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Ottawa Playlist 2

  1. When the Open Road Is Closing In ((Disclaimer, I’m writing this at 4:04am, in a hotel room with three others. They are fast asleep, and I have the sound off on my computer, so if any of the links aren’t playing any of the songs. I’m sorry.)) by The Magnetic Fields
    I was originally thinking of opening the road trip with this song, but the previous choice was much better for obvious reasons. This song begins with the lyric “Time; measured in dotted yellow lines has passed you by.” Merritt paints a brilliant picture of the feeling of a long drive on highways of emptiness. Merritt’s lyrics are in top form.
  2. Oh, Alberta by Elliott Brood
    For those unaware, while the song might be called “Oh, Alberta,” it’s actually a song about Ontario.
  3. Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
    This is my all-time favourite Beach Boys song. I’m actually not a big Beach Boys fan, but this song, just does it so perfectly. It’s pop mastery.  I wanted to have a lot of old classics, and intermingle them with more “modern” songs.
  4. North Star by The Rural Alberta Advantage
    So here’s a more modern song, from the RAA’s latest record. Again, examples of pop mastery. Nils writes simple, but catchy songs, and when you add Paul’s unique drumming style to it, you get something wonderful.
  5. Rave On by Buddy Holly
    As much as I love Buddy Holly’s bigger hits, this is perhaps the best early rock song. It’s very raw, and powerful, it easily could have been a brilliant punk song, and what’s punk other than a rehashing of ’50s rock?
  6. Proof of Love by Old Man Luedecke
    I was hanging out in Fredericton, NB drinking beers with Serge of Hay Sale Records, and he suggested I check out Old Man Luedecke when I got to Halifax, I didn’t. What I did do, however, was wait about three or four years, and then finally purchase the record, and fall in love with a few tracks, including, but not limited to the title track, “Proof of Love.”
  7. Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles
    I love this song. I also love the ’60s girl groups. This is a great group sing-a-long song.
  8. Hasn’t Hit Me Yet by Blue Rodeo
    Another great sing-a-long. I think every Canadian of my generation knows the lyrics to this song. Now the question is, when it gets to the end of the song, do you prefer singing Greg’s or Jim’s parts?
  9. Be My Baby by The Ronettes
    Another great girl group song from the ’60s. Sure it doesn’t get me giggling like John Lennon’s cover, but it’s still rather brilliant. I think this song proves that no matter how much of a nut case Phil Spector is, he’s brilliant.
  10. Suspended From Class by Camera Obscura
    This Belle & Sebastian wannabe band never did it for me. They do nothing original and in addition to that, their songwriting is generally pretty weak. The exception is “Suspended From Class” which is a great pop song that I have trouble removing from my brain.
  11. Try Some, Buy Some by Ronnie Spector
    Now Ronnie’s on her own, with the Ronettes, and this time she’s releasing a single for Apple Records. The song is George Harrison’s “Try Some, Buy Some.”  Not really a hit, at least not with lasting power. The George Harrison version, however is quite popular, and it wasn’t too long ago that David Bowie covered it. I think most people will know some version of this song.
  12. Blank Girl by Dum Dum Girls
    For the longest time I thought the lyric was “I can’t wait to see you naked,” but apparently it is “I can’t wait to see you make it.”
  13. Roadrunner (Twice) by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
    I wouldn’t necessarily call The Modern Lovers hitmakers, but it’s a great car song.
  14. The Wanderer by Dion
    Not the best example of… music, but it’s got something catchy. It’s fun.
  15. Future Crimes by Wild Flag
  16. He’s So Fine by The Chiffons
    Oh yeah! Gotta be mine. I’ve loved this song for a ridiculous amount of time.
  17. My Love by The Bird And The Bee
    This one was introduced to me by my friend Julie. The album’s not brilliant, but has a few moments that make it worth while.
  18. Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) by The Crystals
    Another classic girl group. This playlist might make me wonder my sexuality if it had a showtune or two.
  19. I‘m Afraid Of Americans by David Bowie
    Another classic for my generation. This is a ’90s Bowie hit. Who doesn’t love singing, “God is an American.”
  20. Oh No by Andrew Bird
    So, when I edited the video, which hopefully was posted yesterday, I forgot this song was on this play list.
  21. It Could Be Love by Camouflage Nights
    This is the only released song by Camouflage Nights, a failed attempt at a band by a couple former Thrush Hermits. It’s a fun pop-dance song.
  22. Tied To The 90’s by Travis
    Well, I think that a couple of folks in their early 30s can be described simply as this, tied to the ’90s (not as bad as the ’80s).
  23. You Can’t Hurry Love by Diana Ross & The Supremes
    Back to the girl groups one last time. This is probably the ultimate in ’60s girl groups.
  24. Deus Ibi Est by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
    Lanegan’s deep baritone and  Isobel’s wee soprano always seem to work well together.


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My vacation video.

We went to the Diefenbunker in Carp, Ontario, we went to Centre Block on Parliament Hill, and mostly we just had fun in Ottawa, en route to Ottawa, and en route back to Toronto. We even briefly visited Quebec, and enjoyed a nice dinner at St. Hubert.

An apology to Helen

First I’m going to start with an apology to Helen. When it was suggest that four of us share two beds in a single hotel room, I had a bit of a sense of dread, but I bottled it up, because “WOO! OTTAWA ROAD TRIP!” Now here I am, 3:30 am on Sunday morning. I only got an hour or two of sleep the previous night, if that. This night, I was smart enough to stay in when Emily, Joseph and Helen went to meet a friend of Helen’s. I spent most of that time editing the video (except for the footage that has yet to be shot) that will hopefully be posted on Thursday. However, I did get an hour sleep before the rest of #ORT2012 crew arrived back at the hotel. The problem was I wasn’t sleepy and having a minor panic attack. My heart had been racing, since driving back to Ottawa from Quebec (and CFB Carp) in horrible weather with no street lights. When I finally got some sleep that was nice.

