Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Friday, September 30, 2011

Upsetting Dokko Comes to Toronto

At 12:30 today, we will talk to Shabazz from Diasporic Music, Greg Lawson, and one of the film-makers of this historically timely and necessary documentary.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Orbiting Around Owen Gray

Wiki-wise, "Owen Gray also known as Owen Grey (born 5 July 1939) is one of Jamaica's 'Foundation' singers whose work spans the R&Bskarocksteady, and reggae eras of Jamaican music, and he has been credited as Jamaica's first home-grown singing star."

One of the true pioneers of the Jamaican music industry alongside such revered artists as Jackie Edwards, Laurel Aitken, Simms & Robinson, Alton Ellis, and Derrick Morgan, to name just a few, he hasn't yet received the recognition that is due him, particularly from a government which still fails to do the job in honoring these vintage names for their outstanding contributions to the development of Jamaican music. 

At 1:00 Friday September 30, be there in Corby's Orbit when Greg Lawson comes in spinning to large up the station with Owen Gray material spanning his career of unique and original musical conceptions.

As the man himself has said : "I'm tellin' you, I'm tellin' you! I said before I go I have to sing a regular reggae in opera, because everything I do from Jamaica is the first, the first, the first, first, first, first. But unrecognised (pauses)... by the government. I've seen artists that comes after me, looooong long after me, they can't even hold a range of a chord today, and they're giving them big awards and all them things! And neither myself nor Bunny Lee get nothing!"

Thanks to Peter I for use of quotations from his thorough interview with Owen Gray at

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Playlist for September 23

Playlist for Corby’s Orbit on CKLN.FM, Show of Friday, September 23, 2011
Host Paul Corby, guests Rebecca Everett and Dan Mock
 (brought to you by Moving Space Fragrances, Magnetic Shakes Piercings, and Your Name Here)
11-2 p.m. online. Canadians in red.

11:00 After All, The Fall, Another Small World
Snatam Kaur – Hariaa (Strength)
Minor Empire – Zuluf Dokulmus Yuze @The Music Gallery Friday November 4
Prince Enoki’s Insect Orchestra – Tobacco
Luisa Maita – Alivio @ Yonge Dundas Square Saturday, 8:00
Silk Road – A Moving Sound

11:30 Action Figures
[dunkelbunt] – Tropic Sensi @ The Great Hall Next Saturday Oct. 1
Mad Professor – Radiation Ruling the Nation / feat. John Geilgud Sonnet 53
Rachid Taha – Ya Rayah
Adam Solomon – Believe I Love You (Congratulations to him and his new bride, Nancy)

Rock, Vapor, Visions
We Barbarians – The Wait is Over
Skindred – State of Emergency
The DoneFors – The Narrator
Paul Brady – Dream Will Come @ Hugh’s Room, Sunday, Sept. 25

12:00 Breathing The Rain
Alannah Cherote – Roses In My Side
Rebecca Everett – Moondrops / Interview / Yoyo / @ The Piston Wednesday Sept. 28
Lindi Ortega – Dying of Another Broken Heart
Daniel Sky – We’re So Fine @ The Dakota Thursday October 27

Soul Adrenaline
Stevie Wonder - For Once In My Life
The Barr Brothers – Lord, I Just Can’t Keep From Crying @ The Drake, Wednesday October 12
Ry Cooder – John Lee Hooker For President
Malcolm Holcomb – One Man Singin’

1:00 Deep Letting-Go
Jonathan Richman  -  If You Want To Leave Our Party, Just Go
                                         @ Revival Wed. & Thurs., Oct. 5&6
The Wood Buffalo Youth Songs Project – What Would Life Be Like
The Deep Dark Woods – The Ballad of Frank Dupree
Harlan Pepper – Little Miss Sunshine
John Showman – Coldfront  @ The Local , Saturday

Upward Ballast
The National – Little Faith @ACC December 8
Ronley Teper -  Cuplits and What-ifs
Local Listings over Claudio Roditi – Mr. P.C.
Tanya Philipovich – Inuit Chicken Sculpture / Page 79 @ The Press Club Saturday
David Francey – Saturday Night @ Hugh’s Room Friday-Saturday, September 29-30

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I Wanna Hear And See…. uh, Everything

Up From The Skies

   On this date in 1970, Jimi Hendrix was perhaps murdered, perhaps by his manager, British Intelligence’s MI-5 agent, Michael Jeffreys, who, though listed as a casualty in an airline crash, may still be alive.

   Jimi, though! He brought fresh cascades and categories of primal sound into being, very much based upon the voice of Little Richard, the saxophone of King Curtis, the vernacular of the blues and R&B, and the sound of warplane engines, which he absorbed as a paratrooper at Fort Campbell. (As he jumped, he would later recall, "...once you get out there everything is so quiet, all you hear is the breezes-s-s-s...".

