Bob Loblaw – Monkey Do

Back in the mid-’90’s I was part of a really interesting Ottawa freakrock band called Bob Loblaw. In 1996 we rented some recording equipment, set it up in the living room, and spent an intense week creating our only album – Monkey Do – which we released on cassette. For the record, Arrested Development didn’t start airing until 2003.

020411 The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN

On February 4th, 2011 m’lady and I were just starting to dig into the America-crossing music-icon treasure hunt I had dubbed the Rock & Roll Field Trip. We had awoken in Louisville, Kentucky and spent the morning at the hallowed Muhammad Ali Museum before driving a bit further south to Nashville for the night…

012908 Bob Wiseman/Catherine MacLennan, Ottawa, ON

On January 29th, 2008 I walked down to Sparks Street – the hopelessly underachieving pedestrian mall in Ottawa’s most desirable downtown area – where the CBC had set up shop after moving out of their seemingly endless tenancy in the Chateau Laurier hotel. I had a free ticket for a taping of Fuse, a now-defunct Saturday afternoon radio show that generally focussed on Ottawa musical happenings, and I was excited…

012515 Trombone Shorty, New Orleans, LA

Mr. Shorty (who is anything but short) is a demigod around New Orleans. I saw forty foot tall billboards of him at the airport when I arrived. And why not? He blends pure, old-school New Orleans jazz with a cutting-edge updated rock sound that pushes his music beyond the bounds of authenticity into a new, true sound. It’s rockin’, it’s jazzy, it’s loud and brash and it sounds just like Trombone Shorty…

012415 Preservation Hall, New Orleans, LA

Preservation Hall in New Orleans must be the most understated famous venue in America. Tucked away on a sidestreet in the French Quarter just steps from the neon stench of Bourbon Street, for more than half a century Preservation Hall has been marked by a simple trombone case hanging over an unmarked door, behind which is the smallest venue you’ve ever heard of…