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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

When my friend Frank Gutch, Jr. tells me to listen to something, I listen. Toxic Melons, one of Frank’s latest finds are not Canadian. So I have amended policy and annexed Great Britain. For the purpose of this review, Toxic Melons, if only for a short while, are a Canadian band.

“International Accident”, thtme EP follow up to the Toxic Melons debut album, “Melon Jam”, contains four tracks of power pop perfection.

Conceived by Paul Fairbairn, there are no band members. A varied group of extremely talented friends and musical guests play on this EP with incredible results. Fairbairn himself, writes, arranges and produces all of the material with the musical sensibilities of Brian Wilson and the irreverence of Andy Partridge. Fairbairn is eclectic, if not eccentric! He believes that he can do what he wants regardless of how unconventional it is, and he has the ability to make it work.

International Accident opens with “Diffidence“, a melancholy song that seems to follow no formula. The use of cymbals and tmep2blistering guitar work have one wondering what to expect next. “Passing Reflection“, written about the problems facing our world, presents us with acoustic guitar, keyboards, strings and a xylephone and  places us deep  in Toxic Melons’ world. “Ode to Procrastination” featuring Eric Dove, of Jellyfish fame, is a power-pop/rock song with a a touch of madness created by the unusual harmonies, choral sounds and quirky organ playing. We are treated to “Alex’s Song“, a short accappella piece with unforgettabable harmonies. No detail is overlooked here. International Accident contains imaginative songs with sophisticated arrangements and unforgettably catchy melodies. With the unconvential writing style and advanced production values Toxic Melons sound like no one else. International Accident is a fun listen. It surprises, excites and entertains. It is insanely good!

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2013 by TheManicBlogger












A Music Scene In Buffalo?                          

Alyeus-“Forty Days At Sea”                           

Alyeus– “And From The Sky We Fall”

Andrew Waite & The Firm –“Burning Through The Night”

Arms Of The Girl-“Versions Of Happiness”

Atomic Stuff

Aukland – “Rookie”

B And Not B -“Popular Pastimes”

Betrayers-“Let The Good Times Die”              

Bloody Diamonds–

Bombargo -“Back On Main”

Bongo Boy Records-The Singles                  

Bongo Boy TV-Indie Music From Around The World, Episode #1030-

Bongo Boy TV-Indie Music From Around The World-Episode #1031

Bongo Boy TV -Indie Music From Around The World-Episode#1032

Born Of Osiris -“Soul Sphere”

Brazilian Money

Bruce Tunkel

Burnouts –       The Burnouts EP

CMW 2015

CMW 2015 -Losing My Head With The Japanese Tongue Sisters   http://

CMW 2015 -The Beat Goes On

CMW 2015 –

Crab Bubbles-“Fool For Your Love”

Chris Pope –‘Dedicated Follower Of Fashion’

City And The Sea-“Action Figures”

Clara Engel – “Visitors Are Allowed One Kiss”

Clara Engel – “Songs For Leonora Carrington”


CrashDollz -“Punks In Amerika”

Crystal Lake -“The Sign” by Joshmetal Figueroa

David Clayton-Thomas -“Soul Ballads”

Druckfarben-“Second Sound”                 

Elliott Brood -“Days Into Years”   

Elsewhere Bound –  “A Part Of Something”

Erik Sitbon & The Ghost Band -“Taking Care Of Elvis”

Eternal Summers – “Gold & Stone”

Eurasianeyes–  “Call Your God”

Eurasianeyes-“Silent Cries”           

Farewell Stanleys -“Good Company”

Fractal Reverb -“How To Overcome The Ego Mind”

Fractal Reverb – “Songs To Overcome The Ego Mind”

Fruition – “Labor Of Love”

Gar Francis-“Shine On”                   

Gar Francis -“The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same”

Green Monkey Records-“Underground Seattle Rock”      

Harbour – “Grade School Summer”

Hazen Sage– “Thrive”

I See Angels – “Nausea”

Indie Christmas Music 2015

Innerspace-“The Village”

Ivory Hours –  “Morning Light”

Iwrestledabearonce– “Hail Mary”

Jane Allison –“Just Another Girl”

Jane’s Party-“Hot Noise” 

Jann Klose-“Mosaic”            

