Whether you know him for his solo work or as 1/3 of prairie rap pioneers Shadez, Len Bowen is an integral piece of Winnipeg’s hip-hop community.
Stay tuned for a conversation about his new BBS.Steve-produced project for 4th Quarter Records, creative freedom, music that needs to “marinate” before it can be fully appreciated, and much more!
Unfortunately I had to cut a few sections of this interview from the final podcast because they were interrupted by one of my kids (a hazard of dad-casting), but the version here is still a really good listen.
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As many of you know, I like to host intimate little house shows in my back yard each summer. This episode of the podcast is the recording of one of the sets from our most recent back yard gig. Folk duo [Two Crows for Comfort](http://www.twocrowsforcomfort.com/) played a fantastic set of songs, primarily from their highly-recommended debut album, 17 Feet'. I've seen them a few times in a few different contexts now, and they seem like one of those versatile groups that could probably play a show anywhere and still fit in – but they seemed particularly at home at a cozy little back yard show. I’ll be releasing each of these live sets (most likely) as every second episode over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for performances by Sarau Carioca and Rob Knaggs (as well as the previously-released [Lana Winterhalt](http://witchpolice.podiant.co/e/378e5c502e2c50/) set), alternating with the regular Witchpolice interviews. This episode is brought to you by Osborne Village’s new pop-up record store, [Old Gold Vintage Vinyl](http://www.instagram.com/oldgoldvintagevinyl204/), and by our pals at [The Park Theatre](http://myparktheatre.com/). ...
Winnipeg’s Ben Lowe is the new face behind the bass for acclaimed Canadian blues/rock/reggae staples Big Sugar, but it’s in his blood — he’s the son of late Big Sugar bassist (and reggae icon) Garry Lowe.We talked about carrying on his dad’s legacy, finding time to play music with his own trio here in Winnipeg, and much more. As regular listeners know, I like to include songs by the interviewee in each episode, but Ben said he wasn't sure he had any of his own material he was ready to share (yet)... "so why not use some Big Sugar?"...so I found a pandemic cut of "If I Had My Way," featuring a whole bunch of Canadian celebrities (and Ben handling some of the vocals/acoustic guitar), so that's in here... and I took the opportunity to force some tracks from Big Sugar's 20+ year old 'Alkaline' dub project on you. Ben's obviously not playing on these (but his dad is), and I remain -- to this day -- shocked that 'Alkaline' isn't more wildly known. It rules. It's still my favourite Big Sugar-related project to date, although we'll see what the new lineup has in store for the future. This episode brought to you by our pals at Devine Shirt Company, who have brand new Witchpolice merch in the works! Watch for that! Huge thanks to everyone who supports the podcast on Patreon! You can help out for as little as $1 a month if you like the show ...
After a long history in the local music scene as a sideman, backing up some of Winnipeg's finest on saxophone onstage and on record, Casimir Gruwel is going solo. With his debut single, "Winter," generating some buzz and a debut album in the works, Gruwel is stepping to the front of the stage for the first time. ...