St. Catharines-based songwriter Joe Lapinski has crafted a wonderful solo record that owes a debt to an indie Canrock institution. A Rheostatics fan, Lapinski hasn’t been shy to let that band’s influence shine through on songs by his group Palooka, as well as his solo work. For his proper sophomore record, Lapinski goes to the source, recruiting former Rheo Dave Clark to play drums and produce an infectious array of songs.
May 10-16, 2007
Local singer-songwriter Joe Lapinski is a staple in the St. Catharines music scene. Without his contributions as a musician, producer, recording engineer, promoter and proud owner of Yummy Recordings, the St. Catharines live music scene would be like a shallow pond of mild excitement, half-empty with flat beer, Rush cover bands and tight stonewash jeans.
February 24-March 3, 2005
Joe Lapinski has been a fixture in the local music scene for many years. I remember him carrying his guitar around in high school-a decade ago-sort of like the Ritchie Vallens of Niagara. He’d bust out a song or two at a session in a south end garage, sing and play a tune while sitting atop the escarpment by the Decew electrical generating tubes, or provide the soundtrack for a crackling bonfire at Municipal Beach. Back then, everyone played guitar. The thing about Joe’s licks was they were always appropriate and always good; they hit the spot like that very last can of warm beer. Lapinski kept on with his music and, after years of working with a number of different combinations and in varying capacities, he’s just released his first solo album, Here Are The Postcards I Forgot To Send You on his own Yummy Recordings imprint.
Jan 17, 2005
This 12 track mixed bag of tuneful lo-fi recordings is a gentle melange of pop country vs. slack vocals vs. tasteful instrumentation (guitars, vox, piano, synth, accordion, percussion) vs. potent songwriting & intelligent lyrics (Purdy sure was right / Oh Oh the winter / defines how / my car will start / And feel when plowed) served up by St. Catharines’ own favourite downtown troubadour: Joe Lapinski.