BTW - Ween, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs, Twin Rains, Carl McIntosh & Loose Ends, Oliver Mtukudzi, The Jerry Cans, Women Blues Review, Donkey, Lily Frost, The Skints

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

This week, it's a righteously mixed bag. First off, the re-release of Ween's seminal release, GodWeenSatan, and its genesis, as remembered by Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo).

“They say you only get one chance to make your first record and that's very true. The thing with Ween though, we had already been together for a while by the time our debut album, GodWeenSatan, was initially released, and had amassed a TON of tunes. I hadn't thought of GWS as a new album, but more of a "greatest hits" of our first six years together.”

"GWS was re-released by Restless Records on September 11, 2001 - a day that lives in infamy. We had planned a show at our local bar, John and Peter's in New Hope, PA, on September 14 to celebrate the reissue. If you are old enough to remember 9/11, you remember the feeling of dread and that things would never be the same, ever. We didn't know whether to cancel the gig or not, but ultimately decided that we shouldn't let the tragedy affect our plans.”

"There was a sense of raw emotion the night of the show. It had been only a few days since the towers had fallen, and everyone in the world had been glued to their TVs. As we walked onto the stage the crowd was in a daze, but we came to play that night and needed to deliver in a big way. It was very cathartic on both sides of the stage, for both band and audience. Remarkably, that night, we were able to conjure up the spirit we had when we originally wrote these songs - some dating back to 1985.I have never heard Geener sing as hard as he did that night.

"He was screaming, just like he did when we cut the record. I broke out my old 1958 Fender Musicmaster - the same one I had played on GWS. Up until our reunion in 2016, this show from 2001 would be the only time we'd ever perform a lot of these tunes. Luckily enough, we had the foresight to record this night to 24 track, and in all of these years have never leaked it to the public. 9/14/01 was a very special night for Ween, a time way before it was trendy for bands to perform an album live in its entirety. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and now we're pretty sure it was".

Sam Cash & The Romantic DogsSam Cash & The Romantic Dogs

Sam Cash's Independent Music Residency at the Banff Centre was no smooth snowboard glide for the Toronto singer/songwriter. “At certain points in the last few months, I felt a bit deflated with the whole ‘music career’ thing – feeling that the ambition that had once driven me was starting to slip away, and I was beginning to lose sight of why I loved writing and performing songs in the first place,” says Cash. “It’s easy to get caught up in your own head, and forget what the most important parts about creating are. I think everyone is guilty of giving way to their insecurities, and I have had a particularly rough bout of it over the past little while.”

With the help of Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene), Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene), Kathleen Edwards, Nyles Spencer (The Tragically Hip), and Graham Lessard (Kevin Drew, Timber Timbre) at the Banff Centre, Cash finds himself both creatively challenged and rewarded. “I have really been pushed to do better every day – never settling on a lyric, or a melody, or a chord progression, but always going a few percent further to find those magic moments,” he says. “The songs I’ve been writing up here have been the most fruitful writing and recording experiences of my short career. We are given the dream team up here, and I feel very fortunate that I get the opportunity to watch how these great artists work in and out of the studio. This has truly been inspiring, and it has given me a newfound excitement to start work on the new record – in whatever form that may take.“ 

December 22, Cash will host the third annual Cover Me Impressed show at Lee’s Palace. The past two years of this fundraising night have featured Jim Cuddy, July Talk, Brendan Canning, The Elwins, Ian Blurton, Fast Romantics, and many others. Who knows who will grace the stage this year? “These are the hardest and most rewarding shows we’ve ever done,” says Cash. “It always comes together pretty last minute, and we are essentially learning 40 new covers, usually with less than a month to go, every time. As a result, they are often the most fun shows we have. It feels so great to be able to do our small part to help.”

Canned food donations from the night will go to The Daily Bread Foodbank, while cash donations will benefit SKETCH Working Arts. “I wasn’t actually aware of what SKETCH was until we started doing this show, and I think they are doing such good work in the way they connect the healing power of arts with so many of Canada’s homeless and on-the-margin youths. So many musicians and songwriters can attest to the way music has had a positive – if not life altering – effect on them. I think the reason these nights are so amazing and memorable, is the huge amount of love and respect in the room, from the audience, to the various musicians who have donated their time and talent to this amazing, heartwarming night.” 

SAM CASH & THE ROMANTIC DOGS RIVOLI RESIDENCY DATES
NOV 11 @ The Rivoli
NOV 25 @ The Rivoli
DEC 9 @ The Rivoli 

Twin RainsTwin RainsBeen a long time coming but the day has finally arrived! Toronto-based dream pop duo Twin Rains are excited to announce the release of their debut album Automatic Hand on November 18th and you can listen to the first single 'Flash Burn' exclusively on Live in Limbo. Twin Rains will also be touring in support of Automatic Hand and will kick off a string of Canadian tour dates starting November 3rd in Victoria, BC.

