Corby's Orbit

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Playlist For Show Of 13 January

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby (with apologies for volume variance)

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This show is dedicated to the memory of Hugh's Room & The Hoxton, two fine Toronto music presentation venues that have closed this week. Cuts to the root.

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Presidential Suite (Inauguration Day Friday 20 January)

Judy Collins ~ Leonard Cohen's Democracy ~ ...Sings Leonard Cohen

Ry Cooder ~ How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live ? ~ Ry Cooder

* Ben Sures ~ American Shanty Town ~ Gone To Bolivia

The Heptones ~ Mr. President ~ Party Time

* Ron Hynes ~ Back From the U.S.A. / Yanks ~ Stealing Genius 

Mose Allison ~ Everybody's Crying Mercy ~ That's Jazz!

Paul Kelly ~ Little Kings / I'll Be Your Lover ~ Words & Music

Donovan ~ Ballad Of A Crystal Man ~ Fairy Tale

Toots & The Maytals ~ Time Tough ~ Reggae Greats

B.B. King ~ Inflation Blues ~ Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues

Anohni ~ Why Did You Separate Me From The Earth? ~ Hopelessness

5:45 Songs Of Imminence & Experience

* Ivan Rosenberg ~ Spock's Brain ~ The Littlest Dobro NEW DISK~ CD Release tonight with Slocan Ramblers at Tranzac 8 p.m.

* Abigail Lapell ~ Jordan / Flag Song / Diamond Girl / Night Bird & Morning Bird ~ Hide Nor Hair NEW DISK (Coax Records) ~ CD Release @ Burdock Thursday 19 January

* April Verch ~ Still Trying ~ Anthology NEW DISK

* Marito Marques ~ Na Eira ~ Na Eira NEW DISK

Essence Of Funk ~ Eddie Harris' Freedom Jazz Dance ~ Essence Of Funk

6:30 Rocket Bouquet

* Hollerado ~ Born Yesterday (New Single) ~ @ Rebel next Friday 20 January with The Sam Roberts Band

* Chloe Watkinson ~ Take Me Back to Bed ~ Park Eddy ~@ Grossman's tonight

* Beliefs ~ She Comes Alive ~ Beliefs ~@ The Baby G Saturday

Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) ~ I Can't Hold Out ~ The Sky Is Crying (Rhino)

Essence Of Funk ~ Donald Byrd's Slow Drag / with Toronto Music listings

* A Tribe Called Red feat. Lido Pimienta~ The Light ~ We Are The Halluci Nation

Special Beat ~ Concrete Jungle ~ Don't Call Me Ska Face vol. ll

Sunday, January 8, 2017

V.I.F.'s at The C.F.M.A.'s (Very Important Folks at the Canadian Folk Music Awards).

Canada means folk music.Folk music means fun, philosophy and cultural fulfillment. It all conjoined in Toronto on the first weekend in December with the celebration of the annual Canadian Folk Music Awards. I was only on the listening periphery this year because of a commitment to my band's gig on the night of the traditionally glorious gala award show. But I got some alt.- proximity to a few scenes worth sharing.

Retiring Yeoman Of The Folk Vanguard Andy Frank grabs some Hugh's Room bar time with perspicacious artist and reporter Shawna Caspi 
and the venerable songwriter, James Keelaghan.

I finally met up with the esteemed Elage Diouf, an orbital favourite, who was nominated in the World Solo Artist Of The Year category.

The Small Glories got large in a matinee situation with exuberant high spirits and rhapsodic harmonies.

From the intro by David Newland, Contemporary Singer & Aboriginal Songwriter Of The Year nominee, William Prince delivered 20 solid minutes of charm, grace and emotional truth to earn a  standing ovation. Serviettes were full of mascara and every phone in the room was dark. 

Comforting each other after the emotional high tide of William Prince's set, Sarah Jane Scouten provides an empathy refill for pivotal Radio Boogie host, CIUT's Steve Pritchard.

Sunday night's finale brought all the award winners together on the Isabel Bader Theatre stage for Bruce Cockburn's classic Wonderin' Where The Lions Are.

Mike Bourgeault's photo.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Playlist For Show Of 6 January

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

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Guest: Clela Errington.

