Black is the Color by Liz Davinci

“Black is the Color” is a folk song that is said to originate in Scotland.  I have always loved this song and wanted to do my own version of it. One day it hit me that the version I would create of this lovely song would be nostalgic, a bit intense – to explore the…

Recommended Read: Donny Jackal by Paul Matts

It’s 1978, and young Donald Jackson is stuck in a dead-end job and in a dead-end town. But Donald is invigorated by the punk music revolution that is sweeping the country and he dreams of being the singer in a punk rock band. When a local band’s vocalist dies, Donald has his chance … Paul…

Canada Rocks by Dietrich Kalteis

(Photo credit Andrea Kalteis) I can’t imagine a day without music. When I write, I put on my headphones and play whatever inspires me to spin a story. There have been so many great Canadian artists, and here are some of my favorites that I’ve listened to over the years. I’ve linked some of the…

MAELSTROM by ELISA FLYNN

Elisa Flynn is a musical and visual artist, known for her literary, historical and supernatural references and powerful vocals. Her sound, which has evolved and changed over the years, now follows a path towards a more electronic-based sound, especially with the Maelstrom single. Her layered vocals, guitars, synth loops and electronic drums lean towards her interest in…

The Golden Age of Punk Memoirs by K A Laity

We’re in something of a golden age for memoirs from the women who rode the waves of punk and so-called New Wave or post-punk or whatever. Women who rock; women who rule. I think maybe I first caught that wave with Viv Albertine’s Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys. A founding member…

Saved by the Soundtrack by K A Laity

I will probably never get over the feeling of missing out that comes from growing up in the hinterlands, far from where all the cool things start—even if that was never really true. But the big cities famed in song and story seem to be where everything breaks. I do recall the evening news spending…

Elton Motello vs Plastic Bertrand

Elton Motello was the pseudonym of singer- songwriter Alan Ward who released the single ‘Jet Boy, Jet Girl’ on the Belgian record label Pinball in 1977. The exact same backing track was simultaneously used by the Belgian performer Plastic Bertrand – which was a pseudonym of musician, songwriter, producer, editor and television presenter Roger François…

Gerry and The Holograms

Manchester post-punk band Gerry and The Holograms – CP Lee and John Scott – released their debut single Meet The Dissidents on Absurd Records in 1979. The ‘theme song’ – ‘Gerry and The Holograms‘ – clearly served as a blueprint for New Order‘s mega-hit Blue Monday, though neither band seems to have admitted to this!…

2 Poems by Ian Lewis Copestick

Lewis Copestick For now it’s overcast and grey But, the real darkness is on its way You can take that as either meaning On this rainy, late September evening My father’s lying in the hospital My love for him makes my heart full He’s hopefully coming round from the anaesthetic I’m so scared shirtless, it’s…