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Rock Radio 2.0

Rock and Roll Report Radio is back on the air December 4, 2006

59motorolaradios Just a heads up that I will be back on the air with Rock and Roll Report Radio on December 4th 2006 from 10:00 – 11:00 PM EST on CKUT FM in Montreal. This edition will be a kind of look back at 2006 so I will be playing some of my favourites that I featured on previous shows as well as a couple of new songs from bands that I have featured in the past. I will try and cram as much cool rock and roll in 60 minutes as humanly possible so please tune in and turn it up.

As usual, you can listen to the show live over the air or streaming in real time from the CKUT website. If you can’t listen live you will have the opportunity to download a podcast of the show for one week after it airs and thereafter you can listen to the streaming archives after that.

Check it out, turn it up and rock out!

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Rock Radio 2.0

*ARMITAGE SHANKS **27 NOVEMBER 2006** PLAYLIST*

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1. “Six Queens” — Larrikin Love (THE FREEDOM SPARK) London Opening for Babyshambles in Europe currently / Founding bands of “Thamesbeat” scene / punkish reggae gypsy sound / influences are the Clash, the Libertines and the Pogues

2. “Clocks Tick Louder At The Dead Of Night” — Mumm-Ra (SINGLE) Outstanding new band from Bexhill-on-Sea (Surrey) UK. Played their single “Out of the Question” last month. Headlining NME Shockwaves Tour throughout UK in early 2007 as one of the most hotly-tipped indie bands in Britain at the moment. No album out yet, but I highly recommend checking out their batch of singles on their website. They describe themselves as a mix of the Beach Boys, The Kinks, Beta Band and Sigur Ros. One of my fave new groups of the year.

3. “Back Again” — Boy Kill Boy (CIVILIAN) Leytonstone, London / sound like the Killers with authentic British accents / caught their first big break during the NME New Music Tour during the summer of 2005 when the band filled in at the last minute to replace Nine Black Alps, whose lead singer had contracted the mumps / on the Fierce Panda label which has emerged in recent years as one of the leading independent record labels in the UK / another one of my fave albums of the year

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4. “Chelsea Dagger” — The Fratellis (COSTELLO MUSIC) Glasgow band / name is Italian for “brothers” / jaunty pop garage sound / one of the most popular bands in the UK in 2006 with 4 chart-topping singles

5. “Eighteen” — ¡Forward, Russia! (GIVE ME A WALL) Leeds / played them a few months ago on the Armitage Shanks show / titles of all tracks on their debut CD are numbers / one of the bands at the front of the huge New Yorkshire indie scene in Sheffield and Leeds / playing on Thursday, November 30 at the Mile End Cultural Centre in Montréal and Friday, December 1 at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto

6. “Rootless Tree” — Damien Rice (9) My fave single on the brilliant second album by the singer from County Kildare, Ireland. Ethereal vocals harmonizing with him are those of Lisa Hannigan. This is the rare kind of music that takes you on a journey and has been known to bring a tear to even the most wizened old sod.

/ / /Rap /— Song Summary// /Commercials/ /Rap /— Brief shout-outs to two Montreal-based friends of the Armitage Shanks show: The Mod Club Wednesday nights at Club Vinyl 2109 Bleury (corner Sherbrooke) went two weeks ago and will return again soon / Lee spinning cool mod tunes from the 1960s and 1970s thru some of today’s latest indie hits / London Café on CISM 89.3 FM Tuesday nights 9:00 – 10:30 PM / featuring the same music as I do / the host Mélanie is highly knowledgeable about the UK indie scene and if you fancy what I play for you on my show, you shouldn’t be missing her weekly show either / First Song Intro

7. “The Truth That Hurts” — The Others (INWARD PARTS) Brighton and London. / Guerrilla gigs in which the band would play impromputu shows on underground “Tube” trains in London / lead singer Dominic Masters is one of Pete Dougherty’s entourage / the band’s eponymous debut album was one at the front of London’s New Cross music scene in 2005 / cheers go out to Lime Records who sent me an advance copy of their second album last week that is just about to be released / verdict is that the songwriting is much tighter on this album / several excellent singles on it / punkish sound / Dominic Master’s vocals reminiscent of Johnny Rotten circa Public Image Limited era with great Buzzcocks riffs / Lime Records offered me an interview with the band, which I will conduct in the near future.

