Author: The Revue (Staff)

Vintage Vinyl – SMI

Vintage Vinyl – SMI

The sum total of information on the internet about hip-hop crew SMI is almost entirely limited to one comment on a HipHopCanada.com message board, so that plus the information on the record label is everything I know about them. Written and performed by Simple and Simplicity, with DJ duties handed by Kid Ebony The Light Skin Assassin, “(Hold The) Toe Print […]

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10 Tweetable Moments from the 2014 Grammy Awards

10 Tweetable Moments from the 2014 Grammy Awards

Ok, so I was going to Tweet my thoughts on the Grammy Awards last night, but didn’t get to it. So, here, especially after my appearance on CTV Morning Live today, here are my most tweetable moments from the show, in no particular order. 1 The greatest rock show of all time was cut short by producers, with ads playing […]

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Five great classic country singers who aren’t Johnny Cash

Five great classic country singers who aren’t Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s birthday is coming up soon, so here’s something about a bunch of people that aren’t Johnny Cash. In the minds of the uninformed, Johnny Cash probably invented country music, if only because he’s the earliest country singer they can think of. Any avid country music fan will quickly list off a slew of Cash’s contemporaries that contributed equally. […]

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LLOYD KAUFMAN – the toxic director

LLOYD KAUFMAN – the toxic director

[youtube id=”SIhxM3AufYA” width=”620″ height=”360″] RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH VOL. 1 directed by Lloyd Kaufman Friday, January 24, and Saturday, January 25, 9:45pm, – the director in attendance The Mayfair Theatre Legendary B-movie mogul Lloyd Kaufman is in town to whip up a frenzy over his latest slice of celluloid sleaze. In true travelling salesman fashion Lloyd presents his sales […]

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The Revue with TBWNIAS

The Revue with TBWNIAS

Meet The Band Whose Name is a Symbol; TBWNIAS for short. They listen to music as seriously as they play it, which isn’t surprising given that the band coalesced around Ottawa’s coolest record store, Birdman Sound. While they’re conscious of their place on a musical continuum that recalls all sorts of cool improvisational/psych business, TBWNIAS effortlessly bend those traditions to their […]

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Vintage Vinyl – The Shakers

Vintage Vinyl – The Shakers

The Hamilton power-poppers known as The Shakers may have come and gone without leaving much of a lasting mark on rock history, but they do have one thing in common with legends like U2, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash; they recorded at Grant Avenue Studio. Long before Daniel Lanois was a world-famous producer and artist in his own […]

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Capital Revue: Alex Silas is a little bit country, a little bit hip hop

Capital Revue: Alex Silas is a little bit country, a little bit hip hop

Folks, this is Alex Silas. He’s one of those guys who has a vision that’s a bit all over the place. He’s strongly influenced by hip hop, rock, folk, country. I haven’t seen a lot of jazz yet, but I’m sure that’s coming soon. I really dig his work because Alex finds a common space for all these sounds and […]

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UnChained Reviews: “Solt Olio” by The Velvet Ants

UnChained Reviews: “Solt Olio” by The Velvet Ants

I had a dream recently about a video store my dad used to take me to. We’d rent a couple of VHS tapes every weekend and sometimes would watch them all, sometimes just one. I had a knack for re-watching a tape I liked a good 50 times over. It is a fond memory of mine but, realistically, is nothing […]

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Capital Revue: Jim Bryson and Jeremy Fisher

Capital Revue: Jim Bryson and Jeremy Fisher

Jim Bryson and Jeremy Fisher are both legends in the Ottawa area (ok, elsewhere too, but we love them best at home). They started this series of collaborations a couple of years ago, but it seemed to stall after two tracks. Damn shame, this is some beautiful country-twanged folk.  

