It was at a staff meeting for The Pig Paper, upstairs at Toronto’s Beverley Tavern sometime in very late 1975, that I first had the pleasure of bumming a ride home from the one, the only Imants Krumins. You see, he was the only denizen of our nascent Blank Canuck Generation way back then who not only had an (operable) car, but a job as well. You have NO IDEA how vitally important this was to all of us Ontario College of Art drop-outs then unwittingly littering Queen Street West in search of what was to soon become, quote, An Alternative Lifestyle.
Once again another episode of Rock and Roll Report Radio will be hitting the airwaves of Montreal and beyond as we will be on from 10:00 – 11:00 PM EST at www.ckut.ca or CKUT 90.3 FM in the Montreal area. And I say we because tonight (July 11) I will have a very special host as Miss Shaz Millar will be co-hosting the show with me and introducing you to some amazing rock and roll. The interesting part about it is that Shaz will be in Australia while I will be in Montreal!
Looking ahead over the next few months I will be having a number of bands on the show. As a matter of fact it looks like I am booked solid to next February with an amazing array of talented musicians and bands so make sure you tune in to Rock and Roll Report Radio on the Drastic Plastic Program, second Monday of every month on CKUT 90.3 FM. See you there!
Psychedelic hard rock band Granicus existed alongside bands like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. The Cleveland-formed band left the area to seek their musical fortunes out in New York. RCA signed the band and released their self-titled debut release. However, it would be their only major label release, as bad management and a bad record deal left Granicus’ potential as a band unfulfilled. By the mid-seventies, Granicus had ceased to be.
Jumping ahead three and a half decades to 2010, unfinished demos were uncovered as band members were cleaning and the idea to release the ‘album that never was’ was born.
While moments on Young Legionnaire’s Crisis Works sound like an indie version of The Smashing Pumpkins meets YCNI:M, the majority of the album delivers impressive post-hardcore. On the few tracks which have more of a new wave slant, the Bloc Party influence is apparent. Overall, the guitar work is a strength on this album, which is chock-full of memorably epic solos, bridges and outros. The power and drama of Crisis Works – musically, vocally and lyrically – is what really strikes the listener.
I Am Very Far, Okkervil River’s sixth album, is not what one would expect from them; a band renowned for their concept albums and lo-fi recordings. Instead, they present us a collection of well-produced, meticulously arranged songs that are less part of a bigger concept as they are individual works of art.
Although certain leitmotifs like imagery attached to throats, sea-land metaphors and, surprisingly, sleigh bells reappear throughout the album, the songs are very varied in style and dynamic. Even if the lack of concept is surprising, it does not take away from the album, other than a few instances where the transitions between songs seem a little jagged.
Electro-rock band Auradrone has been in the music scene for a few years. Their debut album, Whitelite Britelite, was released in 2009 and ever since then, Auradrone has been growing in popularity. Later this year, their sophomore album, Bleeding Edge, will be released. Jon Mack, lead singer of Auradrone, took time from her busy schedule to grant R&RR an interview.
Q:Where does the name Auradrone come from and what does it mean?
A: The name came to me as sort of a flash of insight one day. It’s a combination of the word “aura,” like the human energy field, and the word “drone,” which is a continuous tone.? I realized later that together these relate the concept of sympathetic resonance.
Although it’s already spent a good two years here in the ol’ sty, I’m hardly surprised to find I’m still discovering, hearing, and even seeing fresh goodies galore buried within that great big Neil Young Archives box of mine. But, seeing as yet another O Canada Day is now upon us, I sought to find another way to commemorate the greatest living Canucklehead this side of Dr. Stompin’ Tom Connors.
Now, while some may take offense a mere three-minutes-twelve into the show at the comment Toronto, Canada is, and I quote, “a city not noted for its musical invention” (plus, if you look real close, note photos of Buddy Holly and Sonny & Cher appearing later are actually of impersonators, NOT the real deals), Sexy Intellectual’s Here We Are In The Years: Neil Young’s Music Box does present quite the journey through the past. And, as The Man himself would approve, this is one documentary which seldom finds itself in the middle of the cinematic road; it does indeed prefer a somewhat rougher ride, and we sure do see more interesting people there as a result.
Chicago, Illinois is the home for one of the most eclectic rock bands in the United States, Eleven Dollar Life. Eleven Dollar Life is a five-piece rock group that has taken many different influences and genres of music and blended them together to create the band’s unique rock sound. This sound was developed by the members of the group who are: Bryan Pray on vocals, Chad Wynes on guitar, Marc Gee on keyboards and vocals, Eli Namay on bass and Kyle Voivodas on drums. Taking styles like grunge, jazz, blues, hard rock and much more, these five musicians help create the music that is unique to Eleven Dollar Life.