Twin Rains is Jay Merrow and Christine Stoesser. The pair met as roommates in 2009 and within weeks were making music together. They were founding members of Make Me Young, a Toronto indie band that released a critically acclaimed album in 2010, and licensed music to Degrassi: The Next Generation. Make Me Young disbanded not long after the release of the album, but Jay and Christine continued writing music together for film and television. They talked endlessly about making another album, but they couldn’t seem to find the inspiration. In 2012 they packed up and flew to Vancouver, bringing only two suitcases and an assortment of instruments with the intention of spending a year on the west coast. One year stretched into four, and somewhere between teaching music (Jay guitar, Christine piano) and exploring a newfound passion for spending time in nature, Twin Rains was born.

Twin Rains debut album, Automatic Hand, is full of slow to mid-tempo grooves (or 'west coast dance music', as they like to call it), ethereal soundscapes and penetrating poetry. Automatic Hand is about love, but more essentially it's a reflection on the idea that sometimes our hands act faster than our brains and hearts, especially with today's communication technology. Recorded almost entirely by Jay, a self-taught engineer and producer, and produced entirely by Twin Rains, Automatic Hand is the result of the duo’s longstanding musical collaboration amidst years of change and introspection. The first release from the album is the haunting 'Flash Burn'', a song that leaves the listener wanting more.

"'Flash Burn' is a sad party song about the fear of being burned in love or friendship," Christine explains. "I wrote and recorded the first rough version after hearing some bad news about a friend, as a way to work through my emotions. The song has been through several different incarnations, but that opening synth line has been there since day one."

Twin Rains' debut album Automatic Hand will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers/streaming services on Friday, November 18th.

Please visit Facebook.com/TwinRains for more information and the most up to date tour listings.

TWIN RAINS // UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES
November 3 - Victoria, BC - Copper Owl
November 4 - Nanaimo, BC - The Vault
November 6 - Duncan, BC - Duncan Showroom
November 11 - Vancouver, BC - LanaLou's
November 23 - Guelph, ON - DSTRCT Lounge
November 25 - Toronto, ON - ROM (Friday Night Live)
November 26 - Peterborough, ON - The Garnet 

Carl McintoshCarl McintoshiLive Radio presents legendary British band Loose Ends featuring vocalist and bassist, Carl McIntosh. The show will also feature Los Angeles songstress Sulpacio Jones and Montreal soul balladeer Uness. The concert takes place at the Randolph Theatre (formerly Bathurst St. Theatre) on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Toronto. In 1985, Loose Ends became the first British band to score a #1 Billboard R&B hit with Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating.) Their blend of sophisticated soul and pop combined with funky dance grooves earned them a worldwide following that led to other chart successes including Slow Down (#1 US R&B) and Watching You (#2 US R&B). The group recorded five critically-acclaimed albums and is considered one of the most successful British R&B groups of all time. Loose Ends helped champion the distinctive ‘UK or British soul’ movement worldwide.

Loose Ends was founded by keyboardist Steve Nichol and also included singer Jane Eugene, who both left the band in 1989. Carl McIntosh earned his place in the band after successfully auditioning for Nichol at a central London pub. McIntosh was the creative force behind many of the band’s hits as he wrote, co-wrote, produced or sang on classics such as Magic Touch, Slow Down, Watching You, Nights of Pleasure, Mr. Bachelor and Don’t be a Fool.Please join iLive Radio in welcoming historically acclaimed British band Loose Ends for their premier Toronto show. Hosted by Master T & StokeS. DJ Paul E. Lopes & iLive Collective.

Oliver MtukudziOliver MtukudziPresented by Small World Music in association with Za&Zoey, African guitar master Oliver Mtukudzi returns to Toronto for a performance on Friday, November 11th, at The Opera House, 735 Queen St E. For more info please visit http://smallworldmusic.com/shows/oliver-mtukudzi-presented-small-world-m...

Hailed as the "Voice of Zimbabwe," Oliver Mtukudzi is a truly great guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer. The country's pride, most successful artist and national treasure, Oliver is gifted with a deep and rich voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of his people. "Tuku" as he is known, began performing in 1977 and has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond, all the while incorporating elements of different musical traditions. A member of Zimbabwe’s Kore tribe, he sings in the nation’s dominant Shona language as well as Ndebele and English. Tuku (along with Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo) is one of the most successful African recordings artists globally, having sold hundreds of thousands of records on Putumayo, Heads Up/Telarc and Sheer Sound. Tuku is an alumni of Acoustic Africa II (2011 edition) and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, focusing on Young People’s Development and HIV and AIDS Prevention. November's concert marks the return to Toronto of one of Africa’s musical giants.

