Corby's Orbit

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

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Musical Rambunctuosity Prevails at Dollar Bill's Revival in Kingston Ontario

Soundcheck with The Whiteley Brothers Band: with Morgan Davis (seated),
Bucky Berger on drums,

Ken Whiteley,

Victor Bateman on bass

and Chris Whiteley.

Prime mover Peter Lloyd warming up to Eugene Smith, first out of the gate in an epic night of Canadian talent. >>>>>>>

Rediscovered master tapes were the impetus for a full-scale one-night stand starring performers who helped to make the Prince George Hotel a legendary stopover for touring acts in the late 70`s and early eighties.

The sold-out evening, at $160 a chair, benefited local cancer patients and the hearts of all who attended.

The place was bustling all night as Canada's finest musicians gave their all to the crowd.

Bassist Kit Johnson scraped by as a guest artist with The Whitely Brothers, soloing on the Zydeco Tie. Also featured were blues legend Morgan Davis, Brother Chris on the Hands-Free Harmonica and Brother Ken in a leaping gospel revival tune.

The Whiteleys left the stage to the perennial soul / funk mastery of The Lincolns featuring uplifting vocals by Steve Ambrose and Jordan John, with special guests Donny (Downchild) Walsh and Zekiya Hooker (daughter of album delight, Mr. John Lee Hooker).

And as many patrons began to lose their ability to walk or communicate effectively, The High Sheriff Of Hell, and album opener, David Wilcox brought his guitar firestorm to the stage, including a performance of Brain Fever, which he hasn't played in thirty years. It will be longer than that before Kingston (or any other place in the known universe) sees as diverse, as energetic or as meaningful a show as descended here that magic night. David was joined onstage by M.C. Dan Aykroyd, Chris Whiteley & Donny Walsh for a tremendous Flip Flop and Fly finale, rocking the clientele and the very building into history one last time.

Playlist For Show Of 30 May

Host: Paul Corby
( brought to you by Viral Spirals, Topical Illusions, and Helical Vortexting )

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

Guests:  Tanner James & Sean Hamilton, Bob Bossin, and Quique Escamilla

5:00 Maya Con Dios

Van Morrison ~ Angeliou ~ Into The Music (for Maya Angelou April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

*Chloe Charles ~ Break The Balance ~ @ The R.O.M. tonight and @ Yonge /.Dundas Square Monday 12:30 p.m.

*Sean Hamilton ~ Good Love / Interview / You Gotta Do (live)
*Tanner James ~ Sweet Charlotte / Interview / Changin' (live)

5:30  3 A.M. Paternal

*Fucked Up ~ Paper The House ~ Glass Boys NEW DISK @ Arts & Crafts Field Trip Sunday, 8 June

*Reuben & The Dark ~ Marionette ~ Funeral Sky NEW DISK Arts & Crafts Field Trip Saturday, 7 June

*Bob Bossin ~ Interview Re: Davy The Punk @ Innis Deluxe Theater June 10-15

6:00 Guitarlight Guitarbright

John Mayall feat. Harvey Mandel ~ Separate Ways ~ Live From Dollar Bill's Kingston February 9, 1979 NEW DISK

Selwyn Birchwood ~ feat. Joe Louis Walker ~ The River Turned Red ~ Don't Call No Ambulance (Alligator) NEW DISK

6:15  Troubadors-Open Toronto

*Quique Escamilla ~ Okavango / Interview / Mascara de Esperanza / Cancion Mixteca ~ 500 Years Of Night NEW DISK @ Dundas West Festival Saturday 7 June, @ Mateca Arts Festival Sunday, 8 June, @Luminato Festival Thursday, 12 June

*Linda McCrea ~ Falling Off The Face Of The World ~Fifty Shades Of Red NEW DISK @ Hugh's Room Sunday, 15 June

*Ron Hawkins ~ Diamonds In The Water ~ Straitjacket Love @ E-Day Island Fest Sunday, 1 June

Jason Moran ~ Planet Rock ~ Modernistic with flowcharts of Toronto Music Listings indicated 

Mary Gauthier ~ Oh Soul ~ Trouble & Love NEW DISK ~ @ Hugh's Room Tuesday, 3 June

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Approaching Orbit

In the irascible questing of perennial orbital investigation, certain major tremors of creativity have become so obvious that you may not actually have noticed. Incoming Albertan Tanner James will be dropping up with his current tour repertoire of stories and songs at 5:15.

