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Avant Garage Top 10 list of 2014

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The regular listeners of Port Huron college radio station WSGR (91.3 on the F M dial), will know the name of Peter Noble (on Twitter @theeavantgarage ) quite well. He is one of the many amazing DJ's to be heard on this very eclectic non-commercial station. Peter does a wonderful job digging up nuggets you will not hear on other stations. Below is a list complied by Peter of his Top 10 songs of 2014. Top 10 of 2014 Hon. Mention. Darkside - Psychic Ambient techno jazz blend. Think Steely Dan in a trance. I blew it, and missed this one in 2013. 10. Total Control - Typical System Post-punk with a beat. Neo gothic tunes for late night 80s dance clubs. 9. The Gotobeds - Poor People Are Revolting Slackercore rock. Guitar hooks abound. No nonsense harmonies and production. 8. The Solids - Blame Confusion Blistering guitar and drum onslaught. Think Japandroids mixed with No Age. 7. St. Vincent - St. ...

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NQ ARBUCKLE – XOK

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NQ ARBUCKLE – XOK

XOK is the third studio album by Canadian alternative country band NQ Arbuckle. It was released on June 10, 2008, on Six Shooter Records. The album received generally favourable reviews, and was nominated for the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group) at the 2009 Juno Awards. NQ Arbuckle is a Canadian alternative country band formed in 2002 from Toronto. Consisting of Neville Quinlan (the NQ of the band's name), Mark Kesper, Peter Kesper and John Dinsmore. Before playing bass for NQ Arbuckle, John Dinsmore was a celebrated bullfighter. Based in Toronto, the band has released three albums on Six Shooter Records, and has toured with Blue Rodeo, Sarah Slean, Rufus Wainwright, Ashley MacIsaac, Carolyn Mark, Voivod, Chantal Kreviazuk, Veal, The Sadies and Hawksley Workman. Quick with his wit and great with his lyrics, Montreal born Neville Quinlan engages and provokes the crowds, often calling on random fans to come up and perform songs such as Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Although not considered a mainstream band, they are much loved by their loyal followers, often playing in sold out shows. Neville’s voice, husky from a ...

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Matt Andersen & Mike Stevens – Push Record: The...

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CLICK HERE to listen to 2 tracks The theme of Push Record is simplicity. The title track is meant to reflect how far Matt Andersen and Mike Stevens took this theme, the liner notes say: “The tune arrived in the rehearsal room so we just ‘Pushed Record.’” It’s just two talented musicians, one with a harmonica, and the other alternating between acoustic and hollow-body electric guitar. Escaping all the technological frills that alter the recorded product in a studio, the artists boast that “All the recording was live off the floor—no headphones, no overdubs, no edits and no processing.” The album was written in five days, recorded in one day in Banff, and mixed the next.  It manages to catch some of the sparks that fly when two gifted artists and friends come together The record is the second collaboration between Perth-Andover, New Brunswick’s beloved blues guitarist Andersen and Sarnia Ontario’s bluegrass harmonica expert Stevens. The songs, ...

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TRIVIA Q & A # 21 2013

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TRIVIA Q & A # 21 2013

Q.  What Animals' composition criticized religion and war? A. Sky Pilot "Sky Pilot" is a 1968 song by Eric Burdon & The Animals, released on the album The Twain Shall Meet as well as on several different Best of CD's. When released as a single the song was split across both sides, due to its length. As "Sky Pilot (Parts 1 & 2)" it reached number 14 on the U.S. pop charts and number 15 on the Canadian RPM chart.   The Sky Pilot of the title is a military chaplain, as revealed by the opening verse: He blesses the boys As they stand in line The smell of gun grease And the bayonets they shine He's there to help them All that he can To make them feel wanted He's a good holy man The song is a balladic slice of life story about a chaplain who blesses a body of troops just before they set out on an overnight raid or patrol, and then retires to await their return. "Sky Pilot" is organized into three ...

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Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis – Two Men With...

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History has proven that Willie Nelson will duet with pretty much anybody who comes along, and while this open-hearted open mind sometimes backfires, more often than not it results in some of his most sublime recordings. Two Men with the Blues, his album with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis recorded over a two-night stand at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 12 and 13, 2007, belongs in the latter category, standing as truly one of the most special records in either Nelson's or Marsalis' catalog. If the pair initially seem like an odd match, it's only because Wynton long carried the reputation of a purist, somebody who was adamant against expanding the definition of jazz, which cast him as the opposite ofWillie, who never found a border he couldn't blur. Marsalis mellowed over the years, but it's also true that he and Nelson share a common background in jazz and the Great American Songbook, so this pairing plays naturally, providing equal measures of comfort and surprise. ...

