Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wild Things ~ Canada's 150th Birthday ~ Our 17 Best Songs ~ Seventh Post

Wild Things takes over my heart every time I hear it: "Gather all the rebels now, we'll rebel-rouse and sing aloud."
I can't tell you how my spine tingles and my chin tightens up proud when I hear this Giant Canadian Song of today, and I think of just yesterday, Joni searching  the cellar in the Boho Zone and Leonard doing the telephone dance at the System Theatre and Burton onstage with a burning American flag and poor sick Joel Plaskett with the visions coming quicker, Deryck refusing to be another casualty of society, Brigette dePape...all our rebels, abjuring the empty chairs and policies that
Alessia Cara can so clearly see and just walk around, outside the trap, spiteless and safe in her undiminished sense of self-possession.  With great sound. Fine all by herself.
With her friends and fun intact. Bringing an international generation together, even in the comments jungle. What an invasion of healthy perspective, unique beats and a truly livid flood of blood-vivid phrasing and - and - and. *Find your grace.*

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Playlist For Show Of 21 April

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought To You by Ostensible Authority, Apparent Agency and Proxy Music

Guests: Avery Raquel and Lily Frost
5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 One Of A Mind

Yusuf Islam ~ Peace Train ~ Peace Songs / A Benefit Album To Help Children Affected By War

* Andino Suns ~ Aire Libre ~ Madera

Hermeto Pascoal ~ Santo Antonio ~ Chill Brazil

5:20 Country To Popular Belief

* Kayla Luky ~ Pour Me A Strong One ~ Back To Dirt ~ @ Burdock Monday, 24 April

* Daniel Romano ~ Jennifer Castle ~ Modern Pressure NEW DISK ~ @ The Great Hall Saturday CMW

* Fred Eaglesmith ~ Pretty Girl / Indian Motorcycle / Sugarcane ~ Falling Stars And Broken Hearts (2002) ~ @ Cadillac Lounge Monday 24 April

5:40 Avery Time

* Avery Raquel ~ Interview / Take Your Time / Dreaming ~ Without A Little Rain ~ @ The Pilot with JazzFM 91 Youth BIG Band  Wednesday 26 April

6:00  Behold The Lily

* Lily Frost ~ Enchantment (Cine-Magique ~ 2006) / Interview / Rebound Bitch (single) World Premiere / Where Is Love? (Situation ~ 2004)  @ Lula Lounge Thursday 27 April for Big City Social

6:15 Affections Overruled

Tommy Castro ~ The Whale Have Swallowed Me ~ The Devil You Know (Alligator) ~ @ Music By The Bay, Ajax, Saturday

* Rachelle Van Zanten ~ A Hole In The Way ~ Back To Francois @ Pleasant Valley PlazaHouston, BC tonight

Jefferson Airplane ~ Greasy Heart ~ The Roar

6:30 Trad Rad

Bill Bruford feat. Allan Holdsworth  (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017) ~ If You Can't Stand The Heat...~ Master Strokes 

* Marc Jordan ~ Edge Of The World ~ Conserve Our World ~ @ The Old Mill Tuesday, 25 April

Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) ~ I've Got The World On A String ~ Love Letters From Ella ( 2007 Concord )

6:45 Hero Glyphics

Charles Mingus Big Band (Charles Mingus Jr. April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) ~ O.P. (Oscar Pettiford) ~ Gunslinging Birds (1995 Disques Dreyfus)

Russell Kirk ~ Chelsea Bridge ~ Black And White / Toronto Music Listings 

Sam Outlaw ~ Dry In The Sun ~ Tenderheart NEW DISK @ The Horseshoe Tuesday, 25 April 

Massive Attack feat. Horace Andy ~ Hymn Of The Big Wheel ~ Blue Lines ~ Earth Day Saturday

* Marc Jordan ~ Sing It Together ~ 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Scamper Up to the Orbit Today For Champagne Jazz and Cocktail Rock

My Orbit this Friday overflows with the prowess of passionate song purveyors. I'll be joined for chat and chanteuseries at 5:30 by the talented Avery Raquel, who has just released her heralded sophomore disk, Without A Little Rain and will be touring it over the next few months.

