Category: The Revue

Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

When I travel for work, like I am right now, I often travel alone.  After the meetings are over, it can be a lonely place.  Often, I’m just too tired to get out to see the town, or I have an early morning departure home so I’m stuck at the hotel.  The room is quiet and there isn’t the warm […]

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The Revue with Kalle Mattson

The Revue with Kalle Mattson

Where do you begin with Kalle Mattson? Regarded as the “next big thing” in many critical circles, Kalle is a very easy-going guy who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, and quite honestly has no trace of ego. A recent graduate from the University of Ottawa’s music program, Kalle is a classical guitarist working in a pop oeuvre. His first […]

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Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

I’m a stickler for atmospheric, chillwave, synth-pop, which I like to simply call “escapism” – music that just makes you close your eyes and think of a world that doesn’t exist, lifts you up, and at the end puts a smile on your face.  Ok, maybe that’s just me. To put you in my frame of mind, we commence the […]

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Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

There’s the old adage that behind every great woman/man there is a great person.  This often holds true for musicians and bands, where a producer can make a good album great and a songwriter can make the music uplifting and the lyrics mesmerizing.  Such is true with Devonté Hynes.  He’s collaborated with notable bands like The Chemical Brothers and written […]

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Mundo Musique: Courtney Barnett, Hydrothermal Vents, and a Super-Indie Group from Montreal

Mundo Musique: Courtney Barnett, Hydrothermal Vents, and a Super-Indie Group from Montreal

We’re going to kick off the week with songs from three acts: a young, Australian, singer-songwriter; a two-person Montreal band; and arguably the biggest indie band in the world today, who also hail from Montreal. —————- We’re going back Down Under to kick off your Monday. This one is by young Australian, singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. Her indie-folk sound resembles early Bob Dylan, […]

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The Revue with Swollen Members

The Revue with Swollen Members

Note: This photo is of Prevail and Kevin McGowan from The Revue, but it’s the only pic we got at this session. You just never know what’s going to happen when you ask a question. I received some PR stuff about Swollen Members coming to town earlier this year, and figured “what the hell?” and fired off an email requesting […]

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Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Whether you are a highly invested music fanatic (like we are) or a casual fan, you’ve probably been exposed to artists from Down Under, where the music scene has exploded the past decade.  No longer can Australia be associated with Midnight Oil, INXS, or AC/DC, there’s a new generation of talented musicians making waves around the world (even Russell Crowe […]

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Preview of Rachel Sermanni

Preview of Rachel Sermanni

Today, Steve and I headed over to Arc The Hotel on Slater Street in Ottawa (not our usual hangout, but sometimes you gotta accommodate other schedules) to meet with Scottish acoustic singer/songwriter Rachel Sermanni. She just spent the weekend playing the Ottawa Folk Festival, and chilled out with The Revue around lunchtime. We spent 30 minutes with her, chatting and listening […]

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Mundo Musique: Max Frost, “White Lies”

Mundo Musique: Max Frost, “White Lies”

I stumbled upon this song by Austin-based Max Frost while searching for music earlier this year. This track, “White Lies”, is one of my favourites of the year, easily in my top-10. There are hints of Beck (when he goes electric – I’m borrowing this phrase from my friend Jon in Virginia) and Danger Mouse. It’s a groovy track that […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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