VIOLET ARCHER presskit
TIM VESELY IN TORONTO'S GREAT HALL
SHOOTING THE RHEOSTATIC'S ALIENS VIDEO
IN 1990. ...AND THAT NIGHT, THEY HAD
A CONCERT IN THE GREAT HALL
( Complete with giant "R" backdrop fully lit )
WITH GUESTS THE LAWN,
WILLIE P. BENNETT and THE BOOKMEN.
MORE REVIEWS...Herald Nix Reviews
HERALD NIX • WHAT A WORLD
"A masterpiece in which style and substance
create a luminous, resonant glow,
What A World sounds like nothing else
in the roots marketplace.
It's one of a kind,
a work of sublime musical art."
— Toronto Star
What A World reveals Nix to be
a double-threat. As a guitarist,
he's an accomplished chameleon,
moving effortlessly rom 3a.m. blues to
ghost-town country to left-of-center
roots rock. Lyrically, he conveys
the bemused world weariness of someone
whose luck is usually bad.
— No Depression US
Like Dylan's Time Out of Mind, Herald Nix's
first album in seven years is a long walk
down a beautiful road. It's like the blues
itself having a peaceful makeout dream..."
— Edmonton Sun
How many times can we call Herald Nix
a national treasure before he gets
the attention he deserves? The guy just
keeps putting out world-class roots
records, but they never seem to get him
the Juno nominations, national magazine
cover stories, and Rick Rubin
collaborations he deserves. His latest,
What a World, is no exception: perfect
in its precise storytelling, big-sky
beauty, and everyday themes, the
record is solid gold from start to
finish. And, as those who have seen the
man in the big hat over the years can
attest, Nix is an even better proposition
live, where his stone-faced stage
presence and brooding gaze spice
the songs with mystery and danger.
— Georgia Straight
• LINKS • LINKS • LINKS • LINKS •
RENO JACK seen here in Toronto 1989,
linked to 1981 photo with Herald Nix
in Edmonton and Reno's comments in 2005
courtesy of Punk Rock Canada
Also on their site are ticket stubs from
the Clash and Herald Nix live at
Kinsmen Fieldhouse in Edmonton
June 29, 1982
and a search for Herald CLICK HERE
DAVE BIDINI & CHARLIE ANGUS in 1989
linked to CHARLIE'S page
as MP for Timmins/James Bay
and his comments as NDP Heritage Critic
on the current CBC lockout
GRIEVOUS ANGELS ON MAPLE
STEVE FRUITMAN in 1989
performing at the Train Hootenanny
at Toronto's lost Siboney Club in
Kensington Market along with Grievous Angels,
Rheostatics, High Lonesome, Big Smoke
and his band the Cajun Ramblers
The link goes to Steve's Radio Show page
"Back to the Sugar Camp"
with listening archives, music links
the Porcupine Awards
CLICK HERE FOR MOOSE VIDEO
OF TRAIN SHOWS
Portaits of Timothy Leary,
Lucinda Williams, Herald Nix,
Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone,
Douglas Coupland, Michael Moore
among a beautiful overview
of his photographs.
Created at Northern Electric
THE NORTHERN ELECTRIC CURRENT
VIOLET ARCHERS #1 in the Kootenays !
more tour photos on the
Violet Archer website:
RODNEY DeCROO and
RAE SPOON on tour !
Nov 16 Edmonton @ The Sidetrack
Nov 19 Sault Ste. Marie @ The Downbeat
Nov 21 Sudbury @ The Townhouse Tavern
Nov 25 Peterborough @ The Grassroots Café
Nov 26 Toronto @ The Smiling Buddha
Nov 29 Toronto @ Gladstone “Rock Your Tits Off Event”
Nov 30 Hamilton @ Pepper jacks
Dec 01 Kitchener @ The Boathouse
Dec 02 Waterloo @ The Raintree Café
Dec 07 Montreal @ Casa Del Popolo
Dec 09 Wakefield @ The Blacksheep Inn
Dec 12 Winnipeg MB @ Shannon’s Irish Pub
Dec 13 Regina @ The Exchange
Dec 16 Vancouver @ The Railway Club w/ Linda McRae
more RODNEY DeCROO
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FLOPHOUSE JR - HOUSEBOAT "an album of breathtaking melancholia that brings together the sad prettiness and directness of Sufjan Stevens’ Seven Swans and The High Llamas’ take on Brian Wilson. What I want and need is more music as lovely as this in my life. Young’s soft, pretty voice; melodica and freakish collection of percussive devices (including a hip flask and bicycle mudguard); Wood’s aching vocal, supreme musicianship and increasingly fascinating production ideas, and little miracles are created."
— Tom Sheriff, Comes With A Smile, UK Sept 2005
VIOLET ARCHERS - THE END OF PART ONE "Master pop craftsmen Tim Vesely steps out from the Rheostatics to deliver the catchy melodies he's known for. The architect behind the Rheo's biggest singles, Vesely's gifted enough to send his thoughtful lyrics into the air with cheery music hot on their tails. Quiet and unassuming, Vesely writes amazing songs that often steal the spotlight from his domineering partners in the Rheostatics. It's a treat to hear Vesely venture into solo territory. From the lethargic, slow-build of "Co-ordinates" to the dark, Crazy Horse vibe of "All The Good" and the peppy charge of "Life and Then," The End is an eclectic affair. THe sparse folk of "Simple" flows pleasantly after the hopeful "Saved Me," and Vesely makes such transitions seamless. Rather than forcing erratic musical twists, Vesely is keen to let his songs develop naturally. The songs are too interesting to be straight, but are free of the idiosyncrasies of his day job. Instead, we get a classic album of understated pop from one of the best around."
