Corby's Orbit

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

Friday, June 28, 2013

Temporarily Hung Up ~ Suspended Orbitation ~ No Show Today

                                                              The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Our Station Manager sent this out recently:

Hey everyone,

It saddens me to say this but Radio Regent is down. The broadcast computer saw its last day today and was put to rest. I got the warning on Friday (during Corby's Orbit~ed.) and fixed the issue, but the problem continued to arise throughout the weekend. 

Tyrone and myself stuck around a little later tonight and got a new computer installed. We still need to install the soundcard and do a few updates as the computer we are using now is pretty old, but works. 

We are still airing archived shows but from the on-air computer as I've installed shoutcast on it. 

There will be no programming on Radio Regent till further notice & till the new computer is installed. We hope to have RADIO REGENT up by tomorrow, but till then wait on my next email.

I am very sorry about this but I will try to get it fixed ASAP. 


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Playlist for show of Friday, 21 June 2013

Guest:Liza McLellan from DéVah Quartet
(brought to you by Raptor Tornadoes, Carnivore Hurricanes and Squirrel Winds )
5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00 A Solstice In Time  

Buffalo Daughter ~ Great Five Lakes ~ Cornelius Remixes

*Maestro Fresh Wes ~ Let Your Backbone Slide ( A Capella Mix over Homespin Rerun by High Lllamas) @ 3030 Dundas West tonight 

*Lighthouse ~ Sunny Days @ Nathan Phillips Square Saturday 12:30 TD Downtown Jazz

Sarah Jaffe ~ The Way Sound Leaves A Room ~ The Body Wins

The Silent Comedy ~ You Don't Know Me ~ Friends / Divide EP \

Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party ~ Younger Brother @ The Cameron tonight : Solstice Party

5:20 Frets Detected 

*Kevin Breit ~ Bring Me Down ~ @ David Pecaut Square Sunday 8 p.m, Luminato

Johnny Smith (1921-2013) ~ Sometimes I'm Happy 

Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Vital Transformation ~ John McLaughlin @ Nathan Phillips Square Sunday TD Downtown Jazz

Dr. Lonnie Smith feat. Jimmy Ponder ~ Caravan @ The Horseshoe Monday TD Downtown Jazz

5:40  Motown Capture 

Justice ~ Brain Vision MMXII ~ ED REC Vol. X

The Robert Glasper Experimant ~ Ah Yeah ~ @ The Horseshoe  Tuesday, 25 June TD Downtown Jazz

Smoky Robinson & The Miracles ~ You Really Got A Hold On Me ~ @ Nathan Phillips Sq. tonight  TD Downtown Jazz

Martha & The Vandellas ~ Come & Get These Memories / Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things 

6:00  I didn't Cash your name
Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two ~ Belshazah / Sugartime ~In Cash We Trust @ Hugh's Room tonight

Jack Marks ~ Best Time For Dancing / 3rd Act / Let It Be Known

6:03 til 6:15    Pulse & Burn At this point, our transmitter began to pulse, and eventually burn out. We were back up and running by 8:30, but the rest of my show aborted. 

 Interviews with Liza McLellan of DéVah Quartet  (above, at Tattoo Rock Parlour next Friday from 8:00 -10:00) and Jack Marks will hopefully be rescheduled for next week also.

Apologies fully rampant on a field of burnt capacitors.

Monday, June 17, 2013

2013 National Campus & Community Radio Awards ~ Honourable Mention

Thursdays are always the best at NXNE.....BRAIDS!

OMG ~ Eeeeek! Braids!!!
Okay...But wait....I'm getting ahead of myself.
Okay: The Comfort Zone, home of white light cocktails and stoner chic in T.O. Midriffs, silk jackets, crazy makeup, glowsticks, trippabble light-show, celestial convergences hourly. This time out it was new band Paula, sending up some echo funk inside a pixillated typhoon of projected colour, advanced string theory and chilly-cool tunesicles to draw the crowd into a dreamy poodle pasture under a low ceiling of sound. Music nobs arriving late were  unable to penetrate the thick clutch of fans ready for the first Braids Toronto show since Horseshoe 2012.

