Old Fellas New Music Episode 16 Notes

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Episode 16 – our song list

Small Sins  – I Used to be a Better Man 

Lee Perry – Run Evil Spirit

Chvrches – How Not to Drown  

Edwyn Collins – I Guess We Were Still Young

Squirrel Flower – Flames and Flat Tires

P.P. Arnold – Baby Blue

Yola – Stand for Myself

Tinariwen – Amalouna

Alex Little and the Suspicious Minds – Big Lies

I Used to be a Better Man – Small Sins – Album Volume II

This is the first album by Thomas D’Arcy in ten years. He is now mainly a producer (D’Arcy and Drew eventually founded the original Taurus near Cabbagetown. “We had this big huge control room, but I was still just using it for a writer space,” recalls D’Arcy. He quickly began working with friends like July Talk and Sheepdogs side project BROS.)in Toronto, but I think this is a great album, all tracks are pretty strong. One of a few musicians going strong again after a long career.

A few notes on Thomas D’Arcy

Yet, Volume II feels like the most personal work D’Arcy’s produced since, well, Small Sins’ debut. It inevitably fails to live up to it’s counterpart, but that hardly seems to have been the point. D’arcy clearly had some things he wanted to get off his chest that that record’s sound were uniquely suited to conveying.

Exclaim Magazine

Here is an interesting video that he self-produced in 2020 in Hyde Park on Christmas Day, featuring all the lyrics from his most recent album Volume II

Thomas D’Arcy
Filmed on Christmas day, 2020 at High Park in Toronto. This is one continuous shot.
From the Album Small Sins: Volume II, out Feb 12th 2021 via Thomas D’Arcy Music, distributed by Arts and Crafts. 
Self-shot. Directed, edited and titled by Ryan Gullen.

Lee Perry – Run Evil Spirit

Lee Perry is an international Reggae legend as a performer and producer for such artists as Bob Marley, The Clash, The Beastie Boys and dozens and dozens of Jamaican artists. In 2019 in his 83rd year , he produced the lp Rainford from which “Run Evil Spirit” hails. Vinyl Factory offers an excellent primer in Perry’s work.  

If jazz has Sun Ra and funk has George Clinton, then reggae has Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Also worth watching is this excellent documentary

The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry

How Not to Drown – Chvrches

CHVRCHES, Robert Smith – How Not To Drown (Official Video)

This is a great track by the Scottish Indy band Chvrches. I love the vocalist Lauren Mayberry and the video is made all that more interesting by the menacing presence of Robert Smith of the Cure. Here are a few notes about the song, I think from Pitchfork.

Earlier this week, Chvrches and Robert Smith released their collaborative single “How Not to Drown,” from the group’s upcoming album Screen Violence, and have now released a music video for the song directed by Scott Kiernan (who also helmed the band’s earlier “He Said She Said” clip).

“We’ve been working with Scott on all the visual aspects of Screen Violence and this video is the second installment in a connected trilogy,” Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry explains. The video builds off of the surreal, film noir-inspired imagery from “He Said She Said,” now with the addition of the Cure frontman appearing on a television screen.

Screen Violence, which derives its title from one of Chvrches’ original proposed band names, will be released August 27th via Glassnote Records, and was largely recorded remotely between Glasgow and Los Angeles during the pandemic. The album follows the band’s 2018 LP Love Is Dead.

And because Robert Smith is such an iconic figure, Bob suggested we add this video

Robert Smith (The Cure) in episode of South Park where he battles Barbara Streisand

Edwyn Collins – I Guess We Were Still Young

Edwyn Collins is a Scottish Musician.  Born in in 1959 , he became known in the early 80’s as the leader of post punk band Orange Juice.  Here is the “Sound of Young Scotland’ performing on TV in the early 80’s. 

orange juice flesh…

 

In 2005, Collins was hospitalised after 2 cerebral haemorrhages as detailed here. 

Edwyn Collins talks about his two strokes (Channel 4 News, 2.10.14)

I Guess We Were Young  

Squirrel Flower – Flames and Flat Tires Album Planet (i) 2021

I just had to add this pithy quote from the Guardian music page

We’re going to blame the trials of 2020 for Ella Williams – AKA Squirrel Flower – not being ranked up alongside the celestial likes of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten. The songwriter released her debut album, I Was Born Swimming, at the exact moment everything changed for ever. Talk about timing. Flames and Flat Tires is a grunge-folk intoxicant that comes in at under three minutes but will stick with you for hours.

The Guardian

Squirrel Flower – Flames and Flat Tires [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

Pitchfork likes Squirrel Flower (Ella Williams) too. They write about her tendency to write about roads and cars. All to say, it is a pretty fine track for a 24-year old.

On Planet (i), the road is a nexus of nostalgia and intimacy: “Iowa 146” uses a whisper-sing delivery and gorgeous, fingerpicked guitar melody to capture the sweetness of a night spent on top of a car with a love interest. But it’s also a site of disasters that haunt Williams’s imagination: the careening firestorms of “Flames and Flat Tires,” or the Missouri floods that inspired “Deluge in the South,” which has the openhearted, country-speckled quality of a Waxahatchee deep cut. Williams’ vivid songwriting and versatile voice bring both sides to life.

Pitchfork

P.P. Arnold – Baby Blue

Born 1946, Arnold sang backing vocals for Ike & Tina Turner Revue in the fall of 1966 after their tour with the Rolling Stones in the UK. She remained in London to establish a solo career, with the encouragement of Mick Jagger. This interview with PP Arnold gives her amazing story      

PP Arnold -Talks about T.Turner,M.Jagger,B.Gibb,Clapton,A.Franklin & more -Radio Broadcast 14/07/19

She released her first album in 1967 on Immediate records. This is a  promo video with the Small Faces for the single “If You Are Feeling Groovy”

SMALL FACES & P.P. ARNOLD – (If You Think You’re) Groovy RARE BEACH PROMO 1967

It took 51 years to see the release of her second album.  From “The New Adventures of…”, is the song “Baby Blue” 

P.P. Arnold “Baby Blue” Official Song Stream – Album out August 9th, 2019

Yola – Stand for Myself

Yolanda Quartey (born 31 July 1983[1]), known professionally as Yola or Yola Carter, is an English musician, singer and songwriter from Bristol, England. Yola received four nominations at the 62nd Grammy Awards, including the all-genre Best New Artist category.

Again, am going with the Guardian quote, but I don’t get the Banksy reference:

The best thing to come out of Bristol since the rumour that Banksy is actually the scrawny one out of Massive Attack, Yola’s powerhouse vocals will pin you against the wall and make you rethink everything you thought you knew about the modern diva. Stand for Myself is builder’s tea for the soul: strong, warm and a bit of a wake-up call.

The Guardian

Yola – “Stand For Myself” [Official Music Video]

When you read about Yola, it is obvious that this is an artist who has hit here stride. In a recent recording done for a benefit MusiCares and the National Bail Out Collective, she played with Sheryl Crow (piano), Jason Isbell (guitar) and Brandi Carlile (back-up vocals). Pretty good.

The statement she wrote about this song – Hold On is worth repeating here:

“Hold On” is a conversation between me and the next generation of young Black girls. My mother’s advice would always stress caution, that all that glitters isn’t gold, and that my Black female role models on TV are probably having a hard time. She warned me that I should rethink my calling to be a writer and a singer… but to me that was all the more reason I should take up this space. “Hold On” is asking the next gen to take up space, to be visible and to show what it looks to be young, gifted and Black.