Since they’ve been back, I’ve been able to get 15 minutes here and there, but I’ve been in and out of bed so often, that I’m feeling really sorry for Helen. To the point that I’m now lying on the floor, playing with my laptop with the screen dimmed to the lowest level (which is very bright in otherwise pitch black).

I really don’t know what possessed me to think that I’d be able to share a bed with someone (especially a double, when I sleep alone, diagonally on a Queen1). There’s only been one person who I’ve really successfully slept with2 since Lisa and I split up all those years ago, and I loved her, even though I didn’t want to admit to myself that I loved her, yet. So it was either that, or the fact that she was (and still is) so fucking skinny, that the first time she spent the night in my bed, I woke up and thought she had left. So I have to apologize to Helen, for her lack of sleep. I’ll take the blame, and I’m so very sorry. Here’s hoping I have enough wherewithal to get us back to Toronto safely3. Don’t worry mom, I won’t do anything dangerous, I know my limits, and will work within those.

This was going to end with #ORT2012 playlist 2, but after this long post… I’ll save that for Friday. Next time on NH2F… Cosby Sweater of the Week.

Edited to add: At around 6am, I went back to bed, and three hours of fitful sleep. Not ideal, but enough to make me feel much better.

  1. Insert joke here. []
  2. and I mean actual sleeping. []
  3. Right now I’m so bloody awake, that I could probably drive to Vancouver without a problem []

Send someone to fetch us, we’re in saskatchewan

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.

  1. Movin’ Right Along – The Muppets
    Had to start with this as soon as I saw it. Nothing says “road trip” better than this song.
  2. Maybellene – Chuck Berry
    Catchy, popular, and a song about driving a car. Thought this to be appropriate.
  3. Doris Daytheearthstoodstill – Future Bible Heroes
    Helen told me that most of her CDs are showtunes and Doris Day, so immediately my mind went to Doris Daytheearthstoodstill.
  4. You Turn Clear in the Sun – Telekinesis
    Overly catchy.
  5. The Ballad Of Poor John Henry – Cuff The Duke
    We need some country.
  6. Mystery Dance – Elvis Costello
    As Allegra would say, “Play the hits!” I mostly wanted catchy pop songs, and this is a great choice for that.
  7. Fast As You Can – Fiona Apple
    This is again, catchy, and was a huge hit when we were all teenagers. Perfect for this group, I hope.
  8. Cybele’s Reverie – Stereolab
    C’est en français, and we’re going to Ottawa, that seems appropriate.
  9. Carolina In My Mind – James Taylor
    Something a bit more mellow, and Taylor’s early material was quite Beatley, and who doesn’t love Beatley?
  10. My Girl June – The Ride Theory
    Speaking of Beatley, this song is SUPER-Beatley, and fuckin’ awesome.
  11. Back In The USSR – The Beatles
    And how about the Beatles? Again, playing the hits.
  12. Someone Who’s Cool – Odds
    And what bigger hit is there than “Someone Who’s Cool?”
  13. Jumpers – Sleater-Kinney
    Perfect example of pop-perfection
  14. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
    Again, hits… and this song is absolutely undeniably brilliant. I imagine everyone will dig it.
  15. Never Had To Fight – Local Rabbits
    Why not play the blog’s namesake? I’m sure Emily likes the Local Rabbits. I know she owns one of their 7″ records.
  16. Doubt – The Corin Tucker Band
    Probably the best song on her solo record, and it’s good enough to be a Sleater-Kinney track
  17. Cry Together – Hortense Ellis
    Bring us a bit down, but beautiful.
  18. Lord Only Knows – Beck
    Get back to the country, and back to 90s. I absolutely love the transition from Cry Together to this. Also, “Going back to Houston, do the hot dog dance, going back to Houston to get me some pants.”
  19. Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers
    Keeping it slow.
  20. Snowsuit Sound – Sloan
    Again, more hits. Though not a single, still a fan almost everyone of my generation is quite familiar with. We’re not getting much faster, but getting heavier after Cathy’s Clown. I know at least Emily will know the song.
  21. Where The Change Is – The Flashing Lights
    Speaking of Emily, when I first met her, we spent some time discussing our love for The Flashing Lights.  Now here’s a song with a quick beat.
  22. Radio Sweetheart – Elvis Costello
    I absolutely love the pedal steel on this song.
  23. Sunndal Song -The Apples In Stereo
    I have a strange love for Hilarie’s Apples in Stereo songs. She’s pretty good at writing good pop songs, and the band has lost something since she left the band.
  24. Tina’s Glorious Comeback – Dan Mangan
    I thought about going for one of Mangan’s more lively songs, but there’s just something about this tune that is unmatched by anything else he’s done.
  25. I Will Follow You Into The Dark – Amy Millan
    I think everyone by now knows the Death Cab For Cutie original. I never heard it until after I had heard Amy Millan’s cover, and absolutely love this version. While I don’t like Millan’s other outings, I absolutely adore her solo records. I thought this was a good way to end the mix.

7/25 songs feature lady vocalists, slightly poor showing.
Only one song features non-human vocalists (a frog and a bear).
8/25 songs are CanCon, again poor showing.
11/25 are from ’90s bands, or their future solo efforts… can you tell when I was a teenager?