CJAM TOP 30 & SPECIALTY CHARTS // July 25 – 31, 2022

* indicates Canadian artist. ^ indicates local Windsor/Detroit artist

1    METRIC*     Formentera (Thirty Tigers)

2    THE SADIES*     Colder Streams (Dine Alone)

3    JAYWOOD     Slingshot (Captured Tracks)

4    HUTTCH*^     Home Run (Self-Released)

5    CERYYSE*     je sais qu’au fond de mon âme se trouve un jardin (Self-Released)

6    TORONTO TABLA ENSEMBLE*     For The Love OF Tabla (Self-Released)

7    THE BISHOP BOYS*^     Old Friends, Brief Ends (Soul City Music Co-op)

8    PROJECTORS, THE*     The Projectors (Self-Released)

9    BARAGWIN*     Baragwin (Disques Boghei)

10   STRABE     Juvenoia (PIAS)

11   SABABA 5 (FEAT SHIRAN TZFIRA)     Rali – ???? (Batov Records)

12   WYLDERNESS     Big Plans for a Blue World (Succulent Recordings)

13   VIAGRA BOYS     Cave World (YEAR0001)

14   SUNNY & THE SUNLINERS     Viva Mi Triesta (Big Crown)

15   LOOP     Sonancy (Cooking Vinyl)

16   DUBMATIX*     Atomic Subsonic (Self-Released)

17   FABIO FRIZZI     The Eyes of the Cat (Cadabra)

18   MEN SENI SUYEMIN     HOPE (2MR)

19   MOONCHILD SANELLY     Phases (Transgressive/PIAS)

20   HOLLIE COOK     Happy Hour (Merge)

21   CONGOTRONICS INTERNATIONAL     Where’s The One? (Crammed Discs)

22   BEISPIEL     Muster (Faitiche)

23   KAT VALENTINE*^     SIRENS PT I (Self-Released)

24   THE BRANDY ALEXANDERS*^     The Brandy Alexanders (Self-Released)

25   TERRIBLETHING*     Water On Mars (Self-Released)

26   NILOO*     Niloo (Self-Released)

27   MINOR SINE PROJECT*     Stitch In Time (Self-Released)

28   VOYEUR’S MARKET*     demo (Self-Released)

29   ALEX LUKUSTA*     E3 (Self-Released)

30   MOTHERHOOD*     Winded (Forward Music Group)

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Old Friends, Brief Ends Offers a Brief Glimpse into the Talented Windsor Duo

By Weadee Mombo

The Bishop Boys’ Debut Album: Old Friends, Brief Ends

GENRE: Indie folk rock/Jazz/R&B
LABEL: Soul City Music Co-op
RIYL: Andy Shauf, Mumford & Sons, Father John Misty

The Canadian folk rock duo take a sobering look at past friendships, heartache and love to create perfect comfort album for summers of longing.


Somewhere between the effortlessly relaxed summer days and calm cool August nights, we find the unrushed ballads of Windsor-based Canadian folk rock duo The Bishop Boys with their debut album Old Friends, Brief Ends. The Bishop Boys, comprised of long-time friends Austin Di Pietro and Andrew Adoranti, released their debut album on June 3rd, 2022, a fitting time for an album reminiscent of hazy afternoons.

At its core, the album is an incredibly calming one brought together through friendships and love. The well-structured rhythms, warm arrangements and pleasantly casual lyricism take you out of whatever time you’re in and offer a moment of pause. Balancing the simple yet richly detailed compositions is a feat that pays off as the duo ushers in song after song at a seemingly unhurried pace. It is as though they have no place to go but to sit and share the songs with you.

Naturally, “Intro” sets the tender tone and “Halfway There” embraces the listener immediately after with a relaxed guitar that soon swells into a full-band mirage. Inspired by a relationship, “Halfway There” is in essence a journey to not merely realizing the effort one must take in creating a strong partnership, but likewise the journey of meeting the other person – halfway there. As the organ plays out and the simple refrain repeats “and we just keep moving on/Lord I try to right my wrongs” , the chorus morphs into a brief revelation of the running theme in the album. Be it the listener or the duo, the Boys present the modest idea that if ‘we’ continuously press forward despite the pain of the past, we will find solace too.

“Song Without a Name” is as unspecific and precise as you might imagine, volleying back and forth juxtaposing ideas of happiness and pain. There is a strong sense throughout that the album neither desires to be categorized or defined. The genre-less blend of soft rock and brush strokes of jazz within “Song Without a Name” is a prime example of that. Regardless, the crisp crescendo of swelling horns and organs features some of the best arrangements on the album. “Better Someday” continues the choir-like feel, and flirts with wistful optimism that the prayers to be ‘better someday’ will be answered. “Dark Days” is another highlight and notably the hushed pianos are where the lyrics truly shine through. Interestingly, the bittersweet nature of the album begins to be more revealed with the songs “Better Someday” and “Dark Days,” yet neither takes away from the record’s unassuming nature. The hints of emotion in these songs offer brief glimpses into the heart of the record.

Old Friends, Brief Ends is an album written and recorded over the span of six years and needless to say, the stories that bled into the album linger still. The pair’s friendship is the strong central piece upon which themes of love, growing up and moving on, find solid ground. The people and places that inspired the album (such as Detroit, New York, Guelph and of course, Windsor) are ones familiar to any Ontario native and create a unique collective listening experience. The Bishop Boys have a story to tell and the listener is just as much a part of it too. Spending time with the record is as though you are simply spending time with friends engaged in a conversation.