So, I had to add a clip from one of here performances of Hold On

Yola performs “Hold On” with Supporting Vocals by The Highwomen for Play On: A Benefit Concert

One final note about Yola, on February 21, 2020, Variety announced that she has been cast to play the role of singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe — dubbed the Godmother of rock and roll — in Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s still untitled drama on the life of Elvis Presley.

I didn’t know who Sister Rosetta Tharpe was, but Bob mentioned a session where she played a great guitar session live. I found one here from 1964. I think might be a great movie!

Sister Rosetta Tharpe- “Didn’t It Rain?” Live 1964 (Reelin’ In The Years Archive)

Tinariwen – Amalouna

Tinariwen  Is a group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. which in the Tamashek language translates as The People of the Deserts or “The Desert Boys.  This rotating roster of musicians have been performing and recording since the eighties.  In 1980, Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi put out a decree inviting all young Tuareg men who were living illegally in Libya to receive full military training. Gaddafi dreamed of forming a Saharan regiment, made up of young Tuareg fighters, to further his territorial ambitions. Ag Alhabib and his bandmates answered the call and received nine months of training. Here, the band met additional Tuareg musicians and formed a loosely-organized collective, now known as Tinariwen, to create songs about the issues facing the Tuareg people. This NPR article explains Tinarwen in a nutshell.   

Mali’s ‘Guitar Gods’ Tinariwen Receive Racist Threats Ahead Of U.S. Tour

A guitar band from Mali called Tinariwen is famous worldwide. The group’s fans and collaborators have included Robert Plant, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Bono of U2 and Nels Cline of Wilco. The band has fought extremism in their home country of Mali, and been victims themselves. But ahead of a September show in Winston-Salem, N.C., social media commenters are leveling violent, racist attacks against the musicians.

A refresher on Tinariwen: This a group of Tuareg musicians from the north of Mali. The members have been hailed as guitar gods, playing rolling melodic lines and loping rhythms that evoke the desert sands of the Sahara — the band’s native home. The band’s name literally means “deserts” in their language, Tamasheq.

NPR

An interesting part of this article talks about The Festival in the Desert. When we broadcast yesterday we talked about the famous concernt and we wondered what had happened to it,.

Again from the NPR article:

The hope for a larger Festival in the Desert was that it could serve as an economic engine and encourage cultural tourism to northern Mali, a region that has often struggled, and to show cultural unity among Mali’s richly diverse peoples, in the years after the country suffered terrible and bloody conflict in the 1990s. To that end, the organizers invited some incredible Malian musicians who weren’t Tuareg to perform — artists like Ali Farka Touré and Oumou Sangare — along with Robert Plant. The 2003 Festival in the Desert became legendary — and it spurred Tinariwen to worldwide success. But the Festival in the Desert didn’t last. The political situation in Mali grew more precarious, and by 2012, Islamist extremists — many of them foreigners — fanned out across northern Mali, in hopes of gaining control. Musicians became a prime target. The Festival in the Desert went into exile, and transformed by necessity into an international touring collective.

NPR 2019
TINARIWEN – TAQKAL TARHA (feat. Micah Nelson)

Alex Little and the Suspicious Minds – Big Lies

Yet another musician Bob and I didn’t know about, Alex Little comes from a pretty interesting famil;y line of musicians. This profile is from the local Vancouver Weekly:

Music has always been a big part of Alex Little’s life. Growing up she watched her father drum for bands around Vancouver, playing for bands like The Payola$ and the Bughouse Five. She was raised to be comfortable in a rock’n roll crowd. Looking up to her father, she would eventually become a drummer herself, playing in punk bands around Vancouver for many years. During that time she was writing her own material on the side, but was a bit shy about it.

It wasn’t until she met fellow Vancouver rocker Andy Bishop that she started down the path of becoming a front woman. Bishop has been a mainstay of the Vancouver music scene for some time, having played in bands like Twin Rivers, Red Cedar, and White Ash Falls. He and Little happened to work together at the Wallflower when they met.

“It was just a fun thing that we never necessarily saw a future in,” Little recalls. “He was very helpful in getting me going. We went to Long and McQuade and he helped me pick out a guitar because, as a drummer, I knew nothing about guitars. Then we just jammed for awhile and wrote together.”

Vancouver Weekly

Alex Little and the Suspicious Minds – Big Lies (Official Visualizer)

a little more about here from her website

“My best songs are written when I’m having the worst time,” says Alex Little with a wry laugh. “There’s no songs about feeling good. It’s about connecting to that deep dark part of myself, which is the reason why I make music.” This blunt emotional honesty is the driving force behind Vancouver’s Alex Little & the Suspicious Minds, whose scorching garage-pop songs unflinchingly tackle drug addiction, mental health and heartbreak. And yet, despite the heavy subject matter, the group’s soaring choruses and loud guitars mean that the mood is cathartic rather than heavy.

Alex Little and the Suspicious Minds

Some of the lyrics that show a bit of that dark side:

Yeah you grew up fast in the city, you were always cool and ready for it all

you can walk real good in stilettos walk around all night til’ you fall

everyone in the place wants to know you

cause you seem like everything they wanna be

if I could take all the lights in the world and shine them in your eyes would you see?

A slight reflection in the glass is worth your time dear

worth your time dear

Our updated Playlist

A Broadcast for July 1st in Canada – Old Fellas New Music Episode 15

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT – we are broadcasting from unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory

Week 15 – July 1st Track List

Link for all our shows – https://www.mixcloud.com/paul-mcguire3/

Tracklist and contributors

Sequence

  1. Classified – Powerless  (Bob)
  2. Buffy Ste Marie – You’ve Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind) (Bob)
  3.  iskwe & Tom Wilson – Blue Moon Drive (Karen)
  4. Greg Keelor – Black Feather (Karen)
  5. The Jerry Cans – Northern lights (Andrea)
  6. Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Warriors (Andrea)
  7.  Jeremy Dutcher –  Eqpahak (Steve)
  8. Lido Pimienta – Nada (Mairi)
  9. Piqsiq – Arctic Hallows (Claire)
  10.  Ms.PANIK – Open Hearts (Claire)
  11.  Jeremy Dutcher  – Mehcinut (Debbie)Emma Stevens – Blackbird (Youtube recording)(Heather) (pronounced MEH-jin-nud)
  12.  Gord Downey – “The Stranger” (Heather)
  1.  Rose Cousins – The Benefits of being Alone (Colleen)
  1.  Ahead By a Century – The Jerry Cans (Liam)
  2. Julian Taylor- “The Ridge” (Beth)
  3. Marito Marques – Manjerico (Paul)
  4. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – I Pity the Country (Paul)

Our updated Playlist


Classified – Powerless

selection by Bob

According to Classified, whose real name is Luke Boyd, the song, titled “Powerless,” is drawn from the experiences of multiple people who’ve reached out to the Nova Scotia musician.

