Friday, September 28, 2007

Tuff Darts Mary

Today in Music History:

In 1991, Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.
Tuff Darts

Tuff Darts were a band straight outta the same CBGBs scene that gave us The Ramones,Blondie,Talking Heads etc. They will probably be best remembered as a résumé item for Robert Gordon, who was the glam-punk band's original singer in 1976. Although he did record as a Dart on the Live at CBGB's compilation, Gordon was long gone by the time the band made an album of its own in 1978. (The band was on hold for part of that time while guitarist/leader Jeff Salen played with Sparks.) Unfortunately this is the only album they recorded but I think it's great and I never get tired of listening to this one.

Rumour has it that they got the name for their band from an episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show where Lou Grant turns to Mary Richards on and exclaims"Tuff Darts ,Mary!" While some may say the lyrics are a bit goofy IMO this album should be in every serious music collectors stash. Today I feature two smokin tracks from this album.

My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms
All For The Love Of Rock N' Roll
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Real Cowboys Read Good Rockin' Tonight

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Barry White went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Baby', the singers first and only US solo chart topper.(on a side note, 9 months later there is a sudden increase in births. Thanks Barry.)

When homercat works the graveyard shift at the pub, he is all alone ceptin' for the resident ghost(Rosie) and the radio which tends to be turned up real loud, iffin' ya know what I mean. I usually listen to 99.3 the fox out of Vancouver. They play mostly metal and it's just the thing to keep me going in the wee hours. The other morning as I was listening to the fox rock around 3 am, they blew my mind. Korn's Freak on a Leash was fading out and the next song up was by the Corb Lund band.

Some of you may remember that I talked about Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans about a year and a half ago. Turns out that my mom and his mom went to nursing school together. You may also have seen him in one of my fave movies, Slither. The band is playing"(Gonna) Shine Up My Boots" in the film at a party celebrating the opening day of deer hunting season. Corb's music is definitely Canadian country relative to the area in Alberta where he's from. Although homercat is mainly a rocker, I really like Corb's stuff. Seems like a lot of his stuff is about booze, gambling or wrangling with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. His family has been ranchin' and rodeoing in Alberta for four generations way back to the beginning of the last century when Alberta was still just part of the Northwest territories.

Corb and the Hurtin' AlbertansCorb and the Hurtin' Albertans have returned from Nashville where they finished recording their new album titled "Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!". The album is scheduled for release on November 13th in Canada via Stony Plain Records and Warner Music Canada. We will be owning a copy as soon as it comes out.

For now I'm going to feature the song I heard on the metal station as it is really quite good. It's called Time to Switch to Whiskey and Corb states in the liner notes that due to unflagging commitment to authernticity on this project the listeners will be pleased to note that all the yahoos we brought in to sing background on this project were appropriately6 gunned for the duration of the recording session.

The second one I have up called Five Dollar Bill is a song about the honorable southern Albertan legacy of running booze down into the US on horseback during the American prohibition. Enjoy these tracks then go out and buy one of his albums eh

Time to Switch to Whiskey
Five Dollar Bill
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Today in Music History:

In 1983
Kiss appears in public for the first time without their make-up.

The Donnas are Bitchin'The Donnas released their 7th album today simply called Bitchin'. I have been eagerly awaiting this release all year. One look at the cover gives one a pretty good idea what lays waiting for the listener inside. The girls have always been unabashed fans of 70's and 80's hair metal bands. The leather-pants-clad ass cover could easily double as a Joan Jett album cover. In fact if you look at the cover closely, you'll see a purple feather sticking out of a back pocket. What importance is that you ask? Well it seems the gals pulled a Joan Jett of sorts. Let me Explain.

