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To Me: To Me: To Me / Strange Things Are Happening - 7
Rings and Things
To Me: To Me: To Me / Strange Things Are Happening - 7"

Martin Hillman had his fingers in a number of pies back in the day. He left his native Montreal in the late 1950s to pursue his singing dreams down in the U.S. There, as Marty Hill, he recorded a half-dozen singles for Columbia, ranging from the flaming rock and roll of 'Red Lips' (1961) to the deliriously downtrodden 'The Lonely Man (That's Me)', a 1963 country record that was also issued in Canada and Australia.

By 1966, Hillman had made his way back up nort...more

Pourras-tu me pardonner / Personne - 7
Mini Robin
Pourras-tu me pardonner / Personne - 7"

Singer and record producer Martin Hillman went by many names back in the day, including Billy, Billy Blue, Martin Martin and most notably Marty Hill. Under the latter pseudonym, the enigmatic Montrealer started out his career with a string of singles south of the border, the best-known of which is the crestfallen country crooner, 'The Lonely Man (That's Me)', issued on Columbia in 1963 in the US, Canada and Australia.

By 1966, Hillman was back in his hometown produci...more

On Time, As Usual EP - Ostrich Bouquet
Ostrich Bouquet
On Time, As Usual EP

Ostrich Bouquet formed in early 2017 and by all accounts they really mean business. The Montreal four-piece of bassist/singer Davide Ventulieri, guitarist Jeremy Bozzo, keyboardist/guitarist Kyle Podwalski and drummer Michael Tomizzi rifled off this swell EP after just nine months together.

Tomizzi describes Ostrich Bouquet as "a psychedelic band", but then goes on to say that "we draw influence from post-rock, ambient, jazz and indie music, with many songs featuring weird ...more

Where Does All the Time Go / All I Ever Need Is You - 7
The Tiaras
Where Does All the Time Go / All I Ever Need Is You - 7"

Brenda Russell was just 12 years old when her musical parents (her father Gus Gordon was once a member of the Ink Spots) left Brooklyn for the relatively colour-blind city of Hamilton, Ontario. And while the idea that Canada in the 1960s was a storybook world of peace and love to all would be laughable to any visible minority, it did have a weirdly encouraging effect on the young newcomer.

"I was the only black kid in the entire school, the only black kid anyone had ever met...more

Wayward Sonology - Isador
Wayward Sonology

Wayward Sonology is Isador's second collection of experimental left-field sounds, something the band curiously dubs "lo-fi psych jams from the weirdest corners of your record collection." The trio of Joshua Van Tassel, Charles Austin and Kyle Cunjak, all fixtures at Halifax's Forward Music, issued their thoroughly enjoyable Isador EP in the early part of 2016. That record, a weirdly exotic mix of seventies library music, Turkish psych, dru...more

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