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Quick Shot Reviews: DJ For Hire, The Nyquist Frequency, Peeler, Perkinswood

15-Jan-2007 11:25 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
As always, the purpose of Quick Shot Reviews is bring your attention to some independent music that I think is worth knowing about. For volume #2, I've included four CDs that have four different styles (even though it's fair to say they all fall into the same high level genre). In this volume:
  • DJ For Hire
  • The Nyquist Frequency
  • Peeler
  • Perkinswood
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Marley's Best and Worst of 2006

15-Jan-2007 03:05 am Contributed by: Anonymous Music News
[Note from Pete: Chris Marley contributed four articles to this site in 2006, and he's also someone who is willing to share a good conversation on music. He's definitely passionate and knowledgeable on the subject. There are some albums in here I'm not familiar with, so it looks like I have some listening to do!]

Chris' categories are: Top 10 Albums, Best Show, Worst Show, and the Whipping Post. read more (1,459 words)

The Cherry On Top

14-Jan-2007 10:49 am Contributed by: pete Music News
There's a cool thing happening over at Cherry Beach Sound recording studios. When artists are in the studio, Cherry Beach Sound is recording interviews and putting together podcasts on the artists. Each podcast is recorded at their state of the art facilities in Toronto. These intimate recordings give listeners behind the scenes access to some genuine Canadian talent. They've dubbed it The Cherry On Top. They now have 6 episodes posted for download, so go have a look and see if anything interests you.

Photos: Jerry Leger & The Situation, Revival Dear

13-Jan-2007 03:20 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Jerry Leger & The Situation, Revival Dear
January 10, 2007
The Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario
Photos by: Pete Nema

Full Photo Set (21 photos)
Revival Dear

Jerry Leger & The Siutation
hosted a CD release party in support of their recently released album Farewell Ghost Town. But before Jerry Leger took the stage, Revival Dear opened. Both bands have a country-rock influence, yet each band displayed their own brand of rocking out. The Rivoli was filled with friends and fans - everyone, including all the musicians on stage, had a great time. read more (22 words)

Photos: Vacuity, Tin Bangs

09-Jan-2007 12:57 am Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Vacuity, Tin Bangs
January 6th, 2007
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Vacuity, Tin Bangs

I went to The Horseshoe on Saturday night to check out a band I reviewed a while ago now: Vacuity. I was looking forward to seeing them on stage since I enjoyed (and still enjoy) a few songs off their EP. They're working on a full-length album, which explains why they played mostly new material. After one or two songs, the band found their groove and the crowd became rowdy. read more (75 words)

Skytone / Echoes In All Directions

06-Jan-2007 01:09 am Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
9 Track CD
Label: The Beautiful Music
© 2006 Skytone or MySpace
Listen Listen to String Of Pearls
Enema Rating:
Skytone is effectively two brothers, Rodney and Darius Doddridge, based out of Canada's capital city Ottawa. Playing a variety of instruments and even sharing the vocals, they've crafted an acoustically driven album with nine melodic alt-pop tunes in the vein of Shack or the Wondermints, and share some musical affinity with The High Dials. read more (246 words)

The Best and Worst of 2006

05-Jan-2007 12:50 am Contributed by: pete Music News
I like to wait until January before writing a "best of last year" article. You know, wait long enough for all the Champagne and seasonal goodwill to be replaced by the reality of a potentially long and gray winter. It's just the right frame of mind for me to look back and close out the previous year. And I know you've already read or seen a whole heap of these lists, but what makes my article original is, uh - well, basically nothing (maybe not even my selections). The categories are:
  • Best Show
  • Top 10 Albums
  • Biggest Disappointment
  • The Whipping Post
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2006 Retrospective

02-Jan-2007 08:07 pm Contributed by: pete Music News
Happy New Year to all the bands who have put so much of themselves into their performances and recordings, and to all the great people who support the music and have come to see my concert photos and read my reviews. 2006 was so amazingly fun, and I have all of you to thank. So... THANKS!

Here's a little retrospective of all the bands I photographed in 2006. As I look through all these photos, I am able to remember each and every show. And because I can't keep up with all the music news, I would be interested in hearing from anyone that has new information to share on these bands. For example, the first band I photographed in 2006, Pride Tiger, has since gone on to sign a record deal with EMI. Congratulations!

I'm really looking forward to what 2007 has to bring. read more (104 words)

Neverending White Lights, Emm Gryner

24-Dec-2006 05:11 pm Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Neverending White Lights
December 21, 2006
The Drake Hotel in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full Photo Set (14 photos)

The Neverending White Lights played at the intimate venue of The Drake Underground for three sold out nights in a row this week. The place was decked out with chandeliers and stained glass lighting fixtures hanging from the ceiling, coloured sheets draped around, huge candlesticks adorned the stage on both sides, and white roses were positioned around and on the stage. Coupled with the rust coloured drapes that back the tiny stage, it produced a really warm feeling for the room. Opening for Neverending White Lights was Emm Gryner and Jack Gennaro, but I wasn't there in time to see Jack. read more (588 words)

Quick Shot Reviews: Chris Corbell, Fishing For Comets, Nick Danger And The Danger City Rebels, Far From Shore

19-Dec-2006 11:45 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
Welcome to the first volume of Quick Shot Reviews. There's a lot of music out there that is being made to be heard, and the idea behind Quick Shot Reviews is to provide short reviews on music that is worth knowing about. Hopefully they'll give you a taste of what to expect, and if the description interests you, you'll check out the band further.

In this volume: Chris Corbell, Fishing For Comets, Nick Danger And The Danger City Rebels, and Far From Shore. read more (831 words)