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So, we tried something really fun and different this week. Instead of Bob and I choosing the music, we asked our wonderful grown-up kids to do the selections and then come on to talk about their choices. Almost all of them were able to make it to the show and everyone contributed.
Here is what they came up with
Misterwives – Superbloom
Dvsn – Angela
The Flatliners – Hang My Head
The Halluci Nation – Land Back
Andrew Bird – Sisyphus
Bernice – He’s the Moon
Belle & Sebastian – The Power of Three
Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra – Pescador de Aguas Turbias
The East Pointers – Country Cable
What a wonderful thing to have them all together on the radio to share their music. It was a great show with lots more variety than Bob and I could have put together.
You can listen to their music and comments here on Mixcloud
So, fewer notes this week as the young ones speak best off the cuff. I will add here what they suggested plus a video or two.
Dvsn – Angela – by Colleen
This song is Angela by DVSN, who are an R&B duo from Toronto. I like this song because of their incredible vocal range, they can go really high and low which is beautiful. I heard this song on Marvin’s Room, which plays on CBC radio.”
Some of the lyrics
Everybody’s got different sides to ’em
She’s no exception to the rule
One day she’s hotter than the sun
Next she’s colder than the moon
They say you want to feel appreciated
So before you come around
Recognize how far it’s come
To be ready for us now
Always thought she was the prettiest
But she don’t know
So nice to meet you, Angela
Now how shit begins, don’t represent the end
It’s not always what it’s about
There’s ups and downs, to the East and the West
Sometimes it’s north and south
I’m praying for her on my knees
And I hope to God, hope that he can hear me
Don’t let her get caught up now
Cause the world out there is less forgiving
Bob also mentioned that they are nominated for a Polaris this year – dvsn – A Muse In Her Feelings as are Lido Pimienta and William Prince who we played last week.
The electronic producer duo say their track “Land Back” is a testament to using music as a mechanism to encourage unity and help give others a voice.
The collaboration with Boogey the Beat and Chippewa Travellers is available for free download on A Tribe Called Red’s SoundCloud page.
The performers say the song can be used by anyone working to promote Indigenous land sovereignty and “a true nation-to-nation discussion between the Indigenous nations of Turtle Island and our Canadian settlers.”
Bernice – He’s the Moon – Mairi
They’re a Toronto based band- I haven’t listened to their other stuff but was really drawn to this song because it’s fun and different and draws on a couple different styles
We first heard it on After Dark on CBC. Perfect song to listen to on a cozy, dark evening!
Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra – Pescador de Aguas Turbias – Liam
Montreal’ GKO is an explosion of music, dance and circus. The orchestra fuses Colombian Caribbean rhythms with musical styles from around the world in a melodic chaos.
Nominated for the prestigious Canadian Juno Awards, GKO is promoting their second album “VelkomBak”. A dozen songs that greatly expand the band’s musical palette and that invite us on a musical journey from the Andes to Quebec, passing through India, Spain and the Balkans.
A unique and tasty Canadian recipe, connecting disparate cultures and traditions through thecommon thread of the rhythmic language of Cumbia, with hints of ska, jazz and funk.
GKO has to its credit more than 300 concerts in Canada and 3 international tours (Colombia in 2014, France in 2015 and the Czech Republic and Austria in 2016). It is a rhythm machine getting ready to invade the world with its madness and magic.
Bob mentioned that he would love to see these folks live. I really agree. Here is a recording of a live performance
Here are a few videos of other bands we played this week – all would be great to see live!
This is a really fun video by the Flatliners, suggested by Brendan. You will have to listen to the show to heard about his connection to the band. I want to go!!
This is such a beautiful song. Thanks to Dylan for suggesting this one. I too love the whistling!
I love this song and this great band that Brendan suggested. You really need to listen to what he has to say about the unique ability of this band. I found this, I hope it does justice to this great band.
So, for this week, we have two versions of the show. A 60-minute version that is already up on Mixcloud and an extended version for Saturday night on VoicEd Radio. So to make these easier to find – we will archive the 90-minute version on Spreaker and keep the recording of the live Mixcloud show archived there.
Here is the extended play version
Here is the 60-minute version we uploaded to Mixcloud earlier this week.
Mother Mother released two songs in March 2021 – I Got Love and Stay behind. The band has been producing great music on the west Coast of canada for years, but now seem to be best known for having a Tik Tok hit. Canadian Beats Media continues:
Mother Mother, the Vancouver-based alt-rockers have released two new songs; “I Got Love” and “Stay Behind.” The brand new music is Mother Mother’s first offering on the heels of their recent explosion on the platform TikTok.
After over a decade of releasing music and touring, a new global audience discovered and organically began using the band’s catalogue on the platform, resulting in rapid growth in the millions across all streaming and social platforms, and a Rolling Stone feature on this unique artist development story.
The new music was written during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and was produced by frontman Ryan Guldemond and Howard Redekopp, who produced much of the older music that is connecting with the global audience today. Both “I Got Love” and “Stay Behind” are available now. The release of “I Got Love” and “Stay Behind” also marks the first under the band’s deal with their new label Warner Music Canada.
The Linda Lindas are a group of LA youngsters playing punk rock. In May 2021, the Los Angeles Public Library posted a video of the Linda Lindas playing “Racist, Sexist Boy” at a “TEENtastic Tuesdays” event. In the video, 10 year old Mila explains the song’s origins.
The band first came to Bob’s attention in Amy Poehler’s teen comedy Moxie. Here, they perform a cover of Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl”
I have loved her music and her style ever since she started out winning the Polaris for her first album.
From Pitchfork Magazine
“She is still an extreme rarity in Canadian music: an Afro-Colombian queer woman with indigenous Wayuu heritage, a single mother, a Spanish speaker. The great promise of Miss Colombia, and of her new leadership in a predominantly white scene, is that brown girls will hear it and be inspired to surge to the front.”
That it was because of you, that I stopped being me
You are not to blame for being like this
And don’t give me anything if you don’t want
You can read more about this great musician and rebel here
Mountain Goats – Clemency for the Wizard King
The Mountain Goats are an American band formed in Claremont, California, by singer-songwriter John Darnielle. The song selected was “Clemency for the Wizard King” In this Vanity Fair article, Darnielle gives some background to how Dungeons and Dragons inspired the album.
Anyone who has kept a project going for more than a quarter century has a right to be a little set in his ways. Which is why it might come as a bit of a surprise to hear that John Darnielle, songwriter and front man of the Mountain Goats, was willing to entirely change his attitude in the recording studio when he started to record his 17th album, In League with Dragons, out next month.
Here’s a video of The Mountain Goats performing their ode to reggae great Dennis Brown.
