On Friday after work, Joseph, Helen, Emily and I all piled into Caroline (my car), and headed east along to 401. From Toronto to Ottawa. Since Ottawa is approximately five hours away (though that’s not counting rush hour traffic), I divided that in four, and we each had 75 minutes to fill with music. Each way… here’s my play list for going east. Movin’ Right Along – The Muppets Had to start with this as soon as I saw it. Nothing says “road trip” better than this song. Maybellene – Chuck Berry Catchy, popular, and a song about driving a car. Thought this to be appropriate. Doris Daytheearthstoodstill – Future… Read More »Send someone to fetch us, we’re in saskatchewan
I’ve been buying records like crazy over the past month or so, and I haven’t written about any. HERE WE GO… Belmundo Regal by Radio Radio This hip-hop trio from Nova Scotia rap in the Chiac dialect of Acadian French. Chiac mixes French with words and phrases of the more prominent English. This leads to lyrics such as: Canned tuna, caviar ∙ Michelina, superstar ∙ Marcher sur la Main ∙ Ou marcher sur la ∙ I don’t know ∙ Ini mini miny moe ∙ C’est qui c’qui veut du Jello ? ∙ Si ton sport c’est du vélo ∙ Ben come on baby hello ∙ Saute, danse autour de la… Read More »Music Roundup
Over the past little while I’ve been listening to my fair share of Sleater-Kinney, and then some. I figured I’d write an article about why The Woods is one of the greatest albums of all time. My plan was not to state an opinion, but to empirically prove it. Well, that’s slightly daunting, and I’m not there yet, but I thought I’d discuss a song from their earlier catalogue. First you should listen to the song. Like it? I hope so. It’s called “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone,” and it’s from their 1996 album Call The Doctor, which is also their second album. The album is so old, in… Read More »I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
I recently reconnected with an old friend, from back in my high school days. We never went to school together, after all, she was, and still is far off in a foreign country. So I made Beth this mix, but I didn’t know what I might have sent her all those years ago, so I decided to limit myself to nothing older than 2000. I also didn’t know what she had been listening to since then, so I decided to limit the selection to Canadian music. “The Indie Queens Are Waiting” by Dan Mangan This is my favourite Dan Mangan song, and I’ve been on a bit of a kick… Read More »Mix albums!
This is Valery Gore’s only video. It’s from her first album. The second is even better, but she never made a video, so enjoy this one. Ruth Minnikin’s going to be in Toronto for Canadian Music Week/Fest, and is promoting her new record Depend On This, which I’ve yet to hear, but I assume it’ll be awesome, her records always are. With two women, might as well continue the theme… here’s Sleater-Kinney.
It’s been a rather mild winter. Expectations versus reality. Neko Case, will you marry me? What inspired Carrie Brownstein to be a musician? As someone in IT at a school… WE DON’T DO THIS! (via Cynical-C)
Above, NPR inverview Stephin Merritt & Claudia Gonson. Carrie Brownstein, will you marry me? Okay, we’ve never met, and it would be slightly awkward that my best friend has the same first name as me, and his wife has the same first name as you, but does that really matter? Your love of The Magnetic Fields is enough for me. Oh, and while we’re on the topic, your amazingness as part of Sleater-Kinney doesn’t hurt. With a Gold in hand for Canada, 3000km away in the country’s largest city (and my city), the CN Tower goes gold. Mechanical Forest Sound posts a new Gentleman Reg song. Thanks Joe! Apparently Canadians… Read More »Linky Link
A list is a list, and it doesn’t really cover what I hope to let people know. If you don’t know me, you won’t know why I chose these records. I thought I’d further explain the top 10. 10) God Help The Girl – God Help The Girl (2009) God Help The Girl is the soundtrack to Stuart Murdoch’s unwritten film. The Belle & Sebastian frontman used the opportunity of a hiatus to record a new record using female vocalists who he wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to work within the stricter environment of a Belle & Sebastian album. The songs are damn good, and Stuart arranges for a wide… Read More »Top 50 of the Aughts further explained
1) Sleater-Kinney – The Woods (2005) 2) The Magnetic Fields – i (2004) 3) Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003) 4) The Flashing Lights – Sweet Release (2001) 5) Neko Case & Her Boyfriends – Furnace Room Lullaby (2000) 6) The Joel Plaskett Emergency – Down At The Khyber (2001) 7) Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up (2007) 8) Neil Young – Live At Massey Hall 1971 (2007) 9) Valery Gore – Avalanche To Wandering Bear (2008) 10) God Help The Girl – God Help The Girl (2009) 11) Wilco – A Ghost Is Born (2004) 12) Joel Plaskett – Three (2009) 13) Neko Case – Fox Confessor… Read More »Top 50 Albums of the Aughts