Category: canada

Here’s the rare (and not particularly good-sounding, thanks to blown-out mics) Canadian interview promo LP for the surprisingly musically challenging Duran Duran spin-off, Arcadia. Not cheap and a PITA to find. 


Neil Young ‎– Decade (1976)

Coffee, Smoke, Neil

The morning sun has washed out the colors to this photo, I’ll take it.  I mostly subscribe to the idea that “Best Of” compilations don’t really count as albums per se.  That said, I can’t think of a better compilation than this 1976 3lp set. Like most Neil fans I have a whole bunch of his discography, but Decade is just about as perfect a way to soundtrack the day’ ahead.  National treasure, of the most crotchety variety.  

Neil Young ‎– Decade (1976)

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Black Mountain – Destroyer
2019, Jagjaguwar

You can go ahead and add this to your list of must-haves for 2019. Heavy enough for the stoniest of stoner festivals, yet catchy enough to make it to your local rock radio playlist.  If Black Mountain keep making albums this good, they might even get as big as Loverboy!
Okay, maybe not, unless someone can rock a headband and red leather body suit better than Mike Reno.  Won’t be easy. 

Listen below, enjoy the ride.


Tears for Fears’ Songs From The Big Chair family portrait, clockwise from top left: A Canadian promo LP for playing in record stores, combining tracks from The Hurting and SFTBC; a MFSL audiophile copy of SFTBC; the rare and expensive (sigh) 2014 stereo mix by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree (less verb, drums all up front—if you ever wanted “Shout” to punch you in the face, this is your album); and an OG UK pressing from back in the day.

Caetano Veloso: Caetano Veloso (1968)
VMP Exclusive #148/500

The box arrived, happy dance!  I’ve been wanting this Caetano Veloso album since I first started collecting psychedelic Brasilia. Third Man Records remastered this from the oriiginal mono source tapes and made sure every aspect of the vinyl experience was done right.  If you like  druggy 70′s music from Brasil or the idea appeals to you, you’re gonna wanna listen to the music link provided below.  Those looking to own a copy can look forward to enjoying a marvelous vibe.  The molecules in your listening space will expand appropriately, the vinyl will provide all that extra awesome that Spotify can’t replicate. Spotify is drive-thru, vinyl is a sit down meal.


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Three nice finds the other day. Someone sold a giant collection of Canadian 45s to one of my favorite record shops, so I found these three Tears For Fears rarities—Pale Shelter with a second bonus 45 with a remix and b-side; Shout with a 12-page booklet; and Head Over Heels with a poster sleeve that’s a different picture than the HOH poster sleeve released in the UK.
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Colter Wall ‎– Songs Of The Plains
Thirty Tigers ‎– YMRC-0061, Young Mary’s Record Co. ‎– YMRC-0061
Vinyl LP, Deluxe Ltd Ed, Numbered, Orange Gold Transparent
Released: Nov 2018

Not so bold predictions
1-Colter Wall will become HUGE in Canada.
2- Once people hear this record, it will sell out and likely start fetching stupid sums.  
He’s amazing, no other word for it.  Townes Van Zandt type songs, sung in a voice that comfortably blends Cash with Lightfoot.  He even covers a Wilf Carter song!  Colter Wall sounds like he’s gonna become a big thing, future Canadian royalty alongside Stompin’ Tom and my beatiful Rita Macneil.  This new crop of country artists has made a fan out of me; I no longer associate it with achy breaky things. 


Neil Young ‎– American Stars ‘N’ Bars
Reprise Records ‎– KMS 2261
Released: 1977

It started with a panic attack, daily dose.  “Like A Hurricane” came to mind, which meant a choice needed to be made. Listening in album format provides another perspective.  Not “Decade” nor the live records, but within the context and chronology of which it was originally conceived.  One’s perspective of art changes over time, thru the time-worn lens of their personal history with it.
Neil is forever.  
I am dedicated.


Like a Hurricane

Sleep ‎– Dopesmoker
Southern Lord ‎– LORD158
2 × LP, , Ltd 2000 , Remastered, Holographic Foil Jacket
Released: 2003 (07 May 2012 Reissue)

Coffee, Smoke, Well Being Bravo Canada, today is a good day.  Marijuana is medecine. It hasn’t hurt me, it’s helped me function more normally.  To not be considered a criminal, in my own country, is a very good feeling.  I have an entire day’s music planned.  Spin along, let’s hang.

LISTEN: Dopesmoker