BRO – We are featuring “All Hands” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song? TB – This is a song about my past and growing up in the west end of St. John’s, a place and a time I’ve thought about more than ever now that I’ve moved away. More than ever, too, I’ve been really into making songs that are personally significant to me. So, slowly, this chorus that I couldn’t stop singing grew into a sort of nostalgic anthem about going back home and back to the past, if not in life then at least in death. I guess it’s a song of homesickness and youthsickness on my part, and perhaps, to a degree, I was thinking of the Newfoundland diaspora at large, or any diaspora really, of which you may encounter many here in Toronto. But it ends up celebratory, sort of reveling in the fact that there is this place that is an inescapable part of me, along with all the people there that I’ve loved and learned from and been shaped by. And it feels like an inescapable part of your past must inevitably be part of your future as well. One of my favourite things is when a reason for despair turns out to be also a reason for celebration, almost simultaneously. It feels good to sing this. And be sure to check out “All Hands,” along with new tracks from The Yawpers, Shovels & Rope, Mekons, and Driftwood on this month’s Trail Mix. Now, founding member and singer Tim Baker is returning with his debut solo record, Forever Overhead, which will be hitting the streets next week. Drawing from a wellspring of 70’s era songwriters whose songs punctuated his childhood, Baker, on his new record, has curated a simply gorgeous set of songs. TB – Oh my. Well, it depends on what you like. If you like mountains and sun and wildlife and walks by the water, then I was say you out to go to Gros Morne National Park. If you like a pint and a tune and a few tall tales, then I’d go roam around downtown St. John’s, namely Bannerman Brewing Company or Mallard Cottage or The Duke, but there’s plenty of places to find. Really, wherever you go, you’ll be alright. You’ll want to find someone older and have a cup of tea with them if you can. And get out in a boat. But, for Godsakes, bring a jacket. Tim Baker will be celebrating the release of his new record with two shows in his hometown of St. John’s – most likely jacket clad – next weekend. Early May will find him in the USA, with shows in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Vermont, and Massachusetts on the calendar. For more information on Tim Baker, his touring schedule, or how you can grab a copy of Forever Overhead, please surf over to his website. Go ahead. Ask me who my favorite band from Newfoundland is. Well, Hey Rosetta! of course! TB – You know, it is important to me. And I knew that, of course, we all know that, but it hit me really hard when I did move up to Toronto. At home in Newfoundland, I used to be a five minute drive to the ocean or the woods. Now, it takes me an hour to get to any real sort of open space. I suppose an hour, but I don’t really know to be honest. I don’t get out into it much. It’s been a busy year here in the city. But I walk and run in the park by my house, which is a real park with trails and such. And just yesterday I was walking and I had to take out my phone and take a picture because the trees looked so good and I thought how amazing it was that, after all I’d seen that day, as I’d been working on my computer in the seven hours prior to this on the internet, which has anything you could ever want to or not want to see, that I was still so moved by a couple of trees in the dirt that I had to capture it and then digitize it to share it! I believe the Earth is the purest and wisest and most fundamental, important, and beautiful thing we have and I try to live according to that. TB – Well, not to take the question too literally, but I feel good when I look at it, mostly because the design of the record, by Nico Paulo, is so good. As to whether it’s strange to see my name there instead of my band’s name, I hadn’t really thought about it. Just today, actually, I was laying my copy onto my record shelf and had a moment where I couldn’t decide whether to put it next to the Hey Rosetta! records, in their own little section, or whether to put it off on it own with the Ts. I lay it there with the others. How far we should read into that, I don’t know. BRO – If I had to spend one day in Newfoundland, what is my one can’t miss destination? In the run up to the album’s release, Baker also released a tremendous video for the single “Dance,” which was directed by long time friend and fellow Newfoundlander Jordan Canning, known for his work on the delightfully irreverent comedy Schitt’s Creek. TB – Ron Hynes is a legendary songwriter from home that never fails to inspire me to write harder. Amelia Curran is similarly gifted. If you’re ever in St. John’s and The Pathological Liars are playing, you should see that, but they haven’t recorded now in years. And I just saw this new band, Villages, the other day. They’re actually from Nova Scotia, but they are very much worth mentioning because they are doing their Cape Breton Celtic thing in such a cool and refreshing way. I recently caught up with Tim Baker to chat about venturing out as a solo artist, finding time to get outside, and where I should go if I find myself in Newfoundland. BRO – Any other musicians from Newfoundland that our readers should check out? BRO – Nature seems to be pretty important to you. How do you satisfy the itch to get outside while living in Toronto? BRO – How does if feel to have your name on the cover of this record after years of recording with Hey Rosetta!? Now, for full disclosure, I have to admit that Hey Rosetta! was the only band I knew of from Newfoundland before I wrote this, but they were a damned good one prior to taking a hiatus in late 2017, having garnered numerous JUNO and Polaris awards in their native Canada.