Pokey Lafarge – End of my rope
Pokey Lafarge is a discovery I made this week while listening to a great show on Mixcloud by David the Worm – his taste in music is amazing and I listen whenever I can. He is usually on at 2;00 PM Monday to Friday plus an extra show with his partner on Sundays.
More about Pokey Lafarge from his Bandcamp page
Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose well-rounded arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. His music transcends the confines of genre, continually challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries.
Here is a great ‘unplugged’ version on Youtube of this week’s song End of My Rope
If you want another great song by Pokey Lafarge, you have to listen to Something in the Water
Plants and Animals – House on Fire
Plants and Animals are a 3 piece band from Montreal. This the video for their latest. “House on Fire”. As one YouTuber put it, “ LCD Soundsystem meets Talking Heads. Love it.”
More on Plants and Animals, another Montreal band here from Under the Radar Magazine
“House on Fire” was inspired by Spicer’s concern for a friend of his. The band collectively further explain in more detail in a press release: “We started working on this a couple of years ago. Warren was afraid for a friend’s health. He thought he was self-medicating too much and not taking care of himself. He couldn’t let go of this image of an overworked dude swallowing too many sleeping pills and falling asleep with the stove on. So it began as the place next door, sometime before Greta Thunberg turned the expression into a rallying cry, where Earth is the house and the people are sleeping. It’s terrifying, and on the whole we’re not unlike this friend, are we?”
My last track is by William Prince who I saw on the underwhelming Juno production last week. His performance of this song was certainly the highlight on a show that could have done so much more.
Holly GoLightly – Satan is His Name
Holly Golightly (born Holly Golightly Smith is a British singer-songwriter. Her mother christened her after the main character of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She’s been performing her brand of garage rock for years.Perhaps she is best known for contributing the song “There is an End” to the movie Broken Flowers starring Bill Murray.
We featured the tempting little number “Satan is His Name” from 2018’s “Do the Get Along”
It’s a cover of an obscure 1962 single by Steve King
If you like Holly, this is the album to grab if you can find it.
Real Estate – White Light
We closed with a great indie band from New Jersey, “Real Estate”
There are times in our collective story when something really stops people in their tracks. The story of the 215 unmarked graves beside a residential school in Kamloops is one of these instances. Even though the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report has been out since 2015, it seems to take the pictures of 215 little pairs of shoes on Parliament Hill to bring all this home to us.
We have known about the appalling death count in residential schools since at least 1907. That year, Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce produced a report on the state of health in Canada’s residential schools. The conclusions of the report were astounding:
“It suffices for us to know, however, that of a total of 1,537 pupils reported upon nearly 25 per cent are dead, of one school with an absolutely accurate statement, 69 per cent of ex-pupils are dead, and that everywhere the almost invariable cause of death given is tuberculosis.”
The Bryce Report, 1907 p.18
Bryce focused on one particular school where the results were particularly heart wrenching:
Thus, of a total of 31 discharged from the File Hills school, 9 died at the school, of 6 others there is no record of condition on discharge, but all are reported to be dead, 7 others died from within a few months to three years after discharge and 9 are reported as in good health,
The Bryce Report, 1907 p. 18
The reason for this very high death rate was well understood. Scientific medicine had made great strides in the past 40 years and the health effects of good and proper ventilation were well understood. In many of the schools however, there was a criminal inattention to what was needed to keep kids well and protected. Bryce continues:
in the absence of regular and sufficient ventilation, extremely inadequate; that for at least 7 months in the long winter of the west, double sashes are on the windows in order to save fuel and maintain warmth and that for some 10 continuous hours children are confined in dormitories, the air of which, if pure to start with, has within 15 minutes become polluted, so as to be capable of detection by ordinary chemical tests. It is apparent that general ill health from the continued inspiration of an air of increasing foulness is inevitable; but when sometimes consumptive pupils and, very frequently, others with discharging scrofulous glands, are present to add an infective quality to the atmosphere, we have created a situation so dangerous to health that I was often surprised that the results were not even worse than they have been shown statistically to be.
The Bryce Report p. 19
The report goes on to talk about a general inadequate level of physical activity provided for the students and the absolute disregard for daily health and sanitation in the schools.
Such a report could have been a clarion call for action. These children were the responsibility of the state and it was clearly the state’s responsibility along with the various churches to make amends and vastly improve every aspect of the residential learning environment.
But here is where the story get sinister. Dr. Bryce reported to Duncan Campbell Scott, federal Deputy Superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs and Scott suppressed the report. It was leaked to the media causing a public outcry, but very little was done to follow through on Bryce’s recommendations that included “the handing over of the school system to the Chief Medical Officer and be made in its first essentials a sanitorium system rather than an educational one: That each child must be primarily considered an “individual case of probably tuberculosis.” That improvements be made in the buildings so that open air work-rooms and dormitories shall be provided. That increased expenditure for extra clothing be provided for, also a special dietary. Also improved water supply for bathing &.” Indian Residential Schools & Reconciliation
In fact, the report was seen as an irritation:
It will be obvious at once that Dr. Boyce’s recommendations while they may be scientific are quite inapplicable
to the system under which these schools are conducted. Even were the Department prepared to take the schools
over from the Churches, it is self evident that the Churches would not be willing to give up their share of the
joint control. These preliminary examinations by Dr. Lafferty and Dr. Bryce have already caused considerable
irritation and brought protests from the Roman Catholic authorities who have the larger number of pupils under
Department of Indian Affairs File 140,754-1 “Correspondence relating to tuberculous among the Indians in the various agencies across Canada 1908-1910” (c10167)
Scott continued to block Bryce at every turn. In 1913, he denied him the funding he needed to continue his work. Bryce was not allowed to present his findings at conferences. He was denied positions in the Federal Public Service that he was certainly qualified and by 1921 he was forced into retirement (First Nations Child and Family Caring Society). All techniques used by large institutions that have no need for the truth.
But we still don’t seem to get it. Decades after the suppression of The Bryce Report by Duncan Campbell Scott and the Canadian Government, there is still no willingness to call the acts of our churches and governments genocide.
Collins is a smooth operator and he brushed aside any thought that there are records that have yet to be disclosed, even as the head of the Oblate order, Rev. Ken Thorson, is in the process of digitizing the records from their Kamloops school (CBC, June 6, 2021).
It is the smug arrogance of church leaders like Collins that will really make the struggle for reconciliation so much harder. No need for apologies, no grand gestures, just a little bit of work here and there.
When the mighty fall, they fall hard. Trite statements and interviews by complacent, comfortable men do not help. Yesterday Egerton Ryerson’s statue in Toronto came tumbling down and it has been announced it will not be reinstated.
