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Island Ghost EP - Mercea
Island Ghost EP

For those who know their arcane geographic history, Mercea take their name from the former Mersea Township in Essex County just outside Leamington, where the band make their home. As is the case with all small towns - the Leamington area boasts 28,000 souls these days - the guys go way back. "Me and drummer Joseph T. Sarkis started playing music together at the age of fifteen, nearly twenty years ago, together and apart," Mercea's guitarist Joseph Nohra told CM. "I started working on m...more

Whole Lotta Your Love b/w Saturday's Wild - 7' - Lee Hurst
Lee Hurst
Whole Lotta Your Love b/w Saturday's Wild - 7'

When soul singer Lee Hurst first approached Merv Buchanan, it wasn't just Hurst's silky smooth voice that caught the producer's attention. "At the time, Lee looked like a pimp," he told CM. "He had an afro, dressed to the nines, drove a flashy Cadillac and always had hot, young chicks hanging around him."

Buchanan, as those majoring in Canuckistani Studies will know, was the man behind Trend Records, one of Canada's first truly independent labels. He had only recently sh...more

Yesterdays Today / Something You've Got - 7
The Fifth
Yesterdays Today / Something You've Got - 7"

Though one of the most popular groups in the Winnipeg area throughout the late sixties, the Fifth were actually formed about fifty kilometres to the north in the old summer resort town of Winnipeg Beach. Future member Vance Masters recalls on his blog, "The ensemble evolved as a result of the failure of another band. Bassist Richard Gwizdak moved to Winnipeg in 1965, long before the Fifth became a band. He was rehearsing with another collection of musicians, but they never got to the point...more

Urbana Champaign - Aleem Khan
Aleem Khan
Urbana Champaign

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

Reign Ghost - Reign Ghost
Reign Ghost
Reign Ghost

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

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