Wednesday, February 25, 2015




Zambian Rock

Re-post from a terrific new blog...

Zambian Rock: A Blog Sponsored by Strawberry Rain Music:

I operate a label called Strawberry Rain Music based in Canada.  This blog is going to be a way to share information, albums, and sound clips from the Zamrock Period, which took place in Zambia in the 1970's and 80's.  There are a few labels including my own, Now Again and Shadoks that have been re-releasing this hard to find music, so please support these labels if or when you take a liking to something.  I will not be sharing album downloads on this blog, but you will be able to hear some incredibly rare and killer music.  You should also take note of ZAMROCK.ORG, another good site for resources surrounding the Zamrock period.  Feel free to comment or contact me!

this is love

*Never seen this rad video before!@#$%!!! Remembering family car trip's as a young teenager listening to Harrison's Cloud Nine cassette. "This is Love," indeed... PEACE

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Call of the Moose (+ The Quietus NNA V1 feature)

*I was recently asked to write a NNA V1 feature for UK-based website The Quietus profiling five of the compilation's 23 featured artists and to share a little background on the process of putting the project together. NNA V1 features a diverse range of Indigenous artists from unique cultural backgrounds who performed in a folk, rock, and country style throughout the 1960s-80s and it's so great to see these songs (and their creators) getting some much deserved attention in 2015. Above is a powerful tune by an artist not featured in The Quietus piece, but equally deserving, singer-songwriter Willy Mitchell from Kitigan-Zibi. PEACE


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Round II

Should I eat this banana before my jog, it's looking a little ripe? Come on Kev, eat the banana already! I think my body is telling me something... I power up the stereo and drop the needle on Ian Thomas's Glider LP. A sweet somewhat nostalgic sound fills the room. "What's it like outside?" I think to myself. I open the front door and a rush of crisp fresh air enters my lungs. It's another beautiful B.C. winter morning. We've certainly been lucky this year. My thoughts reach back into the past, to my grandfather who lived in Burnaby during the 1970s-80s, and to distant days with weather just like this...

Thursday, February 5, 2015


Hello ROCK and ROLL fans!!!! 
I'd like to share a short excerpt from my Thin Lizzy liner notes...

"It took years of patronage, but in late 1999 the dealer finally invited me to his place. Arriving with a wallet full of cash and a surging case of nerves, I found myself inching up the steps of a dimly lit east Vancouver house, anxious to score. After a knock and quick hello, I was ushered inside and instantly put at ease. Looking around, I spotted a row of album covers towards the ceiling. On the wall to my left was a massive map of the world, straight-ahead, a vintage turntable, glowing tube amp, and large speakers hung by chains. The remaining perimeter was furnished with handmade wooden cabinets filled with my host’s most treasured possessions, hundreds of psychedelic LPs from around the globe. “Explore,” he said. 

Later that evening, I asked the dealer what his favourite album was. Pausing for inspiration, he walked over to a shelf beneath the record player, thumbed across to the “T” section, and pulled out an original British Decca label Thin Lizzy. I must admit I was somewhat perplexed. Here was this slightly built, musical encyclopedia of a man, with a deep seeded passion for the hippie folk side of underground sounds, putting what I perceived as a classic rock radio band on the stereo. “Whisky In The Jar,” “The Boys Are Back In Town,” and “Jailbreak” flashed through my head alongside forgotten 1980s memories of longhaired banger dudes dressed in bootleg Thin Lizzy rock tees and jumbo jean jacket patches. And then the needle dropped..."

*Ok, that's it for now (bar a little background): Ty Scammell of "For the Record" (RIP) was "the dealer," and the house mentioned is not too far from the VIN HQ. As for Thin Lizzy, they are, hands down, one of the best rock groups EVER!@#$%!!! Needless to say, it was a M-A-S-S-I-V-E honour to help make these crucial sides available again for vinyl lovers the world over and draft up some liners featuring interviews w/ founding members Eric Bell and Brian Downey. Thin Lizzy, Shades of a Blue Orphanage, and Vagabonds of the Western World represent a holy trinity if you will, the first three Lizzy LPs w/ the original power trio lineup of Phil, Eric, and Brian. These albums are powerful and sensitive, a rare and winning combination. I KNOW they will touch your soul as they have mine...


Monday, February 2, 2015

tons of guns...

All For You

*The Shadow knows... STOKED to hear more!!! PEACE

Die weisse Alm

*Around 7 or 8 years ago, I found a copy of the Lord Krishna Von Goloka album in a rural Ontario record store. I was already familiar w/ the music thanks to a pal from England who had put this track on a mix tape back in the day, but there was one little (or BIG) problem, the sleeve had no disc inside. Though I still have the empty jacket, I was able to purchase a complete OG over the weekend while on the road w/ Willie Thrasher/Linda Saddleback and Dada Plan. To me, "Die weisse Alm" is as transcendental as they come. Celestial church organ vibrations meets John Squire "Waterfall"-style guitar lines. So thanks for the tip Ferg! And to the rest of you... BLISS OUT!!! PEACE