Japanese Tongue Sisters -‘Peacock”

Jenny And The Felines-“Don’t Look Back”

Jenny And The Felines-  “Don’t Judge Me”

Jenny Cat -Another 1 Of Her 9 Lives

Jerome And The Psychics– “Money is Violence”

Jinxbox -“Unmuttered”

Jon Mullane-“Shine”         

Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers – “The Dirty Gospel”

Kiss My Acid –“Individuality”


Lorraine Segato – “Invincible Decency”

Lucky Widmore -“Howling At The Moon”

Lucky Widmore-“Long Time Coming”

Marinol Nation-“Field Of Dreams”

Marinol Nation –hell’s ditch

Mark Lindsay-“Life Out Loud”     

Meeko Cheech -‘Miss Bolivia”

Messes And Miracles-“The Captain Surely Drowns”

Mean Creek– “Best Of Mean Creek”

Measured In Heads–   “Revelations From The Gifted”

Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins –

Miron -“Lacrimosa”

Mutant Bird – “Sugar Voodoo”

Nadine Shah -“Fast Food”

Neverfriend  –“Evolve”

Old Rules -“Blurred”

Olivia & The Creepy Crawlies -“Tongue Tied”

One Divided-“Good Reasons”

Ottawa-Capital Rocks

Paperwolf – “Been Five Years”

Peculiar Disco Moves-“The Domino Effect”

Peter Murray -On Druckfarben, And More 

Pink Lizards –

Propeller -“Fall Off The World”

Psych’d Out In The U.K. 

Punchline 13 – “Cut The Rope”

Redambergreen-“Through All The Days”

Redambergreen-“No City”       http://

Running From Daylight-  “Coffin For Two”

Ryan Fitz -“Thoughts & Reason”

Seapony  “A Vision”

Sedge –“Selective Reasoning”

Sedge –  “Psychochondriac”     

Shagwagon – “The Backbone Of The Night”


Sidewatcher -“Otra Vez”

Six To Eight Mathematics –“Mental Melodies”

So Hideous – “Laurestine”

Social Strife-

Social Strife-“LIVE STRIFE”

Social Strife -“With Friends Like These…”


Sons Of Revelry-“Born With A Bigga Goal”

Stan Simon & The Hotel Bible/JJ & The Pillars–


Surf Kitties                     

Swillbilly Heroes-“The Lamentable Tragedy Of The”…

Tess Parker-“Work All Day/Up All Night”

The 286 –

The After Hours-“Shaken, Not Stirred”    

The Auras -“Saturn Day”

The Beaches                                 

The Blank Tapes -Geodesic Dome Piece

The Comedy-“Deadlights”

The Counterfactuals –

The Contacts         

The Cool Whips -“Goodies”

The Cool Whips – “baddies”

The Corsets–  “Are You Lonely, Are You Scared’

The Counteracts – “Meet The Counteracts”

The Counteracts –“Under Cover”

The Counteracts- “Counter Punch”

The Counteracts- “The Curse Of The Counteracts

The Counterfactuals –

The Creekside Strays-“The Creekside Strays”

The Creekside Strays– “Blacklisted”

The Disguises – “The Disguises”

The Easy Outs -“Desolate Row”

The Easy Outs -“Hot Mess”

The Everywheres –“Dignity Fever”

The Everywheres -“Habitualism”

The Hot Sprockets -“Brother Nature”

The Jeffery Brothers Band – “Let’s Rock Let’s Roll”

The Lost Boys– “Answers On A Postcard”   

The Lost Boys- “Nose Bleeds”

The Micronite Filters- “Chasing Ghosts”

The Micronite Filters-“Wizard Blood”          http://

The Minnows-“Live At The Belfast Barge”

The Minnows – ‘The Sound Of Things To Come’

The Nursery– “Carnival Nature”     

The Nursery-  “Digital Ashes”

The Pygmies-“Inside Your Mind”

The Quiet Things–  “The Fall”

The Red Rails -“A Living Fiction”

The Red Rails-“The Red Rails”        

The Rotten Mangos

The Satisfactors– “Johnny Commando”

The Satisfactors-The Satisfactors

The Sleepovers

The Standstills-“Pushing Electric”

The Sole Pursuit          

The Superlative-“Chester”      

The Superlative -“Numero Deux”

The Toniks            

The Toniks-“Jealousy”

The Toniks-“Rise And Shine”

The Tracks–

The Turnback -“Are We There Yet?”

