Corby's Orbit

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Radio Regent Invites You To Attend A Free Monthly Event

 I'll be here after my show Friday. If you're in the Downtown East area, drop by 

for free music

Two blocks east of Dundas & Parliament on the north side. Come share the Downtown East vibes, food and music. — with The Jessica Stuart Few (7:30)

Playlist for show of Friday, 24 August, 2012

(brought to you by Bianca Montreal, The Swagnificent Heaven, and Your Guest Is As Good As Mine)
5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00 Applause-able Excuse
The Meters ~ Handclapping Song ~ On The Good Foot
Destiny’s Child ~ Say My Name (Timbaland Remix) ~ This Is The Remix
Michael “Iron Man Burks (1957-2012) ~  Count On You (To Let Me Down) ~ Alligator
The Imps ~ That’ll Get It ~ Keb Darge’s Rockabilly & Jump Blues ~ Lost & Found

5:20  Down & Deadly
*Whitehorse ~ The Glamour In The Hammer ~ @ The Dakota, Wednesday for CD Release and Benefit
Ry Cooder ~ Guantanamo ~ Election Special
Kim Churchill ~ The Crazy ~ @ The Dakota Thursday with Dan Champagne
*Dusted ~ Into The Atmosphere ~ Total Dust~ Arts & Crafts
*The Rest ~ Laughing Yearning ~ Seesaw

5:40  Desperate Alternatives
Lianne La Havas ~ Everything, Everything ~ Is Your Love Big Enough? ~WB
*Amy Campbell ~ I’m On Fire ~ Mountain Stage Nominee (also Bruce Springsteen is back in town)
The Bears feat. Adrian Belew ~ Wavelength
*Scott Cooper ~ You’re My Only Way Out ~ @ The Cameron House, Saturday, Sept. 15
*J.P. Mortier ~ The Only Bar ~ CD Release @ La Sala Rossa, Montreal, Thursday, 6 Sept.

6:00  Saudade for Jack Layton
Don McLean ~ Empty Chairs ~ @ The C.N.E. tonight
Cesaria Evora ~ Sodade (DJ Rork & Demon Ritchie Mix)
The Mighty Diamonds ~ Go Seek Your Rights ~ @ Rastafest, Downsview Stadium, Saturday
Nat King Cole feat. Bebel Gilberto ~ Brazilian Love Song ~ Re:Generations
*K.C. Roberts ~ Something

6:30 All The Sirens…And The Band
*The Darcys ~ I Got The News ~ Aja ~ @ The C.N.E. Wednesday, 29 August w. The Arkells
*Gordie Tentrees ~ Holy Moly ~ North Country Heart~ @ The Dakota Tuesday, 10:00 CD Release
*Abigail Lapell ~ Crescent Moon ~ The Tranzac tonight
*The Bills ~ After Music ~ Yes, Please @ Hugh’s Room, 12 September
Kirk Franklin ~ Before I Die 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Playlist for show of Friday, 17 August, 2012

Host: Paul Corby

Since I pre-recorded this show, I would be very much surprised if it did not follow this playlist on Friday, cock-ups and all:

(brought to you by Black Inklings, Table Syrup-ticians, and Stockhausen Dividends)

5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.
Playlist also available in graphic detail at: and videos at

5:00   Wildest-ness
Booker T & The MG’s ~ Slim Jenkins’ Place ~ Hip Hug-Her" 
*Neil Young ~ The Hitchhiker ~ Le Noise
*Neil Young ~ I’ve Been Waiting For You ~ Neil Young
*Evening Hymns ~ Irving Lake Access Road ~Spectral Dusk ~@ The Theater Center, Friday (Summmerworks)
& at Raw Sugar, Ottawa, Saturday

5:20  Capricious Zeniths
*Great Lake Swimmers ~ Quiet Your Mind ~ @ Molson Amphitheater, Saturday
*Mary Margaret O’Hara ~ Anew Day ~ Miss America (So Nice I Played It Twice)
*Maz ~ Quasi-S-Space ~ @Musideum for two shows Friday & @Markham Jazz, Sat., 6:30
*Shakura Saida feat. Harrison Kennedy ~ Halfway Blues @ Markham Theatre, Thursday, 16 August
Peter Karp & Sue Foley ~ Resistance ~ Beyond The Crossroads

