Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-28-2014

September 28, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list thanks to post-10PM assistance from JerusalemSlim:

Arkitex – First World Calling
B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
Beck – Heart Is A Drum
Bleachers – Wake Me
Blondie – Maria
Broken Bells – Perfect World
Church – Reptile
Cliks – Red & Blue
Comsat Angels – Mr. Memory
Conjure One – Center Of The Sun (Chilled Out Remix)
David Usher – Black Black Heart
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Electronic Dream Factory – Call Me James
Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
End Games – First Last For Everything (extended mix)
Flash & The Pan – California
FM – Phasors On Stun
Freur – Matters Of The Heart (extended remix)
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Harrison Fjord – Docking With Jesus
Hidden Cameras – Afterparty
Images In Vogue – Rescue Me
Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
John Lee Hooker & Jim Morrison – Roadhouse Blues
Kasabian – Butcher Blues
Kate Bush – Running up That Hill (12″ version)
Lightning Seeds – Marvellous
Liz Coyles – GIving You Up
Long John Baldry – Mr. Rubin
Mark Knopfler – Remembrance Day
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay (remix)
Peter Murphy – A Strange Kind Of Love
Pink Floyd – Run Like Hell
Placebo – Johnny and Mary
Pretty Lights – Prophet
Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger
Pukka Orchestra – Might As Well Be On Mars
Queen – The Invisible Man
Robert Hazard – Escalator Of Life
Roderick Falconer – Play It Again
Roger Waters & The Bleeding Heart Band – Towers Of Faith
Royal Canoe – Exodus Of The Year
Simple Minds – Waterfront
Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Casino
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Sinners Of Saint Avenue
Stan Ridgway – Drive She Said
Steve Hillage – Radio (live)
Tears For Fears – Ready To Start
Tokyo Police Club – Beaches
Ultravox – Sleepwalk
Wintersleep – Experience The Jewel
Yello – The Race

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-27-2014

September 27, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list thanks to post-10PM coverage from TheBarron:

Animotion – Obsession (extended remix)
Arcade Fire – We Exist
Beautiful Nothing – Never Found What You’re Looking For
Blanket Barricade – We Fit Together
Bleachers – Who I Want You To Love
Blue Peter – Shellshocked
Breeding Ground – Reunion
Captain Sensible – Wot (Maxi mix)
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
Clash – The Magnificent Seven
Cure – Never Enough
David Marsden Introducing The “Delacroy Voting Machine” From The Movie – “Man Of The Year”
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
Dwight Twilley Band – Sleeping
Electronic Dream Factory – Violent Change
Farm – Very Emotional (Remix)
Filter & The Crystal Method – (Can’t You) Trip Like I Do
Fixx – Red Skies
FM – One O’Clock Tomorrow
Gorillaz feat. Mos Def And Bobby Womak – Stylo
Hidden Cameras – Bread For Brat
INXS – Devil Inside (12″ mix)
Japan – Quiet Life
Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Lowell – The Bells
Marcus Kihn – Air
Martha & The Muffins – Black Stations / White Stations
Midnight Oil – The Dead Heart
Mighty Lemon Drops – Inside Out
Motors – Airport
My Morning Jacket – Look At You
Nash The Slash – Dance After Curfew
Nursery – Domino
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – Wish Upon A Dog Star
Peter Schilling – Major Tom (Coming Home)
Pink Floyd – One Of These Days
Pink Project – Disco Project
Pop Will Eat Itself – Def Con One
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
Skatt Bros. – Walk The Night
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Healing Hands
Steppenwolf – Snowblind Friend
Stranglers – Always The Sun
Theo – When You’re Not Around
Thinkman – The Best Adventures (extended remix)
Tin Star Orphans – TSO
Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio
Ultravox – Brilliant
Visage – Love Glove

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-21-2014

September 21, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list thanks to always-appreciated late-night help from JerusalemSlim:

Beautiful Nothing – Never Found What You’re Looking For
Beck – Heart Is A Drum
Black Cat Music – Most Perfect Day Ever
Bleachers – Reckless Love
Broken Bells – Perfect World
Carole Pope – Landfall
Colin James – Why’d You Lie
Cure – Pictures Of You (extended)
Cut Copy – Future
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Delerium – A Poem For Byzantium
Diodes – Tired Of Waking Up Tired
Doors – The Crystal Ship
Dylans – Planet Love
Earons – Land Of Hunger
Farm – All Together Now
Front Line Assembly – Civilization
Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues
Gentleman Reg – Rewind
Grace Jones – Nipple To The Bottle
Hidden Cameras – Afterparty
Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney et al – Ferry Cross The Mersey
Jags – Last Picture Show
Japan – Transmission
Jerry Lee Lewis – Twilight
Jon and Vangelis – I Hear You Now
Jools Holland – When Did You Get Down From Heaven
Julian Cope – Soldier Blue
Juluka – Scatterlings Of Africa
Kate Bush – Breathing
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Forest Fire
Mavis Staples – I Guess I’m Crazy
Nursery – This Wild Heart
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Procul Harum – In The Autumn Of My Madness
Pukka Orchestra – A Wonderful Time To Be Young
Raine Maida – Montreal
Rheostatics – Who Is That Man And Why Is He Laughing
Robbie Robertson – Houdini
Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers
Santana feat. Everlast – Put Your Lights On
Scissor Sisters – Lovers In The Backseat
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Atari Baby
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Casino
Stan Ridgway – Camouflage
Stranglers – Always The Sun
Stranglers – You’ll Always Reap What You Sow
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Thinkman – Watchman, Walkman, Thinkman
Thomas D’Arcy – Clear My Mind
Trust – Sulk
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Various Artists – Perfect Day ’97

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-20-2014

September 20, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list with much-appreciated late-night help from TheBarron:

69 Eyes – Feel Berlin
999 – Homicide
Arcade Fire – We Exist
Beautiful Nothing – Come Color Me
Box – My Dreams Of You
Cliks – Savanna
David Bowie – Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix By James Murphy For The DFA)
Dee Long – Dog Star
Depeche Mode – Route 66 (The Nile Rogers Remix)
Diamond Rings – I’m Just Me
DJ Champion – No Heaven
Electronic Dream Factory – Call Me James
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People
Frank Zappa – Dancin’ Fool
Front 242 – Masterhit
Garland Jeffreys – 96 Tears
Gary Clail – Human Nature (On The Mix 12”)
Gentlemen Husbands – Wandering Eye
Ghostwriters – Ready Steady Go
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Hidden Cameras – Bread For Brat
Howard Jones & Nik Kershaw – Like To Get To Know You Well/What Is Love/Wouldn’t It Be Good/The Riddle/I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me/New Song/Wide Boy/Pearl In The Shell (Mash-Up)
INXS – Original Sin
Love & Rockets – So Alive
Matchstick Afro – Stereo Orthophonic Hi Fidelity Victrolis
Mental As Anything – Live It Up
Mighty Wah! – Basement Blues/The Story Of The Blues
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream, Part II
Parachute Club – Rise Up
Pink Floyd – Wot’s…Uh The Deal
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley Remix)
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller
Propaganda – P:Machinery (12” Remix)
Psychedelic Furs – Heartbeat (New York Remix)
Pursuit Of Happiness – I’m An Adult Now
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Hand On Heart
Richard Strange & The Engine Room – Damascus
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Romeo Void – Never Say Never
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Poor Man’s Fight
Stranglers – The Raven
Teenage Head – Let’s Shake
Thompson Twins – Don’t Mess With Dr. Dream
Those French Girls – Regular Sex
Tin Star Orphans – Dead Man’s Suit
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Tom Robinson – 2-4-6-8 Motorway
Ultravox – Brilliant
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel

80s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Rob Stuart is Back with Electronic Dream Factory (EDF)

Excellent music never dies; sometimes it just goes away for a while. And, like a treasured loved one, its return evokes strong emotions of joy, relief, and a reconnection with the universe. That’s what’s happening here, folks. And, I am delighted to be the bearer of the fantastic news.