     The first proponent of Marshall amplifiers, which bore his own middle name, he made the whammy bar, feedback and distortion the new language of electric guitars. The conversational quality of his pioneering use of the wah-wah pedal gave him unique proprietry, in rock music, over the prolonged line in improvising paragraphs of music outside of the melodic limits of traditional electric guitar players.

He channeled Bob Dylan’s beat storm-of-consciousness lyrical energy and dressed as a Beatle would. In managing this level of adaptation, he became the first and foremost Afro-American (and Cherokee) in the revolutionary hippie assault on the worldwide military-industrial establishment.

Gentle and perpetually bemused, he avoided political involvement, making private donations to organizations that he felt supported a freer world. However, he was drawn into confrontation with the law over his use of recreational and psychedelic drugs, most notably in Toronto in 1969.

His influence over the cultural activism and artistry of progressive music continues to this day.

Things and Boxcars from Space Show of Friday, 16 September, 2011

遊星からの肉体X The Thing from Another World
 Corby’s Orbit on CKLN.FM online, Show of Friday, 16 September, 2011

Host CKLN’s Mad Salutes Can Con Award Winner Paul Corby, guests The DoneFors and The Boxcar Boys
 (brought to you by Soul Ballast, Nuclear Licorice, and The Anti-Calculus)
11-2 p.m. online. Canadians in red.

11:00  -  Soul Biggening
Beverly Knight – Flavor of the Old School
James and Bobby Purify – We’re Finally Gonna Make It
James Brown – Can’t Take It With You
Louwop the Dirty General feat. Zaki Ibrahim – Get Up
Whitehorse – Passenger 24
Ry Cooder – Dirty Chateau
Eric Clapton & Wynton Marsalis – Careless Love
12:00  I Heard It In My Sleep
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra – Mountain on Fire / Interview / Home On The Water
Joy Kills Sorrow – Send Me A Letter
Wilco -  Walken
Nick Lowe – They Called It Rock and Roll
The DoneFors - Shot At You / Interview
Abigail Lapell  -  Beautiful
The Ruby Spirit -  Sound Of The Bell
John Prine & Mac Wiseman – The Old Rugged Cross
Bebop Cowboys feat. Russell Decarle and Dennis Keldie – Shooting Star
Christine Bougie and Dafydd Hughes – Hammy’s Secret Life
1:00   Instrumentals To Our Downfall
The Boxcar Boys – Jagerbomb Blues / Interview / La Dot Da (Live) /
 The Crumb Brothers (Live) / Mugg’s Island (live)
photo minus Laura the Boxcar Girl

Nelson Riddle – Theme from Route 66
Recreational Therapy
Still Life Still – Pastel
The Paint Movement – Fortunes Window
Language Arts – Cough Drop
The Barr Brothers – Let There be Horses
Local Listings over Richard Ellis
Clara Engel – To Be Without          

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Toronto Bicycle Music Festival Sunday Sept. 18

Trinity Bellwoods Park (south end near Queen Street)
2:15 – 3:00  Lenni Jabour
Fred Hamilton Park
3:30 – 4:00  Abigail Lapell
4:00 – 4:15  Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad
4:15 – 4:45  Amélie & Les Singes Bleus
4:45 – 5:15  Garbageface 
(special mobile performance en route to Dufferin Grove Park)
Dufferin Grove Park
5:30 – 6:15  The Strumbellas
6:15 – 6:30  Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad
6:30 – 7:30  Jeremy Fisher The Toronto Bicycle Music Festival is a roaming event that involves a series of outdoor, pedal-powered concerts in three west-end parks on Sunday, September 18th.  
It all starts at the south end of Trinity Bellwoods Park, where we make a special appearance as part of the 
Queen West Art Crawl.  
Audience members will be powering our portable PA system by mounting generator bikes and 
pedaling away! 
We then load all our gear and instruments onto bikes and ride as a group to our other two beautiful stops.  
See the map on our Schedule page for more details.  
As an added treat this year, Garbageface will be performing a special mobile set 
during our ride to Dufferin Grove Park.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Soul of Today

Browse High into today's Orbit with an online line-up extraordinaire:
At 12:05, a phone-in encounter with the thrill-packed members of The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
THEIR DATE: Saturday, September 17th
VENUE: El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave, Toronto, 9:00 door
COST: $10 advance at / $12 at the door
Online Ticket Link:
*NOTE: TMO have sold out the El Mo before, so please tune in at noon if you would like to win a guest list spot!  Joining TMO are Yuka & DJ ?uesquecest.

