Author: The Revue (Staff)

Vintage Vinyl: Eight Seconds

Vintage Vinyl: Eight Seconds

If you’re of a certain age, and remember  watching a lot of Muchmusic in the early 80s, you will remember Eight Seconds. Two years after winning Chez FM’s ShareChez competition (1983), the band released this EP that I found, Ottava Rima (1985), the title being a nice tribute to their home town. Their big album, 1986’s Almacantar (free downloads available here), had a couple of great […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Dick Maloney

Vintage Vinyl: Dick Maloney

Dick Maloney was a fixture in clubs and on the airwaves around Ottawa for over 40 years. This man has an enormous following in the Nation’s Capital, fans who loved listening to his weekly radio show (on Oldies 1310, Sunday mornings), and who have loved watching him perform his own brand of loungy Sinatra-inspired pop music. He was also the resident […]

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The Revue with Shannon Rose and the Thorns

The Revue with Shannon Rose and the Thorns

So, here’s how things went down. I contacted Shannon to say “we’ve got this idea…we’re interviewing local bands at Zaphod’s, and filming it and doing live performances and stuff. You interested?” I was delighted that Shannon wrote back and said “Yes!”. She and Steve Matylewicz (guitar, husband) didn’t really know what we were doing, but they came out to the club […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Les Alexandrins

Vintage Vinyl: Les Alexandrins

This 1966 album was the first Capital (and first overall) album by Les Alexandrins, a duo made up of Lise Vachon and Luc Cousineau. These two were a very popular Quebec duo for several years, well into the mid 1970s. As with many of the Quebec music I find, I can get a bunch of videos on YouTube, but not a lot […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Big Jim Conners

Vintage Vinyl: Big Jim Conners

Not much information out there on the web about Mr. Conners, but the LP itself provides a few clues. This album, recorded in Ottawa in April 1980, features Jim Conners on fiddle, along with a great backup band: George McKay (drums), Merv Wilson (banjo and dobro), Bob Sally (bass), Bob Tierney (guitar) and Will Arsenault (guitar). The boys rip through a […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Leyden Zar

Vintage Vinyl: Leyden Zar

I figured this album was gonna be some reallyloud heavy metal, judging merely by the front cover. Their logo makes me think of so many American metal bands on the Combat label in the early 1980s. But as usual, you can’t judge an album by its font. The band was made up of Pascal Mailloux  (keys), Serge Gratton (drums), Brian Wilson (guitars), […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Doug Warren

Vintage Vinyl: Doug Warren

This is no ordinary lounge pianist, my friends. This was Mr. Warren’s first LP (I’m guessing from around 1970) of remarkable loungy piano tunes. As the brief liner notes say, this is a set requiring a warm fireplace and your romantic vibes. Doug Warren’s story is quite fascinating. He went from performing piano in lounges around Edmonton, to being a Minister in […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Anna Bell

Vintage Vinyl: Anna Bell

I found this one at a thrift store in Vanier. Anna Bell provides a pretty great Franco-pop record on the well-known Trans-Canada label. It came out in 1971, and has a great post-psychedelic pop vibe, with a pounding organ riff and some sweet clangy guitars. From one of my favourite Vinyl finds, here’s a track called La Moustache A Papa.

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Remembering 1991 with Tom Stewart

Remembering 1991 with Tom Stewart

Last night, we recorded our make-up session with Slo’ Tom (formerly of Ottawa’s legendary furnaceface). After we wrapped the interview (which was mostly about his current band, we started reminiscing about the good ol’ days, and Tom started telling us about what happened when Nirvana blew-up in 1991 with Nevermind. The story has been told before, as many “alt-rock” bands […]

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pRevue – Gerry Griffin

pRevue – Gerry Griffin

Setting the Scene I first came to know Gerry Griffin in late 2012, when he and his partner/manager Heather contacted me about getting a song in Capital Revue, my audio blog for the Ottawa Citizen. I heard one song (When I Say That), and was hooked. When I invited Gerry to come do a Revue session with us at Zaphod’s, […]

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pRevue – Shannon Rose and the Thorns

pRevue – Shannon Rose and the Thorns

Setting the Scene Technically, this was the second Revue session we did at Zaphod’s, but we really count it as the first. Why? Well, this is where we started to get things right. We’ve long been fans of Shannon’s work, and were thrilled that she agreed to join us in this venture (in spite of no one really knowing what […]

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pRevue – Swollen Members

pRevue – Swollen Members

Setting the Scene Our original plan for this episode was to connect with Prevail and Madchild at Zaphod’s for a chat and maybe a little freestyle. However, life intervened and we ended up hoofing it over to their hotel pub to record the interview. Madchild couldn’t make it, so Prevail was a trouper and joined us for a pint and […]

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What is The Revue?

What is The Revue?

As we get closer and closer to launch, my friends and associates are repeatedly asking me “what is this site you keep talking about?” So, here it is. We’ll be formally launching our first video interviews soon. But here’s a few pictures and anecdotes so you know what we’re up to. Slo Tom Our first Revue recording session was with […]

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