Brainbroom / Invincible - 7"
The Trifids were essentially the same unknown Czech woman behind the equally demented and hopelessly obscure One of You, who issued a couple of singles a few years prior to this featuring a terminally depressive Eastern European voice (complete with faulty grammar and imperfect pronunciation) droning on about life's insurmountable difficulties above a haunting church organ. It was either a parody worthy of SCTV or the ultimate outsider art depending on which side of the immigrant experience ...more
One of You
Life is So Hard / Faded Flowers - 7"
By rights, One of You's 'Life is So Hard', with its gloomy organ and equally depressive lyrics, should have been an underground favourite amongst the black-clad goth crowd back in the day. From what little the internet gives up on this bizarre curio, it is the work of a Czech immigrant in Ottawa who appears shell-shocked at the impersonal society she has been thrust into and, with the sort of end-of-the-world bleakness that the Eastern Europeans did so well, decided to share that quasi-suici...more
Proof of Life EP
Coyote have been kicking around Prince Edward Island for several years now and Proof of Life is their second EP. The Charlottetown five-piece formed around guitarist and singer Josh Carter, bassist Evan McCosham, and brothers Bruce and Bradford Rooney on lead guitar and keys, with Nova Scotian Mike King rounding things out on the skins. Together, they peddle a sort of bubbly, guitar-driven pop sound that has one foot in the now and the other in the eighties, most notably those anthemi...more
Don't Cry Little Tree
Trevor Dandy's revelatory soul/gospel album Don't Cry Little Tree is about as close to the bottom of the dustbin as you can get. A collaboration between the budding producer Paul J. Zaza and the Jamaican-born Dandy, this devilishly tough-to-find LP was pressed up in a tiny run of 2,000, supposedly for sale to Dandy's church congregation. But, as Zaza remembers, it was a disagreement between Dandy and the church that helped contribute to the disc's cachet amongst collectors. "He had ...more
A Place to Stand b/w A Place to Stand - 7"
Had it not been for Ontario's one-time unofficial provincial anthem, the talented musician, composer and arranger Jerry Toth would be even more forgotten than he already is. The Windsor (ON) native was born Jaroslav Toth to a family of musicians that included a violinist father who doubled as a maker of cimbaloms, a type of hammer dulcimer native to Central Europe. The young Toth cut his musical teeth at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, studying both the saxophone and the clarine...more