Sunday, May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Welcome Back Stephen

High-ho silver, ride...

It was a hot summer day in 2010, and my friends and I are in the pit at Osheaga watching Pavement.

High-ho silver, ride...

We're dancing and singing along to "Stereo".

Take another ride to see me home...

Out of the corner of my eye I see an object flying over the crowd stage left in what seemed like slow motion.

Listen to me, I'm on the stereo...

It was a plastic cup full of beer thrown so perfectly and so accurately that not a drop of alcohol spilled in its flight.

Stereo...

SPLASH!

The beer cup pelts Stephen Malkmus right in the centre of his forehead, completely drenching him and his guitar. One interrupted chord later and everything stopped. I looked at my friend, mouth agape. He looked at me with the same expression, both of us thinking, "Oh fuck, it's over." The crowd stood there dumbfounded for what felt like forever, but the whole thing transpired in probably less than three seconds, then suddenly...

My baby, baby, baby, baby, baby gave me malaria, hysteria...

Malkmus sucked it up and continued to play the rest of the song, and the rest of the set, completely soaked in beer. That's rock 'n' roll.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Even Better Than the Beatles


The Shaggs, "Sweet Maria" b/w "Missouri Waltz" #rsd2016 #TheShaggs #vinyl #records #45rpm


A couple of weeks ago during general music chatter with patrons and a record store that shall remain nameless (and you'll know why in a second), I innocently asked the person who works at the shop what the odds were I could score this Record Store Day exclusive by The Shaggs from Light in the Attic.

They checked the database to see how many copies the store requested, and told me there were three. Now, it is a "rule" that record stores are not allowed to put RSD releases aside for people, but it was hinted that perhaps there just might be a "forgotten" copy in the back room waiting for me when I arrived at the shop on April 16th.

I was pretty confident that a copy of some of the worst and weirdest music in recording history would be mine.

Fast forward to Record Store Day, my friends and I went back to the shop to see what they had, and guess how many copies of this 7-inch were still in the bins: three. The record store followed the rules of Record Store Day, and I got the only item on my RSD 2016 wish list, and everyone was happy! 

IN EVEN BETTER NEWS: Light in the Attic Records is reissuing The Shaggs' only album, Philosophy of the World, this autumn and I could not be more excited! Frank Zappa was reported as saying that The Shaggs were "even better than the Beatles", so you know this is one fucked up record. Check out some tracks from this rare release on YouTube.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tattoo You


The band wanted to tour behind an album, but a couple of bandmates (childhood friends, twins some say) weren't getting on too well, and there wasn't much time, so recording brand new stuff was out of the question. My producer came up with the idea to make me out of outtakes and tracks from past sessions that didn't make it on the records that preceded me. It was a pretty weird time... The singer came in to the studio all by himself to record some vocals, and overdubs were done. My saving grace were two awesome musicians, a keyboardist and a saxophonist, who came in to record additional tracks. Though I lacked cohesion, I ended up being a critical and commercial success and had three hit singles. Oh, and I'm said to be the band's "last great album". #nowspinning #vinyl #records #RollingStones #tattooyou


Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Faves for 2015

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NEW RELEASES
  1. The Adam Brown - Sometimes I Try
  2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  3. Failure - The Heart is a Monster
  4. No Aloha - No Problemo
  5. Les Marinellis - Ile de Rêve
  6. Parkay Quarts - Content Nausea
  7. Mikal Cronin - MCIII
  8. FUZZ - II
  9. Peach Kelli Pop - Peach Kelli Pop
  10. Connie Converse - How Sad How Lovely (vinyl release)
OLD RECORDS AND WHERE I GOT 'EM
  1. Scientist - Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (reissue, Beatnick)
  2. The Koala - The Koala (og press, Cheap Thrills)
  3. Dr. John The Night Tripper - GRIS-Gris (og press, Salon de disques in October)
  4. Ramones - Rocket to Russia (og Canadian press, POP Montreal record fair in September)
  5. Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs (Merge reissue, preordered direct)
  6. Lothar and the Hand People - Presenting... (Phonopolis)
  7. Les Miserables - No Tyme Records comp (POP Montreal record fair)
  8. Roy Wood's Wizzard (Aux 33 Tours)
  9. Nomeansno - Wrong (og press, End of an Ear in Austin freaking Texas)
  10. Eric's Trip - Love Tara (Sub Pop reissue on white vinyl, Discogs)
  11. Happy Flowers - Oof (Aux 33 Tours)
  12. Morlocks - Emerge (Aux 33 Tours)
  13. Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (gatefold, Death of Vinyl)
  14. Red House Painters - Rollercoaster (reissue, Cheap Thrills)
  15. Cameo - Word Up (Friperie Renaissance on Mont-Royal)
  16. The Kids - The Kids (Phonopolis)
YOUR NEW FAVOURITE ROCK 'N' ROLL ALBUM: Hound - Out of Space -- Streaming right here: WeAreHound

