Saturday, September 30, 2023

Run With Me: An Interview with Bry Webb & Show # 1007

“Thunder Bay” is the first single released by Canadian singer/songwriter Bry Webb from his forthcoming album Run With Me. Inspired by a desire to sing and play music again after not releasing music for quite a few years, the songs that make up Run With Me are made up with inspiration to play again and the connections/contributions from different musicians over Webb’s career. Also known for being the lead vocalist in Constantines, Webb’s forthcoming album is his third full-length release and his first new album since 2014’s Free Will (there was also a live album, Live at Massey Hall in 2015).

The lead off single “Thunder Bay” dates back to a recording made with a previous band that Webb was in called The Harbour Coats. This was a band Webb formed while living in Montreal, they recorded one album before disbanding when Webb moved to Guelph to start a family. For this track, Webb redid the vocals. It arrives with swirling guitars, kick drum, looming noise, feedback, hard to forget vocal melodies and absorbing, contemplative lyrics. Another song recently became available online from Run With Me, a song titled “Modern Mind.” A song steeped in elements of psychedelia, it first appeared on a split seven inch single with Chad VanGaalen in 2016. This version differs, not losing the edge of the original, but at the same time, as was described on the earlier version of the track, is an expansion of Webb’s musical palette. Bry Webb’s third full-length album, Run With Me will be released on November 3rd via Idée Fixe Records.

Listen to the interview Revolution Rock did with Bry Webb here:

Show 1007 Playlist (Bry Webb Interview):

1.  Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - I Pity the Country 
2.  Mitski - Buffalo Replaced 
3.  Wilco - Cousin
4.  Woods - Weep 
5.  Nora Kelly Band - Lay Down Girl
6.  Bry Webb - Thunder Bay 


7.  Bry Webb - AM Radio 


8.  Bry Webb - Rivers of Gold 
9.  Richard Laviolette - Bats 
10. Plumtree - July 3rd
11. Mean Red Spiders - Compromise 
12. Gaze - Shady
13. Horse Chops - Spaceship in the Sky
14. Melody Fields - In Love 
15. Slowdive - alife 
16. Animal Collective - Gem & I 
17. Faust - The Sad Skinhead
18. Faust - Jennifer 

To hear this program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and click the September 30 file to download/stream the episode. 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Blues, Soul, Nirvana and Synthesizers: Episodes # 1006, 1005, 1004, 1003, 1002

Recently, Revolution Rock has had several theme based episodes and some guest hosts. Here are some highlights from some of the artists featured on our blues, soul, R&B and doo wop episode (links to hear/download all the episodes can be found below the playlists in this post).

Revolution Rock: Early Blues, Soul, R&B and Doo Wop

Joined by guest host Graeme Sylvio of CJAM FM’s Sylvio & Soul program, we dug deep into some more obscure soul, blues and R&B artists with touches of doo wop influences. Here are a few of the artists featured on this episode.

Pink Anderson:

Pink Anderson was born in South Carolina in 1900 and was a self-taught guitarist who toured through the Southeast during 1915-1945, getting work wherever he could. He performed and worked with many different musicians such as Blind Simmie Dooley. Several songs were recorded with Dooley for Columbia Records in 1928 and released as Papa’s About to Get Mad/Gonna Tip Out Tonight and Every Day in the Week Blues/C.C. and O. Blues. In the 1950s he toured with Leo “Chief Thundercloud” Kahdot and his medicine show and would often play with harmonica player Peg Leg Sam Jackson. Paul Clayton the folklorist recorded Anderson in 1950 and released Harlem Street Spirituals for the Riverside label. A lot of the traditional folk material was featured on this release such as “John Henry” and “The Wreck of the Old 97.” In early 60s (Carolina Blues Man (1961), Medicine Show Man (1962), Ballad & Folksinger (1963)), Anderson made some more recordings becoming part of the Piedmont school, utilizing his musical style, which pulled from blues, ragtime and folk. Anderson performed until the 1970s, passing away due to a heart attack in October of 1974 at the age of 74. Pink Anderson’s name took on a further influence in culture when Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd combined his name with North Carolina bluesman Floyd Council to arrive at the band name of Pink Floyd. Pink Anderson’s music came from the tradition of Carolina blues and the practice of the traveling folksinger.

