I had a request for this, but also I thought it was a nice tie in with the start of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday with the Vancouver Canucks versus the Boston Bruins. Scruffy The Cat hails from Boston or should I say hailed, since they haven't released an album or performed together in over 20 years. Scruffy the Cat is a long time favourite of mine (as well as here on TDIT) and I even had the thrill of seeing them live once in 1987 (?) when they were touring the BBBB record.
Fans of the band will be thrilled to hear they are planning to reunite for a one-off show on June 12th at TT the Bear's in Boston. Unfortunately, the circumstances of this reunion is a fundraising benefit concert for Scruffy front man, Charlie Chesterman who was diagnosed with colon cancer last year and has been undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments. There is a sweet line-up of bands performing, including The Upper Crust, The Raging Teens, Barrence Whitfield, Chaz & The Motorbikes (Charlie's most recent band) and former Scruffy members Stephen Fredette (guitar), Randall Gibson (drums), Burns Stanfield (keyboards), and possibly Stona Fitch (banjo) are expected to play onstage together, with Chesterman, for the first time since disbanding in 1990. If you are anywhere near the Boston area on June 12th, I urge you to support this cause and take in what I expect to be an amazing day of music. For more details about this show and about how you can contribute and donate to a fund set up for Chesterman and his family, go to www.charliechesterman.com and the Facebook event page, Friends Of Charlie Chesterman Benefit. I hear they might be selling some new Scruffy the Cat t-shirts at the benefit, I would LOVE to buy one of those! I bought a shirt back in 1987, but it's now threadbare, torn .
Boom Boom Boom Bingo is a five-song EP that was released between the Tiny Days and Moons Of Jupiter albums. The EP consists of 2 new originals and 3 live songs and the music is upbeat. Song for song it's a pretty good listen, too bad it's so short. Enjoy!!
Last night, Sloan played in my city as part of their 20th anniversary tour. I slightly regret not going, as I have never seen the band live, but I had family from out of town visiting so I missed the show. I heard they might play at least a song from each of their 10 albums and I'm really hoping someone recorded the show. Sloan's latest album, Double Cross (XX) is a fine album, maybe their best since the 90's and I wouldn't mind hearing live versions of songs from that record.
Until someone posts a show from their current tour somewhere online, I'll have to be content to listening to older shows. During the mid-90's many of their live shows were broadcast on CBC radio, I have a few I've downloaded and I have a couple on cassette that I recorded off the radio. One such show is from 1996, during the Halifax Music Festival which I recently transferred from cassette. During the broadcast, there was short sets by Change Of Heart, Scud Mountain Boys, Push-Kings, SIANspheric and Sloan. I'm not sure if Sloan's set is complete or not, but I'm hoping it was just short because of all the other bands on the bill on the same night. This show would have been circa, One Chord To Another and some consider this Sloan's height of commercial popularity (at least this is one of my favourite Sloan records), if they ever really had any. Anyways, if the response is good I'll post more Sloan shows and if anyone can help with the setlist (I'm too busy and tired right now), that would be appreciated. Thanks! Enjoy!!
When I was in Toronto, I bought a used copy of the Blake Babies first album, Nicely, Nicely. I had a digital version already, but I figured it's hard to find and it would be cool to have the actual CD. It was a consideration to post here, but I had already posted their last EP and then I was asked if I had a rip of the Rosy Jack World, the last release before the Blake Babies broke up...the first time!
Released in 1991, this 5-song EP featured 2 covers (Temptation Eyes, Severed Lips) and 3 originals. This mini-album was a solid way to close out their all too brief career. The disc also gave foreshadowing of what was to come for Juliana Hatfield who went solo after this release and even re-recorded the song Nirvana (just acoustic guitar and vocals from Juliana) for her debut album, Hey Babe released a year later. Enjoy!
Thanks for your kind comments, I will be do best to get to some of your requests this week. Before I get to that, I have something else on my mind. In the city and Province where I live, there are two major news stories dominating the headlines for the last few weeks. First, the NHL looks like it will return to Winnipeg when the sale from Atlanta is completed. Supposedly, according to reliable sources, the sale is a mere formality and an official announcement is expected any day now. If you aren't from Canada or even North America, you might not understand why this is such a huge issue. You see here in Winnipeg, we lost our NHL franchise, the Jets when it was sold and moved down south to Phoenix. You would think a franchise in a cold, hockey-type climate could support a pro hockey team, but with the financial situation at the time with high salaries, low Canadian dollar and an inadequate arena, it became difficult and seemingly impossible to keep the team. Winnipeg is a hockey hungry city and though it's AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose was a suitable substitute, it still wasn't the NHL. Anyways, their return is imminent and this is huge news in our mid-sized Canadian city.
