Corby's Orbit

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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Playlist For Show Of 29 July

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

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5:00 Emergency Delights

Jeff Beck feat. Rosie Bones ~ Thugs Club ~ Loud Hailer NEW DISK

Krust feat, Morgan ~ Excuses ~ Coded Language 

* Nuela Charles ~ The Good In Me / Interview / Unfortunate Love ~ Aware

Mikey Spice & Marcia Griffiths ~ If Only You Knew ~ Strictly The Best vol. 18 ~ Mikey Spice @ Markham Fairgrounds for Jambana Sunday

5:30 Guitar Pollen

Lonnie Mack (July 18, 1941 – April 21, 2016) ~ From Me To You ~ Beatles T.O. 50  continues

Ernie Ranglin ~ Honky Tonk Parts l & ll  ~ Ska Island

Lloyd Spiegel ~ Tangled Brew ~ Live Double CD NEW DISK ~ @ Burdock Thursday 4 August & @ Community Coffee House in Richmond Hill Friday, 5 August

*Gordie Tentrees ~ Lost Guitar ~ Less Is More ~ @ Burdock Friday 5 August 

5:50 Christian Values

Charlie Christian (July 29, 1916 – March 2, 1942) with Lionel Hampton's Orchestra ~ Haven't Named It Yet

Charlie Christian's  supreme accomplishments include bridging the gaps between country, blues, swing and modern jazz, with an extensive knowledge of diminished and augmented scales, creating new ideas even after 20 consecutive choruses, and a supernatural ability to accent in a syncopated flow to heighten the excitement of dance music. He is credited with creating the word be-bop and playing in a relaxed style (learned from Lester Young) that foreshadowed cool jazz. Although credited for very few, Christian composed many of the original tunes recorded by the Benny Goodman Sextet. His words have never been quoted, and there is no performance footage of him. He never led a band. He died at age 25. Not only guitarists, but every major jazz musician has found inspiration in his work.

Charlie Christian  with The Benny Goodman Sextet ~ Breakfast Feud / A Smo-o-oth One

6:00  Chain Reaction

* Los Poetas ~ Slaughter (Willie Mafia Remix) / Interview with Luis Louwop Segura / Rompe Cadenas ~ The Remix EP ~@ Yonge Dundas Indie Fridays tonight

Edouardo Fernandez ~Turina's Rafaga ~ The World Of The Spanish Guitar

6:20 Herb & Spices

* I-Sax Injah ~ Road To Tumbes~ Interpretations ~ @ Harbourfront Stage In The Round tonight

Beenie Man ~ Number One ~ @ Echo Beach Saturday

Bob Marley & The Wailers ~ Get Up Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix) 

* Kiran Ahluwalia ~ Jaane Na ~ Sanata Stillness ~ @ Hugh's Room Saturday 6 August

6:40 Meteor Towels

The Chieftains feat. Paolo Nutini ~ Hard Times Come Again No More ~ Voice Of Ages ~ Matt Malloy @ Hugh's Room Tuesday 2 August

* Paul Reddick ~ Shadows ~ Riding The One ~ @ Dora Keough Saturday

Michael Hedges ~ Menage A Trois ~ Jazz Cafe Guitar ~ with Toronto Music Listings 

* Kevin Breit & Rebecca Jenkins ~ Come On Home ~ Ernesto & Delilah ~ @ Hugh's Room tonight with the Upper York Mandolin Orchestra

Charlie Christian (This time without the skips) ~ Haven't Named It Yet

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Playlist For Show Of 22 July

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

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Guest: Mike Field
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Sex & Flux & Vox & Gold

* Countermeasure ~ Takin`It Home ~ Made To Measure NEW DISK

Q Burns Abstract Message ~ ( I Feel Like Being A ) Sex Machine ~  La Musique De Paris Derniere

The Cat Empire ~ Brighter Than Gold ~ @  Danforth Music Hall Wednesday 27 July

* A.A. Wallace ~ Shake It Out ~ In Alpha Zones NEW DISK

* Sarah MacDougall ~ Grand Canyon ~ Grand Canyon ~ @ Danforth Music Hall Wednesday 27 July