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

POP Montreal 2015: Les Marinellis @ Théâtre Fairmount


POP You Did Me Wrong

It was day two of POP Montreal, and after consuming my fill of veggie dogs & beer at the Quartiers POP barbecue and taking a quick cat nap, I made my way to Théâtre Fairmount and got there just in time to catch Les Marinellis opening for Mikal Cronin. It was quite disappointing to discover the band playing to a virtually empty room. That big open space in front of the stage was probably the worst thing about POP Montreal this year, and this particular performance by the band was lacklustre as a result.

Hey wait! Believe me, I'm not faulting Cedric, Alix, Jef, Ben, and Alexis! I know what they can do. Les Marinellis have lots of raw personality and spunk when there's an audience there to actually see and interact with them. The band truly shines when people are around to dance like maniacs to their brand of rock 'n' roll. I think tacking them on to the beginning of a Mikal Cronin show did the band a great disservice, especially since Les Marinellis were one of the few home-grown francophone acts (besides Les Breastfeeders, Félix Dyotte, and Cœur de pirate—were there more?) playing the festival.

Adding them to The Sonics show would have exposed the band to a wider audience that "gets" who they are and what they're doing, and I think the band would have been much more pumped to be there with their people. This was certainly a POP programming error that will take a little bit of time for this fan to forgive and forget. On the up side, Cedric Marinelli was dressed in tattoos and sequin hot pants, and I finally grabbed a copy of their latest record, Île de rêve (P.Trash), all beaten and chewed up by the band.

Monday, September 21, 2015

POP Montreal 2015: Three songwriting tips from Andy Kim!



"The Icon: Montreal's Andy Kim talks songwriting", presented by SOCAN

Montreal pop legend Andy Kim returned home for The POP Symposium event "The Icon: Montreal's Andy Kim talks songwriting" at POP Quarters on September 17, 2015. Joined by his friend Torquil Campbell from indie-rock band Stars—with seasoned fans and new admirers in the audience—Mr. Kim told a genuine and heart-felt story about his life as a young Andrew Youakim living in Villeray who left home as a teen in 1963 to follow his dreams.

"I'm here because I dreamt this life," he said, and it was at the Brill Building in New York City where this multi-talented and brave young songwriter got his start. Inspired by his father, three brothers, and a beautiful young receptionist at the Brill, Andy Kim went on to compose many memorable tunes, most notably the number one hits "Sugar Sugar" (co-written with Jeff Barry and recorded by fictional teens, The Archies) and his iconic love song "Rock Me Gently". 

With a career that spans 19 hit singles and over 30 million records sold, Andy Kim was so generous to share his top-three tips for aspiring songwriters and dreamers alike:

  1. Don't listen to anybody! Your life is what you think about yourself.
  2. A song is words and melody. Learn your instrument, and find a companion you really care for.
  3. I can never be someone else. It starts with you. You're responsible for you. You gotta find you.
Thank you, Andy Kim, for sharing this beautiful moment with us!

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Photo by Norman Wong


Saturday, September 12, 2015

POP Montreal 2015: The Best Concert Ever



My dream of heaven is a giant stadium where all my favourite musicians gather to perform the "Best Concert Ever" for all eternity. Even though this is my own personal selfish afterlife, in my mind if heaven existed it would have no concept of space, time, or direction. All spirits would be welcome to attend the concert as they, and the bands performing, would be experiencing their own personal version of heaven at the exact same time—except there would be no "real" time as we experience it now, and that would be trippy, man, having an unlimited number of experiences all at once. The really good news is, in my version of heaven the tallest guy at the venue wouldn't be standing right in front of you, finally giving you a perfect view of the stage. Heck, you'd even be ON the stage playing right along with the bands. Sounds amazing, right?

