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Love Without Words EP - 7
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
Love Without Words EP - 7"

Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels once derisively referred to the music of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet as "cheap strip music". And though they gave the world some of the finest surf instrumentals since the 1960s, California-based writer Kent Crowley managed to log some 200 pages in his otherwise informative book Surf Beat with nary a mention of the band. Shadowy Men themselves actually went so far as to record a song titled 'We're Not a Fucking Surf Band'.


Gloria / She Belongs to Me - 7
Gloria / She Belongs to Me - 7"

Northern Alberta in the mid-sixties is not the first place that comes to mind as a hotbed of garage rock. But it was there in Edmonton, a city that registered just shy of 360,000 souls in its 1964 census, that Scottish emigres Ron McLachlan and Carl Peterson formed the King-Beezz, taking their name from a Slim Harpo song on the Rolling Stones' first album.

The pair took the city by storm right from the get-go. As luck would have it, they worked as dentists in the same build...more

I'd Watch the Day Til It Died - Little You Little Me
Little You Little Me
I'd Watch the Day Til It Died

Little You Little Me have been blasting the eardrums of punters out on the east coast since at least 2009. The foursome of guitarists Gavin Downes and Corey Bonnevie, bassist Geoff Smith and drummer Michael Milburn honed those gritty guitar chops in the "industrial fog" of Saint John (NB), taking their cues from the likes of Eric's Trip and Thrush Hermit along with equal doses of metal and indie rock, with (thankfully to these hoary ears) a good dollop of seventies punk for good measure. <...more

Just Don't / Let Me Know - 7
The Tom Northcott Trio
Just Don't / Let Me Know - 7"

Tom Northcott had already been a fixture for several years in the Kitsilano clubs when he decided to join the Vancouver Playboys in 1965. Around the same time he was also busy establishing his own record label, Syndrome, which was hip enough to snag a distribution deal south of the border with the suits at Warner Brothers. But after a seven-inch as Tom Northcott and the Vancouver Playboys ('She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not'), the Vancouver songwriter bolted to form his own three-piece ...more

Ablaze - Julie and the Wolf
Julie and the Wolf

Julie and the Wolf are just the latest in a long line of leftfield musicians from the infinitely fertile fields of Montreal. The pair of pianist Julie and singer Wolf Merzbacher are about as incongruous as a duo can get, with the big bad Wolf having cut his teeth in the headbanging world of metal and the more diminutive, classically trained Julie having recently scored the Academy Award-winning short film The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life. "[Our sound] is Julie's classical roo...more

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