Corby's Orbit

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

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Planet Neil On His 75th Orbit


Neil Young turned 75 last month.

Planet Neil makes satellites of us all; its pull is emotionally gravitational, its pulmonary magnetic characteristics amplify the tidal flux of our own most personal pulsations, with a shakey voice as real as the day is long.  

From a distance, the orb’s lumosphere radiates a pale denim blue, but through a radio telescope its features conform to an exact fractal plaid, and its rings are fused within the yellow haze of the sun. 

Its ecosystem has evolved from an axis of obliquely-linked lyric lakes, deep and dark as midnight mud, resisting critical or chemical analysis; they eject sporadic luminous spumes of a strange range of atmospheres, inhabited by cinnamon girls, big birds, sandy cowgirls, and tin soldiers.

Its climate changes with the passing of mood clouds that forever seem about to rain. Enclosed within a dense foliage of psychotically intense electric guitar-heart rage weed, the thorns on its wiry undergrowth can be painful to the point of requiring medical attention or, as in the case of the province of Deadman, incineration.

These loudscapes also harbour anomalies of pastoral, load-bearing acoustic guitar oases, so organically beneficent and self-sufficient that they might have been dropped from a divine ergonomic architect’s cutting mat.

Crisscrossed with devil’s sidewalks, human highways, silver clouds, spirit roads, turnstiles, toy trains and hurricanes, its landmarks are reflecting fountains, sugar mountains, wrecking balls and mirror balls. The governing body is presided over by Pocahontas and Marlon Brando heading a cartel of Stray Gators; the population is centered in Greendale, a young girls’ town where old laughing ladies sometimes call from the top of the stair, or wave from the banks of the river. Major exports include the PONO digital media player, Canadian Extracts (CBD Oil) and common sense.

Fifty years after the Gold Rush, historical documentation of the planet includes authenticated Omemee memories, Springfield spreadsheets, Blind River repair invoices for Mortimer Hearseberg, old enough to repay, and a dark mythology based upon ominous promissory notes certified to Danny Whitten, and pretty Pegi Young.

In the timeless gorgeous garage of changes, comes a time, as the days fly past, when those who survive reach seventy-five, with the daylight still in their eyes. Sooner or later, it all gets real. Don’t let it bring you down. Happy birthday to Neil Young. 

Walk on.


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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Playlist For Corby's Orbit Show of 27 November 2020 with Melanie Peterson


Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought to you by Intimidations Of Mortality, Approximations of Proximity and Inaugurations of Inoculation)

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at iHeartradio  

Guest: Melanie Peterson

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

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5:00 New Go Round

Onelinedrawing ~ Bit Ein Kuss ~ Visitor 

Wheel It Studios ~ Zakisha Brown: Went To Ghana / Alexis Clarke, Lesisha Williams, Blessing Amponsah: Stop Beefin' / Millie Carranza, Nathan Baya: Blind ~ Parallel Intersections ~ Wheel It Studios vol. ll NEW RELEASE

5:20 RusticNever Sleeps

* Rose Cousins ~ The Time Being (Impending Mortality) ~ Bravado NEW RELEASE

* Elliott Brood ~ Full Of Wires ~ Keeper NEW RELEASE

Nancy Griffith ~ Battlefield ~ Blue Roses From The Moon 

* Joel Plaskett ~ Harbour Boys ~ Scrappy Happiness

Partington & Sweeney ~ Young But Daily A Growing ~ Commonplaces NEW RELEASE

* William Prince ~ This One I Know ~ Gospel First Nation NEW RELEASE

* Kelly Finnegan (Monophonics) ~ Just One Kiss ~ A Joyful Sound NEW RELEASE

Jack DeKeyzer ~ Supernatural ~ Tribute NEW RELEASE

Greg Garing ~ Safe Within Your Arms ~ Alone (Paladin 1977)

5:45 Melanie's Melodies

* Melanie Peterson ~ We Got This / Interview / Tightrope / Do You Want To Be Loved ~ We Got This NEW RELEASE

CD Launch Streaming Monday 30 November on Facebook @ 8 p.m.

