Corby's Orbit

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Prominent Notarizers Of Musical Documents Rising In The Orbital Horizon

Friday`s show will feature Uneven Ground, the new music of  Lynne Hanson (at Burdock Saturday) who will call in from Peterborough at 5:15. 

Jerry Leger, who is releasing Nonsense And Heartache Friday, will airlift in for some live tunes at 5:45. Catch his official release @ the Monarch Tavern
  •                                            Wednesday, April 5th, 7 PM - 10 PM

Then at 6:15, Montreal`s Corey Gulkin, in town for a Thursday night at the Monarch, will glide up for a live share of old and new tunes.

+ New Music by Stephanie Nilles, Sam Outlaw and The Danger Bees

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thank U ~ Canada's 150th Birthday This Year ~ Our 17 Best Songs ~ Fourth Post

By 1998, Alanis Morissette had already conquered the world with her fevered voice and her lyrical encouragement for a socially bewildered audience to take confidence in their own self-worth. After a sabbatical in India, she came back with Thank U, a trance-y three chord manifesto of honesty, co-written with producer Glen Ballard, that confirmed her spiritual rigor and her passion for self-revelation. The music repeatedly resolves to the awkward fourth chord, always leaving a need to move forward to a resolution that never fully arrives. The words are personal and universal simultaneously, invoking a refusal to accept easy answers and self indulgence as solutions to emptiness. Her work set the stage for the uncompromising stance of rebel Canadians Avril Lavigne, Tegan & Sara and The New Pornograhers' Neko Case.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Playlist For Show Of 24 March

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

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5:00 Infectious Invectives

Dawes ~ One Of Us ~ We're All Gonna Die 

Tower Of Power (T.O.P. M.X.) ~ What Is Hip ? ~ What Is Hip?

* The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer ~ Running ~ Apocalipstick NEW DISK

The Jigsaw Seen ~ We Women ~ @ Rivoli Tuesday 28 March

5:20 Breath Strokes

* Jerry Leger ~ Forged Check ~ Nonsense & Heartaches NEW DISK @ The Monarch 5 & 12 for Latent Lounge and @ Corby's Orbit next Friday, 31 March

* Corey Gulkin ~ The Wharf ~ The Wharf E.P. ~ @ The Monarch Tavern Thursday 30 March and @ Corby's Orbit next Friday, 31 March

Charles Edward Anderson "ChuckBerry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) ~ Havana Moon ~ The Great Twenty - Eight

* Lady Son Y Articulo Viente ~ Hueco Negro ~ Semillas

Chuck Berry ~ Delilah ~ The Great Twenty-Eight

5:40 Freshly Grounded

* Alex Cuba ~ Ahora ~ Lo Unico Constante NEW DISK @ Koerner Hall Saturday 8 April and on Corby's Orbit Friday 7 April

* Coco Love Alcorn ~ Unbreakable ~ Wonderland ~ @ Lula Lounge Wednesday 29 March for Icebreaker

* Lynne Hanson ~ Devil Said Do ~ Uneven Ground NEW DISK @ Burdock Saturday 1 April and on Corby's Orbit next Friday, 31 March

6:00 Recent Devil-Up-ments

Coco Montoya ~ Devil Don't Sleep ~ Hard Truth (Alligator) NEW DISK

* Hot Hot Heat ~ Modern Mind ~ Hot Hot Heat (2016)

* Saigon Hookers ~ Devil To Win ~ Hello Rock And Roll ~ @ Bovine Sex Club tonight

Joe Brown ~ George Harrison's That's The Way It Goes ~ Harrison Covered (Mojo)

Craig Dobbins ~ George Harrison's I Don't Want To Spoil The Party ~ Fingerpickin' ...On The Beatles

6:20 Windshield Snipers

* Duane Andrews ~ Django Reinhart's The Oriental Shuffle ~ Conception Bay

* Nagata Shachu ~ Araumi ~ Toronto Taiko Tales NEW DISK @  Aki Studio Theatre (inside the Daniels Spectrum Building) – Regent Park –  Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9

* Joni Mitchell ~ Borderline ~ Turbulent Indigo

* Mimi O'Bonsawin ~ Stone Gaze ~ Mimi ~ CD release Sunday @ Burdock

6:40 Behind The Beyond

* Snaggle ~ Nonuhno / Track 5 ~ The Long Slog ~ @ May Cafe tonight playing The Music Of Snarky Puppy + Toronto Music Listings 

* Lori Yates ~ Superstar ~ Untogether ~ @ The Duke Live Saturday with Danny Marks

Justin Townes Earle ~ Movin' On ~ Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Folk Fights Back - Raising Money For Immigrant and Refugee Enablers Romero House At The Tranzac

 Many of Toronto's most very important Folks brought solidarity to the Tranzac Club on the first day of spring, to celebrate the efforts of Romero House, and to help them to recover from some recent water damage. Romero House is a west-end Toronto community that welcomes and befriends immigrant families and refugees. 

