Papillomas, The

Hub City Records

Only 1 very rare cd available in excellent condition

Corolla is a cool CD. Nanaimo's the Papillomas give us a collection of alterna-pop guitar driven songs about some of those everyday occurrences in life that you might not expect to hear in a song. They sing of flat tires outside of Moose Jaw and pieces of corn on the side of your mouth. The music might remind you a bit of the rough edge of Hardship Post and the poppiness of Lowest of the Low -- and that's a good thing.

The Papillomas let their songs play themselves instead of trying to hide them behind some forced attempt at cool, ultra-hooky chords which seems to be oh-so-popular. They just perform the songs well. Highlights are cool guitar work and Michael Kissinger's unpolished voice, which suits the everyday stories of Corolla.

With the exception of "Ted Nugent's Spine," for the title alone... and for the Guns 'n Roses guitar fade, none of the songs shine over the others because they're all pretty cool and you'll find yourself reaching for the repeat button to hear the disc again.

Test drive Corolla today.

Review by P. Freako

Pigment Vehicle
Independent Women Are So Damned Good

CD (September 10, 1996)

Very Rare and Out of Print

Victoria's Pigment Vehicle were a terrific hardcore unit, that also had releases on the Incentive and Sudden Death labels. Mathrock? Progcore? Just good fun...

R.S. 'Honeybuns' McMillan

With the exception of 1 song, 1 song with one line, and 1 song with lyric-less vocals , this is a primarily instrumental album. The theme revolves around returning to the west coast, to spend time trying to heal my, at this time, very recent back injury. This album features the 11min18sec composition "thirteen variations for feedback". This piece was inspired by a daydream of sounds in late Summer of 1993, and hearing the sounds of outer space being broadcast on tv while (name of spacecraft goes here) passed by the planet Jupiter some time in the early Fall of 1998. Fall of 1998 recording sessions,
first mixed in the spring of 2000.

total running time: 31:44

Rant Music
Kamikaze Syllables

"You're either on the bus, or you're off the bus." -- author Ken Kesey's metaphor for his Acid Tests, circa 1966.

.....RantMusic is clearly on the bus -- in more ways than one.Not long after their formation in 2000, this whirling dervish of a group was eating, sleeping and living on a re-fashioned school bus. From the the outside, it was a means of travel for the band. But on the ever-so comfy inside, the bus was a home on wheels for the six members of RantMusic.
.....Temporary nomadic life is a rite of passage for young bands hoping to sustain an existence, but for RantMusic, who spent their first fifteen months together traveling Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the United States in their self-styled caravan, it was integral to their bond as a musical family as well.

.....The sextet has since taken up residence in a house in Victoria, B.C., but the philosophy and camaraderie fostered on the bus remains tantamount to the direction of Ramsey Reid (vocals), Sara Hart (fiddle, background vocals), Rob Larsen (mandolin, bouzouki), Will Koltai (bass, backing vocals), Marco Bozenich (acoustic and electric guitars, background vocals) and Stephen Geerlof (drums)."It's an expression of our uniqueness as individuals and as a whole, living our lives in our self-made community," Larsen said."RantMusic gives us freedom. Freedom from the norms of society and the freedom to create and express our feelings, views and our experiences of the world around us.
.....And what a freedom train they've been riding since forming, under the name McGnarley's Rant, for a one-off St. Patrick's Day gig three years ago.Thrown together quickly for the performance in their then-hometown of Nelson, B.C., the band culled together a lengthy set of originals and covers, most of which celebrated beer drinking and wayward fishermen -- befitting of a gig on the Irish holiday, they thought at the time.
.....The stroke of marketing genius worked: The six members, then music students at a Selkirk College, drew the biggest crowd to the venue in over a decade. "It went so well that we decided to continue as a band and didn't return to school the following year," Larsen says with a sly laugh.
.....But as the group quickly expanded upon its early sound to include everything from punk to jazz, they found the Celtic-inspired name a touch misleading. After much deliberation, RantMusic was eventually born."The 'Mc' stereotyped us as a Celtic band, and we were often billed as a Celtic band," Bozenich says. "Our music has evolved and we're not as Celtic influenced as we once were." Perhaps fittingly, it was before a hefty crowd in early 2003 in Dranouter, Belgium, that they announced their name-change to the world.
.....RantMusic has been incredibly well-received in Europe, playing large-scale festivals and their own headlining gigs everywhere from Austria, Italy and Switzerland to Belgium and Holland.In three short years, they've played over 500 shows worldwide, each and every one punctuated by their never-say-die stage show and their outrageously original music, which pairs power-folk with worldly influences such as punk, jazz and the occasional kitchen sink.
.....The six musicians are admittedly hard-pressed to describe their own creation, offering the interesting idiom of "Tom Waits meets the Dead Kennedys in Eastern Europe" as an easy out instead. It's an apt description to say the least, and one that is fully captured on their second album, "Kamikaze Syllables."The band's first release, "Fisherman's Pride," was recorded in a blurrry two days just six months after the formation of the band, and it mined the Celtic territory RantMusic now seems miles away from artistically.
.....If "Fisherman's Pride" was their adolescence, then "Kamikaze Syllables" is their effortless slide into adulthood.The songs range in style from the Pink Floyd-esque ballad/freakout "Instill" to the Gypsy rock of "Staring at the Stars," a perfect example of the frenzied beauty Reid and Hart create when they sing together.Perhaps the album's signature moment comes during the title track, a psychedelic journey that crashes headfirst into itself after five minutes of high-tech wizardry, spit-in-your-face punk and hypnotic cacophony. In one revelatory blast the track manages to further confound the walking identity crisis that is RantMusic -- in the best possible way.
.....The album was produced by the legendary Hugh McMillan, founding bassist for Vancouver's Spirit of the West, who led the band into uncharted territory on "Kamikaze Syllables." Reid said the fast friendship that formed was integral to getting the sound both sides wanted."He was stern, but he brought out the best from us in the demanding environment of the studio." he explained. "He brought an outside ear to us that heard new and slightly different musical ideas, and he pretty much let us do our thing. It's a CD that we're all going to be very happy with."
.....The long days ride into tomorrow should be an interesting journey for RantMusic, buoyed by the release of their sophomore album and the months of touring required to support it. But more than that, this group of merry pranksters is planting new roots on a family tree that just keeps getting better with age.