Premiere: Classified’s ‘Powerless’ music video is an incredible ode to missing and murdered Indigenous women

Justin Chandler · CBC Music · Posted: Apr 04, 2018 12:00 AM ET | Last Updated: April 9, 2019

Classified’s new music video for ‘Powerless’ focuses on the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada. (Screenshot from ‘Powerless,’ by Classified)

When rapper Classified released his new single “Powerless” two weeks ago, he wrote an impassioned post on his Facebook that concluded: “We need to speak up for these kids … don’t let them feel powerless.”

The track was inspired by responses Classified received when he posted about the news of a Newfoundland man who was sentenced to five years in prison for the rape of an 11-year-old girl. “I thought it was unbelievable,” he said, explaining his outrage towards the case, which led to his post on social media. As a result, he began writing “Powerless” to give a voice to children and women who have experienced abuse.

CBC April 4, 2018

Buffy Ste Marie – You’ve Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind)

Selection by Bob

You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind)” was inspired by champion dogsled racer George Attla, who competed in the inaugural Iditarod dog sled race in 1973 and whose story was the subject of 1979 film Spirit of the Wind.

Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)”

For further exploration,  try premier reissue label Light in the Attic’s compilation “Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985.”  The following review from Pitchfork appears to hit the nail right on the head.  

Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985

Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985 features artists from all over Canada combining Native American culture and popular music. The tracklist has been carefully curated to not only to emphasize the diversity of the artists and their ideas, but to reveal the vibrancy and energy of this large and largely undocumented scene.

Pitchfork Magazine

and a video about the compilation – pretty interesting

Light In The Attic Docs Presents – Native North America (Vol. 1)

you can purchase the collection here

Also worth viewing is Rumble:The Indians Who Rocked the World.   

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Official Trailer

iskwe & Tom Wilson – Blue Moon Drive

selection and notes by Karen

Tom Wilson and Iskwe- Blue Moon Drive

Tom Wilson-  I saw and heard him sing with Iskwe on an online music show during covid and I was so impressed by his stories and their beautiful voices which sound so great together.

He is a 62 year old Canadian rock musician from Hamilton Ont. whose career has included work in Blues, rock, psychedlic folk and folk you may have heard him as he has also been a major part of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse and Lee Harvey Osmond along with members of the Cowboy Junkies and Skydiggers

He had a rough and tumble life, battled demons and addictions -with music and visual arts being a real life saver for him

He was raised by his great aunt and uncle but only recently found out that the woman he thought of as his cousin was actually his mother who is part Mohawk.  His father was also Mohawk but Wilson didn’t learn of his Mohawk heritage until quite recently.

Tom was commissioned by the city of Hamilton to paint a mural depicting the history of music in that city and he has published a memoir in 2017 titled Beautiful Scars which discusses his discovery of his Mohawk heritage

His son Thompson Wilson is also a musician (formerly part of Harlan Pepper ) and they have toured together 

Tom Wilson is very interested in learning more about and sharing his Mohawk culture. He partnered up with Ojibway trumpeter Chuck Copenace who sprinkles his notes, fluttering in the air, in space, and contributing a different breath to song and with 

Iskwe( who has been featured on your podcast previously) whose name means blue sky woman- is an artist and creator and communicator of music and movements, pictures, poetry and prose.  She’s a teller of stories that impacted our past and will inform our future.  She has 3 albums and has performed 100s of shows in Canada and internationally and has been nominated for a Juno. She has a Cree- Metis background from Treaty One Territory who was born and raised in Winnipeg. She refers to herself as an urban indigenous 2-spirited woman from Red River Valley.

The single Blue Moon Drive is an incredible collaboration of 3 amazing artists, a celebration of 4 Indegenous nations uniting together to celebrate their art.

Greg Keelor – Black Feather

selection and notes by Karen

Greg Keelor – Black Feather (Official Lyric Video)

Most of you know him from Blue Rodeo fame but he also has 6 solo albums with the most recent one- Share the Love- coming out during the pandemic.

Greg had a studio version of the songs ready to go when the pandemic hit and decided to record them live in a community centre near Rice Lake with the same musicians.  He actually liked the live version but both albums are available for purchase.

Greg says that writing songs is how he deals with “stuff”.  He had recently lost a dear mother-like figure and his girlfriend of 5 years left and he was feeling rudderless.  His good friend, Frank, who is Cree and from Saskatchewan invited Greg to go to a sweat lodge to pray and he realized Frank’s prayers were all about gratitude- thanking everyone and everything, sun, moon, everything.  Frank had brought his pipe, sage and eagle feather and did a smoke ceremony and Greg felt relief for the first time in months.

During that same period, he visited Waskaganish Reserve in James Bay for a gig with Blue Rodeo and he felt a kindred connection to the place.  The album grew out of a desire to get away somewhere and be isolated and think.  He spent more time there and his friend Charlie Hester ( the director of culture, sports, leisure and tourism for the Cree nation of Waskaganish) took him on a tour of the community which Greg found to be healing in its own way- big beautiful landscape and generous and kind people. Greg had a lot of questions about the pipeline and other Indigenous issues across Canada and he found it a great place to gather his thoughts.

While there he saw a piece of art on the side of a local radio station and it said “Share the Love” on the front of a teepee with a heart in the centre.  He found out it was there to honour the life of deceased resident- Claudia Stephen – who had shown many acts of love and kindness in the community and had passed away too soon.  Greg obtained permission from Claudia’s family to use the design on his album covers as he was so touched by the 15 ft by 15 ft wall art in her memory.

A combination of his loss along with the generosity of spirit he found in Waskaganish and the example set by Claudia and the love the people had for her energized Keelor from his melancholy.  Behind melancholy and sorrow and hardship, there is a river of love or energy that unites everybody and he felt that connection in James Bay very strongly.

Share the Love is a paradox of an album both reflective and uplifting and perfect for the times.  Even though we are all isolated, we are all connected. There are many references to feathers on this album and their association with freedom, transcendence and communication with spiritual realms.

The Jerry Cans – Northern lights

selection and notes by Andrea

The Jerry Cans

Shortly after Gord Downie passed away,  I heard The Jerry Cans perform “Ahead by a Century” in Inuktitut. Having taught in an Inuit community, I loved hearing a familiar song performed in this beautiful language. The Jerry Cans are a band from Iqaluit, Nunavut. They combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk music and rock. Their music is largely written in Inuktitut. “Northern Lights” incorporates throat singing and captures the power of the breath-taking land of the Arctic.

The Jerry Cans – Northern Lights

  Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Warriors

Selection and notes by Andrea

Snotty Nose Rez Kids

I first heard Snotty Nose Rez Kids during an interview with  Eden Robinson, the Haisla and Heiltsuk author of Monkey Beach. They are a Haisla hip hop duo composed  of rappers Darren “Young D” Metz and Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce.  “Warriors” is a protest song as part of a benefit album for The Tiny House Warriors, a group that is fighting the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline expansion into Secwepemc Territory in British Columbia, Canada.

                              


 Eqpahak by Jeremy Dutcher

Selection by Steve Ferracuti- family friend who is hunkering down in Nova Scotia having finally been able to pierce the Atlantic Bubble and see his new grandson, Fred, and 2-year old, Flo.

 

Aik pa HUK – where the tide stops Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language

It is hard to know whether and what to celebrate and how to combine this with mourning. I don’t know how we approach all this apart from bringing a sense of humility and respect for our indigenous people and also a sense that these are present issues, not only historical ones, and I hope that we can also bring a sense of real responsibility to all of this. One little tiny part of the “answer” is the theme to this song, that is the songs. I thought it appropriate to celebrate that.

