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The Youngest Son -  Jeff  Moore and Friends
Jeff Moore and Friends
The Youngest Son

"At sixteen anything seemed possible."

Jeff Moore wrote that about an ambitious high school project of his that by rights should have ended up in the dumpsters but instead turned out to be a holy grail to collectors of obscure psych-folk. Moore had only just learned to play guitar a year earlier, but somehow the precocious teenager from Toronto's northern fringes got the almost unheard-of idea - well, at least in 1974 when the rock and roll planet was still inhabited by a...more

Flower Generation / Token for My Mind - 7
The Fringe
Flower Generation / Token for My Mind - 7"

The Fringe formed in 1967 and are mostly remembered, if at all, for having as a founding member the late Chuck Cadman, a thrice-elected Member of Parliament who died of cancer in 2005. They also had the good fortune to have a wheeler-dealer manager in Bill Riley. Riley, who would also take heavy rockers the Churls under his entrepreneurial wing, managed to score the still-unknown Toronto band recording time at Art Snider's newly opened Sound Canada studio.

The four - guit...more

Pas Pire Pop, I Love You So Much - Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche
Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche
Pas Pire Pop, I Love You So Much

Montreal - or to be more precise, the Constellation label - just keeps pumping them out these days. Their latest jaw-droppingly good release is Pas Pire Pop, I Love You So Much, the sophomore disc from the curiously named Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche, a quartet that features a pretty impressive roster of local talent: bassist Jean-Sebastien Truchy and guitarist Eric Gingras from the sorely missed Fly Pan Am, along with Sebastien Fournier (guitar) and Samuel Bobony (drums). more

Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi / Va T'en Chez Toi - 7
Le Pouvoir des Fleurs
Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi / Va T'en Chez Toi - 7"

It is probably to no one's surprise that a band with a name like Le Pouvoir des Fleurs came into existence in 1967. But what many may not know is that the roots of this Quebec group actually go back a few years to the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, about a half-hour ride to the southeast of Montreal. It was there that bass player Rene Labelle and a few friends - singer Jean-Marc LaHaye, guitarists Evasio Massignanie and Fernand Page, organist Mario Landry and drummer Pierre Beauregard - ...more

Contraction - Contraction

Franck Dervieux's 1972 LP Dimension M is an archeological missing link of sorts in Quebec, managing as it did to bridge the waning world of psychedelia with the quickly burgeoning one of progressive rock. Dervieux unfortunately died tragically just after the recording of that album, but his backing band of singer Christiane Robichaud, guitarist Michel Robidoux, bassist Yves Laferriere and drummer Christian St. Roch kept his spirit alive as the nucleu...more

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