Corby's Orbit

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

Thursday, December 27, 2012

John Stainton Music Video

Otis made the video, I made the guitar whines and moans.John is shopping for a backer for City After Dark.

Corby's Obits 2012

For those who are no longer with us ( in body )

Levon Helm - "Well that just made my heart throb to the bottom of my feet."

Etta James - "My heart was wrapped up in clover."

Earl Scruggs “If you don’t let things develop, it’s like keeping something in a bag and not letting it out to fly”

Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson “Doc takes in the larger universe and makes it come out on the guitar.”  Bill Frisell

Raylene Rankin  "We rise again in the faces of our children"

Bob Babbitt (Robert Kreinar) "He'll play one note and eveything will be fine for 5 minutes"

Donald 'Duck' Dunn "We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline."

Dave Brubeck   "I want to be bombastic: take it or leave it."

Ravi Shankar "Sound is God."

Jerry Leiber   "We weren't white then."

Hal David - "Or are we meant to be kind?"

Robert B.Sherman - "We love to laugh... loud and long and clear"

Billy Bryans Canadian drums at their best are always militant.

Whitney Houston "All at once, I'm drifting on a lonely sea, holding onto memories"

Donna Summer - "This state of independence shall be ... the sound of higher love today."

Ray Collins - "Please hear my plea. God only knows what your loving does to me."

Sam Rivers " It seems like the music that musicians have the hardest problem getting recorded is the music that (eventually) withstands the ravages of time."

Robin Gibb - "Don't go talking too loud you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones."

David S. Ware "He insisted that his music not be mistaken for aggression or pain." Ben Ratliff 

Joe South "God grant me the serenity To remember who I am."

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Playlist for Corby’s Orbit of Friday, 21 December, 2012

Host: Paul Corby
 ( brought to you by Shiverly Bells, Missile-tones & Ha !!! Bum-hugs ) With thanks to Gaskin and his Barnyard connection.

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

5:00    Lightful Sprees
Jellybean Benitez ~ Jingle Bells ~ Get Carter sdtrk
Michael McDonald ~ Christmas On The Bayou ~ Through The Many Winters
Shirley Horn remixed by Christian Prommer ~ Verve Remixed Christmas
*Meaghan Smith ~ Silver Bells ~ It Snowed

5:15  Santa Mentality
*John Southworth ~ Old Bean ~Barnyard Drama vol. 8 (

*Nancy Dutra feat. Ron Sexsmith ~ Sweet Tomorrow ~ Time Will Tell

*Andrew Downing & Yesim Tosuner ~ White Christmas ~ Barnyard Drama vol. 9 (

*Christine Bougie ~ 28 Known Galaxies ~ Hearts & Galaxies @ The Tranzac Christmas Eve 7 p.m.

5:30   Rockin’ Around The Cosmos Free
*Ill Scarlett ~ Don’t Rush ~ 2012 E.P.

*Jane’s Party ~ What You Believe In ~ Umbrellas E.P.

*David Gogo ~ Santa Claus Is Back In Town ~ Christmas With The Blues

Y La Bamba ~ Señor Santa ~ Holidays Rule

Calexico ~ Green Grows The Holly ~ Holidays Rule

*The Beige ~ The Exterminating Angel ~ El Angel Exterminador

Fun ~ Sleigh Ride ~ Holidays Rule

6:00  Soul  Remedy for Scrinches and Grooges

The Temptations ~ Silent Night
Cee-Lo Green ~ Mary Did You Know?
Patti Labelle ~ This Christmas
2 Banks Of 4 ~ One Day
Easy Star All Stars ~ Fixing A Hole
*Devon Sproule & Paul Curreri ~ Joy Joy! ~ Salvation Is Created  (Bifrost Arts)

6:30  Let’s Take The Road Before Us
*Jen Foote ~ The Road It Goes (produced by J.P. Cormier)
*The Minnikin Family feat. Gabriel Minnikin ~ Marine Band ~ The Minnikins’ Photo Album
*Anna Atkinson ~ Wait All Morning ~ Mooniture (Aporia)
*Joanna Moon ~ Mi Alma, Me Condena ~ Vagabunda

6:45  Essence of Pleasances and Good Toronto Musical Scents wafted over Good King Wenceslas by CSSR State Phiharmonic (Patrick Crouchian Remix) Christmas Remixed 2 on Six Degrees

6:50    Full Dark Blend  (Longest Night Of The Year)
Cassandra Wilson ~ The Little Drummer Boy ~ Jazz To The World (Blue Note)
*Rose Cousins ~ The Darkness ~ We Have Made A Spark

”There’s nothing wrong with the heart in your chest,
It might be heavy but it’s innocent,
It can’t keep the darkness out,
You can’t keep the darkness out”
                                ~ Rose Cousins

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My 50 Most Adored and Played Albums of 2012

Let Grimes and Frank Ocean have their day. I want the disks below to get a bit of their praises due. Canadian artists are indicated in RED.

