Liner Notes: Bullet News for Feb. 13th

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Toronto-based roots-rock combo Crash Vegas made a splash on the Canadian scene back in the early ‘90s. Their 1990 debut album Red Earth is viewed as their crowning achievement, and one that stands the test of time. Warner Music Canada agrees, and the label will release the album digitally for the first time on April 14. It will also re-release the remastered album on 180 gram vinyl. 

Original members Michelle McAdorey, Colin Cripps, and Ambrose Pottie will reunite to perform a show at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on April 13. Our sources suggest this will be a one-off performance. Guitarist Cripps is now a member of Blue Rodeo, while singer/songwriter McAdorey returned to music with acclaimed solo album Into Her Future in 2015.

The annual Pre-Grammy Canadian showcase was held last Thursday at Los Angeles’ famed secret venue No Name. Co-presented by CIMA, SOCAN, FACTOR, The Government of Canada and the Canadian Consulate General in LA, the event attracted some heavy hitters. Performing were Donovan Woods, Caveboy and Polaris-winner Kaytranada, with Grammy nominee BOI-1DA DJing.

Attendees included Chantal Kreviazuk, Simon Wilcox, Jacob Hoggard, Stephan Moccio, Kiesza, Kai, Marc Jordan, The Tenors, Hannah Georgas, Daniela Andrade, Patrick Lehman, and Julian Lennon.

Kai (real name Alessia De Gasperis Brigante), was up for best dance recording Grammy for the Flume song "Never Be Like You" (she contributed lyrics and vocals). "There's an element of credibility that is added to it when you have that title," she told CBC News about the nomination. "It's so surreal that it doesn't fully register in the moment.” She lost in that category to The Chainsmokers' "Don’t Let Me Down."

-- Joni Mitchell sightings have been rare since she suffered from a brain aneurysm in March 2015 and was found unconscious in her L.A. home. The fact that she made a public appearance on Saturday night at Clive Davis' annual Pre-Grammy Gala at LA’s Beverly Hilton Hotel can be considered good news, though she was confined to a wheelchair. Mitchell attended with filmmaker Cameron Crowe. Source: Billboard

-- Five weeks after it posted heavy financial losses, SoundCloud has announced the departure of two top execs, COO Marc Strigel and Finance Director Markus Harder. The company is currently seeking new investors. Source: MBW

-- It is termed The American Music Prize, but there is a Canadian component to the contenders this year for the US equivalent to the Polaris and Mercury prizes. The recently announced shortlist includes the self-titled album from case/lang/viers, a trio including k.d. langDays Gone By by Vancouver electronic duo Bob Moses is also on the list of 12 nominated albums. The winner receives a US$25K prize at an L.A. event in March.

-- Proud Hamiltonian Tom Wilson was likely the instigator of the decision by roots super-trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to launch its imminent Canadian tour with a surprise show at the city’s fave punk rock club This Ain’t Hollywood. Tix for the Feb. 24 gig were quickly all snapped up.

-- The Lupercalia Festival in Owen Sound, ON, runs Feb. 17-18 at Heartwood Music Hall. The musically left of centre lineup includes Woodshed Orchestra, L CON, Tim Glasgow,  The Surfrajettes, Taktus, and WHOOP-Szo.

 

RIP

Al Jarreau, acclaimed vocalist who worked in multiple genres, in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, aged 76. Jarreau was recently hospitalised for exhaustion, and last week he announced his retirement from touring. He won seven Grammy awards over his career, and, according to Allmusic.com, was the only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B, respectively).

Jarreau's biggest hit single was 1981's "We're In This Love Together." He sang the theme to hit TV series Moonlighting, and was featured on the all-star 1985 song "We Are the World." 

The family asks fans to consider a contribution to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, an organization that supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee (the singer's birthplace) and throughout Wisconsin. Source: Billboard