Monday, January 7, 2019

Best of 2018: Dumb - Seeing Green (Mint)

Dumb have only been around for three years now, and already have 3 EPs and 3 full length albums to their credit. Part of the vibrant Vancouver scene, Seeing Green was a solid effort and breakout for the band, their first album for the always forward-looking Mint record label. They call themselves a punk band, but they're more a demented mix of classic, sloppy garage rock and lo-fi indie. Think The Evaporators meet Devo.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Who we lost in 2018

Each year, I try to make a decent list of notable musicians who died in the past year. I also try to focus on lesser known musicians from alternative music as well as Canadian musicians. Links provided to music too.

Bill Hughes
Johnny Coswell*
Steve Foster
Mickey Jones (Kenny Rogers)
Craig MacGregor (Foghat)
Roy MacDonald*
Claudia Fontaine (Afrodiziak)
John “Jabo” Starks (James Brown)
Danny Kirwan (Fleetwood Mac)
DJ Fontana (Elvis Presley)
Conway Savage (Nick Cave)
Max Bennett (LA Express)
Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Top 10 Albums of 2018

1) Idles - Joy As an Act of Resistance (Partisan)
2) Actors* - It Will Come to You (Artoffact)
3) Low - Double Negative (Sub Pop)
4) Freak Dream* - Into the Sun (Artoffact)
5) Peach Kelli Pop* - Gentle Leader (Mint)
6) Alpha Strategy* - The Gurgler (Antena Kryzku)
7) Superorganism - Superorganism (Domino)
8) Plains Apparition* - Adrift (Independent)
9) Confidence Man - Confident Music for Confident People (Heavenly)
10) Dumb* - Seeing Green (Mint)

Honourable Mentions:

Single Mothers* - Through a Door (Dine Alone), Kaelan Mikla - Manadans (Artoffact), Dilly Dally* - Heaven (Dine Alone), US Girls* - In a Poem Unlimited (4AD), Beak> - >>> (Temporary Residence)

Saturday, December 22, 2018

DNTTA Playlist for December 14, 2018

Artist - Song - Album (Label)  * indicates Canadian Content 

Listen to Do Not Touch This Amp every Friday 8-9 PM Pacific at www.thex.ca 

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Durban Poison - Too Many Fish in the Sea* - Stereophonic Tonic (Shake!)
The Buzzcocks - Harmony in My Head - Ever Fallen in Love: Buzzcocks Finest (EMI Gold)
Pete Shelley - Telephone Operator - Telephone Operator (12") (Arista)
Naked Raygun - Love Battery - Something's Gone Wrong Again (C/Z)
Map 71 - Nuclear Landscapes - Void Axis (Foolproof)
Single Mothers - Across the Couch* - Through a Wall (Dine Alone)
Forbidden Dimension - Infiltrating the Crypt* - Muchas Moscas (Fuzzwarp)
We Hunt Buffalo - Angler Must Die* - Head Smashed In (New Damage)
Ensign Broderick - Tear Stained Venus* - Bloodcrush (Six Shooter)
Invasives - Well to Do* - Just Another Under the Sun (Bummer)
Young Jesus - Fourth Zone of Gaits - The Whole Thing is Just There (Saddle Creek)
Ministry - N.W.O. - Psalm 69 (Warner)

DNTTA Playlist for December 7, 2018

Artist - Song - Album (Label)  * indicates Canadian Content 

Listen to Do Not Touch This Amp every Friday 8-9 PM Pacific at www.thex.ca 

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Floes - Thrown for a Loop* - Passionals (Independent)
MC Sultan - Der Bauch - Mystic Groove (Quango)
The Herbaliser - Moon Sequence - Very Mercenary (Ninja Tune)
Thievery Corporation - Warning Shots (ESL)
Sievi - Charms* - Rebirth (Independent)
Jayne Murray - Sleeping Monsters* - lookgoodfor (Independent)
Rob Mitchelson - Asteroid Ice Cave* - Knightlaser: 2042 (Independent)
Bob Moses - The Only Thing We Know* - Battle Lines (Domino)
Graham van Pelt - Saving Grace* - Time Travel (Arbutus)
Fade - Fall in Love - Fall in Love (Luminelle)
Interplanetary Acoustic Team - Islands in the Cosmos

Thursday, December 20, 2018

DNTTA Playlist for November 30, 2018

Artist - Song - Album (Label)  * indicates Canadian Content 

Listen to Do Not Touch This Amp every Friday 8-9 PM Pacific at www.thex.ca 

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Baron Samedi Esq. - Join Me Fashions* - Baron Samedi Esq. (Independent)
Songjae Son - Baram - Near East Quartet (ECM)
Trygve Seim - Birthday Song - Helsinki Songs (ECM)
Tord Gustavsen Trio - Duality - The Other Side (ECM)
Acid Bunny - Flax* - High School Fantasy (Bent River)
Myriad3 - Diamond* - Vera (Alma)
Nick Fraser - Arachnid* - Is Life Long? (Clean Feed)
Bad Luck - Capital - Four (Origin)
The Mackrosoft - Suck Out the Poison - Snakerhythms (Independent)
Ramsey Lewis - Do What You Wanna (Mr. Scruff remix)

DNTTA Playlist for November 23, 2018

Artist - Song - Album (Label)  * indicates Canadian Content 

Listen to Do Not Touch This Amp every Friday 8-9 PM Pacific at www.thex.ca 

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Jerk with a Bomb - Don’t Forget Your Love*
Hate Drugs - Afterimage - Tsunami Soul II (Independent)
Dilly Dally - Sober Motel* - Heaven (Dine Alone)
Hex Ray - Helicopter* - Coin of the Realm (Independent)
Beanpole - Pumpkin Pickin’ Time - All My Kin (Chimera)
Pip Blom - Babies Are a Lie - Singles (Nice Swan)
Jooj - Crushed* - Jooj (Last Gang)
Iceage - The Day the Music Dies - Beyondless (Matador)
Spiritualized - On the Sunshine - And Nothing Hurt (Fat Possum)
Freak Dream - Can’t Connect* - Into the Sun (Artoffact)
Sci Fi Romance - Long Ways Left - Dreamers and Runaways (Broken Imagine)
Calvin Arsenia - Toxic - Cantaloupe (Fat Possum)