The other "big" news story in my region is the flood. The rising waters of the Red River and Assiniboine River has kept people on edge with evacuations and much loss of property and homes in this annual battle against Mother Nature. This appears to be one of the worst floods ever for this region even topping the "Flood of the Century" in 1997.
As a tribute or at least because I came across this CD the other day, I'm posting a live show from They Might Be Giants performing the complete Flood album. This album was originally released in 1990 and this concert celebrated the 10th anniversary of the album. I received this disc in a trade, but it was recorded and released exclusively through TMBG Unlimited which was a collection of mp3-only albums which were available to eMusic subscribers (no longer). The sound quality is excellent, thought there is some static on the opening track and according to the setlist for the show, this recording is incomplete because they play additional songs besides the Flood set. Regardless, this is a great compliment to one of They Might Be Giants most popular albums. Enjoy!
Theme From Flood Birdhouse In Your Soul Lucky Ball & Chain Istanbul (Not Constantinople) Dead Particle Man Twisting Your Racist Friend We Want A Rock Someone Keeps Moving My Chair Hearing Aid Minimum Wage Letterbox Whistling In The Dark Hot Cha Women & Men Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love They Might Be Giants Road Movie To Berlin
To round out my mini-tribute to Toronto is a live recording from Toronto-based band, The Sadies. Their music combines garage rock, traditional country and surf rock, and they have collaborated for albums with Andre Williams, Jon Langford and Neko Case. They backed up Neko on tour and for the release of her the excellent live album, The Tigers Have Spoken and they seem to be to go-to back-up band for others including Greg Keeler from Blue Rodeo.
The Sadies recorded their own double live album over a two-night stand at Lee's Palace in Toronto and proved they are as good on vinyl as they are live. For this concert, the band shares the stage with many of those collaborators as well as other guest appearances which makes this show seem like their version of the Last Waltz. Guests include, Kelly Hogan, Jon Spencer, Garth Hudson, Gary Louris, members of Blue Rodeo and of course, Jon Langford and Neko Case. The album is a little long and sprawling at times, but it's a nice sampling of the range of sound The Sadies possess. The guest appearances are a treat, but at times it pushes the Sadies back into the back-up role when it should be their time to shine. Overall, a great tribute to the band, amazing performances and a mighty fine listen! Enjoy!
IntroductionCheat Why Be So Curious (Pt.III) 1,000 Cities Falling (Pt. II) Rat Creek Song Of The Chief Musician (Pt. I) 16 Mile Creek Taller Than The Pines Lay Down Your Arms Higher Power Uncle Larry's Breakdown Eastern Winds Stay A Little Longer Northumberland West Lonely Guy Snow Squad Leave Me Alone Ridge Runner Reel 1,000,002 Songs Dying Is Easy Tiger Tiger
Back Off Justine Alright Talking Down American Pageant Strange Birds Home Hold On, Hold On Evangeline Tailspin Good Flying Day Lucifer Sam Another Day All Passed Away The Story's Often Told You're Everywhere Within A Stone Food, Water, Etc. Jason Fleming Her Love Made Me Memphis, Egypt
Another CBC radio broadcast recorded in Toronto. This is also from 1995 with Kingston band, Weeping Tile, that helped launch the career of a TDIT fav, Sarah Harmer. Much of the material is from their first major label record, Cold Snap and fans of the band will be pleased to hear this is a great sounding show recorded at the Opera House. This is the only Weeping Tile show I've heard, so I'm guessing they are hard to come by. So if you have any of their shows, let me know. Enjoy! WEEPING TILE Opera House Toronto, Ont. Sept. 22, 1995 CBC Real Time
01. intro 02. Joint Account 03. Poked 04. Cold Snap 05. UFO Rosie 06. Good Fortune 07. Westray 08. 09. The Room with the Sir John A. View 10. Handkerchiefs and Napkins 11. Pushover 12. The Grin 13. Sinner 14. outro
I was nowhere near Toronto when this show was recorded in 1995, but I did walk past Lee's Palace on Bloor Street West last week. Many great bands have played this venue and hopefully sometime in the future I'll get the opportunity to see a show there. (I noticed the Baseball Project is there on June 1!)
