Corby's Orbit

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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My 2014 Calendar Of Musical Voyages

Winter summer spring or fall, reggae music warms us all.
And in Sudbury and North Bay, Bob Marley`s Birthday with The Memberz was the warmest night of the year.
Then Winterfolk came roaring into town with Ginger St. James, Random Order, and Sue & Dwight.

March brought the J.P. Hovercraft Benefit to The Market Hall in Peterborough, featuring The Cris Cuddy Band and Dennis O'Toole, Saskia Crescentia, The Mayhemingways, Catfish Willie and the Bucklebusters, Tarantuela, The Omittments, Al Black and the Steady Band, The Bonus Numbers and Balls and Jane.
 Quique Escamilla`s band delivered some hot Mexico to the Lula Lounge stage.

In May a classic jam went down in Kingston Ontario to celebrate the legacy of eighties night club Dollar Bill's, which hosted the best of that decade's touring talent. The Lincolns, The Whitely Brothers, Morgan Davis and Eugene Smith were there. Dan Aykroyd and Donny Downchild jumped into the David Wilcox Band's encore.

I took off for a June weekend in New York to play The Conundrum lll along with the denizens of Brooklyn N.Y. on Governor's Island.
When I returned, the news that the great Raffa Dean had passed on resulted in a monumental reggae tribute at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.
CANOE.FM's weekend music festival in Haliburton was a clean musical getaway.
Gary and the Rough Ideas
Los Van Van took over the City Hall Square for a Panam Games kickoff.

Jack Marks and his band explored the territory east of the Don River for a night at The Linsmore Tavern.
Minor Empire created a Turkish mystique inside of Hugh's Room for a night
Uber picker Kevin Breit came out swinging with Robi Botos at The Heavyweights Brass Band CD release at the Lula Lounge.
The Beaches Jazz Festival stormed through a series of hot August nights. Jason Wilson's new band was the talk of the boulevard.
Sea shanties and nautical balladeering are the unique specialty of Pressgang Mutiny, who bring the waves with them everywhere fine ales are sold.

Son cubano music brought the dancers out when Adonis Puentes and Pancho Amat unleashed their home rhythm on Toronto.
Mike McDonald and Kim Doolittle made such an uproarious fuss at the Last Night At The Elmo that by the end of the night, it was decided to keep the Toronto musical landmark open under new ownership.
Lizzy Hoyt brought her fiddle and guitar into the Dakota and lit up the night with her prairie songs.

Empress Start A Fyah and Freedubstar led an evening of conscious reggae in the effort to put a memorial stone on the grave of Raffa Dean at The Round in Kensington Market.

I got a God`s-ear view of The Count Basie Orchestra at Koerner Hall: 

...and a combination of the finest roots musicians in Canada made the Canadian Folk Music Awards in Ottawa a musical high point in a year of high voltage vantage points.
A 20-fiddle jam at Patty`s Pub made every bone in the room resonate and blur.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last Show Of The Year ~ Christmas Playlist

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( brought to you by Crisp Mitts, Boxing Gloves Day, and New Years Muffs )

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

5:00 Voices Ring, Are Ya Listenin?

* Emm Gryner ~ What Fighters Do ~ (Here Comes Christmas) ~ Torrential

* Sophia Danai ~ Tik Tok / Money ~ Wishing Well

* Skydiggers ~ 2000 Miles ~ Angels EP

* David Gogo Please Come Home For Christmas ~ Christmas With The Blues

Saffire The Uppity Blues Women ~ One Parent Christmas ~ The Alligator Records Christmas Collection

5:20 Glory Streams

* Slim City Pickers ~ Down The Hatch ~ The Slim City Pickers

* Boreal ~ So Much Snow ~ Winter's Welcome
Shawn Colvin ~ Silent Night ~ Holiday Songs & Lullabies
Nils Petter Molvær ~ Access / Song Of Sand l ~ Khmer
Death Cab For Cutie ~ Baby Please Come Home ~ Maybe This Christmas Three
The Ronettes ~ I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus ~ A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector

5:50 Making Spirits Bright

*Rose Cousins ~ A New Kind Of Light ~ A New Kind Of Light

*Toronto Mendelssohn Choir ~ Here We Come A-Wassailing ~ Christmas At Roy Thompson Hall (1994)

Jimmy Smith ~ Jingle Bells ~ Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas
Eric Gale ~ Gypsy Jello ~ Multiplication

* Fish & Bird ~Go-To-Bed Light ~ Something In The Ether

Jackson Browne & The Chieftains ~ The Rebel Jesus ~ The Bells Of Dublin

Wilco ~ Outtasite (Outta Mind) ~ What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014

6:30 The Sounding Joy

* Gee Whiz, It's Christmas ~ Treassa Levasseur ~ Jingle Ma Belle

Ray Charles ~ All I Want For Christmas ~ The Spirit Of Christmas

Junior Brown ~ Keepin' Up With You ~ Long Walk Back

Freddie McGregor ~ O Come All Ye Faithful ~ A Reggae Christmas 

Nils Petter Molvær ~ Platonic Years ~ Khmer

*Dawn Pemberton ~ For You ~ Say Somethin'

Sephirot Emanations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Perpetual Music ~ Best That I Heard In 2014

This colourful piece painted by famous Mstera artist Daniil Molodkin

I don’t hear everything, but of the ten disks a week that I DO latch onto, these fifty have given me good reason to dig and dig again -  for certain feels ~ to renew, to review and to recommend. Mostly Canadian. Feels so good.