5:20 Attic Anthems

Nana Caymmi ~ Copacabana ~ The Story Of Bossa Nova 

* Quincy Bullen ~ Red ~ Quantumplations ~ @ Beaches Jazz Festival all weekend

* Mike Field ~ Attic Jump / Interview / Dance Of The Biometrics ~ Attic Jump NEW DISK ~ CD Launch @ The Rex Sunday 9:30

5:40 Musiculature

Guem (Algeria) ~ Le Serpent ~ African Fever ~ play the Conundrum @ Figment Festival on Toronto Island all weekend

* PUP ~ Pine Point ~ The Dream Is Over ~ @ Hillside Festival this weekend

The Cryan Shames ~ George Harrison's If I Needed Someone ~ Beatles 50 T.O. @ exhibits, concerts, walks, talks and more @ venues around town all summer 

LCD Sound System ~ Great Release ~ LCD Sound System ~ @ Way Home Festival this weekend

* The Implications ~ Fair Warning ~ Songs About Last Night NEW DISK ~ @ Beaches Jazz Fest All Weekend

6:00 The Midnight Tower

Neko Case ~ Knock Loud ~ Canadian Amp ~ Sook Yin Lee @ The Silver Dollar Tuesday 26 July

* Evening Hymns ~ Spirit In The Sky ~ Spectral Dusk ~ @ Adelaide Hall tonight & @ Hillside Festival This Weekend

* River Tiber ~ Midnight ~ Indigo NEW DISK

Anna Egge & The Sentimentals ~ Spider ~ Say That Now NEW DISK @ Hugh's Room tonight

* Jennifer Castle ~ Summer ~ Castlemusic ~ @ Hillside Festival this weekend 

6:20 Perma-flames

Isaac Freeman ~ Beautiful Stars ~ All The Real Girls Sdtrk.

Roni Size feat. Jocelyn Brown ~ Sing ~ Return To V ~ Roni Size @ CODA Friday, 29 July

* David Braid Sextet ~ Giant Steps ~ Zhen Vol ll ~ @ The Rex Friday 29 July 

* David Braid Sextet ~ Fishers Of Men / Toronto Music Listings

* Fortunate Ones ~ Wherever You Go ~ The Bliss

Illustration by Gunduv Agayev

Monday, July 11, 2016

Orbits East ~ Journey To The Coast

In search of the floating and fleeting musiques un peu partout majestueux et enormes, for a weekend at The Halifax Jazz Festival and on the Cabot Trail for another week, I will be out of radio range, so stay tuned to an archive broadcast this Friday, and a whole show of concentric circumstance upon my return.

I will be giving away a pair of tickets to Anna Egge & The Sentimentals @ Hugh's Room that night, on the show of the 22nd, to whomever can answer a skull-testing question at 647 344 4134.
They are currently touring their new album SAY THAT NOW.

Be the one!
O-vwa Tous!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Playlist For Show Of 8 July

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( Brought To You by Planets In Advance, Juno What I'm Sayin' and Meteor Expectations 

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Guests: Liz Stringer, Sienna Dahlen and Marc Trifunovic, Peter Trifunovic & Christy Coysh as Steven Lockmoore
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Top Stringer

SPaZ ~ Evening News ~ Word Up

Liz Stringer ~ Casey / Interview / Anyone (live) / If You Mean It (live) / Keep Keeping On (live) ~ All The Bridges (Roaring Girl)  NEW DISK ~ @ Grafitti's tonight and Saturday

5:30 Turning Over A Blue Leaf

Kimi Djabate ~ Karam (Education) ~ Karam ~ Afrofest @ Woodbine Park Saturday & Sunday ~ FREE

Willie Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992) & Rob Wassermann (April 1, 1952 – June 29, 2016)  ~ Dustin Off The Bass ~ Trios

* Ginger St. James ~ Beer Bottle Pockets ~ Diesel & Peas
~ @ Wilno Tavern Saturday and @ David Pecaut Square Thursday 14 July 12:30 p.m.

