Coming soon - call me in Toronto on (416) 410-7988 for info
I'm proud of the music I've made over the years. I like to cover a wide range of styles, from pop to electronic to experimental. On many tracks, in particular the "How Animals Sleep" album, I worked with friends Doug Parker, Lorne Schneider and Chris Short. My bandmates on "Wolf" were Matthew Jackson, Neil Jackson and Keith. Everything else was written, played and recorded by me.
My Recommendations: Start with "Storm Animal" (more acoustic) and "Loose" (more electronic). My favourite tracks? Probably "Loved by a Queen" and "Hooked" from "Storm Animal".
You can download any or all of it (see links below with each release). Use it non-commercially in any way you like. But I would like to know about it and get credit please.
Download the whole album HERE (zip, 56 MB)
Every track on this one features some algorithmic composition.
Warning: On "Enlightenment", there are some very high frequencies, by design. You need pretty good speakers for it to be enjoyable. If you do play it, I suggest you start at low volume.
02 27 Degrees
03 C1 C2
04 Keen Sense of Decay
05 Canterbury Flan
06 Converted Damage
07 Early Light (mix 1)
08 Lovers Solo
10 Good Run
11 Stones and Roads
12 Prozac Prelude
Download the whole album HERE (zip, 130 MB)
02 The Ground
03 Pull the Plug Blues (lyric & vocal: Doug Parker)
05 Martin's Jazz
06 The Untidy Race
08 High School Band
09 Go Play in Traffic
10 Time it is a' Passing
12 Pageant Rondo
13 In the Halls (lyric & vocal: Doug Parker)
14 No Hills, Therefore Iams
15 Odds for Life
18 Abstrack - a Train of Thought
19 Campfire (lyric & vocal: Doug Parker. piano: Lorne Schneider)
21 The People To Be
22 Morning Surreal
23 Work with Me
24 Steam Driven
Storm Animal is an anagram of my name.
Download Side A HERE (zip, 101 MB) and Side B HERE (zip, 100 MB)
01 I Believe (instrumental)
02 Save Our Souls
04 P F Empathy
05 Any Other Highway
06 Downtown Night (instrumental)
07 Crow's Nest (instrumental)
08 The Eyes (lyric & some vocal: Doug Parker)
09 The Institute (instrumental)
11 For William
12 Trance Zero
13 Summer Rain
14 Toward Serenity
15 I Still Believe (instrumental)
16 I'll Always Believe (instrumental)
18 Sandhead (instrumental)
19 Another Day
20 Prayer - End & Beginning (instrumental)
21 House in Peru
22 Touch Me Down (lyric: Doug Parker)
23 Loved by a Queen
24 Abide With Me
25 Medley - What's the Idea
26 I'm a Believer (instrumental)
Download the whole album HERE (zip, 129 MB)
01 Lost Overture
02 Home Again
03 Quaking on the Nile (lyric & vocal: Lorne Schneider)
04 Bulletin (lyric & vocal: Doug Parker)
05 Clearance Sale (lyric & vocal: Doug Parker)
06 Buses Carry Mothers
07 The Ballad of Michael and Krys (music, lyric, guitar & vocal: Doug Parker. piano: Lorne Schneider)
08 Three Will Get U20
09 Island of our Dreams
10 Escape (lyric: Doug Parker)
11 Just an Ironic Blues Song (lyric, sax: Doug Parker. vocal, piano: Lorne Schneider)
12 Once I See (lyric: Doug Parker)
13 Whirlpool (lyric: Doug Parker)
14 Between Coasts (lyric: Doug Parker)
15 Cool Like James (lyric & vocal: Chris Short. extra vocal: Lorne Schneider)
16 Medley - Lydia - Love Songs - What Love Loses
art by Jenny
Download the whole album HERE (zip, 88 MB)
01 Down from the Trees
02 Houseboat '88
03 Two-Bit Town
04 Christmas Rap
05 Hogtown Waltz
07 Statue of Elvis
09 2:52 (sax: Doug Parker. piano: Lorne Schneider)
10 Twang Thang
11 Credit Wonderland (lyric & vocal: Chris Short. vocal: Lorne Schneider)
13 Coming to Rest
14 The Outside Routine
15 Last Breath
Download the single HERE (zip, 21 MB)
With guitar & vocals: Matthew Jackson. bass & vocals: Neil Jackson. drums: Keith.
01 On the Run
18-year olds we were, doing it all for the first time. This was recorded in a professional studio, and we could only afford two tracks. The studio was called The Crypt, and actually was in the crypt of a church. We weren't at all pleased with the results - we were trying to be a heavy rock band.