Ryerson was responsible for the early design of the residential school model in Canada. He believed that white and indigenous students should not be taught in the same schools due to their different cultural backgrounds. He was also responsible for developing the separate school system in Ontario – another outmoded idea that might also soon face the chopping block.
As we reexamine our history, who do we still honour? Who do we now comdemn?
All history is relative and the judgement of current times will have to be meted out on people like Scott, MacDonald and Ryerson. These are Canadian icons no more and they must all be toppled from their ridiculous pedestals so we can move on.
’Yoru Ni (which translates from Japanese to ‘At night’) was literally written in the middle of the night, guitarist Nakauchi-Pelletier explains, ‘’I woke up suddenly at night and had this melody in my head, as if it had come to me from another world. After letting it simmer a little longer, I decided to actually get up and grab my guitar. It really felt like I was following some kind of spirit or ghost, it was taking my hand and wanted to take me somewhere. So it did, and it gave me the idea for the song lyrics which Maya took further and romanticized, while the music was basically ‘pushed’ into my brain by some strange unknown forces.’’
This part of my research was really interesting, but I don’t think this has anything to do with the band.
Teke Teke (テケテケ), also spelled Teke-Teke,Teketeke, or Teke teke, is a Japanese urban legend about the ghost of a schoolgirl who is said to have been tied by her bullies onto a railway line, where her body was cut in half by a train. She is an onryō, or a vengeful spirit, who lurks in urban areas and around train stations at night. Since she no longer has a lower body, she travels on either her hands or elbows, dragging her upper torso and making a scratching or “teke teke“-like sound. If she encounters an individual, she will chase them and slice them in half at the torso, killing them in such a way that mimics her own disfigurement.
Formed from ex Vulvets, the new group Oodooo presents a very promising first EP. The Montreal group, in which we find some warriors from the local scene, offers in five tracks (three songs in French and two that they cover in instrumental version) a small glimpse of their universe. Combo mainly focused on studio work rather than the stage, Oodooo evolves in spheres that fans of vaporous 60’s tones, psyches and fuzzies will undoubtedly recognize and appreciate. If the references of the four musicians are obvious, they are nevertheless very well assimilated and skillfully mastered. Liminanas, Juniore, Gainsbourg de Vannier or de Colombier come first as much for the French-speaking fact as for the music and the subtle arrangements,just like the Allah-Las or La Luz on the American side. This nifty little album, impeccably produced and with a very pretty cover, has only one big flaw: it is much too short! We are waiting for the rest ..
Boston Levi – Thief Album Prophecies
As I said on the show, this is one of those stories that leads to the song. Mike McNamee, former Carleton Ravens Captain is moving into music with this first release. Managed by Jay Emmons of The Glorious Sons, this is all still very new to him.
“The response has been a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” said McNamee, whose first song will officially be introduced on Apple Music and Spotify Friday at midnight. “I’m learning along the way. I’m not giving up everything. I’m a down to earth guy, but I think about it a lot. Four months ago, I didn’t know much about how to write a song or record a song. It has been wild.”
He has a unique playing style that you can see on this video – not the song we played on the show.
Monowhales – RYLD
Some information on Monowhales – Canada’s most played unsigned artists on Canadian Alternative radio. From a recent article
Toronto’s Monowhales is set to roar back on March 5 with the new album, Daytona Bleach, but they’ve been building anticipation over the past year with the singles RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down) and All Or Nothing, which demonstrate the hard-hitting sonic diversity that marks the album as a whole.
The latest single from Daytona Bleach, Out With The Old, is the group’s most powerful statement so far, with its message of generational change delivered in a taut, modern hard rock package. Indeed, Monowhales has been leading its own indie-rock revolution, having earned the distinction of being 2020s’ most played unsigned artist on Canadian alternative radio.
I really love this band. This is their first single in awhile and I am really looking forward to the album release later this year.
Jaffa Road is from Toronto and they mix ancient and modern Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish and English poetry into their work.
About the song we chose, Until When
This traditional melody from the Maghreb is traditionally sung in either Hebrew or Darija (Moroccan dialect of Arabic). The Hebrew version ( Eli Shema Koli אֵלִי שְמַע קוֹלִי) is a liturgical poem where the protagonist cries out to God in the hope of redemption. The Darija version (Sidi Habibi سيدي حبيبي) is a secular love song about unrequited love between the protagonist singer and the imagined lover. We call our mash up of the two versions UNTIL WHEN named after the first line of the first Hebrew stanza – עַד מַתָי אֲקַוֶה לִרְאוֹת גְאוּלָתְךָ –Until when shall I wait to see your redemption?
It has previously been recorded by many Jewish Algerian and Moroccan musicians in both Morocco and Israel as well as many Arab musicians from the Maghreb. As far as we know, this is the first recorded version to alternate complete verses of the Hebrew and Arabic versions of the song.
also from Bandcamp
Mo Kenney – Slowdeath
Mo Kenney is an East Coast singer songwriter. Her new lp; however, is a set of great cover versions.
Kenney has a new album coming out next year that will be all covers, performed with just the basics – her clear, rich voice and a guitar.
“I was in the studio and recorded this right before the pandemic started,” Kenney said. She was thinking about doing an acoustic record of her own songs, but ultimately decided it would be more interesting to do an album of covers. “A lot of these songs are songs that I put in my live sets.”
Kenney says she grew up listening to old country standards that played on the radio in her grandparents’ kitchen. “I don’t think I really fully appreciated it back then, but I have a real love for those old country songs now.” Her favourite Patsy Cline tune is You Belong To Me – Bill played Mo’s own cover on the show. “That song was written in the 50s and it still holds up,” she says.
Here is her cover of fellow Nova Scotian Dog Day’s Seth Smith’s song Slow Death
End of the Night – A Place to Bury Strangers
This is a really interesting band that has been around in some form since 2002. The song is jarring and really great and I found out about it through an online music magazine out of Toronto – Spill Magazine. It was their single of the week and you need to watch the video and listen to this great track.
More from Spill Magazine
In 2003, Brooklyn’s A Place To Bury Strangers emerged on the scene out of Oliver Ackermann’s psychotropic vision. Often cited as “the loudest band in New York,” APTBS is known for their vicious live performances overloaded with all-consuming visuals, experimental sonic warfare, and treacherous stage antics.
2021 welcomes a lineup change for A Place To Bury Strangers. New members John Fedowitz (bass) and Sandra Fedowitz (drums) of Ceremony East Coast cement the most sensational version of the band to date. John and Oliver were childhood friends who had played in the legendary underground shoegaze band Skywave, crafting futuristic punk music together. This next phase is a sonic return to APTBS’s most raw and unhinged endeavors, pushed even further into a new chaotically apocalyptic incarnation.
