Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Rise of The Compact Disc...

 












                     Here we go again...food for thought ....  πŸ‘½

                                       Rolling Stone Magazine  January 19, 2022  

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/cd-revival-compact-discs-rob-sheffield-1284487/?fbclid=IwAR2-ar3GJu4tHACY3pnYXW_5HVRwxXV4VIfcq4WsrcAIDUCQ9XWewgzJ0k8

Some of What's New In The Shop This Week Jan 17-21


Great Ad :  Obscure hard rock/heavy psych from Sweden, mid 1970's.  In yer face and total stoner!

On Subliminal Sounds label.


https://youtu.be/OK4hkD18974


Bay area late 70's blazing psych rock/metal moves!

Golden Dragon on Subliminal Sounds label


https://youtu.be/gBkXVdeBSx4


Tim Hecker : The North Water (Original Score)

Composed just before and during the beginning of the pandemic 2020.  Dark ambient befitting the movie , it's subject and the time of composition.  On Invada Records UK.


https://youtu.be/2TZPWOrSfl8

Deep rhythmic improv and Antelopr's second vinyl outing !  In International Anthem Recording Co. (GREAT Chicago indie label)  This group is a duo with Jamie Branch and Jason Nazary (of Helado Negro fame).


https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/track/lethal-curve





Legendary 1st LP from 1969...Stone Cold Classic!


https://youtu.be/BQ5TLF7rbuQ


Tripped out jazz monster from 1973...a cosmic voyage!


https://youtu.be/DEp4pJ32Es8




1970's space funk from the late great Dr. Smith ! 


https://youtu.be/Vt1oQ_6vtZk 








BORIS - W  on Sacred Bones label 2022


https://boris.bandcamp.com/track/drowning-by-numbers







Phew - S/T  on Japanese label P-Vine...much anticipated of rare 1981 LP made with members of German greats CAN !


https://youtu.be/eHRUJo0G2i4







PIL original member Jah Wobble !  Ltd. edition double LP set on color wax ! Too cool for school !


https://cleopatrarecords.bandcamp.com/track/fodderstompf








Elevator To Hell Parts 1-3  (expanded 2 LP set) Rick White's 1st released LP work Remastered and now on Blue Fog Records.  Ltd. edition and already sold out at source !


https://youtu.be/722VUyxBjtY






Killer Afro Beat from Ghana and Vis A Vis !  The groups 2nd album originally released in 1976!

These dudes all played as well with the legendary K. Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas !


https://youtu.be/hCM5QazH6qc

Monday, January 17, 2022

Cardinal Fuzz Vinyl : Instock @ Birdman Sound


For a number of years now Birdman Sound has worked closely with stalwart UK based record label Cardinal Fuzz.  Together, we have presented here in Canada and particularly the Ottawa region, the opportunity to access one of the world's very best record labels. It's insanely curated and nothing really sounds like either the last LP you heard or purchased for that matter!  That in our books is called exciting!



What's listed here is what is actually instock and much of it is last copies.  There is constantly an inflow of Cardinal Fuzz releases so reach out here if there's something new you want or something to fill a gap as you never know!  All titles even the newest incoming ones are ltd. supply!πŸ‘½

Cardinal Fuzz : Vinyl LP's In Stock

Abronia - The Whole Of Each Eye

Acid Rooster – Irrlichter 

Alien Mustangs – Beat Of The Earth

Angered Wrecks – Bennies, Booze & Rock ‘N’ Roll (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Anunnaki – Martyr Of Alexandria 

Big Blood - Dark Country Magic (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Black Bombaim w/ Jonathan Saldana, Luis Fernandes, Pedro Augusto- S/T (2xLP)

Black Bombaim w/ Isaiah Mitchell, Rodrigo Amada, Shela – Live At Casazul

Stephen Bailey - 9

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Superficial Marks

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Biker Smell

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Punks VS. Twats and Urban Cowboys

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Unsemble

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Ensemble 8/3/2016

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Split w/ Anunnaki

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Berserkir II

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – Box Set II

Banshee – Livin’ In The Jungle

Cobra Family Picnic – Magnetic Anomaly (co-release w/ Sky Lantern)

