Top 5: Creedence Clearwater Revival


To celebrate the release of the Complete Albums box set, we’d like to share five reasons to fall in love, one more time, with Tommy Fogerty / John Fogerty / Stu Cook / Doug Clifford collectively known as Creedence Clearwater Revival aka one of our all time favourite bands.


1. Ramble Tamble (Cosmos Factory)

This list can’t escape some of the hits featured on ‘Chronicle’, but also no point focusing further attention when songs, as crucial as anything ever played-out on classic rock radio, exist like ‘Ramble Tamble’.  Listen to your heart sink into your chest as the piano plinks in the latter stages.  This song suggests that for the time it plays along ‘life makes a little more sense.  And is a little or a lot better’.


2. Graveyard Train (Bayou Country)

This is like a Sabbath (noir) in the swamp.  Swap the devils for the gators.  But let it be known, these boys’ fixation with Catfish and the Mississippi River is just that, a fixation.  They’re Bay Area boys.  San Fran if you will.  And Ty Segall surely thanks them for it.


3. Keep on Chooglin’

Just keep on chooglin’, man!

Did you know: the classic Creedence catalog was all recorded in a span of two years, July 1968 to July 1970.  Yes, that includes their classic self titled debut, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, and Cosmos Factory.


4. I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Cosmo’s Factory)

Is there a song with three versions as timeless and desert island worthy as the versions of this song?  I can’t choose between the versions by the Slits, the legendary Marvin Gaye, and, of course, this extended mindblower by Creedence.  Take this one to your car stereo, neither your car nor your car stereo has to be great.  Just play it loud and don’t fight that feeling to tap the wheel, thwap the dash, or bang out whatever ya gotta bang out.  The Dude abides.  Call this promotion to own CCRCDs, cause they’re needed in the car as much as the turntable at home.











5. Have You Ever Been Lonely (Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets)

This past year at Sonic Boom we discovered a yesteryear box set of CCR featuring a compact disc with the entire (tho very small) catalog of both the Golliwogs and the criminally under heard Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets (both Creedence in pre-Creedence form).  Tommy makes a case as to why he should have had a turn at the mic with the main event band (apparently why 4 became 3).  Each song in the Velvets catalog sways between takes on many of the best vocalists of the era (Roy Orbison to Richie Valens, etc.).  This song above is a blessed song, a heavenly gift, for all who listen.

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Recommended: 5 $taff Favourites

Grouper80Grouper ‘Ruins’


ABT040 TOPS LP-Jacket 11183 v2Tops ‘Picture You Staring’


LHIobi-675x675Lee Hazlewood ‘The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes and Backsides (1968-71)’
(Light in the Attic)


Jom8_10Jom Comyn ‘In the Dark on 99 (All the Time, All the Time)’
(Value Records)


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Sonic Boom Wednesdays: Softest Boom!

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Wednesday night, as part of our weekly Sonic Boom DJ excursions at Handlebar, we ‘soft serve’ you all the EZ hits you (didn’t think you) desire! Our crack staff of AM lovers (Mic Bot, Even Lewis, Blair Whatmore, Jon Maki, Andy J Lloyd Webber, and more) plan to wreak soft rock heavenly havoc all over the Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave in Kensington Market).  Starts at 9:30, no cover.

Info here/Make requests here

A taste of the honey:
Berlin ‘Take My Breath Away’
Maxinne Nightingale ‘Right Back Where We Started From’
America ‘Sister Golden Hair’
OMD ‘Souvenir’
Ace ‘How Long’
Jackson Browne ‘Doctor My Eyes’
Prince ‘Beautiful Ones’
America ‘Sister Golden Hair’
Sean Nicholas Savage ‘Naturally’
The Spoons ‘Nova Heart’
Electric Light Orchestra ‘Telephone Line’
Todd Rundgren ‘I Saw the Light’
Carly Simon ‘Why’
INXS ‘Never Tear Us Apart’
Jennifer Rush ‘The Power of Love’
Madonna ‘Crazy For You’
Aretha Franklin ‘I Say A Little Prayer’
OMD ‘If You Leave’
Seals and Crofts ‘Summer Breeze’
Jef Barbara ‘Florida is the Future’
Rod Stewart ‘Young Turks’
Wham! ‘Careless Whisper’

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New ‘Digs’ Press’d


BlogTO is once again on top of the Booming action down at 215 Spadina.  Take a look at this terrific little article right about here.

p.s. Here’s what might very well be playing over the soundsystem right now. 