Hello My Name Is Irrelevant

CD (August 24, 1999)

Very Rare and Out of Print

Instrumental punk rawk? Yowza! No current USA distribution of this great band, touring mates of NoMeansNo. Last heard touring Europe.

Royal Grand Prix
High Performance

CD (October 13, 1998)

Very Rare and Out of Print

The hilarous project featuring former members of Roots RoundUp, Hard Rock Miners, Show Business Giants, and many more great local Vancouver bands, doin rocking songs about their three favorite things -beer, cars and girls!

If Frank Zappa and the Beastie Boys had somehow been constrained by the musical ambitions and abilities of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, they might have made music that sounds something like Royal Grand Prix. Hailing from Vancouver, the "brothers" Romoli (vocalist Rocky, guitarist Robbie, bassist Rosie, and drummer Mac) dropped High Performance -- their debut collection of smart-ass punk rock -- in 1998 for Wrong Records. Upbeat and simple (both conceptually and musically) High Performance fails to get any big laughs, but Royal Grand Prix does exude a colorful (if somewhat forced) personality on the record that, while dopey, has some charm as well. Double entendre on tracks like "Full Service" abound, and while it's all delivered with unbridled enthusiasm, the tired material prevents Royal Grand Prix from firing on all cylinders. Choice cuts like "She Says" and "Do or Die" have a nice punk energy, and a few clever lines delivered with enough raw power to make any stripped-down hard-edged rock & roll throwback jealous. Listeners who crave muscle-car referenced, filling station goof rock with a punk edge might enjoy High Performance. As for everyone else, well, let's just say they might find that Royal Grand Prix simply lacks octane. ~ Vincent Jeffries, All Music Guide

Super Groovy Band
Joy Ride

The Super Groovy Band


Recorded at the Sunporch Studio (Vancouver Island, Canada) on a Roland VS16-80. The drumming occurred during 3 days at the Jazz Vangaurd (courtesy Pedar Long).

Produced, engineered and organized by Gogo.
Mixed by Andre Wahl
Additional mixing (including Spin, Stay happy all day). by Bill Perison and Gogo.
Mastered by Bill Perison

This is a Grant-free production.

Singing, keyboards, percussion

Saxophones, flute, singing

Lance Chalmers
AKA The Road Cree
Drumming, singing

Bass guitar, vocals

There Is No Guitar Player
The gig is offered to Fabio

Instruments used: Lance-Gretch drums, Sabian cymbals. / Pierre- Selmer mk VI (tenor) and Wurlitzer (alto) saxophones, Wilkins model Artley flute. / Moon -Fender bass guitar. / Gogo - Pianos (Steinway 9' and Fender Rhodes), Harpsichords (Baldwin electric and S. Sabathil & Son, model Concerto I ), Synthesizers (Moog source, Arp pro soloist and omni II, prophet IV), Mellotrons (400 violins, flutes mixed choir, and MK V brass), Clavinet on fresh apples, Crumar organ, Optigan on lament, Percussion (dulcimer, violin, glockenspiel, church bell, 8 and 16 mm film projectors, television, whistle, tambourines, cowbells and stuff from his Mom's archives.

All songs © 2004 Sunporch Publishing
Moon appears courtesy Scott Brown
Photography + layout Jason Seale and Gogo
Painting and image projection (kaleidoscope I) and Beautiful Day by Tracy-Lyn LeSire
Gogo endorses Mellotron at http://www.mellotron.com/
Lance endorses Sabian at http://www.sabian.com/
Thank you for listening, hope you have fun.

Uberjazz Quartet

Label:God Records, Victoria
all songs written by Mako, Julian Gosper, Richer, Thiel
Produced by Scott Henderson

Lady Zorro

The purpose of music is not a rarified intellectual distillate, it is life intensified, a brilliant life & light - Wildeve

recorded at Allowed Sound Studio & Nomad Studio on Saltspring Island and at D.K.V. Studio in Penticton, BC

mastered by Paul Brouseau
produced by Wildeve and Ramesh Meyers

Zorah Staar
Pagan Pop

Style: Folk
Released: 2000
Producers: Zorah Staar & Adrian Schamberger
Recorded: Nomad Music, Salt Spring Island








Zorah Staar is a singer/songwriter who makes "pagan pop," also described as "radically-uplifting New Age music that rocks and bops and boogies you across the dance floor." Her songs blend lyrics about love, the earth and age-old pagan themes with wild new pop, disco and Celtic rock sounds, plus some gentler ballads.

Staar's music could be described as an infectious fusion somewhere between Tori Amos and Loreena McKennitt, all ecstatically played by Zorah (on guitar and piano) and the other musicians on her CD.

The two main musicians on the CD are multi-instrumentalist Adrian Schamberger, who's played with the Rheostatics and many others, and percussionist John Hildebrand, formerly of the Celtic funk band Mad Pudding.