Cotton, Alison – Only Darkness Now (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Dark Bird – Out Of Line

Dead Sea Apes w/ Adam Stone, Black Tempest – Dataland (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Dead Sea Apes – Nightlands (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Dead Sea Apes & Black Tempest – The Sun Behind The Sun (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Diagonal – S/T (The Acid Test/Little Cloud)

Dire Wolves – Paradisiacal Mind (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Dreamtime – Sun (co-release w/ Captcha)

Dreamweapon – Rites Of Lunacy (co-release w/ Little Cloud)

Elkhorn – The Acoustic Storm Sessions (co-release w/ Centripetal Force)

Firefriend – Dead Icons (co-release w/ Little Cloud)

Hawkeyes – Last Light Of Future Failures

The Heads – Reverberations Volume Two

Heavy Lidders - Elixir Of Life

Herbcraft - Trash Heap

The Janitors – 15 Years Of Fuzz And Folkol

The Janitors – Noisolation Sessions Vol. 1

Kohoutek - Jurad

Kungens Man – Tomhetens Furste

Kungens Man – Spelar I Evighet  Amen

Kungens Man – Branna Tid

Kungens Man – Den Nya Skivan

Left Outsides – Are You Sure I Was There?

Left Outsides – A Place To Hide…Live

Mienakunaru – Blood Sun

Mirage –Telepathic Radio

Mouth Painter – Tropicale Moon

MT. Mountain – Golden Rise (co-release w/ Little Cloud)

Mirrors – Lost 3rd Album (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Monoshock – Runnin’ ape-like The Backwards Superman 1989-1995

Mugstar – Graft (co-release w/ Centripetal Force)

Myrrors- Curved Entrances

Myrrors – Invocaciones: Instrumental Singles and Strays (2014-2016)

Prana Crafter – Mind Stream Blessing (co-release w/ Eiderdown)

Prana Crafter - Morphomystic  (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Radiation Flowers – Summer Loop

The Sand Pebbles –Ghost Transmissions

Shooting Guns – Born To Deal In Magic

Switching Yard– Brent (co-release w/ Little Cloud)

Trimdon Grange Explosion – S/T (co-release w/ Feeding Tube)

Upupayama – S/T

Velvet Elevator - Principium

Wasted Cathedral – I’m Gonna Love You ‘Til The End Of Time (co-release w/ Centripetal Force)

Wasted Cathedral / Deadmalls- Split (co-release w/ Noiseagonymayhem/Little Cloud)

White Manna – Ape On Sunday 

 

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Primitive BLAST : The 14th Wray: Canadian PSYCH PUNK 1991 Ltd. Vinyl LP !

 

Wowzers !  Who'd have thought!  Kingston, Ontario's only 60's inspired psych-punk band from dayzzz of yore,  now have a VINYL full length!πŸ’•  A super ltd. pressing of 300 only and it's a snarling mess of aggro from start to finish!  Basically a revamped version of their legendary and rare cassette release from 1991 "Wig, Man! Wig!!".  Raw and wailing throughout, there's nothing but fireball aggro on this burner, that fits in a beaut with all yer' Crypt and Pebbles 60's punk thuggery comps!  Super swell to be spinning this on deck here at Birdman this very moment!  Was great to see Gord Mylks (guitarist) drop this by this morning...we had a great gab!  14th Wray also featured my good friends Greg Watson (Mississippi Grover/ Grog/ Orange Alabaster Mushroom) and Ottawa's very own Rock 'N' Roll barber (via Kingston) Patrick Shanks !  The late Alan Wright was the man on the savage skins (R.I.P.)  The LP is a great package with double sided insert and deep see through purple wax!  If psych punk TRASH is your bag babies, wade in on this cuz time's short and this 'ill be gone man, gone when word spreads!  Fucking EH ! πŸ’•πŸ‘½

           The 14th Wray- "Wig, Man! Wig!!    https://youtu.be/74VnoetMjsU

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

More New Arrivals In The Shop Today !!!