Then at 5:45 legendary Canadian folk hero Bob Bossin will dial in with a surreptitious preview of what can be expected when his solo performance of Davy The Punk , a re-imagined thought/memory play that calls to mind the life and adventures of his rambler-gambler father, debuts at the Innes Deluxe Theatre in Toronto from June 10-15.

And then at 6:00 my pre-eminent muchacho from Chiapas, Quique Escamilla  will come on board to illuminate the history and significance of his new release, 500 Years Of Night, an album of original and passionate music that spans multiple genres, and re-awakens the revolution vividly and victoriously in your very ears.

Maya ~ The Horizon Leans Forward

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Playlist For Show Of 23 May

Host: Paul Corby
( brought to you by Dirigible Planets, Helicoptic Orthodoxies and Parachute To Thrill)

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

Guests: Ann Vriend and Stacey Kay & Joe Oliva of Eh440

5:00 Put The Cross Faders On Stun

Paul Van Dyk ~ We're Alive (Breathless Mix / Rafio Mix ~@The Guvernment tonight

Morcheeba ~ Tape Loop / Never An Easy Way ~ @ Danforth Music Hall tonight

*Stratochief ~ Nights In White Satin ~ @ Relish Monday

Black Uhuru ~ What Is Life (Original Jamaican Mix) ~ Mykal Rose @ Koolhaus Saturday for Guess Who`s Coming To Dinner

*Pocket Dwellers ~ Peep The Lesson ~ PD-Atrics @ The Horseshoe tonight 

5:30 Improvers Mood

*Ann Vriend ~ A Rush Of Your Wings / Interview / A Need So Wide ~ For The People In The Mean Time NEW DISK @ The Drake Underground Tuesday, 27 May 8 p.m.

Bob Dylan ~ Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) ~ Biograph ~ Bob's Birthday @ C'est What Saturday & On A Night Like This Bob Tribute @ Hugh's Room Saturday

*Timber Timbre ~ The New Tomorrow ~ Hot Dreams ~ NEW DISK @ Massey Hall tonight
*Sunparlour Players ~ Old-Fashioned Face ~ The Living Proof NEW DISK @ Adelaide Music Hall Saturday

*Charlie Roby  (who lost his fight against cancer on Saturday May 17th) ~ Dust ~ Tribute Tuesday @ EASTMINSTER UNITED CHURCH 310 Danforth Ave, Toronto M4K 1N6 416-463-2179 Prelude: 3:00 / Ceremony 4:00. Then > DORA KEOGH, 141 Danforth Ave 5:00 Food and Drink while reminiscing about Charlie and listening to his musical friends.

5:50 Salubrious Piano Dosage

*BadBadNotGood ~ Differently, Still ~ lll NEW DISK @ Field Trip Sunday, 8 June
Dollar Brand ~ Sunset Blue ~ African Piano (1969)

6:00 A Capella Fortuna

*Eh440 ~ Died On The Table / Interview with Stacey Kay & Joe Oliva / Don't Run Away ~Turn Me Up  NEW DISK ~ CD Release @ The Drake Underground Tuesday 27 May

6:20 Ulterior Cultivations

Brody Dalle ~ Underworld ~ Diploid Love NEW DISK
The Black Keys ~ 10 Lovers ~ Turning Blue NEW DISK
*Chad Vangaalen ~ Lila ~ Shrink Dust NEW DISK @ Lee's Palace tonight
*The BelleRegards ~ Holding On ~ Nothing To Lose NEW DISK @The Rivoli Saturday
*Colleen Rennison ~ Fancy ~ See The Sky About To Rain NEW DISK
*Grainne ~ Looking For Sunshine ~@ Free Times Sunday for Nashville Bound
Branford Marsalis ~ Hope ~ @The Enwave Theatre tonight and Saturday
With Toronto Music Listings reinforced throughout

