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Diggers Delight: Stained Class Records, Toronto ON

Earlier this month Toronto’s new all heavy metal record store officially opened its doors. Stained Class Records, named after the classic 1978 Judas Priest album, had a soft open just before Christmas, but their official grand opening happened February 17th. The store, located in the rear of Parkdale Platters at 1614 Queen Street West, is almost right at the end…   

Track These Down – The Creation and Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock: 1972-1977

The Creation – Action Painting Not unlike many people I’ve talked to about how they first came across The Creation’s psych-infused, guitar bowing, blown out rock and roll, it was Wes Anderson’s inclusion of the song “Making Time” in the opening montage of his cult hit film “Rushmore” that hooked me. Then being a fan of the 90’s wave of…   

Interview with Datura Daydream

Datura Daydream – Photo Credit: Zinnia Naqvi Hello Kevin!  So from what I hear, you’ve just been, or maybe still are, traveling through Asia.  Where are you at the time of this interview and did/does your travel itinerary have anything to do with your art rock/post-rock band Datura Daydream? Hello Jen! Still in Seoul and heading to Thailand soon… All…   

Track These Down – Suburban Lawns and Saron Signs to Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985

Various Artists – Sharon Signs to Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985  Cherry Red’s nod to the women, who in punk’s initial wake rode the swells with guitars in hand, ready to jangle their way to the front. Named after The Kamikaze Pilot’s song that tells the story of a young girl trying her hardest to get signed to Cherry Red, Sharon…   

Dance the Mutation: A History of Hamilton Music

In a steel city visited by The Velvet Underground in 1966—joined by the strobe lights, whips, and tinfoil-wrapped dancers of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable—that also produced the “psychotronic” children’s show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, it should be clear than anything can happen. Ask any local historian and they’ll tell you that Hamilton’s musical lineage begins with King Biscuit…   

Track These Down – Tobin Sprout and Colin Newman

Tobin Sprout – The Universe and Me Former member of indie rock royalty Guided By Voices, Tobin Sprout is back with his first solo LP in nearly 20 years. Being in a band with such a prolific songwriter as Robert Pollard, who nears his 100th release (see our story over here) made it so only Sprout’s cream of the crop…   

Ten Questions with PLUMTREE

As you probably will have noticed by now, the big news over here at Label Obscura HQ these days is that we will soon be releasing the first ever vinyl editions of all three full length albums by 90s Halifax quartet Plumtree. The group was an important part of the Halifax indie music scene, alongside bands such as Sloan, Thrush…   

Every Breath We Drew Was Halleluhwah : The Life And Music Of Can Drummer Jaki Liebezeit (1938-2017)

With cyborg precision, Jaki Liebezeit‘s hypnotically cyclical and unceasingly funky approach to the drum kit propelled the groundbreaking krautrock band Can through a classic string of albums. This was followed by collaborations with artists such as Brian Eno, Michael Rother, the Eurythmics, and a lifelong pursuit of rhythmic enlightenment. A post shared by Can on the evening of January 22,…   

Track These Down – Sleaford Mods and Mayo Thompson

Sleaford Mods – T.C.R (EP) Mixing British mod subculture, hip-hop and post-punk does not sound like something that would stick, Sleaford Mods prove that theory a bust. A duo formed in Nottingham, England by singer Jason Williamson and musical arranger Andrew Fearn, their musical out-put has all the stomp of punk and mixes it with an aggravated Williamson’s working class…   

Diggers Delight: Record Archive, Rochester NY

Welcome to the latest installment of Diggers Delight. For this month’s entry, I travelled a little bit out of the way to find out what the deal was with Rochester, NY’s Record Archive. Somewhere along the way I got myself added to the email list for this Western NY store. I think that I was actually trying to get myself…   

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