Friday, April 26, 2013

Country Legend George Jones dead at 81

I have to admit growing up I heard a lot of George Jones in my life and some of his songs such as "He quit loving her Today," is probably one of the most depressing songs ever, and for country music that says a lot.

He was a hard drinker and was married a few times, but still his music is absolutely wonderful.

I really don't know what else I can say that has not already been said, but he will be missed.

Rest in Peace George Jones 1931 -2013.

Brian Guy

The Bop Cats - Kiss Good-Bye 7"

The Bop Cats from Toronto, Ontario bring us some really good rock-a-billy style music. There is a strong Elvis vibe to this little piece of black plastic, not necessarily a bad thing, and in this case it works really well.

Two of the songs I really enjoyed "Kiss Good-Bye," and "Cool off Baby," really rock. The last song I really didn't enjoy much at all is a cover of "Train Kept Rollin'" finishes off of this ep and I have to say I really never have liked this song and this version is no different and it just seems like it goes on and on.

Still worth a download for the two other songs.

Released on Attic Records of Toronto in 1981


Brian Guy

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Boothill Foot-Tappers - Jealousy 7" + Too Much Time 7"

 Two interesting 45s from this folkish band from London.

They remind me of Dexys Midnight Runners a little bit, and that's not a bad thing. The fiddle work on this is outstanding.

Guess I'll have to take a look for some of their other recordings.

Both of these were released on Mercury in 1985


Brian Guy

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Collins Gem: Ghosts

I small compact little book that can fit in your pocket what can go wrong with that? Absolutely nothing.

An Enjoyable book that gives you a over view into the world of ghost and all things ghost related. If you are looking for a lot of in depth coverage on the subject this is not the book for you, but if you are looking for short introductory information in the subject of ghost you hit the jackpot with this book.

The fact that it covers ideas of the spirit world not just from the western point of view, but India, China, Japan, First Nations people and Aborigines is pretty cool in my opinion as these cultures are not really talked about much at all.

The only thing that I could say negative about the book, is the fact that they use the same photo multiple times through out the book. Other than that this is a great little book, and it's a quick read.

Published in 2000 by Harper Collins of Glasgow, Scotland.


Brian Guy

Friday, April 19, 2013

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan - Clock of St. James 7"

I picked this up for a whole .10 and it was worth every cent.

Side a "The Clock of St. James," I had never heard before, but it is a good song.

Side b "The Tennessee Bird Walk," is the reason I bought this.

I have always enjoyed this novelty song and remember it being played quite a lot on the radio when I was growing up. It was also featured on the Dr. Demento Show and is on one of the Dr. Demento Comps.

Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan where both from the Buffalo, NY area but met in Florida and formed a musical duo.

They had about 15 releases or so, but "Tennessee Bird Walk," was their biggest hit.


Brian Guy

Thursday, April 18, 2013

An Illustrated History: Trucking in British Columbia by Daniel Francis

This is a fascinating book on the history of trucking in BC.

Daniel Francis of North Vancouver, BC does a great job of researching the history of trucking from the days of when highways when roads that were dangerously rutted mud pits with no snow plowing, where in most places only one truck could fit, meaning one truck would have to back up to a place where they could both pass safely, to the days of super highways and roads being maintained thru snow plowing and road keep up.

Trucking has changed thru the years not only with equipment but licencing to, and Francis does a remarkable job of telling the story of not only trucking but the drivers of the trucks from the early days right up to today.

Labour and trucking companies are also covered in this book and I think Francis does a good job of telling both sides of the story. Like the book says quoting one of my favourite sayings, "You got it, truck brought it."

If you can find this book and are interesting in the trucking industry in British Columbia pick this book up. It's a little pricey at $49.95 CND but it is really worth it.

Published by Harbour Publishing find them on the web:


Brian Guy

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bash Brothers - s/t ep (review only)

I think I've seen this ep before but decided to pick this up when I saw it this time as it kind of stood out to me this time around.

