Articles & Interviews

From Scimitars to Ukuleles: An Interview with Suzy Callahan and Scott Tyburski
Interview with the husband and wife musical team and founders of 1980’s/1990s band Devils Wielding Scimitars.
Archived from Music to Eat Blog

The Vinyl Detective: An Interview with Author Andrew Cartmel
Creator and writer of the popular and unique Vinyl Detective fiction book series, among other things.
Archived from Music To Eat Blog

 

Ron Korb: Pan-Global Flutist
Interview with the Grammy-nominated musician.
Read at All About Jazz

A Landmine Free World
Overview of musician Bruce Cockburn’s involvement in the international campaign to ban landmines.  For his official website.
Read at BruceCockburn.com

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Pearls Before Swine: “Island Lady”
“Island Lady”, via Pearls Before Swine’s 1971 album Beautiful Lies You Could Live In, was described by its author, über-hippie turned civil rights lawyer Tom Rapp as “starkly bleak”. Yet, in starkness, even in bleakness, there can sometimes be beauty.
Read at Aquarium Drunkard


The Sublime Marriage of Music and Image in Fandango
The 1985 cult-favorite is a textbook example of how to use music effectively in film. Yet, there was never an official soundtrack release.
Read at PopMatters

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From Lions to Evidence: Bruce Cockburn, Leroy Sibbles and the Reggae Connection
What started as a one-time collaboration on a reggae-flavored track of Cockburn’s led to one of the most unique albums in Sibbles’ and Cockburn’s discographies, and in the legacy of the long musical connection between Jamaica and Toronto.
Read at The Cockburn Project

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“Unfitting for the Lay People”: The Entheogens – The Gnostic Mass
Cosmic psychedelic music with an Eastern influence as performed by Swedish hippies….
Read at Aquarium Drunkard

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Skid Row / Phil Lynott: New Faces, Old Places
A look at an enjoyable incongruity in a long career that’s now remembered more (if not always justly) for swagger than subtlety. 
Read at Aquarium Drunkard

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Older, Wiser, Stronger: The Return of Sasha Bell and the Essex Green
Interview with the indie-pop doyenne.
Read at PopMatters

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Tarpon: A Soundtrack
Jimmy Buffett’s 1974 soundtrack for a now mostly forgotten, but oft-times beautiful impressionistic fishing film / hippie travelogue called Tarpon.
Read at Aquarium Drunkard

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John Martyn: Rooted in the Country, But Aiming for the Cosmos
The folk-jazz icon’s pivotal time in Woodstock, NY.
Read at Aquarium Drunkard

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Chris Smither: “Sunshine Lady”
A quintessential mellow, daydreaming song.
Read at Aquarium Drunkard

 


VDUBFEST: A Love-in for Classic Volkswagens
Article about annual Ontario VW show for Move Magazine.
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Dennis Taylor: Dayspring CD Reissue Liner Notes
Included in reissue of Dennis Taylor’s Dayspring guitar album, originally released in 1983.  Reissue was put out by Grass-Tops Recording in 2015.
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Of Acolytes, Geese and Ghosts: Genesis’ Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips
Two strikingly similar albums created by different artists.
Read at PopMatters

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Light of the Supreme: Carlos Santana’s Devadip Trilogy
Off the beaten path, but seminal in the artist’s career.
Read at All About Jazz

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10 of the Best Fleetwood Mac Member Solo Albums
Read at PopMatters


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Steve Tibbetts: “Northern Song” and the Sounds of Silence
In depth article and interview about Tibbetts’ 1982 album.
Read at All About Jazz

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Six String Life: Uxbridge’s Brian Wride
Profile of guitarist for regional publication Move Magazine.
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Josh Rouse’s “Under Cold Blue Stars” Revisited
On Under Cold Blue Stars, Josh Rouse’s third album, he became a truly accomplished songwriter – the kind who helps us see in the dark, illuminating the hidden corners of everyday life, and of the psyche.
Read at No Depression

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A Soundtrack For Me and You: An Interview with Swan Dive
Melody, poetic lyrics, spirit and soul.  I interviewed the duo of Bill DeMain and Molly Felder, better known as Swan Dive, who returned from a five year hiatus with a new album.  Full Interview [originally published at PopMatters, but they lost 2nd half of review sometime since…]

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Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Concert Review, Clearwater, FL Sep. 30, 2014
California’s Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers rolled through the sunshine state on a fall concert tour. This dusky evening found them at Clearwater’s recently renovated, historic Capitol Theater.
Read at No Depression

lineTwo Pieces on Guitarist Robbie Basho
A pair of in-depth articles written for Grass-Tops Recording, for a box-set which never happened, on enigmatic musician Robbie Basho: “Mood is Colored Air” examines his purported synesthesia (also known as sound-color sensitivity) and “The Elephant in the Room” looks at his controversial voice and singing style.

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A series of articles, incorporating interviews, on musician Bruce Cockburn:

Behind the Falling Dark: The cover art of Bruce Cockburn’s “In the Falling Dark”
Read at The Cockburn Project

Bruce Cockburn’s 1968: Electrocution to Revolution
Read at The Cockburn Project and PopMatters

Journey Through the Past: The Bruce Cockburn Archives
Read at The Cockburn Project

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Spindizzy Jangle: The Reivers’ “In Your Eyes”
Over 25 years after the song’s release, the band and the song’s  video director reflect back on a track full of promise, some of which was short-term and some which turned out to be long-term.
Read at PopMatters

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The Slow Samba Escapism of Michael Franks’ “Tiger in the Rain”
Armchair travelin’ to the jungles of Sanpaku…
Read at PopMatters

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Photographing the Reivers
It takes a combination of skill, perseverance, and a little bit of luck to get that perfect photo. Three photographers, despite their diverse backgrounds, have one thing in common – each has taken numerous high quality photos of The Reivers in various settings.
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The Heavenly Reverberations of the Church’s “Under the Milky Way”
Like all long lasting songs, “Under the Milky Way” has a universality that connects with many people. The melody is insidiously catchy. It leaves you wanting more. The song conveys a feeling of unsolved mystery. The feeling that the more you listen to it, the more you may hear, the more you may understand, the more you may find what you are looking for.
Read at PopMatters

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