My 50 Most Adored and Played Albums of 2012

in Orbital Non-linear Rotational Order,

Chimes of Freedom     The Songs of Bob Dylan
Cold Specks         I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
Old Time Machine          Old Time Machine
Radio Radio             Havre de Grâce
MJ Cyr               Canopy     (Baha’i Texts set to music)

Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party      Old Town
Zeus            Busting Visions
Your Neck Of The Woods                Alberta Burning
Joe Louis Walker      Hellfire
Trampled By Turtles      Stars and Satellites

Easy Star All-Stars      Thrillah (Michael J. inna Reggae)
Debo Band     Debo Band    (Ethio-merican Funky Jazz)
Trent Severn      Trent Severn
Suzana D’Amour     Suzana D’Amour  (Mod Cabaret)
Sarah Burton   Fire Breathers   (Ripe emotions with a beat)

The Robert Glasper Experiment  Black Radio Recovered (The Remixes)
Colleen Brown    Dirt
Lupe Fiasco    Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II - The Great American Rap Album
Paul Reddick    Wishbone
Santigold    Master Of My Make-Believe

Carolina Chocolate Drops          Leaving Eden
Steve Gates    A Bee In Her Mouth
CATL     Soon This All Will Be Gone
The Wilderness Of Manitoba    Island Of Echoes
Evening Hymns   Spectral Dusk
Orchid Ensemble   Life Death Tears Dream

Kat Goldman    Gypsy Girl
Del Barber           Headwaters
Rose Cousins         We Have Made A Spark
Stephen Tsitsos      In The West
Pieta Brown         Mercury

The Hunger Games       Soundtrack
Dale Boyle       Throwback
Cara Luft       Darlingford
Jesse Laine    Love Hierarchy
Jaffa Road     Where The Light Gets In

Catfish Keith       Buzz  (Blues-Fun)
Waylon Jennings     Goin’ Down Rockin’ (Posthumous Masterpiece)
Jim Byrnes     I Hear The Wind In The Wires
Julie Doiron       So Many Days
Christa Couture ~ The Living Record

Elizabeth Shepherd     Rewind
Rodrigo Y Gabriela   11:11
Nancy Dutra      Time Will Tell
The Darcys      Aja
Punch Brothers    Who’s Feeling Young Now?

Tame Impala      Lonerism
Old Man Luedecke   Tender Is The Night
K.C. Roberts & The Live Revolution 
       Between The Cracks
Cameo Blues   10,000 Hours
Fatoumata Diawara     Fatou

Short Subjects Worthy Of  Longer Attention Spans 

The Matinee (EP)                            Suzy Wilde (EP)                   Royal Canoe (EP)       

Jordan Klassen (EP)                

 Doug Paisley  Golden Embers (EP)    

Christine Bougie   Hearts & Galaxies (EP) 

Ruth Minnikin    The Minnikin Photo Album (EP)  

Bam Toronto!

Afrika Bambaataa (Zulu Nation / Bronx, NYC)
The Ahmen Ra of Universal Hip Hop Culture
w/ MC K-Swift (Bronx, NYC) 
Soul Motivators :: LIVE 9 Piece Funk Explosion
and DJs Tasc, Farbsie Funk, Evan G & more...
Revival Bar, 783 College Street

Advance Tickets $25 available at:
Rotate This, Play De Record & Soundscapes
Sponsors: The Manifesto, The Gerbz, BNE
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On December 21st the Godfather of Hip Hop and electro-funk, the man who coined the term "Hip Hop" and a true living legend, makes his triumphant return to Toronto to celebrate the holiday season and all things funky. Expect a musical history lesson spanning the genres of Hip Hip, Funk, House, Soul, Breaks and so much more.

Afrika Bambaataa

The current December 2012 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine listed Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" as 3rd Greatest Hip-Hop song of all time.  They credit the song for starting break-dancing and introducing the Roland 808 beats to Hip Hop along with developing the sonic language of electro, Detroit Techno, Freestyle R&B, Miami Bass and most of modern Dance Music.