Rob Stuart first graced Rave and Roll’s pages exclusively as a featured artist back in November 2009. Earlier that year, I had published an article about his Toronto-based band SLAVE to the SQUAREwave, followed by a review of their then-latest smashing release, The Money Shot. Earlier this year (Feb. 2014, to be exact), I was privileged to announce Slave’s return with a jaw-dropping, in-your-face collection of tunes called Asphalt, Sex & Rock ‘N’ Roll. Now, I am thrilled to deliver the trifecta: Rob Stuart’s long-awaited re-emergence featuring an entire catalog of synthesizer-driven musical goodness from his band, Electronic Dream Factory (E.D.F).

Rob agreed to be interviewed so that I can share with you all a little bit about the beginnings of E.D.F., its evolution, the inspiration for the music, and the reason for the decision to re-release the catalog.

When did E.D.F. make its debut in the world?

EDF studios circa 1983

EDF studios circa 1983

Originally E.D.F was and still is the name of my home recording studio. I stole the name from a small British synthesizer company called Electronic Dream Plant which built a very cool monophonic synthesizer called “The Wasp.” My earliest recollection of my first home studio was back in 1981. I decided very early on in my “music career” that rather than pay other people to record in their studios, that I would just build my own and teach myself how to record, engineer and mix.

I was only sixteen back then and gear was incredibly expensive, so my first studio was nothing fancy. I would work three summer jobs to save up enough money to buy studio gear. I still remember purchasing the first real synth I ever owned, a Korg MS-20 for $595.00 at Steve’s Music Store in Toronto. I was so proud walking home with that synth tucked under my arm that day. It was once I started writing original music when I decided Electronic Dream Factory would also serve as a good band name.

Who were the original band members?

Greg Fraser, Rob Stuart, Rob Tennant (1992)

Greg Fraser, Rob Stuart, Rob Tennant (1992)

There have been many incarnations of the “band”version of E.D.F. Version 1.0 is me alone as a solo artist . Long time friend/musician/ artist, Greg Fraser was the first person to become an official member. Our first full-length self-titled album was just Greg and myself. Version 2.0 included Rob Tennant, who was the live drummer.

We soon added Maxx on guitar. Version 3.0 included Emerich Donath on stick bass and Rude Van Steenes on electronic percussion and vocals. I knew Rude back from the Vis-A-Vis days as I was an original member of that band .

EDF Version 3.0

EDF Version 3.0

Why synthesizers and electronica vs. guitars and…?

I’ve always been a synthesizer nut. Ever since I first heard early synth-based music like Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd, Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Throbbing Gristle, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Gary Numan, John Foxx, and early Human League, I knew I wanted to get into synthesizers.

First of all, they looked so cool and they could make sounds that you’d never heard before. That was really the appeal to me. I would spend hours messing around with my MS-20, plugging in cables, twiddling all the knobs, to come up with unique and different sounds. I’ve never been a person who is comfortable jamming in a rehearsal studio or in a band situation, which is why I don’t really consider myself a musician. I still don’t play that well, but writing, recording, and producing came fairly naturally to me. Writing music always was and still is a personal journey for me, so when MIDI came along it allowed me to create all parts of the music by myself, which I thrived on.

Having said that, I’ve always been a guitar fan, so when I couldn’t fake a guitar part by myself or find the right guitar sample I’d have to bring in a guitar player. Of course nothing can replace the thundering sound and look of a live guitar player on stage. That’s where Maxx came in. He was a cool-looking dude with a great head of hair and a killer guitar sound which added to the live element and gave the studio recordings a little extra grit.

Was E.D.F. mainly a studio band, stage band, or both?

I’ve always been a studio guy, but you have no choice but to play live if you want to promote your product seriously. It’s a great feeling playing your own music live with 3 or 4 other people on stage with the lights, smoke, and (hopefully) crowds of people in the audience grooving to your tunes; however, I also derive immense pleasure spending hours in my studio just writing or playing music by myself.

That’s were the “other” side of E.D.F comes from, as I also record and release ambient, chill out, new age music which I never intend to play live. Our finest moment was playing at Pine Knob in Detroit, Michigan in front of 10, 000 people for a big end-of-summer music festival.

What or who inspired the music?

