Third video from Branden Town – Friday Man

Another great one from Branden Town – a video for Friday Man. For a guy who’s often put out records and then not really told anybody, it’s great to see Pye promoting this one over the course of a year. I have a hunch its new musical partner Tessa pushing this – wonder if I’m right? check it out, and if you get a chance to see YJA play live (so far only in Quebec and Nova Scotia), do. Can’t wait for a visit to TO.


Iranian Jazz from the 60s/70s – with Santoor!

M found this on Facebook – I overheard it from upstairs and got excited. I love the Santoor, and it plays beautifully in a trad jazz band. Also love that the second player is a woman.

Cool Toronto Improvised Music

Marjan shared this site with me – she’s always finding me cool shit on the internet: It’s called Audio Pollination, and it’s a series of improvised musical performances over near Trinity Bellwoods. The blogsite shares the music and the names of performers, upcoming performance dates, and some of the pieces are downloadable. I’ll be gorging myself today on this. Yum. 


Hey faithful reader –

I’m moving! All posts that might have appeared here will now appear at Hopefully, it’ll help my post productivity.

See you there.



New(ish) Kate Bush a Happy Surprise

I was not excited to hear Kate Bush had a new record out this winter. I’ve gotten excited and then disappointed by her releases since The Red Shoes, and the lameness of The Director’s Cut (an appealing premise, an appalling result*) had convinced me that she had nothing left to offer.

So 50 Words For Snow was the first album by her I didn’t run out and pick up. I downloaded it from somewhere to sample. Irony: it’s brilliant, and I can’t stop listening to it. (I’ve gone out and bought it – a nice vinyl package.)

It’s meditative and enveloping and deep, and really effective. I’m impressed. I don’t hold it against an artist when they run out of gas – it’s almost inevitable. But it is genuinely exciting to find out that an older genius still has it. If Joni Mitchell has one record left in her as good as this, I’ll be a very happy man. I’m not holding my breathe, but it’d be nice.

Go somewhere else to read about the record. Click here to hear a sample – Snowflake. The almost-Kate voice (“my fabulous dancing…”) is, interestingly, her son.



* The Director’s Cut was her reworking of about half the songs on The Sensual World and half of The Red Shoes. If you haven’t heard it, and care, go hear the original version of Deeper Understanding to see why the new version is even more awful than you think. The Sensual World‘s version was musically so interesting and warm that I easily forgave the silly-ish premise. This new version is terrible, and the decision to suck-it-up is questionable in a George Lucas sort of of way.

That being said, the whole Director’s Cut thing is a great reminder that the records we love are often happy accidents – of pleasing writing,  players, performances,  production values, choices,  plus context  and timing in our own lives all matching up at once –  and that it is luck/fortune that brings us those great records.

Here: if you don’t know she was once unbelievable, and care, listen to this, from her best record – brutally dismissed at the time – Night of the Swallow (plays on youtube).

Eddie Money!

Shakin – Eddie Money

for more shitty comix like this see

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog…

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.



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