Along with DJs Grandmaster Flash and Kool Herc (a trio known in the 70's as Hip-Hop's Tri-Force) Bambaataa also developed "Turntablism" and were some of the first "Crate Diggers", scouring vinyl records around the world for unique & funky drums breaks they could turn into songs of the own.  The Tri-Force's New York City block parties is where the foundation of Hip-Hop developed with the help of MCs who used percussive, chanting street language poetry style over the sampling of funky breakbeats.  It was at this time that AfrikaBambaatta labeled the new music "Hip-Hop" in an article in the Village Voice in 1982, in reference to the use of the word in SugarHill Gang's track Rapper Delight and LoveBug Starski's track Positive Life.

A former gang warlord of the Black Spades, Bambaataa vowed to use Hip-Hop to draw angry kids out of gangs and formed the Universal Zulu Nation whose values are Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun.  Now almost 40 years later the Zulu Nation is an international organization with autonomous branches in Japan, France, the UK, Australia, South Korea and South Africa.  Inspired by his own world view shift when he won an essay contest to visit Africa as a young man, Bambaataa tours all over the world as an ambassador of Hip-hop and brings young at-risk youth from NYC along with him to give them a global experience.

In 1990 he was named by LIFE Magazine as one of the MOST IMPORTANT Americans of the 20th Century. In 2006, Bam was honored for his incredible achievements by VH1 at the annual 'Hip Hip Honors' show. In 2007, he was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  “Planet Rock” has become arguably the most sampled song in music history, having been remixed and sampled by the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Westbam, George Acosta, LL Cool J and countless others. 

Still extremely active, Bam continues to record, tour and educate, maintaining his status as a living legend and forefather of the art.  In 2012, Cornell University announced the appointment of DJ Afrika Bambaataa as a visiting scholar for a three year term where he will discuss the origins of hip-hop and the cultural relevance and race-related aspects of the American artistic movement.

The Godfather of Hip-Hop, Afrika Bambaataa, the man who defined Hip-Hop Culture (MCing, DJing, B-boying and graffiti writing) performs in Toronto on Friday December 21st at Revival Bar.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Raffa Dean - Canada's Premier of Drummers

Playlist for show of Friday, 14 December, 2012

Jolly host: Paul Corby

 ( brought to you by Friday Kahlo, Jean Paul Saturday, and Sunday Claus) 5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00  Exquisitory Preliminaries
Simone Hines ~ God Bless The Dreamer ~ The Soul Train Christmas Starfest Album
Virginia Rodrigues feat. Caetano Veloso ~ Labareda ~ Afro-Sambas / Mares Profundos
*Elizabeth Shepherd ~ Born To Be Blue ~ Rewind
*Christine Bougie ~ In The Soil ~ Hearts &  Galaxies CD release @ The Tranzac  8 p.m. Saturday

5:20   Waging Christmas
Lonesome Christmas  ~ Son Seals ~ An Alligator Records Christmas  Collection
Irma Thomas feat. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band ~ May Every Day Be Christmas ~ Holidays Rule

Texas Tornadoes feat. Freddy Fender ~ Trying ~ Holding On By A Thread

*Brenda Lewis & Margaret Stowe ~ Not The Only One @ La Revoluçión Saturday

5:45   Indo Recess
Ravi Shankar & The London Symphony Orchestra w. André Previn ~ Rāga Mānj Khamāj
Sitar maestro & teacher in classical, jazz, pop and folk communities, Pandit Ravi Shankar (1920-2012).

Indo Jazz @ The Inner Garden Sunday 16 December 12-4 p.m.  401 Richmond West Suite 384 There will be Yoga for everyone, holistic South Indian cuisine prepared by Shayna Young and North Indian classical raga music featuring Ravi Naimpally ~ Tabla
w/ Monsoon Trio (Jonathan and Andrew Kay ~ Saxophones and Justin Gray ~ Bass Veena
6:00 Endorphins of the World As We Know It
Cornelius ~ Drop ~ Point
*Gregory Pepper ~ 7ths and 3rds ~ With Trumpets Flaring ~ @ The Silver Dollar tonight

6:15   Reliable Lights and Extraordinary Ornaments
*Joel Plaskett ~ Deny Deny Deny @ The Horseshoe all weekend for 65th Anniversary
*Graydon James & The Young Novelists ~ Small Town Hymns @ The Horseshoe Wed. 19 December
*Doug Paisley ~ Bats @ The Cameron Tuesday 18 December
*Cara Luft ~ House On Fire ~ Darlingford
Punch Brothers ~ O Come O Come Emmanuel ~ Holidays Rule
*Jim Moffatt ~ First Christmas Waltz
*Kith & Kin ~ The Truth From Above / Hey Ho Nobody Home / Christmas Is Coming @ Holiday Wassail The Music Gallery Sunday 16 December

6:50  Toronto Musical Advents illuminated with the light of Mark McClean’s (@ The Rex tonight) “The Ballad Of Mank McLean” from Playground
*Mark McLean ~ Which Way ~ Playground

Collage by Camille Martin @ >>>>>>>>>>

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ravi Shankar: Empathy Agent

Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar is no more. He passed away in San Diego, US at the age of 92. Pt Ravi Shankar was suffering from a lung ailment and had been admitted to a hospital last week.