The Unswept -“The Unswept Today”

The Whiffs -“Take A Whiff”     http://

They’re Not Canadian, Are They?-by Frank Gutch

Toxic Melons“International Accident”

Toxic Melons-“Bus Therapy”

Tracer Flare– “Black Box”

Trio Of Madness -“Lost Time”

Tsinder Ash -“The Carbon Of Your Delight”

Unified Past -“Shifting The Equilibrium”

Vagabonds & Thieves –

Watershed Hour-“Bang With The Van Gogh

Watershed Hour -“From Your Best Friend”

We Can Be Heroes-“Where I Want To Be”

What We’re Listening To

Whisker Kiss –

Wolves As Friends-“Small Goodbyes”

XPRIME-“The Album”

Young Benjamins-“Less Argue”

Young Benjamins -“Losing Our Shadows”

Young Running-“Coming Home”


2016 -We’re So Excited

A Good Year, Indeed                      http://

Alex Pulec-“Out Of The Nursery”

And The Bands Play On     

Audio And VideoOur Picks: Autumn 2013

Bands That Never Were

Bongo Boy TV                        

Canada Music Week 2015– What To Hear

Get To Know The Easy Outs

Hired Guns“The Shape Of Things To Come”

I, The Jury Or Rather, The Judge     

Indie Album Of The Year-2013                

Indie Album Of The Year -2014

Indie Album Of The Year -2015

Indie Musicology-by Frank Gutch, Jr. 

Irish Ayes         

Lois Lilienstein -The Final Curtain On The Elephant Show

Lorraine Segato-from Artist In Residence To Wild Woman

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums -April 2014

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums-August 2013

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums-February 2014

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums-January 2014     http://

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums-June 2013

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums-July 2013

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums-March 2014

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums-November 2013

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums-October 2013

Must Have Canadian Indie Albums-September 2013

Must Have Indie Songs For Your Summer Playlist-July 2014

My World Goes Pop-

The Song Remains The Same      

The Wailers vs. The Sonics-Grudge Match In Garageville, 1966 (by Frank Gutch, Jr.)

Tour With The Toniks

When Heroes Go –

When The Music’s Over

Who Was First?

Women In Music-by Frank Gutch, Jr.–

They’re Not Canadian, Are They? by Frabk Gutch, Jr.





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One Divided: The Boys Are Back!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

Wonder what happened to in your face rock? It’s back with a vengeance, and its called One Divided,  Following the release of  their debut EP “One Divided” (2008),  the album “Shape Your Life” (2010), spawned two singles which received local radio play. The Oshawa, Ontario band’s new EP, “Good Reasons” demonstrates their growth as songwriters. The five tracks were written collaboratively by the three band members who share influences as diverse as Green Day, Sloan, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Depeche Mode.onedivided

Start Again” opens the EP as a pop song with a sense of urgency, as the melody and harmonies pull you in. The subtle instrumentation of “All The Way” allows the vocals to be the focus and delivers a kick-ass ending. “Let It Go” has a punk/grunge edge to it and could be on any Green Day album.  The title track is as close to a ballad as One Divided can get, but then it takes on a new life as a straight ahead rock song. The hard driving “Retitled” is a crafty song that starts you out on a slow river cruise and then shoves you over the rapids. Matt Silver finally brings his guitar to life and while his vocals seem forced and strained, it works. Great song! Great EP!

The EP is under produced . It doesn’t matter. It works. What we get is a product that comes as close as possible to a One Divided live performance; a raw, in your face attack. Filled with flaws, it is One Divided. The songs are filled with energy. They have catchy melodies and tight harmonies. They make you want to tap your feet. Does there really have to be anything else?  One Divided will be at Sgt. Peppers in Ajax, Ontario performing at The Molson Canadian Live! Peppers Patio Tour on June 7, 2013.

