February 7, 2024 | Posted in: Jon Mckiel 0

Jon Mckiel returns with a highly anticipated new album, the long-awaited follow-up to his underground classic Bobby Joe Hope!

The songs of Jon McKiel are born of the bruised marshlands of remote New Brunswick, from the craggy shores of the Atlantic coast; places where nature is a powerful wonder and the made-world is in slow decay. His new album, Hex, is a bloodshot pop record steeped in our dystopian present, tempered, across its ten tracks, by an existential umami. It’s the follow-up to 2020’s cult favorite Bobby Joe Hope, which Aquarium Drunkard called “an unlikely masterpiece” and Gorilla vs. Bear listed as one of their favorites of that god-forsaken year.

After two solid decades of refining his practice, during the creation process for Bobby Joe Hope, McKiel unlocked new sampling techniques, fundamentally changing the way he makes music. Hex sees that practice extended into even more evocative terrain. Performed and produced again in close collaboration with JOYFULTALK’s Jay Crocker, the duo offer up another collection of songs as disquieting as they are comforting. Expertly evoked by Paul Henderson’s twisted collage on the cover, Hex is equal parts flower field and burning building.

The music moves subtly between moods, carrying themes of fate, doom, family, love and distrust in the digital age. The eponymous lead track is an eerie, subterranean banger whose looped percussion and dirt-nasty bassline bring to mind low fi hip hop flipping early 70s Gene Clark. Elsewhere, on ‘Memory Screen Pt 1’, McKiel’s nostalgia-drenched vocals bring to mind more sounds of the 1970s that appear sonically wider than the largely mono “Bobby Jo Hope”. Then there are moments like ‘Under Burden’, whose skittering drum machine and saccharine synths suggest the cult works of that other Bobby Brown. The album also features McKiel’s first cover committed to tape, a haunting version of a tune called ‘Concrete Sea’, as sung by Terry Jacks (of ‘Seasons In The Sun’ and Poppy Family fame). An earlier version of the cover first cropped up on Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions wherein Mckiel contextualized the selection: “This is actually a song from my childhood. Jacks was at the forefront of ’60s and ’70s-era musicians who were using their platforms to speak out or sing about environmental issues, eventually leaving music entirely to pursue a more peaceful and natural way of life, something that I deeply relate to. The chorus hook has been in my head for about 25 years…”

Regardless of mood, the songs are all adorned with the world-weary poetics heads have come to expect from McKiel. In his music, what might otherwise be construed as paranoia or pessimism, is softened by a genuine sense of longing and tenderness. His lyrics combine natural elements with bits of fantasy and lucid dreamscapes, all tangled with the transmuted horrors of our thoroughly modern present. When McKiel sings of “memories cooked down into usernames” or how “the color of time has gone from green to grey”, the listener is carried to the heart of our grim realities. When he suggests that “one song could kill the king”, we’re reminded that there may just be some dusty magic out there worth believing in.



Still Life
The Fix
Under Burden
Memory Screen pt. 1
Lady’s Mantle
Concrete Sea
Memory Screen pt. 2

All songs © Jon Mckiel 2024 except Concrete Sea by Terry Jacks
Recorded and Produced by Jon Mckiel and Jay Crocker
Mastered by Harris Newman
Performed by Jon Mckiel and Jay Crocker
with Nicola Miller on saxophone on HEX

Artwork and design by Paul Henderson – The Centaur, paper collage, 16 x 20 cm, 2023

Jon Mckiel: “Deeper Shade” acoustic, tour dates!

Jon Mckiel: “Deeper Shade” acoustic, tour dates!

August 9, 2023 | Posted in: Jon Mckiel 0

YCTV presents a special acoustic performance by Jon Mckiel! Jon performs “Deeper Shade” from his absolutely magical 2020 album Bobby Joe Hope live at his home in Baie Verte, NB. Camera and sound by Colin Medley.

