Interested in some catchy, mod flavoured new rawk? Check out The High Dials (formerly the Datson 4 and the Datsons, don’t ask). Excellent stuff. Am I showing my Canadian bias yet?
I have been listening to the new Sloan single recently and once again the band delivers. Sloan is the type of band (like R.E.M., Pearl Jam and the Tragically Hip) that not only play great music, but are so involved in other activities (like their own label Murderrecords) that they present you with a whole bunch of stuff to investigate. Through listening to Sloan, I was introduced to a whole load of Canadian East Coast bands like the Super Friendz, Eric’s Trip and Thrush Hermit. Peter Buck of R.E.M. is a veritable treasure trove of Rock and Roll esoterica. Not only does his band put out really cool B sides, but he has either guested on or plays with a zillion other cool bands like the Minus 5. For another cool side project, check out Pearl Jam”s Matt Cameron and his Wellwater Conspiracy. As far as the Tragically Hip, their choices of opening bands has been amazing. Through the Hip I have seen Sam Roberts, The Rheostatics, The Odds, Change of Heart….the list goes on.
Any other bands out there that you recommend like this? Let us know!
CANADA DAY July 1st
As tomorrow is Canada Day, I urge everyone to visit www.maplemusic.com and buy something from their incredible roster of bands. I can recommend the new Sam Roberts or Gord Downie CDs and I personally plan on picking up the new 5440 CD “Goodbye Flatlands.”
Have a great Canada Day wherever you are!
Just listened to the latest installment of Little Steven’s Underground Garage (www.littlestevensundergroundgarage.com) last night on my local radio station (www.chom.com). This is only the second time I have heard it as it was only just recently made available in my area. I was slightly underwhelmed by the last show from London but this one from Florence was great! Definitely catch this show if you can. Highly recommended as a taste test for further forays into the world of garage/psychedelic/punk/whatever else you want to call it rock and roll.
rockcritics.com main page
Now this is a great site! Published by Scott Woods, a fellow Canadian, RockCritics.com features an incredible amount of links and exclusive material related to music journalism in general and rock and roll criticism in particular. You owe it to yourself to check this site out. You will wonder where the time went once you start reading this incredible resource.
Thanks Scott and crew!
What is the Rock and Roll Report? Is it just another music site on the web? My attempt to be the new Mojo Navigator Rock and Roll News? A way to waste my time at work? Who knows? Right now it is just a simple blog featuring my ruminations about various weighty Rock and Roll subjects like: Is “Journey through America with the Rolling Stones” the greatest book on Rock and Roll? or When will Gord Downie spontaneously combust on stage? Or how about “Was Woodstock ’69 really that groovy?”
And what, you are probably asking yourself, do I consider to be Rock and Roll? Well, I know it when I hear it and I don’t hear it enough so let’s dig into the grimy corners of the ‘net and see where rock and roll is still making that twisting, caustic, thumping voodoo noise that we love so much.
Hop on board, we’re leaving the station!