Not too long ago, a close friend of mine became a Canadian citizen. Today we celebrated that fact. I told her and her husband that I would provide the music for the party… Blue In Yr Eye – Amy Millan Snowbird – Anne Murray Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – The Arcade Fire The Power – Army Girls Sleepy Maggie – Ashley MacIsaac Tall Tall Shadow – Basia Bulat Two Girls From Montreal – The Bicycle Somebody Waits – Blue Rodeo Hasn’t Hit Me Yet – Blue Rodeo Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl – Broken Social Scene Lovers In A Dangerous Time – Bruce Cockburn Pop Goes the World – The Burning Hell Golden Baby – Cœur de pirate Claire – Cuff The Duke Sold… Read More »O Canada
Recollection is a project to review my record collection. I will listen to an album I own and review it. The album will be chosen randomly by computron. Today computron chooses… Album: The Eric’s Trip Show Artist: Eric’s Trip Released: 2001 Format(s) I own it on: CD “Used to wonder if you understood the way I felt about the stove.” What the hell does that even mean? Why is “Stove” one of the best Eric’s Trip songs, and yet, it’s about… a stove? In 2001, Eric’s Trip reunited and toured Canada. They played in Toronto at the Opera House, and it was my first visit to that venue, and to Riverdale. It was an… Read More »Recollection Volume 8 – The Eric’s Trip Show
Yay! My 400th post! Last night, I was watching live videos of Julie Doiron, pretty much non-stop. It’s been a few months since I’ve seen her perform live and I guess I’m itching for another Doiron show1. Really? Two months is as long as I can go without a Julie Doiron show? I’m spoiled. This morning, upon continually flipping past songs I didn’t want to hear, I gave up, and then remembered Julie, so I put my Julie Doiron collection on random. As I arrived at work, this song was playing. I couldn’t turn it off, I sat in the car until it finished. I long for snow. Soon. Here is… Read More »When the snow falls this November
On the third (wow, that’s a week ago), I went to see Julie Doiron at the Horseshoe Tavern. There’s something about a Julie Doiron show that is not quite like anyone else’s show. Doiron is so laid back and nervous at the same time; Doiron is comfortable and uncomfortable on the stage. During her shows, she’s joking, and lively, but awkward, and endearing. As an audience member, one just wants to give her a big hug, and tell her everything will be okay, even if she makes a mistake during her set. Thursday’s show was like that. She played a lot of songs from I Can Wonder What You Did… Read More »Julie Doiron *swoon*
The Wilderness of Manitoba perform at December’s Bloggers’ Brunch. Recorded by Joe. Listening to Ruth Minnikin’s Depend On This lately… there’ll be a review soon enough. And an oldie, but a goodie.
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!
Went to Daniel, Fred & Julie at the Horseshoe Tavern tonight. First up was Jerry Leger who was whiney, and kind of annoying. He seemed to play FOREVER, and I got there mid-way through his set. Next up was Baby Eagle who just bored me. Their frontman is apparently in The Constantines, and I’m one of the three people in Canada who are not fans of The Constantines. Have you heard their side of the split 12″ they did with the Unintended? LAME. Finally, we had Daniel Romano1, Fred Squire2 and Julie Doiron3. Stunning. They were absolutely, unequivocally stunning. This folk trio were able to harmonize and along with acoustic… Read More »Romano, Squire & Doiron
In December, I set goals for myself, how many films to see this year, how many shows to attend, how many records to purchase, and how many books to read. This is the standings, as of the end of January… Books I read (1/10 – 10%): Animal Farm by George Orwell | Originally published 1945 Films I saw (11/52 – 21%): It’s Complicated | Originally released 2009 Magicians | Originally released 2007 A Single Man | Originally released 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox | Originally released 2009 After Elizabeth II (Documentary, from CBC Doc Zone) Crazy Heart | Originally released 2009 Brüno | Originally released 2009 Dan In Real Life |… Read More »January 2010, in review
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