Catch Jon Mckiel performing as a duo with Jay Crocker (JOYFULTALK) live at the following international engagements:

Aug 11 – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Aug 31 – The Cavendish Arms, London, UK
Sept 1 – End Of The Road, Dorset, UK
Sept 5 – Off61, Montecarotto, Italy
Sept 8 – La Serre dei Giardini Margherita, Bologna, Italy
Sept 9 – Mazzini 66, Ravenna, Italy
Sept 10 – Baravai Antieatro Romano, Terni, Italy



CTV presents the latest in hard-hitting, behind-the-scenes music journalism with LIVE AT RIVER & SKY! Watch as Shotgun Jimmie, Julie Doiron, Daniel Romano’s Outfit, Status/Non-Status and Julianna Riolino descend/ascend at River & Sky Festival (in Field, ON) to new states of musical excellence, friendship, summer-fun, and practical magic: How to pitch a tent, soundcheck, those aren’t hotdogs those are sausages, just a few dabs of relish, flutes, foghorns, and snare drums. And get exclusive info on YC’s newest signing! Be the first to know. Be the last to leave. Clean up after yourself. Lend a hand.

As witnessed by Colin “The Eye” Medley in the heart of the summer.



March 21, 2023 | Posted in: Daniel Romano, Julianna Riolino 0

YCTV PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE ROCK MUSIC SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM: “THE OUTFIT: DO SXSW”. Streaming now at the end of the red-carpet link below, the film is a tell-all, show-all, well-tuned celebration of honour and friendship, tacos, gumbo, autograph signing, hotel conditioner, and not super talkative donkeys.

This is the real scene. The truth the industry scorns. The summation of goodness in music. Featuring Daniel Romano, Julianna Riolino, Julie Doiron, Carson McHone, Roddy Rossetti, Ian Romano, and Kenneth Roy Meehan. Shot and edited by Colin “THE EYE” Medley. Tune your browsers to reality.

LIVE VIDEO: Julianna Riolino at the “All Blue” album release show! Tour Announcement!

LIVE VIDEO: Julianna Riolino at the “All Blue” album release show! Tour Announcement!

March 8, 2023 | Posted in: Julianna Riolino 0

LET’S GET LIVE!!! Julianna Riolino has just announced a whole bunch of tour dates this spring and we wanted to celebrate the occasion with this ultra-special live video filmed at the All Blue album release show in Toronto (December 7, 2022), featuring a rip-roaring, set-opening, mind-expanding, call-to-arms cover of the Fairport Convention classic Come All Ye and a passionate rendition of All Blue’s Hark! This YCTV exclusive was filmed by @wolfmanhann and @colin.medley; live and recorded sound engineered by @keenthroymeehan, and features the all-star on-stage line up of Aaron Goldstein, Thomas Hammerton, Carson Mchone, Daniel Romano, Ian Romano, Roddy Rossetti.

“Making music feels so good, and I like to think of this captured energy as a marker of growth. This life is dedicated to the winding journey of art and creation, the perseverance of thought, and our duty to destiny. I can’t wait to see where I grow. “ – Julianna Riolino

Come all ye rolling minstrels and together we will ride:

March 14 – SXSW – Swan Dive
March 16 – SXSW – Waterloo Records
March 18 – SXSW – Soco Stomp

Apr 19 – Washington, DC – The Runaway ~
Apr 20 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle ~
Apr 21 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall ~
Apr 22 – Atlanta, GA – EARL (appearing on stage with the Sadies, not her own set) ~
Apr 24 – Houston, TX – Big Top Lounge ~
Apr 26 – Austin, TX – 3TEN @ ACL LIVE ~
May 4 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe ~
May 5 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom ~
May 6 – Rochester, NY – Skylark Lounge ~
~ opening for The Sadies

May 18 – Sydney, NS – St Patrick’s Church Museum #
May 19 – Halifax, NS – Marquee Ballroom #
# opening for Daniel Romano’s Outfit

May 25 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern ^
May 26 – Trout Lake, WA – Trout Lake Lounge ^
May 27 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios ^
May 30 – Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post ^
June 1 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer ^
June 2 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s ^
June 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon ^
June 5 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar ^
June 7 – Atascadero, CA – Bristols Cider House ^
June 8 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley ^
June 9 – Mariposa, CA – The Grove House ^
June 10 – San Francisco, CA – Amado’s ^
^ opening for Kassi Valazza

“All Blue” is available now from You’ve Changed Records

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