26 May 2021
Band: THE TRAGICALLY HIP
Famous Canadian rockers from Kingston, Ontario
who hit the scene in 1984. released 13 albums, and
called it a day when they sadly lost their frontman
Gord Downie who passed away in 2017.
Back in 1989
New EP: SASKADELPHIA
Released: 21 May 2021
Order info: here
Out of the blue, The Hip unleashed this new 6-track EP of previously
unreleased songs from 1990. Five tracks were actually recorded their
1991 LP Road Apples, which was to be called Saskadelphia, but the
label bosses thought it was a ‘too Canadian’ title.
Rob Baker (guitarist): “I went ‘Wow’ when I heard ‘Ouch’ after all
this time. We were a pretty good little band.”
Johnny Fay (drummer): “We didn’t know what was there, so this meant
baking them and listening to them as they were being transferred. Hearing
them for the first time in 30 years was crazy.”
Gord Sinclair (bassist): “We are, sadly, never going to have the chance
to put out new stuff. For us, in our minds, this is new.”
Turn Up The Volume: Six vintage power strokes. I know, it’s only classic
guitar rock but injected with a fervor and fury blues force which made the
Hip such a beloved and highly praised band.
Here we go…
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Facebook
– Road Apples by THE TRAGICALLY HIP –
AllMusic/John Azpiri: “The Tragically Hip have always taken a certain modest pride in their Canadian roots… The straight-ahead roots rock of Road Apples is a perfect example of why the Tragically Hip are legends north of the 49th parallel. American audiences have yet to catch on, but they would be doing themselves a favor by not stepping aside Road Apples.” Score: 4/5.
– Green Mind by DINOSAUR JR. –
Rolling Stone: “Listen to Green Mind a time or two and the term folk rock starts to take on entirely new dimensions. While no one’s going to mistake Dinosaur Jr majordomo J. Mascis for
a Roger McGuinn acolyte, there’s no denying that his pretty melodies and drawling, laid-back voice connote folk as surely as his over-the-top guitar playing spells rock. The resulting musical conflation is the sort of hybrid for which oxymorons like “lethargic urgency” are coined.”
– Night Ride Home by JONI MITCHELL –
The Los Angeles Times: “The album’s sound is as stripped-down as Mitchell has gotten in a while: lush, smooth sailing of the sort that Joni fans who’ve been away a while will love to come back to. What they’ll find is an artist who has continued to grow in surprising ways–as opposed to fighting off getting old.” Score: 4/5.