Music Notes October 2013

October 31, 2013 at 2:13 am (Uncategorized)

Spooky sounds coming at you. OK not so scary, but worth your time.

1. Pup – Pup

I plugged the single “Reservoir” last month, and the full album is worth having as well. Nothing quite as strong as that single, but the rest of the album is full of solid punk rock sounds.

2, Kid Congo Powers and his Pink Monkey Bits- Haunted Head

OK, maybe this is in time for Halloween. The latest solo album from the former guitar player with the Cramps, Gun Club and Bad Seeds. It’s a mix of the punk, blues rockabilly and surf that Powers has played for most of his career. There’s nothing on here that will turn you head and make you go wow, but it’s a really fine album. OK, the vocals are mixed a little too low for my taste. Still,  if you really want to hear the songs, live is the place to be (review of last week’s show at the Horseshoe pending)

3. Brother Paul – Blind Spot

Full review on this one pending as well. I mentioned this a month or so back. Brother Paul is a local blues guitarist and mate of mine. He’s put together an album of soulful originals along with a couple of covers. A moody and atmospheric disc, it’s a good chance to support local music. Available at Sunrise Music on Yonge Street in Toronto, or drop me a line.

4.  TV Smith – To Heligoland and Beyond (Tour Diaries volume 4)

For those of you out there who are Adverts fans. One of the great things about the band was TV Smith’s lyrics, always clever and with keen insight. I bought the first volume of diaries and they are full of great stories. Get the book through TV’s website 

5. The Ponys – Turn the Lights Out

Mmm. The review of the Bare Mutants album on Pitchfork suggests that Jered Gummere is, dare I say it, a one trick pony. If that’s true, then it’s a pretty good trick. In this, the final Ponys album, the band continues to produce garage pop anthems. Yeah, a lot of the songs, kind of do sound the same, but who cares. If we like it, we call it a “sound.” If we don’t, well, all the songs sound the same.  It’s a great sound, but don’t trust me: listen yourself good.

6. Pussy Galore – Corpse Love

Came across this last week. Demos and early recordings by the band. With song titles so genuinely unpleasant and shocking, I can’t repeat many of them here, it seemed like something that needed to be in my possession. Not for the faint of heart and with a sound quality to match, the collection contains mostly originals, but with a few Rolling Stones covers thrown in. Very hard to find this stuff now.

7. Leslie Spit Treeo – Don’t Cry too Hard

Sorting through a box of something last week, and I found this CD tucked away. And what a little gem it is. LST were Queen Street buskers who played an energetic folk-rock, in the late 80s/early 90s. I seem to recall seeing them a few times in that time (maybe at the Cameron House?). This album contains a few goodies like “Catch a Highway”,”Real”, and their mini-hit reworking of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery.” Singer Laura Hubert subsequently released three solo jazz records. Did not know that.

8. Flamin’ Groovies – Groovies Greatest Grooves

Not a new album, this collection contains more than one misstep (that cover of “River Deep Mountain High” for example), but it does contain “Shake Some Action” and “Slow Death.” The Groovies play Lee’s Palace next week, and I’m sure it won’t hold a candle to their glory days, but I never saw them then,. and I really want to hear those songs live.

9. Oil City Confidential

Yeah! Finally a domestic release on DVD for this bio-pic on the amazing Dr. Feelgood. The best local band in the world.

10.  John “Gypie” Mayo

And while we anticipate that film and marvel at the glory of the Feelgoods and in particular Wilko Johnson, we should pause to remember the passing this month of John “Gypie” Mayo. Mayo was the man who replaced Wilko, and who co-wrote their biggest hit single “Milk and Alcohol.” He died on October 23 at the age of 62.


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