Wednesday, January 25, 2023
What Goes Round, Comes Round Again: Ambassador Hazy "Glacial Erratics" LP (Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube)
the original FB review...January 25th, 2021...
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Monday, January 16, 2023
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Make sure to mark April 29th on your calendars! Here's why...
Ottawa has been the scene for many record fairs or conventions as far back as I can recall. I cut my teeth doing them down in Eastern Canada long before moving to Fat Cat City. My good friend and legend Gerald Dewan (Mad Platters) put on fantastic shows at various locations in the mid-late 80's and early 90's. For a period of time, great record shows happened twice a year at Chateau Laurier (organized by a good chap named Peter) and were always fun to both sell at and shop at! Peter passed the shows onto others and while they were still worth going to, some were ill-attended and poorly promoted.
Over the next 10 or so years, Birdman Sound Co-Presented the Ottawa Community Record Shows. Initially I felt these events were pretty awesome with huge turnouts and mostly stellar selections from many vendors. However, the last few years prior to the pandemic, while still getting decent turnouts the shows seemed to be increasingly infiltrated with sub-standard records on offer (in my professional opinion). In the last couple of years, people have been asking when we will see another awesome record show happen in Ottawa.
Well the time has come! Grant Young and I are busting out the inaugural Ottawa Record Fair: Presented by Birdman Sound which will take place on April 29th, 2023. First and foremost, this show is designed with an emphasis on quality not quantity; vinyl LPs both new and second hand. A number of sellers are already lined up, with a criteria for participation: this record fair will not be a sea of vinyl landfill!
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
The constant raising of prices starting with manufacturing and an LP getting to your turntable at home has been ongoing for over a decade at breakneck speed
from my perspective. I laugh at the amount of fucking emails I get from distro eveyday, everyweek for months and months and even years now regarding this issue. In all honesty I don't look at them ever and they go straight to trash no matter what label is involved (they all are).
This whole topic is actually really fucking boring at the end of the day. There's not much you can do about it either. You either buy the LP or fucking don't, end of. Here's the gist of the newspaper article which was entitled "Blood From A Stone".
Pieced together from article in The Toronto Sun, Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2023
"Independent music stores shared the heartless news Wednesday that major record labels like Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada are increasing their prices for vinyl albums two days after Valentine’s Day. Prices are going to be rising by upwards of 30% . Some albums distributed by Universal are only seeing $1-$5 increases, but higher markups are also scheduled next month." The Pork Dukes - Bend And Flush
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments put out the greatest rock record of the 1990's. Through a serious of snarling, sometimes disjointed, irreverant, ugly rock 'n' roll 7" singles, the group; based in Columbus, Ohio, arrived at a debut long player in" Bait and Switch" in 1995 (Onion Records) . I wrecked the CD version in '95 from sheer overplay on a variety of players (home, car, store) and wished at the time I had the wax version but could never find it here! Taking their cues from the more progressive and talentled punk sounds of the 70's UK lot and melding it with a recognizable Cle-Punk 70's feel, TJSA clearly staked out their own sound. Throw in the obligatory Stooges vu bleeding aggro and Johnny Thunders 70's style guitar playing and there you have it! Attitude and heart make a truly great band and TJSA had that in spades! Clever and antagonistic lyrics with sneering vocal delivery from legend Ron House and incendiary guitar work from Bob Petric framed the volatile sounds of TJSA! They musta' been the most joyful, bombastic thing going LIVE and I'll presume often were out of fuckin' control...all their records tell me this! The bands previous singles going back to '90 blew my head off and then lands "Bait and Switch". Fuck Nirvana, Offspring, Lemonheads, Pearl Jam etc., Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments remain the definition of what was great about the best music in the 90's and easily stand more the tests of time. Hands down the # 1 Re-issue of 2022 (Dot Matrix Records) that more than deserves Your attention...R.A.F.R. ! 💕💣👽