My 50 Most Adored and Played Albums of 2014
in Orbital Concentric Sequence

Deleted Scenes    Lithium Burn    (Nevado)
Skindred      Kill The Power   (Red River)
Sunparlour Players     The Living Proof
Alejandra Ribera     La Boca
Quique Escamilla    500 Years Of Night

Shari Ulrich      Everywhere I Go
Dodos            Carrier
Keiffer McLean        Drama In The Attic
Beck           Morning Phase
Brody Dalle        Diploid Love

Jasmine Netsena      Take You With Me
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer   
                                     A Real Fine Mess
Ann Vriend    For The People In The Meantime
VA     Bootlegger’s Legacy      Live From Dollar Bill’s  
Jenny Lewis     The Voyager

Megan Bonnell           Hunt And Chase
Fela Kuti          Finding Fela Soundtrack
Peter Rowan       Dharma Blues    (Omnivore)
MTT       Years From Now   (Fishermann Records)
Poor Angus        Gathering       (Borealis)

Julian Taylor                Tech Noir
Joel Johnson               Blues Joose  vol..II
Jadea Kelly                  Clover
Lizzy Hoyt                New Lady On The Prairie
James Hill                The Old Silo

Sarah Jane Scouten     The Cape
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque       Maqueque
Elizabeth Shepherd    The Signal
The Slim City Pickers    The Slim City Pickers
Del Barber Prairieography

Reuben And The Dark    Funeral Sky
Rory Block      Hard Luck Child
Buffy & Larry   Surrounded
Oh Susanna       Name Dropper
Eric Bibb       Blues People

Indian City            Colors
Amelia Curran   They Promised You Mercy
Kacy & Clayton    The Day  Is Past & Gone
Linda McRea        Fifty Shades Of Red
West My Friend   When The Ink Dries

Plumes Ensemble   Folk Songs And Future Loves
Lynn Miles       Black Flowers vol. 4
J.P. Mortier       Songs Of Love And Despair
Monsoon      Mandala
Adonis Puentes & Pancho Amat     Veinte Anos


 Fish & Bird    Something In The Ether
Emm Gryner       Torrential
Billy Childs   Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Ladies In Waiting      Jingle Ma Belle
Boreal          Winter’s Welcome

Epic EP s:  Tara Williamson      ndn summer
Heavyweights Brass Band  Brasstronomical
Jen & John       Jen Lane & John Antoniuk

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Playlist For Show Of 12 December

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( brought to you by Don`t Flurry, Be Happy, Frosted Fracks, and Snow What )

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

5:00  Musical Ambush

Georgia Anne Muldrow ~ Uhuru Flight ~ Umsindo @ Rockpile West Saturday
Steel Pulse ~ No More Weapons ~ African Holocaust
Ernie Ranglin ~ Pass The Dutchie ~ Gotcha! @ Seven 44 Sunday 4 p.m.
Birds & Batteries ~ Trouble Makes Three ~ Friends & Friends Of Friends vol.5
Wilco ~ The Late Greats / Hate It Here ~ Whats Your 20? - Essential Tracks 1994-2014 NEW DISK
Loch Lomond ~ Spray Painted Drum ~ Friends & Friends Of Friends vol.5
Small Faces ~ Caravan ~ Ian McLagan (12 May 1945 – 3 December 2014)
Finn Riggins ~ Benchwarmers ~ Friends & Friends Of Friends vol.5

5:40 Scorch Singers

* Eliana Cuevas ~ Nueva Vida ~ Espejos @ The Rex tonight
* Lenka Lichtenberg ~ Rabbatak A Zrairoun Hassan ~ Lullabies From Exile NEW DISK
Valerie June ~ Winter Wonderland ~ An Americana Christmas NEW DISK
* Chic Gamine ~ Take All The Time You Need ~ City City @ Sony Centre for Vinyl Cafe Christmas Friday, Saturday, Sunday
* The O'Pears ~ Dinah ~ The O'Pears @ Distillery District tonight