Download the whole album HERE (zip, 71 MB)
01 Bippy Builds a PC
02 Return of the Stringed Beast
04 Lovers Remix
05 October Ramble 1
06 October Weather
07 S & R Acoustic Remix
08 Spike Milligan Tango
there was a video I made that I can't find
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Rheostatics "Green Sprouts Music Week 1993"
Why Rheostatics will live forever
There was always a crackle in the air at any Rheostatics gig. But in their golden age of the early to mid-90's, and especially at the Ultrasound Showbar, you knew the Rheos would ignite that crackle into a smoldering, moody fire.
Anyone who comes to know the Rheos, knows what a top-flight band they were, by anyone's standards, anywhere. I hate to try and describe them, but think art-pop-rock-folk. And when you met the guys, on stage or in person, you learned how genuine they all are, how much they cared, loved their fans ("Green Sprouts"), and how little they thought of commercial success.
The very word "Canada" describes what they did. Early on in their road life, they toured extensively, in parts foreign, and all over Canada, notably including small towns everywhere. They experienced the essence of Canada during that time, and the two inspirational albums, "Melville" and "Whale Music" were largely conceived then. Those are the kind of albums where you realize there is not one wrong second throughout. They're perfect and they'll live forever. Don't get me wrong, you will find much joy in any Rheos album. But those are just .. special. "Northern Wish" from "Melville" could most certainly be an alternate Canadian national anthem. Oh, and if you noticed the double-neck guitar that Martin sometimes played (it's on the cover of "Double Live"), that design is special. 10 points if you know what it is - *answer below.
I can't help but mention one band member in particular - Martin Tielli, vocals and guitar. In terms of all-round virtuosity in the context of meaningful and accessible music, I've yet to witness a better musician. Martin is always able to be in every moment (except when he's not!). A true artist. To the extent that if his flow is interrupted, he will make very noticeable mistakes. And generally, either repeat them, or screw around with them to weave some magic. Or get fiery and angry. Do check his solo work and collaborations, too. Did I mention his painting and drawing? Oh my God! Just go look at the cover of "Introducing Happiness". In a previous incarnation, Martin had done some art work for the Royal Ontario Museum. There's an Escher-like obsession and beauty about his work - look at the receding scales on the fish!
Rheostatics "Introducing Happiness"
So, the Ultrasound Showbar. Quite a unique spot that was. Located upstairs on Queen Street West in one of Toronto's key art scenes. Unique, because it was very small, but had a beautiful, large sound system. One capable of great volumes, but which, for the Rheos, was under-driven, resulting in great sound quality. Spectacular sound, in fact. Dan Akroyd (yes, him) was the then-owner, and was responsible for the equipment investment.
However, there always was a significant portion of the crowd who felt it was okay to talk loudly during the Rheos' sets. But the real Rheos fans always took care of that, gently telling them to shut the hell up. I can say for sure that many like-minded Rheos devotees made lifelong friends at their gigs, myself included.
Rheostatics' stage banter was an absolute mainstay of their performances. In fact, it's on their albums too - "Don't tune. Tuning's not cool. Lou Reed wouldn't tune." When I once spoke with Martin, he told me that tuning is over-rated. I've never known a band that was so engaged with their fans; truly driven by them. On one popular song, Dave Bidini sings about his first concert and his favourite bands. He always polled audience members as the song went along, giving them the mic and wanting to know their favourite bands. Among the live banter I recall, was one incident where the banter actually became a song later - "Dead is the drunkest you can get".
On stage, Rheostatics would inspire each other into silly co-ordinated dances. And Bidini would always get into a pogo-frenzy. The Ramones were among his serious music milestones. But for me, the chills were mostly Martin's. His soaring guitar, soaring voice (amazing falsetto), his song-writing, and the way you always felt like you got his everything. Tim Vesley was the "most still", but even he slowly rotated on the spot, along with the rest of them, during the introduction to "Fan Letter to Michael Jackson".
I missed, and will always miss, their original crack drummer, Dave Clark, who left the band in the mid-90's. He was perhaps the most joyful one, and what a drummer! You don't find one like him every day, if ever. While the music is different, U.S. band Aloha's Cale Parks' meticulous craft comes to mind. And even jazz legends like Chad Wackerman (Chado-san to his friends).
More than anything, Rheos fans flocked to the shows for the love they would always feel.
"TV's twinkling. The sky cushioned my ditch with a couch of snow. So soft. So deep and so cold. And you?" - A Mid-Winter Night's Dream.
Martin Lomas, March 2012
* The guitar features one of the originally-proposed Canadian flag designs, before the Maple Leaf was chosen, eh!