Then at 12:30, after digging the DoneFors for a month, we get a live offering of acoustic previews for next Thursday's Dakota release of Award Winning Album.
And as we round the clubhouse turn at 1:00, the Boxcar Boys will bring a live processional along the Orbital Boulevard before they make their Hugh’s Room debut as special guests at The Roofhoppers’ EP release party this Thursday, September 22nd, starting at 8:30 pm. For more information visit  / 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman is one of the most original and prolific living 
songwriters of his generation. 
He helped invent punk and then 
left to sing quietly. Music shouldn't hurt a baby's ear, he said, 
and over the next 20 years not a single infant was harmed. "
He lifts spirits, and as hot ‘n’ humid 
as the Knitting Factory was, you somehow felt refreshed and rejuvenated after seeing him play. 
Richman renewed your faith in humanity with a sophisticated wit that can tell us things about 
themselves and ourselves at the very same time."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Cool Basement Band on a Warm Night Up North

So we sent in a tape to audition for CBC's Cover Me show. Fun anyways. Video by Emcor.

"The Higher You Rise, The Deeper The Undergrowth" - John Bottomley

Playlist for Corby’s Orbit on CKLN.FM, Show of Friday, the ninth of September, 2011

 (brought to you by sweet and sublime silences, room tones and tribal paint cascades);

Guests Ivy Mairi, Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station, and The Paint Movement )
11-2 p.m. online. Canadians in red.

11:00 - Cities Sound Like Rivers
John Bottomley – Days in the City
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers
D.D. Jackson -  The City: Awakening
The Planet Smashers - Ups of America
Ivy Mairi – East of the Don / Interview / Something of Love / New Song
Maylee Todd - Heart Throb
Ivy and Corby

11:30 - Resistance is Fertile
Eugene Ripper – Go Van Gogh
Maria Dunn -  Troublemaker
James Vincent McMorrow  -  Down the Burning Ropes

12:00  -  Attunement and Atonement
Tamara Lindeman – Everything I Saw / Interview / Came So Easy / Traveller
Les Nubians – With or Without You
Melanie Fiona – Sad Songs
Souljah Fyah - Truth Will Reveal
Diana Wes and Jason of The Paint Movement

12:30 – Involuntary Tightropes
The Paint Movement – Embers / Interview / Young Lights / Fortune’s Window
Timber Timbre – Bad Ritual
Ani DiFranco – Self Evident
Jason Collett -  Cold Blue Halo

1:00 – Singer Hearts
Rebekah Higgs – Little Tape Recorder (remix) / Gosh, Darn, Damn
Buddy Holly -  Rock Around With Ollie Vee
The Rizdales – It’s Not Me, It’s You
The DoneFors – As Old As I Am
Jorane – Ratchakay
Local Listings over George Winston – Home / Sunday
Lupe Fiasco -  Little Weapon / Streets on Fire

Fun Music Flows into T.O.

Saturday, Sep 17, 2011 9:00 PM EDT / doors @ 09:00 PM
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra featuring YUKA / DJ ?uesquecest
at El Mocambo - Toronto,ON
$12.00 at the door , $10 Adv Get Tickets >>

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Winners of CKLN.FM's Mad Salutes Awards in Broadcasting and Social Activism 2011

Congratulations to all the winners and to the success of Mad Salutes Night through the efforts of CKLN's staff organizers and all the performing artists -Shaunga Tagore, Qara Clemente, Murphy Browne, Bob Wiseman, K.C. Roberts and the Live Revolution, Clara Engel, Yvette Tollar, and M.C.Clifton Joseph.

1) CKLN Activist Award: Awarded to a volunteer who has contributed to the fight for social justice and grassroots community engagement.
The winner is.....Jointly awarded to Kristin Schwartz and Susy Alvarez. Kristin is former news director at CKLN who used her time to report on a variety of issues from mining injustices to the World Social Forum. Susy Alvarez, is long time host of Friday Word of Mouth, including coordinating for No one Is Illegal Radio and OCAP radio

2) The Pioneer in Radio Award: Given to a show that has demonstrated ground-breaking originality.

The winner is Fantastic Voyage, formerly hosted by Ron Nelson in CKLN's early days. The timeslot came to be identified with underground artists. Ron Nelson currently hosts reggae mania.

3) The TurnTable Arts Award: Awarded to music programmers who keep the Vinyl tradition alive

The winners are Nik Red of Statik and Mano from Bruckbeat Radio.

4) Behind the Mic Award: This given to a volunteer who works tirelessly off air to support the station.
This year's winner has been there for CKLN in its most turbulent moments: the winner is Chris Scully.
5) The Arnie Achtman Award for long service in spoken word programming: named after one of the founders of the Life Rattle show, Arnie and Guy Allan worked for
 twenty-five years to carry out their vision of autobiographical storytelling and writing as a form of the community's self expression.

The winners are Norman Otis Richmond for Saturday Morning Live and Troy (The Boy) from Inversions.
6) The Mllton Blake Award for long service in music programming is named after the former host of The Musical triangle and a much beloved community member.