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Tommy Bowe wants the British and Irish Lions to batter Australia into submission at ANZ Stadium, drawing on the pain of past failures to triumph in Saturday’s series decider. Head coach Warren Gatland has picked his most powerful team for the final Test, with four of the six new arrivals – Jamie Roberts, Toby Faletau, Mike Phillips and Sean O’Brien – leading the physical assault on the Wallabies. “Last week we did so much defending. We were on the back foot an awful lot and when we had the ball we kicked it away,” the Ireland wing said. “If we can play rugby tomorrow we can do a lot of damage, certainly with a lot of the players we’ve got in this team. There are huge ball carriers there.” He added: “If we can hold on to the ball, keep battering over the top of the Aussies, hopefully it will cause a bit of damage. There’s a huge amount of emotion in the squad at the minute. We realise that it’s 16 years since we last won a Lions series. “The disappointment of losing out to a try in the last six minutes of the second Test in Melbourne was heartbreaking. We’ve taken a lot from that, we’ve regrouped and we’ll leave everything out on the pitch tomorrow.” Outside of Sir Clive Woodward’s abysmal 2005 tour to New Zealand, since 1997 the Lions have made a habit of falling agonisingly short having given everything to the cause. That scenario unfolded four years ago when Morne Steyn landed a penalty with the last kick of the game to give South Africa a series-clinching 28-25 victory in the second Test. Fast forward to 2013 and the margins have been even finer, with the Lions winning the first Test 23-21 and losing the second 16-15, with last-ditch penalties almost altering the result in both games. “I just remember the disappointment of it all in 2009. I remember the disappointment of the second Test when we lost to that last kick. I just hope it doesn’t come down to that again,” Bowe said. “The first two Tests against Australia have been really close, neck and neck stuff. Everybody will be giving everything tomorrow. We know exactly what we need to do and we want to play some rugby. We were a little bit passive last weekend, we let Australia take the game to us and we need to reverse that tomorrow.” Press Association
“It is not having the World Cup in mind, it is having in mind the number of minutes he has played and I want Phil to be 100 per cent to be able to put him on the pitch. “That will help him, the team, and he will be available for the summer. It is having the healthy state of Phil in mind.” There was better news on midfielder Ross Barkley, who came off at half-time in Everton’s 3-1 win at Fulham with a calf problem. “He’s had two very good days and we will assess him today and we will hope he can join the group today or tomorrow so we are very much positive he will be available for Sunday.” Martinez also expects to see fellow midfielder Darron Gibson back before the end of the season after a cruciate knee ligament operation. “I would be surprised if he doesn’t join the group next week. That doesn’t mean he will be involved on the pitch but if he is progressing the way he is I think we could see him playing before the end of the season.” Striker Arouna Kone, out since October with a knee injury, will not be available, however, but Bryan Oviedo’s hopes of making the World Cup with Costa Rica are good as he continues to make astonishing progress from a double fracture of his leg in January. “I don’t think we will see Kone this season. It is more realistic to see him back in pre-season,” said Martinez. “But I do feel Bryan has a good opportunity to join the group in the final week of the season, which is an incredible recovery time. “From a medical point of view he will be available (for the World Cup) which allows the manager to make a decision on that. “The moment the injury happened I thought the World Cup was out of the question but there is a chance.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists it would be a “fatal gamble” to bring back captain Phil Jagielka too early from a hamstring injury. Press Association The centre-back has missed the last six matches and although the Toffees boss said the defender would travel to last weekend’s game at Fulham he did not feature in the squad and the club’s medical staff have warned he is not yet ready to return. Martinez made the error of throwing Jagielka into action too soon for the 4-0 Merseyside derby defeat at Anfield in late January and insists he will not make the mistake again. The risk of the England international getting injured again now would put his World Cup place in doubt but his manager said that was not the basis of his thinking. “We need to be very careful. It is an injury we need to be very aware we don’t get a recurrence,” said Martinez. “I still think he is doing his individual programme and the medical department are not ready to allow him to join the group and be in the squad. “I don’t think he will be available for this week (against Arsenal) and I think we need to play it very much safe with Phil. “He has played a lot of football and the concern is even though he is ready to step up we need to be careful with introducing him into games. “Don’t get me wrong, the well-being of the player is the most important thing. “With all fairness I rushed him back in one game this season and that was because we had no-one else to play. “Sometimes you can do that because of the amount of minutes they have played and it is a controlled gamble, but at this stage of the season it would be a fatal gamble if he is not fully match fit and having to cope with a possible soft-tissue injury.