6:10 Destination Everywhere

* Maxime & Gervais Cormier ~ Nuages ~ Live At The Fortress of Louisburg

* Boreal ~ Snow Falls Down ~ Songs For The Snowy Season Live Stream Friday 11 December 8 p.m.

* The Swingin' Blackjacks ~ Never Go Out To Play ~ 4 Hot Tracks!! NEW RELEASE

Henry Mancini & His Orchestra ~ Spook! ~ The Music From Peter Gunn (1959 RCA)

David Byrne ~ Monkey Man ~ Uh-Oh (1992)

* Angela Turone & Chris Platt ~ The Pawnbroker ~ Sounds Of Brazil

* Dan Pitt ~ Which Way Is Up? ~ Monochrome

Arrested Development ~ Mr. Wendal ~ Unplugged Live

6:40 Evident Edifications 

* Amelia Curran ~ Strike The Band ~ They Promised You Mercy

Fela Kuti ~ Pansa Pansa ~ Underground System

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Playlist For Corby's Orbit Show of 20 November 2020 with Samantha Martin


Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought to you by Sensor Ships, Venture Flips and Tinctured Trips)

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at iHeartradio  

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

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5:00 Recently Reincarnated Canadians

* Murray McLauchlan ~ I Live On A White Cloud / The One Percent NEW SINGLE

* Braden Gates ~ Song For The Line Cook / A Dishwasher's Prayer / Employee Of The Month ~ Kitchen Days (Borealis) NEW RELEASE

* Layla Zoe ~ Might Need To Fly ~ Nowhere Left To Go 

* Yukon Blonde ~ Good Times ~ Vindicator NEW RELEASE

* Big Little Lions ~ All Of These Moments ~ NEW RELEASE

* Terry Uyarak ~ Igloolik ~ Nanarjua Isulingginniani (Before The End Of The World) NEW RELEASE

5:30 Transcendental Floss

* Stewart Goodyear Quintet ~ Congotay NEW RELEASE

* Colleen Brown ~ The Olden Ways ~ Isolation Songs NEW RELEASE

* Aubrey Wilson Quartet ~ I Will Wait For You ~ Honeysuckle Rose NEW RELEASE

Bitter:Sweet ~ Don't Forget To Breathe ~ The Mating Game (Quango)

Rinôçérôse ~ Rock Classics Volume 1 ~ Installation Sonore

Arnand Olafurs ~ Woven Song NEW RELEASE

Tekno ~ Go ~ Go

* Kirk Diamond ~ Let It Be Done NEW RELEASE

6:10 Reckless Abandoned

 * Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar ~ Don't Have To Be / Interview With Samantha Martin / I've Got A Feeling / Living You Is Easy / Sacrifice ~ The Reckless One NEW RELEASE

6:45 Viral Spirals

 * Braids ~ Snow Angel ~ Shadow Offering NEW RELEASE

Moodswings ~ Spiritual High (State Of Independence) ~ The House Of Groove

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Profuse New Beams Of Song

 Samantha Martin will be my guest this Friday on Radio
Regent. She will be doing a live stream for her new album, The Reckless One, that evening after my show. November 20th! I hope you will watch! (stream will be available for 48hrs) at

Also: The two sides from Murray McLauchlan's new single, three tracks from Braden Gates' new concept album, Kitchen Days, a quintet recording from acclaimed pianist Stewart Goodyear, and fresh tunes from Colleen Brown Terry Uyarak, Big Little Lions, Yukon Blonde, Kirk Diamond and Layla Zoe.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Playlist For Corby's Orbit Show Of 13 November with Dayna Manning and Coco Love Alcorn

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

This broadcast was a composite of an archive show from 2019 and a brief intro from the second week of November 2020

( Brought to you by  )

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Guests: Dayna Manning and Coco Love Alcorn from 2019

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Canadians in 
Asterisk’d RED.

5:00 Hits And Pieces

* Rheostatics / The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir ~ Neil Young's  Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere ~ Borrowed Tunes 1994 (Neil Young born 12 November 1945)

*Bet E. & Stef ~ I'm There ~ King Britt Sylk 130 Remix ~ Remix Deluxe (2013)

*Lori Cullen ~ Bruce Cockburn's Fall ~ Calling For Rain (2006)

*The Aubrey Wilson Quartet ~ Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments ~ Honeysuckle Rose NEW DISK

5:20 Songs From The Before Times

*Walrus ~ Mr. Insecure ~ Cool To Who? 