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Capital Revue: Giving Kate Schroder Another Listen

Capital Revue: Giving Kate Schroder Another Listen

Kate Schroder was the final artist I wrote about for Ye Olde Version of Capital Revue in the Ottawa Citizen. At the time, I gave her a fairly positive review and basically said “it’s not perfect, but Kate’s one to watch.” She mixes pop, electronica, but not in that Kelly Clarkson Top 40 way. She’s a strong vocalist, with some […]

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Capital Revue: Crossroads Blues Band meets Jimi Hendrix

Capital Revue: Crossroads Blues Band meets Jimi Hendrix

You can’t play the blues without playing the standards, and that’s what Crossroads Blues Band do. I’m a casual blues fan, but I’m also a Hendrix maniac. So, I tend to judge any act that dare to cover Hendrix by the quality of that song alone. Ron Holdich’s guitar is powerful, fluid, and does a pretty sweet-and-dirty job on Red […]

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Capital Revue: Experimental Electronica with Racine

Capital Revue: Experimental Electronica with Racine

From Gatineau, Racine is a pretty intriguing electronic act. As with a lot of music I find on Bandcamp, the artist is pretty much anonymous, which is a shame. It’s labelled “experimental/electronic” which is true. However, this is some seriously dreamy stuff, and just calling it “electronic” doesn’t do it justice. This track, the title song from Racine’s Alan Smithee EP, […]

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(A Very Quick) Interview with the UK’s Shannon Wardrop

(A Very Quick) Interview with the UK’s Shannon Wardrop

Shannon Wardrop is an up-and-coming geetar-pop sensation from the UK. Heavily influenced by The Kinks, Rolling Stones, and dare I say a bit of Buzzcocks, she’s a cross-generational mixture of great sounds. Playing a mean guitar, and singing like an angelic demon (you read that right), she mixes vibes effortlessly, coming up with a unique and special blend of rock […]

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Interview with Philly Moves (They play Babylon on January 9!)

Interview with Philly Moves (They play Babylon on January 9!)

I first bumped into Philly Moves when I was doing my Capital Revue blog in the Ottawa Citizen (RIP). They’re an Ottawa-based hip hop duo, and I thought they were really freaking good. I admit I’m not usually drawn to a lot of hip hop, but these guys seriously caught my interest. They’re playing a rare local gig tonight at […]

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The Revue with Ninety Pounds of Ugly

The Revue with Ninety Pounds of Ugly

This is a fun one, folks. Ninety Pounds of Ugly are a rootsy-country quartet (though for our purposes, we had 3 of ’em) who sing songs of booze, death and sex. The lyrics can be dark, but the band couldn’t be brighter. I sat with Lefty McRighty (guitar) and Patsy Clash (vocals) for a hilarious chat about how they started […]

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Lianne La Havas – Musically Stunning

Lianne La Havas – Musically Stunning

24-year-old Lianne Charlotte Barnes, better known by her stage name Lianne La Havas, is a folk and soul singer/songwriter born in London, England that I’ve been heavily musically influenced by for the past year and a half. Her stunning voice is often accompanied by bluesy electric guitars and her words and melodies offer the audience more of an actual experience […]

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Sharon Strong - Sincerely...

Vintage Vinyl – Sharon Strong

It is 1965. The girl, who is only 16 but already a showbiz pro who has been singing for country and western audiences since she was 4 years old, has traveled to Toronto from her home on a farm in southwestern Ontario. It’s not her first visit – she’s even been on TV there and in Hamilton – but to be […]

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Cur Comix (number 8)

Cur Comix (number 8)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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Vintage Vinyl – Guido Basso

Vintage Vinyl – Guido Basso

Trumpeter and flugelhornist Guido Basso was born in Montreal in 1937, apprenticed in several dance bands as a young man, toured throughout North America with U.S. singers Vic Damone and Pearl Bailey and wound up settling in Toronto in 1960, where he became a highly in-demand studio musician and music director for radio and television programs. His name pops up on a lot […]

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Vertigo Picks for December

Top Sellers: 1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor 2. V/A – Tribute To Tony Sly 3. Tim Hecker – Virgins 4. Soundgarden – Screaming Life / Fopp 5. Vince Guaraldi – Charlie Brown Christmas Local Pick: Crusades – ‘Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment With Greater Fear Than I Receive It’ The long anticipated new release from local heroes Crusades, does not […]

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