What does this have to do with POP Montreal? Well, this year there happens to be a stellar lineup of artists playing the festival who are actually on my list of bands that would play the heavenly "Best Concert Ever". Montreal island will turn into one big stadium when POP Montreal rocks this town starting Wednesday, September 16th until Sunday, September 20th. Event and ticket information is available on the POP Montreal website.

Festival-goers are always so excited about the headliners. Hey, don't get it twisted because I'm also super stoked to catch Motörhead and The Sonics, and we'll get to them later, but first let me start with the locals. These performers give our beautiful city of Montreal its flavour, and they'll definitely pull your heart strings. #POURVRAI #FORREAL




There are so many bands to see and places to be during POP Montreal, and my mind was set on catching Shuggie Otis in conversation with Jamie Thompson during POP Montreal back in 2013. To take in as much of the festival as possible, I dropped by the Rialto to catch Li'l Andy 3D on my way to the Symposium, and I have to say the multi-talented and tall Li'l Andy, his awesome band, and special guests moved me to the point where I just couldn't leave. I stayed for the entire performance, missing Otis completely, and it was totally worth it. Those who were there remember the treats we experienced that night! I highly recommend that you make plans to catch Li'l Andy on Saturday, September 19th at L'Escogriffe for his brand of Ole Opry country and traditional folk-style tunes.


Prince Palu from The Go-Go Radio Magic Show turned me on to local band Le Kid & les Marinellis a few years ago, and what caught my attention was their filthy garage tunes en Français, front-man Cedric's sailor costume and his various stages of undress. Yes, I've seen his ass and that's OK, we're all adults here! This year sent the band touring the U.S. and Europe with their latest album, Île De Rêve (P. Trash), and they dropped "le kid" to the aptly named Les Marinellis. The underlying question is, does this mean the band is all grown up now? Find out on Thursday, September 17th at Théâtre Fairmount.


Commander "Andy" Clark hit my radar last year back when he was fresh-eyed, new to town, and thrust in conversation with podcasters Psi Factor & the Cougar at their POP Symposium with Ty Segall and Mikey Heppner. Since that day, I've seen this Commander Clark dude everywhere around town, most recently smiling something fierce outside PA grocery on du Parc. Clark even called in to Champions of the Local Scene when I was interviewing the gang from Nancy Pants earlier this year. I have yet to see him perform but, admittedly, I'm compelled to catch his show on Friday, September 18th when he opens for Ohara, and I don't know why! Why am I so curious? Maybe it's because Commander Clark just seems so happy all the time... Alright, who's in? The show is on Friday, September 18th at Empire Exchange


Nanimal is fronted by a hopeless romantic who would never admit to composing sweet love songs for his actual girlfriend and posting the demos to a secret bandcamp, only to be shared with the lady and a friend or two (don't be mad at me for sharing your secret, kid, I thought that bandcamp was so rad!). A few years have passed, and I'm really glad a couple of those secret demos eventually made it to Nanimal's publicly-released debut earlier this year. Presentation (self-released) is a great pop album, smooth and polished, but you can expect something faster, angrier, and more nanimated at a live Nanimal show (see what I did there?). The band plays on Friday, September 18th at Quai des Brumes.


UUBBUURRUU is one of those bands that everyone tells me I need to check out. They say, "Stephanie! You will love their music! Trust me! Exclamation point!" So I add the band to that laundry list of recommendations given to me by friends, and I know I have to listen to them, but never get the chance until the band has already broken up and I can't find their records anywhere. The year 2015 is going to be different. It is written in the cosmos that I'll finally discover UUBBUURRUU at POP Montreal. There are five guys in the band (Hail Eris), and they want to "communicate with astral entities" (All Hail Discordia), and their music has "X amount of Fuzz and Y amount of Reverb" (Her Apple Corps is strong). Fuzz, reverb, outer space? Yup, sounds like the band for me. The UUBBUURRUU show is on Friday, September 18th at Bar le "Ritz" P.D.B. The band is launching their new EP, too. Support local music and buy their stuff.


Hamilton, Ontario slacker-musician B.A. Johnston writes pleasant, ridiculously smart, and uncomplicated lyrics. I mean, who else can write a convincing love song that compares his girlfriend to a hot dog from IKEA? An energetic performance with a bunch of silly songs that'll make you smile... that is what to expect from a B.A. Johnston show. Be sure to catch him on Thursday, September 17th at l'Assommoir.


