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Musician and music business guests in a long form one on one conversation format.. Follow along as we meet new, interesting people!!

The show is hosted by Simon Head. A thirty year plus veteran working as a recording engineer, tour manager and sound man for cool Canadian bands like SNFU, Sum 41, Treble Charger and tons more.

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    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Musician and music business guests in a long form one on one conversation format.. Follow along as we meet new, interesting people!!

The show is hosted by Simon Head. A thirty year plus veteran working as a recording engineer, tour manager and sound man for cool Canadian bands like SNFU, Sum 41, Treble Charger and tons more.

    #339 Mason Lowe

    #339 Mason Lowe

    Mason Lowe (drummer of Seattle’s feel-good, classic rock-inspired outfit Bread & Butter) has just announced his debut solo LP Morning People, due out June 23rd on Seattle’s Killroom Records. The advance single Plastered features pounding, hyperactive guitar riffs over loping drums before opening up into a delightfully poppy chorus with descending melodies. Reflecting on the process behind the album and first single Lowe said, “When I started writing songs for this album, I was going through a long lonely period. But "Plastered” was one of the last few songs written for the album. And by then, I was in L-U-V love. I was a straight-up twinkle toes motherfucker! This song is about someone getting steamrolled by love, is heading off the rails, and is just letting it happen.” In a record with lots of different vibes, this is one of the heavier songs. Mason says, "I don’t know where that riff came from! It's a mystery. I’m not a bombastic dude. I'm the kind of guy that tiptoes around my house when I’m alone.” The accompanying video for Plastered features Shane Herrel (Bread & Butter) and Maria-Elena Jaurez (Acapulco Lips) playing maniacally crafted homemade instruments throughout a psychedelic journey without ever leaving the Lowe’s garage. 

    Morning People, combines the sounds of glam rock, 60’s girl groups, and grunge. The result is an open-hearted, sunny record - a nostalgic sweet pop album that is hopeful, beautiful and utterly sentimental. Nods to Big Star, The Shangri-Las and The Beach Boys are present throughout. Morning People was recorded by Lowe during the height of the pandemic while he was struggling to keep the doors open at a Seattle human services nonprofit. But these are not 12 songs of loneliness and exhaustion. This is a dozen songs about new love, hot crushes, and friendship. Mason dragged his weary buns into the basement with 6-packs of Rainier tallboys to record heavy riffs, light harmonies, and tight arrangements. How tight? None of the songs on this album make it to the three-minute mark. Where did this burst of positive energy come from? "I have no idea,” Mason says. "Work was really tough. I had a lot on my mind. A lot. But I dived into music in a way I never have before. This was a super serious time, but the songs that came out are really poppy and fun. I don't know why.  I'm not a sunshiny person. Really!"

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    • 46 min
    #338 Chris Brown

    #338 Chris Brown

    Brown was one of the primary singers and songwriters for the alternative rock band Bourbon Tabernacle Choir in the 1980s and 1990s. When that band broke up, he continued performing as a duo with his Bourbon bandmate Kate Fenner. Brown has accompanied dozens of notable musicians on stage, including a six-month stint as a member of Barenaked Ladies in 1998 filling in for Kevin Hearn while Hearn battled leukemia.

    He is also a social justice activist and the founder of the Pros and Cons Program bringing recording arts to prisons and creating musical works for charities. The Pros and Cons Program has become internationally recognized as groundbreaking in fields of restorative justice and inmate mentorship, with the support of The David Rockefeller Fund. Brown recorded an album with the prisoners called Postcards from the County which Exclaim! described as "inescapably honest and sincere".

    Brown has recently launched Wolfe Island Records as a home for the prison music and the many artists he produces and collaborates with, including Fenner, Suzanne Jarvie, David Corley, One River, The Mermaids, Hadley McCall Thackston and the Stephen Stanley Band. In 2017 he released a new solo album Pacem. PopMatters premiered his first single, "Keeper of the Flame", and Huffington Post raved that "Pacem is one of those albums that works on the listener from the inside out."

    Brown currently lives in Wolfe Island where he tours solo and performs with local musicians in a band called Open Hearts Society.

    Catch Brown Hawkins Stanley on tour this spring!

    Brown Hawkins Stanley SHOWS SPRING 2023:

    MAY 11, 2023

    BROWN/HAWKINS/STANLEY - Palasad Social Bowl - London Ontario

    London, ON

    Palasad SocialBowl 777 Adelaide Street NorthLondon ON N5Y 2L8

    (519) 645-7164

    w/special guests The PairsTICKETSINFOMAY 12, 2023


    Hamilton, ON

    The Mule Spinner 11 Landsdowne AveHamilton ON L8L 6N3

    (519) 774-1218

    w/special guest Lori YatesTICKETSINFOMAY 13, 2023


    Buffalo, NY

    Town Ballroom 681 Main StreetBuffalo, NY 14203

    W/ special guest Greg SmithTICKETSINFOMAY 19, 2023

    • 46 min
    Ben Sir RIP

    Ben Sir RIP

    Ben Sir was a singer/songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta. Ben Sir passed away April 24th 2023 from undisclosed reasons. Ben was a great interview, and a good dude. We made plans to hang out that never came to fruition.