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

City And The Sea may just have found their niche. After spending a lot of time on the road over the past few years promoting earlier EPs Long Time Comin’ and Leave A Light On, the Hamilton, Ontario band  recorded and released their third project, Action Figures. New band members Jon Daly (guitar) and Joe Piccolo (drums) have brought with them a reputation for playing loud and raucous but melody laced rock, and have spent the last several months melding with the original City And The Sea members on a tour promoting their new EP.

city1Third time’s the charm? Could be. Action Figures is a fun listen, showcasing the band members’ varied writing styles which make for a diverse sound. “Strange Feeling” kicks of the EP, a roots rock number reminiscent of early-eighties Springsteen. Solid rhythms drive “Footprints” and The Northern Pikes could record “Railroad” as their own . The slow pop of “How Do You Do?”  seems out of place on this record, but delivers another serving of the bands varied musical interests and influences.

“Living It Up” stands out. A  memorable tune, with  pop sensibiities and blues overtones. Has  Matchbox 20 met The Black Crowes?  What a brilliantly written and exquisitely crafted pop song with an alternative edge.  Nick Cino’s voice rocks. This guy can sing. The guitar and drums provide texture to support the mood of the vocals while the harmonies demonstrate the band’s fondness for 60’s pop.  One listen is not enough.

city2City And The Sea have tremendous potential. This effort may have been an exercise finding themselves and their sound, they need look no further.  These guys have talent and these guys have heart. Expect big things from them.

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INNERSPACE: To Boldly Go Where No Band Has Gone Before!

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Its been 30 years since I’ve heard any really good, original progressive rock. Finally ,  there is Innerspace, This Montreal band’s members were not even born when I was listening to King Crimson, Yes, Pink Floyd and Flash. Yet these are the bands they cite as musical influences.

Their album, “The Village” released in 2012 took 3 years to complete, and  was well worth the wait. This concept album, detailing life from the perspective of a child and  the man he becomes, was written and produced by Simon Arsenault and Phil Burton. The album plays like a suite, with each song a unique piece yet somehow intertwined into the greater whole. The “Intro” sets the tone with its unsettling keyboards, while “Wildflower”, the longest song on the album at over 11 minutes, brings us vocals that seem to cry for help amid the desperation created by the keys until the drums kick in and the song takes on an entirely different life. “Old Wreck” is as feel good as Innerspace gets with  Arsenault’s crisp and clean guitar work. “Slippery Case” parts l & ll, heavy with synthesizer are mini suites within themselves, changing tempo , melody and time signature almost at will, They incorporate saxophone in “Jack” and record the melody just slightly behind the music. They nailed it!. “Mister Mayor” echos shades of  Dark Side of the Moon with the haunting guitar and  Burton’s ethereal vocals.  These guys know how to make Progressive Rock, rock!


“The Village” is a place I have traveled  to over and over again. It is a journey through not just music , but emotion and time as well.  It will take you back 30 years and then move you ahead 30 more. Might they be the second coming of Floyd? It may be too early to tell, but  Innerspace are the real deal!   You can see them at the 7th annual Fieldfest in Manotick, Ontario on August 2. If you can get there, go!

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The Creekside Strays Have Found A Home.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

In a time when most music seems generic and derivative, the London, Ontario band The Creekside Strays have carved out a niche for themselves. This trio has compiled a significant catalogue of music in a short time, and have just released their third EP, simply titled The Creekside Strays. This Indie band has been slugging it out in the bar scene honing their craft and developing their songwriting for the past three years. The result is a product that showcases both their songs and musicianship. A blend of alternative rock, soul and pop has given The Strays a unique sound and a large, local following.


I hear the influences of The Beatles, Steely Dan, Dave Matthews and the alternative rock of Seattle.  I am immediately taken by the subtle instrumentation; there is no overbearing guitar here and no pounding rhythm section. I ask myself who do they sound like and the answer is nobody. I tap my feet to every song. The production is simple yet profoundly well suited. Like Becker and Fagen, the song writing is exquisite-narratives that float across unpretentious melodies. From the opening track “Shit Outta Luck” to the soft 50s soul of “Keep Your Hands In The Car”, this EP is a journey through time, taking one back to the days when music was just plain fun.

Who says there is no good music to listen to anymore? As one who was fortunate enough to have grown up with the music of the 60s, I can tell you that The Creekside Strays are proof positive that music is alive and well and living in Canada.

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