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Nicholas Jennings

Music Review: Neko Case - Truckdriver Gladiator Mule

Music Review: Neko Case - Truckdriver Gladiator Mule
Neko Case’s extraordinary journey from punk drummer and country torch singer to avant pop icon is well documented in this box set, which gathers her entire discography of eight titles on remastered vinyl and includes an 80-page book of photography. The collection features the American-born, Canadian-bred musician’s 1997 solo debut The Virginian, on vinyl for the first time, and her excellent 2004 live album The Tigers Have Spoken, recorded with Toronto’s The Sadies. There are a wealth of inspired covers, including the Everly Brot...
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Feature Article: The Sadies and the Good stuff

Feature Article: The Sadies and the Good stuff
Dallas and Travis Good have worked with Neil Young, author Margaret Atwood, Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie and actor Gordon Pinsent. But it was another Canadian icon—one with whom they’ve yet to collaborate—who offered some crucial wisdom. It was 1996, when their band the Sadies was getting started, and Dallas’ and Travis’ father, Bruce, of bluegrass heroes the Good Brothers, was celebrating his 50th birthday at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern. Into the club walks Gordon Lightfoot, who’d had the senior Goods open for him during the 1970s. “Afterw...
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Feature Article: The Sadies - Polaris Music Prize

I was proud to present The Sadies at the 2010 Polaris Music Prize gala on September 21 at Toronto's historic Masonic Temple, where the group was short-listed for its stellar album Darker Circles. Here is my introduction to the band:

The SadiesThe Sadies. Guitar-slinging brothers Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky. Artists—from Gord Downie and Neko Case to John Doe and Neil Young—are unanimous in their praise of these guys.
 
Critics, however, can’t seem to agree on how to describe the band. Are they alt-country mavericks or garage-rock

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The Sadies - In Concert: Vol. 1

The Sadies - In Concert: Vol. 1Recorded at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, this double CD proves Neko Case right when she calls The Sadies “the best live band in North America.” The songs, a mix of covers and originals from the psychobilly band’s albums, are mostly played at breakneck speed, with Dallas and Travis Good pushing each other to frenzied heights. Guests include family bluegrass greats The Good Brothers, Blue Rodeo, Band organist Garth Hudson and Case herself, who graces seven tracks with her breathtaking vocals. A thrilling two-hour ride. Aug. 8
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The Sadies - New Seasons

The Sadies - New SeasonsLike their siren sister Neko Case, The Sadies are masters at mining roots music and making it their own. But where Case turns everything she touches to gothic gold, The Sadies take a more cosmic approach, adding surf, rockabilly and psych flavors to their spaghetti western stew. The band’s fifth studio album mixes all of those elements on a dozen cinematic songs like “Anna Leigh” and “What’s Left Behind.” Dallas and Travis Good pick and harmonize their way through the material like only badass brothers can. Sept. 18
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