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Le Weekend Recommendations


Tonight! Chandra takes to the Double Double Land stage replacing her 1980 backing band the Dance with top flight/top of their game/weirdo pop crew Bile Sister.  This show will mark the reissue of Chandra’s special expanded ‘under-the-radar-post-punk-mutant-disco-Aaron-Levin-Championed-1980-NYC-classic’ ‘Transportation’.  Also on the bill an unstoppable magnificent bastard named Sexy Merlin and the Healing Powers of (the Bile Sister recommended) New Chance.  Check all the details here.

p.s. the team of (one of the best bands in this city) Mimico‘s guitar god Jeremiah Knight, Grounders Evan Lewis and Sonic Boom’s own Dufton(e) Gold present psychedelic rock findings called Fuzz Nugs down the street at Handlebar. Details here.

On Saturday Night, dynamo organ ruler Carl Didur splits from his Zacht Automaat and her U.S. Girls for an intimate solo performance/release.  If the show meets the level of the release, this will be classic Didur!  Classic Didur!!!  All the details here. 

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Sonic Boom NOW

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NOW Toronto catches up with our beloved *Barber, Jeff* for the inside scoop on the big move to 215 Spadina.  Read all about it:

NOW: Sonic Boom’s new digs.


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Sonic Boom at the 2014 TAVES


Sonic Boom is excited to announce we have accepted an invitation to take part in the 2014 Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show.  For this prestigious (glimpse into the future of A/V technology) event our own ‘vinyls‘ aficionado Evan Lewis Lewis will be selecting some of our finest new and ‘previously enjoyed’ LPs (Long players) from our extensive (massive) catalog of quality product.  Also expect to see our wonderful record accessories (including ‘Lewis and Lloyd’s Premium’ Record Cleaning elixir).  T.A.V.E.S. runs from Friday October 31st to Sunday November 2nd.

For more information about T.A.V.E.S. click:

T.A.V.E.S. Online


And make sure to visit our new location opening September 27th at 215 Spadina, just north of Queen Street !!


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Sneak Peek: Two Hundred Fifteen Spadina

Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin… by showing you a sneak peek of our incredible new location at 215 Spadina courtesy of Nathan ‘NATO’ Houbraken Photography.  And check back for updates here concerning our big opening: This Saturday September 27th!

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This Friday: Surinam at Bassline

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“I heard it through the Bassline, and I’m just about to lose my mind.”

This Friday night, as Sonic Boom preps our big move to 215 Spadina, we take a break in the name of Rock and Roll to proudly present, as part of the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival, one of our absolute favourite bands in the city Surinam!  Also on this outstanding bill Lunchmeat, Terrorlake, and LICE (featuring Tim Fagen of another one of our favourite bands New Fries).  For all the details visit the Facebook event here.

And get the skinny on Surinam herevia this fantastic Chart Attack article.

Listen here:

(Surinam Photo by Joe Strutt of Mechanical Forest Sound)


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We are moving to 215 Spadina!

Dear customers/friends,

We are moving to our new location at 215 SPADINA AVE.

Our 782 Bathurst Location’s last day will be Sunday September 21st.

Come see us at our 215 Spadina shop (right next door to Dark Horse Coffee!)
Saturday September 27th at 10AM

And yes…We will be open until midnight. 7 days a week. 364 days a year.

See you there!

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This Tuesday: The Wooden Sky at Sonic Boom


Tuesday evening, as the clock strikes lucky number 7 in the PM, the Wooden Sky bring their tried, tested and true Canadiana roots rock to this here Sonic Boom.  This could quite possibly be the last celebration of live music at the 782 Bathurst location of Sonic Boom (before our big bad ass move to 215 Spadina).  We’re excited to have fan favourites the Wooden Sky closing out what has become a storied tradition of fantastic live music here.  This has included tremendous performances over the past year from the remarkable Angel Olsen, Polaris nominee Shad, local favourites Weaves, and international hardcore juggernaut Fucked Up.  For further information on this ‘historic’ event:

Facebook Event


The Wooden Sky INFO:
Official Site

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Thursday Thunder: Fresh Snow @Field Trip/Discovery Series III


This Thursday night, ‘don’t eat the yellow snow’ as Francis Zappa once said, taste it fresh!  Our house band, our Roots, our Kevin Eubanks and the Tonight Show band, our CBS orchestra, our Max Weinberg 7, Fresh Snow unleash their inspired kraut fury at the Garrison for Field Trip’s Discovery Series.  Joining them will be Sonic Boom’s finest import, from the land down under, the continent of Australia (insert ‘rare Men at Work in stock’ joke), Evan Lewis and his chamber pop/rock conglomerate Grounders.  VU inspired ‘gazers Programm and grunge revivalists Dirty Frigs round out the terrific citywide bill.  Event is free with RSVP, more info can be obtained here.

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