The old adage "Lemmy might not be God, but God wears a Motörhead t-shirt" has been ringing in my tinnitus-inflicted ears ever since I overheard someone saying it on Saint-Denis the other day. I'm more than happy to risk further hearing damage by attending the Motörhead show on Friday, September 18th at Théâtre Olympia with Anthrax! But word on the street is the band has been cancelling gigs due to Lemmy's [alleged] health problems, so we'll see if that happens. In the meantime, you can check out his new line of sex toys and hope this particular show goes on. Get well soon Lemmy!


Something has happened that I must tell you... there's something about me you don't know. I am a Waver, have been since the '90s, and you have no idea how excited I am to finally get to see Built to Spill live. Couldn't afford to go to shows as a starving student back in the day, but I've been a big fan of the band since their debut album Ultimate Alternative Wavers (C/Z Records) in 1993, and Untethered Moon (Warner Bros.) from this year is pretty solid. Did I mention my undying love for Doug Martsch's work with Calvin Johnson in the Halo Benders? "Canned Oxygen" is such a jam! 69 to 5, Built to Spill plays POP Montreal on Saturday, September 19th at Club Soda.


Speaking of the '90s, I have it on good authority that the plaid shirts and baby doll dresses you snagged from your parents' old wardrobes will come in handy this fall because [tongue firmly placed in cheek] Grunge is back! Again. Eye roll. Minneapolis, Minnesota all-girl punk band Babes in Toyland have reformed, and POP Montreal is bringing their raw, heavy-hitting sound to Théâtre Rialto on Saturday, September 19th. Don't get bound-and-hagged you cob nobbler, leave that harsh realm! Grab your fuzz and throw on your kickers because this show is gonna be score. All joking aside, Babes in Toyland is an important band to us girls, so I truly hope to see some women out there in the pit and that the show will inspire them to pick up a damn guitar.


Let's go back to the beginning, to my own personal heaven, back to the Best Concert Ever. The Sonics from Tacoma, Washington are on that heavenly list of bands, and they're most definitely on my list for the "must-see" acts of POP Montreal 2015. It is believed by many a music fan that The Beatles influenced rock and roll for generations, but for me and my peeps it's The Sonics. This band, spearheaded by a then teen-aged Larry Parypa, was there for the birth of punk rock, and their hard-edged and aggressive style obviously inspired every punk band that came after them. Catch these garage legends on Wednesday, September 16th at Théâtre Fairmount. What a great way to kick off the fest! Heaven's coming a little early, and I await my maker.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Montreal Record Store Guide



Throw a rock anywhere in this city and you're bound to hit a record shop. Montreal is a crate digger's paradise with more vinyl than you can possibly carry, and the gems are ripe for the picking if you know where to look. Starting downtown near McGill University, and heading all the way over to the nether regions of Montreal's east end, check out my picks for the best vinyl destinations in the 514—or 438, if you're modern that way.

Aux 33 Tours (1373 Mont-Royal E.)

This is the perfect shop for beginner record collectors, as it offers a wide variety of genres and several neat rows of new and used records to flip through. Seasoned collectors will also want to check out the new arrivals at Aux 33 Tours, where there are always rare records to be found, and fans of quality pressings will definitely want to hit this place, as it is the only shop in town that specializes in 100% virgin vinyl imported directly from Japan. The store restocks their inventory on a regular basis too, so be sure to go often! Notable dig: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy (on Def Jam).

Beatnick (3770 Saint-Denis)

Beatnick is a spectacular shop with the largest selection of '60s vinyl in the city, in fact, there is a giant back room devoted to it—country fans, there's a secret back-back room just for you too! You will find shelves upon shelves of 45s, an amazing soul selection, and plenty of records by current artists. Beatnick also carries CDs for music lovers who prefer that medium. The best thing about this store is the owner, Nick Catalano. Nick remembers exactly what his customers want, and he'll put stuff aside for you when it finally comes in. Notable dig: An original pressing of Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones, complete with a working zipper!.

