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Ep. #312: Elliott BROOD

Elliott BROOD is a well-established Canadian band whose unique form of enigmatic folk-rock has been captivating audiences for 15 years. Consisting of childhood friends Casey Laforet and Mark Sasso, and early adopter Steve Pitkin, the trio of multi-instrumentalists in Elliott BROOD have won awards and toured the world hard, releasing five acclaimed albums along the way, including their most recent LP, 2014’s Work and Love. Assigned to write an Exclaim! Magazine piece, I recently travelled to their new HQ in Hamilton, Ontario to check out their workspace, talk about Grandad’s Doughnuts, the time Mark and Casey saw Nirvana in Detroit, what they make of Hamilton, their work contributing songs to the new Anna Paquin show Bellevue, what their new album might be like, and more. All that, plus you can hear a yet-to-be-released song called “The Fall” from their next record, Ghost Gardens, at the end of our talk. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

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Ep. #195: Terra Lightfoot

Terra Lightfoot is a mighty singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Hamilton, Ontario. Somewhere between soulful folk and catchy rock ‘n’ roll, Lightfoot’s music is acclaimed and earning her a reputation, as a rising star in Canada. Her latest album is Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, it’s out now via Sonic Unyon Records, and she’s touring right across Canada this summer. Terra and I met for a chat recently and so here we discuss Sonic Unyon’s Silverado, home owning, the dead mice, down by the bay in Hamilton, a brewery and an arena and a park, driving to Ya Man! to meet Rita, touring around Hamilton, Lee Reed, Grandad’s Doughnuts, This Ain’t Hollywood, a plant from the Pepper Jack Cafe, Terra’s cousin and my friend Cheryl, meeting on a Go Train to see Weezer, gentrification, crawls, ordering some Ya Man! and not making a scene, The Princess Bride, forgettable journalists, Black Cabbage, Sheezer meets Weezer, getting into guitar where dudes are weird, teenage sexism, adult sexism, feeling othered, singing about Hamilton, a giant cross, classist perceptions of the Hammer, “our product is steel, our business is people,” buildings, cultural anthropology and ethnography, love songs, success, meeting Werner F’s expectations, Canned Heat and the Kinks, life happened, growing up a Lightfoot, duping profs, Scott Bakula’s niece, cornering Gordon Lightfoot, Sundown, Yellowknife and St. John’s, the Pan Am Games, the happy record, the song “Home to You,” and that was it man!

Related links: terralightfoot.com sonicunyon.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #81: Doug Paisley

Doug Paisley is a very gifted singer, songwriter, and musician based in Toronto and specializing in country and western tunes. His latest album is called Strong Feelings and beyond containing some lovely love songs, it features a glorious guest list, including Mary Margaret O’Hara, Garth Hudson (The Band), Emmett Kelly, Colin Stetson, and members of Blue Rodeo, Zeus, Bahamas, the Weather Station, One Hundred Dollars, and many more. Strong Feelings is available now via No Quarter Records and Doug is playing select shows over the next few months. Here Doug and I discuss parental hair pressure, FaceTime and non-electronic electronic issues with technology, self-absorption, metrics, and social media, @RingoStarrMusic, why Doug won’t be listening to this interview, challenging people’s perceptions of him and his music, being self-aware but also insulating oneself from external considerations, the fine art of banter and avoiding self-effacement, stand-up comedy, home renovations, Gord and Dave Tough, Strong Feelings’ stacked guest list, Mary Margaret O’Hara and filmmaker Jem Cohen, working with visual artist Shary Boyle, the saga of recording music using Glenn Gould’s piano with the Band’s Garth Hudson, naming your kids, music that is timeless but of a time, being a teenaged reggae musician and country fan, Kenny Chesney in Jamaica, growing up in Toronto in a musical family, writing love songs in a world full of love songs, how Hamilton might be the new Toronto and the divisiveness of municipal politics, Stompin’ Tom Connors as a Canadian role model, working on new songs, an upcoming Record Store Day 7” with an outtake from Strong Feelings featuring the Weather Station called “Lies Lead to Lies,” the song “Old Times” and more.

Related links: dougpaisley.com noquarter.net vishkhanna.com

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