http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UBtGgwViBY&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=2&feature=plcp). Graham appears to be playing locally these days and you can follow him at http://www.grahambrownsongs.com/. You can purchase the album, Do What You Should, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clb6O4xXgw8&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=3&feature=plcp). The band would shrink down to it's four principle members following this release and change their sound slightly for their next album in 2006. Ian had a chance to write and work with Steve Shields, a British producer who had worked with Joe Strummer, and the influence was certainly noticeable. Sadly though, the band is no longer but the members are still producing new and exciting music. Ian Smith and Nick Skalkos are in a couple of bands called Spirits (http://www.myspace.com/spirits) as well as Animal Heart (http://www.facebook.com/animalheartmusic). Both bands purvey a more electronic style of music than their previous work with The Miniatures. You can purchase the album, Coma Kid, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, February 27, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKlAK03IRZ8). The band toured Canada before deciding on a third name change during the eighties. They soldiered on into the nineties as The Sci-Phonics for a couple of releases. Frank Ridsdale has released albums under his own name as well. His last album release was in 2006. Uranus were a really talented group of musicians that likely didn't get their fair share of notoriety. Thankfully, Unidisc has preserved their one and only release and it is available for download from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, February 24, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_j5us4Y4Ds). Black would move to Hollywood, California for a short period of time in the hope of expanding his act to movies. However, he eventually returned to Canada and in 1969, joined the cast of the Toronto production of Hair! He met his wife, Laurel Ward, shortly thereafter and the two would record as part of the band, Dr. Music, as well as Black & Ward throughout the seventies. Sadly, Black passed away from complications related to Multiple Sclerosis in 2009 at the age of 60. The album, The Black Plague, was re-mastered and re-released by Unidisc and is available for download from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Artist: Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts, Album: Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts, Song: Jelly Roll
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5UXG9qqiNE). Barney would go on to release five albums as well as a greatest hits album between 1988 and 1997. Even as music tastes changed and the new genre of grunge music became popular during the early nineties, his albums still achieved gold status sales in Canada. The Legendary Hearts would disband at the end of the 90's decade and Barney would take a brief hiatus from performing and recording. However, he did return in 2006 with his first solo release and has since released a follow up album in 2010. Barney also started a musical collective known as The Grand Cariboo Opry to help raised funds for needy families in Vancouver. You can follow him at http://www.barneybentall.com/. Sadly, this iconic debut from Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts has never been re-mastered and re-released so it remains a rarity today. At the time of this blog, there were copies trading on Amazon, Discogs and Ebay between $5 and $20. You can also find a different version of the song, Jelly Roll, on the Greatest Hits release. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ5oIVzXvN0&feature=g-upl&context=G20ed529AUAAAAAAACAA). The band played shows in Canada and the U.S. and shared stages with Tricky Woo (see blog 2/4/11), The Arcade Fire, By Divine Right (see blog 2/19/11) and Joel Plaskett (see blog 9/5/10) to name a few. Three of the members went on to form a new band called, Young Rival (see blog 4/19/11) and released their debut album in 2008. You can follow Young Rival at http://www.youngrival.com/. You can purchase copies of the album, In This City, from Amazon. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Artist: United Steel Workers Of Montreal, Album: Broken Trucks And Bottles, Song: Life Bearable In Texas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRskP-ym_kQ&feature=g-upl&context=G24c3fd5AUAAAAAAADAA). The band was signed to Weewerk and released three albums. Their last was released in 2009. They toured the country numerous times and played international festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and Europe. They were an extremely popular live act within, as well as, outside the borders of their home province. They also garnered the support of local unions over their career as a band. In one particular instance, the Steelworkers union invited them to play a lockout at the Stelco plant in Hamilton. The band was also known to busk regularly at metro stations in Montreal. The band membership changed a lot over the