5:45  Jo’berg Is Wild
Simphiwi Dana ~ Bantu Biko Street ~ A Rough Guide To South Africa
Shanaaan Soul Sisters~ Nuna Anga Ndizi ~ Spirit of Africa
Mighty Zulu Nation ~ Justice A Rough Guide To South Africa

6:00  Bongo Man
Jimmy Cliff ~ Come Into My Life /Many Rivers To Cross / Wonderful World ~@ The Phoenix, Saturday

6:15 Time Is A Mountain
Percy Howard’s Meridiem ~ Chase The Blues Away (Tim Buckley)
Interpol ~ Narc ~ Antics
Louis Hayes ~ Sweet Georgia Bright feat. Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt @Prince Edward County Jazz, Friday
Rinne Radio ~Dior In Nera

6:40  Toronto Trek-4-Tunes, Listings over Rinne Radio ~ Amen
Karlheinz Stockhausen ~ Michael’s Journey ~ for a trumpeter, 9 co-players and sound projectionist (excerpt)
Novanova ~Eternity ~ Memories

Between the jam and the high place

Wherein we discover again where music comes from: backyards, kitchens, basements, parties, public places where goodwill is cultivated and coerced into an improved socio-musical consensus concerning what is good and better and best.
A waning August moon makes a decisive slice through the exhausted rainclouds; the Perseid meteor showers are scratching out their brief vectors in the sky; party animals, vegetables and minerals emerge into the rain-soaked backyards of fungus-coloured houses in nameless Toronto neighbourhoods.
We are into the pivotal double digits of the month and it’s summer’s perfect Saturday night. Dark, and sweet ozone in the atmosphere. There is a party at Kyle and Gavin’s.
Lots of food and brews; a barbecue bonfire; loud cussing bros and girls all with fresh nails; tarped-off platform at the back of the yard has a drum kit and red glowing amplifier lights ready.
Arbitrarily coincident musicians gather: a neighbor, a teacher, some folk and reggae players, and Adam Beer-Colacino, Toronto’s new guitar avatar, occupy the light with jokes and scales and then, abruptly, The Gogo Jam starts up. Weightless dancing, shouted adjustments of key and tempo, extended solos, audience air guitar, some singalongs and some old New Orleans masterpieces and “Will It Go Round In Circles“.
The surprise of perfection’s grace upon the odd tune leaves the band hopeful for a second set of magical potential.
After some libation salvation, Jerry Leger takes over for a few songs, pushing the group pulse into a deeper tightness. All Dressed, a full-on group with spontaneous keyboard combustion added on, brings a rocking 80’s surround sound fullness into the midnight.  As neighbours peer out of their brown-lit windows in wonder, two party goers look up and rock a minute, with icy blue faces unlocked from their hand-held devices for a spell.
And blocks away people are feeling the beat, finding it suddenly coming across the sky, mixed in with the bright happenstance of transient surface noise, a chance rhythm bite, insistent and  intimate over the distance, like the sight of a shared shooting star: epic glance to close friend: “Did you see that?” “Yes, but can you hear THAT?” Indicating the gist of existence without explanation.
And before one o’clock, the expected swoop of a police car parked out front, the sweating neighbor in his undershirt and pajama pants swearing in mumbles, and the dismantling of the sound, and the diminishing of the yard party, and the current of energy flowing off into taxis and transit and homeward trails. Lost — but not vanished — just until February when somebody rekindles a conversation with “Hey, do you remember that party at Gavin and Kyle’s? Tang Tang!”

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Playlist for show of Friday, 10 August, 2012

Guest Jessica Stuart. Hosted by Paul Corby.
(brought to you by Shore Noodles, Truthpicks, and Surly Trembles)

5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

Videos at

5:00  Upper Shores
*Maz ~ Satellite En Marche 1 ~ @ Musideum Friday, 17 August
J.J. Grey & Mofro ~ Brighter Days ~@ Lee’s Palace Wednesday, 15 August
*Maylee Todd ~ Summer Sounds ~@ ALL CAPS FEST Saturday