During the ongoing global pandemic, Ackermann spent his time building this new band, raising money and awareness for those in need, establishing the record label Dedstrange, designing futuristic space synthesizers for his company Death By Audio, and producing this brand new A Place To Bury Strangers EP. The Hologram EP will be released July 16th on Dedstrange.
Culture Addicts offers a nice little assessment of this Montreal Band’s latest effort.
SUNFIELDS shares new track Got Some (But It Ain’t Enough), which is lifted from their upcoming album ‘Late Bloomers’. It’s all too easy to feel defeated in life. This song pokes fun at that notion. Not everything in life needs to be taken so seriously; it’s okay to laugh at yourself sometimes.
Got Some (But It Ain’t Enough) toys a lot with the notion of the bigger picture, the thing most of us fear and dread, the one thing lots of us avoid… the void. It’s got a toe-tapping, uplifting, anti-downer feel to it, with the lyrics taking a piss out of things.
Canadian legacy artist Melanie Durrant drops her third studio album, Where I’m At. This album follows the release of her latest single “Listen,” and the song’s accompanying music video.
With the release of “Listen” and the drop of her new album, Ms. Durrant is flooded with support from notable American and Canadian talent. Many notable people, including Ray Robinson, Grammy-nominated artist Glenn Lewis, Grammy-Award winning artist Jill Scott, award winner and Walk of Fame inductee Tanya Mullings, JUNO-Award winner Dru Grange, and Grammy-nominated multi-platinum music producer Allstar (produced SWV) have shown their support and champion the new album release on Durrant’s Instagram page.
Where I’m At is fused with vintage 90s R&B, boom-bap, soul and encompasses faint sounds of latin and reggae. Written by Durrant, each track encompasses raw heartfelt emotion drawing upon personal experiences of the award-winner and her closest friends. Since 2013, Durrant has received three JUNO Award nominations. In 2013, “Made For Love” was nominated for Reggae Single of the Year, in 2014 her second single, “Gone,” was nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, and in 2015 Durrant picked up another nod in the R&B/Soul category with her single “Four Seasons.” She was also nominated for Soul/R&B Artist or Group of the Year at the 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards.
This album encompasses themes of narcissistic abuse, personality disorders and the way it affects the mind. Every track on Where I’m At has different mindsets, but keeps true to the album’s overall theme.
Next week, another 9 songs this upcoming week we will be on Mixcloud at 7:00 PM EDT. Come see us LIVE!!
Consider this the latest page in a story he’s spent the past few years writing. His back story includes fleeing Vancouver years ago to hole up in a sprawling island home to care for an ailing grandmother, the relative solitude giving him ample time to invent the character that would become analogue-obsessed rocker Art d’Ecco. And what a great character that creation is, all pageboy hair, greasepaint-and-rouge makeup, and Rodney Bingenheimer fashion cues—right down to the retina-searing flares and platform shoes.
More on how he came up with his unique look:
I was getting my keys cut, and kind of stewing while I waiting,” the singer recalls with laugh. “Out of the corner of my eye I saw a wig store that had this $300 human-hair bob wig. I was like ‘I’ve never been more excited in my entire life.’ I was walking through the Bay on the way back to my car at after getting my keys cut, and figured I might as well go whole hog and buy some makeup. I had no idea what I was doing. I was just freewheeling.
Bob picked his selections from groups that he saw over the last five years at the wonderful Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.
Sadies – Riverview Fog
A group never fails to put on a great show, The Sadies. Here performing this Riverview Fog
Austra – Messiah Album Hirudin 2020
Austra is a singer I have liked for a long time. I first heard her on CBC with her 2011 song Lose It. Pretty amazing display. You can see a 2017 version of the song on CBC here. The voice is something very different.
Katie Stelmanis has a voice like a beacon, a sound that can shear through any accompaniment, no matter how drab. She shares this power with ANOHNI and Zola Jesus, singers who enchant their surroundings with the depth and richness of their timbres, who are instantly recognizable in any setting. Her voice comprises the central pillar of her synthpop project Austra, the feature around which her music crystallizes. The Canadian artist’s previous album, 2017’s Future Politics, shifted deeper into the icy trappings of club music, laminating Stelmanis’ voice inside the production styles of deep house and trance. On HiRUDiN, Austra’s fourth LP, the project breaks from that rut, swinging for big, embodied pop moments that let the warmth of Stelmanis’ voice shine through.
Pitchfork May 6 2020
Kathleen Edwards – Options Open
Kathleen Edwards is represented here this week with a song from her “return from exile” album, ” Total Freedom”. The song is “Options Open” and it looks like she hasn’t missed a beat.
A David Lettermen fave, Edwards was a frequent guest on The Late Show. Dave discards his usual sarcastic goof persona here as shows is a genuine fan.
This is another artist heard first on CBC Frequencies, my go to place to hear new and exciting music.
From the bandcamp bio:
Born in Kinshasa and settled in Montréal since 2001, Pierre Kwenders learned music and found his voice in a catholic choir in the city. With his two EPs and two full-length records, the singer-songwriter has earned multiple awards. Passionate about offering music without borders, he’s also one of the founders of Moonshine, a collective that throws some of the best parties around the world.
Here is the great video we are playing from his most recent release, the song is Ego
Pierre Kwenders has been known to allow every style of music he hears to influence his own. This is even more remarkable given the diversity of influence that would have entered his realm; he emigrated from Kinshasa to Montreal at the age of 16. French-Acadian, hip-hop and Congolese Catholic church music are just some of the many influences in his path. His latest project, Classe Tendresse, is a collaboration with Parisian musician Clément Bazin, who is equally in love with technology and the steelpan.
The blending of traditional African melodies with post-human electronica is complete and seamless. In a sense, this is nothing new. All popular music is influenced by traditional African music and is impacted by advances in musical technology. What is interesting here is that it is not really a blend at all, as one cannot tease out traditional and electronic elements; this is traditional African music as heard through digital technology.
Sloan – The Day Will Be Mine
Sloan perform “The Day Will Be Mine” as part of the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA’s) at the Marquee in Halifax, NS on May 3, 2018. The Marquee is a legendary club in Halifax which is one of the 2 bars immortalized in the song, “ Marquee and the Moon” from the 1999 album “Between Two Bridges.” The Misty Moon closed down a number of years ago, but the Marquee lives on.
A clip advertising their upcoming 2018 appearance at Oktoberfest. The concert clips were taken from the June 28 show at Ottawa’s 27 Club. We were lucky to see both performances.
Rae SpoonThere’s No End, album Mental Health 2019
Another feature heard on CBC Radio 3 Grant Lawrence. Very happy I heard this one. Rae Spoon is an artist I was totally unfamiliar with (I say that a lot).
