A magnificent vocal powerhouse, plucky guitar arrangements and world music rhythms. It’s big, honest and serenely meditative. Darling Cora’s first full-length release Heart Strung Out is an indie-folk record with guts. I dare you not to get chills. Think Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon, and even the free-form rhythms of improvised beat poetry, all set to jazz/blues orchestral foundation. Get in the loop!!!
It’s time for another great sample platter of Southern Ontario’s best original artists. Jess gets deep into why cultural appropriation is a silly accusation and Dylan explains why ‘Adult Contemporary” is not a four letter word. We hear tracks from Todd Donald, Poshley Slums, Julian Troiano, Julian Taylor and Claire Coupland. If you get in no other loop this year, get in this one!!!
Folk, blue-eyed soul, call it what you will. Yanis’EP Queen Kari is a distinctly emotive and personal record, full of powerful imagery and the heartaches of youth, familial dysfunction, loss, and love. Warm, wispy vocals, inventive steel guitar and highly evocative lyrics make this a new favourite for AFL. Jess asks Yanis on air to join the bill for the anniversary show, and Dylan reads an email from the man himself personally thanking him for purchasing the record. This is what it’s all about people. Get in the loop!
Dylan and Jess go blues and funk with Ottawa outfit Airliner Blues Band. If you dig a good old fashioned tale of love gone wrong and some solid ivories-tickling, get in the loop! Check out their full-length album Fired Up and the 4-track EP we discussed on today’s episode!
In this episode, we tackle The Do Good Badlies with Electric Nights. Hailing from Lindsey and drawing influences from blues and classic rock, this high-energy and soulful quintet has a varied and accessible rock record. Dylan laments the realities of censorship while Jess defends the Phil Collins comeback.
*Amendment: The Do Good Badlies are NOT playing Dec 12, Jess has a hobby of making things up. You CAN catch them Nov 4 as part of Twimfest,(Aimless & Transparent, Phill Hood! And the Exclamation, and more) and get all their tour dates at thedgb.ca!
Dig into The Honeyrunners, a Toronto-based rock and roll 4-peice that puts the classic in classic rock (think driving kick drums and killer organ foundations), while somehow managing to be timeless. Jess gets philosophical about why context isn’t always king, and Dylan explains why the more vocalists, the merrier. Look for The Honeyrunners Oct 16th at the Horseshoe Tavern!