years but the most recent line up was Gern F., Felicity Hamer, Matt Watson, Shawn Beauchamp, Phil Frumignac and Dylan Perron. Sadly, the band recently announced on their website in December of last year, that they were calling it quits. You can check them out at http://www.uswm.ca/. You can also see some rare live footage of them performing this song on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHY6I9WXNNU). You can purchase the album, Broken Bones And Bottles, Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, February 20, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXa6nc2Kuss&feature=g-upl&context=G271acb4AUAAAAAAAEAA). Their self titled debut was released in 1992 with Raw Energy Records. It also included the talents of former Crash Vegas and Kathleen Edwards' guitarist, Colin Cripps, as well as multi instrumentalist, Kim Deschamps. Kim's resume is ridiculously long as he has played with everyone from The Cowboy Junkies (see blog 2/13/11) and Blue Rodeo to The Barenaked Ladies and Fred Eaglesmith (see blog 8/3/10). I don't believe the band released another album following their debut in 1992. This particular release is a rare find today. At the time of this blog, there were three copies for sale on Discogs between $15 and $20. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, February 17, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul-Iz4-Laso&feature=fvwrel). The band was made up of Les Emmerson, Brian Rading, Ted Gerow and two drumming brothers Rick and Mike Belanger. The band has reformed in recent years and still plays the odd show. You can follow them at http://www.fivemanelectricalband.ca/. While the album, Sweet Paradise, is long out of print, the band's music has been remastered and re-released on a couple of compilations. Absolutely Right: The Best Of The Five Man Electrical Band along with the 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection: The Best Of The Five Man Electrical Band, both include this track and are both available from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSBVlg6kOHE). There is also a very cool promotional clip from his label, Audiogram, that shows him performing this song live (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFC0RQlRpQs). Damian has been spending a lot of time overseas in places like France and Belgium promoting the release of this album abroad. He also starred in the french film, La Sacree, as well as composing music for the film. You can follow him at http://damienrobitaille.com/. You can purchase the album, Homme Autonome, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqVMVxSh6to&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=2&feature=plcp). There isn't much written about the band to know exactly what happened to them following this release. They did enter music as established professionals in other fields like law and business and I believe most, if not, all the members have returned to their previous careers. Patrick Curley is an entertainment lawyer in Montreal. You can purchase the debut album from The Whereabouts, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Artist: Copperpenny, Album: Made In Canada Our Rock 'N' Roll History Volume 2: Into The 70's, Song: Sitting On A Poor Man's Throne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMD0kRTyq5s). The band hit the road and played shows with some of rock's heavyweights during this period. Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger and Uriah Heep were just some of the headliners they played with across Canada and the U.S.. Only founding member, Rich Wamil, was left by the time they decided to record a third album in 1976. The band folded shortly thereafter. The actual album entitled, Sitting On A Poor Man's Throne, is very rare and out of print today. However, the song was included on a Made In Canada compilation entitled Our Rock 'N' History Volume 2: Into The 70's. It isn't widely available today either but there was one copy trading on Discogs for $32. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, February 13, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvDnha9hH-g). Unfortunately, this would also prove to be their last album as the band decided to part ways. Malcolm Burn would relocate to New Orleans in 1988 and begin an apprenticeship in recording production with Daniel Lanois (see blog 9/16/10). Malcolm got to work with Bob Dylan and The Neville Brothers during that time. Since then, he has produced albums for everyone from Iggy Pop to Emmylou Harris, who he won a Grammy with in 2001. You can follow Malcolm at http://malcolmburn.com/. The original Boys Brigade album is long out of print these days but there were some vinyl copies trading at Discogs and Amazon between $5 and $20. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, February 10, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVL85JDTfRk&lr=1&ob=0). Her vocal stylings remind me a bit of Liz Phair's Exile In Guyville circa 1993. If you are unfamiliar with that album, seek out the song Fuck And Run. You can purchase the album, Champ, on Itunes. You can follow Kim at http://www.kimbarlow.ca/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mb1QNTMGK4&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=2&feature=plcp). The band appears to be playing shows locally while also recording new material at the moment. You can follow them at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mardeen/. They are now a 5pc band with new members Jason Burns and Archie Rankin joining the fold. You can purchase the self titled EP along with their other releases on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