The narrator is a queer, guitar-wielding musician who arrives in Vancouver in 2000 at the age of 19. Written in Spoon’s usual highly accessible style, the story of youthful exuberance, excessive drinking, and emotional angst plays out across Vancouver—on the bus system, at the beaches, and in various neighbourhoods.
It’s astonishing to consider how far the trailblazing Spoon has come from being a poor couch-surfing, sometimes homeless trans youth living on the East Side. In addition to four books, including the Lambda Award finalist collection of short stories that kicked off their career, Spoon has created a dozen albums. In addition, they achieved their dream of touring extensively.
Here is the trailer from the NFB film made about Rae Spoon. All the music in the film was composed and performed by them.
John K Samson – Fantasy Baseball at the End of the World
“I manage my fantasy baseball team better than I manage my anger these days,” Samson sings. “And I’d trade my best pitcher for a draft-pick and picture of the president writhing in pain.” John K. Samson. Great video from Manitoba’s finest that combines his love of baseball with his loathing of Trump.
Here he is at Beau’s Oktoberfest performing his classic “One Great City”
Rural Alberta Advantage – Beacon Hill
Bob asked during the show which Beacon Hill the Rural Alberta Advantage is singing about. This is another band that he saw at Oktoberfest.
I think if you look at the video below you may get a clue.
Kiwi Jr. is from the PEI North Shore – CBC Grant Lawrence recommends this as his new favourite band. Album Cooler returns – was released January 2021
Kiwi Jr. is Jeremy Gaudet (mic, guitar), Brohan Moore (drums), Mike Walker (bass), and Brian Murphy (guitar).
This is a very cool video that I watched as I prepared the show this week.
Directed by Sean Egerton Foreman, who also shot Kiwi Jr videos for “Cooler Returns”, “Maid Marion’s Toast” and “Gimme More”,No Trace Evidence is a short mini-documentary of Kiwi Jr’s recording process during the Summer of Covid 19, a candid peak into the recording studio as well as al fresco out-door mixing, isolation booths, temperature checks and black cats crossing their path.
Beach Slang formed in 2013 as a vehicle for Alex James’ noisy teen anthems. We featured his song “Future Mixtape For The Art Kids.” In 2017 he did an offshoot called “Quiet Slang “ where he rerecorded his songs as chamberpop using just vocals, piano and cello.
Nick Ferrio – The Dam
2021 single Sutton Ontario album Television of Roses releases June 18, 2021 heard first on CBC Radio 3
Nick Ferrio Tanner Paré Lewis Parker Nathan Truax
With: Jonas Bonnetta Evangeline Gentle Caylie Runciman
Georgina, ON-based folkster Nick Ferrio has shared plans for a new record titled Television of Roses. The artist will deliver the goods on June 18, but today he’s offering up a glimpse of what’s to come with a new single titled “The Dam.”
The new track is a response to a letter sent to Ferrio by his late mother, in which she asked if he remembered her from “before her struggles with alcohol began.”
“It explores those early years of my life, the poverty we experienced, but also my mother’s resilience and strength,” Ferrio explained of the track. “We were estranged from each other at times in our lives and she passed away a year ago after being diagnosed with leukemia. But, I played it for her before she passed and we made amends.”
Ferrio said: “When I grew up there were a lot of people in my household and not everyone was a fan of my constant singing and guitar playing, so I would go to the cliff in the woods near our house and sing out to the lake. We recreated that in the video. It was cool to go back there and explore. Brought back a lot of memories.
Here is the video – watch this.
There is also a good article on his indigenous roots and advocacy for local music in Peterborough
Car Seat Headrest – Fill in the Blanks
Car Seat Headrest have been around since 2010. We featured a song from 2016’s Teens of Denial but they are still making waves as seen in this NY Times article from April discussing their latest release..
Will Toledo, the founder and principal songwriter of Car Seat Headrest, sat in his Seattle apartment, looking into his iPhone camera through the eyes of a modified gas mask.
His face wasn’t visible, but somehow he still seemed a little sheepish. Months ago, Toledo made up his mind to wear a costume, including the mask, while promoting his indie-rock band’s first album of new material since 2016, an atypically concise and beat-driven collection of songs called “Making a Door Less Open.”
Singing in Hebrew, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Yiddish and English, she has had the pleasure of making music with many wonderful musicians including Frank London, Yair Dalal, Jackie Richardson and Flory Jagoda. Aviva’s collaborative recordings have garnered several nominations and awards, including Juno nominations for Jaffa Road’s albums Sun Place (2010) and Where The Light Gets In (2013), a Canadian Folk Music Award for Where The Light Gets In(2013), a Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination for When I Arrived You Were Already There(2012)as well as for Under the Canopy (2008). for her albums La Serena (2020) Aviva and her co-writers from Jaffa Road won the John Lennon International Songwriting Grand Prize for their rendition of “Lo Yisa Goy”, a prayer for peace.
Pocket Performance: Aviva Chernick with Joel Schwartz
Jon Middleton is blessed with one of those perfect old-timey folk voices which quavers with just the right amount of blues, croons like a classic country singer, and can flow like lubricant over quiet fingerpicking (That Is You) or uptempo horn riffs (Headstrong) alike. It’s a pretty special sound, and brings all the material a sense of spirit that it might not otherwise possess.
James Clarke Institute – Should I Tell Her
A single from the the just released album “The Colour of Happy” This wonderful melodic powerpop. Like Big Star, Badfinger and the Beatles? This is right up your alley then. James is also a talented artist as ably demonstrated in his “Clartoons”
Allison Russell – Persephone
Album – Outside Child release May 21 2021
Really, for me this week, the stories are just as important as the music – this is another example. I learned about Allison Russell through the New York Times feature about her last Sunday:
Her solo debut, “Outside Child,” speaks bluntly about sexual abuse by her adoptive father. She spells it out, over a steadfast Memphis soul beat, in the first song she wrote for the album, “4th Day Prayer”: “Father used me like a wife/Mother turned the blindest eye/Stole my body, spirit, pride/He did, he did each night.”
The singer, songwriter and folklore explorer Rhiannon Giddens invited Russell to join Our Native Daughters along with Amythyst Kiah and Leyla McCalla — all four of them Black female banjo players — to make a 2019 album, “Songs of Our Native Daughters,” for Smithsonian Folkways that celebrated the banjo’s West African origins and encompassed narratives of slavery, perseverance and resistance.
The article is really worth reading and speaks to her Montreal roots and how she has overcome the terrible legacy of abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother’s partner and also how she was able to eventually get him arrested and put in jail.
Like always, the NY Times version of the article adds lots of great video material.
