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Artists and Bands

Are you ready to kick out the jams again?

I gotta admit that I’m not too sure about this one. The living members of the MC5 have announced that they will be touring this summer under the moniker DTK/MC5. Like The Stooges, the MC5 occupied a very specific time and place in rock and roll and despite the fact that I have always maintained that I have no problem with band reunions, the MC5 seem so much a part of a very specific moment in rock and roll history that it will be tough to shake this image in 2004. I hope that they prove me wrong ‘cause in their prime they were great.
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Artists and Bands

Do you have your Vaccination Scar?

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Fresh off the wires from the fine folks at Hipbase, comes news that The Tragically Hip’s new single Vaccination Scar will be released to radio April 8th. Superstars in Canada, heroes to hardcore fans in pockets of good taste in the United States and Europe, The Tragically Hip are an amazingly original band with something to offer any fan of real rock and roll. Best experienced live, upon seeing The Hip you will in fact wonder why you have never heard about them before. Give them a whirl in the CD player and get ready to see them live when they hit your town in 2004 because, as I have said before, you will not be disappointed. In fact this year they will have the honour of being the first concert that I will be taking my 9-year-old son to see. Yes they are that good.
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Rock Radio 2.0

WXRT-FM is Finally Streaming on the ‘Net

Legendary Chicago rock radio WXRT-FM is finally streaming over the ‘Net after corporate parent Infinity Broadcasting finally saw the tech writing on the wall. Probably won’t make much of a difference to those of us in search of an alternative to corporate rock radio but hey, the more the merrier I suppose.
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Rock History

Jan Berry R.I.P.

Jan Berry of Jan and Dean fame passed away over the weekend at the age of 62. I remember when I got my first rock album (The Beach Boys Live in Concert and yes I still have it) and arguing with a friend when I kept insisting that a Jan and Dean song that we heard on the radio was actually by the Beach Boys. I was wrong. Thanks for the memories Jan.
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Odds & Sods

The Rock and Roll Report is Taking a Breather!

Actually, I am taking a bit of a break from posting so I can catch up on my e-mail and other non-rock and roll related activities so I will not be posting on Thursday February 25th and Friday February 26th but fear not, I will be back on February 29th with more tasty rock and roll tidbits including news of the new Tragically Hip single and why indie musicians should think twice about pursuing a major label record deal as well as the usual assortment of cool rock and roll record labels, radio shows and bands that will numb your lips. Until then take care everybody!
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Features

In search of a rock and roll fragment of my past

A couple of days ago I was watching a video that I had made in 1988 of a barbeque I had hosted for a bunch of my friends and the experience was not unlike watching an episode of “That ‘80s Show” (yes it was that bad). Once I got over the shock of the hairstyles and the flap shirts the thing that caught my attention was the music playing on the stereo that I had rigged up in the back yard of my parent’s house. Lots of Dire Straits, The Police, R.E.M. and other mid-80s favourites but one song was like a blast from the past as I have not heard it since. All I could remember was that the song was called Shayla (I think that’s how it is spelled), it was produced by Chris Kimsey (who produced the Rolling Stones’ classic album Some Girls) and it contained what is quite possibly the worst guitar solo in rock and roll history. I always liked the song and I vaguely remember that I had the 45 RPM single (remember those?) somewhere so I began the search for more clues. I physically checked my house and that of my parents but no luck. While pawing through old dusty records the name of the band did come to me though: The Dice. Perfect. Off to Google I go. Let me tell you right now that the combination of The Dice and Shayla in Google brings up a large selection of porno sites so my advice to all prospective parents is to not name their kid Shayla if at all possible. Believe it or not Google let me down. I cannot find anything about this band or song anywhere. Since I don’t do the file swapping thing I am currently stymied. This song has truly become an earworm and it’s driving me nuts. Anybody out there know anything about this band? What happened to them, who they were, etc? E-mail me and let me know. I am now off to my parents again for another troll down vinyl memory lane and then I’ll try the Audities list.
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Odds & Sods

More rock and roll hockey fun

If you haven’t become a hockey fan by now you have plenty of time before the playoffs start in April but in order to whet your appetite Exclaim magazine (a great free Canadian music magazine) is organizing the 6th Annual Exclaim Cup Hockey Summit April 8-11 in Toronto. Come and watch members of Sloan, the Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies, Weakerthans, The Smugglers, Constantines and many more play hockey and rock out for some great causes. A great idea that combines the rock and roll of sports with the hockey of music. This is literally cool.
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Rock Biz

House of Blues get ready to expand

The House of Blues chain of clubs has completed a recapitalization (no I don’t know what that is) and are set to expand, possibly internationally. I like the House of Blues clubs (I realize that they are involved in a hotel and other venues but I’m talking strictly about the clubs) as I think they are some of the best places to see shows and they form a sort of reasonably sized ready made tour itinerary for bands too big for your local show bar but not big enough for the bigger sized venues that hold over 1000 people. They remind me a bit of the old ballroom circuit of the late ‘60s. They’re not perfect but they’re not bad.
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Rock Radio 2.0

The Rock and Roll Radio Spotlight is on: Pop Dreams

Hosted by Gerard out of France, Pop Dreams is a great show serving up some absolutely first class pop and power pop flavoured rock and roll. Brush up on your French and surf on over for some rock and roll served with a continental flair. Oui Oui!
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Artists and Bands

The Vines quote The Kids in the Hall and are therefore officially cool

Not only are The Vines tearing up the concert trail with fellow Aussies Jet, they also are quite knowledgeable about classic Canadian comedy troop The Kids in the Hall according to The Vines Take Success in Stride. They have officially been inducted into my “Great White North Cool List.” Great band.
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