This is not an Oi! band and they are not brothers. The Bash Brothers are Lindsay Coulton and Kristjanne Vosper. They are based out of Nanaimo, BC.

The sound is good old fashioned female fronted punk rock and roll. It was released in 2008 on Noiseagonymayhem Records.

If you have a chance to pick this up, do yourself a favour and pick this up, it's worth you time and money.

I Picked up my copy at Fascinating Rhythm, 51 Commercial St., Nanaimo, BC V85G3
You can also send an Email to:

Also, if you find yourself in Nanaimo check Fascinating Rhythm out it is a fantastic find.


Brian Guy

BC Sports Hall of Fame Museum

I enjoy British Columbia, always have it is an amazing place to see a lot of things. On this trip, I have to admit I was looking for BC Lions swag, and had kind of a hard time finding any, granted the season hasn't started yet, but still you would think you'd find some home town pride in one of the greatest CFL teams of all time??? Oh well maybe it's just because I'm kind of a homer for the Lions, I'm also a Tiger-Cats fan figure that one out I can't.

So to find some Lions swag my wife and I decided to check out the BC Sports hall of fame and I am glad that I did. Not only did I find Lions swag, even if they only had phone covers for Iphones, I did find some cool merchandise.

The Museum located in BC Place, which happens to be home to the Lions, is a pretty neat place. It's not exactly a huge museum. But it does have some pretty interesting exhibits. I enjoyed the First Nations exhibit and the Terry Fox story that I had kind of forgotten about, damn that was depressing.

I Didn't see anything on  Cam Neely, from Comox, BC who played for the Boston Bruins of the NHL and the juniors for the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL, which was kind of a let down but still this is a fun museum. You can't have everything right?

The Participation Zone reminded me a lot of the Hockey HOF in Toronto with the goal scoring experience, which do to all the little kids I didn't participate it.

If you are in Vancouver, BC and feel the urge to see a sports museum check this place out.


Brian Guy

Friday, April 5, 2013

Roy Acuff Jr. - Wabash Cannonball 7"

The son of Roy Acuff covering one of his father's best known song "Wabash Cannonball," it's not that bad, it did take me a little bit to get used to his voice. He does make the song his own, and I don't mean that in a bad way, it's just a little different from the way his dad did the song.

"Baby Just Said Goodbye" is the flipside, and I have to say it reminds me of something that Gram Parsons would have done. There's a country feel to it but it also has a little bit of rock and roll to it, which is pretty good.

According to what I fan find on it really doesn't seem like Roy Acuff Jr. had much of a recording career, which is too bad because I think he had some talent, maybe not as much as his famous father, but still pretty good if you ask me.

Released on Hickory Records of Nashville, TN


Brian Guy

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Detroit An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

This is a wonderful and at the same time horrifying book about the rise and fall of Charlie LeDuff's home town of Detroit, Michigan.

The book covers the corruption of political figures like former mayor now convict Kwame Kilpatrick and the troubled Monica Conyers along with the money that was supposed to go the the fire department that disappeared of the fact that the police are underfunded, and murders are called suicides even when they are arguably homicides. He also covers the issues at the news paper that he works for The Detroit News, which much like the city is broke.

It is amazing that Detroit which was once one of the leading cities for home ownership is now a cesspool of blocks and blocks of abandoned homes that burn daily just for kicks it would seem.

We not only see issues in Detroit but issues that LeDuff has to face regarding his own life. Her pulls back the layers of his own life looking at the death of his Sister and years later his niece. It's fascinating look at his own life and the death of Detroit.

A good friend of mine is from Detroit, and from what he's told me it seems that LeDuff is right on in his descriptions of what is going on in the city.

LeDuff really doesn't really offer any solutions to the plight of the city just a documentation of it.

This is a must read book.

Released in 2013 on The Penguin Press, New York, NY


Brian Guy