 Some of what arrived today ! L-R / T-B...

Makoto Kubota

Jeff Parker

John Dwyer (and others)

Garcia Peoples

Viletones !!!

Gong

Joe McPhee

Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana

Art Blakey

πŸ‘½πŸ’•πŸ‘½πŸ’•πŸ‘½

TBWNIS: A Dark and Stormy Night January 19th, 2019

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol have a rich 14 year history of being somewhat fucked over by weather!  Amongst some of us in the band we call it "the curse".  I could regale you with dates and gigs but suffice to say, weather in Canada can be a bitch!  By all accounts I can think of 4 outdoor gigs that were canned, day of due to rain.  One show, years back, coincidentally the night my Mother actually passed, we had power knocked out in the club by a vicious thunderstorm literally as I was stick counting us in, the joint went black and that was the end of all...kinda spooky now that I think about it... 






Winter is always the most challenging and it's insane how many shows we've played in blizzard conditions over the years!  




On the 19th of January, 2019, we played our 2nd show at Mavericks here in Ottawa (1st show there was 2016 opening for Pere Ubu!πŸ’•).  





We were opening for Yawning Man, and Freedom Hawk and Pisser were also on the bill. That day forecasted weather wise, was temperatures of -30 Celsius and hard driving snow! It certainly was all that and more! BRUTAL! I'll never forget the shock that the fellas in Yawning Man in particular felt that night and for the rest of us although harsh, it was a "what the fuck can you do" kinda night. 







All that said, all 4 bands kicked ass and it was pretty awesome to see 100 good souls brave the elements to get their noggin's cleaned out with some very heavy music that evening! 








If you click on the link here you can hear our set which is "up" for the very first time on our band camp as I just discovered I had it in the archives...It was a dark and stormy night...πŸ‘½

photos here by Andrew Carver

LIVE AT MAVERICKS + bonus track






Tuesday, January 11, 2022

We Got The Beat ! New Arrivals In The Shop

 









Loads of new arrivals as always in the shop...some cherry top selling restock and more LPs arriving later in the week... all titles in limited quantities...stay tuned !  πŸ‘½

Feeding Tube Records Part 1 @ Birdman Sound

A longtime favourite record label in the shop is Feeding Tube Records. Based in Massachusetts and curated by Byron Coley and Ted Lee, it's a label that has ridden on the fringes of obscurity since forever.  There are no specific genres really and everything bears one's attention especially if like me, you possess even the slightest amount of alien DNA!  Many Feeding Tube releases can challenge every definition of something you think you have a grip on and reappoint your puny existence, effortlessly.  This is what I've come to love about the label over these many years and this keeps discovery exciting!  I carry and restock frequently many titles on the label and investigate everything that is available old or new.  The focus here is brief overview of what is instock in the shop at the moment, but not nearly all of it as there's a lot of it!

Many of these to the left are in constant rotation and are all available at the moment.  Working L-R and T-B...






"My Pharaoh, My King" is from a duo featuring guitarist Tony Pasquarosa and drummer John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of The Man) who offer up a scintillating excursion into free jazz territory in the spirit of Pharaoh Sanders...deep shit!

https://feedingtuberecords.bandcamp.com/album/my-pharaoh-my-king



Maco Sika/Hamid Drake featuring Tatsu Aoki and Thymme Jones "Ourania" is an album of spaced out freak prog/free jazz folk moves and psych improv that keeps one guessing at every turn!  It's got some trumpet action which just naturally makes it a winner! 

https://youtu.be/x-X5SyKHLVA 

Rob Noyes and Joseph Allred with "Avoidance Languages" offers up a tripped out landscape, dense with the influence of the two's guitar soli forefathers.  A mesmerising excursion into the now sound of psych folk and what a wonderful trip it is ! 

https://feedingtuberecords.bandcamp.com/track/avoidance-language

Monocot are an American duo with Jason Gerycz on drums and Rosali Middleman on guitar.  These two bust out a ragged ass free psych instrumental onslaught that ebbs and flows with some intense electric guitar wailing and busy drumming.  The whole of "Direction We Know"(4 tracks) is a pretty swell acidic trip and well worth repeated doses!

