Thursday, August 27, 2015


Motherlode had a top 20 hit with this song in the summer of 1969. Most listeners would immediately peg the group as Philly soul (I'm a sucker for a lot of the stuff that Gamble and Huff did) or perhaps even a Motown act.

Surprise. They were Canadian.

Lodged in my brain from early childhood AM radio brainwashing, "When I Die" is one of my favorites for the harmony parts alone. Written by band members William Smith and Steve Kennedy, it stands as a classic, smooth soul/pop confection. Carol Kaye plays bass on the track. Her session work is extensive ("Pet Sounds" being one of many highlights). Terry Brown (who produced Rush and countless others) was behind the board along with Doug Riley.

Beautiful song, albeit slightly sad.

Monday, August 10, 2015


Ottawa musicians Michael Hope and Armin Kamal have just released a terrific, five song EP that offers operatic vocals sitting on top of catchy hooks and fretboard gymnastics. Watch for the Devils can purchased right here

Check out their Facebook page to keep up with the band.

Truly solid set with a classic rock vibe.