8. “She’s Got Standards” — The Rifles (NO LOVE LOST) Walthamstow, London / full of cracking tunes and is a brilliant example of a tight guitar-driven indie band / sounds like the Rakes, Strokes, the Coral, the Libertines / album available in North America on import only at present / produced by Ian Broudie formerly of the Lightning Seeds

9. “Born in the UK” — Badly Drawn Boy (BORN IN THE UK) New single by Mercury Music Prize winner in 2000 / performed in Montréal twice at Club Soda / first time three and one-half hour gig / met Damon Gough on a flight to Manchester two years ago when I sat with his guitarist / talked with him briefly at the Manchester airport / was wearing a denim jacket with Québec spelled out in sequins on the reverse

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Next show is Monday, December 11 on Drastic Plastic / In the meantime, keep listening to Drastic Plastic each and every Monday night with Doug Ford at 10 PM on CKUT and keep reading The Rock and Roll Report on http://www.rockandrollreport.com who kindly posts the playlists for all the Drastic Plastic shows a day or two following the broadcast. And check out my MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/armitageshanksmusic . This is Armitage Shanks saying goodnight and remember, I’m just taking the piss.

10. “The City is at Standstill” — Liam Frost and the Slowdown Family (SHOW ME HOW THE SPECTRES DANCE) Manchester singer-songwriter very much in the vein of Badly Drawn Boy. I was gobsmacked to discover that Liam Frost is all of 22 years old: his voice and demeanour is that of someone with decades more experience living, loving and losing.

11. “Once Upon a Time” — The Boyfriends (THE BOYFRIENDS) Four piece band from London, sound very much like Morrissey or even more like one of the most underrated British indie bands of the 1990s, Gene. They headlined the John Peel stage at Glastonbury in 2005 where Morrissey caught their gig and made them the opening act on his ensuing 2006 European tour. Their debut album was released last month in the UK.

12. “Herculean” — The Good, The Bad & The Queen (SINGLE) New project by Blur frontman Damon Albarn with Paul Simonon of the Clash and ex-Verve guitarist Simon Tong. An album, co-produced by Danger Mouse is scheduled to be released in January 2007 / This stunning single is unmistakenly framed by Damon’s unique vocals.

13. “Blasphomy” — Unknown Artist (SINGLE) Novelty single by an unknown Cockney vocalist

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Reviews and Suggestions

Record Review: The Snitches- “Black Book” (Indie 2005)

Snitches_black_book_sc The Montreal music scene is definitely growing in leaps and bounds but as usual with any “scene” there is no definable sound that you can point to. The only thing all these bands have in common is the city they sleep in. The Snitches are a band from Montreal, true but really that’s not why this is a great record (OK maybe a little bit why). What these guys have going for them is something a lot of “indie” bands seem to forget about: absolutely great songs!

While The Snitches certainly have enough indie cred to keep up with the best of them, their 2005 release “Black Book” is full of an amazing variety of styles that gets stronger with each listen. At first you might consider lead off track “Come On Back, Angeline” to be your favourite until “Kick in the Head” sticks in your brain or “Blink.” And just when you’re all pumped up about those rockers you slip on the headphones and fall head over eye sockets in love with the gorgeous psychedelic slow rocker “See You Tonight” and once again you shake your head in amazement.

This is primo, first grade rock and roll that just happens to come from my own hometown. Pick up your copy at Sugartune, a very cool source for Montreal indie rock and roll. Expect to hear more about Sugartune and some interesting plans with The Rock and Roll Report in the near future. It’s all good.

