Red Barchetta – Rush

Today’s post marks the completion of Ted Tocks posts that feature side one of Rush’s acclaimed album ‘Moving Pictures’. I have already done ‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘YYZ’ and ‘Limelight’. Here is a brief outline of the story behind “a song about a car; this is called ‘Red Barchetta’.” Rush drummer and lyricist, Neil Peart was an …

My Country Tis of Thy People You’re Dying – How do we rescue the missing and murdered?

This song is actually older than I am. For Buffy Sainte Marie it was so topical she has released it on more than one occasion and modified the lyrics as a powerful statement against both the United States and Canada. ‘My Country Tis of Thy People You’re Dying’ may be one of the most cutting …

Aengus Finnan

Aengus Finnan CD review: FOOL’S GOLD By Rachel Jagt I bought this record based solely on the lyrics I’d read on the artist’s website. They are poetic and touching, and, as it turned out, form only the base of a well-rounded and thought provoking debut from this Irish-born Canadian-raised singer-songwriter. It’s been a long time …

Brant Westran

Artist: Brant Westran CD Review: ACOUSTASOULBy: Dan Brisebois An intriguing collection of acoustically driven melodies with thought-provoking lyrics best describes Brant Westran’s second solo CD, ACOUSTASOUL, the first on his B-Shan Records label. Ani Difranco, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, and Trevor Johnsen are just some of the artists Westran lists as his influences. With nothing …

The Android Meme

The Android Meme CD review: ORDO AB CHAOBy: Dan Brisebois The debut album from Toronto’s The Android Meme is a sonically powered industrial metal work of art. The band is made up of vocalist Stefano Amelio, Mathias Devereaux on guitars and synthesizers, bassist Mark Davidson, and drummer Jake Hamilton. The musicianship in ORDO AB CHAO …

Bob Kemmis

Bob Kemmis CD review: OKAY… SO…By Rachel Jagt Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Bob Kemmis is not only a Libra and a fan of “The Princess Bride”; he is a rare treasure in the ever-deepening sea of “poets with guitars”. He is funny, witty, friendly, and he also writes some pretty great songs. “Okay so…”, recorded at the …

Bruce Guthro

Bruce Guthro CD review: GUTHROBy Rachel Jagt The long-awaited follow-up to Cape Breton singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro’s critically acclaimed debut “Of Your Son” is finally here. Three long years later, Guthro presents the world with another collection of masterfully crafted songs. Guthro is one of the most skilled songwriters to come out of Canada in recent …

Circuit

Circuit Artist review By Dan Brisebois Marina Del Rey, California based record label, Top Sail Productions, announces its first new artist signing, Canadian-based rock act CIRCUIT. Top Sail Productions, LLC, serves as both a production company and record label and has U.S. distribution through WEA, an AOL/Time Warner company. President/CEO Chuck Gullo, and parter Michelle …

Corey Vandenheuvel

Corey Van Denheuvel CD review: Corey Van DenheuvelBy: Dan Brisebois Corey Vandenheuvel’s self-titled debut is a refreshing assortment of instrumental gems. This teenage Ontario native has already turned heads and carved a name for himself while winning numerous music festival awards. His love for, and influence from classic rock is evident, and you can detect …