The Jerry CansThe Jerry Cans

Fuse Inuit throat singing, Celtic music, hints of reggae and the energy of a punk outfit, and you’ve got The Jerry Cans, Arctic Canada’s most popular band. The band will mark the launch of their new CD, Inuusiq/Life at a celebration at Lula Lounge, Thursday Nov. 17.

It’s only their second performance in Toronto this year, the distance from their home base of Iqaluit (some 2,337 km) limits touring possibilities in the south. Their last three shows in Toronto, in smaller venues, all sold out. The band recently toured northern Canada, with a side trip to Greenland for three concerts, and plans to return to Australia in March to play major festival dates. The Jerry Cans’ music? One writer explained: “They can create a musical storm by combining Inuk throat singing, fierce fiddle playing, and often political tunes sung in Inuktitut and English. They embody Arctic culture, and bring it to audiences wherever they perform.” The band is launching its third album, produced by Michael Phillip Wojewoda and recorded at Blue Rodeo’s Woodshed studios in Toronto. The Jerry Cans’ five-date tour “down south” CD release tour is complemented with dates in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s NL. The Toronto show will be opened by Métis, a powerful trio fronted by Evan Pang.

Website: www.thejerrycans.com 

Dione TaylorDione TaylorBITS'N'PIECES This year's Women's Blues Revue, now in its 30th year, goes down at Massey Hall on November 19th. The Women’s Blues Revue will once again feature the finest females in the business. Massey Hall and the Toronto Blues Society join forces to showcase a star-studded cast of special guests including guitarist/singer Sue Foley and singers Layla Zoe, Dione Taylor, Alanna Stuart, Dawn Tyler Watson and Cheryl Lescom, who will join forces with the Women’s Blues Revue Band for an unforgettable night

The Women’s Blues Revue Band is: Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet, band leader) Suzie Vinnick (guitar), Emily Burgess (guitar), Carlie Howell (bass), Morgan Doctor (drums), Colleen Allen (sax). Carrie Chesnutt (sax). Lily Sazz (keyboards). 

Saturday, November 12 sees the release of the new Alex Radeff & Donkey CD Furthermore, a long time coming but a tasty thing from a hardrockin' journeyman band too often left beneath the radar. DonkeyDonkeyIt's a notable gig as Donkey will be kicking it in the company of Johnny & The-Grays, Lorraine Leckie and Longbranch. John Macleod, Harri Pal. Lorraine Leckie and Alex Radeff will carry on at This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton on Sunday to continue the celebration.

The irrepressible Lily Frost is cooking up something a l'il diff for the 6ix. Lily Frost and Her Kelvinators are on a roll with the release of another new single, “Miss Ya Like Hell".

The haunting vibe of "Miss Ya Like Hell" is of a piece with her recent spate of moody but dynamic, atmospheric singles like "Witchdoctor," "Leave My Man Alone," and "Let The Demons Go.""Miss Ya Like Hell" is a back-and-forth duet that features the deep, rugged voice of long-time collaborator Teddy Hawkins. With a relaxed, loping pace, the intro is at once engaging, and a cross between the classic tune "Hey Big Spender" and Ravel's bolero. Freddy Mercury would have liked it. Skillfully blending very tight, expert horn arrangements, muted trumpet and twangy surf guitar, the song recalls everything film noir-ish of the '50s. Very slick lyric matches up the burning desire of physical yearning with actually going through the flames of hell. The perfect tag line that sums it all up is "Get your perfect body over here, cause I miss ya like hell."

Lily Frost and her KelvinatorsLily Frost and her KelvinatorsThen there's Lily's fresh idea for changing the downtown live scene, which she'll present to sponsors at a private event this week. It's all about outlining the lady’s plan to create a vibrant new music event in our great city. With sponsorship/financial help, Lily is stoked to launch an exciting swing music scene that will enhance the culture of Toronto. She successfully helped create a similar situation in Vancouver when she fronted The Colorific, and she believes she can help to do the same here. There's already a significant swing thing going on so odds are she'll pull it off.

Fans of Brit ska reggae will be eating this one up when The Skints take over Rebel (Formerly known as Sound Academy), Friday, November 18th.

Described by Clash Music as “the torchbearers for modern British reggae music,” The tight playing foursome fuse reggae, ska and dub with touches of grime and hip-hop; a contemporary style that draws as much from the streets of the UK's capital as it does from the Caribbean. Fans of Tippa Irie and Horseman will know it. Highly regard Brit newspaper The Guardian says, "Originating in the often squat-based east London ska-punk scene, the Skints have built up a formidable live reputation around Europe’s festivals for their “east London reggae”, which takes in male/female harmonies, soul, reggae, dub, garage and whatever else they pick up along the way."

Since they're opening for Sublime With Rome you'll want to get there early.