I’m a dog

I’m a dog. What makes you so sure? Well, when I come when my owner calls, I’m a good dog. If I eat my morning or evening meal, I’m a good dog. But it gets complicated. When I chase a squirrel, or pee in the front hall. Then, I’m a bad dog. So,...

The Explosions Go Boom

What it comes down to is that The Explosions existed for the sake of a song. Bob Mercer had written Wilson Lucas And Bruce as a protest of the B .C. prison system’s solitary confinement. Rather than go back to “the hole,” three B.C. pen prisoners,...

natasha and anders

Natasha D’Agostino’s Endings Rarely Are is the kind of album that can be damned with faint praise. That is, there are so many things to like about the record but… D’Agostino sings well, her accompanists read her well, and her own production...

Braidwood

In the year of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ “White Album” comes Braidwood’s Second Cacophony. Obviously, Braidwood is not The Beatles but the diversity of Braidwood’s second album has a similar effect, and a Beatles...

The Potatoes

All the signs were good. The Potatoes was about to play it’s first gig – at the Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret, the centre of Vancouver punk-rock – opening for three nights for DOA, the preeminent Vancouver punk rock band. Then, on the way there in...

Arwen

I don’t know how old the Arwen album is. Not that it matters. A good album might take months, even years, to reveal its strengths. The trouble with reviews is that they are based on timeliness. A record can come out Tuesday and is reviewed by the weekend, based...

Follow Up CD

Titling your second solo LP Follow Up is a little cheeky, but it also is characteristic of Scott Perry’s irreverence and awareness. He showed as much when he was with Orchid Highway, smart guys who knew their rock history and could invest such knowledge with a...

Demo plus

A friend of mine asked me to listen to a demo recorded by his son-in-law. He wanted only feedback he could pass on, and I promised to respond. Included was a CD EP by the duo of Caden Knudson and the son-in-law, Aaron Connaughton, and a live compilation of different...

Mad Cow

Mad? Damned right I’m mad. Mad cow? Not diseased, though. Why are you mad? We cows are always portrayed as passive herbivores. Always can be counted on to give milk. It’s an image problem that I, for one, am sick of. So what’s wrong with that?...

12 Step Program, part two, chapter forty-three

12 Step Program, part two, chapter forty-three Whatever Happened to Bob Jansen? The lights went down and the sense of anticipation in the Commodore was palpable, was real. The concert had started, for Matt Brady the search since 1982 finally was over, for many in the...