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Playlist For Show Of 16 May

Host: Paul Corby
( brought to you by Collective Orbitration, Reverse Skydiving and Astrobatics )

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

Guests: Andrew Penner and Michael Rosenthal of the Sunparlour Players

5:00 Zulu Hoops

*Andino Suns ~ 555 ~ It's Time To Rise  NEW DISK

*Veronica Domingues ~ El Quiero ~ Just Chill @ Tattoo tonight

*Zaki Ibrahim ~ Conjure ~ Every Opposite @ Field Trip Saturday, June 8

5:15 Garnisheeing The Pre-Accolades

*Sunparlour Players ~ Bless This City / Interview / Soapbox (live) / By Your Side (live) ~ The Living Proof NEW DISK 
Album Launch @ Adelaide Music Hall, Saturday, 24 May

5:40 Straddling The Modern Moment
*Federal Lights ~ Sharks ~ We Were Found In The Fog 
The Black Keys ~ Bullet In The Brain NEW DISK

Deleted Scenes ~ Debussy ~ Lithium Burn NEW DISK @ The Drake Underground tonight

Dodos ~ Confidence ~ Carrier NEW DISK
Cat Stevens ~ I Love My Dog
Skindred ~ Ruling Force ~ Kill The Power NEW DISK

6:00 Mercy Beatings

Beenie Man feat, Miss Thing ~ Dude ~ Reggae Classics @ Koolhaus Saturday
Major Mackerel ~ Pretty Looks Done ~ KIng Jammy's Selector's Choice Volume 4
Easy Star All-Stars feat. Sugar Minnott ~ When I'm 64 ~ Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band
Booker T & The MG's ~ You Can't Do That

*Ann Vriend ~ Those Records ~ For The People In The Mean Time NEW DISK @ The Drake Underground Tuesday, 27 May and on Corby's Orbit Friday, 23 May

6:20 Expectation Sports

*Dani Nash ~ Mean Girl ~ @ The Cameron tonight 10:30 p.m.

*Jen Lane ~ Tough Love ~ @ The Cameron feat. John Antoniuk, Wednesdays in May, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

*Jack Marks ~ How The Other Half Lives ~ @ The Cameron Saturday 10:00 p.m.

*Charlie A'Court ~ A Change IS Gonna Come ~ Triumph & Disaster ~@ Hugh's Room Tuesday, 20 May

*Reuben & The Dark ~ Shoulderblade ~ Funeral Sky NEW DISK @ Field Trip Friday June 7

*FM feat. Nash The Slash  (March 26, 1948 – May 12, 2014) ~ King Crimson's Starless ~ Lost In Space (1977)
Stanley Turrentine ~ Journey Into Melody with a strewing of Toronto Music Listings
John Coltrane ~ Countdown ~ Giant Steps

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Gemology of Canadian Music Week and the fascinating facets of Quincy Jones

Canadian Music Week: Burning both ends not an option this year. I struggled to find time to end up having no regrets, and I believe I did really well on quality this year, but circumstances prevented the net being spread wide enough to take it all in.

Okay, here are The Gems.

Brody Dalle. Everyone said so. It`s true. Body slamming, shreiking and moaning, genome altering drummer, sunburn noise. Perfect eye makeup, too.

Saidah Baba Talibah. Fuel injected hot sauce with an Idle No More agenda, crystallized band of ferocious bedrock outcroppings, loud proud crowd control and contortionist choreography.

Full Circle. True Toronto hiphop, spreading lyrics like salt on an icy driveway, thunderous beats and instantaneous air passes with zero dribbling.

Neko Case. Giantess of country soul, crazed comedienne, along with deadpan partner Kelly Hogan, sparkplug firecracker superhero and how can one woman have so much flaming hair? Brought The Dodos too.