Lido Pimienta – Nada

selection by Mairi

Piqsiq – Artic Hallows – from their 2020 Album TAAQTUQ UBLURIAQ

selections by Claire

2 songs I chose:

1 – I have always been captivated by throat singing. Throat singing, katajjaq, ka TA jjaq was banned in the 20thcentury among many other Inuit traditions when Christian Missionaries went North. They believed throat singing was ‘Satanic’. The ban was only lifted in the 1980s. Watching a duet live has always given me goosebumps and is a beautiful tradition to be celebrated, not oppressed. Listening to throat singing is a reminder of the strength of the Inuit culture and their resilience. I am happy to share a song by this group named Piqsiq. The group consists of 2 sisters, Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay, with roots in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot and Kivalliq Regions, the sisters grew up in Yellowknife, NWT. They perform ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions. 

 

Ms.PANIK – Open Hearts from her 2018 Album Open Hearts 

Another artist who is new to me is from the West Coast, Ms.PANIK. I was drawn to her beautiful voice, her mesmerizing musical loops and powerful lyrics. She lives in Tofino and the ancestral lands of the klaw-OH-kwee-awt Nation  and is originally from the unceded Territory of the (Haida) Nation and member of the southern Kaayahl Laanaas Clan. Tla-o-qui-aht

An additional note from Claire

I wanted to share two artists that didn’t make the list because of the year cut-off. I thought you could hold onto them and add them to another show. Thank you again for organizing this episode. I truly enjoyed the process of consciously looking for Indigenous artists and love discovering new music. 


Cris Derksen – Hindsight 20/20 – from the 2010 Album ‘the cusp’. Cris Derksen is from Alberta and is an Indigenous cellist and composer.  


Digging Roots – Hwy 17 – from the 2014 Album ‘For The Light’. This song was written to raise awareness about the MMIWG and is a call to action. 


Debbie   – Claire’s mom who works actively in reconciliation in the Ottawa community and across Canada.

I would love to hear almost anything from Jeremy Dutcher 

Maybe ‘Mehcinut’ – first song on his album (pronounced MEH-jin-nud)

 I first heard Jeremy Dutcher about 4-5 years ago on CBC when I was driving somewhere. I had to pull over. My eyes filled with tears at his powerful voice,  the haunting sounds and the voices from the past captured on wax cylinders. I told everyone about him.  His music still stirs something deep within me. So thanks for playing one of his pieces today.


Blackbird sing by high school student, Emma Stevens, in Mi’qmaw, 2019

selections by Heather


Adapted from Paul McCartney’s song, re-written in Mi’kmaq to bring awareness to indigenous languages in 2019, International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Sung by Emma Stevens, performed by students at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, Cape Breton.

“The Stranger” from Secret Path, Gord Downey, 2016

I chose “The Stranger” by Gord Downie as my second piece. It tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year old boy who escaped from the Kenora residential school to make the 600 km journey home back to his family and never made it. He was found by the railroad tracks. This happened on 1966 and was actually reported on in 1967 by Macleans. Here is Downie’s introduction, better said:

 Mike Downie introduced me to Chanie Wenjack; he gave me the story from Ian Adam’s Maclean’s magazine story dating back to February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.”

Chanie was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to walk home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor know how to find it, but, like so many kids – more than anyone will be able to imagine – he tried. I never knew Chanie, the child his teachers misnamed Charlie, but I will always love him.

I have always wondered why, even as a kid, I never thought of Canada as a country – It’s not a popular thought; you keep it to yourself – I never wrote of it as so. The next hundred years are going to be painful as we come to know Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him – as we find out about ourselves, about all of us – but only when we do can we truly call ourselves, “Canada.”

Downie’s music and Lemire’s illustrations inspired The Secret Path, an animated film broadcast by CBC in an hour-long commercial-free television special in Sunday, October 23.

I used the book – illustrated by Jeff Lamire and the video in my grade 7 and 8 classes. In 2017, I had the opportunity to hear Gord Downie and Chaney’s sisters, Pearl and Daisy, sing an Ojibwe – Anishinaabe blessing.

Rose Cousins – The Benefits of Being Alone, 2020

selection by Colleen

a video about Rose Cousins. She mentioned that hers was the last concert we saw before the pandemic changed everything.

Rose Cousins – The Benefits Of Being Alone (Live on eTown)

 

Ahead By a Century – The Jerry Cans

selection by Liam

The Jerry Cans are a band out of Iqaluit, who combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk music and country rock. The band’s music is written mostly in Inuktitut, and reflects “the challenges and beauty of life in the far north.” The band had local success, but their popularity began to grow after Tanya Tagac won the Polaris prize in 2014 and gave prominence to Inuit throat singing. The band’s name comes from the band trying to rig up a drum set out of jerry cans.

I chose this cover of Ahead by a Century because it reminded me of a couple of things. First, the Jerry Cans and other artists are bringing Inuit music to the forefront, and reminding us that Canada or Turtle Island has many different languages, each of which should be celebrated. Second, this song feels like a bit of a bridge. Ahead by a Century was the last song played in concert by Gord Downie and the Hip. In that same concert, Gord called on us as Canadians to inform ourselves about the ongoing impact of colonialism on Indigenous peoples, and “figure it out.” To me, this song is an ode to Gord and the Hip, but a bridge towards an expanse of Canadian music beyond our traditional understanding, and a reminder of our collective responsibilities towards the process of truth and reconciliation in our country. 

Julian Taylor- “The Ridge”

selection by Beth

Julian Taylor started out with Staggered Crossing, a band he formed while still in high school in the mid 90’s. They were fairly successful playing around clubs in his hometown Toronto. They were classified as rock music. In the early 2000’s he formed the Julian Taylor Band which is hard to classify as it mixed many genres but was still within the realms of rock. With his very different introspective 2020 album, The Ridge (of which I chose the title song), he writes about his Black and Indigenous roots. The song The Ridge speaks about this as he reminisces about his childhood and the family members who formed his sense of identity. “The ridge is like a cut- a divide, in half, of me- not only from an emotional standpoint but also from a social standpoint as a Black and Indigenous person growing up in a predominantly white experience .”

Marito Marques – Manjerico

selections by Paul

Hailing from Portugal, Marito Marques is a Grammy, Latin Grammy and Juno nominee drummer and producer, he takes the sounds of the world into his soul to produce melodies that bring the audience together in an unparalleled unity. Born July 11, 1987 in Arganil, Portugal, Marito began playing the drums at the age of 2, quickly moving on to live performances, including television appearances at 5 years old. Marques pursued his formal instruction at CETM in Coimbra, Portugal. Afterward, Marques moved to New York City to further his studies at the Drummers’ Collective and later at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied under some of the best instructors the school had to offer, including John Riley, Kendrick Scott, Ignacio Berroa or Greg Hutchinson.

Currently living in Toronto, Marques is considered one of the most requested and versatile drummers and producers in Europe and Canada, having performed World Tours with artists in the most diverse music genres; some of which include two Grammy Winners Ivan Lins and Carlos do Carmo, Camane, the Grammy nominees Helik Hadar, Adonis Puentes, Hilario Duran and Jeff Coffin, Anna Maria Jopek, Mino Cinelu. Larnell Lewis, Gregoire Maret, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Sara Tavares, Jesse Cook etc.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

I Pity the Country – Theory of Ice 

 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics,  story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.