— Vish Khanna, Exclaim! Sept 2005
RONNIE ARTUR and his Orkestrio
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#1 on CANADA'S NATIONAL JAZZ CHARTS! Click here.
...and it has remained in the Top Ten some two months later. Click here.
#1 in Edmonton! Lethbridge! Kelowna!
RONNNIE ARTUR & HIS ORKESTRIO - GET THIS! The Orkestrio’s CD, Get This!, challenges the listener to do just that. The music is a spacey, aural landscape punctuated by perturbed sax and the hot-cool throb of trombone. It is music mindful of the same ’50s era as Hayward’s beloved rockabilly, but instead the music explores the jazz-tinged ramblings of the beats. — FFWD
Hank Williams in a beret. — The Province
Very weird, very funny, and extremely entertaining: a beatnik be-bop
conga party for the whole family. — See Magazine
"Artur and the knights of the sound table. Way cool. — Vue Weekly
It will make you feel like you're there, man. There with Ronnie Hayward, and
things will never be this fucking hip again. — Red Cat News
Hayward dredges up the vernacular of an America that vanished
half a century ago and comes up trumps. — Georgia Straight
Bawdy, slinky, sleazy and shifty. — Left Hip Magazine
It's a weird, jaggedly musical album in the vein of impressionistic painting,
shivering guitars coming in over his impeccable bass playing, spoken word
as often as not, still occasionally raunchy, '50s-style. — Edmonton Sun
Herald and Ronnie in Salmon Arm.
August 2005 photo: Chris Cran
Salmon Arm on HERALD NIX
I was on stage with Herald Nix and his band, among others. Herald and the boys didn't smile at all and looked like a bunch of people you might hire to kill someone. But I liked their music, and I think Herald may have liked this song because apparently he was wiggling his finger a bit.
Herald, Ronnie and Jay in Salmon Arm.
August 2005 photo: Chris Cran
more HERALD NIX
Edmonton on RONNIE HAYWARD
The bylaw has resulted in a few strange incidents for Oliver, including a recent run in with Ronnie Hayward, AKA Ronnie Artur and his Orkestrio, a beatnik-jazz combo driven by Hayward’s surreal monologues. The problem started when Hayward demanded that he be allowed to smoke on stage as "part of his act." Oliver had to remind him of the law, but Hayward was furious and vowed never to play The Sidetrack again.
"According to him, we should have started a riot against the smoking bylaw because we’re ‘losing our culture’, like Vancouver ‘lost its culture.’ He cuts his set short to 35 minutes, and the last thing he says to the audience is ‘your town is too clean. I’m going out for a cigarette.’ He dropped his bass and walked out." Hayward spent the next two hours personally making up for the ban in the back of the club before rolling back in to demand his money.
Ronnie in Salmon Arm.
August 2005 photo: Chris Cran
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Ronnie and Herald in Kelowna Capital News. August 1990
Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford (left) set up unique BC tour for
Rodney DeCroo (center) and Flophouse Jr. (right) this September,
( Click here for details )
FLOPHOUSE JR presskit
JON WOOD USED TO PLAY
IN POSITIVELY STOMPIN' — A RAUCOUS
COUNTRY BAND FORMED
OF LEGENDARY ROCKERS U I C AND
THE LEGEND KILLERS ...ON THE
MOOSE LABEL IN THE EARLY 90's.
MORE REVIEWS...Rodney DeCroo Reviews
RODNEY DECROO AND THE KILLERS
The buzz about west-coast act
Rodney DeCroo and the Killers gets louder
as the weeks pass, thanks to a self-titled
disc that came out midway through 2004.
Rootsy and rugged sounding, DeCroo writes
gripping songs that sound as weathered
and lived-in as they come.
— Edmonton Journal
"On Vancouver poet, actor and
singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo's debut
there's no denying the feel and vocals
reminiscent of Blood On The Tracks-era
Dylan but the band kicks way harder and
the writing is gritty as Saturday night
on Carral St."
— The Province
"Since coming out of nowhere 2 years ago,
he's hit the town like a storm.
A gothic folk/country storm that is."
— Red Cat News
"Rodney DeCroo kills 'em
in Western Canada.
See what all the fuss is about."
— The Chart
"Rodney DeCroo is one of my favourite
— Sam Parton, Be Good Tanyas
"So talented - he's lethal!"
— The Red Deer Advocate
"Rodney DeCroo channels the
storytelling tradition of Dylan,
and Parsons into his own commanding
country-rock performed by ace band
the Killers (Jon Wood, Linda McRae
and Marc L'Esperance)"
— Vancouver Sun
• LINKS • LINKS • LINKS • LINKS •
Favourite Internet Animation created by
a Toronto supergroup of animators.
A bar serving drinks of Picasso, Morisseau,
Chagall, Matisse, Pollock, Bosch, Van Gogh,
and more. A must see!
CLICK THE SIGN
STEVE WHITEHOUSE's award winning
animation series. Episode 16 features the
music of Ed Blocki (PRETTY GREEN)
and 3 Peace (his 1999 project)
CLICK MR. MAN
Random archives of photos and video
from the (Sugar Refinery), the Railway Club,
Egypt, New York, Paris, Ray Condo,
Buttless Chaos Ensemble and more
CLICK THE SPINNING GLOBE
Contributor of the fine photos of
Herald and Ronnie in the news section
and link to a retrospesctive of
from the 80's to today
TEMPTATION OF A SAINT (1986)