Author Archives: Joe Taylor

The Paupers – Magic People

The Paupers – Magic People

Back in the 60’s Canada did not have a lot of choice of psychedelic Rock Bands. You had the Guess Who, and Steppenwolf. After that our sound was either Country or Folk, but a pop band emerged and added a wonderful flavor to our landscape. They were huge in the Yorkville scene as other bands… Continue Reading

Big Sugar – Hemi-Vision

Big Sugar – Hemi-Vision

Hemi-vision is the third recording by Big Sugar and was released on September 11, 1996. Gordie Johnson had been a staple in the music club scene for many years and made a lot of friends along the way including Molly Johnson, who helped get Big Sugar with securing a record deal. Hemi-vision is a hard… Continue Reading

Coney Hatch – Coney Hatch

Coney Hatch – Coney Hatch

  Back in the 70”s we had our share of great Hard Rocking outfits producing solid riffs for the fans with the taste for something concrete. There was no shortage of Rush, Triumph and BTO. With the 80’s ushering in the new sounds of New Wave and Pop, was there still room for a Hard… Continue Reading

Voracious Words from Devouring Saturn

Voracious Words from Devouring Saturn

      Devouring Saturn is a very unique band. The two EP’s I have are In Light, which explores the lighter side of music much like the Carpenters, and In Dark that explores the heavier side of the Carpenters. If you believe that I have some special land in Florida. Seriously, Devouring Saturn is… Continue Reading

Neil Young – Harvest

Neil Young – Harvest

With over 50 albums to his credit, it is really difficult to just choose one great Neil Young album. So instead of debating this endless topic with everyone, I am sure you will see other Neil Young postings in the Canadian Shield. Harvest is Neil’s fourth solo album, coming off the heels of another mega… Continue Reading

Jupiter Hollow – Bereavement

Jupiter Hollow – Bereavement

  This is not a CD for the faint of Heart. I think that is a fair statement to start off with. It will challenge you intellectually, emotionally and technically. It is as if you become part of this onslaught. The story itself is pretty straight forward and self explanatory. The way they organize the… Continue Reading

April Wine Interview intro.

April Wine Interview intro.

  Lately I was lucky to correspond with Myles Goodwyn from April Wine. Since I am a fan of the band for many years, I was thrilled that he would answer a few questions for Blast Toronto. Last October, he released a record called Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2. His friends this… Continue Reading

Spoons – Arias and Symphonies

Spoons – Arias and Symphonies

The year is 1982 and Toronto was in a swirl of young electronic pop bands that were jostling for attention to get into the bigger spotlight. I recall bands like Images in Vogue, Blue Peter, The Parachute Club, Martha and the Muffins, Platinum Blonde, and Rough Trade. They were all out to seize the new… Continue Reading

Let’s meet Maitreya

Let’s meet Maitreya

A while back I was reviewing a punk rock band in the Junction and Mark Wylie was one of the people playing that evening. He was doing his own thing with a guitar that really caught my ear. I spoke with him and he told me he was in a Hard core Metal band. I… Continue Reading