Tired of Waking Up Tired / Child Star - 7"
In a perfect world the Diodes would have had a couple of top-10 hits, a few world tours and a best-of compilation stocked in the front racks of HMV shops. Unfortunately, Canada in the late seventies was not that world. Despite getting up and running in late 1976, opening Toronto's infamous Crash 'n' Burn club in the magical summer of '77, and even issuing an album full of taut two-minute punk around the same time as the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, the Diodes' name these day...more
Neighbourhood is the Gertrudes' third full-length record. The Kingston (ON) roots-based collective, or folkestra as they are affectionately referred to up in that neck of the woods, checks in at ten members this time, but as on their earlier records that number can easily double or triple with all the added musical guests. Drummer Lucas Huang once described the Gertrudes' multi-instrumentation as "happily eclectic and eccentric", as apt a description as any for a sound that includes ...more
ANAMAI cassette EP
You might know Anna Mayberry as part of Toronto noisemakers (and Buzz labelmates) HSY, but that would hardly prepare you for this three-song cassette EP. Under the shortened name ANAMAI, Mayberry seems to have eschewed the tried-and-true clobber-'em-with-volume approach of her regular band, opting instead for a more ethereal mix of lo-fi folk, ghostly vocals and a trippy backdrop of seemingly random noodling. "With HSY, it's all about filling in space, building noise to an extreme until you...more
Summer Daze - 12"
You can't really talk about the Toronto dance scene without mentioning Nick Holder. The man was there almost from its prehistory, deejaying as a teenager in the 1980s and then producing scores of tracks in the 1990s and 2000s for labels like Definitive, Stickman, NRK and especially his own DNH and Treehouse imprints. Though originally influenced by the techno/house scene that was developing down the 401 in Detroit, especially those heavyweights Derrick May and Carl Craig, Holder soon crafte...more
Junior Saw It Happen b/w My Little Buttercup - 7"
There is not a heck of lot out there in cyberland on Edmonton's Shame Tree. It appears that the group was most probably a five-piece consisting of singer Ed Kilbride, guitarist Al Mix and keyboardist Pete Switzer, with bassist George Kozak and drummer Nick Petruk heading up the rear guard. What we do know for sure is that the lads were one of the many Albertans - along with others like Barry Allen, Wes Dakus and the Rebels, the Happy Feeling and the Gainsborough Gallery - to record down a...more