A Note on Leanne’s Familythis I had to include, it is amazing how many hurdles Indigenous people have had to go through just to keep their own status!

Leanne’s grandmother, Audrey Williamson (nee Franklin) was born in Alderville First Nation in 1925, and moved to Peterborough, Ontario at the age of three, as her Dad and Leanne’s Great Grandfather, Hartley Franklin, previously a fishing guide on Rice Lake got a job in town building canoes. Leanne’s grandmother regained her Indian Status under Bill C-31 at the same time as her mom, Dianne Simpson (nee Williamson) in the early 1990s. Leanne and her sisters, Shannon, Ansley,  and several of their cousins, regained their Indian Status under Bill C-3 after the bill became law in 2011, and their children regained their status after Bill S-3 became law in 2019. They are all off reserve band members of Alderville First Nation. Leanne was born and raised by her mom Dianne and her dad Barry, who is of Scottish ancestry, in Wingham, Ontario.

The lyrics to a very powerful song

I pity the country

I pity the state

And the mind of a man

Who thrives on hate

Small are the lives

Of cheats and of buyers

Of bigoted news press

Fascist town criers

Deception annoys me

Deception destroys me

The Bill of Rights throws me

In jails they all know me

Frustrated are churchmen

From saving a soul man

The tinker, the tailor

The colonial governor

They pull and they paw me

They’re seeking to draw me

Away from the roundness

Of the light

[Verse 2]

Silly civil servants

They thrive off my body

Their trip is with power

Backbacon and welfare

Police, they arrest me

Materialists detest me

Pollution, it chokes me

Movies, they joke me

Politicians exploit me

City life, it jades me

Hudson Bay flees me

Hunting laws freak me

Government is bumbling

Revolution is rumbling

To be ruled in impunity

Is tradition continuity

I pity the country

I pity the state

And the mind of a man

Who thrives on hate

Willie Dunn

we have broadcasted from the un-ceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe peoples

Miigwech, thank you

Old Fellas New Music Episode 14 Notes

the artists for this weeksome of

Music for Week 14

Quivers- You Are Not Always on My Mind

Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen – Like I Used To

Coal Porters – The Day the Last Ramone Died

Bleachers – Chinatown 

Goon Sax – A Few Times Too Many

Japanese Breakfast – Paprika

Lambchop – A Chef’s Kiss

Mdou Moctar – Chismiten

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg – Reel Around the Fountain

Our show on Mixcloud

Episode 14. You can find all our episodes here
And here is our ever-growing Spotify Playlist

Quivers- You Are Not Always on My Mind

The Quivers performing some pop perfection:

Quivers – You’re Not Always On My Mind (Live on KEXP)

Sharon Van Etten and Angel OlsenLike I Used To

I have to start with another fun quote from the Guardian

“I strongly believe that if Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen teamed up to sing anything up to and including Las Ketchup it would be a moment so emotional we’d all emerge three minutes later with dewy eyes and a strong urge to become better people. So you can imagine what they’ve done with this swirling eddy of a song. Exhaustingly amazing.”

Guardian

Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen – Like I Used To (Official Video)

This is another artist(s) that seem to be really popular in the UK, but I have never heard them here. Not that this is any measure of note. But everything I read about this new single is really positive and the video is pretty good too. Last word goes to Pitchfork:

Their first collaborative single, “Like I Used To,” lives up to its potential, plays to their strengths, and still manages to pack a surprise.

Pitchfork

The Coal Porters

The Coal Porters was a long time Sid Griffin led band.  Sid  in the 80’s was in the band the Long Ryders .  This is a cut from their 1984 debut ep . 

The Long Ryders – 10-5-60

2016 brought the Coal Porters tribute to the Ramones, The Day the Last Ramone Died”   

The Coal Porters – The Day the Last Ramone Died (Official Video)

The “1234” used in the lyrics is of course reference to how many Ramones song began.  

 The “Gabba Gabba Hey”  references  Tod Browing’s 1932  disturbing horror classic, “Freaks” 

Freaks (1932) – Gooba Gabba Gooba Gobble

 Sid is also an accomplished author. 


Bleachers

Bleachers is an American indie pop act based in New York City. It is the official stage name of songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff, who is also part of the bands Steel Train, Fun, and Red Hearse. Bleachers’ pop music is heavily influenced by the late ’80s, early ’90s and the high school-based films of John Hughes while still using modern production techniques. Their first single, “I Wanna Get Better“, was released February 18, 2014.

Panned on The Guardian with song – Stop Making This Hurt

The world’s premier Springsteen tribute act is back with producer extraordinaire Jack Antonoff channelling the Boss into a skittery break-up song. It feels as if it’s trying to say one thing and do another, with the gang vocals attempting to build to euphoria, but coming off a bit like a bunch of lads worse for wear on the train after a match.

Instead, we featured the song Chinatown  and there are several Youtube videos of this song, all with Bruce Springsteen. This is the one I liked

Bleachers – Chinatown (BLEACHERS ON THE ROOF live at electric lady) ft. Bruce Springsteen

How did Jack Antonoff get Bruce Springsteen to play on this song? You will have to listen to the broadcast to get Bob’s reasoning which makes lots of sense.

Another great song, but outside our timeline is Roller Coaster

Bleachers – Rollercoaster

Their upcoming album including Chinatown and Stop Making This Hurt will be Take The Sadness Out of Saturday Night.


Goon Sax

The Goon Sax are indie pop trio from Brisbane, Australia. Formed in 2013, the band consists of Riley Jones, Louis Forster and James Harrison.

The Goon Sax – A few times too many

I think Robert Christgau, (the “ Dean of US Rock criticism “) hits the nail on the head,  

The Goon Sax

  • Up for Anything [Chapter Music, 2016] A-
  • We’re Not Talking [Wichita Recordings, 2018] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Up for Anything [Chapter Music, 2016]
My brilliant wife heard Go-Betweens in this high school band well before I learned that Robert Forster’s son Louis was a cofounder or that they were “driven” by a female drummer or even that they were Australian. Nah, I told her, though I liked them fine–too crude. And indeed, they’re cruder than even the earliest Go-Betweens, who were a university band after all, and somewhat static at their worst. Usually, however, they’re charming at least. When Louis fantasizes about a “Boyfriend” or James Harrison hates the “Telephone,” it just accentuates the specifically adolescent angst they pin down so much more candidly and affectingly than any other high school band that comes to mind. “If you don’t want to hold my sweaty hands / I completely understand”? Pretty mature, in its way. A-

We’re Not Talking [Wichita Recordings, 2018]
Although Louis Forster takes fewer leads on this young threesomes’s smoother and trickier follow-up, their unpretentious affect, plain guitar, and flat groove still recall the early years of his dad’s Go-Betweens. True, Louis reports that he’s barely heard them. But I doubt de facto frontman James Harrison was so cautious, and can imagine drummer Riley Jones learning that Lindy Morrison never stepped up to the mike and deciding she’d better: “I don’t want distance / When distance always seems to be the thing / That comes and hurts us.” In any case, a university art band they’re not. Instead they’re still reflecting on adolescence with a humility and concentration that hurts. No one’s calling but they’re not picking up the phone. Passing your bus stop hurts even though they know you need time to yourself. Come to think on it, they “never knew what love meant” anyway. Yet already mortality impends in the form of “piles of books I’ll never read / And a list of things I’ll never be.” Twelve songs in half an hour that say more than they pretend and plenty they may only intuit. A-

Robert Christgau

Comparisons to the Go- Betweens are unavoidable.  Here’s a neat little 5 minute bio  with Louis Forster’s dad Robert.  

