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I/Variations - Grej

Grej is actually a pseudonym for Toronto-based composer/percussionist Greg Harrison, whose resume includes pieces for the likes of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Form CDT, Division 85 Films, and Random Acts of Dance. I/Variations is an EP of sorts, consisting of four short tracks commissioned by FORM CDT for a modern dance performance by Mateo Galindo Torres along with live accompanying illustrations by Carlos Delgado.

The music on I/Variations is a me...more

Smiling Fenceposts / Dr. Feel-Good - 7
The Shags
Smiling Fenceposts / Dr. Feel-Good - 7"

The Shags were part of the hopping mid-to-late-sixties rock and roll scene in southern Manitoba that included, in addition to the obvious Guess Who, groups like the Quid, the Deverons, the Jury, the Fifth, the Mongrels and Expedition to Earth, to name but a few.

The Shags were already playing in community centres and high schools around Winnipeg by the time a teenaged guitarist named Greg Leskiw had decided to leave his home in sleepy Shilo, Manitoba for the bright lights o...more

Unclean EP - 7
Tough Age
Unclean EP - 7"

Tough Age may be the quintessential archeologists of lesser-loved guitar rock these days. In fact, the erstwhile Vancouverites have built up a pretty solid discog mining all those classic riffs of yore, from proto-punk and classic power pop to eighties indie and nineties alt-rock. Their I Get the Feeling Central from a couple of years back states their case as well as anything and is definitely worth picking up.

But when Tough Age's front row of Jarrett Samson (guit...more

I'll Know Better (Next Time) / Roses and Heartaches - 7
Sandi Shore
I'll Know Better (Next Time) / Roses and Heartaches - 7"

Brian Wilson once admired him and Phil Spector was allegedly scared of him, but these days no one really remembers Gary Paxton. The erstwhile svengali behind such early hits as 'Alley Oop' by the Hollywood Argyles and Bobby 'Boris' Picket's 'Monster Mash' spent much of his life on the fringes, writing and producing songs for little-known singers on his own equally obscure labels like Garpax, Paxley and Star-Burst.

In fact, Paxton's life is a veritable Hollywo...more

Couleur Dessin - Couleur Dessin
Couleur Dessin
Couleur Dessin

Name-checking is so much more fun these days, what with a half-century or more of cool musical eras and an internet chock full of obscure recordings just waiting to be unearthed. The pair of Montrealers behind Couleur Dessin, the latest addition to Fixture Records' impressive roster, boast such obtuse influences as 1960s LA pop, French new wave, the Canterbury Scene, krautrock and instrumental exotica.

So no surprise then that Couleur Dessin, the first missive from ...more

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