The Big Town Boys
August 32nd / My Babe - 7"
Tommy Goodings joined his first band way back in 1958, and with a bit of perseverance, had managed to work his way up the Toronto club scene, eventually gigging regularly at Toronto's legendary Club Blue Note as part of Kay Taylor and The Regents. Taylor would ultimately go on to other endeavours, leaving the remaining five to soldier on as the truncated Regents. And by 1960, Goodings had engineered his own departure, not just from the Regents but from Canada altogether, spending the better...more
Long Distance Runners
This St. John's six-piece have been kicking around the east coast scene since 2009. Billing themselves as one of the hardest-working bands out there, Long Distance Runners have thus far issued an EP and two full-lengths (including 2012's Tracks), have played with the likes of Wintersleep, Rich Aucoin, the Jim Cuddy Band and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra to name a few and have had their songs featured on CBC's Republic of Doyle and CBS's Golden Boy.
Un Jour, Un Jour / Hey Friend, Say Friend - 7"
Michelle Richard started her recording career as a young teenager, and from the late fifties to the mid-sixties had managed to tweak the Quebec charts under a plethora of musical guises, from romantic crooner to rocking twister all the way to ye-ye chanteuse. Like most Quebecois singers at the time, her repertoire consisted for the most part of cover versions of American and French hits of the time, including a French version of Lesley Gore's 'You Don't Own Me' that was nearly as good as its...more
Fate Screen - split 7" with Fresh Snow
This cool double-sider arrived in shops near the end of November 2014, and with a price tag of just five bucks it has to go down as one of the top-10 record values of the year, if only we made such sensible lists. Both bands here - Fresh Snow and Mimico - are part of the Toronto-based Reel Cod label's impressive roster of talent, one which also includes the jangly Pinecones and the power-popping Taste. It's hard to say which side is the better of the two here. On one side, there is Fresh S...more
Mony Mony - split 7" with Mimico
This excellent double-sider arrived in shops at the tail end of November 2014, and at a pitifully low price point of just five bucks it has to go down as one of the top-10 record values of the year, if only we kept such sensible stats. Both bands here - Fresh Snow and Mimico - are part of the Toronto-based Reel Cod label's impressive roster of talent, one which also includes the jangly Pinecones and the power-popping Taste. It's hard to say which side is the better of the two here. Mimico's...more