http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zC1HN4ngbk&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=1&feature=plcp). The band would eventually go on to sign with EMI for their final release in 1994 entitled, Smokin' The Goats, before breaking up permanently in 1995. Front man, Chris Taylor, who had already graduated from law school before starting the band, returned to law and is now one of the biggest entertainment lawyers in Canada. He represents some big time artists like Nelly Furtado, Drake and Billy Talent to name a few. He also founded Last Gang Records with another partner when he had a difficult time getting a record deal for a little known band named, Metric. That band and the label seem to be doing fine now! Taylor is a true visionary and it's great to see someone with such passion and drive who also came from such humble beginnings to achieve success and use that success to further independent music in Canada. Unfortunately, this debut CD from One is a very rare commodity these days and at the time of this blog, there were no copies available on-line. However, their EMI release, Smokin' The Goats, is available for download on Itunes and I did notice that it includes one of their earlier singles entitled, Magdelin, which is also worth seeking out. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jimmy-George/. You can also check out a recent reunion show on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StWKFwv3Wds). Four Feet From Shore is one of a number of very strong tracks included on their debut recording. You can watch the video on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_q5h3yLE7Q). The album is a very difficult find today but there were used copies trading at Discogs for $40 and new copies from New World Cd's (http://www.newworldcds.com/) for $24.99. The band did release a compilation in 2001 entitled, Same Shit Different Day. That release includes a live version of this song as well and it is available for download from Tune Vault (http://tunevault.com/). The members have all gone on to play in other Ottawa based bands. Namely, 40 watt monkey (see blog 11/14/11) included members J.Todd and original drummer, Rob Porter. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, January 27, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvkjJ0pJuao). Carl Newman would go on to form the band, The New Pornographers, in later years and if you like that band, you will definitely find some similarities in sound with Zumpano. Jason Zumpano has also had a few musical projects since the band's demise. He has recorded with bands like Sparrow, Attics and Cellars as well as Destroyer. He recently issued a solo album in 2006 under the title J.Zumpano. You can purchase the Zumpano album, Goin' Through Changes, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcrKy05bDQM). The final incarnation of the band would eventually become, Painter (see blog 4/13/11). Dan Lowe, the guitarist in both 49th Parallel and Painter, would go on to form the bands, Hammersmith and Prototype (see blog 8/11/10). 49th Parallel's music received a resurgence in popularity thanks to classic rock radio and Pacemaker Entertainment (http://www.pacemaker.cd/) re-issued the album in 1995. You can purchase the album from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCNz7sgPiZ4). You can check out the song, Too Many Fish, on You Tube as well (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5fy3cCUC7Y&blend=1&lr=1&ob=0). You can purchase the album, It's A Long Road, from Itunes. Johnny Max is playing shows in Ontario currently and you can keep tabs on him and the band at http://www.johnnymaxband.com/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ-6vzIqsg4&ob=av2e). Her debut was nominated for Best Alternative Album Of The Year in 1999 but she lost out to Rufus Wainwright. Esthero would switch record labels and part ways with Doc in the seven years between her debut and her sophomore album which was released in 2005. However, the lay off didn't hurt her popularity as her list of collaborations during that period was second to none. She has worked with just about everyone in the hip hop genre such as Kanye West, Timbaland and The Black Eyed Peas. Esthero has been playing the odd engagement in Toronto since 2010 in anticipation of her next release, Everything Is Expensive. The release appears to be delayed but may finally see the light of day this year. You can keep tabs on her at http://www.nearlycivilized.com/. Her debut is a difficult find today. At the time of this blog, there were copies trading on Amazon between $5 and $50. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, January 23, 2012
http://www.myspace.com/jelleestone. You can check out the video for the song, Money (Part 1), on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rNBDQvQ-9c). The album, Thirteen, is a very difficult find these days. Your best bet is to snag a used copy through Amazon before the prices become astronomical. There were copies trading between $5 and $100 at the time of this blog. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Billy Newton-Davis is a r&b singer born in Cleveland, Ohio but who developed his successful recording career in Canada. Before moving to Canada, Billy enjoyed some success south of the border in both music and stage. His first gig was performing as a back up singer to Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive"). During his time in New York, he performed in a Broadway play featuring the late Sammy Davis Jr.. Upon arriving in Canada, he continued his stage performances but as well, began recording music. His debut in 1986 was entitled, Love Is A Contact Sport, and it featured the hit, Deeper. Although there was an established r&b and soul scene in Canada which even predated Billy's own success, the genre wasn't mainstream and only a few very popular artists made headlines. Hard to believe when you compare it to it's popularity today. The 80's changed all that though and luckily for Billy, with the release and success of this album, he became one of the more popular faces of r&b in Canada. There wasn't even a Juno awarded for this genre of music until 1985! I would suspect Michael Jackson's Thriller release in 1983 may have had something to do with the new award. However, it probably should not have taken us two years to figure it out. Nonetheless, Billy won two Juno's in 1986 for Most Promising Male Vocalist and Best R&B Soul Recording of the Year. Not bad for a first swing. Billy would release his sophomore album in 1989 and once again, win a Juno. He then joined the popular vocal group, The Nylons, for a number of years. Today, Billy has continued to re-invent himself and has had some recent success thanks to a DJ named Deadmau5. He has a new remixed single with Deadmau5 which is due for release this spring. You can follow him at http://www.facebook.com/billynewtondavis. You can hear his first hit, Deeper, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcoxWi7fODM&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=1&feature=plcp). Unfortunately, Love Is A Contact Sport, is a very difficult album to find these days. At the time of this blog, there was one copy trading on Ebay for $15. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
http://www.unionlabelgroup.com/stomp/), and in 2003, released their debut full length, Have You Ever Thought.... It was a strong release that showcased the band's ability to mix various styles of music ranging from rock and punk to reggae and ska. Unfortunately though, it would prove to be their last release as well. The band would later change their name to The New City Gamblers. One of the highlights from the album is a cover of the Phil Collins' hit, Against All Odds, that was featured in the 80's movie of the same name. You can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ1W4tsU394&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=2&feature=plcp). The band opened shows for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones as well as label mates, The Planet Smashers and The Kingpins. They broke up in 2005 and a couple of the members joined the dance pop band, The New Cities. You can purchase the album, Have You Ever Thought..., on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUauUXML5aI&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=1&feature=plcp). I'm not sure what happened to the band or the members following this release. There is a Facebook page that links Kazer to some other bands like, Orchard, that were playing in the Toronto area during the nineties (http://www.facebook.com/group). You can purchase the album, Frog From Above, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
http://simonwilcox.com/). She is actually the daughter of famed Canadian musician, David Wilcox (see blog 9/12/10). She has a few albums to date and actually has released the same track, Disaster Strikes, on her own 2007 release entitled, The Charm And The Strange. The version recorded with Year Of The Monkey retains the haunting quality of the song but it isn't as delicate sounding. You can check out the tune on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDp0paVlILY&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=2&feature=plcp). You can read about the band, Year Of The Monkey at http://www.yearofthemonkey68.com/. Tragedy struck Ron and JK when they lost their band mate from Jacksoul, Haydain Neale, to lung cancer in 2009. Haydain was actually involved in a serious traffic accident just prior to his death in 2007 (the year of this release) which had placed him in a coma. Ron Lopata has his own production company called, Keen Music, and you can follow him at http://www.ronlopata.com/. The album, 68, is available for download from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, January 16, 2012
http://borealisrecords.com/. He has six albums to date and you can follow him at http://www.bobsnider.ca/. Ash Hash is actually one of the first songs he ever wrote and it originally appeared on his indie debut album entitled, You. That album is a very difficult find today. However, in 2001, an independent U.S. release entitled, The Street Takes You In, was released which includes this song along with a number of his other earlier compositions. You can check out the song on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxOPL-hPLlU&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=3&feature=plcp). It is available for download from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, January 13, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-JhtQYaKOM). Doug and the Slugs were Doug Bennett, John Burton, Simon Kendall, Richard Baker, Steve Bosley and Wally Watson. Sadly, frontman Doug Bennet passed away in 2004. The band has recently recruited singer, Ted Okos, and continues to perform. You can follow them at http://www.dougandtheslugs.ca/. The original album, Popaganda, is likely out of print these days and very hard to find. However, a very good compilation of the band's work entitled, Slugcology 101, was released during the late nineties and it also includes the song, Day By Day. You can purchase this album on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