Efficient cable mongering and drum wrangling had Raphaelle, Austin and Taylor on their marks right on time. I was offered a table dance for my front row vantage point, but stood my ground for an eerie and astral set of post-jungle drums, malletted electro-marshmallow vibraphone and the wonder-eyed vocal aeronautics of Raphaelle Standell-Preston (founding co-vocalist Katie Lee was neither present nor referenced). All-new material featured the multiple brands that Braids have come to radiate - deconstructed lyrics, moebius keyboard oscillations, impermeable iceberg tempos and heart-stopping melodic leaps. Feedback was monstrously available in such a low room but occasionally blended right in and melted into the lava-lanche of loud pounding sound. The band seemed relaxed and tightly interwoven after a recent swing through the southern States and a SXSW showcase.
Patrons, fans and corpo-weenies alike were awe-inspired and, for a few days, nothing sounded really amazing to me.
Then I cracked open Sarah Jaffe's The Body Wins. But that's a story for another post.
Honestly, though. BRAIDS!
Sophomore album, Flourish // Perish,  is due for release in August

NXNE Gives It A First-Night Try

 As you & I know, dearest, time is music, and even moreso when a music circus like NXNE hits To-burg. The frantic fanatic needs all the corners cut in order to hit multiple venues and hear all that needs to be heard.
Last night's kickoff blew my itinerary apart. At the Cameron,, a no-show from Kansas City's Samantha Clemons left a crew of tune hogs and bloggers sitting for an hour with no explanation, announcement or apology . With the Hard Luck, May, and Rivoli programming close by, our time was wasted  while we watched The Pelts' interminable sound check.

 Fortunately The Pelts brought the party. "A prom taken over by Quentin Tarantino", as they like to say. Clockwork musicianship and harmony supporting re-inspired 1964 songwriting.  Set the ears alive and made the dance floor arise with flash and frenzy. Charcoal suits and turquoise ties. They set the bar high for best wedding reception at NXNE ever. Then I moved on up to The Supermarket.

When I finally tired of waiting for the magnificent Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk through a set of redneck halt-country from a band that should remain nameless, I took a chance with Coyote at Rancho Relaxo. What an upgrade: architecturally sound bass lines buttressed by a kicking drummer and above-code keyboards, all in aid of one of the sweatiest guitar/vocal front-line combos ever. Well-spun songs and - bliss- Rancho has installed A.C.!

When I got back to The Supermarket, Samantha Martin and The Haggard were in a fine and harmonious mid-set, with another no-show (from Lauren Mann) swept under the carpet.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Serious Song Bliss July 10 & July 20

Playlist for show of Friday, 14 June 2013

Guests:  Anslem Douglas & Brad Butcher
( brought to you by Stroke Folk, Salt Country and Thinker / Thong-biters) 5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00  Less Stress Yes!
Maxi Priest feat. Pliers & Chaka Khan~ Happy Days @ David Pecaut Square Saturday LUMINATO

*K-Os ~ Mojo On ~ Black & Gold @ David Pecaut Square tonight LUMINATO

The Heavy ~ Same Ol' ~ The Glorious Dead ~@ The Phoenix Wednesday, 19 June

Corey Harris ~ Babylon Walls ~ @David Pecaut Square Monday, 17 June 8 p.m. LUMINATO
Hugh Masekela ~ Mandela ~ Live at The Market Theatre

5:20 Circulatorium
Coyote ~ Wolf In Sheeps ~ Tracks nxne
Surfer Blood ~ Squeezing Blood ~ Pythons
Hayden ~ Rainy Saturday ~ Us Alone @ Yonge / Dundas Square tonight nxne

5:40 Dog Gone 
*Anslem Douglas ~ Female Intuition / Tony Needs A Daddy / Interview / Baby Daddy @ Crawford Bar Saturday, 11:00 nxne

Selah Sue ~ Crazy Vibes ~@The El Mo tonight
FU ~ Shinkyoku ~ On The Earth! @ Rancho Relaxo tonight nxne

6:00  Big Sound From Brisbane
Brad Butcher ~ Song For Annie / Interview / Conversations And Contradictions (live) / The Old Man's Gone (live) nxne

6:20  Pulmonary Hearings
*Heirloom ~ Red Is The Colour ~ Makeweight
Sarah Jaffe ~ The Body Always Wins ~ @ The Garrison tonight 
*Joni Mitchell ~ Big Yellow Taxi / Bony Moronie ~ Live 1970 @ Massey Hall Tuesday / Wednesday LUMINATO
*John Showman ~ Dusty Miller @ The Local Tuesday, 18 June
Amadou & Mariam ~ Africa Mon Afrique @ David Pecaut Square Sunday 3 p.m. 

