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Playlist for the July 13, 2011 show;


The Unsettlers – Tie a Rope (Blood and Oil – 2010)

ASK- Safety Zone (Future Communication – 2011)

Sirens and Serenades – 10 Steps (From the Edge) (The Unspoken Art of Lying – 2011)

Star Trek: The Band – Red Shirt’s Fall of Doom (What Little Girls Are Made Of? – 2011)

Fresh Breath – Precious Time (The Speed of Sound – 2010)

Five Alarm Funk – Cave of the Gypsy Troll (Live at Phog – 2011)

Anonymous Bosch – Explode, Reload (Anonymous Bosch – 2010)

The Nefidovs – Beg Your pardon (Set Faces to Stunned – 2011)

With Glowing Hearts – Long Necks Don’t Play With Three Horns (The Riley EP – 2011)

Bombs – Patch on My Parka (The Windsor Zene January Sampler – 2011)

Valerie Page – Great Divide (Landscape in Decay – 2011)

Richie Nix – Empty Heart (Light Years – 2011)

Victory, Sweet Victory – Under Fire

StereoGoesStellar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot (StereoGoesStellar – 2009)

The Square Root of Margaret – Revisit the Cosmos: With Your Hosr, Gelatinous “Space” Mendoza!


This week I was really excited to play my interview with Five Alarm Funk‘s Dameian Walsh, and the bootleg recording I had of last week’s show. Talking with Dameian outside of Phog last Friday night was an interesting experience, my first on site interview, as opposed to in the studio. We had an amusing time talking about playing at Phog, playing at the Olympics, and how he saw the Vancouver Hockey Riots first hand. He had some interesting opinions on those, refreshing to hear someone’s take on the whole thing without the media’s overdramatic spin on it.


The entire show that night was a great time, with Windsor’s The Bad Mothers putting on a great opening set; smooth and groovy funk covers. F.A.F. Were loads of fun as well, getting the entire place dancing. The only complaint I heard about the night was that it took too long for the show to start, and far too long for the headliner to take the stage. But that seemed a small matter when held up agianst what a great time the entire show was. To read more about it, check out the WindsoriteDOTca article.


This Saturday local skate punkers The Rowley Estate are putting on a house show and BBQ to heko raise funds for the release of their first album. The recordings have been finished since February, now the boys just need a little help raising the cash to get the albums pressed. To do this, they have enlisted the help of The Nefidovs, Ape Cassette, With Glowing Hearts, and Kiriyama. The show is set to take place on July 16 at 1339 Hall Ave. in Windsor. Admission is $5, the show is all ages, and BBQ’d goods will be for sale throughout the show. House shows are certainly the bets thing ever, and since this one is being held to help with an album release, it really is a great cause. Go out, enjoy the tunes, support the band, and have some fun.


Victory, Sweet Victory! Returns to Windsor this Sunday, bringing their energetic pop-punk show back to The Blind Dog (671 Ouellette Ave.) where they’ll be playing along with Pulp City Inn, The Beijing Bike Club, Empty Spaces, No Dice, and Montreal’s Third Place. A night of some of the finest pop-punk from Windsor and beyond, with advance tickets going for only $7, this all ages show might be worth stopping by.


If you’re looking for some great CJAM programming outside the hours of The Windsor Scene, might I recommend Sugar For Your Ears, an all electronica show that airs every monday from 10:30 pm until midnight. The Host Bill is a very nice character who will charm you as he spins some of the best electronica on the airwaves.


Playlist for July 6, 2011;

Dstruct.O – Nuclear War (Drumstep EP 02 – 2011)

The Unsettlers – Dead and Gone (Oil and Blood – 2010)

Justin Faubert – Mother Nature (Justin Faubert – 2011)

The Blue Stones – More to Life (The Blue Stones – 2011)

StateSideSin – River (The Windsor Zene December Sampler – 2010)

MicLordz and Sauce Funky – Why U So? (Funk You Up EP – 2007)

The Classix – Girl Like You (Live What You Love EP – 2011)

Blurt – Can You Feel It? (The Love) (The Upsides of Effort – 2007)

Falling with Glory – Fight with Honour (The Windsor Zene January Sampler – 2011)

Beijing Bike Club – The Past (The Windsor Zene January Sampler – 2011)

Radio Adelaide – Sex on the Side of the Road (…And On The Brighter Side of Things)

Weirdonia – Green Tables (Single – 2011)

TON – Gutting (Going Places – 2011)

The Nefidovs – Animal Love (Set Faces to Stunned – 2011)

Impending Doom – Aeon of Dreams (Cadeus Sacrilegae)

Faithful Unto Death – All Talk (Coming Home – 2011)

High Mother – Zombie Star (Gotta Get Love – 2011)

As far as exciting shows this week go, there are a couple, but only one has me crazy pumped.

Five Alarm Funk! This ten-piece funkily eclectic group hails from Vancouver, and will be taking over the stage (and then some) at Phog Lounge on Friday, July 8th. They’re playing Burlington on the 7th and London on the 9th, but are nice enough to be taking a detour to Windsor for your entertainment. This show will probably sell out, so advance tickets might be a good idea. You can get them at the venue for $12, or try the night of the show and pay $15. But whatever you decide, remember to bring your dancing shoes, as this is not a show that will have you leaning against walls with your arms crossed.

On Saturday Villains Beastro is hosting a free show with StateSideSin and Diesel Junkies, which is recommended because not only is the price right, the venue is stellar (I’m actually enjoying their atmosphere and Chicken Parmageddon Panini as I write this…) but the bands are good too! Groovy rock ‘n’ roll sure to entertain as the evil eyes of the cinema scoundrels that adorn the walls look on.

Tune in next Wednesday between 5 and 6:30 for more of what is happening in your local music scene.

Here’s something that may seem obvious considering the venue: “It’s gonna get crowded tonight”.

Not just because the band in question, Vancouver’s Five Alarm Funk, had a standing room only show last time they brought their 10-man ensemble through Windsor, but because, well, there’s ten of them. Ten. But with a sound as eclectic as it is huge, you’ll soon discover that each member is as essential as the next, despite the fact that their guitar neck is poking your poutine or the bass player keeps drinking your pint of Stonehammer. Tonight, Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West)’s dance floor will be a series of fleshy undulations.

Five Alarm Funk are a hard band to categorize. Their horn section will automatically have people clamoring they’re ska, but I don’t exactly hear a full on ska sound. It’s about as ska as Frank Zappa was funk. Zappa was funky at times, sure, but I don’t think you’d ever find Zappa in the funk section. Five Alarm Funk are an ensemble of music enthusiasts but perhaps also musical nihilists. They take a multitude of genres, dismantle them piece by piece, then reconstruct a new monster using only the parts they deem the tastiest.

Choreographed dance moves with explosive stage energy propel this show, as the band, touring in support of their third and latest album, Anything is Possible, will undoubtedly spill from Phog’s cozy stage to the floor, where it will only be a matter of time before it’s full of the writhing sweaty music fans that Phog has honed and nurtured.

In short, get ready for another of Phog’s crazy dance parties.

Opening up the show are locals The Nefidovs.

Five Alarm Funk with special guests The Nefidovs, Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West), Wednesday March 9, 9pm, 19+