The Go-Betweens: The 80s band that never conquered the world – BBC Newsnight

Japanese Breakfast – Paprika

This is the second act that Bob and I were both planning to feature for this show. Here are some selected quotes from Exclaim Magazine.

“When the world divides into two people / Those who have felt pain and those who have yet to,” Michelle Zauner sings during the aching ballad “Posing in Bondage.” It’s clear that she falls into the former camp, but Jubilee, her third album as Japanese Breakfast, dances the pain away. Whether it’s the fashionable funk of “Be Sweet” and “Slide Tackle,” the stately Beirut horns of “Paprika,” or the honeyed pop classicism of “Kokomo, IN” and “Tactics,” Jubilee is always tinged with melancholy but never defeated by it.

I couldn’t find a good version of Paprika on Youtube so instead here is her performance on the Tonight Show with Be Sweet from the same album.

Alex Hudson – Exclaim Magazine

Japanese Breakfast: Be Sweet | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

# 20 0n Exclaim!’s 31 Best Albums of 2021 So Far

Japanese Breakfast is an indie rock band headed by Korean-American musician, director, and author Michelle Zauner (born March 29, 1989). The band released its first studio album Psychopomp (2016) on Yellow K Records, followed by Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017) and Jubilee (2021) on Dead Oceans.

Zauner released her debut book, Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, via Alfred A. Knopf in 2021. The book is planned to be adapted into a feature film by Orion Pictures, with Zauner providing the soundtrack.


Lambchop –  A Chef’s Kiss

Lambchop – A Chef’s Kiss (Official Lyric Video)

Here is an interview with Lambchop’s head guy Kurt Wagner explaining the lp “Showtunes”

Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner: “I was looking for something less structured, something I hadn’t done before” – Interview by Steven Johnson

On the background to new album Showtunes, converting guitar into piano sounds, continuing to embrace technology and broadening his range of collaboratorsLambchop's Kurt Wagner

Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner (Photo: Angelina Castillo)

As frontman of Lambchop for the best part of the last 30 years, Kurt Wagner has pursued a long, satisfying musical journey where developments within the band’s sound have been gradual and considered. Yet, there have also been discreet nods to different genres along the way, pleasing embellishments and expansions to their core alt-country aesthetic. New album Showtunes provides another stylistic detour of sorts, building on the fresh direction put in place on 2019’s This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You) and 2016’s FLOTUS as Wagner takes indirect inspiration from showtunes, American standards from the first half of the 20th century.

These aren’t covers or close appropriations however, but rather typically impressionistic pieces that bring together Wagner’s songwriting strengths and his broader interest in musical experimentation. Given the sense of progression that has defined Lambchop’s recent releases it feels oddly apt that when we catch up with Wagner to talk about the album, the conversation begins on a travel-related note. “I’m out here in Las Vegas visiting my in-laws at the moment. We haven’t seen them in quite a while, so we just drove on out here. It feels weird to actually travel. I haven’t been on an interstate for over a year. It feels like things are transitioning with the pandemic. Having driven across the country, it feels like we’re on the cusp of a lot of people getting out and about.”

more here


Mdou Moctar – Chismiten

I read a few articles about this amazing musician from Niger the first one from Pitchfork. Their new album is listed as on of the top 6 you need to be listening to right now.

Some notes about who he is:

  • Mahamadou Souleymane,[1][2] known professionally as Mdou Moctar (also M.dou Mouktar; born c. 1986[3][1] or 1984[1]) is a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger, and is one of the first musicians to perform modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar music.[4][5] He first became famous through a trading network of cellphones and memory cards in West Africa.[6]
  • Mdou Moctar is a popular wedding performer and sings about Islam, education, love, and peace in Tamasheq.[7][8][9] He plays a left-handed Fender Stratocaster guitar in a takamba and assouf style.

A little from the Pitchfork article:

If it were up to Mdou Moctar, the fiery, psychedelic rock music that has made him one of the most respected guitarists working today would be kept far away from professional recording studios. “With all due respect to all engineers,” the Tuareg virtuoso recently confessed to Reverb, “I find it much too square.” Late last year, the Nigerien musician gathered his bandmates outside a friend’s house in Niamey to test out material from Afrique Victime in a more comfortable environment. In the open air, the quartet quickly attracted an audience: adults dancing, children air-drumming, and others just watching in awe as Moctar’s songs ascended and burst in the desert sky like fireworks. As Sam Sodomsky writes in his Best New Music review: “You get the sense that when the lights go down and he looks out at his audience, he doesn’t just see his community: He sees the future.”

6 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: Mdou Moctar, CHAI, Erika de Casier, and More

and more from the Guardian

From the Guardian

‘We are modern slaves’: Mdou Moctar, the Hendrix of the Sahara

Kim Willsher

His first guitar was made from wood and bicycle parts and his first songs were shared via Bluetooth in the desert. But the Niger musician has become international – and is taking aim at France

How do you even dream of making music when your family and religious leaders disapprove, when you live at the edge of the Sahara desert, and you cannot afford an instrument?

It helps that the Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar, from Niger, is not easily discouraged. Unable to acquire a guitar, he made one out of a piece of wood with brake wires from an old bicycle for strings, and taught himself to play in secret. “I was from a religious family and music was not welcome, but I would go and listen to local musicians and dream of being like them,” the 32-year-old singer-songwriter says over the phone while on tour in the US.

“My parents didn’t have the means to buy me an instrument and wouldn’t have done so. To them, becoming a musician would mean I was a delinquent, a terrible person drinking beer and taking drugs. I never told them I wanted to play the guitar, I didn’t dare. So I made one.”

The next challenge was reaching an audience. Moctar, born in the village of Abalak in the Azawagh desert of northern Niger, began playing at weddings, singing in Tamasheq, the Tuareg language. His first album Anar – composed for a lost love – was recorded in Nigeria in 2008: it introduced Moctar’s simple, raw guitar sound and haunting lyrics, a style known locally as “assouf”, a word that does not easily translate, but evokes desert blues. Anar wasn’t officially released; instead, it spread across the continent via Bluetooth swaps between mobile phone data cards.

Mdou Moctar – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Mdou Moctar – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Mdou Moctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar and have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Mdou shreds with a relentless and frenetic energy that puts his contemporaries to shame.

(Bandcamp)


James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg – Reel Around the Fountain

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg are an instrumental duo who play original compositions and a stunning diverse set of cover songs.  Who would think of covering The Smith’s, “Reel Around the Fountain”?

Reel Around the Fountain – James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg

Here’s the original version juxtaposed to scenes from the film, “Atonement.”  I guess both song and film have fountains?

The Smiths – Reel Around The Fountain

Nathan Salsburg is also the Curator of the Alan Lomax Archive at the Association for Cultural Equity. This is the website.  It is definitely worth diving into.