* The New Customs ~ Never Tire of The Road ~ Selling Religion On Government Street 

* Sonia Johnson ~ Monsters ~ Chrysalis 

Jason Isbell ~ If We Were Vampires ~ The Nashville Sound 

* Paul James ~ Trick or Treat ~ Single

Danny Elfman ~ This Is Hallowe'en ~ The Nightmare Before Christmas sdtk.

5:45 Dayna Fret, Lassie

* Dayna Manning ~ I Get Closer / Interview / Charlie Lake ~ Morning Light 

6:00 Country Recount

Skeeter Davis & NRBQ ~ Everybody Wants A Cowboy ~ She Sings They Play

Bobby Bare Jr.~ Sticky Chemical ~ The Longest Meow 

Marty Stuart ~ That's Country ~ The Marty Party Pack

6:15 Take Me To The Rebirth And Wash Me Down

Coco Love Alcorn ~ I Forgive Myself / My Noughatty Centre / This Little Light Of Mine / Interview / Rebirth ~ Rebirth

Bryan Ferry & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra ~ Love Is The Drug ~ The Great Gatsby Sdtrk 

6:30 Pardon My Fresh

* Big Little Lions ~ Old Armchairs ~ Inside Voice 

* Miranda Molholland ~ Black Diamond ~ By Appointment Or Chance 

* Gathering Sparks ~ We Are The Ones ~ All That's Real (Borealis)  

Jenny Lewis ~ Slippery Slopes ~ The Voyager 

* Riit feat Zaki Ibrahim ~ Uvangattauq ~ Ataataga (Six Shooter)

6:40 Flow In The Dark

Tommy Edwards (October 15, 1922 – October 23, 1969) ~ I'll Always Be With You ~ Strictly Soul

Carmel ~ Tommy Edwards' It's All In The Game ~ Collected

Saturday, November 7, 2020

PLAYLIST For CORBY'S ORBIT Show of 6 November 2020 with Rebecca Hennessy and Michael Herring


Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

This broadcast was a composite of an archive show from 2019 and a new segment from the first week of November 2020
( Brought to you by Skillets & Charisma, Poly-famous and Radio Sirens )

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Guests: Rebecca Hennessy & Michael Herring

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Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Conflagration Nation

* Big Little Lions ~ Here We Go Again ~ Inside Voice 

* Sam Weber ~ It's All Happening ~ Everything Comes True 

* Yamantaka // Sonic Titan ~ Oak Of Guernica ~ PSY 009 (2011)

* The East Pointers ~ 82 Fires ~ What We Leave Behind ~ @ Lee's Palace Thursday 14 November
* The New Customs ~ Helicopters & Bombardiers ~ Selling Religion On Government Street 

* Peter Katz ~ Son ~ The First Of The Last To Know

5:30 Bonnie & Climate

Bonnie Raitt  (born November 8, 1949) ~ Cure For Love ~ Fundamental

Little Feat feat. Paul Barrere (July 3, 1948 – October 26, 2019) 
~ All That You Dream ~ Rampant Synchopatio (The 1976 American Tour)

* Little Scream ~ One Lost Time ~ Speed Queen 

* Natalie MacMaster ~ Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me ~ Sketches 

5:45 All The Peripheries

* Rebecca Hennessy ~ Interview with Rebecca Hennessy / All The Little Things You Do / Keep Your Light Bright / A Beautiful Day To say Goodbye / Eclipse ~ All The Little Things You Do NEW DISK Available Here  New Video Here 

* Peripheral Vision ~ Interview with Michael Herring / Neo Expressionism For Pacifists / For Kent Monkman ~ Mutual Humiliation / Irrational Revelations NEW Double DISK

* The Small Glories ~ Sing ~ Assiniboine & The Red  NEW VIDEO 

* Al Qahwa ~ The Rain ~ African Routes NEW SINGLE / NEW DISK

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