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Renegade Radio’s Music News and Reviews
Brian Wright-McLeod, 2016
News From Indian Country

Reviews:
Tanya Tagak: Animism [independent]
I’ve reviewed this album before and mentioned her 2014 Polaris Music Prize award in a previous column, but I wanted to update briefly on other attention Tagak’s album has received. Her 2015 Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for Aboriginal Album of the Year also included Juno nominations for Producer of the Year (Jesse Zubot) and Alternative Album of the Year.
 
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[Light in the Attic Records]
Nostalgia, historical importance, artistic excellence, a love of Native roots music or a thirst for vinyl might be some descriptions to identify a hefty new project released by Light in the Attic Records. Produced by Kevin Howes with assistance from VIN Archives, the two-CD collection, also available on vinyl, offers a glimpse into the contemporary music history of northern Canada.
 
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Renegade Radio’s Music News and Reviews

By Brian Wright-McLeod, 2015

News From Indian Country

Buffy Sainte-Marie won the 2015 Canadian Polaris Music Prize for her album Power in the Blood. She performed the title track on the televised concert and displayed that her music is as energetic as ever with lyrics of protest. Last year’s recipient was experimental/explorative throat singer Tanya Tagaq (Inuit) for her album Animism [Six Shooter/Universal].
 
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By Brian Wright-McLeod News From Indian Country
Jimmy Wolf: A Tribute to Little Johnny Taylor [Independent]

The latest blues offering from Jimmy Wolf is an intensely soulful blast from a past tribute album of the music of Little Johnny Taylor. Taylor was born Johnny Lamont Merrett on February 11, 1943 in Gregory, Arkansas. He was active musically throughout the 1960s and ‘70s and recorded only sparingly during the 1980s and ‘90s. He continued to perform throughout America until his death on May 17, 2002.
 
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By Brian Wright-McLeod
News From Indian Country August 2010

Aztlan UnderGround

[Independent]

Formed in the early 1990s, AUG stormed onto the scene with a mini-cassette entitled 1492…F__ That! Their renegade response to the 500th anniversary of the Columbus expedition to the western hemisphere catapulted the group to underground cult status. Their searing metal/rap armor infused with indigenous music, epic lyrics and a true revolutionary consciousness have come to define their style.

Their latest self-titled disc is their best album to date. Most of the eleven tracks clock in around the eight-minute mark - barely enough time to encapsulate the fullness of their tantalizing sound.
 
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By Brian Wright-McLeod
News From Indian Country 8-09

Music News:

Congratulations to Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) for her much anticipated cakewalk win of the Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy) held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kudos go out to Toronto-based recording artist Marc Nadjiwan (Anishnabe) who was nominated for the Dora Award in Best Sound/Original Composition for his work on the play Agokwe (Two Spirit).
 
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Brian Wright-McLeod
News From Indian Country 3-09

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Running for the Drum [Independent 2008]. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s long-awaited album, Running for the Drum, was launched at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in Toronto where she received the Lifetime Achievement recognition on November 30, 2008.

The long-awaited release turns out to be a blockbuster disappointment as the music tediously treads familiar ground with what seems to be nothing more than leftover beats and loops from her past two albums.
 
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By Brian Wright-McLeod, 2008
News From Indian Country 10-08

Jim Boyd: Blues to Blue Grass [Thunder Wolf]. In another fine outing, Jim Boyd harks to the roots of both blues and bluegrass that inspired the infectious melodies and down-home lyrics on his latest disc. The title track pays homage to the legends of both blues and bluegrass, but this is not a roots music project. Boyd draws from the source to enhance his distinctive vocal style and sublime songwriting. While there are legions of blues bands in Indian Country and elsewhere, Boyd delivers something singular and unique. His band contains the familiar roster of players who have accompanied him on previous albums including singer LaRae Wiley; drummer Alfonso Kolb; Marty Meisner, bass; Brad Greene, keys; Paul Raymond, percussion.

www.thunderwolfrecords.com
 
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