I mentioned Brador in passing.  In celebration of June 24th, here is a stubby of Brador!

Old Fellows with a Twist! Episode 13

some of the musicians for this week.

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

Our recording from last Wednesday. Around 1:08 – hope you can listen!

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

[Verse 1]

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

[Chorus]

Always thought she was the prettiest

But she don’t know

So nice to meet you, Angela

[Verse 2]

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 Halluci Nation – Land Back – Liam

The Halluci Nation:

The Halluci Nation – Land Back Ft. Boogey The Beat & Northern Voice (Official Audio)

From the Toronto Star

TORONTO—A Tribe Called Red have released a free song in support of the Indigenous-led protests involving the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

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.”

The Halluci Nation

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!

Bernice – He’s the Moon (Official Video)

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

GKO Live at Le RIALTO

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!

Andrew Bird – Sisyphus

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.

Old Fellas New Music Episode 12 Notes

First, I want to thank Doug Peterson for giving us a shoutout on his blog. Thanks Doug, it is great to know you are listening! Here is his write-up.

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

Playing this Saturday at 7:30 PM on VoicEd Radio

Here is the 60-minute version we uploaded to Mixcloud earlier this week.

And here is our Spotify Playlist with all the tracks we have played on our show plus a few extras!

This week’s playlist!

Mother Mother – I Got Love 

The Linda Lindas – Racist Sexist Boy

Lido Pimienta – Eso Que Tu Haces

Mountain Goats – Clemency for the Wizard King

Pokey Lafarge – End of my rope

Plants and Animals – House on Fire

William Prince – The Spark from 2020 Reliever

Holly GoLightly – Satan is His Name

Real Estate – White Light


Mother Mother I Got Love

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.

Canadian Beats March 2021

A little about Mother Mother’s song Hayloft – In November 2020, Hayloft (10 years old) was the most searched set of lyrics in the US and the second most searched in the world. They were even featured in Rolling Stone Magazine!

The Linda Lindas – Racist Sexist Boy

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”

The Linda Lindas Perform REBEL GIRL (Official Video) | Moxie

Lido Pimienta – from Miss Columbia song Eso Que Tu Haces

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.”

Pitchfork Magazine

Here is her video from the Emmys.

LIDO PIMIENTA: “ESO QUE TU HACES” | 63rd GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony

Lyrics from the song

Today I understood, sitting in your sand

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.

Vanity Fair March 2019

Here’s a video of The Mountain Goats performing their ode to reggae great Dennis Brown. 

The Mountain Goats “Song for 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.

David the Worm

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.

Bandcamp

Here is a great ‘unplugged’ version on Youtube of this week’s song End of My Rope

POKEY LAFARGE END OF MY ROPE Round Chapel London 14th December 2018

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.”

Plants and Animals – House on Fire (Official Video)

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?”

Under the Radar June 2020

William Prince – The Spark from 2020 Reliever

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.

William Prince The Spark

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.

Holly Golightly & The Greenhornes – There Is An End

We featured the tempting little number “Satan is His Name” from 2018’s “Do the Get Along”

Satan is His Name

It’s a cover of an obscure  1962 single by Steve King

Steve King – Satan Is Her Name

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”  

Real Estate – White Light (In Mind 2017)

Old fellas New Music Episode 11 Show Notes

Rumor has it these Angelas are our two most faithful listeners.


tracklist for this week

Bob:

Oodoo – Canopee  

Monowhales – RYLD

Mo Kenney – Slowdeath 

Sunfields – Got Some ( But It Ain’t Enough) 

Paul

Teke:Teke – Yori Ni 

Boston Levi – Thief

Jaffa Road – Until When

A Place to Bury Strangers – End of the Night

Melanie Durrant – Where I’m At

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Teke:Teke album Shirushi 2021 Yori Ni 

’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.

One of the many depictions available about this urban ghost story

From Wikipedia

Teke Teke (テケテケ),[1] also spelled Teke-Teke,[2] Teketeke,[3] or Teke teke,[1] 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.[4]

TEKE TEKE – Full Performance (Live on KEXP at Home)

Oodoo – Canopee  

By Patrick Baillargeon

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 ..

Canopée

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.”

Article – Former Carleton captain Mike McNamee skates towards a music career
Ottawa Sun Jan 7 Ken Warren

He has a unique playing style that you can see on this video – not the song we played on the show.

Feel It All (Live at Sydenham Street Church) – Boston Levi

Monowhales – RYLD

As soon as it is safe, we will be back out on the road to play in your town. We are definitely ready to go! We feel the future is bright; it doesn’t really benefit us to think it’s going to be grim. In difficult times we humans find great innovation, especially in art. I look forward to that.

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.

Five Questions With… Monowhales’ Sally Shaar

MONOWHALES perform their session at Tweedside apart of the Live Series with RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down)

Jaffa Road – Until When (single)

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?

from Bandcamp

UNTIL WHEN אֵלִי שְמַע קוֹלִי / سيدي حبيبي – Eli Shema Koli – Sidi Habibi

More about Until When

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. 

From A Tale of Two Mo Kenneys – CBC

Here is her cover of fellow Nova Scotian Dog Day’s Seth Smith’s song Slow Death

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.

A Place To Bury Strangers – End Of The Night (Official Video)

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.

Spill Magazine Track of the Week


Sunfields – Got Some ( But It Ain’t Enough) 

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. 

Culture Adicts, February 2021

Listen to Got Some (But It Ain’t Enough) via SoundCloud below.


Melanie Durrant – Where I’m At 2021

This was a great piece to finish off with from a young artist who has changed a great deal over the past few years.

From Hip Hop Canada

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.

Melanie Durrant – Listen (Official Video)

Next week, another 9 songs this upcoming week we will be on Mixcloud at 7:00 PM EDT. Come see us LIVE!!

Old Fellas new Music – Episode 10 Show Notes

Music This Week

Art D’Ecco – Desires

Sadies – Riverview Fog

Austra – Messiah

Kathleen Edwards – Options Open

Pierre Kwenders and Clément Bazin –  Ego 

Sloan – The Day Will Be Mine

Rae Spoon – There’s No End

John K Samson – Fantasy Baseball at the End of the World 

Rural Alberta Advantage – Beacon Hill

Our updated playlist
Our shows on MixCloud – you can follow us here!!

Art D’Ecco – Desires from the album In Standard Definition, May 19th 2021

Art d’Ecco – Full Performance (LIve on KEXP) – on 2019 album release  Trespasser 

I am the dancefloor from Art D’Ecco’s latest album

Reference – Grant Lawrence on CBC Radio 3 did a great feature on him.

CBC’s Grant Lawrence

There is more on Art D’Ecco in the article from the Georgia Straight

After years of self-doubt and spinning his wheels, Art d’Ecco is now on a mission to make his own fantastical myths (2018)

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.

Bob and Karen

Sadies – Riverview Fog

A group never fails to put on a great show, The Sadies.  Here performing this Riverview Fog

Bob mentioned on the show this very cool trick that the Sadies can do. Hard to imagine doing this!

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.

This Pitchfork article explains the power of her voice better than I ever can:

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.

Kathleen Edwards – Options Open (LIVE from her home)

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.