Ben Plotnick and Kevin Barrett, folk musicians and activists, organized some hella talented acquaintances to raise money - and the roof - with a spirited night of song that succeeded in packing about two hundred supporters into the Tranzac Main Hall.

Sarah Jane Scouten gets up close and personable with parade master Ben Plotnick.

Jaron Freeman-Fox opened the show with bombastic aplomb, and Kristine Schmitt held an impromptu rehearsal in the front room with John Showman and the acoustic elite of The Dot before her set.

Rebecca Campbell led a folk foray with master bassist Ian De Sousa and co-organizer Kevin Barrett on guitar.

Locals from The Local, Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg finally subdued the percolations of the crowd with an Appalachian edition of Stage Fright and a hard times song dedicated to Toronto musicians.

NUA entranced and excited the audience with tightly arranged nu-celtic music and microtonal drumming.

Queen of the Southern Cross Room, Abigail Lapell, on an upward arc with a successful new record, hushed the audience and encouraged a singalong on a brand new song. Quique Escamilla, The Foggy Hogtown Boys and The Slocan Ramblers brought it all home as the night rolled on. A folk festival`s worth of music ringing in spring and hope for an exemplary community.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Share The Land ~ Canada's 150th Birthday This Year ~ Our 17 Best Songs ~ Third Post

Burton Cummings and The Guess Who were at the top of the American charts in 1970 with American Woman. The next single they released, Share The Land, consolidated their counter-culture stature even further. 

The contrast between the minor key verse, urging a drug-addled second person to awaken from their own self interest, with the Utopian chorale that hooks the sentiments of Woodstock to a churchy faith in communalism sold the song, although it reached a smaller audience than American Woman

Randy Bachman had just left the band and his sturdy presence is lacking in the mix. Another prototypical anthem from outside the paradigms of American songwriting.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Playlist For Show Of 17 March

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

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Guests: Sammy Duke & Tara Kannangara
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Irish The Thought

The Chieftains with Cady Coleman ~ The Chieftains In Orbit ~ Voice Of The Ages

* Slocan Ramblers ~ Coffee Creek ~ Coffee Creek ~ @ Folk Fights Back For Immigrants & Refugees Benefit For Romero House - The Tranzac Tuesday, 21 March 6:00-10:00

* Amelia Curran ~ Try ~ Watershed NEW DISK

Bono, Gavin Friday & Maurice Seezer ~ Children Of The Revolution ~ Moulin Rouge Sdtrk.

Firkin ~ Whiskey In The Jar ~ Firkin 1   

Illustration: The Fiddler of Dooney, Oil on canvas 45cm x 60cm
Post published by Tomas King 1st April 2015

5:20 Turbulent Vertigo

Iris Dement ~ Whispering Pines ~ The Horse Whisperer Sdtrk.

* Sammy Duke ~ Glass Demons / Interview ~ Glass Demons EP ~ @ Free Times Cafe Thursday, 23 March

* Linda McCrae ~ Be Your Own Light ~ 50 Shades Of Red ~ @ St. Nicholas Anglican Church for Acoustic Harvest Saturday

* Jayme Stone ~ Hallelujah ~ Jayme Stone's Folklife NEW DISK

US3 ~ Different Rhythms, Different People ~ Hand On The Torch

Jah Cure ~ That Girl ~ Best Of...

5:40 Yelling It Like It Is 

James Cotton (July 1, 1935 – March 16, 2017) ~ V-8 Ford ~ Spirit Blues 

Rhiannon Giddens ~ Better Get It Right The First Time ~ Freedom Highway NEW DISK

* Tara Kannangara ~ Batter My Heart / Interview / The House Where I Live ~ @ The Rex Saturday 9:45

6:00 Cole Comfort

Nat "King" Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) ~ Nature Boy (TV On The Radio Remix) ~ Re: Generations / Mood Indigo / For You ~ Great Gentlemen Of Jazz / Scategoria / I'm An Errand Boy For Rhythm ~ The King Cole Trio ~ Transcriptions Vol. 4

6:20 Leprechaunical Cornucopia

* Mary Margaret O'Hara ~ Was You ~ Apartment Hunting ~ @ The Garrison tonight for Martian Awareness Ball

Dawes ~ A Little Bit Of Everything ~ Nothing Is Wrong ~ @ The Opera House tonight

* Cassie & Maggie ~ Nobleman's Wedding ~ The Willow Collection NEW DISK

US3 ~ Cantaloop Instrumental / The Darkside ~ Hand On The Torch / Toronto Music Listings 

The Doors ~ Break On Through ~ The Doors ~ The Doorsmen @ The Linsmore Saturday

Van Morrison ~ So Complicated ~ Hymns To The Silence

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Black Day In July ~ Canada's 150th Birthday This Year ~ Our 17 Best Songs ~ Second Post

Gordon Lightfoot gets well-deserved acclaim for his strong suits in classic Canadiana (The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald & Canadian Railroad Trilogy), his love songs (If You Could Read My Mind & Pussywillows, Cattails) and his enduring bar-band standards (Sundown & Early Morning Rain), but the power of his scathing, percussive hit, Black Day In July, remains unique 

Strongly stung by the intensity and proximity of the 1967 Detroit riots, which lasted five days and caused unprecedented death and destruction, Lightfoot voiced the growing frustration that was igniting songwriters all over the free world as racism, poverty and the Tet offensive dominated the media. The song tracked strongly in Canada and the U.S., until it was pulled from airplay after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Its poetry is steeped in the blood and anger of Detroit, but continues to ask questions of Ferguson, Paris, and whatever tragedies next week's news may have in store.