Cheap Thrills (2044 Metcalfe)

Founded in 1972, Cheap Thrills is Montreal's oldest, dearest, and cheapest record shop. Really, their prices are hard to beat! This is a student's paradise, and just minutes away from McGill University. As you dig through all the metal and punk records in their amazing used section, witness the film High Fidelity with John Cusack come to life, complete with grumpy record store clerks who aren't so grumpy once you get to know them. For those who like to read, Cheap Thrills also has tons of books to discover. Notable dig: A near-mint copy of Tyrants of Teen Trash by the Gruesomes.

La Fin du Vinyle / Death of Vinyl (6307 Saint-Laurent)

Death of Vinyl is exactly where you want to go if you really love to dig. Expect to spend hours in this giant loft literally packed from floor to ceiling with over 50,000 used records. The shop will shock and surprise you with its great selection of hip hop, house, and dance; many local DJs hit Death of Vinyl to find 12-inch remixes to sample and spin. There's also a spot in the store that sells and repairs vintage and used turntables, amps, and speakers. Notable dig: Buenos Dias Jesus ‎by My Dog Popper.

L'Oblique (4333 Rivard)

That Godspeed You! Black Emperor record you wanted is just waiting for you over at L'Oblique! In fact, the shop has an entire section devoted to albums by local experimental and post-rock bands, plus a nice selection of CDs, 7-inch EPs, and some old 45s if that is your flavour. There are also concert tickets for sale, and L'Oblique logo t-shirts in an array of colours. Notable dig: Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements by Stereolab.

Paul's Boutique (112 Mont-Royal E.)

Paul's Boutique, named after one of the best Beastie Boys albums ever, is a crooked little yellow house located in the heart of plateau Montreal. The shop is literally packed to the eyeballs with rare finds, albums by local garage rock acts, and lots of vintage band posters and memorabilia to look at. Come for the gritty atmosphere and the records, but stay for the drama between the locals who hang out at the shop. Take note that Paul's Boutique opens at random hours during the week, so your best bet is to visit on Saturdays in the mid-afternoon. Notable dig: the SuperFunkPresents FunkSoulSisters compilation.

Phonopolis (207 Bernard O.) 

The selection at Phonopolis is robust and not too overwhelming, with a great mixture of obscure artists and classic bands. You'll also find the finest world music section at this shop, thoughtfully curated and chock full of amazing artists from Nigeria, Zambia, and basically every other African country you can imagine. Phonopolis carries many eclectic and reissue labels too, including Sacred Bones, Numero Group, and Luaka Bop. Notable dig: World Psychedelic Classics – 5: Who is William Onyeabor? by William Onyeabor.

Le Pick Up (169 des Pins E.)

There's a block on avenue des Pins east of Saint-Laurent that houses some fine indie-shops run by small-business owners. Here you can get a snappy new asymmetric hair cut at Salon Identité whilst feasting on yummy vegan treats from Sophie Sucrée, and when you're done, be sure to head next door to Le Pick Up and grab some tunes! This shop has a great selection of records from the '80s and '90s with prices that won't break the bank. Notable dig: All the Time, All the Time, All the Time by The Box.

Sonik (4050 Berri)

Where did all the old punks go? Well, they grew up and opened a little record shop in the plateau called Sonik. This store is the top vinyl destination in Montreal for punk, garage, psych, post-punk, and everything in between. There's also a little jazz section to shift through, and several other gems to be found. Bring cash! They don't have Interac or take credit cards. Notable dig: Sell Out Young! by The Nils.

Sonorama (260 Bernard O.)

Indeed, Sonorama has a lot of 12-inch LPs for you to flip through, but the real reason to hit this shop is to dig through their huge selection of 45s varying from funk, soul, disco, pop, punk, garage, rap and hip hop, to good ol' rock n roll. Run by record collectors, for record collectors, the knowledgeable staff is always willing to help you find that rare psych record from the '60s, and as an added bonus, there are two turntables set up by the windows so you can listen before you buy. Notable dig: "There's a Red-Neck in the Soul Band" b/w "Just One Step" by Latimore (on Glades).

Sound Central (4486 Coloniale)

Among the rows of obscure punk 7-inches and really cool film soundtracks on vinyl, you will find plenty of other great stuff at Sound Central. Bring back cocktail hour and pick up some kitsch or Tiki statues for your living room bar, they'll go great with that Herb Alpert record you just found. Want to feel like a kid again? Just grab a record by The Jackson 5 and play with those vintage toys also available for sale at the shop. Better yet, have a coffee with Sean and ask him to tell you stories about what went on in the Montreal music scene back when you were a zygote. Sound Central really makes a person feel like part of a family. There are live performances almost every weekend too! Notable dig: The Blood of Others by Witches of God.