The “who” is endless. See all the bands named earlier. Inspiration can come from anything, really. It could be a unique industrial sample, synth patch, drum and bass groove or simply a nice chord progression. It’s piecing all of those elements together that makes it fun and challenging.

Did E.D.F. originally get the airplay it deserved, and if so, by whom?

The first E.D.F release was actually a cassette-only; but, believe it or not, we used to get airplay on the radio. CFNY 102.1 in Toronto was the first station to play our music. That station was a huge supporter of local independent music, led of course by the one and only David Marsden who still plays my music to this day on his new station With open-minded people like David and the good folk at CFNY, the song “So, What of Tomorrow” ended up being a winner on a CFNY talent search contest and was released on a compilation CD, which to us at the time was unbelievable.

Other places that would play our music would be University radio stations like CIUT (University of Toronto), CKMS-FM in Waterloo, and CKLN (Ryerson University) who were always great supporters of ours. Local DJs like Ronno Box and Craig Beesack would play us at clubs like Catch 22 and local promoter Billy X was also an early supporter of E.D.F

What’s it like to translate a concept in your head into music that you share with the rest of the world?

It’s fun at first, but it can quickly become frustrating when the business aspect kicks in. I won’t even talk about the music business these days as no one has a clue what’s going on; but back in the early 90s there were still labels you could shop your product around to. For our first album we had some interest from TVT Records which had just signed Nine Inch Nails. For the second album, “Drama Dream” we signed a deal with a label in Montreal, which went bad. For the album “Number 3” I had a distribution deal with Toronto’s The Record Peddler. Financially that was probably the most success I had with an EDF album as they managed to get distribution deals in quite a few different territories worldwide.

What made you decide to resurrect EDF?

One word: “Tunecore.”

Tunecore is a great service that distributes your music around the world to digital music stores and streaming stations. It’s really cheap and allows you to keep 100% of the earnings. They really do get the music out all over the world! E.D.F had a pretty strong following in its heyday, especially in Europe.

As I mentioned above, the album “Number 3” was released and distributed internationally by The Record Peddler. I used to get royalty cheques from airplay I received from places like Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Norway and many other countries. Over the past few years I decided to post some old E.D.F videos on YouTube and found that people were actually looking for the old releases. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to re-master and re-release the whole collection in a new package.

Hence “Industrial Catalogue:” All four E.D.F albums in one, 64 songs in total, reasonably priced at $8.99. I did the same with my ambient/chillout/down-tempo E.D.F music, as well. Four albums in one package under the title ˜Noise Control” with 60 Songs in total.

Are there plans for live shows, and if so, where?

At this point, definitely not. SLAVE to the SQUAREwave takes up all of my spare time with live performances and recording. The last time E.D.F played live was at a rave in the middle of a farmer’s field in Oakville, a suburb of Toronto. This was actually where I met Colin Troy from S2TSW, as we were both playing at the rave that night. I was performing my more “techno” E.D.F material while Colin was doing his Smokin’ Jehovah project, which was a mix of middle eastern music and house. Really cool stuff. We chatted through the night about our love for Bowie, Roxy Music, and electronic dance music. We became instant friends and SLAVE to the SQUAREwave was born.

Do you have any examples of E.D.F. music online that people can preview?

Here’s some of my ambient/chill-out music taken from “Noise Control”:

Will the entire catalog be available for purchase? Where?

“Industrial Catalogue” is available via Amazonmp3.







“Noise Control (Vols 1 to 4)” is available via Amazonmp3.







Both albums are also on Spotify, Rdio, Shazam, iTunes, Google play, Wimp, Deezer, beats music and many, many more on-line stores.

Can folks buy single tracks?

Yup! Single tracks are the standard 99 cents.

Will this inspire you to go back into the studio and create new E.D.F. tracks?

E.D.F has never really stopped. It’s just come in many different shapes and forms over the past 32 years and will continue to evolve. I’m getting more and more into the chill-out/ambient stuff as I get older, so you can most likely expect some more music in that vein.

What’s next?

I’m considering releasing some music by a duo group I was in back in the mid 80s called “silent GREEN.” It was an ambient project where the music was ad-libbed and recorded live. I played synthesizer while Bruce Bentley played “ambient” guitar. Bruce and I also had a synthpop band called “Ear Candy,” which was another CFNY-supported band. Tragically, Bruce passed away last year, so I’m thinking of releasing it in his memory. Some of that music is pretty magical.