A veritable gem..with virtuoso tabla of Chatur Lal recorded in 1963 when Shankar had fire in his belly ..was in his early prime....the majestic start ...the meandering melody thus reconditions the soul inculcating in it a certain sense of levitation.. imbued with divinity..a kind of mantra..a dialogue with God...elevates you to Nirvana ..leads you to Valhalla and firmly deposits you there ... sempiternally...tabla solo in the middle ( 5:51 to 8:44) by Chatur Lal is simply mesmerizing! And 8:44 to 10-45 is probably one of the best and perfect sitar/tabla rapport ( jugalbandi) of all time! Don't miss 5:22 to 6:35 sitar engages in a dialogue with tabla then fades gracefully to make way for tabla solo....if ever there was a magical music tour this is it...this is it...and this is it...Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lal here transport you to a world where music is redefined...and reinvented...... coruscating with a thousand nuances of vibrating colour...transforming the banal into a source of wonder.... and wonderment...

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Playlist for show of Friday, 7 December, 2012

                                                   Lunar Thermal Map 6 December 2012                                  

( brought to you by Do Much Anew About  Things, The Virgin Of Menace, and A Mad Dreamer Some Nights) 

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

5:00  The Root Of All Upheaval
*Adaline ~ The Noise ~@ Drake Hotel Underground Daily Bread Food Bank Benefit Wednesday 12 Dec.
* Elisapie feat. Brad Barr ~ For Me @ Market Hall Peterborough, ON – Saturday
*Apollo Ghosts ~ Why Can’t I Be The Man On Stage ~ Landmark
*Bird Eyes ~ Little Bird ~Wind Up Radio Sessions
Green Day ~ Kill The DJ ~ Uno

5:20  Extraterrestrial Instrumentals
Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Solange ~ Twice ~ Black Radio – The Remixes

The Dave Brubeck Quartet ( Dave Brubeck 1920-2012 ) These Foolish Things ~ Jazz At Oberlin

“He changed the way people listened to the music,” David Baker, Indiana University

5:30  Inklings of Jingajings
*David Gogo ~ Let’s Get A Real Tree ~ Christmas With The Blues
*Rose Cousins ~ A New Kind Of Light ~ A New Kind Of Light

William Clarke ~ Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus ~ The Alligator Records Christmas Collection
The Blind Boys Of Alabama feat. Vince Gill ~ Can You Give Me A drink? @ Roy Thompson Hall tonight

5:50  Circumnavigations

John McLaughlin feat. Louiz Banks & Sikkil Gurucharan ~ Miles From India ~ Indo Jazz Festival Saturday & Sunday @ The Rex
*Danny Michel ~Just The Way I Am @ The Wintergarden Theatre Saturday
*Jory Nash ~ Helicopters Circling ~ Little Pilgrim
*Mike Evin ~ Do You Feel The World? ~ @ The Piston Tuesday 11 December

6:15  Kin-centric Circles
Huun Huur Tu & Carmen Rizzo ~ Ancestors Call ~ Eternal
*Kith & Kin ~ The Wexford Carol ~ @ The Music Gallery Sunday, 16 Dec ember
Michael Smith ~ I Brought My Father With Me @ Koerner Hall Sunday 16 December
*Crabtree & Mills ~ Bound To Fly ~ Joanne Crabtree with Margaret Stowe @ Free Times Café Saturday with Winterfolk XI preview

6:40   Peace Treats
Johnny Smith ~ Cherokee ~A Proper Introduction
Astrud Gilberto ~ Meditation ~ Tribute to Tom Jobim (January 25, 1927 – December 8, 1994) @ The Tranzac Saturday, 8 November
*Trent Freeman ~ Hot Spot For A Hobo ~ Rock Paper Scissors
Toronto Musical Gestations disclosed over The Wasps Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
*Musical Sniper ~ Stand Up Strong @ The Annex Live Thursday 13 December w. The Memberz