And at 6:00 fascinating provocateuse, Lily Frost who has a no-souls-barred burlesque-and-bourbon soiree coming up next Thursday at the Lula Lounge to debut her new video / single REBOUND BITCH, will be in the studio to sing and chill. @ Radio Regent Toronto.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Barrett's Privateers ~ Canada's 150th Birthday ~ Our 17 Best Songs ~ Sixth Post

The story of Barrett`s Privateers and their fictitious ship with the ironic moniker, The Antelope, has borne innumerable keggers and bellow-fests around the world into the raptures of song with its dual refrain and lengthy narrative. Our national personality is expertly expressed through Stan Rogers` rollicking melody and delicious phrasing. The attention to detail and aloof sarcasm of the stoic narrator qualify him as an iconic Canadian Ishmael, a character fitted to the literary tradition of Robert Service or Yann Martel. The explicitly populist and pacifist nobility of his spirit is wagered and sacrificed against the promise / curse of American gold. Drawing from recent news, The Antelope might be a telling metaphor for our current ship of state.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mystery ~ Canada's 150th Birthday ~ Our 17 Best Songs ~ Fifth Post

While I was reading Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren (“an Everest among books”), part of the thrill was the chorus of an unseen space troubadour named, oddly enough, Bruce Cockburn. Then, decades later, he reappears in a redemptive novel, The Shack by William P. Young, as the favourite songwriter of a character named God. 

The pastoral poetry and guitar expertise of his early work was eclipsed by outspoken lyrical responses to politics, ecology and spirituality which were a life-line to Can-Consciousness throughout the seventies and eighties. Outspoken anthems such as It's Going Down Slow and If I Had A Rocket Launcher brought him honour, notoriety and governmental scrutiny.

His later work has not yielded any hits, but this song, Mystery, from 2006's Life Short Call Now has a determined  maturity of vision and mood that magnifies the complex imagery. Ron Sexsmith, Hawksley Workman and Damhnait Doyle contribute mighty passions to the harmony,
and a 27-piece string session ascends to lift the song into grace at the end.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Alex Cuba In Orbit

The great Canadian artist Alex Cuba and Percussionist Jose (right) graced the Orbit with a live performance of El Mismo Dolor from his new Grammy - bound (trust me) disk Lo Unico Constante. He brought it live to Radio Regent the night before it went large onstage at a sold-out Koerner Hall performance. His proud Dad, Valentin (left), can be seen swaying in the radio room. Compliments to Anthony Hakim, the Kool Breeze, for intimate camera work and tea service.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Playlist for Show Of 7 April

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought To You by Planetary Tangents, Asteroidal Aspects & Meteoric: I Knew Him Well Horatio

Guests: Ravi Naimpally, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan of Tragedy Ann, Alex Cuba and Jose, Tony Nguyen of Nagata Snachu
5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Aesthetic Hybrids

* So Long Seven ~ JLO's Wise Monster Dance / Interview with Ravi Naimpally ~ @ Small World Music Centre Saturday

Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) ~ I Hear Music (Swingsett & Takuya's Mighty Fine Remix) ~ Remixed & Reimagined ~ Tribute To Billie Holiday @ 120 Diner tonight feat. Denielle Bassels

Jason Moran feat. Meshell N'Degeocello ~ Ain't Nobody's Business ~ RISE - A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller

5:20 Strategic Agitations

* Tragedy Ann ~ Nails / Interview / College & Church (live) / Velcro (live) ~ @ The Bell Jar Saturday

* William Prince ~ Bodyguard & The Beer Girl ~ Earthly Days ~ Juno Winner Contemporary Roots Album Of The Year

5:40 Passion Acquaintances

Alex Cuba ~ Yo Se Quien / Interview / El Dia De Hoy / Todas Las Gabezas / Estan Locas / Interview / El Mismo Dolor (live) ~ Lo Unico Constante NEW DISK ~ @ Koerner Hall Saturday

* Louis Simao ~ Passaritos Fritos ~ A Luz ~ @ The Rex Hotel tonight 

6:20 The Humble And The Rumble

* Joel Plaskett & Bill Plaskett ~ The Next Blue Sky ~ Solidarity NEW DISK ~ @ Massey Hall Saturday

* Me Mom & Morgantaler ~ Angel Time ~ Shiva Space Machine (1993)

Emmylou Harris ~ It's A Hard Life ~ Live At The Ryman

* Nagata Shachu ~ Tokiwa / Interview with Tony Nguyen ~ Toronto Taiko Tales NEW DISK ~ CD / DVD Release @ AKI Theatre this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 7-8-9 April

6:40 Extra Century Perceptions 

* Bruce Cockburn ~ It's Going Down Slow ~ Peace Songs ~  The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 8 and 9, 2017 at Fort York National Historic Site

* The Wardens ~ Troop Train NEW DISK ~ Sleeping Buffalo 

* Louis Simao ~ A Luz ~ A Luz ~ @ The Rex Hotel tonight / + Toronto Music Listings