trailer and interview with Laura. 

Ticklah cuts a scary good rocksteady album with The Frightnrs

The Victor "Ticklah" Axelrod-produced Nothing More To Say by The Frightnrs is out on Daptone September 2. 

RJD2 @ The Hoxton, Friday

RJD2 cruises in for a show with Memorecks and Jeff Button at The Hoxton tonight – doors open at 10 pm. 

One For The Weekend: Tiny Bradshaw

Here's the Tiny Bradshaw Orchestra's King label swinger Stack Of Dollars from 1954. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

RIP Rudy Van Gelder, 1924-2016

Sadly, recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who help define the sound of Blue Note, has passed away. 

Ginger Baker vs. Chris Ajilo

Ginger Baker had a slight advantage in having Fela Kuti help shape his 1972 version of Ariwo. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GBV dusts off the oldies in San Francisco

Robert Pollard dug deep into his Guided By Voices suitcase to haul out a couple of rarely performed faves. 

Watch DJ Shadow's clever Nobody Speak video

DJ Shadow has unveiled the music video for the song “Nobody Speak” featuring Run The Jewels, a standout track from his latest album ‘The Mountain Will Fall,’ out now on Mass Appeal Records. The video depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is unfolding in governments around the globe. It also features appearances by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels.

Says DJ Shadow: "We wanted to make a positive, life-affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best. We got this instead.”

The video – shot by someone who insists on being referred to as "Sam Pilling" in New York City, London and Ukraine – stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey while Illia Iurchyshyn served as stunt coordinator. Check it out below.

Carolyn Mark CD release @ Fitzroy Boutique, Thursday

Carolyn launches her new Come! Back! Special! album for Roaring Girl with NQ Arbuckle from 7–10 pm.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

RIP "Deadly" Headley Bennett, 1931-2016

Headley's sax solo on Forward March led to Prince Buster's legendary feud with Derrick Morgan.

Luciano w/ Jay Douglas @ CNE Bandshell, Wednesday

Luciano went deep with "Going Home" thanks in part to Lee Perry's production skills and The Congos' voicings.

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell rock Bourlon

Be sure to grab a copy of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's latest single Isobel b/w Break Up out now

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jay Douglas opening for Luciano @ CNE Bandshell, Wednesday

Don't miss T.O.'s own Jay Douglas tear it up – without Pablo in a pick-up – Wednesday night starting at 7 pm.

Happy Birthday Peter Laughner

Remembering Rocket From The Tombs co-founder Peter Laughner on his day with a couple of amazing tunes. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Camp Wavelength w/ Bruce Peninsula @ Toronto Island, Sunday

Expect to hear Don't Wake The Giant from Bruce Peninsula's score for Sleeping Giant today at 6 pm. 

Bajka's new single "The World" out Sept 9

Bajka reunites with Das Goldenes Zeitalter collaborator Max Weissenfeldt for her new Philophon seven-inch.
Bajka and Max Weissenfeldt (Poets Of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers) first met each other when they both attended the same school in Munich, Germany. Their first recordings - under the name Das Goldenes Zeitalter - took place in 1998 and were subsequently released as a three-track 12" EP by Jazzman Records in 2006. Fans of 70s vintage Strata-East and Black Jazz recordings should check out Bajka's amazing performance on the epic "A Vision" from the EP which appears at the end of this post.  

Now, Bajka has found her way back to her musical family via the Philophon label, joining a growing roster of talented artists including The Polyversal Souls, Roy X, Guy One, Alogte Oho Jonas, Hailu Mergia, Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids, Jimi Tenor and Y-Bayani.

"The World" is driven by the heavyweight drumming of Max, counterpointed by the iridescent voice of Bajka. She reflects the glory of our world by showing the listener through her talent that she in person is for sure part of that glory. On the flip side, "Invisible Joy", Bajka gives her own interpretation of Philophon's own label anthem, which was previously the title track of The Polyversal Souls' celebrated debut album. Listen to Bajka's recording of "The World" below.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Introducing: Smino

Fast-rising St. Louis rhyme ripper Smino tears up Adelaide Hall with Mick Jenkins on October 18. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bob Egan plays final show with Blue Rodeo @ Molson Amphitheatre, Saturday

Steel guitar ace Bob Egan bids farewell to Blue Rodeo's Toronto fans Saturday. Offers a life lesson below.
“Blue Rodeo’s show this Saturday, August 20 at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto will be our final show with our beloved pedal steel player Bob Egan, who is graduating from a highly successful career in music to a job in the public sector he feels is more suited to his new role as a 60 year old father of a 1 year old boy.

Bob has been with us for 17 wonderful years, a cherished band mate and friend, a big hearted man who gives tirelessly of himself, whether it’s through his charity work, his family, his work or his friendship. You always know you can count on Bob.

