Long Friday Update

Busy week so not a lot of posts here.  But a brand new show tonight at 6pm EST.  Have a brand new CD from Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers, a 3 piece rock band from Halifax.

I think I’ll also go find some Matt Mays and El Torpedo to play.  Since as of this week they are “no more”.  Two band members had left recently and Matt decided to dissolve the band.  Matt and his new ‘unnamed’ backing band are playing concerts this summer.  Hitting Ontario in June and even Alberta in July.  So he’s still busy.

And I’ll grab some Blues music from out east.  The CRTC follow-up hearing with DawgFM and other possible stations in Ottawa is next Friday.  We’ll cross our fingers that Canada gets it’s first All Blues station.

http://bluesincanada.com/

Remember they have the 24/7 Canadian Blues stream online.  Listening to that right now.  Great stuff.

For something different, a link to a new music video.  From In Flight Safety, who I’ve played a few times on the show.  It’s for the song ‘Model Homes’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFZUbBZRDqs

Remember music videos?  Ahhh, the good ole days of Much Music before it became a wasteland.

These days at least with computers it’s easy for anyone to be a video editor.  A fan of the band did his own video for the song ‘Big White Elephant’.  Put the song to time lapse footage of Vancouver.  Works quite well.  Why Vancouver when the band is from the East Coast?  I guess we’d have to ask the fan who put it on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieZsZJ0YQeQ

Talking about Vancouver.  Congrats to fellow blogger Bart Given from ‘Inside the Majors’ on his family’s move to Vancouver.  Bart, Jody, their son Brady and the dog Fenway are all on the West Coast now.

Where this week the temperatures are in the 30’s!  This is backwards, we’re still awaiting summer to kick off here in Kingston.

Jody is going to be part of Shore 104 FM in Vancouver.  They’re in testing stage for the month of June but you can listen to the online stream right now. I enjoy listening to stations from all over the place.

http://www.shore104.com

They have a nice mix of stuff from what I’ve heard.  Their playlist is much deeper than the usual commercial radio station.    If you listen to my show you’re used to that, I play anything from any CD.  But that’s rare at most stations.

Check out Bart’s blog too, it’s had a redesign.  He’s had more contributors helping out and needed to change things up to make it less crowded.  Looks nice.

http://www.insidethemajors.com/

Finally, update on Allison Crowe.  First a column on what’s been going on in the UK from The Observer/Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/may/31/british-identity-henry-porter

Mentions Allison.  And even has a reference to the Brits, the Cossacks and the USSR.  A chance to do that will not happen again.

Another article on what’s been going on in England.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6418997.ece

This last one is a more specific column on her from The Scotsman.  And talks about a motion being passed in the Scottish Parliament because of what happened to them.

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Singer-misses-Scottish–gigs.5323386.jp

Adrian sent me a copy of the motion that was filed in the Scottish Parliament after the insane problems in England.

S3M-04279 Rob Gibson (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish National Party): Overseas Performers Don’t Deserve Terrorist Treatment

—  That the Parliament notes with grave concern the ramifications of the Home Office’s new immigration controls on non-EU artists who require a sponsor to allow them to enter the United Kingdom, as highlighted by the treatment of Canadian singer Allison Crowe and several band members who were held for 11 hours in Gatwick Airport before being barred from entering the UK to tour and visit friends in the north west Highlands; considers that Ms Crowe was treated as little better than a terrorist after enduring an 11-hour ordeal where she was locked up, questioned, had her fingerprints taken, her passport stamped “barred from entry” and was then deported; contends that this is no way to treat a legitimate and repeat visitor to the UK; urges the Home Office to rethink this draconian policy before it harms cultural links to Scotland and the wider UK; notes that Ms Crowe is allowed to perform in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic and will do so; furthermore notes the German authorities’ reported reaction to the situation that they were horrified at the British treatment and that Allison would be welcomed to perform in Germany, and asserts that visitors to Scotland during the Year of Homecoming deserve a civilised and warm welcome.

Adrian had a good point, “Who’s the last Canadian musician to have her own motion in Parliament in a foreign country. I don’t know of any!”

Not something that would come up very often. 🙂

I think that’s a long enough post to make up for a quiet week. LOL.

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