Playlist For Show Of 10 March

Illustration by Matt Dixon

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

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Guests: Sarah Kirkpatrick and Jamie Fleming of catl

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5:00 The Quiet Beat

Finley Quaye ~ The Emperor ~ Vanguard

* Tony Anthony ~ Today I'm Gonna Try To Change The World (Single)

* Ron Sexsmith ~ Give Me Love ~ Harrison Covered

Richie Havens ~ Here Comes The Sun ~ Harrison Covered

Alessi's Ark ~ Let It Roll ~ Harrison Covered

5:20 Cadences Of Canadance 

* Familiar Wild ~ Single Out ~ Dark Dreams ~ @ The Cameron Tuesday 14 March 

* Alejandra Ribera ~ Will Not Drown ~ This Island NEW DISK ~ CD release @ Trinity St. Paul Wednesday, 15 March

* Amelia Curran ~ Gravity ~ Watershed  NEW DISK

* Ken Yates ~ High On You Under The Moon ~ Huntsville ~ @ Burdock Tuesday 14 March

5:40 Magnetic Bounce

Lloyd Price ~ Where Were You On Our Wedding Day? ~ The Best Of...

Tinariwen, K'Naan, Los Lobos & Herbie Hancock ~ Tamatant Tilay / Exodus ~ The Imagine Project ~ Tinariwen @ Massey Hall 12 April / Nick McLean & Brownman's Herbie Hancock Tribute @ Jazz Bistro Thursday, 16 March

* Linda Carone ~ Blue Drag ~ Black Moonlight NEW DISK

* Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie ~ By And By (Poor Me) ~ Old Friends (Black Hen) NEW DISK

6:00 Collide - O - Scopes

 * catl ~ Dead Water Disco / Interview with Sarah Kirkpatrick and Jamie Fleming ~ This Shakin' House ~ @ The Silver Dollar tonight

* Tara Kannangara ~ Sound The Alarm ~ Some Version Of The Truth ~ @ The ROM tonight and @ The Rex Saturday, 18 March 9:45

* Marito Marques  ~ Dia Chuvoso  ~ Na Eira 

Aloe Blacc & Clara Moreno  ~ Nascimento (Rebirth)  ~ Red Hot & Rio 2

6:20 Bliss Biscuits

* Grimes  ~ Nightmusic (feat. Majical Cloudz)  ~ Visions  ~ Plumes Deconstructs Grimes The Music Gallery Saturday
* Cantemus Singers  ~ Coelos Ascendit Hodie ~ My Spirit Sang All Day ~ Holy Trinity Church Saturday 7:30 p.m. & Sunday 3:00 p.m.

A Tribe Called Quest ~ Movin Backwards ~ We Got It From Here - Thank You For Your Service

Kronos Quartet ~ El Llocar feat. Alejandro Flores & Efren Vargas~ Nuevos Roy Thompson Hall Saturday

Working For A Nuclear Free City ~ Pachinko / Silent Times ~ JoJo Burger Tempest

6:45 Cauche Mars

Mingus Big Band ~ Weird Nightmare ~ Mingus Big Band 93 - with Toronto Music Listings

The Clash ~ Crooked Beat ~ Sandanista ~ Clash Tribute @ The Local Sunday 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Music To The Wise

"In mystical literature such self-contradictory phrases as "dazzling obscurity", "whispering silence", "teeming desert" are continually met with. They prove that not conceptual speech, but music rather, is the element through which we are best spoken to by mystical truth. 

Many mystical scriptures are indeed little more than musical compositions... Music gives us ontological messages which non-musical criticism is unable to contradict, though it may laugh at our foolishness in minding them.  

There is a verge of the mind which those things haunt; and whispers therefrom mingle with the operations of our understanding, even as the waters of the infinite ocean send their waves to break among the pebbles that lie upon our shores."

~ William James - The Varieties of Religious Experience

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Wavin' Flag ~ Canada's 150th Birthday This Year ~ Our 17 Best Songs ~ First Post

When I first started teaching, this was the go-to song for any singalong. All the kids knew all the lyrics, and this was the version they loved. Little Biebs and Drake, Avril & Deryk, Kardinal & Jully. Just shining for Haiti. Blessed pride and confidence prevail, specially delivered to a new day of music by K'naan.