Light in the Attic's 2016 compilation Hillbillies in Hell: Country Music's Tortured Testament (1952-1974) digs deep into odd, forgotten recesses of country music, discovering independently pressed laments about dope and the devil. Two of the names will be familiar to country fans – Margie Singleton, with her inspirational anthem "Jesus Is My Pusher," and Cowboy Copas, who warns "Don't Shake Hands with the Devil" – but most of the featured 18 tracks echo other better-known country singers, usually Johnny Cash.
Sweet and sexy sounds from William Sheller – a rare French set from the early 70s – and a record we'd rank right up there with the best work by Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier! Sheller's got a similar groove here – a way of compressing the instrumentation right down to the core, and slipping it around slinky rhythms and spacey production – both of which make familiar instruments sound really way-out! There's also a bit of darkness to the set too – which comes from Sheller's process of recasting a mass structure into a new sort of vision – and a few points feature vocalizations alongside the way-out instrumentation.
Omni was founded in the late 80's, by three core members: Mike Starry (lead guitar), Salvador Velez (rhythm guitar) and Jose Luis Alagaba (bass). New drummer Ismael Colon entered the band in September 2001. Their progressive style is fed from the symphonic parameters of Camel and Genesis, incorporating clear ethnic cut environments and Spanish folklore. "Tras El Puente" is actually a selection of demos recorded between 1990 and 1993. Lots of good jams, reminding of some of the late 70's German bands. With "El Vals De Los Duendes" (2002), their second album seem to be more focused and a bit more developed, and they are still firmly rooted in the 70's classically-oriented style (with Spanish folk influences)…
The one-hour TV documentary, directed by Joanne Jackson and Jari Osborne, tells the stories of three highly-skilled and extremely motivated foreign trained physicians, trying to get licensed to practise medicine in Canada. Shot over a period of four years, the film follows the personal and emotional journeys of the doctors as they work through the long and often bureaucratic process of becoming a doctor in Canada. The documentary story starts in the community of Midland-Penetanguishene, which is facing a serious doctor shortage. Director Joanne Jackson who has roots in Northern Ontario was compelled to make this documentary after her own mother lost her family doctor.