This is the Kit -Coming to get You Nowhere
album 2020 – Off Off On – (found on BBC playlist on Spotify)
This Is the Kit is the alias of Paris-based British musician Kate Stables, as well as the band she fronts
Next week we will be going to an 8-song format to get the show down to 60 minutes. We will still be working to broadcast the show live on SoundCloud, Wednesday at 7:00 PM and it will be broadcasted on VoicEd Radio at 7:30 PM on Saturdays. We really appreciate the support of both of these great organizations for encouraging and supporting our weekly efforts!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Not in Love We’re Just High
You can find all the songs for adding to your own personal playlist here
We also can be heard now on MixCloud – this is a new audio adventure that we are working our way through! We hope to be able to go live on this site once we can figure out the technology. I am thinking we have one or two many things playing at the same time right now to make this work – Audio Hijack, Zencastr, OBS, Rodcaster and eventually Hindenburg. Maybe a bit too confusing right now!
Stuff from the show
Bob mentions Mojo Magazine several times during the show – for more you have to listen to what he says! But, we wanted to include some material for you here so you know what the magazine is all about. Really, you need to look at The Mojo List a be prepared to get lost in their great collection of material.
Bob also mentions Uncut Magazine. Both magazines are British and have options for digital and magazine subscriptions. With Uncut you also get a CD every month with the magazine which is pretty cool.
Fanclubwallet – C’mon Be Cool – single 2021
I had to find out what a fan club wallet is so I found one on ebay and included this below. Hannah Judge, from Ottawa has a great sense of humour and a healthy perspective on life. This comes out in her music and the stories she tells.
Lyrics form C’mon Be Cool
I went to bed and didn’t get out for ten months
I learnt every twenty eight days your skin falls off
Did you get a new set of eyes since we last
talked I don’t see what you see in making all this fuss
Prior to the pandemic, Hannah was in bed for months suffering from Crohn’s Disease. The quote below is from Exclaim! Magazine, I have bolded some of their lines because this musician is really talking about things we all need to take seriously and reflect on after 14 months in a pandemic.
Written during and about the pandemic (with the added stress of a 10-month recovery from an unrelated health flare-up), fanclubwallet’s debut EP, Hurt Is Boring, is a testament to the creative benefits of enforced solitude. Ottawa-based musician Hannah Judge’s five-track release is a deeply-felt — but not necessarily depressing — slice of bedroom indie-pop dealing with experiences many of us are likely familiar with these days, including isolation, boredom and the rehashing of minor events that take on looming proportions in our memories. The specifics may be personal, but the vibes are relatable. Produced by grade-school friend Michael Watson and recorded with guitars and lo-fi synths kicking around the house, Hurt Is Boring is a friendly and unpretentious mix of indie folk and pop sensibilities.
Weyes Blood (Natalie Laura Mering) took her stage name from the 1952 Flannery O’Connor Southern Gothic novel Wiseblood.
A beautiful song, I really should have come up with a more intelligent comment for this work.
Iskwe – Little Star
This is one of those songs where the story, and the video almost outshine the song. The video for Little Star won a Juno in 2020 for best video.
Iskwē, originally from Manitoba now lives in Hamilton. The story behind Little Star is one that centers on the the continuing sad story of reconciliation in Canada with Indigenous People. Little Star focuses on the media treatment during the murder trails of Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier – From CBC Tapestry:
‘They’ in the lyric refers to iskwē’s response to the press coverage of the trials of Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier — the men charged for the murders of Colton Boushie and Tina Fontaine.
“Little Star was a direct response to media [reports] and the way they were – in my opinion – being reckless during the trials of Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier,” singer iskwē said in an interview with Tapestry guest-host Laurie Brown.
“I felt endangered. I felt angry. I felt hurt. I felt afraid… The way our [Indigenous] bodies are viewed as disposable and how that sentiment seems to be in repetition when we see the way the media represents these stories.”
“It’s not just scary for Indigenous people… if we’re living in a country where we can truly say there is a demographic of people that is considered lesser than others, then we’re not doing very good as a society.”
You can hear her interview on CBC Tapestry here. The interview is a great way to get a good sense of what drives her music. The video is really something you should watch. The story is tragic and compelling.
Margo Price – Learning to Lose
Rich Aucoin – How It Breaks
Rich Aucoin is a really interesting artist from the Maritimes. Apart from the fact that he has written an alternate soundtrack to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, he supported the release of his first EP by riding his bike across the country. On a later tour, he ran partial marathons between gigs.
You can hear his most recent album here on Bandcamp.
I would like to explore the ideas behind his music more. There is no question that this is a very political album.
From a verse in How it Breaks:
Someone will dig it up maybe make em lose their piece of mind
We wanna see it come undone by the picket sign
Someone will call it out maybe when it’s children caught behind
Junior Varsity, LA-based duo Greg Aram and Zach Michel, load their swaggering pop-punk anthems with a rap production style that makes every beat sound cavernous. Custom-built for big stages, “Cold Blood” is a fearless shot at the moon that emits enough confidence to make you think they might just make it.
Julia Holter – Les Jeux to You
“Julia Holter is Siouxsie Sioux meets Kate Bush, with a matchstick intensity, relighting her own wick by the conversation in her voice, her diaphragm shifting between instruments” – got to love this quote from Under the Radar Magazine.
Sarah Jarosz – Blue Heron Suite 2021
I love this song and Sarah Jarosz’s voice you can see her here performing Blue Heron
The song has a beautiful, healing message in it about hope and recovery, again a message we are all looking for right now.
“2017 was an emotional year for me—my mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer the previous winter and the town of Port Aransas was severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” recalls Jarosz. “Those two events caused me to think back to the early morning walks my mom and I would take along Mustang Island beach—we would always spot the Great Blue Herons along the shore… The bird came to be a symbol of hope for my family during a difficult time, and even now, throughout my travels, whenever I spot a Blue Heron, I always think of it as a good omen; a little reminder of the important things in life, especially family.”
Jarosz notes, “Thankfully, my mom is now in remission and Port Aransas is slowly on the mend, but Blue Heron Suite still encapsulates so many of the feelings associated with that time – I like to think of the song cycle as a quiet acknowledgment of life’s many uncertainties; you never know what will be thrown your way, but you can always work to try to face the highs and the lows with grace and strength.”
I am starting with a question for you all. What does your life balance sheet look like after 14 months in a global pandemic?
This is a unique time in all of our lives. No story has dominated the news cycle anything like Covid – not in our lifetime. If you wanted to look for comparisons, you would have to go back to the Second World War. Absolutely nothing has dominated our lives like the pandemic.
So, how is your life going? I get asked this a lot mainly because I am in my fifth month on Noom and they tend to ask you lots of questions that call for a certain amount of personal reflection. I think it’s worth the trouble. Since the beginning of January I have been able to shed almost 20 pounds of excess baggage and I am looking to lose 10 more – Nomm likes it when you make public declarations!