    Rest in Peace Ben

    • 1 hr 22 min
    #337 Torin Craig & Eliot Rosi of “Pretty”

    #337 Torin Craig & Eliot Rosi of “Pretty”

    Pretty are people who appear onstage with lots of noise and then leave.This half-silly,half-serious sentence summarizes the band’s ethic and sound, from their earlyinspiration byToronto’s 2010s-era DIYpunk scene, to their current fascination withpsychedelic sound and culture, elements that fuse into a highly distinctive, dark andfrenzied sonic landscape.The band had a busy 2022, recording their second EPand follow-up to their debutalbum Sertraline Dream (2020); playing headline sets to increasingly large andenthusiastic crowds and being featured acts for Exclaim! Magazine’s Class of 2022,Canadian Music Week and Sarnia’s Empty Fest. If you dig getting warped anddiscovering another side of yourself, you won’t want to miss Pretty

    Photo credit: Elijah Shark


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    • 45 min
    #336 Patty O’Lantern of Brutal Youth

    #336 Patty O’Lantern of Brutal Youth

    Energetic, raw, honest, and heart on the sleeve punk rock, Brutal Youth have been causing a ruckus for the last 10+ years. Singer Patty O'Lantern, drummer Dustin Campbell, bassist Kyle Hynes, and guitarist Greg Hounsel formed the band in 2010. The band hit the ground running and recorded their first brutally fantastic album, "Spill Your Guts". Shortly thereafter the group uprooted themselves from their hometown of St. John's, NL and moved to Toronto. After settling into their new digs, Brutal Youth gained attention with their lightning-fast sets and blood-soaked high-intensity performances. A long list of records and touring ensued while the band honed their craft and caught the attention of various record labels. Stomp Records is proud to present their most current longplayer Rebuilding Year on beautiful blue marble vinyl. Keep an eye out for this punk rock tornado with a deluge of live shows planned for 2023.  

    D I S C O V E R

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/brutalyouth709

    Bandcamp: https://brutalyouth.bandcamp.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brutalyouth709

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brutalyouth/

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5BJrQw60XksRtVfwNVFu0W?si=MiXfnm_DT-udaX0zJxHIIg

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    • 47 min
    #335 Friendly Rich

    #335 Friendly Rich

    One of my favourite episodes ever. Sometimes things just click!

    Friendly Rich, Canada’s legendary songsmith of dark and deranged folk songs, has just announced his highly anticipated new LP Man Out of Time (due out March 31st on We Are Busy Bodies) with an advance single and video for the song Le P'tit Bonheur. This latest single is sung in French and is an homage to one of Friendly Rich’s greatest inspirations. In explaining the single he had to say, “I hope you enjoy this release, this work means alot to me, I honour the great Quebecois songwriter Felix Leclerc, and I go to even darker places as a songwriter. I wanted to honour Felix Leclerc's music, and was able to dive into it with Mike T Kerr and Drew Jurecka to help.”  What came out is a dark and unique interpretation that sets the tone for this record. With 4 Leclerc songs embedded throughout the recording, Man Out of Time shows the many sides of Friendly Rich as a composer and performer.

    Friendly Rich describes his latest studio recording as a “dark reflection of the pandemic”. But there’s more going on here - a punk sensibility with a folky delivery creates a unique sound that is as dark and hopeless as the pandemic that inspired it. Man Out of Time features a rolling cast of Canadian musicians and guest performances by Brian Poole (Renaldo & The Loaf), Kevin Breit (Nora Jones, Hugh Laurie), Christine Duncan (Tanya Tagaq), Michael Ward-Bergeman (Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble) and many more unique musicians.  The full length recording features unique interpretations of legendary Quebecois songwriter Felix Leclerc among Friendly Rich's honed brand of deranged folk songs. The music can be described as high-energy, rhythmic and atmospheric, ranging from sullen stripped down ballads to frenetic folky foot-stompers. Friendly Rich’s music is theatrical and melodic and brings to mind early Bowie with hints of operatic rock in the vein of T-Rex and Roky Erickson.

    Photo credit: Michael Crusty / Crusty Media

    D I S C O V E R

    Website: http://www.friendlyrich.com

    Bandcamp: https://friendlyrich.bandcamp.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/friendlyrich

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/friendlyrich

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Friendly_Rich

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/friendlyrich

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1SWneDpUI2N0Bz46xl1cg5?si=zo59VzLcR9mAZr6F_m9ksg

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    • 53 min

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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Highly recommended

Awesome reflection on the Canadian music scene in the 90's.

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Awesome podcast hosted by the very cool Simon Head. Great conversations on music with a wide variety of guests. Interesting views on music, art, creativity, etc. in the ever changing and evolving scene.

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