The Falcons:

The Falcons formed in Detroit in 1955, they are perhaps best known for their two hit singles “You’re So Fine” (1959) and “I Found A Love” (1962). The band went through a few lineup changes in their career, but were notable for quite a few things. They were one of the first bands that would go on to be influential into the genre of soul music and also featured many musicians that would have their own successes outside of the group. Musicians such as Joe Stubbs, Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice, Lance Finney and Wilson Pickett were all part of the group at different times in The Falcons existence. Stubbs performed in three other groups (The Contours, The Originals and 100 Proof (Aged in Soul)), Eddie Floyd went on to work with the Stax record label and had a #1 hit single “Knock on Wood,” Mack Rice went on to record the song “Mustang Sally,” as well writing “Respect Yourself” with Luther Ingram, while Wilson Pickett became a major figure in the development of soul music, recording over 50 songs that made the US R&B charts and also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Some of his best known songs are “In the Midnight Hour,” “Land of 10000 Dances,” “Funky Broadway,” “Don’t Knock My Love,” he also recorded a version of The Falcons “I Found A Love,” a song which he co-wrote, as a solo artist in 1967. It became a hit for Pickett and a two-part version of the song was recorded. It was featured on his album The Sound of Wilson Pickett and was also a single reaching #6 on the US R&B Charts. The Falcons lasted from about 1955 until about 1966, reforming briefly in 2005-2008.

Show 1006 (September 23rd, 2023)(Early blues, soul, R&B and doo wop Special):

1.  Bobby Louis - Fire of Love 
2.  Bunker Hill - The Girl Can’t Dance 
3.  Guitar Crusher - The Monkey 
4.  The Continentals - Don’t Do It Baby 
5.  King Coleman - Loo-key Doo-key 
6.  Nightriders - Looking For My Baby 
7.  John Lee Hooker - Let’s Talk It Over 
8.  John Lee Hooker - Just Me and My Telephone 
9.  Pink Anderson - My Baby Left Me This Morning 
10. Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley - C.C. and O. Blues 
11. The Falcons - I Found A Love
12. Sir Mac Rice - Baby I’m Coming Home 
13. Lloyd Williams & The Highlights - Kangaroo Dance
14. The Supremes - Let Me Go the Right Way 
15. Eric Mercury & The Soul Searchers - Lonely Girl
16. The Playmates - It Must Be Love 
17. Dianne Brooks - In My Heart 
18. Dianne Brooks - Walkin’ On My Mind 
19. Shirley Matthews & The Big Town Girls - (You Can) Count On That
20. Jack Harden & The Silhouettes - I’m Not Running After You (Anymore) 
21. King Herbert & The Knights - Lucille 
22. Eric Mercury - Life Style 
23. The Fantastic Four - Take Him Back If It Makes You Happy 
24. The Fantastic Four - Man In Love 
The Detroit Emeralds – Radio Promo
25. The Detroit Emeralds - Do Me Right 
26. The Detroit Emeralds - Long Live the King 
27. Booker T. & The M.G.’s - Behave Yourself 
28. The Gems - That’s What They Put Erasers on Pencils For 
29. Mckinley Mitchell - You’re Not Gonna Break My Heart
30. Barrett Strong - You Knows What To Do
31. Terry Callier - You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman 

To hear this program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and click the September 23 file to download/stream the episode. 

Show 1005 (September 16th, 2023)(In Utero 30th Anniversary Special):

1.  Nirvana - Serve the Servants (2013 Mix) 
2.  Nirvana - Scentless Apprentice
3.  Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box (Live) 
4.  Nirvana - Rape Me (1991 Boombox Demo) 
5.  Nirvana - Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle 
6.  Nirvana - Dumb (1991 Peel Session) 
7.  Nirvana - Very Ape 
8.  Nirvana - Milk It (1993 Rio Demo)
9.  Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea (Live MTV Unplugged) 
10. Nirvana - Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Live & Loud 1993) 
11. Nirvana - Tourette’s (2013 Mix) 
12. Nirvana - All Apologies (Live Reading Festival 1992)
13. Breeze - Serve the Servants 
14. Hervana - Scentless Apprentice (Live) 
15. The Weather Station - Pennyroyal Tea 
16. Teenanger - Very Ape 
17. Baptists - Tourette’s
18. D.O.A. - All Apologies 
19. Sara Simms - Heart-Shaped Box 
20. Tess Parks - Marigold 
21. Nirvana - Sappy
22. Nirvana - I Hate Myself and Want To Die (2013 Mix) 
23. Nirvana - Forgotten Tune 
24. Nirvana - Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol That Flow Through the Strip 

To hear this program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and click the September 16 file to download/stream the episode. 