(REUTERS) – Marcus Stoinis scored his maiden one-day century but it was not enough to give an undermanned Australia an astonishing victory in the opening match of their one-day series against New Zealand at Eden Park yesterday.Stoinis, who also took three wickets in New Zealand’s 286 for nine from 50 overs, guided Australia from 54-5 in the 13th over to within sight of victory as he grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.The 27-year-old, playing his second one-day international, shared in an 81-run seventh-wicket partnership with James Faulkner (25) and 48 with Pat Cummins (36) for the eighth before Stoinis exploded for 31 runs in 11 balls to put his side into a position where they needed 19 runs from the final 24 balls.Such was his dominance he and last man Josh Hazlewood shared a 54-run partnership, without the tall fast bowler facing a single delivery.Hazlewood, however, was run-out while backing up too far by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on the final ball of the 47th over to dismiss the visitors for 280, giving New Zealand a six-run victory.Stoinis was left stranded on 146 not out, having hit nine boundaries and 11 sixes.Australia were already missing David Warner (rested), Usman Khawaja (in Dubai preparing for the tour of India) and Steve Smith (injured) but then lost stand-in captain Matthew Wade before play began with a back injury.New Zealand had been well in control of the match as make-shift wicketkeeper Tom Latham repaid the faith of the selectors with three catches and two stumpings.Latham, who was a wicketkeeper earlier in his career, took the gloves ahead of the uncapped Tom Blundell as the selectors looked to build more flexibility in their squad ahead of the Champions Trophy in England later this year.The hosts had been humbled in a 3-0 series loss in Australia before Christmas but showed a marked improvement in their fielding and bowling as they put the visitors under pressure from the start of their run chase.New Zealand’s innings was anchored by Neil Broom’s 73, while Martin Guptill added 61 at the top of the order.The three-match series continues with further matches in Napier on February 2 and Hamilton on February 5. NEW ZEALAND inningsM. Guptill b Stoinis 61T. Latham c Handscomb b Starc 7K. Williamson c Maxwell b Stoinis 24R. Taylor b Head 16N. Broom c Starc b Faulkner 73C. Munro c Finch b Stoinis 2J. Neesham c Head b Hazlewood 48M. Santner c Maxwell b Cummins 7T. Southee c Faulkner b Cummins 0L. Ferguson not out 3T. Boult not out 16Extras: (b-8, lb-5, w-16) 29Total: (for 9 wickets, 50 overs) 286Fall of wickets: 1-13 2-87, 3-128, 4-130, 5-134, 6 -210, 7-246, 8-251, 9-269.Bowling: M. Starc 10-0-59-1 (w-2), J. Hazlewood 10-0-48-1 (w-1), P. Cummins 9-0-67-2 (w-10), J. Faulkner 6-0-29-1, M. Stoinis 10-0-49-3 (w-2), T. Head 5-0-21-1(w-2).AUSTRALIA inningsA. Finch c Neesham b Boult 4T. Head c Munro b Boult 5S. Marsh stp. Latham b Santner 16P. Handscomb c Latham b Southee 7G. Maxwell c Latham b Ferguson 20S. Heazlett c Latham b Ferguson 4M. Stoinis not out 146J. Faulkner b Munro 25P. Cummins stp. Latham b Santner 36M. Starc c Neesham b Santner 3J. Hazlewood run-out (Williamson) 0Extras: (lb-2, w-12) 14Total: (all out, 47 overs) 280Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-10, 3-18, 4-48, 5-54, 6-67, 7-148, 8-196, 9-226.Bowling: T. Southee 10-0-63-1, T. Boult 9-0-58-2 (w-1), L. Ferguson 10-0-44-2, M. Santner 10-1-44-3 (w-1), J. Neesham 5-0-49-0 (w-4), C. Munro 3-0-20-1 (w-2).