5:20 Dreadless Optimism
*Jessica Stuart ~ Don’t Ya / Interview / The Other Side (live) / So Long (live)
Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Legacy Band ~ Jessica’s Birthday ~@ Prince Edward County Jazz Festival next Friday, 17 August
Karin Krog ~ Raindrops, Raindrops ~ Raindrops, Raindrops

5:45  Emotional Commotion
My Morning Jacket ~ Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 1 ~@ Echo Beach Wednesday, 15 August
Guitar Mikey ~ Back To You ~ Out Of The Box
Boz Scaggs ~ Runnin’ Blues ~ @ Molson Amphitheatre with The Dukes of SeptemberSunday
Michael MacDonald ~ Lonely Teardrops ~ @ Molson Amphitheatre with The Dukes of September Sunday
*Crowbar ~ Hoy Hoy Hoy ~ Official Music
*Digging Roots ~ Lonely ~ @ Planet IndiginUS, Harbourfront,  Saturday, 9:30

6:15  Travels With My Angst
*Snowblink ~ Green To Gone ~ @ Bicycle Music Festival, 15 September
*Christa Couture ~ You Were In Michigan ~ The Living Record @The Gladstone, 3 October
*Ivy Mairi ~ Passing Cars~ No Talker@ ALL CAPS FEST Sunday 4:20
*The Bills ~ Hallowed Hall ~ Yes Please ~@ Hugh’s Room, 12 September

6:45   Glee Beams
Pat Metheny ~ (Go) Get It! ~ Trio 99-00
Musical Availabilities for Toronto Audiences, Spectators and Peripherals over Josh Redman’s Stoic Revolutions
The WB Allstars ~ Watermelon Man ~ Casino Lights ‘99

7:00 Substitutiary Locomotion 
Quad CityDJ’s ~ C’mon Ride It (The Train)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Playlist for show of Friday, 3 August, 2012

(brought to you by Caribonza Beans, Genre-shedding & Out-Of-Office Replies)

5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00  Un-Slavery
Third World ~ 96°~ (live In studio) @ Nathan Philips Square Sunday 8:00
Dawn Penn, Dennis Brown, Bounty Killer ~No,No,No (World a Respect Mix)  @ Nathan Philips Square Monday 8:00
The Aggrolites ~ The Eye Of Orbabas ~ @Lee’s Palace Saturday
*Shalli ~ Closure ~ @ Nathan Philips Square Saturday 6:45
Joe Dukie & DJ Fitchie ~ This Room ~ World Dub Pastry
Admiral Bailey ~ A No Nutten ~ @ Harbourfront Saturday 8:00
Barry Adamson ~ 007 – A Phantasy Bond Theme ~ Soul Murder

5:30  High “Is” – ability
Guitar Mikey ~ Livin In The Big Time ~  Out Of The Box
Dr. John ~ The Kingdom Of Izness ~ Locked Down
*Sarah Burton ~ Ohio ~ CD release @The Dakota Thursday, 9 August
*Lara MacMillan ~ Rip Out My Heart ~@ C’est What, Saturday
*Gordie Tentrees ~ Wheel & Wrench ~ North Country Heart
*Cameo Blues ~ Plowin In Our Row ~ @ Lakeshore Mardi Gras, Saturday 4:00-8:00
Kelly Joe Phelps ~ Spit Me Outta The Whale ~ Brother Sinner & The Whale

6:00  Calm As A Child
*Cold Specks ~ When The City Lights Dim ~ @ The Great Hall, Wed., 8 August
Paramore ~ Hallelujah ~ The Final Riot!
Telepopmuzik ~ Love Can Damage Your Health ~ Chillout ‘03
1 Giant Leap ~ My Culture ~ Chillout ‘03
*Deadmau5~ Sofi Needs A Ladder ~ @ Downsview Park Saturday, Veld Music Festival
Zongo Junction, feat. Abeena Koomson ~ Tear Dem Down @ The Rex Tues., 7 August
*Jessica Stuart ~ Interview ~ Don’t Ya

6:40 On The Toronto Traipse: Highlight Venues and Musical Menus Listed
over The Skull Snaps ~ Trespassing & Reuben Wilson’s Superfly
Kool & The Gang ~ Universal Sound ~ coming to Fallsview Casino, in the fall
*Tom Szczesniak ~ Solar ~ @ The Old Mill tonight