Big City Cough
Born at Night
"Why wait? Just do."
That Nike-esque assertion is how Sean Beresford described the raw bedroom quality of Born at Night, his first solo set as Big City Cough. The Toronto-based musician, who by his own admission has spent the bulk of his career as "somebody else's guitar player", recorded Born at Night on "an acoustic guitar that is now pretty much unplayable, mostly in living rooms in Toronto with a super-basic mobile studio setup and a few half-decent mics"....more
Laissez-Nous Vous Embrasser Ou Vous Avez Mal
"We were not political. We were planetary. We were beyond the revolution."
That is how the Quebecois poet/provocateur Claude Peloquin described the chaotic, multi-media events that took place in Montreal during the 1960s. Peloquin had already self-published several books when he got involved in these 'happenings' - L'Horloge du Nouvel Age in 1964 and Le Zirmate a year later - where a motley collection of painters, poets, dancers and musicians pursue...more
Pour un Instant / 100,000 Raisons - 7"
Serge Fiori honed his chops as a teenager filling in for musicians in his dad's 25-piece ballroom orchestra. It was there that the budding guitarist got his first whiff of rock 'n' roll stardom. "That's where I picked up my first electric guitar," a surprisingly affable Fiori would later tell Terry DiMonte on Montreal's CHOM-FM. "When the people were drunk enough - not too late, around 10:30 or 11 - I'd go in front and we used to do like all Santana and Led Zeppelin, the pedal to the medal....more
The Willapuss Wallapuss
To Jone / Sacrificial Virgin - 7"
Singer/keyboardist Bruce Ley had his fingers in a number of pies back in the day, from Hamilton garagesters the Gentle Touch and their scorching 'Visitors Parking Only' seven-inch to the T.H.P. Orchestra's disco classic 'Too Hot for Love' a decade or so later. In 1967, he quit the Hammer for the bright lights of Toronto and its hopping Yorkville scene. There he hooked up with the already popular Rising Sons,...more
The One Way Street
Listen to Me (Bring It on Home) / Tears - 7"
The One Way Street got started in 1966, which for those few keeping track was the year Vancouver lost its innocence. The once-sleepy burg got its first whiff of the Haight-Ashbury freakfest in January of that year when the Jefferson Airplane played the Kitsilano Theatre and by the end of the summer it had played host to Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service and of course the Grateful Dead. It wasn't long before the lower mainland began nurturing a psych scene of...more