Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi’s Jazz Classic Yakhal’ Inkomo Returning On Vinyl

Toronto’s influential record label We Are Busy Bodies announces the release of saxophonist Winston 'Mankunku' Ngozi’s 1968 masterpiece Yakhal' Inkomo as a Canadian exclusive limited to 300 copies and...

Classic Album Review: Eric’s Trip | The Eric’s Trip Show

This came out in 2001 – or at least that's when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):   In Canada, we seem...

Album Reviews: Chubby and the Gang | The Mutt’s Nuts

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “West London five-piece Chubby and the Gang are balanced by two energies — a casual “fuck it” on one side, an active “fuck off” on...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From July 28, 2000

Two decades ago, new albums from a slew of country legends, Finger Eleven, Serial Joe and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had...

Another Slew Of Acts Top Today’s Album Announcements

It seems like only yesterday that I posted a slew of new album announcements — because it was. If there is any sign that the music business is getting...

Now Hear This: Triumph (U.S) | Edict of Iron Ascendancy

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: "Triumph was founded by Immolater in the fall of 2019 and resides in Reno, Nevada. Says Immolater: "I chose the band name because it was...

Next Week in Music | Feb. 28 – March 6 • On TV

Avril and Charli XCX do double duty, David Byrne strides barefoot into your Saturday morning, Nick Cave comes out of hiding, Turnstile bring the rock — and that's just...

Classic Album Review: Little Feat | Late Night Truck Stop

This came out in 2001 – or at least that's when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):   THE ARTIST: One of...

Now Hear This: Ibrahim Khalil Shihab Quintet | Spring

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: "South Africa’s lost jazz history contains many an overlooked classic. But even within that hidden tradition, there are few albums that suffered such an unlucky...

Now Hear This: Billy Raffoul | International Hotel

THE PRESS RELEASE: "Singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul has released his debut full-length album International Hotel. It was recorded with two microphones in Raffoul’s girlfriend’s room in his hometown of Leamington,...

Ghostpoet | I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep

Need to stay up? No problem. Just push play on this fifth album from London singer-songwriter Obaro Ejimiwe. Moody, murky, minimalist and vaguely malevolent, these 10 tracks feature Ejimiwe's...

Rewinding June | The Top 15 Albums Of The Month

Here's a big shock: Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways was the best album of the month. OK, so I'm predictable. But give me some credit: I suspect a...

Albums Of The Week: The Hard-Ons | I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Record-breaking, trail-blazing Australian outfit The Hard-Ons — who have been cranking out their own brand of punk rock for nearly 40 years now (yes, they...

Albums Of The Week: Smoke Wilson | Volcano

I honestly can't tell you too much about this guy or this album. Based on the details I can cobble together online, Smoke Wilson (not to be confused with...

Jessie J | This Christmas Day

Naughty or nice? Even someone who lives under an ice shelf at the North Pole knows that Jessie J tends to skew toward the latter. But like so many...

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