As half of the now-defunct sibling duo Shaani Cage, Aleem Khan explored his love of silky smooth r'n'b, especially on 2015's fine long-player Danyaal. But buried amidst all that slick groove was a two-minute snippet called 'Mississippi', where the Alberta-based musician explored - through the voice of a South Asian immigrant atop a languorous piano/drum riff - the shock and disbelief at the poverty and backwardness of that forlorn state, "the Bangladesh of America". Much of that same...more
Bob Bryden was just twelve years old when his family shifted down the old Highway 7 from white-collar Ottawa to the gritty factory town of Oshawa, just outside Toronto. But after a brief spell of culture shock, he dove headfirst into that city's burgeoning rock and roll scene, first as a drummer and then of course as the uber-noodling guitarist he became famous for. In fact, by the time he was sixteen, the precocious lad had already played in half a dozen bands with names like the Outcasts, ...more
Enter the Realm
Sixties anoraks eyeballing the cool retro cover won't be disappointed here.
Enter the Realm is the second missive from the Halifax-based Fossil Cliffs since their start-up in 2014. Though originally just a solo side project for Kuato's Mike D'eon, the band swelled to a four-piece and expanded its guitar-based sound to include elements of late-sixties psych, alt-country and even a bit of surf music. There's much to like on Enter the Realm, from the Cramps-in...more
Percy Faith and His Orchestra
Theme from A Summer Place / Go-Go-Po-Go - 7"
As a bandleader, Percy Faith managed to chart records for over a quarter of a century, from 1950 to 1976, long after the big band era had succumbed to the likes of rock and roll, pop and even disco. In all, he enjoyed twenty-four top-40 hits, including three number ones ('Delicado' in 1952, 'Moulin Rouge Theme' the following year and 'Theme from A Summer Place' in 1960). But his career might not have happened at all were it not for a fateful - and as it turned out, for...more
Like many a teenaged Toronto musician in the mid-sixties, Greg Hambleton could be found in Yorkville making the scene in the clubs and cafes of that city's buzzing enclave. The would-be singer-songwriter even managed to record a couple of singles before deciding to pack up his guitar in favour of a mixing board. Hambleton would spend some time apprenticing as an independent recording engineer at Art Snider's venerable old Sound Canada studio before choosing to venture out on his own. One of...more