A Little Bird Told Me...

Shhh… here's a secret digging spot no one knows about: Tucked away in Montreal's Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district in the east end is Da Muzz (4927 Sainte-Catherine E.). A little bird told us that this shop is full of gems on vinyl and cassette!

BONUS: Record Shopping Tips

1) Go for the blind buy. Sometimes you really can judge a record by its cover, and if it has a woman dressed as a birthday cake, well you just know that the music has got to be awesome.

2) Check Discogs. The market drives the value, and sometimes record vendors have delusions of grandeur. Make sure you're armed with an iPhone or Android device and see what the record is really going for before you buy.

3) Condition, condition, condition! Used records are indeed used, so you're going to want to open those babies up and have a look inside. Better yet, take the records out and check for signs of wear, deep scratches, and warping. If a record isn't shiny and flat, chances are your turntable will eat it.

3) Carry a heavy canvas tote bag. You're going to need a strong sack to transport all those records home, and you'll help the environment at the same time!

4) Bring cash. Some stores offer discounts or knock off the sales tax for repeat customers who pay with real dollars.

5) Support local artists and labels. When you're finished digging through crates at your favourite indie record shop, head on out to the nearest venue and catch a show by a Montreal band! Throw down 5$ for a cool limited-edition 7" while you're at it, they'll appreciate the love.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Last Days of Winter



There are 13 days left until the Spring Equinox, so here are some sun shiny lollipop psych jams to get you through the last days of Winter, one for each day.

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TRACKS

The Electric Prunes, "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)"
July, "Dandelion Seeds"
Deep Six, "Paint It Black"
Spirits and Worm, "Spirits and Worm"
Faine Jade, "Cold Winter Sun Symphony in D Major"
The Misunderstood, "Children of the Sun"
The Litter, "Soul Searchin'"
N.S.U., "Turn On or Turn Me Down"
Strawberry Alarm Clock, "Incense and Peppermints"
Donovan, "Hurdy Gurdy Man"
Tomorrow, "Hallucinations"
Kaleidoscope, "The Sky Children"
Morgen, "Purple"


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saint Valentine was martyred

This is a Valentine's Day mix tape called "A Mix for G in Ohio". The cover art was made from old flyers from my radio shows past.


The hand-written track list came in a sealed envelope decorated with a heart, beads, and feathers.

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TRACK LIST

Todd Rundgren, "Little Red Lights"
Big Star, "September Gurls"
13th Floor Elevators, "Slide Machine"
The Haunted, "I'm Just Gonna Blow My Little Mind to Bits"
Sweet, "Fox on the Run"
Cheap Trick, "Surrender"
Small Faces, "It's Too Late"
The Who, "I Don't Mind"
Allah-Las, "Tell Me"
The Replacements, "I Will Dare"
Jacobites, "Pin Your Heart to Me"
David Kilgour, "Spins You Round"
Blood, Sweat & Tears, "So Much Love"
Beach Boys, "Busy Doin' Nothin'"
The Creation, "Hurt Me if You Will"
The Clean, "Anything Can Happen"
Badfinger, "We're for the Dark"
The Roches, "Hammond Song"
Nico, "I'll Keep It with Mine"
Sly and the Family Stone, "Que Sera Sera"


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Faves for 2014

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This year, I left the little island of Montreal and travelled to Texas with DJ Kelly from Les Femmes En Question! We spent three awesome days on the Carson Creek Ranch at Austin Psych Fest where I got to see some of my favourite bands and musicians, including Kadavar, Dead Meadow, Earthless, Shannon & the Clams, and Mikal Cronin... but the biggest dream come true for me was finally getting to watch Acid Mothers Temple perform. They LITERALLY set the stage on fire! Another stand-out was Kikagaku Moyo from Tokyo, Japan. I only caught the last 3 minutes of their set, but that's all I needed to immediately fell in love with the band. I ran to the merch table to buy their album, Forest of Lost Children, which got a lot of spins on my turntable since my return. My fondest Austin memory has got to be the people I met there. I feel so lucky! Here's a big shout out to Raul, Eric, Nathan, Karina, Chad, Sarah, Andreas, Bobcat, Zeek, Michael, and David. VC is good. Vinyl Community forever!