Show 1004 (September 9th, 2023):

1.  The Rapture - Heaven 
2.  Hot Hot Heat - This Town 
3.  Ought - Celebration 
4.  Shonen Knife - Making Plans for Bison 
5.  Sturm Group - Caught in the Door 
6.  Swell Maps - Forest Fire 
7.  First Man Over - Umbrella Man 
8.  Fifth Column - Right Hook 
9.  Richard Laviolette - Taking the Long Way Home 
10. Richard Laviolette - Ordinary Fellow
11. Richard Laviolette - Break Down These Blues 
12. Henry Bemis & The Books - Let’s Go Shopping
13. Tim Swaddling - Devil’s Tail 
14. Aleks Stoykosky - Replica Art 
15. Tea Leaves - Interloper 
16. The Clientele - Blue Over Blue 
17. King Krule - Hamburgerphobia 
18. Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Good Morning, Popcatepetl 
19. PJ Harvey - A Noiseless Noise 
20. The Replacements - Can’t Hardly Wait (Cello Version)
21. Constantines - National Hum
22. Constantines - Sub-Domestic 
23. Protomartyr - For Tomorrow 
24. Osees - Chaos Heart 
25. Ramones - I Remember You 

To hear this program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and click the September 9 file to download/stream the episode. 

Show 1003 (September 2nd, 2023):

1.  The Routes - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have) 
2.  Priors - Burgundy 
3.  Julie Doiron - Thought of You 
4.  The Kinks - This Time Tomorrow 
5.  The Kinks - A Long Way From Home 
6.  The Breeders - No Aloha 
7.  The Breeders - Divine Hammer 
8.  Sweeping Promises - Ideal No 
9.  Jeff Rosenstock - I Wanna Be Wrong 
10. The Rolling Stones - Dancing with Mr. D 
11. Tom Waits - Underground
12. Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
13. Colter Wall - Standing Here 
14. Beams - Morning Waits 
15. Pin Group - Ambivalence 2
16. The Clean - On Again/Off Again 
17. 25 Cents - Don’t Deceive Me 
18. Ritchie Venus and the Blue Beetles - Bleeding Heart 
19. The B-52’s - Give Me Back My Man 
20. Can - Moonshake 
21. Teke::Teke - Gotoku Lemon 
22. Sundried Whales - I’m So Tired 
23. Freak Heat Waves - Off My Mind 
24. TAFKAVince Band - Expiration Date 
25. Love Language - Ripples 
26. The Vertical Struts - Sh! 
27. Ghost Woman - Alright Alright 

To hear this program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and click the September 2 file to download/stream the episode. 

Show 1002 (August 26th, 2023) (Revolution Synth Special - synth music from 1978-1983):

1.  The Payola$ - In A Place Like This
2.  The Vapors - Trains
3.  Wall of Voodoo - Factory
4.  Joe Naylor - I Hate Fluorescent Lights
5.  Null.set - Teats De Nuit
6.  Phollop Willing P.A. - Orphan Baby
7.  Iko - Elevator
8.  Subway Sect - Ambition
9.  Devo - Strange Pursuit
10. Tubeway Army - Me, I Disconnect From You
11. The Stranglers - Nice N’ Sleazy
12. Oingo Boingo - Ain’t This the Life
13. Talking Heads - Memories Can’t Wait
14. Rational Youth - Holiday in Bangkok
15. The Boomtown Rats - Blind Date
16. Kraftwerk - The Model
17. Nash the Slash - The Chase
18. Ceramic Hello - Symphony of Shudders
19. UJ3RK5 - Eisenhower & The Hippies
20. Active Dog - Nothing Holding You
21. Tim Ray & A.V. - Quarter to Eight
22. Suicide - Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne

To hear this program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and click the August 26 file to download/stream the episode.