Gush: “I Get Ideas” covered by M. Ward

That moment when you realize the song you’ve loved for a while now is actually a cover. Face palm.

Get classy with this throwback to 1951 –

And feel good with this updated version (way better, in my opinion) –

Happy Monday!!!


Gush: George Fest

The last time  Brit Daniel and I hung out was a hot July afternoon in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at Eaux Claires music festival. I often play Daniel’s band Spoon at my bar, always to high praise or at very least familiarity.

Daniel has totally wiped me away with this incredible cover of my favourite Beatles and George Harrison song, “I Me Mine”:


And all the additional gushes for these other George Fest performances:


The trailer for the concert film:



Concert Review: Sandro Perri at Burdock

It’s been five years since I saw Sandro Perri live. He was pushing his new album, Impossible Spaces, and had cool openers, Bry Webb and Ryan Driver. Apparently, opening act LUKA had roped Perri out to play the gig.

I was surprised to see the classy outfit Perri brought together. I don’t remember seeing him with a trumpet/flute accompaniment. Toronto musician, Ryan Driver played the flute with some of the worst wind instrument posture. As a former flute player, I was always told to keep a balanced stance that allows air to flow freely through your body. Driver’s legs were crossed, back hunched and head forward with a duck-like pull. I’ll admit Driver still sounded good.

Perri’s trumpet player, Nicole Rampersaud, made trumpet sounds I didn’t even know were possible. They weirdly blended and stuck out perfectly.

The set was short. He managed to play a few of my favourite tunes – Tiny Mirrors’ strongest tune “Double Suicide” was played second in the set. Perri told the crowd after playing the song that he tried to write a song about suicide. His drummer chimed in to say a young child told him that you can’t force a suicide – the audience awkwardly chuckled.

I was super excited to hear Impossible Spaces‘ nine-minute bleeding tune “Wolfman,” which has always had a certain likeness to Neil Young’s “Walk On.” The set followed up with a closing cover of John Martyn’s “Couldn’t Love You More.” It’s not the first time I’ve heard him tackle this cover, but it sure was lovely.

Gush: 10 years of Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins

“Ruuuun Devvvvillll Ruuun, Deeeevil Ruuun, Deeeevvvilll Ruuuuuu-uun. From Love…”

These four words open up Jenny Lewis’ masterpiece Rabbit Fur Coat. They also are likely to turn people off of the album even faster. Rabbit Fur Coat turned ten recently, an album that’s stayed with me in. In fact, it was my full-album choice last Saturday at the bar. It’s tender (waltz “Melt Your Heart”), gritty (country ho-down “The Big Guns”) and timeless (Wilbury’s classic “Handle With Care”).

I managed to catch two gigs in support of this album – one in March at the Opera House and a second in October at Trinity St Paul church. For the latter gig, the band walked down the aisle as if they were getting hitched as they bellowed the album’s opening four words. It was incredible. I am the luckiest girl in the world. Although I am slightly crushed I can’t make their 10-year reunion in LA this Friday.

Lewis has even got a graphic novel based on the album on the market now… Only available at the three show she’ll be playing in all the cool American cities.

Now, time travel ten years to the very amazing Autumn de Wilde photo series for the album’s artwork. De Wilde wrote on her Instagram that the photo shoot was at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in LA.




Gush: “Baby” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Little Richard cover)

You may know Little Richard’s hugely, hugely famous song “Tutti Fruitti,” which I feel dorky writing out. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is toning down their psych-dance sound to interpret Little Richard’s tune “Baby,” originally release with “Tutti Fruitti” on an album called Here’s Little Richard in 1957.

Throwback: ‘Stubbs the Zombie’ Sountrack

Back in 2005, I remember when my world shook with the release of the very charming soundtrack for the video game Stubbs the Zombie. Imagine slying peolpe to the sweet sounds of Ben Kweller singing a very true version of the 1958 tune “Lollipop” or hearing a very delightful version of the 1954 Penguins tune “Earth Angel,” again while smashing people’s heads in.

















I have a feeling this game and soundtrack didn’t do as well on the market as it did in my heart, but I’m OK with that. YEARS LATER I’VE FOUND IT ONCE AGAIN and it’s serving as the perfect album to boost up my mid-winter blues.