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DOORS – L.A. WOMAN

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DOORS – L.A. WOMAN

In honour of the sad passing of Ray Manzarek we have several DOORS CD's in the Cheeky Monkey player this week. L.A. Woman is the sixth studio album by The Doors, and the last recorded with lead singer Jim Morrison, who died in July 1971. Its style is arguably the most blues rock-oriented of the band's catalog Following the departure of their record producer Paul A. Rothchild (who, contrary to popular myth, loved "Riders on the Storm" but dismissed the group's differing style on "Love Her Madly" as "cocktail music") around November 1970, the band fell in to a state of depression and Jim Morrison was obviously bored withSunset Sound, the studio in which their first two albums were recorded. Bruce Botnick, their engineer, suggested they record at the Doors' workshop. He and the band began production on the album at The Doors Workshop in Los Angeles. Most of the tracks were recorded live, except for a few overdubbed keyboard parts by Ray Manzarek. Morrison ...

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Waterboys – An Appointment With Mr. Yeats

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The idea that the poetry of Ireland's William Butler Yeats could be set to rock music and captured adequately (let alone eloquently) by Mike Scott and his Waterboys sounds pretentious at the least. Yet, they proved it possible with "Stolen Child" on Fisherman's Blues, then with "Love and Death" off Dream Harder. Yeats and Scott share not only iconic status among their followers, they are also regarded as iconoclasts. The former was born a Catholic, became an atheist, and eventually found spirituality in nature and the occult. He was a celebrated poet and playwright but became a hard-willed, even ruthless politician in his defense of Irish freedom and unity. The latter is a controversial rocker and producer who has aspired to be a mystic, a social and political raconteur, a poet, and a traditional and postmodern balladeer. Also like Yeats, Scott's art has been adventurous: he's taken chances that have not always netted him critical -- or commercial -- ...

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The Gourds – Stadium Blitzer

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To the uninitiated, the title Stadium Blitzer is more likely to conjure up images of German metal music than Americana by way of Texas. Americana, however, complete with accordions and mandolins, is what the Gourds are all about. Originally recorded in 1997, this album received a wider 2001 release, thanks to the folks at Sugar Hill. Stadium Blitzer is a shambling, loose, slack-jawed mess. And, my, what a beautiful one. "I like drinking," the boys stammer on the song of the same name, and it's not hard to believe that much of this album was written under the influence on some hot-summer, mosquito-infected porch, an alcohol infused acoustic hootenany. Rambling guitars, wandering accordians, meandering mandolins--and don't forget the handclaps, grinder wheels, sizzles, chest thumps and "accidental noises"--mesh with Claude Bernard's boozy vocals and suggest a mix that lies somewhere between bluesy Americana and New Orleans' stomp. While the Gourds sound achingly tender and lost on slow ...

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SUNPIE – LOUP GAROU

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SUNPIE – LOUP GAROU

The way this CD starts out, you might not want to listen to it alone in the woods on a moonlit night, when the Loup Garou might be on the prowl. So real are the sound effects on the title cut of Loup Garouthat one may begin to believe in the legendary werewolf of the bayou country. Bruce Sunpie Barnes has created a colorful rendition of the folktale -- if it is just a story. There are bloodcurdling howls and scary laughter, courtesy of Barnes' voice, along with his atmospheric harmonica riffs and screeches and wails from Jerry Embree's saxophone. After they get the blood pumping with a good scare, Bruce Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots set about the business of producing blues and zydeco for dancing. Most of the tunes are written by the bandleader of multifarious talents. He sings and plays many instruments, he used to be a pro-football player with the Kansas City ...

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MARIANNE FAITHFULL – HORSES AND HIGH HEELS

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2011 release, the 23rd solo album from the award winning English singer, songwriter and actress. Horses And High heels, which was recorded in the New Orleans French Quarter in September and October of 2010, features eight cover versions and four original new songs co-written by Marianne, four songs which feature the virtuoso guitar playing of John Porter, a musician/producer friend most noted for his work with Roxy Music, Eric Clapton and The Smiths. The Hal Willner, produced album also includes one song with lyrics specially written for her by Irish playwright Frank McGuiness (the evocative `The Old House'), two cameo appearances on guitar from another old friend, Lou Reed, plus further cameos from Dr. John and MC5's Wayne Kramer.

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