Author: The Revue (Staff)

UnChained Reviews: ‘Clover’ by Jadea Kelly

UnChained Reviews: ‘Clover’ by Jadea Kelly

Her voice is gentle. She’s young and has a certain fragility to her sound. Then it dawns on you – what sounded fragile is hardened. The gentle voice masks a stirring undercurrent of emotion. And she may be young but she has lived. And all it takes is one line. One lyric. All it takes is Jadea Kelly telling you […]

Read more ›
Vintage Vinyl: Toasted Westerns

Vintage Vinyl: Toasted Westerns

Look out, folks. This song is so catchy, you’ll be singing it for weeks. This is a great indie cassette (home made, one-sided) by Perth, Ontario’s Toasted Westerns. The “full platter” is made up of Jody Benjamin (on vocals, guitar, and saw), Sally Robinson on keyboards, bass, vocals, and invisible trumpet, Ann Downey on bass and vocals, Carolyn Stewart on violin, […]

Read more ›
UnChained Reviews: ‘Late Night Souls’ by Still Winter Hills

UnChained Reviews: ‘Late Night Souls’ by Still Winter Hills

 Momentum is a tricky thing. Sustained momentum can carry a record through slower spots. While interrupted momentum can stop a record in its tracks. Unfortunately, the latter happens on Still Winter Hills new record, the brilliantly titled, Late Night Souls. The first minute or so of “Silversprings”, the album opener, comes in with an energy and ferocity that forces you […]

Read more ›
The Revue with Gerry Griffin

The Revue with Gerry Griffin

Gerry Griffin (to quote myself) has the kind of life story that would keep many Hollywood screenwriters quite busy for a long time. He has been playing in bands around Ottawa since the mid-1960s, and in that time has watched the scene change, moving from trend to trend. He hasn’t change much, really. He’s a bluesman, through and through. In […]

Read more ›
Vintage Vinyl: Sound Corps

Vintage Vinyl: Sound Corps

This is an indie cassette I found recently. I got it for a whopping 50 cents at the Salvation Army store on Carling in Ottawa. The 4-song EP, entitled “The Ho Chi Minh Sessions” was released in 1990, and the only credits to be found are as follows: Sound Corps is Barton, Young, Mullin, Stewart, and Hepburn. Songs engineered by D. Frauzel – Sum1 Studios. […]

Read more ›
Your Monday Video: Shannon Rose and the Thorns

Your Monday Video: Shannon Rose and the Thorns

In keeping with our Shannon theme (from our fine first episode of The Revue), here’s her balloon-filled video for Wild Wind.

Read more ›
Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

My love for Fevers is true. After an uber-promising debut EP last year (Passion is Dead), they have grown into a full-fledged album act. Their debut full-length, No Room For Light is classic synth-pop. A tight mix of live instruments and electronics (not to mention hella groovy vocals), Fevers are going to turn your iPod into a dancefloor. The songs drift […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
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), […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
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.

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
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, […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›