http://ninespop.com/. One very cool tune from this release is the song, Take What You Want. You can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHTNbmojv9I). You can purchase the album, Calling Distance Stations, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_xTs9fkXa8&blend=1&lr=1&ob=video-mustangbase). Graham would follow up this album with a sophomore release in 2009. However, this time he chose to release it under his given name. You can follow Graham at http://grahamgreer.com/. You can purchase the album, Palookaville, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxAQTmJb5ro&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=2&feature=plcp). You can also check out the band playing the song unplugged in bathrobes on a hotel balcony in Calgary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPKgm5dH6tA). The band appears to be playing shows locally at the moment and you can follow them at http://www.thereasonmusic.com/. You can purchase the album, Fools, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, January 9, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1GAiIGjyJo&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=3&feature=plcp). The band would break up following this release and Andrew would begin to release music under his own name. He released his first full length album in 2007 and appears to be still playing and recording. You can follow him at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Rodriguez/. He also worked with Sam Roberts on his debut single, Brother Down, and joined Melissa Auf der Maur's band for a brief stint following Bodega's breakup. Bodega's albums aren't widely available today but you can purchase Without A Plan from Zunior.com, CDBaby.com as well as Maplemusic.com. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, January 6, 2012
http://www.garrettmason.com/. Sadly, Dutch passed away two years later in 2006, of complications related to his diabetes. A true legend who dedicated his life to the blues. Much of Dutch's musical output was his own creative interpretations of other people's music. His album in 1979, entitled, Wish Me Luck, included a very cool cover of the Tony Joe White classic, Polk Salad Annie. You can check out the song on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL_Ia3xXdRs). The song was also included on his last release in 2004 entitled, Half Ain't Been Told. You can purchase Wish Me Luck on Itunes. You can read about Dutch and his legacy at http://dutchmason.com/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N-HhIYmHeo). You can keep tabs on George at http://georgewesterholm.ca/. At the time of this blog, I couldn't find any copies available of the CFNY New Music Search Compilation from 1992 or Sinphonic's Ammunition release which both include the song, Least Machiavellian. You can hear the song on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBcqcGk19sc&blend=1&lr=1&ob=video-mustangbase). Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVYZKtXmA0s). You can follow the band at http://www.facebook.com/YoungLiars. The band is currently working on their first full length release that will hopefully be available in 2012 sometime and are also playing shows in the Greater Vancouver area. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyIiMPWsS1c). The band actually ventured into the studio for a follow up release but it was never completed because of Rick's departure to Triumph. However, in later years, the album eventually titled, Top Secrecy, was released along with a couple of compilations of the band's work. Unfortunately, they remain difficult finds today and some are now out of print. You can contact the band through their website at http://www.santers.com/ for copies of their compilation release entitled, Cold Fusion, that includes this track. You can also purchase used copies on Ebay and Amazon of the Guitar Alley release that are currently trading between $10 and $70. Itunes doesn't have any of the Santers' releases specifically but they do have a 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection: The Best Of Ready Records (1979-1985) Volume II which includes the track, Can't Shake You. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, January 2, 2012
"Most of the romance is rusted away, dust on the roadside day after day. Been on the road so long. Now you feel like you wanna go home and be protected. Place where you know you belong, where you're not rejected." Mark Ripp is a musician from Toronto, Ontario. He started playing in folk clubs during the eighties and started his first band, The Bel-Vistas (see blog 12/1/10), by the end of that decade. Getting your hands on anything from that band these days is very difficult which is too bad because they were really good. Mark actually posted some old footage of the band doing a stripped down cover of Springsteen's Brilliant Disguise at a show backstage in Edmonton that is worth checking out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5azkL0sZSNQ&feature=related). The Bel-Vistas had some successes during the nineties, touring the country and opening for acts like The Tragically Hip, Tom Cochrane and Blue Rodeo. Their music was a blend of country and rock. The band also secured a publishing deal with Sony Music Canada. Mark Ripp is a hugely underrated lyricist and he continues to write and record some wonderful songs today with his new band, Mark Ripp & The Confessors. They released their first album in 2002 and Long Story Short is their sophomore release from 2010. The album was self produced by Mark and it includes some strong tracks like this one entitled, Protected. You can check the song out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_dHwhyZdgw&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=2&feature=plcp). Mark is currently working on releasing a follow up album in the coming year. You can keep tabs on him at http://markripp.com/. Mark also has his own You Tube channel where he has posted some of his work. An edited version of the CD release party for this particular album from 2010 which was held at the Cadillac Lounge in Toronto is posted on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFH-FpHUdDk&feature=bf_next&list=UUzgZubjm5G0I1WIlIKAZg7A&lf=plcp). The song, Protected, closes out the video montage. You can purchase the album, Long Story Short, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!