Blues, Canadian, Classical, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen] Deep Sea Gypsies – Rock and Roll Queen

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
deep sea gypsies

Part Two of a Thursday morning ’70s double shot. This time it’s RTT favourites the Deep Sea Gypsies with a psych-tinged blues rocker, featuring a good old-fashioned guitar solo.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Jazz, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] Muerte Pan Alley – Rich Man’s Grave

No Comments 09 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
muerte pan alley

Muerte Pan Alley’s music is rooted in early blues and bluegrass but they mix it up with electric jazz/psych/alt rock to come up with a dizzying, rambunctious brew. Good Tuesday fare.

Alternative, Ambient music, Art rock, Blues, Canadian, Chillwave, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Garage, House, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Punk, Shoegaze, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Various Artists – Fourteen for Fourteen: Indie Victoria 2014

No Comments 27 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dalek cover

Just to prove that not all great Canadian indie music comes from Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, here’s a nifty collection by indie artists based in Victoria, BC. And a varied collection it is, featuring dark folk, psychedelic rock, art rock, dream pop, EDM, ambient yacht rock and stuff we don’t know how to categorize. RTT regulars will recognize a couple of bands that have made our Top Ten of the week, such as Black Valley Gospel and Deep Sea Gypsies. All proceeds go the local food bank in Victoria (Mustard Seed). And, hey, who’s not up for a good Doctor Who album cover?

Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] The Dead South – In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company

No Comments 25 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

With a name like The Dead South you can kinda guess this ain’t quite your grandpa’s roots band. “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company” has down-on-your-luck lyrics, bluegrass pickin’s, a whiskey-soaked blues voice and some whistling. Quirky ‘n’ good.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots, Soul

[Listen] LaBidos – Wild Beast

No Comments 13 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

LaBidos are two brothers from Canada but they play a southern fried mix of blues folk. “Wild Beast” chronicles the tale of an eventful road trip through USA and Mexico.

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Listen] Deep Sea Gypsies – Cherry Red

No Comments 31 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
cherry red

The latest single from the Deep Sea Gypsies. This time out they bring in some late ’60’s British blues and a touch of early ’70’s country rock. The guitars are smokin’ as usual.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Soul

[Listen] Frazey Ford – September Fields

No Comments 30 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Former member of The Be Good Tanyas puts out another excellent record, ‘Indian Ocean’. In “September Fields” she offers up a breezy blend of country, folk and soul.

Acoustic, Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] The Goatbox Rebel – The Goatbox Rebel (EP)

No Comments 11 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The Goatbox Rebel is Ivan Westley, a one-man band with a reverence for the traditions of blues, rock and folk but with a bitter, punk attitude. This self-titled EP is the debut for the Montreal-born/Toronto-based artist (uprooted via the 401).

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Roots, Watch

[Watch] The Barr Brothers – Half Crazy

No Comments 11 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The Barr Brothers go all southern swamp blues on “Half Crazy”. The beautiful b/w footage captures them in their multi-instrumental glory.

Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Reggae, Roots, World Music

[Listen] Mariachi Ghost – Sweet Water

No Comments 04 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Yes, it’s with a huge grin on my face that I describe “Sweet Water” as a spaghetti western/alternate rock/mariachi/British blues/Mexican folk/reggae song. It’s from Winnipeg’s inimitable Mariachi Ghost.

Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Pop, Soul, Watch

[Watch] The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – A Real Fine Mess

No Comments 30 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer’s “A Real Fine Mess” get the video treatment. For the most part it looks like the credits to the next James Bond movie.

Blues, Canadian, Roots, Soul, Watch


No Comments 27 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Lily Frost incorporates some contemporary sounds into a song that is basically a southern gospel spiritual. The video features Frost singing in front of a bank of speakers in glorious black and white. And, look, some of her friends from the laundromat showed up for the chorus.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music

[Album Review] The Crooked Brothers- Thank You I’m Sorry

No Comments 23 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Label: Transistor 66

On ‘Thank You I’m Sorry’ the trio known as The Crooked Brothers embellish their rootsy folk music with the more urban sounds of rock, blues jazz and funk. These “rural” and “city” forms of music form a sort of dichotomy which is best illustrated by contrasting the song “Organs on Demand”, with its urbane spoken word poetry set against a funky blues rhythm, to the likes of “Kennedy”, with its acoustic folk guitars and down home steel guitars.

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Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Watch


No Comments 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Some down’n’dirty blues rock with a delicious bass line and some mean guitar licks.

Blues, Canadian, Folk, Garage, Listen, Music


No Comments 16 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Yeah, you know what day it is. OK, let’s kick off Weird Tuesday with a little blues garage number by Edmonton’s The Archaics.

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