Thanks so much!

Thanks for your support. I love what you do. You don’t know how important things like this are to a band/artist. You’re really doing a great thing here and it is most appreciated. XOXO

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-14-2014

September 14, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list thanks to much-appreciated post-10PM assistance from JerusalemSlim:

Band (with The Staples) – The Weight
Beautiful Nothing – Come Color Me
Beck – Heart Is A Drum
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings – I’d Have To Be A Stone
Bleachers – Reckless Love
Bleachers – Take Me Away
Bleachers – Wake Me
Bleachers – Who I Want You To Love
Boys Brigade – Passion Of Love
Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be A Cowboy
Brian Eno feat. John Cale – Spinning Away
Broken Bells – Perfect World
Cake – Short Skirt/Long Jacket
Carole Pope with Sara T. Russell – Some Velvet Morning
Chris Spedding – Guitar Jamboree
Classix Nouveaux – Guilty
Concrete Blonde – Joey
Crimea – The Great Unknown
Cut Copy – Future
Darkroom – San Paku
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Eberhard Schoener feat. Sting (and David Marsden!) – Why Don’t You Answer
Electronic Dream Factory – Violent Crime
Elsiane – Prosaic
Eric Clapton feat. John Mayer – Magnolia
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Hidden Cameras – Afterparty
Hidden Cameras – Bread For Brat
Iggy Pop – Play It Safe
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Wind Cries Mary
John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street
Johnny Warman – Screaming Jets
King Crimson – Elephant Talk
Klaatu – Sub-Rosa Subway
Leon Russell – Watch The River Flow
Lighthouse – 1849
Long John Baldry – Flying
Marcus Kihn – Goodbye
Mick Jagger v. Ludacris – Sweet Thing Stand Up
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Passengers feat. Luciano Pavarotti – Miss Sarajevo
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – The Solutionists
Pete Shelley – Telephone Operator
Prefab Sprout – Faron Young
Richard Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Roger Waters – Watching TV
Royal Canoe – Just Enough
Rueben & The Dark – Rolling Stone
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light (Boys Noize remix)
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Montreal
Spirit Of The West – Enough Already, Alright (Hello Cleveland)
Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble – Riviera Paradise
Tony Joe White – The Guitar Don’t Lie
Unheilig – Unter Deiner Flagge
Van Morrison – T.B. Sheets

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-13-2014

September 13, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here:

The complete list thanks to late-night help from TheBarron:

69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Arcade Fire – We Exist
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
Beautiful Nothing – Never Found What You’re Looking For
Bill Nelson – Contemplation
Blue Peter – Don’t Walk Past
Box – Live On TV
Cabaret Voltaire – Crackdown
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
China Crisis – African & White
Comsat Angels – You Move Me
Diamond Rings – I’m Just Me
Echo & THe Bunnymen – Killing Moon
Electronic Dream Factory – Call Me James
Electronic Dream Factory – So, What Of Tomorrow
Feargal Sharkey – You Little Thief
FM – One O’Clock Tomorrow
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Rage Hard
Gary Numan – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go
Hidden Cameras – Gay Goth Scene
Howard Jones – Bounce Right Back
Japan – Quiet Life
Love & Rockets – So Alive
Muse – Uprising (King Kornelios Remix)
No Doubt – Easy
Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
Peter Godwin – Baby’s In The Mountains
Peter Murphy – Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem
Pink Floyd – High Hopes
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Sex Bomb Boogie
Silencers – Bulletproof Heart
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81 82 83 84)
Simple Minds – Promised You A Miracle
Simple Minds – Someone, Somewhere In Summertime
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Seven Day Night Saturday Night
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Texan Thugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll
Stranglers – You’ll Always Reap What You Sow
Strange Advance – Worlds Away
TBA – Love Across The Nation
Teenage Head – Disgusteen
Thomas Leer – Heartbeat
Tokyo Police Club – Beaches
Ultravox – Satellite x 2
Xprime – Closer
Yello – Rubberband Man