Quincy Jones: Bestie of Ray Charles, Sinatra, Brando and Smelly Thriller. Listen Up.
"Street is the button.", "Be-bop, Do-wop and Hip-hop. There's a reason for that.", "Producers are important, sequencing is half the secret, songs are the key, but one person brings the event to the hearts of the audience and that is the engineer or the director of photography.", ``You got to go to know``, `Michael fired me because he said I`d lost touch , because I didn`t know that rap was dead; this was in 1987.`` and ``Coincidence is God`s way of remaining anonymous`.

Kurt Elling: No, he wasn`t on the program, but he brought iceberg cool and lucid jazz dreaming, poetry and concrete to Koerner Hall Saturday, whirling nanobeats and panoramic cityscapes into the shifting timbres of his sterling voice and manner, wearing a blue suit that was absolute.

Regrets, I`ve had a few, but CMW was awesomely nice, my way, too.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Playlist For Show Of 9 May

Host: Paul Corby
( brought to you by Mojo Dojo, Maple Temple and Always Hallways )

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

Guests: Keiffer McLean, Jen Lane and John Antoniuk

5:00 Something Keiffer This Way Comes

*Keiffer McLean ~ Jive Turkey / Interview / Headful Of Diamonds (live) / Brother (live) Drama In The Attic @ The Gladstone tonight

King Khan & The Shrines ~ Darkness ~ Idle No More (Merge) @ The Horseshoe tonight 
*The Sojourners ~ The Neighbourhood ~ The Sojourners ~ (Black Hen 2009)
Lambchop ~ Up With People ~ Nixon (2014 reissue on Merge)
*Jay Aymar ~ Seriously Delirious ~ Passing Through @ Hugh's Room Saturday

5:40 Always With You / For The Night

* Jen Lane & John Antoniuk ~ Interview / Waiting For You (live) / When You Find Your Way (live) / The Shoe (live)

@ The Cameron House every Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

6:15 Message Parlour

*Tanya Tagaq ~ Flight ~ Animism (Six Shooter) NEW DISK

*Andrea Menard feat. Robert Walsh ~ Faith & Patience ~ Lift (Velvet & Hawk) NEW DISK

*Whiskey Howl Big Band ~ Rock Island Line / Early In The Morning ~ Live at the El Mocambo May 8, 1981

6:30 The Permanence Of Transition

MTT ~ Years From Now ~ Years From Now NEW DISK

Neko Case ~ Night Still Comes ~ The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight / The Harder I Fight The More I Love You @ Massey Hall tonight

Cesaria Evora (Yoruba Soul Remix) ~ Bondade e Maldade ~ Club Soldade (Lusafrica 1997)

Bjork ~ Come To Me (Sabres Of Paradise remix) ~ The Best Mixes From The Album - Debut

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends ~ Lonesome Fiddle Blues / Cannonball Rag ~ Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1974) with Toronto Music Listings spliced in

*Jordan Klassen ~ Go To Me @ The Horseshoe tonight
*Colin Stetson ~ Awake On Foreign Shores / Judges ~ New History Warfare vol. 2

Friday, May 9, 2014


Glowingly original song-writing and a Tweedy-dry vocal style have brought Keiffer McLean of Saskatchewan a well-deserved nomination for last year's Canadian Folk Music Awards, and now a chance to charm Toronto audiences in the musical tsunami of Canadian Music Week. He appears at The Gladstone Hotel at 9:00 tonight and on Corby's Orbit today at 5:15. A must-hear.

Toronto’s Cameron House will serve as a home-base for a series of dates in May for Jen Lane,another  escapee from a long solitary Saskatoon winter, where she has been writing about empowerment, renewal and love's constant rescue.

Long-time musical and life partner, John Antoniuk (Smokekiller), is also providing musical accompaniment and alternating sets every Wednesday from 6-8:00 p.m.

   The CBC’s Sheila Coles once commented “Jen has hit a depth in her song-writing that people twice her age struggle to find.”

Both will be sharing some music and stories live on the show today at 6:00.