This Muff's show was recorded and broadcast on CBC's Real Time concert series and the sound quality is excellent. I built up a large collection of concerts recorded off the radio and CBC usually broadcast the complete unedited concert with a nice matrix mix that sounded as crisp and clear as any official concert recordings. I haven't listened to much Muffs recently, but I have their first 4 albums and this show would have been circa, the Blonder And Blonder record, their second album.
THE MUFFS Lee's Palace Toronto, Ont. Aug. 30, 1995 FM Broadcast
01. intro 02. Agony 03. Lucky Guy 04. Saying Goodbye 05. Ethyl My Love 06. Sad Tomorrow 07. Laying On A Bed Of Roses 08. What You've Done 09. Beat Your Heart Out 10. Red Eyed Troll 11. End It All 12. I Don't Like You 13. Right In The Eye 14. Big Mouth 15. I Need You 16. Oh Nina 17. encore break 18. Just A Game 19. From Your Girl 20. New Love 21. outro
Back from Toronto and I was thinking the theme of the next few posts will be Toronto-related in some way. Probably not Toronto bands, but either the venue or a song reference or something. Had a great time, though in reality I was only there one full day and two halves, I love walking around and exploring a different city. You see, I live in a mid-sized city (3/4 million), so when I visit a larger city, I'm still in awe of their subway system, art galleries, shopping (record stores!) and tall skyscrapers.
Speaking of skyscrapers of Toronto, I've been meaning to post this EP, Mommy I'm Sorry by The Rugburns for some time now. If you're never listened to or heard of the Rugburns and you like music with some humour and lots of cynicism, this is a good one! This 6-song EP contains probably their best-known song and live favourite, Dick's Automotive. I have a few live versions of this song and it's one of the craziest insane songs I've ever heard...a classic! The rest of the disc is pretty good too, including a nice remake of the Sesame Street theme. These guys are great and I highly recommend their full-length albums, Morning Wood and Taking The World By Donkey.
Though the band doesn't play much anymore front-man, Steve Poltz still tours and records regularly. You may see him at a house concert near you. (FYI- Poltz is Canadian-born (Halifax)!)
For a sampling of the Rugburn's live show, archive.org has downloads and streaming of some of their concerts.
While browsing the PledgeMusic page, I couldn't help myself and I bought an original Juliana Hatfield artwork (acrylic painting) with proceeds going towards her new album and her support of dog (and cat) shelters. Looking forward to framing it up and getting up in my music room, I'll post a photo when I receive the artwork.
I also noticed she had up for sale, the rare last Blake Babies EP called, Epilogue which was sold only at shows (Some Girls) and was self-released through Juliana's, Ye Olde Records. This is now her preferred manner to release new music without having to appease record label execs and the mass audience. This five-song EP was the last ever songs recorded by the Blake Babies around the time they got back together for their 2001 reunion tour. On the PledgeMusic page, Juliana was selling the last three sealed copies and they sold out quickly for $200 each. I know this isn't a substitution for the real thing, it would be extremely cool to have a copy of this EP, but for those that can't afford it or can't find it because it's out of print, I think it's definitely worth the listen. Some interesting covers and a re-mix of Nothing Ever Happens, is an appropriate nice end to this chapter of the Blake Babies. I'm still kicking myself for not driving to Minneapolis to catch one of their reunion shows! It's been another 10 years since then, how about another reunion?
There are two reasons for this post. First, I'm going to Toronto for a couple of days next week, so I thought it was appropriate to post a live show from Toronto (Lee's Palace, in this case) and secondly, Juliana Hatfield is recording a new album that might be released as early as July!
Toronto is always cool, I've been there more in the last 5 years than the 40 years previous, so I'm trying to explore and check out different things each time and I'm realizing there is a lot I haven't seen. I've visited the Hockey Hall Of Fame two times (or is it 3?), I've been to a Argos and Jays game, I've seen a show at Second City, done the Science Centre and I've made my usual rounds to CD/record stores. Things I haven't done in Toronto include, seeing a live concert, Leafs game, Art Gallery Of Ontario, ROM, up the CN tower...any suggestions? Not much in the way of live bands when I'm there, I guess the time to go would be during NXNE next month.
I don't know if you've heard about this yet or not, but there's a brilliant program called Pledgemusic, that allows fans (like myself) to pledge money directly to musicians to help fund music projects such as recording albums, touring, etc.