http://www.trooper.com/. I haven't chosen one of the band's hits here but I do love this ballad from their third release in 1977 entitled, Knock 'Em Dead Kid. Most Of The Country, is a deep album cut about a lonely drifter and you can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDXumRcacwo). You can purchase the album, Knock 'Em Dead Kid, on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzeGpD3xpp0&feature=related) and the band became fixtures in Toronto's live music scene playing shows at the legendary Bamboo Club and Lee's Palace. They also toured Canada and would follow up their debut in 1994 with this sophomore release entitled, The Sound. It was another strong release and it garnered the band a Juno nomination for Best Reggae Recording in 1995. They were nominated along with the band One (see blog 1/31/12) but lost out to Carla Marshal. This would prove to be the band's final release. On The Run is the smoking lead off track from this album which boasts some rock and roll guitars and crazy horns. You can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KksiDyrGyIA&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=3&feature=plcp). Unfortunately, there isn't much written about the band or it's members but I do know that frontman, Winston Hosang, eventually opened up a live music venue called Ellington's in Toronto (http://ellingtonsmusicandcafe.com/). Ellington's has a vast array of live music and also offers independent CD's for sale as well. You might also catch Winston playing there. The album, The Sound, is a difficult find today. At the time of this blog, there were copies available at Amazon.com for $10. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Monday, February 6, 2012
http://latentrecordings.com/). The band would collaborate with the Junkies on many of their releases and would also go on to release three more albums between 1990 and 1999. They toured Canada numerous times and even ventured overseas to the U.K. on several occasions. The band has shared stages with the Cowboy Junkies, Johnny Winter and Eric Burdon to name a few. Their album, Love Is All, was released in 1995 and it represents their only album during the nineties that wasn't released with Latent Recordings. In fact, the band would release this album with Raven Recordings which also happened to be the home of the London, Ontario band, Thundermug (see blog 8/29/10). The album was recorded in London, Ontario and is a solid mix of country and early rock and roll influenced music. In My Neighbourhood, was penned by Brodie Lodge and is the hardest rocking tune on the album and you can check it out on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c92wI9fjCrE&list=UUppSJ2-WmKhVgELd07MXO3w&index=4&feature=plcp). Both Greg and Brodie would eventually move on to other musical projects following their last release in 1999. Greg has been busy with the band, Greg Clarke and the Madvarks (http://madvarks.com/) while Brodie along with his brother and former Corndog, Lionel as well as his son Durrie have a new band called Shed. You can follow them at http://www.myspace.com/shedfriends. The album, Love Is All, is a difficult find these days. However, there was one copy trading on Ebay for $6 at the time of this blog. Alternatively, you can purchase their last release from 1999, entitled, Rabbit, from CDbaby (http://www.cdbaby.com/). Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Friday, February 3, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnnCBM5RoLo&feature=related). You can keep tabs on k-os at http://www.k-osmusic.com/ or at http://tour-tv.com/. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJpy7iF9P5M). She is a very cool artist who certainly deserves more attention than she has received. Ferron relocated to the U.S. during the 90's and was briefly signed to Warner for a few releases. To date, she has thirteen albums to her credit. She is a very hard working artist who runs her own songwriting workshops and tours all over Canada and U.S.. She was nominated for a Juno in 1995 for Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year but lost out to Loreena McKennitt. You can follow Ferron at http://ferrononline.com/. You can purchase the album, Testimony, from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
http://tbachman.blogspot.com/. You can watch the video for his big hit, She's So High, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ElORM9O-0U&ob=av2e). Coincidentally, Taylor Swift recently played a show in Vancouver and invited Tal on stage to join her in a cover of this song. You can purchase the album on Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!