6:40  Elder Skelter
*Peripheral Vision ~ Abide @ The Rex tonight w. David Braid with Toronto music listings superimposed
Paul McCartney (b. June 18 June 1942) ~ Nod Your Head ~ Memory Almost Full
Eric Burdon ~ The Devil And Jesus ~ 'Til Your River Runs Dry 
* Brian Blain ~ The Old Whaler's Confession @ The Paddock tonight

Friday, June 7, 2013

Finally A New Neko!

The Toronto Urban Roots Fest, dubbed "TURF", runs from July 4 through 7, 2013. It marks the return of an outdoor multi-day roots festival to downtown Toronto, for the first time since 1995
SUNDAY, JULY 7 (FORT YORK gates 11 a.m.)

11:20 a.m. - The Wooden Sky
12:10 p.m. The Sadies 
1 p.m. - Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys 
2 p.m. - Kurt Vile & The Violators 
3 p.m. - Yo La Tengo
4 p.m. - Whitehorse 
5 p.m. - Cat Empire 
6 p.m. - Xavier Rudd
7:10 p.m. - Neko Case 
8:30 p.m. - Belle and Sebastian 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Little Bit Of Not Enough ... Archival show this Friday.

Impossible to play the Orbit this week. It's a headwind of responsibilities that has time warped me.
I'll be back next week with a thick and thrilling in-media-res on NXNE music festival. Keep revolving.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Playlist for show of Friday, 31 May 2013

Guest:  Lynn Miles
( brought to you by Immersion Seas, The Crisis Risen & Donut Panic ) 5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.
Playlist also available in graphic detail at: and videos at

5:00  Show Plough
The Impressions ~ Get Up And Move ~ People Get Ready  (Sparton)
Stanley Jordan ~ Plato's Blues ~ Bolero (Arista)
Dream Theater ~ Rite Of Passage ~ Black Clouds & Silver Linings (Roadrunner)
The Howlin' Brothers ~ Take This Hammer ~ Howl  (Readymade) NEW CD

5:20 Hammer & Popsicle
*Jane's Party ~ Anytime Now ~ Hot Noise CD Release @ The Cameron House Saturday 10:00 NEW CD
* Gold & Youth ~Come To Admire ~ Beyond Wilderness (Arts & Crafts) @ Fort York Saturday 8 June for Field Trip Music & Art Festival NEW CD
Beach House ~ 10 Mile Stereo ~ Teen Dream (SubPop)
Chocolate Genius ~ Julia ~ I Am Sam sdtrk.
*Feist ~ Mushaboom (The Postal Service Remix) ~ Open Season (Arts & Crafts) @ Fort York Saturday 8 June for Field Trip Music & Art Festival / The Postal Service @ A.C.C. Monday 11 June

5:40 Serendipitous Wingspans 
The Boxcar Lilies ~ Good Fortune ~ Sugar Shack NEW CD
Patty Griffin ~ No Bad News ~ Children Running Through (ATO) @ Danforth Music Hall Monday, 11 June

*Lynn Miles ~ My Road / More / Lesson In Everything / Interview / Love Is Red ~ Downpour CD release @ Hugh's Room Thursday, 6 June NEW CD

6:15 Mahogany Violets
Os Mutantes ~ Fuga No. II ~ ("My clothes cross the street then lift me off the ground") ~ Everything Is Possible (Luaka Bop)
Calexico ~ Not Even Stevie Nicks ~ Feast Of Wire ~ @ The Mod Club Tuesday, 12 June
Beth Orton ~ Oooh Child ~ The Other Side Of Daybreak ~ In Honour of The Five Stairsteps' lead singer, Clarence Burke Jr. (1949-2013)
*Lily Frost ~ You Have Shaken Every Part Of Me ~ Cine-Magique @ The Jazz Bistro 6-7-8 June
Boyz II Men ~ Water Runs Dry ~ II (Motown) @ A.C.C. next Friday, 7 June
*Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk ~ Of Love And Of Death ~ Over Land And Sea (Wanderer) NEW CD
*Corinna Rose ~ Lost Like You ~ Northeast / Southwest NEW CD

6:45 One For 'Grew
Stefon Harris ~ A Cloud Of Red Dust feat. Mulgrew Miller (August 13, 1955 – May 29, 2013)
Stefon Harris ~In The Garden Of Thought ~ Aerated with a proliferation of Impending Toronto Music Events

Talking Heads ~ I Zembra