In over 20 years as a professional musician, Bob was a member of Freakwater,Wilco, and Blue Rodeo, released his own solo material and guested on countless recordings, including The Tragically Hip’s classic, Bobcaygeon. We will miss him terribly and wish him all the best in his new vocation. Love you, Bob.” – Glenn Milchem

An Open letter from Bob Egan

Bob Egan here, writing an open letter to Canada on the cusp of my final show with Blue Rodeo.

These last 17 years have literally been a dream come true for me. From an awkward teen playing the Legion Halls of Central Illinois to a grown man playing on the stages of the world, this journey has exceeded my wildest dreams.

Seventeen years ago on my first day in Canada, as I walked down Queen Street in Toronto, I experienced a feeling I had never felt in my life. I felt like I belonged. I felt surrounded by people I could relate to. I felt at peace. And after 40 years of searching, I finally felt at home.

That day changed my life but it was only the beginning. Over the years, from coast to coast, you Canadians welcomed me into your towns and cities, your homes and your arms. You shared your stories, your celebrations and sorrows, but most of all you shared your love. This, my fellow Canadians, is the greatest reward of my life.

To serve in Blue Rodeo is to experience a level and intensity of camaraderie that is unimaginable. For almost two decades I’ve had the honour of sharing the stages, the dressing rooms, the studios and buses all over this world. In this strange bubble of an existence I experienced the truest and deepest friendships. The support and the love of my bandmates has led to the greatest joys of my life – music, my sobriety, my wife and my new son Leo. For this, I am eternally grateful.

Family has always been the the most valued cornerstone of my life and the embrace of the extended Blue Rodeo family has been a wellspring of unconditional true love.

The bonds we share amongst our children, our siblings, our parents, our spouses and our loved ones run deep in the Rodeo family and I’ll treasure them all my days.

From Blue Rodeo I learned some of life’s most precious lessons – work to bring joy into people’s lives, take a stand for greater good, try to make this world a better place and above all, share the love.

It is with these lessons I embark on the next journey of my life. My membership in Blue Rodeo has opened the doors for me to be of service to my adopted hometown of Kitchener, ON., and I am proud, honoured and humbled by this opportunity.

To you, the supporters and fans, I will be forever indebted for it is you who have truly made me feel at home.

To my bandmates, though our paths may part, the ties that bind us never will.
You will always be my family.          – Bob Egan

Happy Birthday Michael Naura!

Their hair was a bit longer than in 1958, but Michael Naura's Quintet was still getting down in 1974. 

Lambchop takes sharp turn with FLOTUS out Nov 4

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mad Decent Block Party w/ Diplo @ Fort York, Friday

Check out the Diplo-produced version of M.I.A.'s Bird Song off her forthcoming AIM album out September 9. 

Block Party Set Times
3:00 pm: Gates Open
3:00 – 3:45 pm: Bishu
3:45 – 4:45 pm: Sleepy Tom
4:45 – 5:45 pm: Slushii
5:45 – 6:45 pm: Louis The Child
6:45 – 7:45 pm: Grandtheft
7:50 – 8:50 pm: NGHTMRE x Slander
8:55 – 9:55 pm: Marshmello
10:00 – 11:00 pm: Diplo

The Fleshtones preview The Band Drinks For Free

Watch The Fleshtones play five tunes from their forthcoming 21st album out September 2. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sugar Minott vs. The Persuaders

Reggae great Sugar Minott found inspiration in The Persuaders' 1971 single Love Gonna Pack Up.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy 75th Birthday Eddie Gale!

case/lang/veirs @ Danforth Music Hall, Tuesday & Wednesday

Here's Neko Case (right) singing Down I-5 with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs off their case/lang/veirs album.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

One For The Weekend: Johnny Dyani Quartet

On this 1979 recording, bass boss Johnny Dyani is joined by Don Cherry, Dudu Pukwana & Makaya Ntshoko. 

Toots & The Maytals @ Danforth Music Hall, Monday

Here's a clip of Toots & The Maytals performing at Winterland in San Francisco back in November, 1975. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Patti Smith joins daughter Jesse for Nico salute

Soundwalk Collective's "Fearfully In Danger" is off Killer Road on Sacred Bones out September 2.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Whaddya mean you don't know John Arcesi

Big Band singer/songwriter John Arcesi (aka Don Darcy) cut the one-off psych curio Reachin' Arcesia in 1971. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Boris performs Pink @ Lee's Palace, Thursday

Boris has reissued Pink in a deluxe edition double disc / 3LP set with bonus "Forbidden Songs" like N.F. Sorrow.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

GØGGS whump Williamsburg

Ty Segall, Charles Moothart and Chris Shaw blasted songs from their self-titled GØGGS debut in Brooklyn. 

Bloodshot Bill w/ CATL @ The Silver Dollar, Wednesday

One-man club-wrecker Bloodshot Bill will be playing songs from his swank new Guitar Boy album.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Head and the Heart @ The Horseshoe, Monday

The Head and the Heart's Signs Of Light is out September 8. Tonight's Horseshoe gig is now sold out.