B.A. Johnston - Pop Talk #46 (AMI-audio)
B.A. Johnston is a self-described “Failed showman on the skids” who lives with his mother in Hamilton, Ontario. He plays sad weird songs about deep frying, 80s movies, video games and love on his trusty keyboards and guitar. B.A. has spent the last 8 years touring the country in his mom’s minivan.
Freak Heat Waves - Pop Talk #45 (AMI-audio)
Freak Heat Waves make their music in Victoria, British Columbia. Stark, gaunt and mysterious, their sound belongs in another time and place. With elements of early 80’s post-punk & 60’s krautrock Freak Heat Waves defy definition. Rinse and repeat.
the Chronos Band - Pop Talk #43 (AMI-audio)
the Chronos Band calls on the history of afrobeat, jazz and funk to create their unique sound. Driven by the pulse of three drummers, this nonet keeps the groove going, the horns blaring and the party raging until the break of dawn.
Billie Dre & the Poor Boys - Pop Talk #41 (AMI-audio)
Garlic Fingers, high tides, dark secrets & evil women are just a few of the influences that shape the music of Halifax’s Billie Dre & the Poor Boys. Their reckless abandon creates a storm of sound and energy, thrashing across the open sea.
Andrew Sisk - Pop Talk #40 (AMI-audio)
Andrew Sisk has surreptitiously created one of the greatest song catalogues in Canadian music. The man behind the bands Share and Coco et Co., Sisk has been questioning his place in the ever-shifting music industry. A recent tribute album from his friends in the Acadian Embassy has helped to stoke his passion.
Husband and Knife - Pop Talk #39 (AMI-audio)
Husband and Knife is the name Halifax’s KC Spidle gives to his dark, gritty take on folk music. Stripped down and bare, confessional and punk, the songs evoke images of life on the edge and a heart on a sleeve. You may have also seen him in such fan favourites as Dog Day, the Hold, the Holiday Snaps and Bad Vibrations.
The Heavy Blinkers - AMI Pop Talk #38 (AMI-audio)
Masterminded by Jason Michael MacIsaac, the Heavy Blinkers have re-emerged after 7 long years lost at sea. Filled with songs of the war, death, and unrequited love, their new album “Health” is a haunted epic. Written as a musical, the character’s stories are told by vocalists Stewart Legere, Melanie Stone, and Jenn Grant with help from guest contributors Sondre Lerche and The High Llamas’ Sean O’Hagan.
Julie Doiron - Part 1 - Pop Talk #36 (AMI-audio)
Julie Doiron began her musical journey in Moncton, New Brunswick way back in 1990. Her first band, the hugely influential Eric’s Trip were signed to Sub Pop Records during the mid-90’s grunge craze. Twenty years on the road, one Juno award, countless songwriting, recording and live collaborations have honed her skills and made Julie one of Canada’s most beloved musicians.
Julie Doiron - Part 2 - Pop Talk #37 (AMI-audio)
Part 2 of the interview with the lovely Julie Doiron
Wordburglar - Pop Talk #33 (AMI-audio)
The wonderful Wordburglar raps about rhymes, comics and comedy with Pop Talk.
Auctorial - Jaime Forsythe
Here’s the first episode of what I’m hoping will become a regular series with author interviews and readings. The wonderful Jaime Forsythe shares some poems from her collection “Sympathy Loophole”, published in 2012 by Mansfield Press.
Shotgun Jimmie - AMI Pop Talk #27
Season 3 of my show “AMI Pop Talk” kicked off with the wonderful “Shotgun Jimmie”.
Lots of great bands to be featured this season, including: Weirdo Click, the Word Burglar, Dark for Dark, Heaven for Real, Billie Dray and the Poor Boys, Nick Ferrio and his Feelings and lots more!
Saturday’s at 7PM (Eastern) on AMI-audio.
the Burning Hell - AMI Pop Talk #28
Hear songs and stories from “the Burning Hell” on the newest episode of AMI Pop Talk.