How do you figure out your balance sheet in the biggest global crisis you are likely to see?
For me, it has to be a balance – Good, Bad and yes, Ugly. There is some of all of this for me and I would say probably for you too.
The Good is important, it is what we value the most and it is what paints the brightest self portrait. There are good things going on because of Covid. I have signed up for a Ph.D. which I will start this fall. I have had enough time to reflect that this is a good life challenge for me and many of you in the Twitterverse actually supported my decision to take this on – thanks for this.
I mentioned Noom, that is something I am doing with my partner, Heather and along with this we are new converts to the Peloton which is helping up get our hearts and I would say our heads back into good shape. Both of these healthy projects took flight nearly 10 months into the pandemic. Think of that; we have done our fair share of languishing, but we decided to take something back, get some greater control in a world where so much is beyond us.
One big positive thing in all of this has been the noticing. Early on in the pandemic I started walking our dog Dory all the time. This was Dory’s version of the Peloton, and she is still looking pretty sleek! The walks allowed me to see all around our neighbourhood and some of the walks eventually took Heather and I as far as the Ottawa River – these walks unfortunately were beyond what Dory could manage.
The walks and the photos are a long-standing Good that has come out the pandemic. Once you really start noticing the world around you things begin to open up.
The Bad is not somewhere I want to dwell. We all hear this all the time, every day. It is almost comical how many bad news stories our local CBC Ottawa radio station is able to conjure up. They seem to take a certain glee in featuring yet another colourful local story about how our lives have been strained and drained over the past 14 months.
My Bad is the same as everyone’s. The places we can’t go – Kilimanjaro – Cuba – Montreal – the Maritimes – you get the picture. The people we can’t be with – for me this is mainly family. Our meetings with family are challenging and sometimes downright silly like when we all hid under a canopy on Christmas Eve in the middle of a torrential rainfall.
So, let’s not linger, the Bad is part of our shared experience, it varies depending on people’s circumstances, but we all share the Bad.
What about the Ugly? What does that look like for you? How have things become ugly for you and for your world? The Ugly could be your social media. Here we have a neighbourhood Facebook Page where post after post decries the habits of some of the homeless people in our area. That is nothing but Ugly.
For me too social media has played a part. When you can’t see people except for their screen, sometimes things can go terribly wrong. Just a few days ago I totally lost it when something I had spend hours on got a bit messed due to a technical glitch. Really, no one’s fault, but I totally lost it.
Why does this happen? How is it that it seems easier now than ever to become totally unhinged?
I later apologized for my bizarre behaviour, but I am perplexed by the Ugly. Can we understand this? Can you talk about your ugly side?
While I love the Good and accept the Bad, the Ugly has me wondering. What is going on? In other cases, long-time friendships are at risk because of some of the strains brought on by the pandemic.
I do not have any answers to finish off this post. The Ugly is what it is and I do hope the damage is not permanent. For me in times like this, I like to go back to Pema Chödrön and all of her wisdom. She is truly a voice for our time. She talks about treating ourselves, even with the ugly with loving kindness:
But lovingkindness—maitri (Pali, metta)—toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest.
As is Faist’s trademark, the new single comes with an accompanying video, shot on his trusty 16mm film camera. The “Hoodwink” clip features the dancing stylings of cowboy hat-clad Lee Kennedy, who busts some moves outside Toronto’s Dufferin Mall with her trusty scooter by her side.
Said Faist about the video’s star, “The video features Lee Kennedy, who I met in Kensington Market on her scooter one day. She was dressed in pink head-to-toe, and I took her photo while we drank coffee. I remembered her enthusiasm and tracked her down because I wanted to put her in a video. She showed up to Dufferin Mall on her scooter, danced for a minute and a half, and then we went home.”
Songs this week
Dinosaur Jr. – I Ain’t
Guided By Voices – Trust Them Now
Yo Le Tengo – Shades of Blue
Teenage Fanclub – The Sun Won’t Shine On Me
Paul McCartney – Winterbird /When Winter Comes
Alvvays – In Undertow
Groupie – Thick As Glue
Du Blonde – I’m Glad We Broke Up
Kobo Town – Scarborough Girl
Boy Wonder – Hoodwink
Before we get started, we have to put in a note about John Peel, the legendary DJ we talk about at the beginning of the broadcast. If you want to listen to some, or many of his broadcasts your can download them off this great blog – The Perfumed Garden.
More about John Peel here:
Mairi McGuire has been asking for the Alvvays for a few weeks, so here they are! A great band with deep Maritime roots. I am including a full KEXP session here so you can listen to more of their great music.
I have to give a nod this week to Pitchfork for some of my stories this week. What a great resource for new music!
Yo La Tengo
Bob tells an mazing story about how the band got it’s name – you really need to listen to this on the show.
This is an excellent interview with Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo
This video from 2013 shows the band’s more heavy guitar “skronk”approach
I like this song and the story from Pitchfork is really interesting. The song is Thick as Glue and you can read more about this new band below:
Groupie began when Ashley Kossakowski put out a call for bandmates on Craigslist, which was answered by guitarist Johanna Healy. Now a quartet, the Brooklyn band recently released a full-length debut, Ephemeral, an invigorating collection of post-punk leaning tracks about identity, nostalgia, and female empowerment. On the dreamy centerpiece, “Thick As Glue,” they interrogate the myth of the male artistic genius: “Young woman idolizing heroic men singing about heroin/Tried to keep it cool, now it’s my turn too. Who you think you’re looking up to?” –Quinn Moreland – Pitchfork
Ever the contrarian, Robert Pollard left their most “radio-friendly” and well known song off this collection. From the TV show Scrubs:
Song: I’m Glad That We Broke Up from the album Homecoming
More about Du Blonde from the Guardian:
If you want something done right, do it yourself: so Newcastle’s Beth Jeans Houghton resolved for her third record as Du Blonde. Tired of feeling limited by the industry, she wrote, recorded, produced and released Homecoming herself, right down to tie-dying her own merch. Despite this bravura show of self-reliance, she still makes space, in a record bursting and bouncing with fuzzy, pop-grunge hooks, for guests from Garbage’s Shirley Manson (on the heat-hazed, delirious Medicated) to Ezra Furman (the glam-punk scrap of I’m Glad That We Broke Up) and Andy Bell of Ride (the alternately dreamy and hard-rock-anthemic All the Way). Houghton is always centre stage, though, right from opener Pull the Plug, whose sweet, surfy melody and low, scuzzy riffs recall early Frank Black, as does the divinely nonchalant I Can’t Help You There.
The whole album conjures the catchiest moments of 90s Boston indie rock – Pixies, Belly, the Breeders. It’s a style appropriated by many, but invoked by a genuine, dedicated kook like Houghton, those dynamics live and breathe. Smoking Me Out, in particular, is a riot – a campy, monstrously distorted vocal on the verse contrasted with a blissfully sweet, sharp powerpop chorus: DIY at its wilful, weird finest.