Monday, December 3, 2012

Decorations In Dubstep

The End of the World As We Party

Here's an event that's being staged in Calgary on the 21st of December to provide a "Restaurant At The End Of The World" ambience for 15 local musicians who have been asked to play like it’s their last gig on earth.  
 Just a few of the featured bands include:
  • Rock club mainstays the Pine Tarts, who will channel William S. Burroughs via the Book of the Dead
  • Doom and Delta duo Bob Keelaghan and Clinton St. John’s newest project, Hollow Brethren, providing anthemic sing-alongs for the end times
  • Face-melting rock of ATOMIS, changing human consciousness one power chord at a time
  • A love-feast of defiant positivity from psychedelic pop duo Ryan Bourne and Kiarra Albina
  • Slide guitar wizard Mike Watson, who pays homage to Orson Wells with a radio-play within a show
  • Plaintive pop from Scars and Scarves (Garett McClure and Annalea Sordi), recreating Warhol’s Explosive Plastic Inevitable by performing the entirety of Velvet Underground and Nico.
  • Garage grinders the Von Zippers, who will defy the prophesies and lead us to the new world as the official after-party band of the End of the World

In addition to two stages of rock, pop, blues and metal, the festival also includes:
  • The Apocalypse Piano Bar, supported by the National Music Centre and Steinway Piano, providing audiences with torch songs, bossa nova, jazz and high weirdness.
  • A centre for positivity and good vibes, including healing soundscapes, water ceremonies and smudging rituals.
  • Extensive interactive installations curated by visual artist Sharon Stevens featuring Joe Kelly, Jack Bride, and Shiori Saito. 

Event monger Kenna Burima is anticipating that Calgarians will embrace the concept, and attend the event dressed in the spirit of the evening.

“Come as your favourite religious figure, cult leader, alien life form, or check one more thing off your bucket list and dare to express yourself any way you see fit. The audience will be as much a part of the event as the music and art. This is a way to bring us together to ponder the big questions while having a night of great fun. And you could also consider the festival as a great alternative to your office’s stuffy old seasonal holiday party. The timing is right, and the end is nigh.”

Tickets and information
End of the World Music Festival
December 21, 2012 - 7 pm door
#1 Legion – 116 7 Ave SE
18+ event

Tickets $20 in advance (early bird rate)
VIP Tables $250 – includes tickets for 6, Maître’d service, party favours and more!

Hopefully, the Second Coming of the Great Prophet Zarquon will be added to the bill (at the last minute).

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Playlist for show of Friday, 30 November, 2012

 Guests: Aviva Chernick  and Noah Zacharin
(  brought to you by Sun-Dried Staccatos,  Jalapeno Pipers and Shiitake Percuss-rooms) 5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.videos at

5:00  Anthems For Angels
The Yohimbe Brothers ~ Shine For Me ~ The Tao of Yo

*Aviva Chernick ~ Chadesh Yameinu / Bo’I Kalah / Interview / Hashkiveinu @ 918 Bathurst Street Arts Center, Wednesday 5 December CD release for When I Arrived You Were Already There

*Hannah Georgas  ~ Ode To Mom ~ @Koolhaus & The Horseshoe Saturday

5:30  Romancipation Proclamations
CeeLo Green ~ River ~ CeeLo’s Magic Moment
*Musical Sniper ~ Rough Upbringing @ The Annex Live Thursday 13 December
Delroy Wilson ~ Got To See My Baby ~ Money
Oteil & The Peacemakers feat. Paul Henson ~ Too Many Times
Ben Folds ~ From Above ~ Lonely Avenue ~ @ The Dominion On Queen Sunday, 2 December

5:50  Blue Events
*Ron Davis ~ Pawpwalk ~ Shimmering Rhythm @ The Windsor Arms brunch Sunday 11-1:00
Big Maybelle feat. Mickey Baker (1925-2012) ~ Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On
*Leonard Cohen ~ You Have Loved Enough ~ 10 New Songs ~ @ A.C.C. Tuesday and Wednesday, 5&6 December
*Noah Zacharin ~ All Go Blind / Interview ~ @ The Free Times Café Saturday
Kelly Hogan with The Sadies ~ 1,000,002 Songs ~ @ The Drake Underground Saturday

6:15  Majestic Plaid
*Lucky Sonne ~ The Last Straw
*The Spades ~ The Unknown ~ Live From The Narrows
*Neil Young & Crazy Horse ~ Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix)
*Wool On Wolves ~ Be The Change @ The Horseshoe tonight
*Scarlett Jane ~ Stranger ~ @ The Great Hall, Wednesday 5 December
*Julie Doiron ~ Where Are You? ~ So Many Days

Exegesis of Toronto Music Listings intoned over King’s College Choir singing Tallis’ Videte Miraculum
 Galactic ~ Find My Home ~ From The Corner To The Block