https://feedingtuberecords.bandcamp.com/track/ruby-throated

Loren Connors - "Unaccompanied Acoustic Guitar Vol. 1" is the left field blues guitarist captured in 1979 and originally a cassette only release.  2 volumes in stock of  9 so far, all being released by Feeding Tube. Dark blues magic as always on the sad side of emotion.

https://youtu.be/HXRGz_ZoGlA

Joseph Allred's "Branches and Leaves" features Allred on guitars, banjo, harmonium, piano, vocal and other bits and bobs.  A truly folk sounding album in that traditional, spiritual old English style.  The whole album is uplifting despite it's sombre qualities. Thoroughly beautiful one way or another!

"The Incandescent Switch" from Old Million Eye is a great new album from Brian Lucas of Dire Wolves fame !  Brian is aided by several friends on a couple of tracks but primarily it is all down to him.  An excellent spaced out, dreamy voyage, and as some have said, in a kosmiche vein particularly on the keyboard side of things. There is an unmistakable acidic quality at work throughout and the vocal utterances barely heard in many cases, give the tracks an ethereal quality.  Superb.

https://oldmillioneye.bandcamp.com/track/i-labour-upwards-into-futurity

The Itarod - The Ghost, the Elf, the Cat and the Angel is from a duo who were from Rhode Island and did their thing from 1996-2003.  Carin Wagner and Jeffrey Alexander (Dire Wolves) tread ground in that English electric folk psych vein of the late 60's and early 70's, but decidedly more whacked out. 

Jantar's "Sempronia" is one of my fave LPs of 2021!  A heady combination of bent prog and psych in the very best tradition of early 70's Canterbury style but made in modern fashion, it's a rock record on a higher plain than most!  These fol;ks must be killer LIVE !  

https://feedingtuberecords.bandcamp.com/track/bergen-op-zoom-2


There will be a 2nd and maybe 3rd and 4th part put up on the blog shortly, as I wasn't kidding about the depth and love for Feeding Tube Records...Have a listen to the above and revel in the glorious soundsπŸ‘½



 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Record Shop Pop Up : January 15th

 


                               At Dave's Drum Shop...271 Catherine Street Ottawa....10 a.m.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Friendship and Music :The Angered Wrecks and Relations


Celebrating a musical blip in time from some 40 years ago with a brand new archival vinyl LP release from Fredericton, New Brunswick's The Angered Wrecks!  "Bennies, Booze And R&R 1981" see's light of day officially from source on the mighty UK imprint Cardinal Fuzz and Feeding Tube Records in the USA, January 22nd, 2022!   https://cardinalfuzz.bigcartel.com/product/angered-wrecks-beenies-booze-and-r-r-1981-heavy-black-vinyl-with-insert-carinal-fuzz .



Mark Carmody and I went to the same high school (FHS) in the 1970's.  A year ahead of me, we were not really friends, but acquaintances at that point and aware of one another through mutual's.  During time in school we did once however,  play music together in a large ensemble jam of buddies one evening and I'll say this was likely 1976 or '77 ? 

                                                                                           


After this one off evening in '76 we all had our own various bands on the go at this point.  It wasn't until just after high school that we would hook up again.  I was in a band called The Curbs with longtime band mate Geoff Graser alongside Dan Fleming and Rick Thompson.  We rehearsed pretty regularly and developed a large repertoire of material and played shows, it was a lot of fun!

Carmody came out to see us play a couple of times and eventually joined the Curbs as second guitarist.  Mark's live appearances at the legendary "1st Annual Sid Vicious/Nancy Spungen Memorial Ball Punk Out" on the campus of UNB, as well as a show in the cafeteria at St. Thomas University are well remembered!  

After the UNB gig with The Vogons opening, The Curbs came to a resounding end with The Angered Wrecks starting up a few months later with myself, Carmody, Curbs drummer Rick and Vogons bassist Danny Silk.  This period is documented on the doubled sided insert that comes with the Angered Wreck LP!