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Initialization Of The Fascination 

Dominique Jones ~ Keep Dreaming ~ WOW 2011

Anderson .Paak ~ Celebrate ~ Malibu

* Bruno Capinan ~ Eu Nao ~ Todo Esta Dito ~@ Small World Music Centre tonight

Anohni ~ Obama ~ Hopelessness

* Annabelle Chvostek ~ Be The Media ~ Be The Media

Margaret Glaspy ~ Memory Street ~ Emotions & Math

5:30 Mondo Toronto

* Ivan Rosenberg ~ Zed Clampett ~ The Littlest Dobro ~ CD Release @ Tranzac Friday 13 January

* Sarah Jane Scouten ~ Til The Wheels Come Off ~ Magpie Waltz ~ @ Burdock Wednesday 11 January & @ The Local Saturday 14 January

* Kaia Kater ~  Harvest And The Plough ~ Nine Pin ~ @ The Local Friday 13 January 5 p.m.

* Jack Marks ~ Isabelle ~ Wicked Moon ~ @ Grafitti's Saturday 4 p.m.

* Jessica Stuart Few ~ Easier Said Than Done ~ The Passage 

* Clela Errington ~ Neil Young's Birds / Interview ~ In The Eddy ~ @ Relish 19 January & @ Church Of The Redeemer Sunday 22 January for A kd lang Rock Eucharist

6:00 History Of The Mystery

Alphonse Mouzon  (November 21, 1948 – December 25, 2016) ~ Nitroglycerine ~ Mind Transplant (Blue Note 1975)

B.B. King ~ Army Of The Lord ~ Swing Low Sweet Chariot 

Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays feat. Naná Vasconcelos (2 August 1944 – 9 March 2016) ~ Ozark ~ As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls (ECM 1981)
Partial discography of Nana Vasconcelos

Paco De Lucia ~ Danza ~ Plays Manuel De Falla

* Gonzalez ~ Modalisa ~ Soft Power

* Andrew Downing ~ Parade ~ Silents ~ @ Hart House Friday 13 January

6:20 Totality Of The Modality

* The Dreamband feat. Hermina George ~ Stay ~ Hermina George @ Dora Keough with Circle 5 Saturday

* The Memberz ~ Kings Highway ~ Single

The Moray Eels ~ Flowers For Algernon ~ ...Eat The Space Needle (Zero Hour 1997)

James Taylor ~ Carry Me On My Way ~ October Road ~ James Taylor Tribute @ Hugh's Room tonight

* k.d. lang ~ Lifted By Love ~ Even Cowgirls Get The Blues Sdtrk.

6:45 Inspiration Of The Aspirations

* Ernesto Cervini ~ Coconut Bill ~ Little Black Bird ~ Tonight @ Lula Lounge & @ The Emmett Ray Monday 9 January

Ralph Stanley (February 25, 1927 – June 23, 2016) ~ Take Me Back /  In Heaven We`ll Never Grow Old Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Playlist For Show Of 16 December

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

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Guests: Catherine Allan & Andrew O'Brien of Fortunate Ones, Melanie Peterson, and Eric St-Laurent of Dr. Janowitz.

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Bluer Young

* Neil Young ~ Can't Stop Workin' ~ Peace Trail NEW DISK

* Annabelle Chvostek ~ Like A Hurricane ~ Be The Media

* Fortunate Ones ~ This Empty Street / Last Christmas / Come On! Let's Boogie To The Elf Dance / Interview with Catherine Allan & Andrew O'Brien All Will Be  Well NEW DISK 
 @ Newmarket Old Town Hall Saturday & London Music Club Sunday

5:20 Sleigh Lady Sleigh

 * Melanie Peterson ~ Santa's Sleigh / Interview / We Got This (live) / Just The Right Amount Of Wrong (live).

* Julian Taylor ~ Never Too Late ~ Desert Star 

5:40 Stellar-Brations

* Rant Maggie Rant ~ Hold The Candle ~ Latitude NEW DISK

* Le Vent Du Nord ~ Pauvre Enfant ~ Tetu ~ @ Koerner Hall with Des Temps Antan Sunday

Kay Starr (July 21, 1922 – November 3, 2016)  ~ The Man With The Bag ~ Number One Jazz Christmas Album (Verve)

The Staple Singers ~ Holy Unto The Lord ~ 25th Of December (Riverside 1962)

6:00 Orbital Robots

* Eric St-Laurent (AKA Dr. Janowitz) ~ Fragment / Interview / Eagle Nebula / This World ~ Complete Unabashed Sensual Euphoria NEW DISK

Paul Simon ~ Proof Of Love ~ Stranger To Stranger

* Jenie Thai ~ The Lights Are Low ~ Only The Moon ~ @ The Rex Monday 19 December 9:30

