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Ain't Nobody Else / Toes Nails - 7
Doomsday Machine
Ain't Nobody Else / Toes Nails - 7"

Doomsday Machine put out a couple of professionally recorded singles for the Dot label in 1969. The five-piece from Kingsville, just to the south of Windsor (ON), consisted of guitarist Jerry Alice, singer Robert Alice and keyboardist Wally Glass, with bassist Bob Matlack and drummer Art Quick bringing up the rhythm end of things. The glistening harmonies and searing guitar of 'Ain't Nobody Else' seem to have disappeared from the radar years ago with barely a mention anywhere on the ...more

Can You Feel It / Jessi - 7
Bill Amesbury
Can You Feel It / Jessi - 7"

The man most remembered for his 1974 AM hit 'Virginia (Touch Me Like You Do)' was much more than just a one-hit wonder...and, as it later turned out, more than just a man. His talents were initially dismissed at Casablanca Records - in his And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records, Larry Harris wrote "to no one's surprise, the Bill Amesbury record ('Virginia') went nowhere". But the Kirkland Lake (ON)-born Amesbury was actually brimming with talent, ha...more

Cultural Envelope - Slight Birching
Slight Birching
Cultural Envelope

Sean Travis Ramsay goes by the name of Slight Birching and this is his first long-playing record. The Vancouver-based singer-songwriter trades in the same sort of lo-fi folk that made Bill Callahan's work as Smog so compelling, which is to say sparse, off-kilter songs that wallow in that beautiful sadness. Much of Cultural Envelope, the title of which riffs on Northrop Frye's concept of the envelope of culture, was written during the time of his mother's two-year battle with cancer, ...more

Visitors Parking Only / One Way Ride - 7
The Gentle Touch
Visitors Parking Only / One Way Ride - 7"

The Gentle Touch were formed in the Hammer - that's Hamilton to the tourists - roundabout 1965. The quartet of Jeff Snider, Alex Harrington, Ron Boyes and Bruce Ley were originally known as the Pharaohs but changed their name to avoid confusion with a similarly named band down in the States. The Gentle Touch's only piece of wax, the Kinks-inspired 'Visitors Parking Only', was issued by RCA in 1966. "That was written by Jeff Snider and Mark Shekter, and Mark produced the session, wh...more

Alvvays - Alvvays

The seeds of Alvvays began to germinate a few years back when Nova Scotia natives and childhood friends Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan teamed up with their high school mate Alec O'Hanley and started making music together. Though Rankin - who is a scion of Maritime music royalty the Rankin Family - released a solo EP under her own name in 2010, it is under the relatively anonymous umbrella of a full band that she feels most comfortable. "I'd rather not use my name," she told the Globe and ...more

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