The only known picture of The Curbs that I have!  Live at Fredericton High School late 1979 or early 1980...sadly only Geoff's shoulder is in the picture.  No recordings of this band exist...also sad...


The Angered Wrecks 1981

Just after high school in 1978, I played in what was likely Fredericton, New Brunswick’s 1st new wave/punk  band called The Curbs.  We were playing all raved up covers of shit by Robert Palmer, Judas Priest, Max Webster, The Ramones, The Cars etc.  We played a handful of gigs over a two year period as I recall and had a lot of fun.  The Curbs consisted of myself on vocals, childhood friend, Geoff Graser on guitar, Dan Fleming on bass and Rick Thompson on drums.  Sadly we never recorded anything.  In late 1980 we played a gig called “The Sid Vicious Memorial Concert” At Memorial Hall on the campus of The University of New Brunswick.  A band called The Vogons opened for us that evening.  I would a year or so later become for a short period of time the Vogons vocalist, but that’s another story.  This gig at MEM Hall would prove to be the last Curbs gig ever.  We ended the night with a 20 + minute rendition of the Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” and were joined on stage by Vogon’s leader Danny Silk and recently added, 2nd guitarist in the Curbs; Mark Carmody.  At a point the stage became a wresting ring with guitars being used playfully as “weapons” and I think Silk even bled after being crowned with an axe as the concert came to a tumultuous end. Carmody, Silk and I decided to form The Angered Wrecks a week later and drafted Curbs drummer Rick Thompson.

We began rehearsing at an old “salt box” style house on Westmorland Street (later dubbed “The Bug Shack”)  in the fall of 1980 across from the old St. Anne’s Anglican Church (where pr-teen me served as an Alter boy, sung in the only male choir in New Brunswick at the time and went to sea scouts).  We partied pretty hard there over the winter and rehearsed in the front room ground floor with zero heat in the winter.  I recall vividly dressed for the outdoors while blasting away, in a cloud of constant icy breath. Somebody coming to hear us rehearse, a sort of audition to for a potential gig thought we were insane playing in sub zero temperatures! The only source of heat in the entire house was from a pottery kiln at the very back ground floor which was engaged to heat the 2nd level space where we all hung out when not playing.  A large circle was cut in the floor so that the rising heat would get up top faster…kind of surreal, but pretty guerilla style for our small punk rock scene at the time, so it was cool by the same token.

In early spring of ’81, Mark, Danny and I moved into an old Victorian style house on Charlotte Street in the downtown area.  I was freshly unemployed and drawing U.I. after Sam the Record Man closed doors, Danny worked on the north side of town as a bread baker and Carmody repaired and refurbished guitars at Tony’s Music Box.  We set up a permanent rehearsal space on the main floor taking up the dining room and living room area with a full P.A. system.  A long party began.  We rehearsed a few nights every week and the house became a hangout for friends and acquaintances, many of whom would just show up often unannounced.  Canadian jazz vocalists Holly Cole was a regular fixture in our digs.  We often had strippers hanging out and partying as they resided across the street when on tour and would come over after their gigs finished at the strip club up on Prospect Street. The choice house “poison” became Purple Jesus; a righteous concoction of Alcool (94%) and Allen’s grape juice!  We always had beer, weed and often speed, which on occasion we’d get from trucker’s up the TransCanada highway a truck stops.  Stereos were always blasting from the upstairs bedrooms, The Doors, Pistols, Zappa, Sir Lord Baltimore, DK’s, Damnation Of Adam Blessing and everything else under the sun…and it was like a nonstop party coupled visits by local law enforcement.    We existed on hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza and takeout burgers and fries from the legendary BBQ Barn just on the east side of Magic Forest a few blocks away.  Gigs would happen mainly at 2 different locations, which we dubbed as punk parties: Horsnell’s Foundry on King St. and at The Bug Shack. These shows were loads of fun.  All of our recordings were done live off the floor with one cardioid mic taped to the ceiling to capture the entire room sound and straight into a cheap Alpine cassette deck.  We did a bunch of sessions to tape and sadly lost an entire 90 minutes worth of material that we recorded shortly before we broke up.  That last session had crazy re-workings of Pink Floyd songs, Stones, AC DC, etc.  I have anguished over the loss of that one master since discovering it missing in 1983.  I last saw it in my drawer at Magic Forest Music Store I think!   