Kathleen Edwards – “Change the Sheets” on Letterman 01-17-12

Ego by Pierre Kwenders and Clément Bazin

album – Classe Tendresse 2020 – on Bandcamp 

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.  

Bandcamp

Here is the great video we are playing from his most recent release, the song is Ego

Clément Bazin & Pierre Kwenders – Ego (Official Music Video)

From Exclaim MagazinePublished Oct 21, 2020

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.   

Sloan – Live at the Marquee – The Day Will Be Mine

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 Spoon There’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).

A wonderful musician and author Rae Spoon is versatile and prolific with albums and books stretching back tp 2000

again from Georgia Straight:

Trailblazers 2021: Rae Spoon’s Green Glass Ghosts reflects Vancouver through lens of young trans adult

Georgia Straight – Apr 28 2021

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.

Old Fellas New Music – Episode 9

You can always find us here

Week 9

Soccer Mommy – Up the Walls

Kiwi Jr – Waiting in Line or Maid Marian’s Toastv  

Beach Slang – Future Mixtape For the Art Kids

Nick Ferrio – The Dam

Car Seat Headrest – Fill in the Blanks

Aviva Chernick – Ti Espanya 

Angel Olsen – Intern

Jon and Roy – Runner

James Clarke Institute – Should I Tell Her

Allison Russell – Persephone 

This is the Kit – Coming to get you nowhere

Our updated Spotify Playlist for Week 9
You can find Episode 9 and all our shows (from Episode 5) here on MixCloud

Also live here on VoicEd Radio at 7:30 PM Saturdays

This week’s notes

Soccer Mommy

 A nice slice of pop perfection.

Here in a performance on KEXP 

Kiwi Jr – Maid Marian’s Toast

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.

No Trace Evidence

Here is the Pitchfork review of their latest album.


Beach Slang – Future Mixtape For the Art Kids

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

Performed by:

Nick Ferrio Tanner Paré Lewis Parker Nathan Truax

With: Jonas Bonnetta Evangeline Gentle Caylie Runciman

The album was recorded and co-produced by Evening HymnsJonas Bonnetta and features contributions by Said the Whale‘s Nathan Truax, Heaps‘ Tanner Paré, Boyhood‘s Caylie Runciman, Evangeline Gentle and For Esmé‘s Lewis Parker.

From an Exclaim! Magazine article – March 21, 2021 – this is a pretty incredible story

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.”

NY Times By Alex Pappademas April 23, 2020

Here they are on The Tonight show in 2016 performing Drunk Driver/Killer Whale

Aviva Chernick A Ti Espanya –Album 2019 La Serena

This is a beautiful singer who has collaborated with a range of artists. From the Bandcamp page:

On Bandcamp

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

Another incredible performance on the Aga Khan Museum YouTube site

Video of A Ti Espanya  

For you, Spain, my dear one.

Our mother, we love you

and throughout our whole lives 

your sweet language we will never let go of.


Angel Olsen – Intern

Angel Olsen performing “Intern”.  In her words, “A sarcastic take on synthpop.” 


Jon and Roy 2017 Runner

from 2017 The Road Ahead is Golden

Yet another band I have never heard before, but out west they are popular and well known. After 8 albums, this makes sense.

From an article Five things to know about Here by Jon and Roy in the Vancouver Sun

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.

Vancouver Sun

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 

“Bigotry and abuse are intergenerational traumas,” Russell said. “It’s not just my story.”
Credit…
Bethany Mollenkof for The New York Times

 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

This Is The Kit were a long-time favourite among various BBC Radio 6 Music DJs, which is where the musician and presenter Guy Garvey discovered them, playing their music frequently. Fellow 6 Music DJs Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe & Maconie, Cerys Matthews, and Mary Anne Hobbs have also been major supporters; DJ Marc Riley has hosted the band for three BBC live sessions to date.[2] BBC Radio 1 has offered the band spot plays via DJs Huw Stephens, Jen & Ally, and Phil Taggart.

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!

Old Fellas New Music Notes for Episode 8 – May 14 show

This week’s list:

Fanclubwallet – C’mon Be Cool

Weyes Blood –  Andromeda

IsKwé – Little Star

Margo Price – Learning to Lose

Rich Aucoin – How it Breaks

Joan as Police Woman – The Silence

Junior Varsity –  Cold Blood

Julia Holter – Les Jeux to You

Sarah Jarosz – Blue Heron

Gabrielle Shonk – Habit

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Not in Love We’re Just High

You can find all the songs for adding to your own personal playlist here

Our 11 songs for this week’s show

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.

From the Mojo Magazine website

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.

Beano Dennis The Menace Fan Club Wallet Set

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

music video from C’mon Be Cool

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.

Exclaim! Magazine

Weyes Blood –  Andromeda

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 video Little Star

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

on Saturday Night Live

Rich Aucoin – How It Breaks

from 2020 album United States

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

We wanna hear it tearing free from their thin blue line

I read the news today oh boy

She was a young American

Opressed by old established men

I heard the news today oh boy

He was a young American

Killed cause the colour of his skin

Junior Varsity Cold Blood – single 2021

This is just a great song and we really need great songs.

and a fun video

From Fader – The best rock songs right now

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

from a KEXP live session – these are all so compelling

“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

Live From Here recording 2017. Just a beautiful song

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.”

Music Row, April 14, 2021

Sarah Jarosz. Photo: Kaitlyn Raitz

Gabrielle Shonk – Habit

This is a great video and really shows why people stopped in the middle of what they were doing when she started to play at the Bronson Centre

photo Gabrielle Shonk 2018 @ The Bronson Centre Ottawa

Old Fellas New Music Episode 7 Notes

The promised video by Boy Wonder

Why this video? From Exclaim magazine:

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

Bob’s songs

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

Paul’s songs

Alvvays – In Undertow

Groupie – Thick As Glue

Du Blonde – I’m Glad We Broke Up

Kobo Town – Scarborough Girl

Boy Wonder – Hoodwink

Our Spotify Playlist for this week
Here is this week’s episode!

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.

Alvvays – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

The band consists of Molly Rankin (vocals and guitar), Kerri MacLellan (keyboards), Alec O’Hanley (guitars), Brian Murphy (bass) and Sheridan Riley (drums). Their second studio album, Antisocialites, was released on September 8, 2017 and would go on to win the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. Both albums have been short listed for the Polaris Music Prize.

From Wikipedia

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

Groupie

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

Guided By Voices

This best of Guided By Voices album is the best way for the uninitiated to approach the band.  Solid from beginning to end.

Ever the contrarian, Robert Pollard left their most “radio-friendly” and well known song off this collection. From the TV show Scrubs:

Du Blonde

Song: I’m Glad That We Broke Up from the album Homecoming

I really had to add this video – this really defines who Beth Jeans Houghton is all about.

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.

Guardian

Teenage Fanclub

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

Scarborough Girl album – Where the Galleon Sank

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.

The wonderful Errol Nazareth from CBC Frequencies

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

And from Exclaim’s article by Matt Bobkin

Published Apr 30, 2021

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

I read about Yasmin Williams first in the New York Times.

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.

New York Times May 2

“I don’t want my music to be limited by being the ‘Black guitarist,’ but somebody had to start doing something,” Williams said. “With all the horrible stuff in 2020, it seemed like it was time.”

Credit…

Amr Alfiky/The New York Times