BEST RELEASES

PyPy - Pagan Day
Small Teeth - Small Teeth Tape
Nancy Pants - Total Nancy Pants
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Hound - Out of Time
Obliterations - Poison Everything
Ty Segall - Manipulator
Kikagaku Moyo - Forest of Lost Children
Allah-Las - Worship the Sun
Hamish Kilgour - All of It and Nothing
David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights - End Times Undone
Habibi - Habibi
Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Aphex Twin - Syro
Self Defense Family - Try Me
Mogwai - Raves Tapes

BEST VINYL REISSUES

Built to Spill - Ultimate Alternative Wavers
The Clean - Anthology
They Might Be Giants - Flood
The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone
All the Belle and Sebastian reissues on Matador Records, OMG

BEST COMPILATIONS

Various - Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
Various - Eccentric Soul: Capitol City Soul
Various - Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966 - 1985
William Onyeabor - Box set, Vol 1. & Vol. 2

MEMORABLE SHOWS

Neutral Milk Hotel + Elf Power @ Olympia
Everything @ Austin Psych Fest!
Black Angels + Roky Eriksson @ Corona Theatre
Hanson Brothers @ Il Motore (when it was still Il Motore)
Kid Kongo & the Pink Monkey Birds @ Le Divan Orange
Ronnie Spector's Behind the Beehive + Bloodshot Bill @ The Rialto (POP Montreal)
Ty Segall + The Nymphets + La Luz @ Club Soda (POP Montreal)

YOU WILL BE MISSED

RIP Robin Williams. Thank you for your talent, and the kindness you showed to all your fans.

A fond farewell to The Record Room. Thanks for all the 45s!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Joanna Gruesome

Joanna Gruesome
Weird Sister (Slumberland Records / Fortuna Pop! released in September 2013)

This band is keeping the indie-pop spirit alive! #tweeasfuck

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My Faves for 2013

Originally published in the CJLO Magazine.


   

TOP 10 ALBUMS

01. Fuzz - Fuzz
02. Kvelertak - Meir
03. The Feeling of Love - Reward Your Grace
04. Earthless - From the Ages
05. Mikal Cronin - MCII
06. Yo la Tengo - Fade
07. The Pastels - Slow Summits
08. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
09. Kurt Vile - Wakin' on a Pretty Daze
10. Deafheaven - Sunbather

TOP 10 MONTREAL ALBUMS

01. Solids - Blame Confusion
02. Elephant Stone - Elephant Stone
03. Archery Guild - DIN
04. UBT - Ego Orientation
05. CTZNSHP - Doom Love
06. Cafeïne - New Love
07. Dig It Up - Manners
08. Suuns - Images du Futur
09. The Besnard Lakes - Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
10. Freelove FennerDo Not Affect a Breezy Manner

BEST REISSUES

01. Nomeansno - Wrong
02. Sunn O))) - Black One
03. Dead Meadow - Dead Meadow
04. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, Pink Moon (Back to Black)
05. Parquet Courts -  Light Up Gold (released in 2012, reissued in Canada in 2013)


BEST COMPILATIONS

01. William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor?
02. Molly Drake - Molly Drake

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

01. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
02. Black Sabbath - 13
03. Dumb Numbers - Dumb Numbers
04. The Men - New Moon
05. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister
06. Diarrhea Planet - I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
07. Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds - Haunted Head
08. Pharmakon - Abandon
09. Pissed Jeans - Honeys
10. A Tribe Called Red - Nation II Nation

BEST SHOWS

01. My Bloody Valentine + Dumb Numbers @ Metropolis
02. Kvelertak @ Katacombes
03. Mudhoney @ Il Motore
04. Li'l Andy 3D @ Theatre Rialto
05. Woods + Parquet Courts + The Nymphets @ Il Motore
06. Michael Cronin + Shannon & the Clams @ Il Motore
07. Ringo Deathstarr @ Kathy & Kimy Restobar
08. Fucked Up + Cadence Weapon @ SAT
09. Archery Guild + Ostrich Tuning @ Sala Rossa
10. Melted Faces @ L'Escogriffe


Stephanie Dee is CJLO's Magazine Editor and the host of Twee Time every Friday from 8 to 9 PM. She occasionally hosts Champions of the Local Scene, which airs every Wednesday from 6 to 7 PM.