The last show we ever played was in the fall of ’81 at the Bug Shack after the household was served an eviction noticed with the house to be entirely demolished.  We got a gig together the weekend before demolition, packed the bottom floor and played a blazing set.  At the very end, walls were kicked apart, old cans of paint strewn about, general wanton destruction to furniture, doors, windows etc…insane.  The bug shack had come to an end and shortly thereafter, The Angered Wrecks.  Our own rented house split up and I moved back in with my folks for the winter.  I began singing with the Vogons which was Danny’s band with Dave Maskill and Chris Saad.  Carmody went off on his own and in reality, I think, plotting the earliest incarnation of what would become the long running collective known as The Exploding Meet. This too is another chapter…

I spoke with Mark just after Christmas last week and he was thrilled with this comp of The Wrecks.  We reminisced about our relatively short time together.  Gigs, parties, living in the same house and generally having a blast !  We touched on the fact that the last bunch of shows we played featured tons of blistering new covers, sadly never recorded!  Pink Floyd's "Eclipse", Dictators "Baby Let's Twist", Rolling Stones "Last Time" among others were given the old fuck you trashed out Wrecks treatment...fun times indeed!

The Wrecks split up, I joined The Vogons as singer and awhile later, Mark and I got back together for a recording session where the two of us rendered, Bowie, Teenage Head, Joy Division, Gary Numan, and Echo & The Bunnymen covers.  This was called X-Para-Meet which evolved into the earliest incarnation of The Exploding Meet!



Glen Ingersoll and Mark Carmody seen here on stage at Memorial Hall at UNB summer of 1985.  There is a really great recording of this that exsists on Beta Tape so both the video and audio are pretty swell!  Nobodies ever heard it or seen it since and at the moment I have no idea where the tape is...I must find it !  This marked the very first live show of tons to come with a revolving cast of characters over a 20 year period.

Some pieces I recall playing this gig were interpretations of The Gun Club, Vanity 6, Joy Division etc. 

Me at the Mem hall gig.  The TV's (3 of them) in the background were playing "Evil Dead" will we performed.  We must have been making some sort of statement.   I moved to Ottawa later this year ('85) but maintained my involvement in the MEET by travelling back east many, many times for shows and had the Exploding Meet here in Ottawa to perform at least on 4 occasions!  There are many recordings released of the Meet and so much more that remains unreleased but "ready" 

Angered Wrecks https://cful.bandcamp.com/track/you-drive-me-nervous

X-Para-Meet https://soundcloud.com/john-westhaver/x-para-meet-pre-exploding-meet-shes-lost-control-joy-division?si=079e57be7575474cae4f001fe5a573e1&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing


After 1985 lots of stuff happened with the Exploding Meet and Mark Carmody.  Many performances took place as well as recordings.  Decade Of Dreams (a pop side of the exploding meet recorded 2 vinyl LPs for the DTK label in New Brunswick and Carmody recorded an amazing soundtrack for a movie entitled "Tuesday Wednesday". This also appeared on the DTK label.  Here's  a bit on the Exploding Meet.... 

The exploding meet was formed in Fredericton, New Brunswick in the autumn of 1983 as a songwriting workshop and experimental recording project. Throughout subsequent years the loose collective vastly improved production techniques and expanded early lyrical and compositional ideas. 