“Mother Mary,” is perhaps the most tangible song on the record and an appropriately delicate closer where the album finds its end and our stories begin. As we strain to listen past the fingerpicking and ambient noise that spills through, we hear a muted piano and beautiful singing off in the distance. It ends off like a quiet afternoon at a friend’s house playing us out with the sound of rain and the fake ending before giving us a strong goodbye. It stumbles along letting itself come into itself just as it fades out. In some ways, that is like life.

On one hand, the album feels very neatly packaged; complete with chord progressions soaring where one might expect and remarkably tidy production, yet that is not a weakness. While the album never quite veers off the open road into the unknown; it is this expectant conventionality that offers the listener a place of comfort and leaves them hopeful for the road ahead.

Album release date: June 3, 2022

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CJAM TOP 30 & SPECIALTY CHARTS // June 6 – 12, 2022

* indicates CANCON. ^ indicates local Windsor/Detroit artist.

1    THE BISHOP BOYS*^     Old Friends, Brief Ends (Soul City Music Co-op)

2    PEACH PIT*     From 2 to 3 (Columbia)

3    RAPPORT*     Floating Through the Wonderwave (Arbutus)

4    COLA*     Deep In View (Next Door / Fire Talk)

5    BLUNT CHUNKS*     Blunt Chunks (Telephone Explosion)

6    DEHD     Blue Skies (Fat Possum)

7    HUTTCH*^     Home Run (Self-Released)

8    CAM MACLEAN*     Secret Verses (Self-Released)

9    WEIRD NIGHTMARE*     Weird Nightmare (Sub Pop)

10   CLAUDIA BOUVETTE*     The Paradise Club (Bonsound)

11   KAMIKAZE NURSE*     Stimuloso (Mint)

12   STARS*     From Capleton Hill (Last Gang)

13   OL’ GORILLA BONES X THE DIRTY SAMPLE*     Revenge Vol. 1 (Hand’Solo)

14   APOLLO GHOSTS*     Pink Tiger (You’ve Changed)

15   LISA LEBLANC*     Chiac Disco (Bonsound)

16   JEAN CARNE , ADRIAN YOUNGE AND ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD     Jean Carne JID012 (Jazz Is Dead)

17   THE CURLS     Smothered & Covered (Truth Zone)

18   BRIAN JACKSON     This is Brian Jackson (BBE)

19   DANA FUCHS     Borrowed Time (Ruf)

20   WET LEG     Wet Leg (Domino)

21   VARIOUS     Under the Bridge (Skepwax)

22   BIG THIEF     Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (4AD)

23   ANDREAS*^     Periwinkle Dreams (Self-Released)

24   BETHANY D’ALIMONTE*^     More Time EP (Self-Released)

25   THE BRANDY ALEXANDERS*^     The Brandy Alexanders (Self-Released)

26   EYES FRONT*     Tied to the Tracks (Self-Released)

27   KEN YATES*     Cerulean (Self-Released)

28   VOYEUR’S MARKET*     demo (Self-Released)

29   AREA RESIDENT*     Quasar (Self-Released)

30   NICHOLAS TRISTAN*     Nine Studies for Solo Piano (Self-Released)

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CJAM FM Top 30 Charts // March 23rd – March 29th, 2020

* indicates Canadian artist

1    BORDER PATROL* – The Worst Excuses (Self-Released)

2    JOHNNY WEST* – Year Of The Sleepwalk (Tosteestostas)

3    BASIA BULAT* – Are You In Love (Secret City)

4    THE BISHOP BOYS* – Pelee Island EP (Self-Released)

5    AARON JONAH LEWIS – Mozart Of The Banjo (Tiki Parlour Recordings)

6    SHADOW SHOW – Silhouettes (Burger)

7    THE MARIACHI GHOST – Puro Dolor (Sugar Gator Records)

8    U.S. GIRLS* – Heavy Light (Royal Mountain)

9    ANDY SHAUF* – Neon Skyline (Arts & Crafts)

10   MAPACHE – From Liberty Street (Yep Roc Records)

11   FOALS – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 (Transgressive)

12   CRISSI COCHRANE* – Heeirloom (Soul City Music Co-op)

13   ALEXA CARROCCIA* – Clementine (Self-Released)

14   ABIDE BY THE FEW* – 11 Heaven Drive (Self-Released)

15   ZARASUTRA* – Arriving Forever (Self-Released)

16   MARK GODFREY QUINTET* – Square Peg (Self-Released)

17   HARRISON SQUARED* – Trout In Swimwear (Self-Released)

18   SPILTMILK* – Funk Side of a Moon (Self-Released)

19   ERNESTO CERVINI* – Tetrahedron (Anzic)

20   AUDREY OCHOA* – Frankenhorn (Chronograph)

21   FAMILY VIDEO* – Forever Changes Overnight (Coax)

22   LOCAL TALENT* – Higienopolis (Self-Released)

23   BORN RUFFIANS* – Juice (Yep Roc Records)

24   LAILA BIALI* – Out Of Dust (Chronograph)

25   GRIMES* – Miss Anthropocene (Crystal Math Music)

26   CARIBOU* – Suddenly (Merge)

27   SASS JORDAN* – Rebel Moon Blues (Stony Plain)

28   HOLY FUCK* – Deleter (Last Gang)

29   GORDON LIGHTFOOT* – Solo (Warner Music Canada)

30   ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD AND ADRIAN YOUNGE – Jazz is Dead (Self-Released)