In 2002 the Donnas released Spend the Night , their first album on a major label, which was Atlantic. It had a slicker production than the previous 4 albums and was chock full of good tunes. Yet Atlantic wasn't satisfied and for their next album they wanted the girls to work with Butch Walker, who had shepherded discs for Avril Lavigne and Pink. Evidently trying to garner a more friendly radio sound (ie: crappy sound). Released in 2004, Gold Medal was definitely a tamed down Donnas album. Being a huge fan I loved the album, but you could tell the fire was missing. After Gold Medal Atlantic wanted the girls to work with outside writers, evidently trying to turn these rocking chicks into Britney or Christina clones. They gave it a go and Atlantic poo pooed the first demo they turned in. The Donnas did have the option to leave the label as they had produced the two albums required in their contract. So they said the hell with this and left. Freed from the major-label mindset, the band set about recording the tunes the way they wanted them to sound. After the disc was completed, the ladies looked around for a new label, but none seemed solid enough or willing to do what they wanted. So they pulled a Joan Jett and started their own label dubbed Purple Feather, named after the plumage that distinguishes mallards from other ducks.

The album has a definite 80's sweaty metal vibe to it, which I say right on, we could use more flat out rock n roll. Some of Allison Robertson's guitar solo's could put several 80's shredders to shame. As Metal Priestessesalways I'm amazed at Torry Castellano's drumming. She's a little hellion on those skins and she must weigh 90 ponds soaking wet. If you've ever seen them perform you'll know what I mean. She blows me away. How does that teeny thing keep going? If you like your rock nasty then Bitchin' will be right up your alley. Bitchin' most recalls the glory days of Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and Bon Jovi. "We like stuff that's simple and sounds big," says Robertson. "We're not idiots, but we love bonehead rock."

It's been 14 years since the quartet started playing together in Torry Castellano's mom's Palo Alto garage, running through covers of Shonen Knife's "Riding on the Rocket" and L7's "American Society." That's a long time for any band, regardless of whether or not they're signed to a major label. Robertson adds, "We're not making the best music in the world, but we really enjoy playing together."

All I know is that I headed to the record store after working my graveyard shift today to get a copy and when the first track started playing, I was ecstatic. Torry's Drums, Maya's bass and then Allison's heavy riff made a believer out of me. The Donnas are back baby!! So here's the opening track which is merely a kick ass intro with very little lyric that goes:
You're Gonna listen up
We're gonna take you overt
You're gonna lick it up
And You're gonna want more, more, more

Bitchin' offers little you haven't heard before -- even if you haven't heard a Donnas record -- but it should go well with a beer or six.

Bitchin' by The Donnas
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Many Happy Returns

Today in Music History:

In 1969, John and Yoko flew to Canada with the Plastic Ono Band to perform at the Rock & Roll Revival Show, Toronto, with The Doors, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

So I took a vacation and upon returning to the work force it seems that homercat is being punished for taking time off. Bastards have been working the dog piss out of me. Leaving homercat with very little downtime. So let's go over some highlights from the past few weeks.

Upon arriving in Penticton we spent the first three days on the beaches of Lake Skaha and Okanagan Lake getting our required holiday sunburns.
Theme for a Nude Beach by the B-52's
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Then on our first Sunday there came the event we were there for, The Ironman. We had a distant relative competing. This year was it's 25th anniversary and it consists of a 3.8 k swim, 180k wortyh of cycling finishing off with a 42.2 k run. Grueling to say the least. I felt kinda bad watching the runners returning as we were sitting around the 20 mile mark in our lawn chairs with a beer cooler at our side. I think most of them were to far inside their own mental hell's to even notice. After having seen the ironman up close and personal, I have the utmost admiration for these people that push themselves to the limit.
Running With the Boss Sound by Generation X
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The biggest highlight for us though was when we returned to the Island. We went ziplining. Zip West just opened in July here on the island and we finally took the plunge and did it over vacation. For those of you who don't know, Ziplining involves gliding along a suspended steel cable, using a pulley and climbing harness. 8 ziplines ranging from 150 ft to 1000 ft, through 100 acres in the top's of the island's rainforest with platforms and Zip lines ranging from 60 ft to 125 ft off the ground and it was freakin' awesome. The tour lasted about two hours and it was worth every penny. We were so high up that when we did the first zip I thought I was going to poop my britches. The guide said he only knew of three places in Canada that had zip lines, Victoria, Whistler and somewhere in Quebec. He wasn't sure about the states, but he hadn't heard of any. If ever you are on Vancouver Island, I would make this a must do. Amazing.
Scared by The Tragically Hip
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Pictures (if anyone is curious)
Skaha Lakeironmanthe wife zips

It's good to be back.