Author: The Revue (Staff)

Vintage Vinyl – Shirley Field

Vintage Vinyl – Shirley Field

Country singer/songwriter Shirley Field was born in Armstrong, B.C. and began singing in school operettas and local stampedes at the tender age of five. Her first recordings were with Evan Kemp and His Trail Riders, she had her own radio program (“The Cowboy’s Sweetheart Show”) on CFJC Kamloops, and she made appearances on both the CBC, CTV’s “Cross Country Barn […]

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Interview with VEARA (gig at Luneta Cafe on Nov. 6)

Interview with VEARA (gig at Luneta Cafe on Nov. 6)

VEARA is coming to Ottawa for a gig on November 6 at the Luneta Café. I recently connected with Brittany Harrell (their kick ass drummer) for a little chat about life with the band, and what it’s like to be on a label like Epitaph. First of all….holy shit, you’re on Epitaph Records. What did you do when you got […]

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Cur Comix (number 3)

Cur Comix (number 3)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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Odenkirk as Auteur II – Let’s Go to Prison

Odenkirk as Auteur II – Let’s Go to Prison

Bob Odenkirk’s Let’s Go to Prison is a darkly hilarious argument that prison only makes bad people worse. It’s also a beautiful love story.

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Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Toronto’s Wildlife are rolling their bus into town on Friday night. Sonically speaking, they live somewhere between Family of the Year and Arcade Fire (which happen to be two of my favourite bands). However, they have something those two bands don’t really have (or emote, anyway): An unabashed vibe of fun and joy. Their latest release “On The Heart” is […]

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Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: Kinetic Ideals

Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: Kinetic Ideals

Toronto’s Kinetic Ideals lived very much under the radar in their original 1980-1985 existence. Like a lot of darker new wave bands, they made an impression on certain segments (those folks who loved Joy Division, for example), but their moody tunes never traveled too far afield. In fact, their final EP was never released after the band completed it in […]

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What the Hell, Wiwichu, What the Hell?

What the Hell, Wiwichu, What the Hell?

I love this. Love it. It’s weird, it’s outlandish…it’s music on instruments (mostly). It’s been called a “punk rock approach to jazz”. Words (well, at least my words) can’t really capture what this is. It’s a gloriously bizarre experimental record from a group of Montreal musicians keen on playing whatever the hell they want, whenever they hell they want. After […]

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Super last minute gig pick! Plants and Animals w/ Hilotrons @ The Canadian Museum of Nature, TONIGHT

Super last minute gig pick! Plants and Animals w/ Hilotrons @ The Canadian Museum of Nature, TONIGHT

The Plants and Animals show at Ritual Nightclub this past February was one of the best I’ve ever been to, and I can’t really think of a way for their live performance to be improved other than maybe to have it take place in a building that also contains dinosaurs. What? Nature Nocturne is a monthly party at the Canadian […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Nick Ayoub

Vintage Vinyl – Nick Ayoub

Music is the ultimate melting pot. In 1927, a year after the subject of this post was born, Columbia released the first recorded version of a folk song old enough that its origins, although traced to Asia Minor, have been lost. It was performed by Tetos Demetriades, a Turkish singer who had emigrated to the United States, and his rendition of the song […]

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Open your eyes to Blinker the Star

Open your eyes to Blinker the Star

While it undoubtedly comes across loud and clear in this episode, allow me to offer full disclosure: I am a huge fan of Jordon Zadorozny. His first record as Blinker the Star set the bar high for so-called low-fi music. Those songs are heavy, ethereal, melancholic; brash and youthful, showing a nascent pop genius. The music business, at this point […]

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Cur Comix (number 2)

Cur Comix (number 2)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: The Hot Nasties

Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: The Hot Nasties

Don’t you just love vinyl reissues of vinyl treasures from the ancient past? Ugly Pop Records has made a business of reissuing a whack of old gems, including this one from the famed (well, if you were a punk in Calgary around 1980) The Hot Nasties. 3 songs, with the title track (Invasion of the Tribbles) being the one you […]

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UnChained Reviews: “Raccoon Dead on the Side of the Road” by Racoon Wedding

UnChained Reviews: “Raccoon Dead on the Side of the Road” by Racoon Wedding

Rock and roll was originally founded under two principles: fun and rebellion. There are no true rebels left in rock music. It has all been done and what was once counter culture has become mainstream. There are, however, a precious few bands left that still have fun in their recordings. It’s easy to say you’re having fun – it’s a […]

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Gig: Elephant 12 + Sons of Pluto @ Zaphod Beeblebrox on October 24th

Gig: Elephant 12 + Sons of Pluto @ Zaphod Beeblebrox on October 24th

Our pals at Zaphod Beeblebrox are welcoming UK band Elephant 12 to the stage this Thursday along with Ottawa’s own Sons of Pluto. Sons of Pluto formed in 2010 to play a series of shows around the University of Ottawa, adding two new members in 2011 and 2013 to further enrich their sound. Their musical influences are so wide-ranging that […]

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Gig: Tilda and The Flats @ Pressed on October 26

Gig: Tilda and The Flats @ Pressed on October 26

Random Orbit Records and Pressed present: Tilda with special guests The Flats play Pressed on October 26th . Its been a long time coming for these two local bands to come together and share a stage again. Tilda’s Michael Peterson left The Flats to re-unite Tilda and record his recient release Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor. The Album was recorded at […]

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Gig pick: The Famines w/ Average Times & Finderskeepers @ Pressed, October 23rd

Gig pick: The Famines w/ Average Times & Finderskeepers @ Pressed, October 23rd

Wednesdays are usually pretty boring but this week the great Ottawa Explosion is putting on a super cool show at Pressed featuring the Famines, Average Times, and Finderskeepers. It’s going to kick your hump day right in the rump. Or the hump, I guess. Sorry. All of these bands rock and I saw Average Times play back in August and […]

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Interview with Mad Anthony (check ’em out at Zaphods on October 23)

Interview with Mad Anthony (check ’em out at Zaphods on October 23)

I had the opportunity to chat with Marc Sherlock from Mad Anthony, in anticipation of their upcoming Zaphod’s gig (October 24). This is a trio that lives on the road about 90% of the time, cranking out the big rock noise to the good folks smart enough to check out their shows. They’ve had some great successes, like a lot […]

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Cur Comix (number 1)

Cur Comix (number 1)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (Click to enlarge)

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Vintage Vinyl – Ray Dalan

Vintage Vinyl – Ray Dalan

  Outside of these two pages, one of which refers to him as “Reverend” and states that he passed away on April 8th, 2012, there’s not much information about singer-songwriter Ray Dalan on the internet. For Mature People was written and produced by Dalan, recorded in “Bob and Dan’s basement”  and released on Sky Records in 1974. “Bob and Dan” are the Lanois brothers, […]

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Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Thought Beneath Film are the next big thing out of Hamilton. They’re pop, they’re punk, and they’re kinda in your face. They borrow a lot from their pop-punk peers (Blink 182, Green Day, etc), but they have a very classy Knack-style sheen and (frankly) some really great vocals. Here’s their latest single Cartographers. Now, if that wasn’t enough coolness for […]

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