Flowers of Hell
We weren't completely sure what to make of Odes, the covers album by Toronto/UK space rockers Flowers of Hell. It was interesting, but the Velvet Underground-flavoured reworkings of songs like Mr. Tambourine Man felt a touch gimmicky, plus we wanted to hear more original songs from the band.
Lou Reed, on the other hand, seems much more impressed, and played three songs from the album to kick off a recent BBC broadcast of his New York Shuffle radio show, and then showered the band with praise.
Reed was especially taken with the track O Superheroin, which combines the Velvet Underground's
Heroin with Laurie Anderson's O Superman. He described it as "amazing," and said it made him rethink his ideas about permissions.
Hamilton musicians vs casino
There's been a lot of talk about how a proposed Toronto casino might impact the city, but a similar proposal in Hamilton has provoked local musicians, labels and venues to speak out loudly.
A who's who of the Hamilton scene - including Sonic Unyon and Junior Boys - have signed a statement opposing a gambling-funded entertainment complex that would negatively affect local music-related businesses. C'mon, Toronto, where's your activist spirit?