Here's how it works (taken from the site): PledgeMusic provides fans and artists the opportunity to work together to make new records and raise money for charity. By combining new social networking technology, old school music biz know how and an irresistible menu of exclusive incentives, fans can visit the site to hear great new music, enjoy and share unique experiences with the artists they love and actively participate in the release process. Juliana is also donating a portion of the proceeds to the Save A Sato Shelter and a portion to the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Massachusetts, where she volunteers.
I've done my share as I've donated money to go towards the making of Juliana Hatfield's new album. She will be using the money raised to go directly to assist in the recording expenses, production, packaging and marketing for the album. When you donate, you will have access to her updates on the project with exclusive mp3's, video, photos and Juliana's thoughts on the process. For incentive, the donation is in the form of items to purchase with as little as $10 for a new album download to as much as $1000 for one of the guitars she is using to record the record. There are many unique items that hard-core Juliana fans would love to get their hands on such as, original artwork, cassette of song ideas, workbook, a skype session and locks of her hair. Unfortunately, most of these items are sold already, but she has been adding more items as this has been going on. I bought a signed CD almost a month ago (as I missed most of the good stuff), but I may pledge more. Presently, Juliana is in the studio recording tracks for the album and she has given us daily updates and video clips of the process. Very interesting and well worth the tiny investment.
This is a great show, I remember when it was broadcast on CBC radio and I missed half the set and recorded (on my cassette-blaster) only the last bunch of songs. Fortunately, the excellent blog, Wilfully Obscure posted the concert a few years ago and my search for the show was satisfied. A nice sounding FM recording with Juliana at the height of her commercial success (arguably?), which even includes a couple of songs from her never released, God's Foot recording, as well as a cool version of the Blake Babies, Take Your Head Off My Shoulder and the Descendant's, Hope.
01. I Got No Idols 02. Outsider 03. Fade Away 04. Dying Proof 05. Fleur De Lys 06. Waves 07. What Have I Done to You 08. My Sister 09. My Darling 10. For the Birds 11. Live on Tomorrow 12. Addicted 13. Dumb Fun 14. Spin the Bottle 15. Take Your Head Off My Shoulder 16. Trying Not To Think About It 17. Hope
One band that has been generating a big buzz recently, is the Winnipeg band, Imaginary Cities. They formed about a year ago with members Rusty Matyas (from the Waking Eyes and currently a member of the Weakerthans) and Marti Sarbit (The Solutions), who released their debut full length,Temporary Resident in February 2011. They put together a full band last May and debuted live at Toronto's NXNE music festival in June. They have since toured the country and lucked out supporting the Pixies on their current tour.
I previously saw Imaginary Cities before Christmas when they opened for the Weakerthans marathon show. I recorded the show, but I haven't even listened to it yet...I guess I should. I also recorded their set before the Pixies last week and I have had a couple listens and I'm quite impressed. Their sound is tight and their songs are catchy and well crafted. I'm kind of on the fence with Marti's voice, but I'm enjoying the music and I would probably go see them again. Have a listen and let me know what you think. CBC radio is all gaga about the band, so judge for yourself. Enjoy!
IMAGINARY CITIES Centennial Concert Hall Winnipeg, MB April 27, 2011 (Sorry, I don't have a setlist.)
If you're a fan of the Pixies and specifically the Doolittle record, this show is a must listen. I've listened to my recording of the concert show twice at work already and I'm pretty happy how it turned out, except of course for the usual overly enthusiastic fan boys behind me. Apparently one of them "loves Kim" and he wasn't ashamed to let everyone know for most of the show. At least they weren't talking throughout the concert, which in my taping annoyances list is the worst offense. Enjoy!
If you have an account, I recommend the FLAC version posted on Dime. (If you love live recordings, try to sign up!) If you don't plan to trade the show or you don't care if the music is compressed, see the mp3 file below.
PIXIES Centennial Concert Hall Winnipeg, MB April 27, 2011
01. Dancing The Manta Ray 02. Weird At My School 03. Bailey's Walk 04. Manta Ray 05. Debaser 06. Tame 07. Wave Of Mutilation 08. I Bleed 09. Here Comes My Man 10. Dead 11. Monkey Goes To Heaven 12. Mr. Grieves 13. Crackity Jones 14. La La Love You 15. No. 13 Baby 16. There Goes My Gun 17. Hey 18. Silver 19. Gouge Away
20 encore crowd 21. Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf) 22. Into The White
23. encore 2 crowd 24. Winterlong 25. Bone Machine 26. The Holiday Song 27. Nimrod's Son 28. Where Is My Mind? 29. Gigantic