We are pleased to announce a tie for first place between Verlia Stephens andColin Smith.

7) The Award for Most Canadian Content goes to the play list that entered the most entries that are Canadian. The winner is our very own Paul Corby of Corby's Orbit. Corby's Orbit has presented, over the years, a parade of indie artists acoustic and Ottawise, and has been among the strongest supporters of Toronto's independent music scene.

8) The CKLN Mentor Award: This award is presented to a CKLN volunteer who has helped mentor others in the community.

The winners are Norman Otis Richmond and Ron Gaskin.
9) The Girls and Women in Radio Award: this award celebrates women who make radio their work and their passion. This year we had a tie for the winners, so we invited Amita Hamda and Murphy Browne to the stage, as well an honourable mention going to Julie Hill. Our congratulations.

10) CKLN Generations Award honours our elders and our youth. We called Don Weitz to the stage to thank him for his wisdom and also, Judah to the stage, as our youngest volunteer
11) The CKLN Friends Award goes to an agency or organization that has supported CKLN over the years. There were so many nominees, but the name that came up most consistently was Regent Park Focus,  a Youth Media Arts centre that has done programming at CKLN for over a decade. And when we needed them, they invited us to share their space. From all of us, we say Thank You Focus and your amazing staff!

Talent uploads on Friday's Orbit Sept. 9.

The sweet and sublime  Ivy Mairi  will be visiting at 11:30 with her No Talker sophomore disk.

THE PAINT MOVEMENT - Fortune's Window from Mitch Fillion ( on Vimeo.

Then at 12:30, hopes are high for the Paint Movement's upward trajectory as they drop up from their big cross- Canada tour at 12:30.
"The 6 piece band mixes elements of rock, pop and soul and melds them into unique songs which at times feature male vocals, at others female vocals, and a lot of the time you hear group chants". The band will be bringing the new songs to the Orbit, with an official Toronto CD release tonight at the  Horseshoe.

Monday, September 5, 2011

My Favourite Song From This Summer.

Kasper Winding Remixes Efterklang's Raincoats.

I couldn't find a vid for it so I made one so I could share it with you.

The song just gives me energy...the bass...the guitar sound...the reverb....the glockenspiel.

Makes me wake up and live.

I don't own any of these images or gifs, btw.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Heavyweights in Orbit - Interview and Bring You Down live!

Visually a bit monotonous but a sonically thrilling version of the Heavyweights in the studio today.

Playlist for Corby’s Orbit on CKLN.FM, Show of Friday, second of September, 2011

 (brought to you by Awesome Autumn NRG , Harlem Renaissance, and the Shelter Valley re-brother re-sister vibe)
11-2 p.m. online. Canadians in red.

11:00  Instructional Rock
Mumbles and Cut Chemisy – Caution
Puracane – Went Away
Camp Radio – Cosmic Fair
The Pack A.D. – Positronic
The Paint Movement – Porcelains

The Light from the Heart
Saidah Baba Talibah – Fall Again
Jorge Martinez – Dulce Melancolia
Heavyweights Brass Band – Just the Two of Us / Interview /
                                                     Heavyweight Don’t Bring Me Down and  Single Ladies (live)
Little Feat – Long Distance Love (live)
Wagons – My Daydreams

12:00  Out Shelter Valley Way Showcase
Raymond McLain and Mike Stevens – Footprints in the Snow
Corin Raymond – Blue Mermaid Dress
Layah Jane – Follow You
Eliza Gilkyson – Beauty Way

C.N.E. Seasonal Soul Scene
Steven Ambrose – My Private Little Hell
Paul James – Gotta Gimme Some Of It
Dr. Nick and the Rollercoasters – Got Love if You Want It
Muddy Waters – Clouds in my Heart (live)
B.B. King – Don’t Look Down
Speech – Like Marvin Gaye Said

1:00 Eternal Luminaries for Romare Bearden
Carmen McRae  / Clifford Jordan – Looking Back
Winter Consort & The Dmitri Pokrovsky Singers – Kyrie
Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy – Lament

Pressure and Pleasure Points
Alexandre Gismonti – Na Pressao
Cesaria Evora – Bia D’Lulucha (live)
Mandeng Elektrik – Oya Oye
Microbunny w. Rebecca Campbell – Blue September Blues
 Laura Nyro – Sweet Blindness (live)
Selected Toronto Listings over Charles Lloyd’s Sweet Georgia Bright
Joy Kills Sorrow - We Will have Our Day 
Jack Bruce & Robin Trower – Take Good Care of Yourself

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Loads to hear this weekend! Out along the 401 to Shelter Valley.

Come up to the surface for fresh musical air blowing toweards Grafton Ontario this weekend where Shelter Valley Folk Festival will offer cool breezes of contemporary folk and roots music of the highest effervescence. Special feature on many of the artists today at noon.