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The Way I Walk / Midgie - 7
Jack Scott
The Way I Walk / Midgie - 7"

Dave Marsh called Jack Scott "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time". Though considered by many to be Detroit's first white rock and roller, Scott actually grew up on the Canadian side of things, in Windsor, Ontario. Born one Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr. to a large Italian family, Scott moved to the working-class Detroit suburb of Hazel Park when he was just ten years old. It was there - in a place rife with car factories and auto workers - that he developed a lo...more



Right from Real - Part I EP - Lydia Ainsworth
Lydia Ainsworth
Right from Real - Part I EP

Lydia Ainsworth may be the latest signee to Montreal's uber-hip Arbutus label, but the Toronto-based electronic composer sure took a roundabout way of getting there. As a precocious child, Ainsworth got her start in the classical world at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. "They sent me home with a cello when I was ten," she told Noisey, "(but) I learned how to play myself, so my technique is all wrong." She would spend four years in New York, and it was there that her music career really s...more



Tender Opposites - TOPS
TOPS
Tender Opposites

TOPS released their first full-length record in February 2012 to kudos on both sides of the Atlantic. The Montreal foursome of singer/keyboardist Jane Penny, guitarist David Carriere, bassist Thomas Gillies and drummer Riley Fleck trade in a nifty blend of indie pop that channels silky seventies soft rock, eighties MTV fluff and nineties twee pop a la Saint Etienne. But, like Ariel Pink, to whom the band are sometimes compared, they take those references and warp them into an oddly beguil...more



Baby Send for Me / Shake Yourself Down - 7
The Checkerlads
Baby Send for Me / Shake Yourself Down - 7"

In their brief existence, the Checkerlads released just three singles, the best of which has got to be this scorching piece of garage punk. The Regina quintet of Arnold Rippliner, Robert Frei, Robert Bucholtz, Harvey Frasz and Larry Reich issued the first of those records on the Thunder Bay-based Gaiety imprint in 1966. And though the band's self-penned Rolling Stones clone on the a-side seemed the better of the two tunes, it was the frantic flipside that managed to tweak the charts...more



Time - Abraham's Children
Abraham's Children
Time

Jimi Bertucci was just one of the many Canadian musicians who trace their roots back across the pond to Italy. Like fellow Torontonian and Mandala guitar wizard Domenic Troiano, along with Montreal producer Pat Deserio and the bulk of that fecund disco scene, Bertucci came to this country when he was just a child. His would have been a fairly typical Italian immigrant experience at the time. Born one Vincenzo Donato Bertucci in the Calabrian village of Serra San Bruno, the impressionable s...more



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