6:20 Reasoning & Blues 

* Whitney Rose ~ Analog ~ South Texas Suite NEW DISK

* Lady Be Good ~ Santa Bring My Baby back To Me ~ The Christmas Album NEW DISK

The Four Tops ~ Left With A Broken Heart ~ Four Tops (1964 Motown)

The Heptones ~ Tripe Girl ~ Sweet Talking ~ Leroy Sibbles @ Concert Hall tonight

6:40 Spare Strange

* Brad Fillatre ~ Cry Baby Cry ~ Stranger NEW DISK

* William Prince ~ Breathless ~ Earthly Days NEW DISK

Johnny Rivers ~ The Poor Side Of Town ~ Greatest Hits

* Kacy & Clayton ~ If You Ask Me How I'm Keeping ~ Strange Country

Wynton Marsalis ~ Elveen ~ Thick In The South
           + Toronto Music Listings

Friday, December 16, 2016

Exultational Therapy Friday On Corby's Orbit

Jubilant songsters from Newfoundland Fortunate Ones are sweeping across Ontario with holiday cheer, supporting an EP of  freshly framed Christmas covers and two original tunes called 
All Will Be Well

Fri, Dec 16
Mill’s Hardware, Hamilton, ON ...
Sat, Dec 17
Sun, Dec 18

Newmarket Old Town Hall
London Music Club...
We'll be hearing from Catherine Allan and Andrew O'Brien today at around 5:15.

Melanie Peterson currently has a cool Yule single spreading the sleigh bell spirit. She'll be joining the Orbit with her guitar at 5:30.
 You can also catch her on CP24 Morning in Toronto this Sunday, December 18th where she’ll be performing Santa’s Sleigh live.

Further extra-sensory enjoyments will be emanating upon the dashing arrival of the good Dr. Janowitz (AKA Eric St. Laurent),who will be making a house call around 6 p.m. to share his mutant hybrid musical painkiller
Complete Unabashed Sensual Euphoria

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Heroic Records Of 2016

Illustration by Irik Musin

All this love all this laughter all this music all this time shaped into feelings all this thought all this touring all this weather all this change all this searching all this struggle all these friends all this engagement of soul all this revelation all this spreading all this power all this development of ideas all this rigor all this attunement all this atonement all this concentration all this release.

Thank-you, for all of the above gifts, to all these artists, and many more, who gave us reason to believe in the light of words and the radiance of sounds this year. Bless the brightness that keeps your spirits true.

              Heroic Music Released In 2016
Canadian Artists In Red

Lynn Miles                 Winter  >

Christa Couture    Long Time Leaving

Jordan Klassen    Javelin

Steve Dawson      Solid States & Loose Ends

Danny Michel    Matadora

Lake Street Dive            Side Pony

Liz Stringer              All The Bridges

Louis Simao        A Luz

Sienna Dahlen    Ice Age Paradise >

Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur   Penny’s Farm

Ruben `Beny’ Esguerra      A New Tradition: The Return Of The Kuisi

Paul Reddick     Ride The One >

Turkwaz                  Nazar

A Tribe Called Quest       We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

A Tribe Called Red    We Are The Halluci Nation

Chris Velan            Glow

William Prince       Earthly Days

 Tanya Philipovich      Paper Boats >

Iauwata Amha Selassie        Rally

Snaggle    The Long Slog

Case / lang / veirs        Case / lang / veirs

Kaytranada     99.9%


Julian Taylor   Desert Star

Park Eddy     Park Eddy


Mike Janzen    Nudging Forever  >

Amanda Tosoff          Words

Anohni             Hopelessness

Matt Patershuk    I Was So Fond Of You

Joanna Chapman – Smith         Elon And the City Of Stone

Coco Love Alcorn     Wonderland  >

Gina Horswood       Porcelain

Maria Dunn      Gathering

Ulrich Taylor Bentall      Tightrope Walk

Jadea Kelly     Love & Lust

 David Vest      Devestatin’ Rhythm >

Sienna Dahlen & Joel Miller            Dream Cassette

Yoser Rodriguez   Pollen

Ron Hynes      Later That Same Life

Big Little Lions     Just Keep Moving

Tara Williamson    Songs To Keep Us Warm >

Jen Lane     This Life Of Mine

Ten Strings And A Goatskin     
                                 Auprès du Poêle  

Al Tuck     Fair Country  

Oh Pep!     Stadium Cake

Corin Raymond    Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams

Kaia Kater   Nine Pin >

God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator)

Countermeasure       Made To Measure

Chloe Charles       With Blindfolds On