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Rock and Roll Report TV

Video of the day: The Grapes of Wrath – “Peace of Mind”

One of my favourite bands was The Grapes of Wrath. These guys had the hooks, the lyrics and the style that made them incredible both on record and in concert. Unfortunately they are no longer together but here is a taste of what they were like. The video is a bit lame but this song brings back incredible memories. From 1987!

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Odds & Sods

New Exiled on Main Street has been released

If you want to read something a bit different, the very cool Exiled on Main Street has just published issue # 42. It’s a webzine, a blog and all podcast all from the fertile brain of Bill Tuomala. Very cool stuff.

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Rock on Film

THE NORTH BY NORTHEAST MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE (NXNE) IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS ARE YOU READY TO SHOWCASE TO THE WORLD

TORONTO – November 21, 2006 – North by North East (NXNE) is Canada’s best live music event dedicated to exposing the best in new music and music movies. Each year NXNE showcases over 450 live acts from across Canada and around the world, at thirty-five venues in downtown Toronto. It’s one heck of a music party. The NXNE Film Festival offers a unique program of music related feature films, documentaries and shorts where music is the star. Each year hundreds of music professionals from Canada and around the world flock to NXNE to discover their new favourite bands, network, catch up with old friends and have a few cold beverages in what historically is always a wonderful hot weekend in Toronto.

Do you feel that’s its about time the world heard you? Submissions are open so please visit www.nxne.com to submit your music through SonicBids. If you submit before December 31 the fee is only $25.00 Canadian and after December 31 it is $35.00. The Deadline for all entries is January 12, 2007. No mail-in submissions will be accepted.

To submit a film, documentary, short or animated short you must go through Withoutabox. No mail-in submissions will be accepted. Submissions start November 1st and close January 12, 2007. $15 Canadian for shorts under forty-five minutes $25 for features over forty-five minutes. Themes or subjects of films must somehow be applicable to the music industry as in documentaries about artists or genres; or films where music is the subject.

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Live Rock and Roll

Coachella Festival Expands To Three Days

The Coachella Festival has announced that they have expanded to three days from two for 2007. The dates are April 27- 29, 2007. Pretty cool festival if you are into these things.

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Record Labels

The Bomp Store is now live!

I don’t normally like to publicize something like a record label’s brand new online store but Bomp Records holds a special place in my heart. As one of the greatest indie labels of all time and the creation of the late great Greg Shaw, Bomp continues to amaze me and Suzi Shaw has managed to keep the mailorder biz growing to become one of the prime places to buy cool rock and roll. Now Bomp is pleased to announce that their brand new Bomp Store is live and accepting your business. Check it out. There are some incredibly cool records just waiting for a place to be played loud.

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Live Rock and Roll

Sandy West Memorial Concert – December 9th, 2006

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Reviews and Suggestions

Record Review: Galore – Amplifier (Bhurr Records 2006)

Galore_amplifier Does this ever happen to you? You get a new CD and the first song is so good that you keep playing it while pretty much ignoring the rest of the CD for a week or so? Then you finally decide to turn off “repeat” and plow through the rest of the songs to see if they are all that good? Well that’s what happened to me with Amplifier by Galore. The lead off track “She’s an Elevator” is so good that I literally ignored the rest of the record and even played it on Rock and Roll Report Radio last Monday. I finally managed to pull myself away from that amazingly cool tune to check out the rest of the CD and what a amanzingly great CD it is!

Galore is a Toronto band that emerged from the ashes of some great Canadian indie bands including one of my personal faves, Cool Blue Halo. I knew I was in for a treat just based on “Elevator” and the fact that Moe Berg, a power pop icon in my opinion produced the record and oh man was I right. Galore have managed to pack a lot of different musical styles on this CD but all the songs contain great, great hooks that keep things fun and rockin. Aside from “Elevator” check out “Teen Rebellion Machine”, “The Amanda Effect” and “Come On X 3” for some amazing rock and roll. A great CD. Just can’t decide which song to play on the next radio show! Check out their MySpace page for a listen to what they have to offer.

You can buy the CD at the Burr Records site.

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