 Once described as "Surrealist-Ethno-Underworld-Fusion", the Exploding Meet led by composer Mark Carmody, were equipped with standard rock instrumentation but with modified tuning and a broad palate of percussion voices which opened up a somewhat unique and mesmerizing sonic range. Rhythms and harmonic structures reflect the group’s interest in the exotic soaring dance modes of Psychedelic Rock, Jazz and Ju Ju Music.  The power and freedom of Coltrane and Coleman mix with the meditative pulses of afro-centric music, Middle Eastern modes and the always present, expansive, influential body of accurately referenced material.  Environmental sights and sounds from the weathered cities and diverse rural landscapes of Eastern Canada offer the greatest contribution. This atmosphere furnishes a dreamscape from which the whole identity of the music evolves.

 On July 13th, 1985, the exploding meet performed "Inaugural Address" @ Memorial Hall on the U.N.B. campus and thus embarked on a long journey that always focused on developing live performance potential.  The intention always being to discover ways of expressing thoughts and feelings in a musical language tapped at its source.  Performances over the next few years included "the Pineapple Analogy", "Slugfest ' 86", "Scream", Wolverine", "Lola Palooza ' 88", "Bard Mongrel", "Gatineau Rebellion", "Circus Of Disharmony" and many others.  The collective performed many shows and released a number of albums in various formats over the course of several decades which garnered global praise from the underground and great support from Canadian community based radio.  The exploding Meet performed primarily in Fredericton although a number of shows took place in Ontario and Quebec.  The collective performed a number of times in their home base at "First Night", "Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival" and also at the first ever "Maritime Independent Music Festival".

 The exploding meet also had a “pop” side as well, which manifested itself within the division known as Decade of Dreams.  Under this banner several vinyl LP’s and CDs were also released and were generally well received once again by the aforementioned recipients of recorded material.  Mark Carmody also saw the release of what is truly a magical vinyl only LP which provided the soundtrack to NFB film called “Tuesday Wednesday” released under his own name.

 Those involved in the exploding meet collective collided through the mutually felt isolation of their existence with a desire to expand the mind.  On retrospect, this appears to have been coupled with a born internal need to self discover through the channeling of music and art.  Pretty much everyone to this day practices their craft in many forms and we all have extremely fond memories of our times together as “the meet”, touching the universe as one single entity whenever we played.  Enjoy this experience and always remember to look for the flare!

Exploding Meet Live in Wakefield, Quebec 1992 :  https://soundcloud.com/john-westhaver/exploding-meet-live-at-shed-sessions-august-1992?si=e6546be2b0da44e1b195c127961370f9&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

X-Para-Meet (1991 revisited) Live In Wakefield, Quebec (Mark Carmody, John Westhaver, Pat Gouthreau) : https://soundcloud.com/john-westhaver/x-para-meet-exploding-meet-eastern-meditative-dervish-3?si=1a28d0fbe4e94137b30e618d174367d2&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

Decade Of Dreams : 1987 https://soundcloud.com/john-westhaver/decade-of-dreams-religion-in-american-life-guilt-parade

Resin Scraper was a band based here in Ottawa from 1992-2000.  We had a great run with loads of releases and tons of shows over that period of time.  A little known fact about the Scraper was that Mark Carmody was guitarist in the group for 3 weeks in 1995.  Ron Lance our second guitarist left the group prior to a cluster of upcoming shows in June of that year so I called Mark, paid for a train ticket and he arrived with his Ovation to assume the role of guitarist!  He was at this point playing primarily de-tuned style so we basically improv'd Resin Scraper material in looser and far different fashion for the fulfilment of the live obligations !  We thought it was great, fans maybe not so much?  I do have rehearsal tape recordings of this configuration but need to get them digitized.  When that happens I will post the music here !  Here's a coupla pictures though from a show at The Downstairs Club on Rideau St., Ottawa.



Resin Scraper  with me on vocals (added percussion), Dave Faught on drums of course, Carol Lane on bass and vocals and Mark Carmody on guitar ! 





Carol and Mark kick out the jams !



the Maestro prepares to let loose !  





The Curbs, Angered Wrecks, Exploding Meet, Decade Of Dreams and Resin Scraper...that's a lot of rock with a lot of GREAT people involved whether musically or just being there!  I value and fondly remember these times.  Have yet to get Mr. Carmody involved with The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol, but one just never knows...friendships and music are a wonderful thing!  πŸ‘½