Here’s Teenage Fanclub playing at Reading 1992. This was gig Nirvana blew open their popularity. Kurt Cobain is sometimes credited as calling Teenage Fanclub “the best band in the world”
The “Fannies” were often compared to 70’s cult heroes Big Star. There is an excellent film on Netflix documenting Big Star’s unlucky foray into the music business .
Kobo Town was played on Frequencies on May 4th. A great song and an amazing episode!
Again from Exclaim Magazine:
Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO-nominated group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia.
Boy Wonder – Toronto
Song – Hoodwink – it was hard to get information on Boy Wonder, I went to Exclaim magazine to get this information. You can also go to Revibe Toronto to see a live version of his song – Smile Moma off his 2019 EP
Talented Torontonian Ryan Faist is a filmmaker by day, boy wonder by night. The garage rock project is set to drop a new album, Kinda Blue Too, on June 4 via his own Rainbow Land label, alongside a live concert film, Fear In Public. A month ahead of the album’s release, Faist has released new single “Hoodwink.”
The 95-second blast pairs sturdy rock chords with Faist’s reverbed-to-hell vocals, as he raspily howls about a mutually destructive relationship: “Would ya sell your soul for a buck or two? / ‘Cause if you’ve got me, then I’ve got you.”
In a statement, Faist told Exclaim!:”Hoodwink” is about the beginning of the end of compassion and kindness between us. It’s about the ugly parts of the world, the people who benefit off of people’s misery. I feel like that their wave is gonna rip-curl soon though. Kindness will shine.
The song is an ode to my dad’s old Brit garage rock records that I grew up listening to. Three chords. Less than two minutes. No bridge or breakdown. I love how those songs always trimmed the fat. In and out, like your favourite drive-thru.
This week we played an extra track to get us to 90 minutes
Yasmin Williams has described her approach to acoustic guitar as a kind of creative problem-solving. Drawn to the instrument after mastering Guitar Hero 2, she dreamed of tapping along the fretboard like rock virtuosos before her. Unable to replicate their style, she laid the guitar on her lap, tuned the strings in harmony with each other, and played it like a keyboard. Drawing from a love of hip-hop, she sought an underlying rhythm throughout her wordless, melodic compositions. Without an accompanist, she attached a kalimba—a type of thumb piano—at the bottom of her instrument, plucking it with her right hand while her left navigated the strings.
One of the larkin Poe incredible Youtube songs from their channel that Bob mentions
ME REX – song Flood from Sugar Rex Jan 2020
“Shouty electronic bedroom pop”
This is the video that I mentioned on the show – I love this live version of Flood
Myles McCabe is the London-based singer-songwriter behind the ME REX moniker. ME REX have now expanded to a four-piece band, featuring Rich Mandell and Phoebe Cross from Happy Accidents, as well as Myles’ Fresh-bandmate, Kathryn Woods.
ME REX may only just be beginning their journey, but they are already one of the most forward thinking and exciting new bands around, coming together to create something that resonates on several levels; sparking joy, hope and reflection with a collection of songs that are achingly poignant.
The New Pornographers – Newest release – In the Morse Code of Brake Lights – 2019
Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile (Collected Works/Concord Records) is the song we chose for this week, but really, you could choose almost anything this band puts out.
Here is a great video on their performance, plus a very interesting interview with AC Newman (‘The weird old guy making music’.)
They have a very interesting Spotify Playlist that we mentioned on the show
Interesting, in some of the reading done in prep for this show, the new Pornographers were seen in Vancouver as sort of a ‘super group’ – yet another one in this sub-theme. The onion unravels even more!
Kathryn Calder – vocals, keyboards, guitar (solo artist and of Immaculate Machine and Frontperson) (2005–present) Also niece of Newman Carl is in her birth family. At that time I was a teenager and playing in a band and didn’t really know I had that family … so that’s how I met Carl.”
The fve-song collection of covers of Georgia artists helped raise over $100,000 for Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight in December.
Recorded during quarantine, The Georgia EP features covers of Georgia-based artists R.E.M. (“Fall on Me”), TLC (“Waterfalls”), Neutral Milk Hotel (“The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1”), Cat Power (“Metal Heart”), and the late Vic Chesnutt (“Flirted With You All My Life”).
Here is the story we mentioned near the end of the show about the origin of their name.
Gibbard took the band name from the song “Death Cab for Cutie“, which was written by Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall and recorded by their group the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. The song is a track on the Bonzo’s 1967 debut album, Gorilla, and was performed by them in the Beatles film Magical Mystery Tour. The title was originally that of a story in an old pulp fiction crime magazine that Innes came across in a street market. In a 2011 interview, Gibbard stated, “The name was never supposed to be something that someone was going to reference 15 years on. So yeah, I would absolutely go back and give it a more obvious name.”
We played this because Suzie Ungerleider (Oh Susanna) is amazing, but also, she has had a name change in the last year. She writes about this on her web page and we recount some of the story below. This is her 10th album which is pretty amazing. This album is a collaboration with Jim Bryson, another fan favourite.
The album is actually entitled My Name is Suzie Ungerleider, and comes out on Aug. 13 via her new label, UK imprint MVKA (Eva Cassidy, BOY, Sarah Blasko)
From her website:
The song Oh Susanna is part of Minstrelsy, a tradition in which (usually) white actors perform as characters that are demeaning and dehumanizing to black people. Foster wrote the original lyrics in “plantation dialect” meaning in the manner of how Foster (a white person) thought a black person from the American South would speak. The racist nature of the song is most explicit, however, when a verse makes a joke of the death by electrocution of “five-hundred n—–“. This verse, of course, is rarely sung today and therefore not widely known. After the Civil War, Stephen Foster himself changed many of his “plantation dialect” songs into standard English.
Suddenly those racist lyrics felt absolutely current. Right here and right now, the lyrics conjure and make present violence against black people. This is the power of language. By saying something, you make it happen in the listener’s mind. It didn’t matter to me that not very many people know that the original lyrics to the song Oh Susanna are racist. I felt that if I were to continue to use the name Oh Susanna I would be passively accepting and perpetuating its racism.
Matt Maeson – Hallucinogeics
This artist is pretty incredible. His story is almost as interesting as his music. The song we are playing has a few videos, I decided to include this one from a live performance. It is pared down, but it really shows what a great performer he is.
There is a great article from Riff magazine you can read below. Pretty incredible life already.
Maeson was raised by a family of convicts-turned-evangelists, who founded a ministry that preached to other convicts, out of and in prison. When he was 5, his uncle was murdered by one of the convicts.