Friday, May 30, 2008

CanCon Friday - Loverboy

From the ashes of dreams rose success...Paul Dean, original guitarist with the mighty Streetheart, found himself unemployed due to the usual frictions over creative directions.

A seasoned hand on the Canadian rock scene, he set about finding players of like mind and professionalism to form an act that found itself at exactly the right place and the right time - the 1980's, and the dawn of MTV.

For a little flavor of the moment, let singer Mike Reno tell you the rest of the story of a band still going strong.

Fun fact: It's said that Bob Rock, esteemed producer and former member of the Payolas, requested the use of the late Scott Smith's number one bass while tracking his parts on the infamous St. Anger album by Metallica.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday Overnight - Happy Birthday, Miles

Blue In Green, from Kind Of Blue, 1959.

Bitches Brew, live in Rome, 1969.

Back Seat Betty/My Man's Gone Now, live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1982.

“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.”

1926 - 1991

Thursday, May 22, 2008

CanCon Friday - Kittie

For my comrade-in-blogs Doctor Zaius, who of late has touted the pulchritudinous and terpsichorean wonders of all-human-female pop groups.

That this sort of wholesome activity is ideal for the American variant of the species goes without saying, of course - but here in Canada the climatic imperatives behoove us to be a little more...aggressive.
After all, survival in the frozen Arctic wastes is of paramount importance.

And so today I bring to you from London, Ontario ('where the weak are killed'), reworking Pink Floyd's Run Like Hell, and their own song Spit...Kittie.


Would You Like Lies With That?

Would You Like Lies With That?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

John, You Know It Ain't Easy

Ever Had The Feeling You've Been Anointed?


"John McCain is kind of like Jesus Christ on the cross," Everhart said as she began the second day of the state GOP convention. "He never denounced God, either."

Everhart was praising McCain for never denouncing the United States while he was being tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"I'm not trying to compare John McCain to Jesus Christ, I'm looking at the pain that was there," she said.

A more outstanding modern example of incipient cognitive dissonance in a human mind desperately seeking the elusive circular-aperture-to-quadrilateral-pin connection might be harder to find...Well, there's always next week.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Over 40,000 Visitors Can't Be Wrong...

Do It Live

...But they might not all be Wright, either.


At this time, I would like to welcome my recent influx of viewers from that fine organization, Crooks & Liars, and especially my 'Alabammy unbound' pal Blue Gal.

'May the road rise to meet you all'

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Sunday Overnight

VSOP - Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Wallace Roney, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, playing a brisk version of So What, 1992.

...And Mr. Hands again, with Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette, laying it down on Toys.

Friday, May 16, 2008

One Of These Things Just Gotta Be A Chickenhawk

One Of These Things Just Gotta Be A Chickenhawk

CanCon Friday - Honeymoon Suite

Those of you who were adults (or pretending to be) around 1984 might remember these fellows...So, splash on some Jovan, put on your best headband, and bang it to some Honeymoon Suite for your CanCon Friday.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sunday Overnight

Tonight: Chet Baker, whom we lost 20 years ago this week...His version of Look For The Silver Lining.

...And Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman, with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins.

Friday, May 09, 2008

CanCon Friday - Crowbar

My American friends would probably have heard of this band in an osmotic fashion - Through the use of its signature tune Oh, What A Feeling by the execrable Rush Limbaugh as a show theme...But there's far more to the story than that.

Crowbar arose from the next cohesive unit forged on the anvil of the mighty Ronnie Hawkins after the entity that became known as The Band left to seek their own fortune, and were apocryphally named by the Hawk upon their own departure as being capable of 'f*cking up a crowbar' viola, c'est nomme de musique.

Along with such partners in crime as Richard Jewell, a/k/a master harmonica player King Biscuit Boy, they blended an eclectic mix of blues, Rock & Roll, folk and whatever else they could swipe from the motel on their way out the door to the next town.

Keep an eye out for Kelly Jay and the rest of the boys, should you get an infrequent chance to catch a reunion - you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sunday Overnight

Oliver Nelson, with Eric Dolphy, Paul Chambers, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, and Bill Evans - Stolen Moments, from Blues And The Abstract Truth.

...and a chaser: Blues For Pablo, Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra, 1957.

Friday, May 02, 2008

CanCon Friday - Max & The Marginalized

Although they're my American friends, I'm making these fellows honorary Canucks for today, and would recommend to all my viewers that they pay them a visit at their blog, and MySpace pages to enjoy some pointed social commentary set to a hard-driving beat.

Consider slipping them a few bucks while you're there, if you dig it - It's for a good cause - independent original music that aims to make a difference.

Peace out