The Trials of Steve Cartmell

At 69 years old, Steve Cartmell is starting over. This is remarkable for someone who dropped out of the Vancouver music scene in the early 70s. Nearly 50 years later, Cartmell is confronting the same challenges that a musician in their 20s would face. The...

Records: Murphy Bros., Oddnoxious, Shake N’ Cor

The title alone suggests a taking of stock in which the Murphy Brothers have gone through changes and yet, despite everything, have arrived back where they started. This is the subtext of Walk Past Our Past by The Murphy Brothers And The Mack Jackets, five songs...

Mint Records

On the surface, Mint Records is just like any independent record label. It signs bands, promotes their records, places videos, backs showcases, attends the big one, SXSW in Austin, Texas. Mint has a press department, a release schedule, can be read online. Generally...

Tom’s Book Club 2

Finding three more different people in the music business would be difficult, but they are the subjects of current books. Two are autobiographies that end at crucial turning points in their respective life. The third is a life spanning biography of Wilson Pickett, for...

Rocky Millino Jr.

In many ways, Pleasantside Blues lives up to its title. Certainly, it’s blues, but it isn’t a heavy statement of blues purity, or overwrought, or has something to prove. There is no agenda, no campaign. It is, uh, pleasant. Which is not to damn it with...

love; forever changes

What.s your favorite album? I’ve been asked that a few times in a career as a music critic that spans 43 years. Makes sense. After all, I have a massive record collection and have heard many thousands of records. Plus, I’m still curious. I want to hear...

The GEORGIA STRAIGHT

THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT The hippie rag grew up. Sort of. It started in May, 1967, with four founders, Pierre Coupey, Milton Acorn, Stan Persky and Dan McLeod responsible for publishing the first issue. Originally, it was associated with the underground press and...

Steve Jensen

I like the fact that this record exists. It’s not supposed to. The chosen method of hearing music is streaming. Even downloading, the choice of a few years ago, is sagging, never mind CDs. CDs are supposed to be dead while vinyl, which CDs were supposed to...

Bookends: Paul Simon

Graham Wood wants to set the record straight. Now retired and living in Mission, Wood was the self-described “go-to-guy in the folk scene” in Britain during the early to mid 1960s. Meaning, he was a booking agent of several folk clubs and apparently...

Paul Anka

I’ve never been a fan of Paul Anka, but I was curious. So I read his autobiography. My Way, and that affirmed an impression I’d long had of him. Smart, astute, observant and a keen student, not only of pop music but the behaviour of people. The book had...