Blind Boys Of Alabama ~ Jesus Gonna Be Here ~ Spirit Of The Century NEW DISK

* Soulstack ~ Lot Of Good Men ~ Soulstack NEW DISK @ Burdock tonight

6:00 Cassettiquette

Sienna Dahlen & Joel Miller ~ Blue Times I & II / Ta Da ! / Tantramar / Interview ~ Dream Cassette NEW DISK @ The Rex Wednesday 13 July with Rich Brown and Eric St. Laurent

6:20 Misters, Brothers, Sisters & Others

Ringo Starr (born 7 July 1940) feat. Paul McCartney ~ Walk With You 

Amy & Rachel Beck ~ City Lights ~ Run ~ @ Freetimes Wednesday 13 July

* Courage My Love ~ Anchors Make Good Shoes If You Have Issues ~ For Now ~ NOT at the Phoenix Tuesday 12 July

Anna Egge & The Sentimentals ~ Spider ~ Say That Now NEW DISK ~ @ Hugh's Room 22 July

6:40 Busk Til Dawn

Steven Lockmoore ~ Mannequin Woman / Interview / Railcard Blues (live) feat. Mark & Peter Trifunovic and Christy Coysh ~ Busking Turf Wars screens Saturday 9 July at U. of T.'s JJR MACLEOD AUDITORIUM at 7:00

* Heaven's Muse ~ Never Me ~ The Fire In Eden ~ @ The Horseshoe for Shoeless Mondays on Monday 11 July

Art Blakey ~ The Drum Thunder Suite / Toronto Music Listings  ~ Art Blakey Tribute @ The Rex Saturday 3:30 

* Clifton Joseph ~ Shots On Eglinton ~ @ Free Times Cafe Saturday for Words & Music

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Stringer, Busker, Dreamer

Incendiary Australian singer Liz Stringer is in town for an intensive barrage of live performances featuring songs from her new record 
All The Bridges on Roaring Girl Records.
She'll be airlifting into the Orbit early on in the show this Friday and her songs of vivid passion and gorgeous heartbreak will be warming the flight deck live.

Big talk is in the air about the power of a new award-nominated film, 
Busking Turf Wars. 
It screens on Saturday 9 July at U. of T.'s 
The star, Steven Lockmoore (aka Christy Coysh)a busker from Leeds, is in Toronto as part of Toronto’s ReelHeART International Film Festival and will hopefully be persuaded to come and scrub a little guitar on our orbital corner.

And at 6:00, the progressive and influential Canadian composer and singer Sienna Dahlen will make herself available for a few minutes of chat concerning her ethereal new disk with saxman Joel Miller, Dream Cassette
They are currently touring this multi-faceted gem, and will bring it in full force to The Rex next Wednesday 13 July.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Dream Cassette: A Joint Astral Projection of Sienna Dahlen and Joel Miller

Pushing against the wall of tradition and expectation requires a deep re-examination of intent.

 The recent Canadian "Not-Jazz" arousal that at first seemed to be a new synthesis of the jazz thread with fresh currents has, in the past few years, swept away boundaries and broadened concepts into a new pool of inspiration.

From that lush lagoon, a successful brand is emerging: lyrical, listenable and amorphous enough to include Tara Kannangara, Amanda Tosoff, Justin Gray and BadBadNotGood.

Dream Cassette, by runaway saxophoner Joel Miller and complex vocalizer Sienna Dahlen is a new iteration of the individuality of expression being welcomed by audiences who are not totally for or against jazz per se.

The disk is free of extended solo clots, turgid standards, and the restraints imposed by the common over-adulation of formatted American jazz.

 This collection, instead, fits the notion of what we like to call an album. It has mad variety, and a collision of values that soon becomes collusion: a rock intro bridges into folk guitar on Streamlined, (a skateboarding anthem); polytonal pastels organically evoke a vast marsh on Tantramar  and a fecund rainforest on Pachamama, with only decorative cymbals for percussion; atonal horn assaults laced with Rush-inspired drumming and electronic ribbons on Ta Da!; torchy pleading from Ms. Dahlen on Slow Steps and her girl-crush confessional Corey Heart.

The dreaminess and warmth suggested by the album title manifests itself throughout, but the constant subversion of mood by unique ideas and surprising instrumentation keeps an alertness beaming in the ear, and this tends to create an impression that the music requires renewed attention. So, at the end, after the masterful angular gospel-bop suite entitled No I Got The Blues!, like the titular cassette, you pull it out, flip, and press play again, with no foreseeable exit strategy in mind. As intended.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 • 9:30 PM • $10