6:00 The Burning World

* David Francey ~ Evening News ~ Skating Rink @  Massey Hall Saturday 
* Kristin Sweetland  ~ In The Bleak Midwinter  ~ Jingle Ma Belles NEW DISK Ladies In Waiting Christmas CD Release  @  Hugh`s Room Thursday, 18 December
John Hiatt  ~ Here To Stay  ~ Terms Of My Surrender NEW DISK

6:20 Absolute Blue

* Ginger St. James & The Grinders Please Mr. Driver  Diesel And Peas @  The Cadillac Saturday NEW DISK
Oliver Nelson ~ Straight, No Chaser ~ Sound Pieces Alex Coleman`s Tonight At Noon Mingus Tribute  Sunday The Rex
Charles Mingus  Mysterious Blues In A Soulful Mood  With Perspectives on Toronto Music Listings interspersed
* Jane Lewis ~ Come Together ~ Stay With Me NEW DISK
* Tim Bovaconti Try This (There`s A Battle) @  The Linsmore tonight
Appetite  Tussy Friends & Friends Of Friends vol.5

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Playlist For Show Of 5 December

Host: Paul Corby

This show is dedicated to the living Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by his stage name Little Richard. See also >>

( brought to you by A Womp Bomp a Loo Bombs,  She-Bops and Bamboo )

5-7 p.m. online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.
Guests: Phillip Brown and Anne Chung

5:00 The Rich Just Gets Richard

* Jorge Martinez ~ Creencias ~ Carnaval  NEW DISK
* Kate Weekes ~ Feel It In The Morning ~ Frost On Black Fur NEW DISK @  The Central Monday, 8 December 6-8 p.m.

* Lynn Miles ~ Tears ~ Black Flowers vol.4 NEW DISK

* Sarah Burton ~ Don`t Let Me Be Alone On Christmas ~ Jingle Ma Belle NEW DISK
               Ladies In Waiting Christmas CD Release " Hugh`s Room Thursday 18 December

* T.C. Folkpunk (Tim Cameron) Here Crumbles The Bride ~ Lamest Fast Words NEW DISK 

5:20 Penniman For Your Thoughts

* Phillip Brown ~ Drive / Interview / Special Day feat. Anne Chung / Farm Song @ Free Times Cafe tonight
The Blind Boys Of Alabama feat. Hank Williams Jr.~ I Saw The Light ~ Take The High Road  Roy Thompson Hall Monday
* Samantha Martin ~ Low Is The Way ~ Mississippi Sun @ The Cameron house Sunday 4 p.m.
                & Roy Thompson Hall Monday
* Boreal ~ In The Bleak Midwinter ~ Winter's Welcome NEW DISK CD Release @ Hugh's Room Thursday, 11 December

5:45 Adam And Diva

Radiation City x G Force feat. Sam Trump ~ So Long Remix ~ Tender Loving Empire
Maxi Priest ~ Peace Throughout The World ~ Bonafide 
* Cold Spex ~ Absisto ~ Neuroplasticity @ Lee`s Palace Sunday
Reba McEntire ~ The Fear Of Being Alone ~ What If It`s You 
New Country Rehab ~ Lizzy Dying Of A Broken Heart ~ Ghost Of Your Charms Junction City Music Hall tonight

6:10 Macon It All Up 

* Kim Stockwood ~ Now I`m Sixty-Four ~ Back To The Water  Riverdale Share Holiday Concert 
   The Danforth Music Hall Sunday 3 p.m.

* Buffy & Larry ~ Isaiah`s Prayer ~ Surrounded
Coig ~ Miracle At Glencoe ~ FIVE   NEW DISK  Winner ~ Traditional Album Of The Year at CFMA`s

* Steve Bell feat. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra ~ Lord Of The Starfields ~ Symphony Sessions 
               @ Hugh`s Room Wednesday 10 December
Philip Grass  ~ Enchanté  Tender Loving Empire

6:30 Rockin`Roller Coaster

* Al Tuck ~ Paid In The Middle Of The Night ~ Stranger At The Wake  Hugh`s Room Tuesday 9 December
* Ginger St. James ~ My Honey ~ Diesel And Peas NEW DISK  @  Full Bawdy Comedy Show - Shelley Marshall's Loft  Saturday December 13th suite 202 (290 Carlaw Ave.)
* David Myles ~ Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo ~ It`s Christmas NEW DISK Enwave Theatre in Harbourfront Centre Wednesday Dec 17
Little Richard ~ Freedom Blues ~ The Rill Thing 

6:45 “Mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce...whoo-hooo!”

* Margaret Stowe ~ Dream On A Theme with a drizzle of Toronto Music Listings  Yellow Jello ~ Mello Jello 
* Anne Lederman ~ Carl`s Waltz ~ Fiddlesong  Hugh`s Room Monday, 8 December with Stringband
* Kacy & Clayton ~ The Downward Road ~ The Day Is Past & Gone Winner ~ Young Performers Of The Year at CFMA`s